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West Side Neighborhood Watch

9/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 2000 block of Teeple Drive Sept. 12; the 800 block of West Market Street Sept. 15; the 300 block of Madison Avenue Sept. 16; the 800 block of Merridge Road Sept. 16; the 100 block of Bittman Street Sept. 17; the 900 block of Bloomfield Avenue Sept. 18; the 1200 block of Cordova Avenue Sept. 18; the 300 block of Beechwood Drive Sept. 19; the 700 block of Copley Road Sept. 21; the 600 block of Ecton Road Sept. 21; and the 1200 block of Hardesty Boulevard Sept. 22.

On Sept. 16, shortly before 11 a.m., a Metro Parks, Serving Summit County ranger reported he observed three people walking through a wooded area just north of a house in the 800 block of Merridge Road. Officers and detectives later determined the three people forced open a window and smashed a tempered-glass door to the lower level of a house on Merridge Road and stole an iPod and miscellaneous jewelry. Officers arrested three Bye Street residents on burglary charges — a 20-year-old woman and 24-year-old and 25-year-old men — and booked them into the Summit County Jail.

A 41-year-old West Market Street man was charged with domestic violence, theft and auto theft Sept. 16 following an incident in the 100 block of Byers Avenue. The victim stated the man was intoxicated, and when she asked him to leave, he hit her in the face multiple times. He also allegedly stole $350 from her purse and left in her vehicle. Officers observed swelling and redness to the victim’s face and noted the man has previously been charged with domestic violence.

On Sept. 17, a 44-year-old Superior Avenue man was charged with trafficking in drugs, drug abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a counterfeit controlled substance, obstructing official business and resisting arrest following an attempt by officers to conduct a traffic stop in the 700 block of Grace Avenue. The man led officers on a foot pursuit and then resisted arrest, according to police. During a search, officers recovered heroin, crack and marijuana.

After observing a drug deal take place between people in two vehicles in the 1500 block of South Hawkins Avenue Sept. 17, officers charged three people with drug-related offenses. A 26-year-old Kenmore woman was charged with trafficking and possession of Percocet, which she admitted to selling, telling officers it was the first time she had ever done so and it was because she needed diapers for her daughter, according to the police report. A 27-year-old East Akron man was charged with possession of drugs, and his passenger, a 26-year-old Summit Lake neighborhood woman, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found a glass marijuana pipe in her purse.

A 49-year-old Hall Street man was charged with tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia and littering Sept. 18. Officers observed the man urinating on a sidewalk in front of a house in the 100 block of Oakdale Avenue. When they stopped to speak with him, the man allegedly took a crack pipe out of his pocket and threw it.

While on patrol in South Akron Sept. 19, officers observed a male and a female “bailing” from a 2008 BMW, leaving the keys in the ignition and the car rolling, according to the police report. The vehicle had been dropped off for repair to a business in the 500 block of West Exchange Street the previous day, according to the car’s owner, a South Akron man. The male and female fled through neighborhood backyards and could not be located, according to officers.

A Westgay Drive 42-year-old man attempted to avoid police during a traffic stop on Stoner Street and Hardesty Boulvard Sept. 20, resulting in multiple charges against him. According to officers, the car’s license plates were expired, and the man continued to drive, despite indications from officers he should pull over. He did come to a stop in the driveway of a house in the 600 block of Storer Avenue and jumped out of his vehicle screaming, according to officers. The man, who had been driving under suspension, also allegedly ignored officers’ verbal commands to stop moving. He was charged with failure to comply and obstructing official business.

BATH: On Sept. 12, Fairlawn police contacted officers regarding an impaired driver heading into Bath Township on Interstate 77. Police observed the driver exiting the highway on Ghent Road and stopped him after he ran into a utility pole on North Cleveland-Massillon Road and attempted to back away from the pole and leave. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released to a detoxification unit. His BAC tested .206.

A Bath Hills Boulevard resident reported Sept. 12 two chairs were stolen from the front porch.

Officers found a bicycle behind a church on Bath Road Sept. 13 and took it to the station, where they attempted to locate the owner.

The manager of a Montrose restaurant called police for a fight between two employees Sept. 13. The two had been separated when police arrived, and both admitted being combatants and declined charges. The manager told them to leave for the rest of the day.

On Sept. 13, a Pebble Beach Drive woman reported two gold necklaces were stolen from her bedroom. She said several people have been in the house during the time they were taken.

Following reports from Copley police and motorists stating an impaired driver was traveling on South Cleveland-Massillon Road Sept. 15, police located the driver on Granger Road and stopped him. He failed a field sobriety test and had three open bottles of wine and one open beer in the vehicle. He was charged with DUI and possession of open containers of alcohol in a vehicle. His BAC tested .225. His vehicle was towed to an impound lot, and he was released to his girlfriend.

Employees of a Montrose cosmetics store reported Sept. 16 a man concealed items and left the store without paying. Police were reviewing video footage of the incident.

On Sept. 16, police were seeking the persons who entered a house under construction on Rock Creek Road South and stole construction tools.

A Duncan Spur woman reported Sept. 17 someone obtained her debit card numbers and used them to make online purchases totaling $772.

Police patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road the night of Sept. 17 observed a driver tailgating another driver flashing his vehicle’s high beams and swerving across lane lines. Officers stopped the driver, who appeared intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test, registered a BAC of .108 and had two open beers in the vehicle. He was charged with DUI, traffic violations and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and released with a court summons. His vehicle was towed.

The owner of a vehicle parked in the lot of a Medina Road restaurant Sept. 17 reported the rear window of the vehicle was smashed between 6 and 10 p.m.

On Sept. 18, police investigated reports of suspicious activity at an Ira Road nature preserve and found two juveniles standing beside a vehicle. The driver has no driving privileges, and a search of the vehicle revealed a grinder containing marijuana residue. He was charged with driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia and taken to a juvenile detention center.

Employees of a Medina Road gas station reported Sept. 19 a shoplifter left in a vehicle. They provided a description of her and the vehicle, and police stopped the driver on Interstate 77. The female was in possession of the stolen item, and when she paid for the item, the victim declined charges.

Police were called to a Montrose store Sept. 19, when employees reported several people suspected of shoplifting left the store. They provided a description of the suspects, and officers located them walking in the plaza and questioned them. One man provided false information about his identity. He was arrested for obstruction of official business after police identified him and released him to the Mayfield Heights Police Department on a warrant. The others were identified and released.  

COPLEY: Police were called to a Medina Road gas station Sept. 7 by employees who reported a suspicious package was left beside a gas pump. Officers found the briefcase in question and contacted the Summit County Bomb Squad, whose officers took possession of it and determined it contained only personal items. Police located the owner and delivered the briefcase to him.

A Regal Drive woman reported Sept. 8 an old classmate has been making calls to her after being told not to call her. The woman’s husband said the caller also has been calling his place of business. Police contacted the caller to discuss the matter and left a message instructing him to call them.

Police are investigating a Sept. 12 report filed by a Minor Road man who said he came home to find the side door to his garage was standing open and the door to the residence had been damaged and was open. He went inside and found his wife’s jewelry box had been dumped on the bed, several dresser drawers were open and a surge protector was missing. Police found a footprint on the door to the residence and determined it had been kicked in.

A man reported Sept. 13 someone entered his mother’s residence on Sumner Parkway and stole items from her dresser drawer and a security drawer in a closet. Police were reviewing surveillance video footage to identify the person responsible.

An Edgemere Court woman reported Sept. 13 two gold and diamond rings were stolen from her jewelry box. She last saw the items in July.

Also on Sept. 13, an employee of a Medina Road restaurant reported her iPhone was stolen from the counter around 9:30 p.m.

At 11:43 p.m. Sept. 13, a Metro RTA bus driver called police to report a man refused to get off the bus. When police arrived at the stop on Montrose West Avenue and Hollythorn Drive, the man got off the bus and told officers he missed his stop in Akron. Police called EMS to evaluate his condition, as he appeared to be disoriented. He was checked and released by EMS, and officers drove him home.

FAIRLAWN: A Juno Place man reported Sept. 13 someone shot out the glass on a lightpost outside his residence between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Police patrolling West Market Street at 1:37 a.m. Sept. 14 stopped the driver of a vehicle with no taillights and arrested the Akron woman for driving under suspension and having an open container of liquor in a vehicle.

A Kenmore juvenile was arrested for theft of a $15 item from a mall specialty store Sept. 14 and released to her grandmother.

Police patrolling Wheaton Road at 1:45 a.m. Sept. 15 observed four individuals trespassing on the golf course of a country club. The four fled across the golf course, and police located two female juveniles on Overwood Drive and arrested them for curfew violations. Two male juveniles were arrested later and charged with curfew violations.

On Sept. 15, an Akron woman was arrested for theft of earrings from a mall boutique, released with a court summons and banned from the mall.

An Akron man pushed a cart full of merchandise out of a Montrose discount store without paying for the items Sept. 16. He was approached by security agents outside the store but fled across the parking lot, abandoning the merchandise. Police apprehended him in a nearby parking lot and arrested him for theft.

Police arrested a Hudson woman for stealing $167 in merchandise after she reportedly concealed the items in her purse in the fitting room of a mall department store and left without paying Sept. 17. She was released with a court summons, and the merchandise was returned to the store.

On Sept. 18, police on West Market Street observed a man who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol struggling to push a shopping cart along the sidewalk. He was arrested on a felony drug warrant and released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies.

The manager of a Merz Boulevard business reported Sept. 18 a female entered the business and said an item for her sister was being held in the back room. She said she had to call her brother and made a call on her cell phone. After the call, a male entered the store, and the manager went to the back room to get the item, which was not there. When she went back to the store, she noticed the two were gone, along with her $350 cell phone, which had been left on the counter.

A man reported he went to Croghan Park the evening of Sept. 18, placed his duffle bag on the ground near the basketball court to play basketball. When he returned for the bag, he discovered his $500 cell phone had been stolen.

Employees of a Montrose discount store reported Sept. 18 a woman loaded a shopping cart with $442 in merchandise and pushed it out of the store without paying. A security agent approached her as she loaded the items into her vehicle, and she put the items back into the cart and agreed to go back into the store with the agent, but instead got into her vehicle and attempted to leave, striking the agent on the leg with her car several times as she attempted to back out. She drove off, and police are working to identify her.

Police on West Market Street Sept. 19 stopped a driver for speeding 59 mph in a 35-mph zone and running a red light. The driver was arrested for driving under suspension, possession of marijuana and having an open container of liquor in the vehicle. A female passenger also was charged with having an open container of beer in a vehicle.

An Akron woman was arrested for theft after allegedly concealing $165 in jewelry from a mall department store Sept. 19. She was released with a court summons and banned from the store.

Officers are seeking a woman in connection with deception to obtain drugs after a pharmacist at a West Market Street drugstore reported Sept. 19 a woman called in a prescription for narcotics from a physician’s office but did not provide proper information for the prescription to be filled, so the pharmacist made a call to the physician and left a message. A woman came to pick up the prescription, and he told her it was not ready. She left before the physician called to say he did not authorize the prescription.

NORTON: Police were called to a Warren Avenue residence Sept. 14, when a man reported his girlfriend locked him out. He told police he broke a window to get inside, but changed his statement and said he got inside by another means. Once inside the house, the two began to fight, and each sustained minor injuries. Both parties were charged with disorderly conduct, and the male was charged with criminal trespassing.

The pastor of a Johnson Road church reported Sept. 14 a Wadsworth man called him and said he planted a bomb that would go off during Sunday services. The Summit County Bomb Squad and two K-9 officers searched the church and did not locate any explosives. Police are seeking the man, wanted for inducing panic.

A Rittman driver was stopped on Hametown Road Sept. 14 after he failed to move aside for an emergency vehicle. He appeared intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond. His BAC tested .188.

A Grenfall Road man reported Sept. 15 three males came to his house to buy marijuana, took the drugs and left without paying. As they drove off, the victim held on to their vehicle, which dragged him a half-mile to South Cleveland-Massillon Road, where he let go and the vehicle drove off. The victim sustained extensive abrasions on his feet and other injuries, and he was transported to a hospital. Police located the males, who admitted they went to the victim’s house to purchase drugs, which they said they threw out the vehicle window while driving on Interstate 76. The three males and the victim were charged with trafficking in marijuana, and the driver of the vehicle was additionally charged with robbery, driving under suspension and failure to stop after an accident.

A Wadsworth woman stopped for speeding 52 mph in a 35-mph zone of Wadsworth Road Sept. 15 exhibited signs of impairment and admitted having two drinks earlier. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond.

A Norton High School student stopped for a traffic violation on Greenwich Road Sept. 15 was arrested for driving under suspension and possession of two bags of marijuana found in the vehicle. He was released to his mother, who said she was unaware he was driving her vehicle. Police gave her a verbal warning concerning unlawful entrustment of a motor vehicle.

On Sept. 16, police patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road observed a man on his knees in front of a business chanting and talking to himself. He told police he was staying at a residence nearby and agreed to go home. He declined a ride and said he would walk home. An hour later, officers observed him kneeling and chanting in front of a dental office. Once again, he declined a ride. Later that day, police received a call regarding the man walking in the street. He was transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

A man reported he is taking care of his grandmother’s house on Wadsworth Road and getting it ready for her to move back in following flood damage. On Sept. 16, a relative contacted him and asked if she could get into the residence to clean. He said he sent her a text message containing the combination to a key safe, so she could get the key. When he got to the residence, he learned that $30 cash had been taken from the key safe and two pressure washers, two tool sets and scrap aluminum were missing from the home. The relative admitted she took the money, which she said she would return, but she denied taking anything else.

Police went to a Columbia Woods Drive residence Sept. 17 and arrested a Kentucky man on two criminal warrants.

On Sept. 17, police were seeking the persons who broke into the garage of a Shellhart Road residence and stole a saw, Harley-Davidson travel trunk and leather riding gear while the family was away on vacation.

The manager of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant reported Sept. 18 two bubble gum machines were stolen from outside the front of the restaurant.

RICHFIELD: A man reported he was walking in a Wheatley Road parking lot Sept. 6 when a dog stuck his head out the window of a vehicle and bit him on the arm. The dog owner offered to make restitution for the victim’s clothing, and police determined the dog’s vaccinations were current. The victim declined charges.

A Hawkins Road man reported Sept. 10 one day about two weeks ago an unknown male came to his door, said he was moving into the neighborhood and asked what Internet provider he used. After he left, the resident felt the incident was suspicious.

The manager of a Wheatley Road restaurant reported Sept. 10 two males with guns were in the parking lot. Police stopped one man as he drove out of the parking lot, and he said he had just purchased a shotgun from the other man, who was still in the lot. He agreed he had just sold the shotgun to the driver and told officers there was another firearm in the vehicle. Officers took the second weapon and said they would contact the owner upon completion of an investigation into a possible report that it was stolen.

On Sept. 12, police responded to a report of a reckless driver on Interstate 77 and located him on Wheatley Road. The driver crossed lane lines several times and police stopped him on Broadview Road. He exhibited signs of intoxication, admitted having two drinks and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and released on bond.

An employee of the village’s Street Department reported Sept. 13 two street signs were stolen from intersections on High Street. The signs are metal, 12 by 24 inches, with a white background and black letters that spell “High.” They are worth $50 each.

Officers patrolling Scotswood Circle the morning of Sept. 16 observed a vehicle that had a broken window and a sunroof that had been smashed. Police attempted to contact the resident, but no one was home. Later that day, the resident called and said her son’s vehicle had been vandalized but nothing had been stolen.

The owner of a Brecksville Road business reported Sept. 17 a landscaper purchased equipment in May and paid with a check for $2,099, which was returned for insufficient funds. He said efforts to collect the money have been unsuccessful. Police contacted the landscaper and advised him the business owner said he would file felony charges against him if he does not pay the money he owes him. 

The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the remainder were compiled by Maggie DeMellier.

Editor’s note: The police reports provided here are a sampling of those filed with each community’s police departments. For questions related to the reports we’ve included or others we have not, call the West Side Leader at 330-665-9595. To provide information on an alleged criminal act noted in this week’s report, call the local police department.

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