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West Side Neighborhood Watch

11/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 200 block of McDowell Avenue Nov. 18; the 500 block of Crosby Street Nov. 19; the 800 block of Nome Avenue Nov. 19; the 200 block of Twin Oaks Road Nov. 19; the 1800 block of West Waterford Court Nov. 19; the 900 block of Bloomfield Avenue Nov. 20; the 100 block of Hollinger Avenue Nov. 20; the 1400 block of Peckham Street Nov. 20; the 100 block of Hyde Avenue Nov. 21; the 500 block of East Avenue Nov. 22; the 100 block of Hollinger Avenue Nov. 22; and the 1700 block of Liberty Drive Nov. 23.

Someone driving in the 700 block of Stadelman Avenue Nov. 16 around 11 p.m. reported a house on fire. According to the police report, the unsecured house had been set on fire by an unknown person.

On Nov. 18, a 26-year-old West Market Street woman was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia after police were called to a clothing store in Highland Square regarding a possible shoplifter. The owner of the store said she recovered property from the woman and did not wish to press charges, according to the police report. However, the woman had several outstanding warrants from Akron for theft and drug abuse, according to officers, and a syringe, snort straw and razor blade were found in her possession.

The next day a Romig Road woman reported she left her vehicle running while she ran inside a convenience store in the 1500 block of South Hawkins Avenue. As she was coming out, she saw a man jump into her vehicle and drive off, according to the police report.

Also Nov. 19, a Canton man was a victim of aggravated robbery and felonious assault at Work Drive and Madison Avenue. The victim said he was approached by an unknown male who demanded money. After giving up his wallet containing $200 cash, the male fired several shots, one of which struck the victim in the lower back, according to the police report. The victim was treated at a hospital and released, and the case was turned over to detectives.

Following a burglary at an apartment in the 1800 block of West Waterford Court Nov. 19, the victim reported stolen items included a computer, two watches and an unknown amount of money in a child’s piggy bank, which had been broken.

The same day, an administrator at Buchtel Community Learning Center reported two seventh-grade boys admitted to stealing three iPads owned by the school from a classroom. One of the boys confessed to selling them at the corner of Copley Road and Stoner Avenue, according to the police report.

On Nov. 20, the manager of a retail pharmacy in the 1300 block of Copley Road reported a black male in his 30s attempted to purchase items with a counterfeit $50 bill, then fled on foot.

A woman was walking on Woodland Avenue Nov. 22 when she crossed in front a vehicle with three men travelling on Oakdale Avenue, according to the police report. The vehicle began driving slowly next to her as she walked, and the driver asked if she had any money, according to the report. When she told him she didn’t have any money, he responded by stating he had a gun in the car and demanded she show him what was in her wallet, she reported. She then gave him $60, all the cash she had in her wallet, and the men fled northbound on Balch Street, she stated.

A 19-year-old Kenmore neighborhood man was charged with possession of drugs Nov. 22 after officers drove past him and noticed he reached into his pants pocket as he turned behind a building in the 900 block of Copley Road. Officers stopped him to talk with him and checked the area behind the building, finding a bag containing 3.2 grams of crack on the ground, according to the police report.

BATH: Police were called to a Spring Valley Road residence Nov. 17 when a woman reported her daughter’s ex-boyfriend was at the residence retrieving his belongings when an argument ensued and he left and drove through the yard. At the request of the residents, police advised him he is not to be on the property, and if he returns, he could face criminal charges.

A woman reported Nov. 18 her wallet containing cash, credit cards and identification was stolen from her purse while she shopped at a Medina Road grocery store.

On Nov. 19, police shot and killed an injured deer at a location on Yellow Creek Road.

A man who was staying at a Springside Drive motel reported Nov. 20 an unknown person broke into his work truck in the parking lot the previous night and stole a debit card and construction-grade laser.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Medina Road Nov. 21, police stopped the driver and arrested her for driving under suspension.

During a traffic stop on North Cleveland-Massillon Road Nov. 21, police noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver was arrested for driving under suspension, and police confiscated marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a K-9 officer located the contraband in the vehicle. Additional charges were pending completion of an investigation.

The driver of a vehicle with no front license plate was stopped on Medina Road Nov. 22 and arrested on felony warrants from Franklin and Summit counties and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A North Cleveland-Massillon Road man reported Nov. 20 he observed a man carrying a blue grocery store bag. The unknown male entered his property and walked to the north side of it around 1:30 a.m. The following morning, he noticed a necklace missing from his pickup truck in the driveway.

COPLEY: Barberton police arrested a man on a Copley warrant Nov. 10. He was charged and held at the Barberton Jail until his court appearance.

A woman reported she was in the process of moving out of a Vale Drive apartment, and she left the residence and returned Nov. 11 to find marijuana and a smoking bong on the living room floor. Police confiscated the items and are investigating the matter.

On Nov. 11, police investigated the theft of numerous packs of cigarettes from a Copley Road drive-thru beverage center between 7:30 and 8:20 p.m.

Officers, along with Akron Police and Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies, performed a lock-down drug search at Copley High School Nov. 12. A K-9 officer alerted police to the presence of drugs in a vehicle in the student parking lot. The driver of the vehicle was charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia and released with a court summons.

A woman reported she fell on ice at a Medina Road gas station Nov. 12, and when she asked if she could fill out an incident report at the business, her request was denied. She asked police to document the incident.

A home care worker for a Medina Road resident reported Nov. 12 she fired two other women who were working at the residence, and one of them called her cell phone and threatened her. Police agreed to provide additional patrol in the area of the residence.

The manager of a Jacoby Road business reported Nov. 12 he had a verbal altercation with an employee over equipment that was left out the previous night. He said the employee became angry and left the business, and he feared he might return and damage his property. The manager called police to report he spoke to the employee and the matter was resolved.

A Jacoby Road woman’s son reported his mother’s credit card was fraudulently used to make a purchase at an Akron store Nov. 13. He said someone attempted to make purchases at other Akron stores, but they were declined.

Police responded to a three-car crash in front of a day care center on South Cleveland-Massillon Road Nov. 14, when a driver struck a car in front of her and pushed it into a third vehicle.

A Copley man struck a deer on state Route 21 at 5:30 a.m. Nov. 14 and damaged the front end of his pickup truck and killed the buck. The deer carcass was released to a resident who requested it.

Police boarded an RTA bus at a stop on Medina Road and Flight Memorial Drive Nov. 21 after Akron police reported a man called them from the bus and threatened to harm himself. He told officers he did make the call to Akron police, and he was transported to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

FAIRLAWN: The manager of a Montrose discount store reported a juvenile who was banned from the store last December was spotted in the store in October and warned he would be arrested if he returned. The juvenile was in the store Nov. 15, and he was arrested for criminal trespassing.

Two juveniles who fled into the parking lot of a mall department store Nov. 16 after reportedly concealing clothing items under their clothes were arrested for theft and banned from the store. Later that day, an Akron man was charged with shoplifting a $90 watch from the same store. He was arrested for theft and banned from the store.

On Nov. 16, the manager of a mall store reported a male and female entered the store, and the male stole 17 designer sunglasses, worth more than $4,000, from a display case that was accidentally left unlocked. Police reviewed video surveillance footage of the theft and are seeking the suspects.

An employee of a West Market Street store reported Nov. 18 a female concealed two portable speakers, valued at $400, and left the store without paying for them. The manager said he reviewed video surveillance footage of the incident and recognized the female from previous incidents. Police located her at the Summit County Jail, where she was incarcerated for identity theft and possession of drugs. She admitted stealing the speakers and selling them. She was charged with theft.

A man reported he left his $700 iPhone 5 in a charger in his unlocked vehicle, parked in a mall lot between 2:40 and 2:47 p.m. Nov. 19, and it was stolen.

Police determined a $700 mountain bike found in a wooded area near West Market Street Nov. 19 belonged to an Akron woman, who was about to report it stolen from her residence.

A woman reported she left her iPhone in a charger on the front seat of her unlocked vehicle in a mall lot between 4:10 and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 19, and it was stolen.

A pharmacist at a West Market Street drugstore reported Nov. 20 a woman called in a prescription for narcotic pain medication, and when he called the prescribing physician, he learned the physician did not order it, and he notified police, who were waiting when the female came to pick up the drugs, and stopped her car. The woman, who works for the Ohio Department of Health, admitted she stole blank prescription forms from a care facility on Wyant Woods Drive, signed a doctor’s name and used his DEA number to order the drugs in the name of a patient at the facility. She also admitted forging a prescription using a nurse practitioner’s name as the prescriber of the drugs in the name of a different patient at the facility. She said that prescription was filled the previous day, and police confiscated the drugs from her, charged her with deception to obtain drugs and illegal possession of drugs and took her to the Summit County Jail.

An Akron woman reported her purse was stolen Nov. 20 while she loaded groceries into her vehicle in the parking lot of a West Market Street discount drugstore.

On Nov. 20, officers arrested an Akron man for shoplifting four shirts valued at $168 from a mall department store. He was arrested for theft and banned from the store.

Security agents at a mall department store reported Nov. 20 a shoplifter exited the store with merchandise and left in a vehicle driven by another woman. After police contacted surrounding communities, Bath police stopped the driver, who provided several false identities before her true identity was determined. She was arrested for driving under suspension and released to Lucas County deputies on a warrant. The passenger was arrested for theft of merchandise totaling $592, which was recovered from the vehicle. Officers also found more than 100 fraudulent credit cards in the vehicle and in both suspects’ possession, and both women were charged with forgery. The cards were confiscated, along with 30 cartons and 70 packs of cigarettes believed to have been purchased with the fraudulent cards. A male in the vehicle made a purchase at the department store, but he was not in possession of any fraudulent cards, and he was not charged. An employee said he used six credit cards before finding one that was honored for the transaction. Additional charges against any or all of the three Columbus suspects were pending completion of an investigation.

NORTON: A Woodbine Street man was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing Nov. 16 after a neighbor found him hiding in the back seat of her car.

Police patrolling Interstate 76 Nov. 17 stopped a Brookpark woman for lane violations. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. Her BAC tested .199.

On Nov. 17, a Rittman woman admitted she was trespassing in a cornfield on a South Cleveland-Massillon Road farm for the purpose of joyriding in the mud, when her vehicle got stuck. She was charged with criminal damaging and trespassing. Additional charges were pending a reply from the property owners.

Police investigated the theft of six bottles of liquor and $573 cash from a Houston Road bar between 1:45 and 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17. According to the owner, there was no sign of forced entry into the building, and someone pried open a cash register.

An Orrville man who was stopped for speeding on state Route 21 Nov. 17 admitted drinking and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and driving without a license and released with a court summons.

A Golf Course Drive man reported Nov. 17 a friend took his vehicle and failed to return it. He believes the man and a female acquaintance used a key to enter his home and steal the title for the vehicle.

On Nov. 18, police investigated the burglary of two residences on Grenfall Drive, where someone entered a garage of one residence and stole a snowblower, log splitter, meat from a freezer and other items. At a nearby residence, someone broke into a shed and stole a chainsaw, two electric mowers, a pressure washer and two leaf blowers.

A Gardner Boulevard man reported Nov. 18 someone entered his garage through an unlocked door and stole a sander, paint sprayer, chainsaw and other items from the garage and a GPS unit from a vehicle in the garage.

The owner of a Barber Road storage facility reported Nov. 18 she found three locks that had been cut from storage units. Numerous items were stolen from one unit, including furniture, worth $5,000, clothing and kitchen items. The owner reported seeing suspicious vehicles leaving the facility around the time of the theft and provided police with a copy of video surveillance footage of the vehicles.

A Gardner Boulevard man reported Nov. 18 an unknown person entered his work van parked outside his residence the previous night and stole numerous tools belonging to his employer.

On Nov. 19, police responded to a report that a woman had been run over by a vehicle at a Watkins Road residence. They spoke to the victim, who said she attempted to prevent her live-in boyfriend from leaving in a pickup truck by climbing into the bed of the truck. She jumped from the truck as he backed it up, and it struck her. The male left with her son before police arrived. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries, and police attempted to locate the male. Charges were pending the completion of an investigation.

A Hametown Road man reported Nov. 20 a Marshallville man has been allegedly making harassing and threatening calls to him. The caller denied making threats, and police advised both parties to have no contact with each other.

Police are seeking the person or persons who broke into a Jackson Drive car wash around 4 a.m. Nov. 21 and stole money from various machines and caused $20,000 loss and damage to two bill changers, $15,000 loss and damage to three coin boxes, damaged vacuum machines and stole more than $2,000 cash.

On Nov. 22, a Norton Avenue man reported his checkbook was missing after his niece visited him a month ago. She admitted using four of his checks to make purchases totaling $250 and agreed to make restitution. 

RICHFIELD: Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Brecksville Road residence Nov. 11, when they determined the parties argued, but no physical confrontation took place.

A woman reported Nov. 12 her ex-husband left their two daughters alone at his Donna Drive residence and went out of town. Police spoke to the man, who said he would be back in three hours and his girlfriend, who resides at his home, would be there within an hour.

On Nov. 14, officers were called to a Brecksville Road business where a woman reported she had a verbal altercation with her father and brother after she was fired, and she ran to her home on Everett Road. The female said she was leaving the residence, and police advised that officers should be present when she returned to retrieve her belongings.

A woman reported Nov. 14 she signed a separation agreement to end her employment from a Brecksville Road business, and she received a packet of papers in the mail that bore a signature that was not hers. She said the document was notarized, and she did not sign anything in front of a notary. Police advised her it was a civil matter, and she should contact an attorney.

Police investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle at a Brecksville Road travel center Nov. 15, when employees said three people took the license plates off the Ford Focus, got into an SUV with out-of-state plates and left the Ford behind. Police traced the vehicle identification number and located the owner, who said her son took the car to New York and called to tell her he experienced mechanical problems with it. She agreed to come to Ohio and retrieve it, and police advised her there were no license plates on it.

On Nov. 15, the owner of a Congress Parkway shredding business reported he shredded X-rays for the owner of a metal business, who agreed to pay $1 per pound for the service. The X-rays, which arrived in a truck, weighed 5,972 pounds, and they were shredded in June. After the service was performed, the business owner said he would only pay 36 cents per pound. When the owner of the shredding business said he would pursue payment for the entire amount he agreed to pay, the metal business owner didn’t pay anything, and stopped communicating with him. Police are investigating.

Officers responded to a report a vehicle was stuck in the mud on a gas company access road Nov. 15. Police located a representative of the gas company and two people who said they drove along the access road to get to a Brecksville Road residence and got stuck. The two were not charged with trespassing, but they were warned that if they returned to the property, they would be charged and they were told to remove the vehicle. A tow truck from AAA was unable to extricate the vehicle, and the driver paid for another tow truck to remove it.

A Columbia Road woman called police Nov. 16 when she and her husband had a verbal argument that turned physical. She declined charges and medical treatment, and her husband left the residence for the night.

A woman reported she went to a Broadview Road grocery store at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17, returned to her vehicle, unlocked it and put her groceries inside. She saw a strange man standing outside the passenger side of her vehicle attempting to open the door. When she said she would call police, he fled and she drove home.


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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