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West Side Neighborhood Watch

12/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1200 block of Greenwood Avenue Dec. 9; the 300 block of North Hawkins Avenue Dec. 10; the 1300 block of Hardesty Boulevard Dec. 11; the 100 block of South Pershing Avenue Dec. 15; and the 700 block of West Market Street Dec. 16.

Officers responded to a report of a man slumped over a steering wheel in the 100 block of Glendale Avenue Dec. 10 and found a 28-year-old Norton man in the driver’s seat. The man stated he had been driving, though his license had been suspended, according to the police report. Officers found heroin in the man’s pocket and a syringe and cut cigarette filter in the center console, and the man was charged with possession of heroin, drug instruments and drug paraphernalia.

After following up on a tip Dec. 11, detectives arrested a 20-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, both of Bye Street, for robbery. On Nov. 29, the two allegedly entered a gas station in the 1600 block of Merriman Road and robbed the clerks of cigarettes and cigars. A citizen called police after viewing a video of the robbery and recognizing the suspects. The pair were taken into custody without incident and booked into the Summit County Jail.

A West Market Street man reported Dec. 11 he put money in a container for a charity in the 1700 block of his street and an altercation with a representative of the charity ensued. The victim stated he was pushed into a car and his ribs were bruised, but he did not want medical attention, according to the police report. A witness reported the victim made negative statements about the charity, and a video depicted the charity worker calling the charity’s hotline to advise them he was being harassed. The witness further stated the reporting party made statements such as, “You’re going to cut me?!” though no threat nor weapons were apparent.

A 25-year-old Hartford Avenue man was charged with possession of crack/cocaine and heroin, trafficking in drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia (three counts) and drug abuse (marijuana) after he was stopped for a traffic violation at East Avenue and Rentar Lane Dec. 11. Drugs, a digital scale and a vacuum-sealed container were recovered, according to officers.

On Dec. 12, officers approached a 43-year-old North Canton woman who was hunched over with a crack pipe in her hand while sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked at a fast food restaurant in the 1300 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard. Officers charged her with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

A 54-year-old Storer Avenue man was involved in four hit-skip accidents Dec. 12 before running off the road, hitting a tree and light pole and coming to a stop at West Market Street and Merriman Road, according to police reports. The man, who allegedly refused to complete Breathalyzer and other alcohol detection tests, was charged with several offenses relating to alcohol and reckless driving and booked into the Summit County Jail.

A 54-year-old Ross Drive man was taken into custody for possession of drugs Dec. 13 after he was pulled over at Stoner Street and Nome Avenue after leaving a suspected drug house and for failing to use a turn signal and not having a license plate light. Officers found a crumb of crack cocaine on his seat and a larger rock under his seat, according to the police report.

On Dec. 14, an officer initiated a traffic stop at Treetop and Portage trails after he observed a vehicle with a burnt out headlight, according to his report. The front seat passenger, a 23-year-old Ellet man, was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon while under disability after admitting he had a gun and the officer found a .357-caliber Magnum in his waistband. The man has two prior convictions for assault on an officer, according to the police report.

A 32-year-old Frederick Boulevard man, a passenger in a vehicle pulled over for a stop sign violation Dec. 14 at Little Street and Nome Avenue, was charged with possession of drugs and tampering with evidence after officers found crushed up pieces of crack cocaine on the floorboard. The driver told officers the man asked her to hide a plastic bag, and when she refused, he made the bag disappear, according to the police report.

The same day, a 29-year-old Storer Avenue woman died while visiting a man in the 1100 block of Nome Avenue. The man stated he found the woman leaning over the kitchen sink unconscious and not breathing and attempts to revive her were unsuccessful. Officers recovered three hypodermic needles, two metal spoons with burn marks and a cotton ball from the scene, and an investigation is pending.

Officers ran a random registration check on a 2013 Honda CR-V parked in the 900 block of Frederick Boulevard and discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen from a Newark woman Dec. 15.

On Dec. 16, a 24-year-old Cumberland woman was transported to the Summit County Jail after officers found oxycodone, marijuana, a crack pipe and a hollow plastic tube with residue inside her vehicle in the 200 block of West Market Street. The woman, who was stopped for driving under suspension, was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

BATH: A male reported he took his laptop computer to a Ranchwood Road residence Dec. 4 and left without it. When he went back to retrieve it, the resident told him he gave it to a friend, who told the victim he was never given a laptop computer.

Police were called to a Montrose beauty supply store Dec. 4, when employees reported a customer paid with a counterfeit $50 bill. The customer said she was unaware the bill, which she received from her workplace, was counterfeit.

The manager of an Embassy Parkway medical office reported Dec. 5 an employee’s husband created a disturbance in the office and another employee asked him to leave. He was escorted from the building, and the office manager told police she would call if further assistance was needed.

The driver of a vehicle without its headlights on was stopped on Medina Road Dec. 6. He exhibited signs of impairment, failed a field sobriety test and was unable to complete a BAC breath test. He was charged with DUI, given a court summons and released to a taxi.

Police patrolling Ranchwood Road the night of Dec. 7 stopped the driver of a vehicle with one headlight and noticed an odor of marijuana in the vehicle. The driver was arrested for possession of methamphetamine tablets, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

On Dec. 8, officers responded to an accident on Smith Road, where witnesses reported a driver went left of center, struck an oncoming vehicle and came to rest in a yard, causing property damage. The driver failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and lane violations, and released with a court summons. The driver of the other vehicle was treated by Bath EMS and released.

A North Cleveland-Massillon Road man reported Dec. 9 he asked a roommate to leave his residence several weeks ago, and he recently discovered a hunting bow and other items missing from his home.

A Granger Road woman reported Dec. 10 someone used her identity to open an investment account with a bank. She was given an identity theft packet.

Also Dec. 10, a woman reported someone entered her unlocked vehicle in a Montrose parking lot and stole a GPS unit, wallet and recently purchased merchandise.

A woman reported her wallet was stolen between 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at a Medina Road location and someone used her credit cards at various area businesses.

The manager of a Medina Road cosmetics store reported Dec. 12 two women were seen on store surveillance video footage concealing items. One female paid for an item and passed some to the other female, who concealed them. The two left the store separately.

Police are seeking the driver of a vehicle that crashed on Springside Drive Dec. 14 after running over a curb, knocking down a sign in a space designated for handicapped drivers and turfing a grassy area. The driver’s cell phone and vehicle keys were found on the seat, and Barberton police were attempting to locate the vehicle’s owner.

COPLEY: A Mull Avenue man reported Dec. 1 his neighbor wrote and cashed an unauthorized check for $115 from his bank account. He requested no police intervention at the time.

On Dec. 2, police were investigating a report by a Briggle Road woman who said her child’s father came to her residence and the two had an argument that turned physical, and she was injured. The male provided a conflicting report of the incident, stating she was intoxicated and she jumped on him when he attempted to leave, knocking both of them to the floor.

Police patrolling Medina Road Dec. 2 stopped the driver of a vehicle after observing it in a parking lot with two occupants inside for an extended period of time. The male driver and a female passenger were in possession of an unknown crystalline substance and unidentified white pills, which were sent to a lab for identification. Charges were pending results of the tests.

On Dec. 3, police responded to a report of a woman crying and walking in the roadway, creating a traffic hazard in the area of Springside Drive and Brookmont Road. Officers located the female, who was highly intoxicated and unable to provide information. She was charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication, and EMS transported her to a hospital for evaluation.

The brother of a woman living at a Brookmont Road residential facility reported Dec. 4 someone used her credit cards at area businesses for purchases totaling more than $4,500.

A man reported he answered an ad on Craigslist and purchased a cell phone from a woman who met him at a Medina Road gas station Dec. 8. After he purchased the phone, he found it could not be activated and that it might have been stolen. He contacted the woman who sold it to him, and she refused to provide any information about the phone. Police are investigating.

Officers responded to a report that a juvenile had been at a Medina Road gas station for three hours Dec. 9 and determined he had run away from a foster home in Akron. He was returned to his home.

On Dec. 9, police responded to a report that a male was breaking into a vehicle outside a Brookmont Road department store and located a man fitting the suspect’s description. He was wanted in Geauga County on a felony warrant, and police found him in possession of a GPS unit and gift cards stolen from a vehicle in a Bath parking lot. He said he and a friend rode a bus to Montrose with the intention of breaking into cars, but he did not have a chance to steal anything, although he knew the GPS unit and gift cards were stolen. He was charged with receiving stolen property and released to Geauga County sheriff’s deputies.

Two signs were stolen from the parking lot of a real estate business on Montrose West Avenue Dec. 11.

Between 9 p.m. Dec. 12 and 1 a.m. Dec. 13, someone entered a truck outside a Lakeland Avenue residence and stole cash and checks.

A South Cleveland-Massillon Road woman reported Dec. 14 that outgoing mail was stolen from her mailbox.

Police investigated a report of suspicious activity at a Rothrock Road motel Dec. 16 and arrested a man on felony warrant. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

FAIRLAWN: Police arrested a Fairlawn woman for theft Dec. 6 after employees of a Montrose discount store observed her shoplifting. Police apprehended her in the parking lot, recovered the merchandise and released her with a court summons. She was wanted on warrants in Springfield and Akron, but police in those communities requested she be advised of the warrants and released.

Employees of a mall specialty store reported Dec. 7 a male and female with a baby entered the store and appeared to be concealing merchandise. When a manager confronted them, the female began screaming at her and making death threats. The two created a disturbance, and mall security officers escorted them from the store. Charges were pending completion of an investigation.

Police investigated a forgery report filed by the manager of a mall jewelry store Dec. 8, when two males entered the store and asked to look at diamond rings. One man completed an application for credit but was unable to verify or elaborate on the information in the application, and it was declined. After the males left the store and headed for another mall jewelry store, the manager learned the creditor determined the application was a forgery.

On Dec. 8, employees of a mall department store reported an Akron man took his pants off in the store, took sweat pants from a display and put them on, concealed items in the pants and left the store without paying for the merchandise. Police arrested him for theft, recovered the merchandise and advised him he is banned from all stores in the chain indefinitely. He was released with a court summons.

An Akron woman was arrested for theft and furnishing false information to police Dec. 9 after employees of a mall store reported she concealed merchandise and left the store without paying. Mall security officers observed her walking in the mall concourse reportedly carrying a “booster” bag. Police were unable to locate the stolen merchandise, but the woman’s image was captured on video surveillance footage, and she was identified by a store employee. She was banned from the mall for three years and released with a court summons.

An employee of a mall store reported Dec. 9 her wallet and cell phone were stolen from her purse in an employee break room.

Two mall employees reported an Akron man approached them and made bomb threats Dec. 10, saying they should be careful of little gold boxes containing bombs. Officers located the suspect, who had been banned from the mall due to a previous incident, and charged him with inducing panic and criminal trespassing after he allegedly admitted making the statements. He was banned from the mall indefinitely.

A Cleveland woman reported her purse was stolen from the back seat of her unlocked vehicle outside a West Market Street medical office between 4 and 5 p.m. Dec. 10.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a man who said he was robbed of $120 at gunpoint at a Riviera Drive residence Dec. 10. Police arrived and found a man outside the residence. He initially denied making the emergency call, but later admitted he did make the call, but he was not robbed at gunpoint. He gave an Asian man $120 to provide a prostitute who was to meet him at the residence. When he arrived and discovered he had been swindled, the Asian man left, and he called police.

NORTON: On Dec. 7, a Wadsworth Road woman reported someone entered her unlocked garage for the second time in two weeks and stole a snow shovel and ice scraper.

A Manila Avenue man reported Dec. 7 someone smashed the glass in the front door of his residence.

The owner of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported someone used a brick to smash a rear window the night of Dec. 7.

Police responded to a report that an erratic driver was heading into Norton on state Route 21 at 1:30 a.m. Dec. 8. Officers stopped the Norton man after observing him commit several lane violations. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

On Dec. 8, police contacted a Kansas man and advised him to stop contacting a Union Street woman or he would be arrested for phone harassment.

A motorist on Interstate 76 Dec. 10 reported a chunk of ice flew off a tractor-trailer and shattered the windshield of his vehicle.

An Easton Road man reported Dec. 10 a representative from his bank notified him that an unknown person called the bank, provided his name and Social Security number and asked for access to his bank account.

A Norton Middle School student reported Dec. 10 another student attacked him from behind while he was playing basketball. The victim’s father said there has been an ongoing problem with the youth bullying his son. Both students were suspended for fighting, and police advised the victim’s parents to work with school officials regarding the alleged bullying.

A Higgins Drive man reported Dec. 12 his estranged wife filed a protection order against him, and after it was served, he received three calls originating from her residence. He answered one call, which was from his son, and he told his son he was unable to talk to him. He did not answer the other two calls and wanted the incidents documented.

Police are seeking the persons who broke into a Wadsworth Road bar between 3 and 8 a.m. Dec. 12, stole a cash register and took money from a lottery cash register. Officers found pry marks on a door, and employees said they arrived that morning to find the alarm had been activated.

Officers responded to a dispute between two males at a Greenwich Road location Dec. 12, when one man said the other threatened to shoot him. One man began yelling at police officers, and he was told to calm down or he would be arrested. The two men were advised to have no contact with each other and allow their attorneys to handle the dispute.

On Dec. 12, police investigated a break-in at a Clubview Drive garage. Nothing was reported missing. The victim said the door had been damaged in a previous break-in.

Police went to a South Cleveland-Massillon Road business Dec. 12, arrested a Rittman woman on a warrant and released her to the Barberton Police Department.

RICHFIELD: A Broadview Road woman reported Nov. 28 she received a harassing text message from her estranged husband, who reportedly threatened to come and take their son. She said the two are involved in legal proceedings, and police advised her that the matter was a civil one. She requested documentation of the incidents.

Police arrested a man who was wanted on a warrant in Bath Dec. 10. He was picked up by officers in Bath and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Editor’s note: Additional reports from the Richfield Police Department for this week were not available by presstime and will appear in next week’s edition.


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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