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West Side Neighborhood Watch

12/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 900 block of Bye Street Dec. 10; the 600 block of Mineola Avenue Dec. 19; the 800 block of Nome Avenue Dec. 19; the 900 block of Roslyn Avenue Dec. 20; the 1200 block of West Sunset View Drive Dec. 20; the 100 block of South Balch Street Dec. 21; the 300 block of West Exchange Street Dec. 21; the 500 block of Crestview Avenue Dec. 22; and the 1500 block of Bond Street Dec. 22.

Late the evening of Dec. 17, a 25-year-old Los Angeles woman was pulled over at Copley Road and Grace Avenue after officers saw her vehicle’s headlights were off. Officers determined she did not have a valid Ohio or California driver’s license and also had a warrant out of the Akron Police Department. The woman insisted on making a phone call and collecting her personal belongings before exiting her vehicle, though officers advised her several times to stop or she would be placed under arrest, according to the police report. Officers removed the woman from the car and arrested her for obstructing official business and on two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia after finding two marijuana pipes.

A Thorndale Drive woman reported Dec. 18 she has been receiving several phone calls daily from an unknown person claiming they are with the FBI.

Also Dec. 18, Street Narcotics Uniform Detail (SNUD) detectives observed a drug transaction and made an investigative stop at Copley Road and Pickford Avenue. Charges followed for two men in the vehicle, a 26-year-old Canton man and a 22-year-old Kenmore neighborhood man. The Canton man had a syringe in his sock and a burnt breath mint canister in a pants pocket and was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to officers. The Kenmore man was charged with drug abuse after officers found a bag and container in his pants, both containing marijuana, according to the police report.

The daughter of a Winton Avenue elderly man alleged Dec. 19 a private caregiver stole a book of the man’s checks, forged his signature and has cashed several since Nov. 21, totaling $566 to date.

The same day a manager of an automotive repair business in the 2200 block of West Market Street reported a former employee, a woman in her 40s, has created several online accounts and web pages reflecting inaccurate information about the business, such as incorrect business hours and wrong phone numbers. The woman also has posted negative reviews online about the business and called to make bogus complaints about the business and its employees, according to the police report.

On Dec. 19, a 45-year-old Wildwood Avenue woman was charged with attempted drug abuse after officers made an investigative stop in the 400 block of Madison Avenue. The woman, a passenger in the car, handed officers a plastic baggie containing 44 pills of a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the police report. She stated her children have prescriptions for the medication, and officers issued a court summons and advised her to bring proof of the prescriptions to court.

BATH: Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Bath residence Dec. 16, when a juvenile reported her mother attacked her and left the residence. Police spoke to the mother, who said her daughter was being unruly and she restrained her to prevent her from causing damage. The juvenile was advised of the possibility of unruly or incorrigibility charges if her behavior continued, and both parties were advised of domestic violence laws.

On Dec. 17, a Foxwood Drive woman reported she has received several calls from people who told her she won a sweepstakes. She was asked to purchase gift cards totaling $1,000 and provide the numbers to the company in order to claim her prize. She told the caller she would call police, and she said the suspect became angry.

A woman reported Dec. 18 she left her wallet in a North Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant, and when she called the restaurant, employees were unable to locate it.

Police responded to a vehicle accident on Ghent Road around midnight Dec. 18, when a vehicle slid off the road. Officers observed the driver stumbling and falling in the snow. He failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .201. He was charged with DUI, released with a court summons and driven to his residence.

On Dec. 18, a man reported his cell phone was either lost or stolen while he was at a Medina Road restaurant. He said he called his phone number and a man answered. Later that day, a male called him and said he found the phone and wanted $400 to return it. The victim made an arrangement to get the phone at a restaurant, and a police officer went with him. The phone was returned to the victim without incident, and with no money exchanged.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Bath residence Dec. 19, when a juvenile refused to go to school and his father attempted to get him out of bed. The youth said he called 9-1-1 because he feared the situation would get physical. All parties were advised of domestic violence laws. None of the parties reported injuries and no charges were filed.

COPLEY: A Ridgewood Road man reported Dec. 15 an unknown driver caused damage to a fence on his property the previous night.

Police were called to a domestic disturbance at a Sugar Road residence Dec. 15 and received word that a male involved in the incident left the residence. Officers stopped him as he drove away, and he stated he and his wife argued and she threw some household items, but there was no physical confrontation. His wife agreed the argument was not physical and said he also threw items. There were no injuries and no charges were filed.

On Dec. 16, officers investigated a report of possible drug use and prostitution at a Rothrock Road motel. Police spoke to two males and two females and arrested one male on a theft warrant. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Police reviewed video footage of a Copley Road gas station parking lot Dec. 19 after a witness reported seeing a driver crash into a parked vehicle and drive away.

Around 1 a.m. Dec. 21, police responded to a vehicle crash on state Route 21 and found a vehicle that had gone off the road, struck a guardrail, flipped forward and landed on its side on top of the guardrail. The driver, who was standing beside the vehicle, was evaluated by EMS and released. He failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .172. He was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

FAIRLAWN: Police are seeking the person who smashed the windows of seven vehicles parked in unsecured garages on Juno and Miller roads between midnight and 6:16 a.m. Dec. 13 and stole items from three of them.

A woman reported she left her purse containing cash, credit cards and an $825 money order in a shopping cart in the parking lot of a Montrose discount store Dec. 13 and immediately returned to find it had been stolen.

An employee of a Montrose discount store was arrested for theft Dec. 13 after he admitted taking a $700 cell phone from a display, hiding it under a shelf and later taking it out of the store without paying for it. He was fired, charged with theft and released with a court summons. The phone was not recovered.

A 10-year-old girl took an item from a mall boutique Dec. 14 and showed it to an employee while she was outside the store and then ran away. She was arrested in the food court, charged with theft and released to a neighbor when police were unable to locate a parent or guardian.

A juvenile who ran away from home at midnight Dec. 15 was located by the Akron Police Department and returned to her home on Miller Road.

Police were called to a Lenox Village Drive residence Dec. 15 by a female who said her father had a knife and was threatening her mother. Officers separated the parties and interviewed the victim and her daughter, who said the man came home intoxicated and argued with his wife. When the argument escalated, he grabbed a kitchen knife and waved it at the victim and their daughter, threatening them. He was arrested for two counts of domestic violence and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

An Akron man was arrested for theft of men’s cologne worth $95 from a mall department store Dec. 16, banned from the store and released with a court summons.

In separate incidents Dec. 16, a Cuyahoga Falls woman and a Tallmadge woman were arrested for concealing clothing in their purses while in fitting rooms of a mall department store. The latter female also was found to be in possession of items stolen from another mall store. Each woman was charged with theft, banned from the store and released with a court summons.

An Akron man who concealed merchandise under his coat and left a mall department store without paying Dec. 16 was arrested for theft and receiving stolen property after police found him in possession of items stolen from another store. He was banned from the stores and released with a court summons.

On Dec. 17, the assistant manager of a mall store reported a woman stole $135 jeans during a transaction with a clerk. The incident was observed on video footage.

Police investigated a report of criminal child enticement Dec. 18, when an 11-year-old boy reported he was walking home from a school bus stop on Morewood Road when a car pulled up beside him and a white male wearing glasses and a black shirt spoke in a foreign accent, telling him to get in the car. The victim yelled “no” and continued walking, and the suspect asked his name and where he lived. The victim went inside his house and watched the man through a window sitting in his vehicle outside his house. He said the suspect drove around the block and returned to his house, then parked in the lot of a nearby church. The vehicle was described as a white Mercedes with no front plate and a green tree air freshener hanging from the inside mirror.

NORTON: An Akron man employed by a Wooster Road business was fired Dec. 13 and charged with vandalism for causing more than $5,500 damage to business equipment by repeatedly punching it. The activity was recorded on surveillance video footage and reviewed by police.

On Dec. 15, a Hametown Road man reported a Norton man has been making unwanted calls and sending him text messages, often threatening him. Police advised the man to stop contacting the victim, and he agreed to do so.

Police were called to a disturbance at a Greenwich Road specialty store the afternoon of Dec. 15, when a Norton man and a Barberton man were arguing. Officers escorted the two outside, where each was issued a summons for disorderly conduct. The Barberton man was additionally charged with possession of four hypodermic needles and taken to the Summit County Jail on a warrant for possession of heroin.

Officers responded to a report of burglary in progress the night of Dec. 16, when the owner of a Johnson Road residence said the basement door of the home had been kicked in by someone who he thought was still inside. Police found no one in the residence and followed foot prints outside the rear door, but did not locate anyone. The owner said the residence has been broken into several times since he purchased it.

On Dec. 16, police investigated a report that a man was riding a bicycle with no lights in the area of Johnson and Medina Line roads around 5:15 a.m. Officers located the man and advised him it was unsafe to ride a bike with no lights on a dark road. He was released to the Barberton Police Department on a warrant.

The owner of a Barber Road business reported Dec. 17 someone pried open a door the previous night, entered the business and stole tools and equipment totaling more than $4,500.

A woman who failed to dim her high beams in the presence of oncoming traffic on Eastern Road at 5:30 a.m. Dec. 17 was stopped after officers observed her driving erratically. The Canal Fulton woman was charged with DUI and released on a signature bond.

RICHFIELD: On Dec. 3, police investigated turf damage to a lawn on Hawkins Road by an unknown driver.

A Boston Mills Road man reported Dec. 4 eight strands of Christmas lights were stolen from his property the previous night.

Police investigated a report Dec. 4 by the son of a Berkley Drive man stating his deceased father had four guns in his bedroom and three of them had been stolen.

A Fawn Chase woman reported Dec. 4 her banks advised her of suspicious activity involving two of her credit card accounts and her bank debit card. Unauthorized transactions were attempted on the accounts, but they were denied and the financial institutions sent her new cards. An unauthorized transaction was attempted on one of the new cards, and a second replacement card was issued to her. Police advised her to continue to monitor her accounts and report suspicious activity.

On Dec. 5, police responded to a report that dogs were barking outside a Ridgeview Drive residence for the past two days. Officers spoke to the dog owner, who said the dogs have bark collars and she would make sure they wore them.

Following a meeting with the parents of a Deer Creek Trail woman Dec. 8, the daughter signed charges of domestic violence and menacing against her husband. Police went to the residence, arrested the suspect for domestic violence and took him to the Summit County Jail.

A High Street woman reported Dec. 9 she returned from vacation to find jewelry missing from her bedroom. Police interviewed the victim and her daughter, who stayed in the residence while her mother was away. There was no sign of forced entry, and her daughter reported a juvenile runaway and her boyfriend also were in the residence while the victim was away. She surrendered two marijuana smoking devices from her bedroom, and police advised the victim and her daughter that detectives would follow up with them regarding the investigation.

Police went to a Brecksville Road gas station Dec. 10, arrested a man on a warrant and released him to the Bath Police Department. A marijuana cigarette was confiscated from him at the time of his arrest.

On Dec. 10, officers investigated a report by an Alger Road woman who said she provided banking information to a man who called her for a donation to an association for veterans, and she was uncertain whether he represented a charity or if he had conducted a scam to get her bank information. She canceled her checking account and opened a new one.

The manager of a Columbia Road shipping facility reported the theft of a package Dec. 11.

Police investigated a report by a Ridgeview Drive man who said his property was turfed Dec. 14. Officers followed tracks leading from the rear of the victim’s property, which led to a barn where a golf cart was parked. Police noticed snow on the wheels of the cart and went to the residence to speak to the driver of the cart. His parents said they were unable to wake him, but they agreed that he would go to the victim’s home and apologize for turfing his yard and to make restitution if there was damage. Police found two other yards on the street had been turfed, and they videotaped the damage and advised the suspect he was responsible for any damage.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Galloway Drive residence Dec. 15 and determined no physical confrontation or threats occurred. A woman and her children left the residence for the night.

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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