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West Side Neighborhood Watch

1/2/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 300 block of Fernwood Drive Dec. 23; the 700 block of West Market Street Dec. 23; the 1800 block of Merriman Road Dec. 23; the 300 block of Noah Avenue Dec. 23; the 900 block of Peerless Avenue Dec. 24; the 700 block of Crosby Street Dec. 25; the 2000 block of Akron-Peninsula Road Dec. 26; the 900 block of Bellevue Avenue Dec. 26; the 1400 block of South Hawkins Avenue Dec. 26; the 900 block of Copley Road Dec. 27; the 1100 block of Nome Avenue Dec. 27; the 600 block of Roslyn Avenue Dec. 28; the 800 block of Crestview Avenue Dec. 29; and the 1200 block of Cordova Avenue Dec. 29.

A 23-year-old Buchtel Avenue man hired to work outside a business in the 1800 block of Merriman Road, along with a 27-year-old Avon Street man, was caught on video removing four flat-screen TVs from the business Dec. 22. The Buchtel Avenue man allegedly admitted to stealing the TVs and told officers his partner had already sold them, claiming he needed $500 to get them back and only had $300 so far. Warrants were signed on both men Dec. 23. The Buchtel Avenue man was booked into the Summit County Jail Dec. 28.

A 32-year-old West Cedar Street woman was charged with aggravated burglary following a report from a senior citizen living in the 200 block of West Market Street that she forced her way into his apartment and demanded money Dec. 23. He told officers she struck him several times with a brick. The woman went through his apartment and took $65, his bankcard from his wallet and his cell phone, according to the police report. She was booked into the Summit County Jail Dec. 30.

On Christmas Eve, a Crosby Street man reported a camera, cash, MacBook computer, external hard drive and garbage disposal were stolen from his residence. Officers took photographs of shoeprints in the snow outside the bathroom window and tagged them into evidence.

The same day, a Peerless Avenue woman reported that between the time her daughter left that morning and she went downstairs, someone entered their home and stole wrapped Christmas presents from under the tree.

Officers responded to shots fired in the 800 block of Cordova Avenue Dec. 25 around 1 a.m. When they arrived, a Cordova Avenue man was standing in his driveway, and he told officers he was sitting in his car when someone fired multiple shots at him, striking his arm and damaging his vehicle. The victim was transported to a hospital, where his injuries were not life threatening. The victim was unable to provide a description of the person who shot him, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

Charges were filed against a 35-year-old Cuyahoga Falls woman Dec. 26 for theft of drugs. The woman allegedly stole drugs from her place of employment in the 700 block of Hickory Street.

The same day, a Kenmore man reported he went to his girlfriend’s place of employment on White Pond Drive to see her after they argued, and her mother was there and sprayed him with mace.

A 21-year-old Treetop Trail man was charged with receiving stolen property and criminal mischief Dec. 26 after allegedly peering into cars in a parking lot in his neighborhood. Officers found a stolen debit card in his possession.

The same day, someone broke a metal door to gain access to a business in the 1400 block of South Hawkins Avenue and smashed a glass countertop. Officers observed a set of footprints leading from a vehicle that had been parked near the door of the business. The vehicle appeared to be abandoned in the street, and a cell phone and flat-screen TV were visible inside. Officers had the vehicle towed for processing, and an investigation is pending.

Late the evening of Dec. 26, a Copley Road woman reported she was in her apartment when a man who was visiting her said he had to take care of something and stepped outside. The woman said she heard arguing, then saw the man lying on the ground with a cut on his chest and two unknown black males running west on Copley Road. The victim stated the males were trying to rob him when one of them stabbed him, according to the police report. He was transported to a hospital to be treated for the wound.

A 20-year-old Bacon Avenue man was charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated menacing Dec. 27 after kicking in the front door of a house on Baughman Street and threatening the residents. When the homeowner told someone to call police, he fled on foot, according to officers.

A 44-year-old Tallmadge man was charged with receiving stolen property Dec. 28 after he was stopped in the 300 block of West Market Street driving a car with stolen license plates.

On Dec. 28, a 21-year-old Goodyear Heights man was charged with trafficking in heroin after officers observed a hand-to-hand transaction of drugs near the intersection of Slosson Street and Dover Avenue.

The same day at the same intersection, a 53-year-old Sagamore Hills woman was charged with possession of heroin. She told officers she threw the drugs out, but they were found inside her sock.

A 53-year-old Byers Avenue woman was charged with felonious assault Dec. 28. She allegedly stabbed her boyfriend in the back several times following an altercation. 

A 54-year-old Canton man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence Dec. 29. After being stopped for a traffic violation in the 600 block of Copley Road, he got out of his car and threw a crack pipe into a yard, according to officers.

A 30-year-old Dominion Drive woman was charged with deception to obtain a controlled substance and illegal processing of a drug document Dec. 29. She allegedly altered a prescription for a controlled narcotic and presented it to an area pharmacy.

A 49-year-old Crestview Avenue man was charged with receiving stolen property Dec. 29 after being stopped near his residence for having stolen license plates on his vehicle.

BATH: A Medina Line Road man reported Dec. 19 an unknown person ordered checks from his bank account and wrote and cashed checks for more than $397. Police have obtained the name and address of the person involved and are investigating.

Employees of a Montrose market reported Dec. 19 an employee concealed merchandise in his backpack and went to an employee breakroom. When a manager questioned him, he went into the men’s room and threw the merchandise in the trash. When the manager asked to examine the contents of his backpack, he left the store. Police apprehended him outside, and he allegedly admitted stealing merchandise. He was terminated, arrested for theft and released with a court summons.

Police were called to a Lake Point Drive residence Dec. 19 to investigate evidence that someone walked around the home, looked into the windows and attempted to pry a deadbolt from a garage door.

A Heather Hills Drive man reported Dec. 20 someone in New York used his credit card numbers to purchase $4,761 tickets on an airline that serves destinations in the Middle East. The purchase was declined by the card company.

Employees of a Medina Road clothing store reported Dec. 20 an older, bald, heavy-set man passed $1,000 in counterfeit traveler’s checks in the store. The documents were sent to the U.S. Secret Service.

Police were called to a North Cleveland-Massillon Road home improvement store Dec. 20 by security agents who reported a man concealed five rolls of copper wire and left the store without paying for them. The person was observed on video surveillance footage stealing the copper wire Dec. 13 and was charged with two counts of theft.

On Dec. 22, police arrested a Boltz Road man for domestic violence and took him to the Summit County Jail after his wife reported he grabbed her by the hair during an argument at their residence and threw her to the floor.

The owner of a vacant house on North Cleveland-Massillon Road reported Dec. 22 someone broke into the residence and removed some of the copper plumbing.

A Meadow Spur man reported Dec. 24 his employee took several of his checks following an argument between the two in Akron. He said the woman has stolen from him in the past and made threatening statements regarding his home. He requested additional patrol around his residence.

A Wye Road man reported his dog barked around 7 p.m. Dec. 25 and he looked outside to see an unknown person run to a vehicle in a grassy area behind his residence. The vehicle drove off, leaving turf damage in the area.

Police patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road Dec. 27 stopped an erratic driver and noticed she exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication. She failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI. Police state she became combative while being handcuffed and was taken to the police station, where she was unable to provide an adequate breath sample for a BAC test. She provided a urine sample, which was sent to a lab for testing, and released with a court summons.

Employees of a Montrose market reported Dec. 28 a man and woman filled a shopping basket with merchandise and left the store without paying for it, leaving in a dark blue Pontiac with Indiana license plates.

COPLEY: Police responded to a disturbance at a Montrose office supply store Dec. 17, when they arrested two men on warrants. One man was released to the Akron Police Department and the other was released on bond.

A Creekrun Drive man reported Dec. 19 funds were removed from his bank account through unauthorized transactions that occurred in Georgia and Florida.

Police were called to a Brenner Road residence just before midnight Dec. 20, when a man reported a woman was knocking on his door. The woman left in a vehicle, and police stopped her on South Cleveland-Massillon Road. After determining she was intoxicated, police arrested her for DUI and released her with a court summons to a family member.

An erratic driver stopped on Hametown Road Dec. 20 was taken to the police station. He failed a field sobriety test, was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. A family member picked him up.

Officers were called to a Copley Road gas station the evening of Dec. 21, when a driver was found passed out behind the steering wheel of a vehicle parked at a gas pump. Officers used a tool to open the vehicle doors and awaken the driver, who said he had two shots of liquor and took a prescription medication before driving. He failed a field sobriety test and he was arrested for DUI, released with a court summons and sent home in a cab.

Police investigated a Dec. 22 report by a South Cleveland-Massillon Road man who suspected someone had opened various envelopes in his mailbox and might have stolen other envelopes containing store gift cards.

On Dec. 22, the Akron Police Department arrested a man wanted in Copley on two warrants for disorderly conduct. Police picked him up, charged him and took him to the Barberton Jail.

Following a vehicle crash on Rothrock Road Dec. 23, police arrested the driver for DUI after he failed a field sobriety test and his BAC tested .139. He was additionally charged with having an open container of beer in the vehicle and released with a court summons.

Police investigated the theft of mail from a mailbox on Cloverfield Drive Dec. 24, when a woman found her neighbor’s unopened mail in a trash receptacle.

A Bender Lane resident called police Dec. 24 to report he was away from home on vacation and his son, who is not permitted to be in the home, was there. Police found the residence door open and people in the residence. One man was arrested on a warrant and released to the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, and the victim’s son and a female were told to leave the home and not return.

FAIRLAWN: A juvenile female was arrested for theft of a $9 item from a mall boutique Dec. 20, banned from the store and from the mall for one year and released to her parents.

An employee of a West Market Street drugstore reported Dec. 21 a man concealed merchandise under his jacket and left the store without paying for it. When employees pursued him in the parking lot, the merchandise fell to the ground and he fled in a vehicle, which police stopped on West Market Street. The Cleveland man was charged with theft and possession of drugs and paraphernalia that were found in the vehicle.

Police arrested a juvenile for shoplifting merchandise worth $28 from a mall department store Dec. 21 and released her to her mother.

On Dec. 21, mall security agents spotted a Cincinnati man who had been banned from the mall and called police, who arrested him for criminal trespassing and advised him again he is not to be on mall property.

Employees of a mall department store reported a female concealed merchandise and left the store without paying Dec. 21. Police arrested her in the mall concourse and took her and a female companion to the police station. The shoplifter was arrested for theft and misrepresentation of identity when she lied to police about her name and date of birth, and taken to a juvenile detention facility. Her companion was released with no charges filed, and when her father arrived at the police station to pick her up, the Ravenna man was arrested on a felony warrant and released to Cuyahoga County sheriff’s deputies.

A patron of a West Market Street gas station reported Dec. 21 she sat her purse on top of an ice cream cooler, turned away momentarily, and the $400 purse, which contained cash, credit cards and a prepaid $420 credit card, was stolen. Police were reviewing video footage from the business.

At the request of the Barberton Police Department, officers went to a West Market Street restaurant Dec. 22, arrested an Akron woman on a warrant and released her to the Barberton Police Department.

A Copley woman was arrested for theft Dec. 22 and released with a court summons after employees of a mall department store reported she concealed jeans and a sweater and purchased a purse without paying for a new wallet she had concealed inside it, and left the store without paying for any of the merchandise, totaling $222. She was released with a court summons.

On Dec. 23, employees of a mall department store reported a male accompanied by a man in a wheelchair entered the store, and both men concealed items, left the store and fled in a vehicle. When officers attempted to stop their vehicle, the driver escaped in the heavy holiday shopping traffic. Akron Police Department officers located the vehicle outside a Cromwell Drive residence and arrested its owner, who was identified as the suspect by the victims. He was charged with theft and traffic violations. Police are seeking the second suspect.

A woman reported her car was scratched and a tire was slashed while the vehicle was parked outside a mall store between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23.

An Akron juvenile was arrested for theft of fake cigarettes worth $3 from a mall specialty store Dec. 23.

An employee of a mall clothing store reported a male and female entered the store Dec. 24 and behaved suspiciously, loudly complaining about the service. When she approached them, the female yelled at her and threw a clothing item, striking the victim in the face with a security sensor and causing a laceration. Police located the two in the mall concourse and arrested the female for assault. She was released with a court summons.

Police are seeking a man described as black, with a full beard, wearing a tan waist-length Carhartt-type jacket and a black skullcap with a white emblem when he stole a bag containing a $500 computer and a $100 hard drive from a mall computer store Dec. 26. A woman reported she took the items to the store for service, sat the bag down for a minute and turned away. When she turned back, the bag was gone. Security video footage showed the man walk into the store while talking on a cell phone, walk directly to the bag, snatch it and walk out of the store.

NORTON: A Johnson Road man reported Dec. 19 someone broke into a garage on his property and stole two chainsaws and a DVD player.

Police were called to a South Cleveland-Massillon Road bank Dec. 20, when a male reportedly lied to a business owner by saying he was collecting money for a sick child and stated the business’ name would be included in an ad on a radio station. After the business owner gave the man a check for $50, and the male went to the bank with the check, the victim determined there was no such charity and the radio station made no such offer. Police spoke to the male, who said his wife and their sick child were in a vehicle in the parking lot. Officers went to the vehicle and arrested the Medina woman on a warrant. Charges of theft by deception against the Geneva man were pending in Barberton, where the business was located.

An employee of a Wadsworth Road gas station reported Dec. 23 the driver of a tractor-trailer drove off without paying for diesel fuel worth more than $120.

A Columbia Woods Drive man reported Dec. 23 his ex-wife arrived at his residence and threatened to harm his dog.

An employee of a Greenwich Road bank reported Dec. 23 an unknown white male has been stalking her for several years, and his efforts have intensified recently.

Police investigated a report of a prowler in the basement and first floor of an Overlook Drive residence Dec. 26. Officers were unable to locate anyone in or around the residence.

Around midnight Dec. 26, police on Interstate 76 stopped a woman for driving 95 mph in a 65-mph zone. Police asked the driver and passenger the source of the odor of marijuana in the vehicle, and they denied any knowledge of it. Officers observed the passenger conceal something under the seat and discovered it was a bag of marijuana, which he admitted he owned and attempted to hide. The Reynoldsburg man was arrested for its possession and released with a court summons. The driver was charged with speeding.

RICHFIELD: A Streetsboro Road woman reported Dec. 4 she feared a male acquaintance had been on her property and inside her barn due to an item he posted on a social networking website.

On Dec. 6, police responded to a disturbance at a Newton Road residence. No physical altercation occurred and no threats were made. No charges were filed.

Officers spoke with members of a Streetsboro Road family Dec. 11 after a woman went to the police station to report that one member of the family had become aggressive with other family members. Police advised the aggressive party what action would be taken if the behavior continued.

Police were dispatched for a possible drug overdose at a Deer Creek Trail residence Dec. 15. Officers called EMS to transport a female to a hospital for an evaluation.


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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