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West Side Neighborhood Watch

1/9/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 100 block of Oakdale Avenue Dec. 30; the 1000 block of Orlando Avenue Dec. 30; the 900 block of Genesee Road Dec. 31; the 1000 block of Winton Avenue Jan. 1; the 300 block of Beechwood Drive Jan. 2; the 100 block of Aqueduct Street Jan. 3; the 1000 block of Endicott Drive Jan. 3; the 100 block of Grand Avenue Jan. 3; the 1200 block of West Sunset View Drive Jan. 4; the 100 block of Dodge Avenue Jan. 5; and the 600 block of Weber Avenue Jan. 6.

A 23-year-old Lawton Street man was charged with possession of oxycodone, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana after being stopped Dec. 25 in the 400 block of East South Street for driving on a suspended license. Officers found oxycodone wrapped in a lottery ticket, a digital scale and a bag of marijuana.

On Dec. 27, officers went to a home on Baughman Street after a woman reported an acquaintance, a 20-year-old Bacon Avenue man, broke into her house while brandishing a gun. Several children were in the home at the time, and two of them said the man pointed his gun at them, according to the police report. No gun was found, but officers did retrieve a set of muddy boots they believe were used to kick in the front door of the woman’s house and tagged them as evidence. The man was charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated menacing.

On Dec. 30, two men, a 37-year-old East York Street man and a 33-year-old Winton Avenue man, were charged with felonious assault for an incident that occurred on Winton Avenue Dec. 3 during which they allegedly kicked and punched a victim, causing facial injuries.

A vehicle stopped at Copley Road and South Hawkins Avenue Dec. 31 contained a 32-year-old Seward Avenue man driving under suspension and a 27-year-old Tallmadge woman. Officers observed an open bottle of vodka in the center console, according to the police report. The woman was found with a bag of marijuana in her jacket pocket, which she said the man instructed her to hide. During a search of her person, a $20 bill with cocaine inside fell out of her boot, and later, officers found another bag of marijuana hidden in her sock, according to the report. The man was charged with having an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle, drug abuse and tampering with evidence, and the woman received the latter two charges. Both were transported to the Summit County Jail.

On Jan. 1, a 23-year-old Goodyear Heights man was pulled over at North Valley and West North streets after officers found the vehicle’s license tags were expired. The driver, who also had a suspended license, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and drugs after officers found the man had a marijuana grinder and 4 grams of the drug.

A Byers Avenue man was looking out his apartment window when he saw an unknown man approach his car in the parking lot Jan. 1. The victim heard his car alarm sound and saw the man run away, according to his report. He called police and began following the man, he reported. Joined by officers, they followed fresh footprints in the snow to the 500 block of Fernwood Avenue, according to the police report. Officers searched two apartments and found a 36-year-old man hiding in his mother’s closet behind her shoes. He claimed he was looking for his cell phone and fell asleep. He was in possession of a South Portage Path woman’s Social Security card and a marijuana pipe, according to the police report. Officers found the South Portage Path woman’s vehicle, along with her son’s, had also been entered and ransacked. The man was charged with criminal damaging, theft, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia, and booked into the Summit County Jail.

A 27-year-old Avon Street man was charged with breaking and entering and booked into the Summit County Jail Jan. 2 after allegedly stealing TVs from a business in the 1800 block of Merriman Road Dec. 22.

A 29-year-old Bryden Drive man was charged with possession of marijuana Jan. 2.  Detectives executed a search warrant at his residence and found the man had a bulk amount of the drug.

Four teenagers jumped out of a moving van traveling on Frederick Boulevard with no active headlights, fleeing when officers attempted a traffic stop Jan. 3. The unmanned vehicle came to a stop in a grassy hillside at Stoner Street, according to the police report. The alleged driver, a 15-year-old boy, was apprehended in the 1000 block of Seward Avenue after a lengthy foot chase, charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the police report. Officers followed footprints to find the three other boys — a 13-year-old, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old — who were apprehended without incident in the 1100 block of South Hawkins Avenue and charged with obstructing official business. The van belonged to the youngest boy’s grandmother, and he admitted the vehicle was taken without her knowledge, according to the police report.

A Charlotte Street man observed his son’s car being stolen and pursued and confronted the thief, who had pulled over after a short distance to clean snow off the windshield Jan. 6. The 34-year-old Basin Terrace man abandoned the 1991 Oldsmobile and fled on foot but was apprehended by officers a short time later, according to the police report. The man, who was charged with theft and receiving stolen property, also was shown on video surveillance footage leaving a 1994 Buick stolen a week prior from the 200 block of Channelwood Circle at the apartment complex. On each vehicle, the column had been peeled, according to the police report.

A 21-year-old East Market Street man failed to heed a stop sign at Peerless Avenue and Cadillac Boulevard Jan. 6, and when officers attempted a traffic stop, a 20-year-old Storer Avenue man, the front seat passenger, ran from the vehicle, according to the police report. He was apprehended after a brief foot chase and officers found him in possession of a loaded .45-caliber pistol, more than $2,000 cash and a bag containing cocaine, crack and heroin. The two men along with another passenger, a 20-year-old Gale Street man, were each charged with carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons under disability and tampering with evidence.

BATH: Employees of a Montrose restaurant reported an unknown male was causing a disturbance in the bar Dec. 21. After speaking to one of his friends, officers called EMS to transport him to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Police responded to a report of an injured animal at a Martin Road location the morning of Dec. 22, when a deer was caught on a fence. Police shot and killed the injured animal.

A Wadsworth man was charged with failure to control his vehicle after his car went off North Cleveland-Massillon Road Dec. 24 and landed on top of a retaining wall outside a landscaping business.

On Dec. 25 around 12:30 a.m., a Revere Road resident called police to report an accident outside his residence. Police responded and determined a vehicle had skidded off the road and struck four trees. The driver, who reportedly admitted he had been drinking before driving, was transported to a hospital. Following a blood test at the hospital, the Akron man was charged with DUI and not wearing a seat belt.

Police patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road Dec. 26 stopped a driver for traveling 58 mph in a 45-mph zone. She was arrested for driving under two license suspensions and released with a court summons. The vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

A juvenile reported he went to a Revere Road residence Dec. 28 to look for a dog that did not belong on the property. He did not find the dog in question, but he was bitten by another dog that lives at the residence.

Police responded to a disturbance at a Springside Drive hotel Dec. 29 after dispatchers received several hang-up 9-1-1 calls from the business. Officers spoke to two parties who said they were in a physical confrontation. Both parties were highly intoxicated, refused medical attention and declined charges. One of them called a cab and left the hotel for the night.

COPLEY: A man reported Dec. 18 his vehicle tires were damaged and he suspects it occurred while the vehicle was parked outside a Brookledge Lane residence.

A customer at a Medina Road restaurant called police Dec. 22 to report a server spilled hot tea or water on her back and coat. Police determined the spill occurred when the server fell and sustained an injury. A manager transported him to a hospital before officers arrived. The customer declined medical treatment.

At 1:45 a.m. Dec. 23, a motorist on state Route 21 just south of the Ridgewood Road overpass struck and killed a deer, causing disabling damage to the vehicle, which was towed from the scene. The area has been the site of several vehicle crashes involving deer crossing the road, according to the police report.

A Castle Ridge Road woman called police Dec. 23 after she returned to her residence and found her estranged husband in her driveway. He said he was there to pick up their 13-year-old son, who had been home alone and called his father to pick him up. The woman told police he was there in violation of their custody agreement, and she did not want him on her property, and officers advised him to leave and contact his attorney regarding custody disputes.

A woman called police Dec. 27 to say she witnessed an accident involving two vehicles at the intersection of Copley and Jacoby roads. Police responded and filed an accident report. One vehicle that had disabling damage was towed from the scene.

On Dec. 27, a woman reported she received a $50 bill in change for a $100 bill she used to pay for lunch at a Montrose West Avenue restaurant, and when she attempted to use the $50 bill to pay for gas, she was told it was counterfeit. Police took the bill to a nearby bank, and an employee said the bill was counterfeit and it would need to be confiscated. The victim called police to say the bank later contacted her and returned the bill, which was not counterfeit.

A woman reported Dec. 27 her car was stolen from the parking lot of a Rothrock Road motel while she was staying at the motel Dec. 23. She refused to provide information about her companion at the motel, and she said her boyfriend might be involved in the theft, but she refused to provide information about him and said she did not want police to contact him. Due to a lack of cooperation by the victim, police did not pursue the investigation.

Police responded to vehicle crashes caused by slippery road conditions the afternoon of Jan. 2. One driver reported she was traveling on Interstate 77 when the driver of a silver truck abruptly changed lanes in front of her. When she attempted to stop, her vehicle slid off the road and came to rest against a guardrail. In an unrelated incident around the same time, the driver of a vehicle was unable to stop at a red light at the intersection of South Cleveland-Massillon and Copley roads, and his vehicle slid across the intersection and struck a vehicle waiting at the light.

FAIRLAWN: Police pursued a vehicle along Owasso Avenue Dec. 28 after observing the driver speed and run a stop sign. Officers stopped the driver on Sand Run Parkway, and three males emerged from the vehicle. After several orders to get back into the vehicle, they complied. Two of the males were released, and the driver, who passed a field sobriety test, was charged with having an open container of liquor in a vehicle and several traffic violations. The Akron man was released with a court summons.

A pharmacist at a West Market Street drugstore reported Dec. 28 a woman dropped off a prescription bottle to be refilled, and the bottle contained a suspicious substance, which later tested positive for marijuana. Police contacted the woman, who said she was unaware the substance was in the bottle and she had no idea how it got there.

Following a traffic stop on West Market Street Dec. 29, an Akron man was arrested and released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies on a felony warrant for probation violation.

Police were reviewing video footage at a West Market Street bank Dec. 30 to identify a man who stole a $250 cell phone after the owner left it on a counter.

A shopper at a Montrose discount store reported Dec. 30 her purse, containing cash, credit cards, gift cards and identification, was stolen from a shopping cart. The following day, she was notified the purse was returned to the store. She said cash and gift cards, totaling $140, were missing.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on South Cleveland-Massillon Road Dec. 30, police determined the vehicle owner, who was a passenger, was wanted on a Copley Police Department warrant for driving under suspension. The driver, who had a learner’s permit, was charged with driving without a valid driver in the car and released with a court summons. The passenger was released to Copley police.

On Dec. 30, employees of a mall specialty store reported a 15-year-old male removed tags from a T-shirt, concealed it in a bag and attempted to leave the store. When an employee stopped him, he handed the bag to a companion, who left the store. The juvenile was charged with theft of merchandise worth $22, released with a court summons and banned from the store indefinitely.

Police stopped an Akron man for a traffic violation on West Market Street Dec. 31 and released him to the Akron Police Department on a warrant.

A man requested police check the welfare of his mother Jan. 1, stating he visited her at her home on Ridgewood Road and her boyfriend, who often stays at her home, greeted him at the door, held a knife to his throat and told him to leave. Officers spoke to the boyfriend, who denied threatening the woman’s son. The resident said her son could return as long as he and her boyfriend stayed away from each other.

An Akron man was arrested for theft of a $40 Indians baseball cap from a mall department store Jan. 2. He was released with a court summons and banned from the store.

NORTON: On Dec. 26, officers went to a Norton Avenue trailer park to retrieve a juvenile runaway. She was returned to her home in Massillon.

Police investigated a report of burglary and theft at an Oak Street residence the night of Dec. 27, when a man reported seeing two strange men wearing hoodies inside the home, and found that $85 had been taken from his wallet and 60 Percocet tablets were stolen from his vehicle.

Around midnight Dec. 28, police observed a driver pull into the parking lot of a Barber Road automotive business and sit in the vehicle for several minutes. When he drove out of the lot, police stopped him for a vehicle equipment violation and charged two Akron men with possession of marijuana, which was found in the vehicle after a K-9 officer alerted police to the presence of contraband. The driver was released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies on a felony warrant.

Officers patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road at 2:30 a.m. Dec. 28 stopped an Akron woman for lane violations. She failed a field sobriety test, and her BAC tested .196. She was charged with DUI and released on bond.

Police were called to a fight at a Wadsworth Road bar just before 2 a.m. Dec. 29, when they stopped the drivers of two vehicles who were leaving the parking lot. A bartender said the four men and two women in the vehicles, all from Barberton, entered the bar and began a verbal altercation with two men who were in the bar. The bartender asked them to leave, and as they did, one of them struck one man, which resulted in a disturbance. The victims refused medical attention and declined charges, and the bartender agreed everyone could remain at the bar.

On Dec. 30, police investigated a report by a Union Street woman who said a Kansas man has been calling her in an attempt to communicate with her friend, who has a protection order prohibiting him from contacting her.

The owner of a Wadsworth Road business reported Dec. 30 an unknown male who claims to represent the FBI has been calling the business during the past two weeks, stating he is investigating one of the employees. The caller reportedly uses profanity and harasses employees when he calls. Police called the phone number from which the calls originated and spoke to a man, who admitted he made the calls. He was advised to stop calling the business or he could be charged with phone harassment.

A Reimer Road woman reported Dec. 30 that her grandson, who has been staying with her, removed a $926 TV from her residence. He told police he did it so he would be arrested and have a place to go when he is kicked out. Officers charged him with misdemeanor theft, released him with a court summons and advised him to go to the Haven of Rest shelter.

A Manila Avenue man reported someone took his car keys from his jacket while he slept at his neighbor’s residence on Oak Street between 1 and 9 a.m. Jan. 1, and used them to steal his vehicle.

PENINSULA: Two Peninsula police officers met with a Kendall Park Drive resident Nov. 4. The man said his debit card information had been used to make purchases at several businesses in Georgia. The man said he was alerted to the suspicious charges by his bank, and the bank already has canceled the suspicious charges on his account. The man told the officers he was not sure how his credit card information had been obtained, but he noted that his bank will handle a follow-up investigation.

On Nov. 5, the president of a company located on Akron-Cleveland Road told a police officer that his company had done inventory in August and had accounted for all of its salt spreaders at that time. However, employees noticed Nov. 5 that two salt spreaders were missing. The officer spoke with an employee, who provided descriptions of the missing salt spreaders and copies of the receipts for the purchase of replacement salt spreaders.

Two officers were sent to a Main Street business Nov. 10 in reference to a report of two suspicious people. The manager of the business told the officers that two men — who were brandishing guns and dressed in black duty gear — came into the business the previous day. The men, who identified themselves as “fugitive task force recovery agents,” asked for information regarding one of the business’ employees. While taking the report, the officers were notified by an employee that the men in question were located in a car outside the business at that very moment. An officer met with the men and verified they were bail bondsmen. No further police action was taken.

On Nov. 10, two officers responded to a call from a Boston Township woman who said her husband was suicidal due to extreme pain stemming from an ongoing medical condition. The man was transported by Valley Fire District EMS to an area hospital, where one of the officers filed an application for emergency admission.

A Peninsula police officer arrested a woman on Main Street Nov. 14 who had felony warrants issued on her by the Strongsville Police Department. The officer transported the woman in order to transfer custody of her to that department.

An officer was dispatched to a Main Street property Nov. 16 in reference to a littering/trash complaint. The officer met with a man who said his neighbor had been dumping branches, bricks and “some type of tarped object” on his property. The man showed the officer his property line and said he would like the objects removed from his property within two weeks. After advising the man to make his property line more visible, the officer spotted the items in question, including a tarp-covered lawn tractor. The officer attempted to contact the neighbor, to no avail, and wrote in the report that further attempts at contact would be made.

On the night of Nov. 16, an officer was patrolling a school on Bronson Avenue when he noticed a door on the building was not fully closed. The officer notified dispatch of the finding, and the building was cleared. While clearing the business, a motion detector was set off, triggering an alarm. During a search of the building, the officer found another set of doors that also were not secure. A school custodian arrived and installed a chain with a padlock on the doors until proper repairs could be made. There were no signs of forced entry.

On Nov. 21, an officer responded to a call regarding a person who had been bitten by a dog. A man told the officer he was walking his dog on a leash on Woodland Drive when a neighbor’s dog ran out and bit him on the left upper thigh. He said the dog returned to its owner’s property, and the man went home. The man said he then drove his car over to his neighbor’s house to speak with the dog’s owner about the incident. The man said he did not want the police to speak with the neighbor regarding the incident and that he did not want to file any charges related to the dog bite. The man also said he was going to the hospital as a precaution for the bite. No further police action was taken.

A Peninsula police officer was sent to meet with a Cuyahoga Falls officer on Quick Road in reference to a vehicle found off the roadway Nov. 27. The Falls officer said he had called a towing company to remove the car, but was then informed the vehicle was physically located within Boston Township. The Peninsula officer allowed the vehicle to be removed. The vehicle’s driver called the police station at 7 a.m. on the next day and said he had slid off the roadway into some trees, where the vehicle became stuck. The driver said he would retrieve the vehicle after he got off of work that day at 3 p.m.

On Nov. 29, two officers responded to a call of an intoxicated male at a motel on Akron-Cleveland Road. The officers found the man to be “very intoxicated and agitated.” The officers were able to calm him down, and he agreed to stay in his room. The officers cleared the scene, but they received another call later that night that the man was bothering the motel manager at his office. The officers got the man back to his room, where they noticed a visible wound on his forehead. The man said he had fallen down. An officer asked the man whether he was on any medication, and he produced a prescription for Phenobarbital. The prescription for 42 pills had been filled that day, but there were only 12 pills remaining. After the man admitted to taking the other 30 pills, Valley Fire was called regarding a possible overdose, and the man was transported to an area hospital with one of the officers present. While at the hospital, the man became combative and resisted attempts for help, so staff at the hospital were forced to restrain him while he received medical attention.

RICHFIELD: A Harold Drive woman reported Dec. 16 she has been receiving unwanted calls from her brother, who is incarcerated in the Portage County Jail. Police advised officials at the jail of the complaint.

On Dec. 17, officers investigated a report of an attempted break-in on Townsend Road, where someone drove a vehicle to a shed behind a residence, walked around to the back of the shed, then went to the front door of the structure and broke a lock off the door. No entry was gained into the shed and nothing was reported missing.

Police responded to a vehicle crash in the early hours of Dec. 20, when they discovered a vehicle had gone off Revere Road and struck a tree. Officers located the driver at his home later that morning, and the man said the vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant, but eventually he admitted he had been driving the vehicle when it crashed, and he left the scene of the accident so he wouldn’t get into trouble. He was charged with failure to control his vehicle and having an expired vehicle license plate.

A driver whose vehicle became disabled while he drove on Interstate 77 Dec. 21 was charged with driving under two license suspensions and released with a court summons. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

Police are investigating the theft of 14 boxes of hardwood flooring worth $2,073 from a house under construction on Deer Creek Trail. A construction supervisor reported the theft Dec. 20, stating the residence was secured with a lock box containing a key. Police found no signs of forced entry.

Officers investigated a possible break-in at an abandoned trucking company on Brecksville Road the night of Dec. 21 and confiscated a piece of a broken chainlink fence as evidence.

Police responded to reports of an erratic driver of a vehicle with heavy front-end damage and no tail lights heading west on Streetsboro Road just after midnight Dec. 22. Officers stopped the driver, who was dazed and confused. She was unable to tell officers what happened to the vehicle and said she thought she hit a pile of rocks. The driver’s side airbag in the vehicle had deployed. Officers contacted her son, who was notified that his mother was being transported via EMS to an area hospital. An officer drove the vehicle to the police station, and the driver’s son had it towed.

At 3:48 a.m. Dec. 22, police patrolling I-77 observed a driver swerving across lane lines and stopped her. After observing indications the driver was intoxicated, they administered a field sobriety test, which she failed. She was taken to the police station for a BAC test, which registered .214. She was charged with DUI, having a BAC of more than .17 and traffic violations, and released on $404 bond.

Officers were called to the area of Boston Mills and Black roads the morning of Dec. 22, when a large dog was walking on the road. Police and animal control officers attempted to place the dog in a van for its safety, and it began growling aggressively, ran away and went into a drainage ditch. Officers struggled to retrieve the dog from the ditch and place it in the van while it continued to behave aggressively. The dog was not wearing tags and was taken to the Richfield Police Station kennel for safekeeping while police attempted to locate the owner.


The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the Peninsula reports were compiled by Sean Patrick. 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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