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West Side Neighborhood Watch

1/30/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 100 block of Grand Avenue Jan. 20; the 500 block of East Avenue Jan. 21; the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane Jan. 22; and the 1300 block of Hartford Avenue Jan. 28.

A 41-year-old Rittman woman was charged with possession of heroin Jan. 21. While investigating a drug complaint, officers reportedly observed a hand-to-hand transaction between the woman and an unknown man in a parking lot at Vernon Odom and Frederick boulevards. Officers stopped the vehicle she was in for an improper turn, and when asked if she had anything illegal on her, she gave police a bag containing 2 grams of heroin, according to the police report.

A 51-year-old Oakland Avenue man who reportedly never returned a vehicle he rented last November from a business in the 200 block of West Market Street was arrested Jan. 21 on felony charges for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The car had been recovered from a Downtown Akron parking deck in mid-December, and business representatives had made several attempts to contact the man, according to the police report.

On Jan. 23, a New Franklin woman returned with police officers to the apartment she previously shared with another woman in the 1500 block of Treetop Trail to collect her belongings. The roommate said the woman’s property, including all of her clothing, shoes, laptop computer, smartphone and tablet, had been thrown away, according to the police report.

Officers stopped a 49-year-old Barberton man Jan. 24 for an improper turn at Diagonal Road and South Hawkins Avenue, which led to charges for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. The man was removed from his vehicle and found to possess a bag of crack in one hand and a crack rock in the other, according to the police report. Heroin and a crack pipe also were found inside the vehicle, according to officers. The man confessed that he just bought the drugs, according to the police report.

A 48-year-old Orrin Street man was charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia Jan. 25. The man reportedly attempted to hide a bag of marijuana containing more than 67 grams of the drug and was also in possession of sandwich bags and a scale, according to officers.

Three teenage boys were charged with receiving stolen property, criminal trespassing, obstructing official business and curfew violation Jan. 26 after officers were called to respond to a report of a burglary taking place in the 1000 block of Frederick Boulevard. A witness reported the boys were walking around trying to break into cars, and when officers arrived, they observed them inside someone’s truck, according to the police report. When the boys saw the officers, they fled on foot. Officers pursued and caught a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old, both from South Akron, as well as a 14-year-old from West Akron. The oldest boy had keys in his pocket to a vehicle that had been reported stolen previously, according to the report. All three were transported to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

On Jan. 27, a 55-year-old Dover Avenue man was charged with tampering with evidence, possession of drugs and littering after officers pulled him over for a turn signal violation at Diagonal Road and Glenn Street. According to the police report, after officers initiated their overhead lights, they saw the man throw something out of his front window and found a bag containing 0.2 gram of cocaine on the street.

The same day, an officer issued a warrant for a 29-year-old Noble Avenue man on charges of forgery and misrepresenting identity during a traffic stop in July 2012. The man allegedly claimed to be his brother after failing to stop at a stop sign at Crosby Street and Beck Avenue, though he didn’t carry any identification. A detective recently analyzed the fingerprint on the citation and discovered the man was not who he claimed to be, according to the report.

BATH: The manager of a Montrose bicycle shop reported Jan. 18 a 10-foot bicycle rack was stolen from outside the business the previous night. Police advised the manager to contact area scrap yards regarding the item.

Police responded to a domestic dispute at a Pine Point Drive residence Jan. 19, when both parties and a witness at the scene told police the argument was only verbal. The parties were advised of the domestic violence laws.

Officers patrolling Smith Road the evening of Jan. 19 stopped a driver for lane violations. The man exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication and was unsteady on his feet when he exited the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests. When he was unable to complete the test and his BAC tested .322, he was charged with DUI and released to a friend after being evaluated by EMS due to extreme intoxication.

On Jan. 19, a Boltz Road man reported his credit card account had been compromised. He said the previous day he received a phone call stating he had won a $100 gift card and in order to activate the gift card, he would need to provide his credit card information, which he did. The following day, he discovered there was no $100 gift card and his credit card number had been used for fraudulent purchases.

Police responded to a vehicle accident at the intersection of Springside Drive and Medina Road Jan. 20. One driver was cited for running a red light and crashing into another vehicle.

COPLEY: Police are investigating a Jan. 9 report filed by the manager of a Flight Memorial Drive restaurant stating she discovered a shortage of $100 cash from the business’ night deposit.

On Jan. 11, police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a hysterical female who said she had been robbed of her cell phone and wallet outside a Springside Drive store. Police found the man outside a Rothrock Road motel and detained him. The victim came to the scene and identified him, stating the two of them drove to Akron together, and she had never seen him before that, but he is her boyfriend. She also denied calling police and she asked for her property, which police retrieved from the suspect and returned to her, but she declined charges. Police drove her to her car, and the suspect followed them and demanded she give back his credit cards, which he had placed in her wallet. While she was retrieving his property, he reportedly cursed at officers, refused orders to calm down, grabbed the wallet and fled. He was arrested and taken to the Barberton Jail.

Officers searched the area around a Rothrock Road motel for an Asian man who was wearing black shorts and black glasses when he asked the driver of a pickup truck for a cigarette while the truck was parked outside the motel the evening of Jan. 13. When the victim said he didn’t have one, the man reached into his vehicle and stole $60, according to the report.

The owner of a vacant residence on Aberth Drive reported Jan. 13 the bank that is foreclosing on the residence had sent a contractor to the property who caused damage to the home.

Employees of a Brookmont Road drive-in restaurant reported Jan. 13 the driver of a green Kia Soul left without paying for food worth $21.

On Jan. 13, a woman went to the police station to report that she advertised her pickup truck for sale on Craigslist and received a response from an individual who made a proposal she later realized was a scam. She canceled the sale of the vehicle with the individual, who is now harassing her. Police advised her to end all contact with the person.

A Delaware Trail woman reported Jan. 14 her nephew used her bankcard to withdraw money from her account without her permission. She declined charges.

Police responded to a traffic crash in the parking lot of a Medina Road home improvement store Jan. 14 and filed a report.

FAIRLAWN: Following a traffic stop on West Market Street Jan. 17, police arrested an Akron woman for driving under suspension. She was additionally charged with furnishing false identification and released to the Strongsville Police Department on a warrant after police determined she lied about her identity. An Akron man in the vehicle was released to the Barberton Police Department on a warrant.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Chamberlain Road residence Jan. 18 when a man said he wanted his live-in girlfriend to leave after she came home and began a physical altercation with him, and she refused. Due to conflicting information, police were unable to determine a primary aggressor in the dispute, and the female agreed to leave for the night.

A Wadsworth juvenile was charged with theft of a $10 necklace from a mall specialty store Jan. 18, banned from the store and released to her parents.

On Jan. 20, police reviewed video surveillance footage from a mall department store in an attempt to identify the person who stole a $250 Nintendo 3DS the previous day. A woman reported her son sat the item down momentarily in order to assist her with his younger sibling. When he returned, it was gone.

Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported Jan. 21 a woman concealed merchandise worth $100 in her purse and left the store without paying. Police charged the Akron woman with theft, advised her she is banned from the store and released her with a court summons.

Employees of a mall store called police Jan. 21, when a customer told them two males were in the store stuffing eyeglass frames into their pockets. The males left the store before officers arrived, but police located one of the males in another mall store. He had no merchandise in his pocket, and when officers reviewed video surveillance footage from the store, it appeared he had been acting as a lookout. Police are seeking the second male who placed merchandise in his pockets.

On Jan. 23, police searched the area around a West Market Street electronics store after employees reported two males and a female entered the store and one man distracted employees while the other two concealed merchandise totaling $480 in the female’s purse before they hurriedly left the store. The three are described as a white female with blonde hair and a white jacket and two white males with dark hair. One was wearing a black jacket with dark sleeves and the other was wearing a tan jacket and blue stocking cap.

NORTON: On Jan. 17, police reviewed video surveillance footage outside a Summit Road business to identify the person who drove a yellow truck behind the business and stole roofing materials.

A Doylestown woman stopped for lane violations as she drove on Interstate 76 Jan. 17 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. She was released with a court summons.

Police stopped a Norton juvenile for speeding 83 mph on state Route 21 Jan. 18 and noticed an odor of marijuana in the vehicle. The driver was charged with possession of marijuana found in her purse and released to her parents. A Doylestown man, who was a passenger, was charged with possession of marijuana, a drug pipe and grinder found in the back seat of the vehicle.

A Garrett Drive woman was arrested for unauthorized use of her father’s vehicle Jan. 18. The woman, along with a Doylestown man and a Rittman woman, was charged with drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments found in the vehicle.

A Shellhart Road man reported Jan. 18 he advertised speakers for sale on Craigslist, and a male and female came to his home and purchased them. He does not know their identity, but he said the two have been harassing and threatening him since they made the purchase.

Police were called to a Norton Avenue residence Jan. 18, when a woman reported a group of juveniles were trespassing on her property, yelling for her daughter to come out and fight them. One male said he would break a window and come inside to get her if she did not come out. He kicked and shattered a window of the home before the juveniles fled, according to the report. Police went to his home, and he denied being at the scene. A group of juveniles streamed out of his house while he and his brother shouted vulgarities at officers. Police arrested him for trespassing and criminal damaging, and located his mother, who was not home at the time.

On Jan. 19, officers investigated a report that a Barberton man broke into a vehicle outside a Romestant Avenue residence and stole a GPS unit and other items.

A Wadsworth man stopped for lane violations as he drove on Interstate 76 Jan. 19 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond. His BAC tested .205.

Police investigated a Jan. 20 report by the manager of a Wadsworth Road business stating someone broke the window of an office trailer, reached inside and stole a cash box containing money.

A Reimer Road man reported Jan. 20 a tool bag and power tools were stolen from his work van that was parked outside his residence.

A motorist gave police two tool cases that fell from a light-colored Chevy truck that was traveling in front of him at the intersection of Cleveland-Massillon and Grenfall roads Jan. 22.

Police responded to a report of an erratic driver on I-76 Jan. 22 and found a Wadsworth woman asleep behind the steering wheel of the vehicle on the exit ramp to South Cleveland-Massillon Road. She failed a field sobriety test, and her BAC tested .172. She was charged with DUI and released on bond.

On Jan. 24, a Brookpark woman stopped for speeding on state Route 21 was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia found in the vehicle.

PENINSULA: On Dec. 1, a Peninsula police officer investigated a report filed by a Chardon woman who said she had put her snowboard in the racks at the bottom of the ski hills at Boston Mills Ski Lodge at 7:40 p.m. The woman said she returned 20 minutes later to find her snowboard was missing.

Car vs. deer accidents were reported on Dec. 1, 6 and 27. On Dec. 1 at 5:16 p.m., a car hit a deer on West Streetsboro Road. Damage was done to the car’s left front fender and door. On Dec. 6 at 7:54 p.m., a vehicle hit a deer on Truxell Road. The vehicle’s damage was located on the right front of the vehicle. On Dec. 27 at approximately 11 p.m., a vehicle hit a deer on Akron-Cleveland Road. Damage was done to the front left of the vehicle.

Police units were dispatched to South Locust Street Dec. 4 regarding a report of a “suspicious black male walking somewhere along” the street. The male, who was described as wearing a gray coat and a gray hat, was said to be carrying a bag. Dispatch advised the reporting officers the caller believed the male to be a subject involved in a domestic dispute in the village. An officer located a subject fitting the description of the suspicious male, and the man was stopped at an address in the 6000 block of South Locust Street. The man stated he was walking from his home in Akron to his place of employment on North Locust Street. Reportedly, the officer asked the man whether he had ever lived in Peninsula or ever been involved in any incidents in the village and the man said “no” to both questions. A records check found the man had a failure-to-appear warrant from 2003 in Shaker Heights Municipal Court. For the officer’s safety, the man was placed in handcuffs while the officer performed a cursory search of his person, according to the report. The officer asked the man whether he had any weapons or illegal items on him and the man said he had a pocketknife in his right front pocket, which the officer retrieved with the man’s permission. The officer placed the man in the rear of his police cruiser while the officer talked to police dispatch. The Shaker Heights Police Department elected not to take the man into custody at this time, and the officer unlocked the man’s handcuffs and returned his pocketknife. The officer told the man to make contact with Shaker Heights Municipal Court to take care of the warrant and told the man he was free to leave.

On the afternoon of Dec. 7, a vehicle was backing out of the GAR Hall parking lot onto Main Street when it struck the left side of a vehicle that was stationary in traffic.

An officer was walking through a business on Riverview Road Dec. 8 when the bar manager asked the officer to remove a patron who was “being disorderly.” The manager said the man was yelling profanity and knocking over chairs following a penalty call during a Cleveland Browns game. The officer escorted the manager over to ask the man to leave. The man, in a loud tone of voice, profanely disagreed with the request and said that he had “paid $700” and “paid for [the manager’s] job,” according to the report. While standing next to the man, the officer “noticed a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from the man and that the man’s eyes were red and watery. The officer told the man he needed to retrieve his young daughters, who were at another table, and leave the bar, as per the manager’s request. While leaving the bar, the man continued to shout profanities. The officer told the man that if he continued with his behavior, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct. The officer asked one of the man’s daughters to call her mother, and the woman arrived within a few minutes to pick up the children and her husband.

A driver lost control of his vehicle on Everett Road Dec. 8 and drove off the road. The vehicle struck several trees in the process.

On Dec. 10, a driver reportedly slammed on her brakes for stopped traffic in front of her on Main Street. The action caused the driver of the vehicle directly behind her to stop his vehicle as well. The driver of the second vehicle said he did not strike the first car when stopping, but then the vehicle behind him struck his vehicle hard enough to push him into back of the first vehicle. The driver of the third vehicle said the traffic in front of her had come to a sudden stop and caused her to hit the stopped vehicle in front of her. The driver of the third vehicle said that after she struck the second vehicle, her vehicle was then struck by a fourth vehicle. The driver of the third vehicle said there was damage to her front end, but there had been no damage to the back end of the second vehicle. In a statement, the driver of the first vehicle wrote that she had “stopped at the light behind another car and was stopped for maybe a minute and then I got bumped from behind.” However, the driver of the second vehicle wrote in a statement that the car ahead of him “came to a fast stop.” The second driver said he stopped 6 to 8 feet behind the vehicle ahead of him, but he was pushed forward by the vehicle behind him. The driver of the second vehicle said there was “a lot of damage to the front of [his] car.” In a written statement, the driver of the fourth car said the driver of the first vehicle had been “driving erratically” and would hit the brakes at “random moments.” She said the first three vehicles were traveling fairly closely to each other. The driver of the fourth vehicle said after the driver of the first vehicle hit the brakes suddenly, she also “slammed” on her brakes, but then her brakes “skidded and did not stop the car in time.” The drivers of the third and fourth vehicles were cited for “assured clear distance.”

On Dec. 11, a driver lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 271 and went through the median — into the southbound lanes — while “doing a 360.” The vehicle ended up in the median in the southbound side of I-271 facing south.

A driver said she was traveling northbound on I-271 Dec. 11 when a semi came into her lane and forced her off of the left side of the interstate into the median, which caused her to hit the guardrail. The driver said she then went back across the interstate, striking the guardrail off the right side of the interstate. The driver said the semi “kept going” and never stopped.

Also on Dec. 11, a truck driver said he was going across the turnpike bridge when his trailer “came around,” causing his vehicle to go sideways off the left side of the interstate into the median. The driver said his trailer rolled over after going onto the median.

Two people arrived at the Peninsula Police Station Dec. 19 to turn in a wallet they had found in the parking lot of the Boston Mills Ski Resort. The wallet was turned over to a police officer, who took inventory of the wallet, but no phone number was found. The officer contacted a bank after finding a credit card in the wallet, and a representative from the bank advised the officer they would contact the owner and tell him to call the police station. At 2:10 p.m., the owner of the wallet arrived at the station to recover his property. The man said all of the wallet’s contents were intact, and the officer supplied the man with phone numbers of the people who found the wallet so that he could thank them.

On Dec. 25, a driver was traveling north on Riverview Road when a deer came out onto the roadway. The driver lost control of his vehicle, which drove off of the left side of the roadway and struck a rock, mailbox, culvert and the ground wires of two utility poles. The vehicle came to rest facing south in the southbound lane.

RICHFIELD: Officers assisted Brecksville Police Department at 5 a.m. Jan. 13, when three males in a pickup truck reportedly were caught breaking into a closed hospital building on Brecksville Road. Richfield police went to a gas station where they had seen the males earlier and reviewed video footage that showed there were four males in a white pickup truck. Gas station employees verified that there had been four males in the station and said they purchased knives, and asked whether they were considered weapons. Police at the Brecksville location detained the three males, set up a perimeter around the building and deployed a K-9 officer to enter the building and search for the fourth male. The three who were detained were identified from the video footage and charged by Brecksville Police Department.

On Jan. 14, police responded to a report of a suspicious item found along Brecksville Road on the bridge over the Ohio Turnpike and took possession of a bag containing marijuana and a drug pipe.

A man gave police several identification cards and a set of car keys he found lying on Emerald Boulevard Jan. 14, and officers located the owner, who agreed to retrieve the items.

Police responded to a suspicious fire in a field on Columbia Road the night of Jan. 17. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, which destroyed an unoccupied minivan, and police were attempting to contact the owner of a license plate found lying beside the vehicle, which was towed for investigative purposes.

On Jan. 18, officers responded to a dispute over a custody issue at a Briarwood Drive residence and advised the parties the dispute was a civil matter that should be addressed through the court.

A Black Road woman reported Jan. 18 she has been receiving harassing messages from her ex-boyfriend’s aunt and sister. After hearing a message from the aunt, who told the victim to come to a location where the two females would assault her, police contacted both females, and they agreed to stop calling and sending text messages to her.


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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