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West Side Neighborhood Watch

2/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1300 block of Hardesty Boulevard Jan. 28; the 800 block of Mull Avenue Jan. 28; the 800 block of Valdes Avenue Jan. 28; the 900 block of Courtland Avenue Jan. 29; the 1000 block of Himelright Boulevard Jan. 29; and the 600 block of Madison Avenue Jan. 29.

A car reported stolen Jan. 23 from a West Akron woman who left it running in a parking lot in the 1000 block of South Hawkins Avenue was recovered in Barberton Jan. 28. A 32-year-old Greenwood Avenue man allegedly sold the vehicle for $900 after falsifying the title and notary stamp.

A 49-year-old Madison Avenue man was charged with possession of oxymorphone and Tylenol with hydrocodone Jan. 29. He was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for traffic violations on Vernon Odom Boulevard, and the man had three pill bottles on him containing more than 135 pills that were not prescribed to him, according to officers.

A 19-year-old Packard Drive man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drugs Jan. 29 after he was pulled over at Copley Road and Fernwood Drive for not having a rear license plate. Officers noted the car had a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside and found 1.2 grams of the drug and a digital scale in the vehicle, according to the police report.

Officers pulled over the vehicle of a 52-year-old South Akron man Jan. 30 in the 1200 block of Frederick Boulevard after the vehicle stopped in an intersection and impeded traffic, leading to charges for obstructing official business, possession of drugs, tampering with evidence and resisting arrest. Officers reported they struggled with the man and had to use a Taser before handcuffing him. They also found a bag of 0.7 gram of crack cocaine the man allegedly had thrown underneath the car during the incident, according to officers. The man denied ownership of the drug. “There is crack in almost every driveway over here,” he said, as noted on the police report.

A 45-year-old Diagonal Road man was charged with shoplifting Jan. 30 after a security officer at a discount supermarket in the 1300 block of Copley Road caught him concealing two packs of steaks in his pants.

On Jan. 31, a security officer at Towpath Trail High School in the 200 block of West Market Street reported she was patting down students as they entered the school, since the metal detector at the school was broken, when she felt a large bag in the pant leg of a 19-year-old student. The student pulled out a bag of what appeared to be around 1 ounce of cocaine, and the substance was sent to be tested, according to the police report.

On Feb. 1, a 62-year-old Nome Avenue man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found the license plates on his vehicle expired last July and pulled him over at Thurston Street and Seward Avenue. The man, who also was driving under suspension, had a glass crack pipe and scouring pad in his pocket, according to the police report. He said he just bought the crack pipe, according to officers, and was planning to buy crack, but the drug dealer was not home.

The same day, the car of a man delivering phone books in the 1200 block of West Sunset View Drive was stolen. When he exited the blue Ford pickup truck, an unknown male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt jumped inside and drove away, he reported to officers. The car was recovered shortly thereafter less than 2 miles away in a parking lot in the 1500 block of Peckham Street, according to the police report.

A 24-year-old Copley man sitting in his vehicle in a parking lot at Copley Road and St. Michaels Avenue was slumped over and appeared to be preparing a drug for use Feb. 2, according to officers. Officers found 2 grams of marijuana at the scene, and the man was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to the police report.

BATH: A Bath Hills Boulevard woman reported Jan. 21 that prescription medication was missing from her home.

A woman reported Jan. 21 she lost her wallet while shopping in a Montrose store or in the parking lot.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance in a truck at a Ghent Road location Jan. 22, when a man reported his mother and a male were arguing and the male injured his mother. He entered the truck to break up the fight, and the male allegedly commanded his dog to attack, and the dog bit him several times. The male broke the woman’s phone in half and left in the truck. Police arrested him later at another location.

A Walnut Ridge Road woman reported her daughter was waiting for the school bus the morning of Jan. 23 when she sent her mother a text message stating a man was walking toward her. When the school bus arrived, the male ran through a neighbor’s yard. Police followed footprints in the snow and determined he had gone through several yards, but they lost the tracks on Oak Knoll Drive. They interviewed residents in the area, but did not get any leads.

Employees of a Medina Road bank reported Jan. 23 a female fraudulently attempted to withdraw money from the account of a recently deceased person. The woman reportedly also made a transaction on the account Jan. 21. Police searched the area and released a bulletin to area police agencies to be on the lookout for a black female with red, braided hair in a ponytail. She was a passenger in a black Chrysler 300 with tinted windows and Tennessee license plates. She was traveling with a male, who was driving the vehicle, and a female child, who was in the back seat.

A man who concealed four bottles of liquor in his pants and left a Montrose grocery store without paying Jan. 23 was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and driven to a bus stop.

Police patrolling Medina Road at 3 a.m. Jan. 25 stopped a man after they observed him drive over a curb and through two parking lots before entering the roadway. He exhibited signs of intoxication and refused to exit the vehicle for field sobriety tests. He was arrested for DUI and refusal to take a BAC test despite having a prior conviction for DUI within the past six years.

Employees of a Medina Road gas station reported Jan. 26 a man became enraged when they asked him not to smoke near the gas pumps. He shouted obscenities before speeding out of the parking lot, nearly crashing into several vehicles. He returned and sat in his car in front of the station shouting obscenities. He was gone when police arrived, and they were unable to locate him.

On Jan. 26, a Ghent Road woman reported an iron pole with a hook and lantern was stolen from her front door.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on North Cleveland-Massillon Road Jan. 27, the driver was arrested on two felony warrants and released to Summit County Sheriff’s deputies. A female passenger was driven to a restaurant to wait for a ride.

Police on North Cleveland-Massillon Road Jan. 27 stopped an erratic driver and arrested him for DUI after he failed to complete a field sobriety test. He was additionally charged with possession of methamphetamine, narcotic tablets and drug paraphernalia found in the vehicle, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Officers assisted sheriff’s deputies in executing a search warrant at a North Hametown Road residence Jan. 29. They arrested a woman on felony drug charges and took her to the Summit County Jail. Also, a meth lab found in the home was dismantled. Additional charges were pending completion of an investigation. [See related Case note at top left.]

COPLEY: A man reported he and a co-worker were in the area installing phone equipment and parked their company truck in the lot of a Montrose West Avenue hotel Jan. 14. When they returned to the vehicle, they discovered the tires had been slashed.

A Ridgewood Road man reported Jan. 14 someone entered his vacant home and stole new appliances, a water pump and power tools, which were stored in the garage.

On Jan. 15, police signed a warrant for the arrest of an employee of a Brookwall Drive store following an investigation into fraudulent store returns, which the employee reportedly admitted she transferred to a store gift card that she used to purchase items she sold to friends.

A Royal Rock Road woman reported Jan. 15 her husband has been using three different identities while traveling in Iraq, London and Denmark. She does not want him to return to their residence and asked for assistance in filing for a restraining order.

A driver who left the scene of an accident at the intersection of Copley and Jacoby roads Jan. 19 was stopped 4 miles away and charged with tailgating another vehicle.

Police responded to an accident involving two vehicles in the parking lot of a Montrose home improvement store Jan. 19.

A driver who failed to yield to traffic on state Route 21 as he entered the highway from Copley Road Jan. 22 crashed into another vehicle, causing damage to both. He was cited for failure to yield.

Two vehicles traveling in opposite directions on South North Cleveland-Massillon Road Jan. 23 sideswiped each other, causing damage to both vehicles. There was not enough information at the scene to determine which driver was at fault, according to the police report.

FAIRLAWN: Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported Jan. 23 they observed a man stuff merchandise into bags and leave the store without paying. When they confronted the man outside the store, he dropped the bags, got into a vehicle and fled. Police stopped the vehicle, arrested the Akron man for theft and advised him he is banned from the store. The merchandise was returned to the store.

At 2:42 a.m. Jan. 27, employees of a West Market Street grocery store reported a suspicious male left the store and walked into an alley. Officers located him outside a shoe store in the plaza, observed a bulge under his jacket and discovered bottles of tequila and vodka, which had been stolen from the store and strapped to his ribcage with a shoestring. He was arrested for theft and criminal trespassing since he had been permanently banned from the store in 2012, and driven to his home in Fairlawn.

An employee of a West Market Street shopping club store was charged with theft Jan. 28 after stealing $100 from a cash register Jan. 24 and taking another $40 from the register Jan. 27.

Two Akron women were arrested for theft and banned from a Montrose discount store Jan. 28 after one woman concealed merchandise in her purse and the other filled a shopping cart with merchandise, and they left the store without paying. The merchandise, totaling $212, was returned to the store.

On Jan. 28, employees of a mall department store reported two females concealed items and left. Officers stopped their vehicle on West Market Street and arrested the driver for driving under suspension. Both Akron women were charged with theft of merchandise that was found in the vehicle. The driver was released with a court summons, and the passenger was released to Medina County sheriff’s deputies on a warrant.

An employee of an Embassy Parkway business reported Jan. 29 she placed her company-owned $500 phone on a counter near a bank in a West Market Street grocery store and it was stolen.

Security agents at a mall department store reported Jan. 30 a woman took a purse from a display, concealed merchandise in it and left the store without paying for the purse or the merchandise, totaling $536. She was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and advised she is banned from the store.

NORTON: A snowplow operator reported Jan. 25 that he observed mailboxes outside two Hametown Road residences had been damaged by unknown means.

At 3:27 a.m. Jan. 25, police responded to an incident at a Manila Avenue residence where a man reported he heard a noise outside his residence and discovered two windows had been smashed. Officers found footprints outside the residence, but blowing and drifting snow quickly covered them.

The night of Jan. 26, police responded to a vehicle crash on the exit ramp from Interstate 76 and found the driver showed signs of intoxication. He failed a field sobriety test and refused a BAC test. The Norton man was charged with DUI and refusal of a BAC test despite a prior conviction of DUI, and released on bond.

On Jan. 26, police investigated a report of theft of $180 from a Wadsworth Road business.

Police contacted a Canton man Jan. 27 and left a message with him advising him to stop contacting a Norton woman who said he sent her threatening messages via her Facebook page.

Officers reviewed video footage from a South Cleveland-Massillon Road drugstore Jan. 28 in an attempt to identify a male and female who stole nicotine gum and patches from the store and left in a vehicle.

A Barberton woman stopped on South Cleveland-Massillon Road for driving a vehicle with an equipment violation Jan. 30 was charged with driving under suspension and released to the Barberton Police Department on a warrant.

RICHFIELD: A Streetsboro Road woman reported Jan. 20 items have been stolen from outside her residence since November. She said 9 gallons of fuel, concrete base poles, firewood and a 5-gallon fuel tank have been stolen, and the license plates were removed from a vehicle on her property but were found lying on the floor of the vehicle.

Police investigated a report filed by a representative of a phone company Jan. 21 stating copper wire worth $500 was stolen from a cell tower on Streetsboro Road.

The afternoon of Jan. 21, police responded to a call of suspicious behavior by individuals on Amelia and Richlawn drives and found one of the individuals in the trunk of a vehicle and the others outside the vehicle. They said they were filming a video depicting a carjacking for a school project, and police advised them of rules regarding inducing panic and suggested they find a more secure area for their project.

A Streetsboro Road man reported Jan. 22 a catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle on a trailer on his property.

Employees of a Brecksville Road motel reported Jan. 22 a guest was refusing to leave a room after he was told he had to be out that day, and housekeeping workers had seen a gun in his room. Police responded and found the man was moving his luggage out of the room. Officers waited at the motel until a cab transported him to a Bath motel.

On Jan. 22, a Macdonald Circle woman reported a vial containing 70 narcotic tablets was missing from her residence.

A driver on Interstate 77 reported Jan. 23 he passed an erratic driver who pointed a gun at him. Police located the driver in the parking lot of a Wheatley Road restaurant, and he told officers he has a permit to carry the weapon and stated the complainant flashed a weapon at him, so he showed that he also had a gun, but he did not point it at him. The complainant declined to provide any information to police and said he flashed binoculars as he passed, not a weapon. Police advised the driver of the consequences of handling a weapon, and he apologized to the complainant.

Police investigated a Jan. 24 report that someone entered two unlocked vehicles outside a Brush Road residence and stole DVDs, CDs, sunglasses and cigarettes from them.

Officers stopped a vehicle on I-77 Jan. 24 to investigate a report of a domestic dispute involving a man and woman in the vehicle. Both parties stated the argument was verbal only and that no physical confrontation occurred.

On Jan. 24, police investigated a report that someone entered an unlocked vehicle outside a Southern Road residence and attempted to enter another vehicle, which was locked. Officers found footprints leading from the driveway to the road.

A White Pine Drive man reported Jan. 24 someone entered his unlocked vehicle, ransacked the interior and stole a book of 50 music CDs.


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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