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South Side Neighborhood Watch

2/27/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

COVENTRY: The owner of rental property on Lakeway Drive reported Feb. 12 that a washer, dryer, flat-screen TV and air-conditioning unit, totaling $1,419, were stolen from the residence.

Summit County sheriff’s deputies went to a Casanova Drive residence Feb. 13 and arrested an Akron man on a warrant from Pennsylvania. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Staff members of a Manchester Road group home called deputies Feb. 13 when a resident became upset with them and reportedly damaged a pool table, foosball table, furniture and other property owned by the group home. The Fairlawn man was arrested for vandalism and disorderly conduct and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A woman reported the windshield of her vehicle was damaged while it was parked outside a Jarvis Road residence Feb. 14 between 6 and 9 p.m.

Deputies were called to a Muskoka Avenue residence Feb. 14 by a woman who said an argument with her boyfriend escalated when he became enraged, and she feared for her safety and called 9-1-1. He fled in a vehicle before officers arrived. The female signed domestic violence charges, and deputies stopped the man’s vehicle, charged him with driving under suspension and domestic violence and took him to the Summit County Jail.

Employees of an East Waterloo Road gas station reported a man entered the business at 12:30 a.m. Feb. 15 and stole several items. Two employees confronted him outside the business, and a scuffle ensued. One employee knocked the man to the ground as a third employee came to assist the others. The man got up and reportedly threw a female employee to the ground, dropped the stolen merchandise and fled on foot. Deputies searched the area, but they were unable to locate the man. Officers retrieved the merchandise and the man’s hat. None of the employees requested medical treatment.

On Feb. 17, the manager of a Robinson Avenue business reported a latch was broken by a person who attempted to enter a fenced area outside the business.

Employees of a Manchester Road gas station reported a female stole items from the store Feb. 17 and left in a vehicle. Deputies executed a traffic stop, and a consent search revealed the stolen items, along with heroin and three hypodermic needles. The Barberton woman was arrested for theft and possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments. She was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Deputies investigated a Feb. 17 report that scrap metal was stolen from an outside trash receptacle at a Lakota Avenue location.

Deputies patrolling Manchester Road Feb. 21 located a man and woman from Cuyahoga Falls at a motel and arrested each of them on warrants for breaking and entering and six counts of theft. The male additionally was charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia, which were found during the arrest. They were taken to the Summit County Jail.

An Elmo Street woman reported Feb. 22 that someone broke the basement window of her residence to gain entry, but nothing was reported missing.

Also on Feb. 22, deputies investigated the theft of numerous items, including three chainsaws, saddles and spurs, from a company vehicle parked outside an Eastern Road business. An employee said the vehicle had not been used since December due to weather conditions.

Deputies went to a Manchester Road motel Feb. 22, arrested an Akron man on a warrant and released him to the Stow Police Department.

— Compiled by Maggie DeMellier


GREEN: A woman reported she left her purse, containing cash, credit and gift cards and identification, at an Arlington Ridge Road restaurant Feb. 2, and when she returned for it, the purse had been stolen by someone who used the gift cards at a store in the same plaza.

Summit County sheriff’s deputies investigated the burglary of a Mayfair Road residence Feb. 13, when a woman reported she returned from work to find the door of her residence unlocked, and she suspected someone had been in the apartment. Deputies determined the door had been pried open.

Also Feb. 13, deputies signed a warrant for the arrest of a Massillon man for theft of a $500 iPad from an Arlington Ridge Road store.

A contractor reported an unknown male stole steel construction pieces from a Franks Parkway construction site Feb. 14 between 5 and 6 a.m. and then fled in a vehicle.

A representative of a bank that owns a vacant house on Gray Road reported Feb. 14 that someone broke into the residence and stole copper pipes and fittings.

The owner of a Fortuna Drive automotive shop reported Feb. 17 that someone damaged an electrical box outside the business.

Deputies investigated the theft of a Ford Explorer from the parking lot of an Arlington Ridge Road motel Feb. 17.

Employees of a Corporate Woods Parkway grocery store reported Feb. 18 that a bald man stole a bag of cooked shrimp from the store and fled in a Ford Explorer with a temporary license plate.

Employees of an Arlington Ridge Road store reported Feb. 18 that a Mineral City man stole game controllers, worth $128, from the store during the past several days. The man admitted to deputies he stole the items, and he returned them to the store. He was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

Employees of a Corporate Woods Parkway gas station reported Feb. 19 a male stole three cartons of cigarettes worth $183.

On Feb. 20, deputies and the Green Fire Department responded to a fire at a Koons Road multi-unit dwelling, where the blaze started in the garage. The fire was extinguished and the damage contained to one unit. Investigators determined the fire was deliberately set and believe an accelerant was used. Deputies arrested a 16-year-old male located near the residence, charged him with aggravated arson and took him to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

Following a traffic stop in a South Arlington Road parking lot Feb. 22, deputies arrested an Akron man for possession of drug paraphernalia and released him with a court summons.

Deputies investigated a Feb. 22 report by a Stoner Road man who said someone cut several trees on his property without his permission. Officers determined the trees were cut down by a contractor hired by a utility company.

A Portside Circle woman reported Feb. 22 that her live-in boyfriend came home intoxicated and grabbed her by the neck. When she pushed him away, he fell and struck his head. The man was transported via EMS to a hospital for treatment and released to the Summit County Jail on charges of domestic violence. 

— Compiled by Maggie DeMellier


LAKEMORE: Police are investigating a Feb. 21 incident at an Elizabeth Avenue property leased to a Hilltop Avenue Northwest man, his son and the son’s girlfriend, despite it being sold to a mortgage company in October 2013. The owner said the three took $1,305 in musical instruments from the home.

— Compiled by Maria Lindsay


NEW FRANKLIN: A Bonnie Lou Drive woman was arrested for possession of drugs during a traffic stop Feb. 14 on Manchester Road. During the vehicle inventory, marijuana and a tin of unknown objects were found. Police also determined she was driving under suspension and had two failure to appear warrants from the New Franklin Police Department.

Police are investigating a call Feb. 15 from a Bolender Road home. The caller said someone in the home committed a murder and explosives were inside. A man at the home told police he had not made any phone calls.

A Swigart Road woman was arrested for criminal trespass Feb. 16 on Manchester Road. Police were dispatched to the home because the woman was knocking on a door, even though she was not permitted to be on the property. The woman reportedly told police she stopped at the house for a cigarette. She had an active warrant out of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and was transferred there.

A Barrymore Avenue man was arrested for criminal damaging Feb. 20 at his residence. He reportedly broke furniture, a door and doorframe because he was upset about being evicted.

— Compiled by Joyce Rainey Long


SPRINGFIELD: A Fernwood Avenue woman reported Feb. 17 she received a voicemail from a 10th Street woman who said, “Your face is going to meet my fist.”

The front door of an East Waterloo Road business was pried open Feb. 17, and $11 was stolen. Another business next door also was broken into that day, and $5,631 was stolen.

A Canton Road gas station employee reported Feb. 17 a man came in to purchase cigarettes, selected several other items and then asked for another tobacco product, and when the clerk turned her back, the man fled with $62 in cigarettes.

Checks, two TVs and a computer were stolen from a James Avenue home Feb. 17. Police are investigating five people who cashed a number of the checks.

On Feb. 18 during a traffic stop, police found a Pennsylvania man was driving under suspension and had an active warrant out of the New Franklin Police Department for failure to appear on operating a vehicle under the influence charges. He was turned over to that department.

Police charged a Lessig Avenue woman with assault Feb. 19 after she allegedly attacked a family member who was waiting in the car to pick up another family member. The woman reportedly struck the man in the head through the car window and punched him on the left side of the face when he exited.

A Sadler Street man stopped for an equipment violation Feb. 19 was charged with underage drinking, along with a Hilbish Avenue female passenger and a Bailey Road male passenger. The three apparently admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana. Further charges are pending for the Hilbish Avenue female, who was discovered with a white substance in her wallet.

A McElwain Road man reported Feb. 19 he never received a debit/credit card he was waiting for in the mail, but a bank official informed him someone used it at an Albrecht Avenue gas station. The card was canceled and police are investigating.

An Edison Street man reported Feb. 20 he employed a man to help him remodel a Mohawk Trail home and gave him the keys to the place so he could stay there while he worked. When he tried to retrieve the keys, the man did not show up, and when he entered the place, he found the furnace, hot water tank, air conditioner and a dolly had been stolen.

On Feb. 21, a Whitney Avenue man was charged with possession of drugs after police found several stubs in his car when they stopped to investigate a parked vehicle at a closed Flickinger Road business. The man and two other males in the vehicle said they were there to take photos of the place because it was reportedly haunted and they were looking for ghosts.

A Canton Road auto dealer reported a license plate was stolen from one vehicle Feb. 22.

During a traffic stop Feb. 23, police charged a Welsh Avenue man with possession of drug paraphernalia after a pipe was found in his vehicle.

Also on that day, an employee of an East Waterloo Road grocery store reported a woman described as white, 25 to 35 years old, 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 177 to 200 pounds with brown hair took $800 in groceries, loaded them into her gold Honda Accord and fled before police arrived. Police are using the license plate number to investigate.

Police charged a Brookhaven Circle Northeast woman with obstruction after she provided false identification during a traffic stop, and a Gilbert Avenue Northeast female passenger was charged with possession of marijuana and obstruction and was released to the Jackson Police Department on a warrant.

A Douglas Avenue woman was arrested on a felony drug warrant out of the Akron Police Department and charged with possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments after she was found with a number of contraband items Feb. 25 during a traffic stop.

Also on that day, police were searching for Jaunte Chamone Smith Sr., who is wanted for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and aggravated menacing. Smith is a 28-year-old black male, 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the area around Akron. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Springfield Police Department at 330-784-1609.

— Compiled by Maria Lindsay

Editor’s note: The reports provided here are a sampling of those filed with area police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. For questions related to the reports we’ve included or others we have not, call the South Side News Leader at 330-665-9595 or toll-free at 888-945-9595. To provide information on an alleged criminal act noted in this week’s report, call the appropriate police department.

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