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West Side Neighborhood Watch

3/13/2014 - 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 March 6; the 200 block of West North Street March 7; the 1000 block of Winton Avenue March 7; the 300 block of Madison Avenue March 8; and the 100 block of North Portage Path March 8.

A 21-year-old Firestone Park neighborhood man was charged with burglary March 4 after he was identified by a victim as the person who broke into a house in the 100 block of Harcourt Drive Feb. 27.

On March 6, officers received a call regarding someone carrying a flat-screen TV on West Exchange Street near Delia Avenue. Officers spotted two teenage boys standing near a vacant house in the 200 block of Wildwood Avenue. The TV, which was determined to be stolen from a home in the 100 block of Grand Avenue, was located in the garage of the vacant home, and officers apprehended two West Akron boys, 16 and 17, and charged them with burglary. A laptop and gaming system also were missing from the home, according to the police report, and an additional black male between 15 and 17 years old suspected of being involved was not caught.

A 23-year-old Goodyear Heights neighborhood man was charged with forgery March 6 after he reportedly tried to cash a forged money order at a business in the 1700 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard.

On March 7, a 45-year-old Noble Avenue man was charged with domestic violence with a previous conviction after he allegedly struck his stepdaughter with a baseball bat on the back of her head. The man has a prior conviction for domestic violence, officers noted.

The same day, officers responded to a fight between a man and a woman in the 1100 block of Crestview Avenue, resulting in multiple charges against the man, a 31-year-old living in Southeast Akron, including for possession of heroin, possession of crack, possession of ecstasy, trafficking in drugs, having weapons while under disability, assault, aggravated menacing and possession of a defaced firearm.

A 39-year-old Bloomfield Avenue man was charged with domestic violence March 7. The man allegedly fought with the victim and hit her in the face, lips, hands and stomach. He has a prior domestic violence conviction, officers noted.

After being stopped at Stoner Street and Nome Avenue March 7, a 25-year-old Russell Avenue man was charged with possession of ecstasy and marijuana. He was driving on a suspended license, and officers found two pills in his pocket and a bag of marijuana in the center console, according to the police report.

A 24-year-old Columbus man was charged with drug abuse and tampering with evidence March 7 after he was stopped for a traffic violation at South Hawkins and Courtland avenues. As officers approached the car, the man was seen making furtive movements and attempting to hide a plastic bag in his pocket. Cocaine was found under his seat.

A 26-year-old Packard Drive man was charged with possession of crack March 8 after officers saw him making furtive movements while he was a passenger inside a vehicle during an investigative traffic stop at West Thornton Street and Superior Avenue. Officers patted him down and found crack in his pocket.

A 21-year-old Crosby Street woman was charged with possession of crack, possession of drug paraphernalia and misrepresenting identity March 8. She lied to officers about her name, and they found a crack pipe in a cigarette pack, as well as traces of crack in a bag attached to a lanyard she wore, according to the police report.

On March 9, around 4:30 p.m., a man reported he was robbed while walking on Crosby Street near Bittman Street. He said a black male approached him from behind and said, “What you got?” The victim tried to run away, but the man punched him in the face and took his wallet, then jumped into a blue pickup truck driven by another person and fled, according to the victim’s report. The suspect on foot was described as a black male, 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 175 pounds, with short black hair and wearing an orange and white striped shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

A 25-year-old North Canton man was charged with multiple drug-related offenses March 9 after he was stopped at Diagonal Road and Frederick Boulevard for a traffic offense. He had heroin, Suboxone, three syringes and a metal spoon in his possession, according to officers.

A traffic stop at Crestview and Courtland avenues March 9 led to charges against three men for possession of and trafficking in marijuana. The driver, a 46-year-old Columbus man with a suspended license, along with his two passengers, a 42-year-old Southeast Akron man and a 44-year-old New Orleans man, were removed from the vehicle while officers recovered four 1-pound packages of marijuana in the trunk, according to he police report.

BATH: On March 25, a man arrested by Richfield Police Department on a Bath Police Department warrant was released to Bath officers, who charged the Richfield man and took him to the Summit County Jail.

A juvenile driver who ran over orange highway cones and struck a truck that was stopped on Ira Road to perform tree removal Feb. 28 told police she did not see the truck due to ice on the windshield of her vehicle.

Police patrolling Interstate 77 the night of March 3 stopped the driver of a vehicle with an expired registration and noticed an odor of marijuana. The driver was under two license suspensions, and a front-seat passenger also had a suspended license. A 4-year-old child lying on the back seat was not in a proper child restraint, and there was no child restraint in the vehicle. Both the driver and passenger were wanted on Akron Police Department warrants. Police advised them of their warrants and released them. The driver was charged with driving under suspension. No contraband was located in the vehicle, which was towed to an impound lot. The occupants were released to a licensed driver who had a suitable child restraint in the vehicle.

On March 4, police investigated a report filed by a Partridge Lane woman who said someone opened a shipping account using her husband’s personal information. She said no financial loss had occurred, but she suspected there could be repercussions from the fraudulent activity.

Police responded to a call from a driver at a West Market Street gas station March 3. The driver said she was sitting in her car at the intersection of West Market Street heading south on North Cleveland-Massillon Road when the driver in front of her backed his vehicle into hers. The two drivers pulled across the street into the gas station, and he asked her not to call police and provided his phone number, saying she should get an estimate of the damage to her vehicle and call him. He left the scene, and police contacted him to come to the police station for an interview. He denied there was an accident, but later admitted there had been an accident. He was cited for causing the accident and both drivers complained of neck and back pain, but neither was treated by EMS.

A Medina Line Road woman reported March 4 her daughter was not present at her high school and she failed to come home the previous night. Later that day, the girl was located in Elyria and returned to her home.

COPLEY: Following a report that a shoplifter fled from a Rothrock Road store without paying for stereo headphones Feb. 14, police searched the area, and a witness told officers the person ran into a room of a nearby motel, but officers were unable to locate him. Employees of the store said they recognized the person from previous incidents, and police were working to locate him.

Police patrolling Copley Road the night of Feb. 15 observed a vehicle sitting at the pump at a closed gas station and attempted to wake the driver. When they were unable to wake him, officers used a lock tool to open the vehicle door and wake the driver, who appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. He refused to provide urine for a drug test, stating he knew there was “stuff” in his urine, according to the report. He was arrested for DUI and released with a court summons.

The afternoon of Feb. 23, a driver failed to yield the right-of-way to another vehicle at the intersection of Flight Memorial and Brookwall drives and struck the vehicle, causing damage to both. The occupants of both vehicles declined medical attention.

A driver involved in a rear-end collision on Medina Road near Montrose West Avenue the evening of Feb. 28 told police another driver cut in front of him to make a left turn as he was heading east on Medina Road, blocking his view of the stopped vehicle in front of him, and his vehicle struck the rear of the stopped vehicle.

Police responded to a vehicle accident on Medina Road Feb. 28, when the driver of one vehicle attempted to change lanes and struck another vehicle. The driver whose vehicle was hit was unable to provide proof of insurance.

On March 1, a Diamond woman staying at a Rothrock Road motel was arrested on a felony drug warrant from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and taken to the Summit County Jail.

FAIRLAWN: Police arrested an Akron woman and her 14-year-old son for shoplifting from a mall department store Feb. 28, when employees observed the two conceal items in a bag the male was carrying. Officers retrieved clothing items from the bag and a $20 necklace from the male’s pocket. Both suspects were charged with theft and banned from the store.

A Fairlawn man reported his wife shopped at a West Market Street grocery store Feb. 28 and placed her purse in a shopping cart while she loaded groceries into her car. When she got home, she realized her purse, containing cash, credit and gift cards and identification, had been stolen.

A juvenile female was arrested for shoplifting merchandise worth $23 from a mall store Feb. 28 after an employee reported she concealed an item in a large bag and left the store without paying for it. She was charged with theft and released to her stepfather. The merchandise was returned to the store.

A patient at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road medical facility reported March 1 his wallet was stolen from a nightstand in his room. Employees of the facility called police later that day to say the wallet, with all its contents, was located in the bed of a patient in another room.

Following a registration check of a vehicle in the parking lot of a West Market Street drugstore March 2, police stopped the driver on South Miller Road. The driver was charged with driving on a learner’s permit with no licensed driver in the vehicle. The Akron woman was released to the Brecksville Police Department on a warrant.

On March 5, a security officer at a mall store observed a man go behind a sales counter, grab a handful of store bags and place them in his pocket. When he left the store, police stopped him and retrieved the bags and store merchandise worth $18 for which he had no receipt. The merchandise was confiscated pending proof of purchase, and the Akron man was released to the Beachwood Police Department on a warrant for shoplifting.

Employees of a mall department store reported March 6 they observed two females go into a fitting room, conceal three pairs of jeans and leave the store without paying. Officers stopped them outside the store, retrieved the merchandise, charged the Canton women with theft and advised them they are banned from the store.

A Tallmadge woman was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and banned from a mall department store March 6 after employees observed her take merchandise into a fitting room, emerge without the items and leave the store. The items were not in the fitting room, and the woman allegedly admitted she concealed them on her body and agreed to go into a fitting room, remove the stolen items and return them.

NORTON: Police patrolling Johnson Road March 1 stopped a Norton man for speeding and noticed an odor of marijuana in the vehicle. He surrendered 2 grams of marijuana, a grinder, pipe and other paraphernalia, and he was charged with their possession and released with a court summons.

The owner of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road business gave police a set of golf clubs he found outside his business the morning of March 1.

The owner of a Hametown Road automotive business reported March 3 that two tractors, a snow plow and vehicle doors were stolen from the business by someone who drove a vehicle through a gateway at the business. The victim said this is the third recent report of theft from the business.

An Easton Road woman reported March 3 an unknown person used her credit card to make unauthorized online purchases totaling $800.

On March 4, a Creekside Drive man reported on March 1 that after some recent identity fraud, he received a tax return that does not belong to him. He was advised to contact the IRS, and he also made a report with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

A Norton woman reported she shopped at a Greenwich Road grocery store March 4 and placed her purse in a shopping cart while loading groceries into her vehicle. When she got home, she discovered her purse was missing, called the store and was told the purse was found in the parking lot and turned in. When she got the purse, she discovered cash, identification and four prescription medications were stolen.

A 10-year-old who ran from the police station after his mother took him there for unruly behavior March 5 was later located at a nearby trailer park and apprehended. He continued the unruly and combative behavior and was transported via EMS to Akron Children’s Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

A Barberton man who reportedly concealed a bottle of liquor and left a Greenwich Road grocery store without paying March 6 was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

Police are investigating the burglary of a Wadsworth Road residence the morning of March 6, when a man reported he was upstairs and heard a noise downstairs. He ran down to see an intruder dressed in a black hoodie and ski mask, who ran out the door and into a wooded area. The homeowner’s bedroom had been ransacked and an envelope containing $900 was stolen.

Officers patrolling Hametown Road March 7 noticed an odor of marijuana coming from a vehicle in the parking lot of Silver Creek Park. The driver of the vehicle admitted he and his girlfriend had been smoking marijuana, and he surrendered drugs and paraphernalia. He was charged with their possession and released with a court summons.

A Rush Road woman reported March 7 she and her sister received a threatening message from a Pennsylvania woman via a social website, and she requested it be documented.

Police are reviewing video surveillance footage of a Hopocan Avenue restaurant following a March 8 report by an employee who said her coat, with her vehicle key in the pocket, was stolen from an employee’s closet in the back room of the restaurant.

RICHFIELD: On Feb. 27, officers responded to a disturbance at a Brecksville Road gas station where two men had a verbal argument. Both parties agreed no physical confrontation had occurred.

Police investigated a Feb. 28 report of harassment filed by a supervisor of a Highlander Parkway business who said his employee received a threatening text message while she was traveling on business and waiting at the airport for a flight. The victim said the call was suspicious due to the recent firing of an employee for an infraction of company policy. Officers attempted to trace the origin of the message, which came from a blocked number, and police were able to identify a number and were working on finding the source of the call. Officers took copies of the suspicious message. The victim was advised to contact police if she receives another message.


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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