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West Side Neighborhood Watch

3/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 2000 block of Lorena Drive March 11; the 400 block of Burning Tree Drive March 12; the 800 block of Peerless Avenue March 15; and the 1600 block of Dominion Drive March 17.

A 32-year-old Treetop Trail woman was charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine, assembly of chemicals, possession of methamphetamine, child endangering and possession of drug paraphernalia March 11. Officers made a welfare check, and the woman reportedly gave consent to search her apartment. They found methamphetamine and items commonly used to manufacture it, and they recovered snorting straws, pipes and a digital scale. Two children also were in the apartment.

A 28-year-old Barberton man was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia March 11 after he was pulled over at Frederick Boulevard and Diagonal Road for having expired license plates. He was also driving on a suspended license, according to officers. During a tow inventory, officers found heroin, a snorting straw, a razor and a tray with a powder residue inside the car.

On March 13, Street Narcotics Uniform Detail (SNUD) officers conducted a search warrant in the 100 block of Aqueduct Street. One resident, a 23-year-old man, was taken into custody for possession of drugs, according to the police report. Two additional men and a woman were cited for occupying a drug premises. SNUD officers recovered a scale, trace amounts of cocaine and $187 in cash.

A 29-year-old Dover Avenue man was charged with willful fleeing, resisting arrest and obstructing official business March 14 after he reportedly led officers on a car and foot chase, then resisted being arrested on Orlando Avenue.

Officers patrolling on Winton Avenue near Lawton Street March 14 ran a random verification check on a vehicle’s registration and found it had been stolen from a Canal Fulton man. The driver, a 28-year-old Madison Avenue man, stopped on Glendora Avenue near Peckham Street, and officers placed him under arrest. He told them he was at his uncle’s house when an unknown male came in and offered to allow him to use the vehicle for $50 a night, and he agreed. He was charged with receiving stolen property.

Late the evening of March 14, officers conducted a traffic stop at Copley Road and Wildwood Avenue after they observed someone speeding and failing to use a turn signal. The driver, a 22-year-old Copley Road man, was driving under suspension, and officers found 29 grams of marijuana during a tow inventory. The man reportedly admitted the marijuana was his.

On March 15, a Plaza Boulevard grocery store owner reported a 62-year-old South Hawkins Avenue man took two large containers of laundry detergent out of the store without paying for them.

An investigation is pending after a Nome Avenue man reported March 15 he had been out of town, and when he returned he found two bullet holes in his car, which had been parked in his driveway.

Officers issued a warrant March 15 on felonious assault charges for a 44-year-old West Thornton Street man, and he was taken into custody March 17. The man allegedly drove a West Akron woman and South Akron man to a gas station in the 1500 block of South Hawkins Avenue so they could buy alcohol. According to the South Akron man, after the woman purchased alcohol, the driver was upset she did not give him gas money and used a billy club to hit her on the face and head several times, causing her to fall and lose consciousness and requiring several stitches.

Two Cleveland men in a vehicle pulled over on the ramp to Interstate 77 northbound from Copley Road received court summonses March 16. The 30-year-old driver had a suspended license and was found with 24 Vicodin pills in his pocket. The 32-year-old passenger claimed responsibility for an open liquor container near his feet, and he also was found with a small bag of marijuana in his pocket, according to officers.

The same day, the alleged disorderly conduct of a 46-year-old Cordova Avenue woman brought officers to her residence twice. On the first occasion, she had broken a window with her hand, and EMS arrived on scene and assisted with wrapping her hand. When police were called the second time, the woman’s son and boyfriend said she was threatening to break more windows and “causing total chaos,” according to the police report. Officers arrested her for her own safety, as well as for the safety of other people in the vicinity after they found her in the street being “loud, irate and obnoxious” as well as “uncooperative and unreasonable,” according to the police report.

On March 17, a Diagonal Road senior citizen reported he wired $900 to unknown people who claimed to be from Mega Millions and promised him a car and millions of dollars, and he received nothing in return.

That evening, a bouncer at a bar in the 1200 block of Weathervane Lane was transported to the Summit County Jail on theft charges after he reportedly admitted to taking a cell phone from a Kent woman who videotaped a fight earlier that night.

BATH: Police investigated the attempted burglary of a Rock Creek Drive residence March 6, when a woman reported she found a portion of a driver’s license in the front door lock of her residence, and noticed someone used a sticky substance to defeat a security sensor. It did not appear that entry was gained.

Following a registration check of a vehicle in a Medina Road parking lot March 8, police stopped the driver and arrested him for driving under six license suspensions. The vehicle license plates were seized by order of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and the vehicle was towed. The driver and passenger, who was the vehicle owner, were released.

A Shade Road man flagged down a passing patrol car March 9 to report that several items were missing from his home and garage. He said food items had been taken from the pantry, socks were missing from a bedroom drawer and his wife’s amethyst necklace was missing.

At 1 a.m. March 10, police on Medina Road stopped a driver who made an illegal U-turn and determined a 15-year-old passenger in the vehicle was in violation of the county curfew and the 20-year-old driver contributed to that violation. Charges were pending completion of an investigation.

Police responded to a report of assault at a Medina Road restaurant March 10 and spoke to the victim, who said he was driving out of the parking lot when a male acquaintance punched him in the mouth through his open vehicle window. Police went to the male’s home, arrested him for assault and released him with a court summons.

A guest at a Medina Road hotel reported he parked his vehicle in the lot at 8:30 p.m. March 10 and returned to it at 7:30 a.m. the following day to discover the catalytic converter had been stolen.

An official of Revere Middle School called police March 12 regarding a student suspected of having marijuana. The student emptied his pockets, and police found a container of marijuana, and they charged him with its possession. He was released to his grandfather.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Shaw Road Extension residence March 12 and advised a juvenile of the consequences of failure to follow house rules.

COPLEY: On Feb. 16, a driver stopped for speeding on Rothrock Road failed a field sobriety test, and she was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

Police responded to a dispute involving two males at a Colon Drive residence Feb. 18 and arrested one man on a warrant. He was released to the Barberton Police Department.

Officers were called to a Montrose West Avenue hotel Feb. 18, when a manager had an argument with a guest who failed to check out on time. The man was arrested on a warrant and released to the Bedford Heights Police Department.

The owner of rental property on Columbus Avenue reported Feb. 19 tenants who were evicted from the residence caused property damage and left refuse behind.

Around 4 a.m. Feb. 20, police on state Route 21 stopped the driver of a vehicle without headlights and arrested him on a warrant. The passenger was unable to drive the vehicle due to a suspended license, and it was towed. When a tow inventory revealed open containers of alcohol, both men were charged with having open containers in a vehicle. The driver was released to the Barberton Police Department, and police drove the passenger to his home in Barberton.

The manager of a Rothrock Road electronics store reported Feb. 21 a suspicious male attempted to open a credit account and charge products totaling $3,000 by using a fake California identification card. When the manager confronted the male, he fled.

Police responded to a dispute between an Akron woman and a Rochester, N.Y., man at a Montrose West Avenue hotel Feb. 22. Both parties were intoxicated and each blamed the other for starting the argument. No physical violence occurred, and police were unable to determine a primary aggressor. The male was arrested on a Summit County felony warrant and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Mexican citizen staying at a Rothrock Road motel while working in Barberton reported Feb. 22 he lost his cell phone in a cab, and he received a call from the phone, which a Philadelphia man reported he purchased on eBay. He agreed to send the phone to the victim if he provided a police report that it was stolen.

Officers patrolling Flight Memorial Drive at 2:20 a.m. Feb. 22 stopped the driver of a vehicle with expired license plates. The driver failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .142. He was arrested for DUI and released with a court summons.

Neighbors of a Goodenough Avenue residence called police to report a fight at the home at 5:40 a.m. Feb. 22. Police arrived to find the female resident standing on the hood of a vehicle with two male occupants. Officers determined the female had procured a ride home from Akron with the males, and she held a protection order prohibiting one of the men from being in contact with her. She told police the man broke into her residence, but the male said she asked him to enter the residence through a window because she was locked out. She said he stole a TV from her residence and he said it was his TV. Police charged the man with violating a protection order, took him to the Summit County Jail and returned the TV to the female. Officers charged the second male with possession of a narcotic tablet found in the vehicle and released him with a court summons.

Police responded to a report of a disabled vehicle on state Route 21 the night of Feb. 22 and determined the vehicle plates had expired. The driver was confused and appeared intoxicated. She failed a field sobriety test, was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. She and a passenger were driven to a detoxification center.

On Feb. 24, Akron police arrested a woman who was wanted on a Copley warrant for theft. She was charged and taken to the Barberton Jail.

Officers responded to a dispute between a male and female in a pickup truck Feb. 24 and located the truck in a Montrose parking lot. The male told police he and the female argued, and she threw items inside the truck. When he pulled into the parking lot and stopped to calm her down, she injured her lip on the vehicle dashboard. The female declined medical attention and was uncooperative with officers. The male also refused to provide information, and both parties declined charges.

A driver who swerved across lane lines while driving on Minor Road in the early hours of Feb. 24 was stopped. He admitted having a few drinks before driving, failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .133. He was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

A Calistoga Trail woman reported Feb. 26 two watches and a wedding ring set are missing from her residence. She said the items were taken during the past three weeks, and she added the house has been shown to 11 prospective buyers.

An employee of a Rothrock Road store was charged with theft and banned from the store Feb. 26 after he admitted stealing merchandise.

Police issued a warrant for the arrest of an Akron man for aggravated menacing Feb. 26 after an employee of a Montrose West Avenue hotel reported the male, who is the father of her daughter’s child, has been calling her at her place of business and threatening to harm her and her family and damage her home. A witness confirmed hearing the threats. The Akron man was arrested on the warrant and taken to the Summit County Jail.

On Feb. 28, employees of a Montrose West Avenue hotel gave police a gun, holster and ammunition found in a room after a guest checked out.

Officers responded to a disturbance at a Hunt Club Drive apartment Feb. 28 and determined it was a verbal argument.

FAIRLAWN: Police patrolling Miller Road March 8 observed a pit bull running loose through yards on Miller and Kenridge roads and determined the animal belonged to a woman who had been given a warning regarding the dog running loose March 1. Officers went to her home on Riviera Drive, charged her with having a dog at large and released her with a court summons.

A man arrested by the Barberton Police Department March 8 was charged on a Fairlawn warrant for theft and taken to the Summit County Jail.

The manager of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road medical facility reported March 9 someone used a hidden key to open a locked cabinet and steal $235.

Security agents at a West Market Street grocery store reported March 10 a male and female concealed merchandise and left the store without paying for it. Police located merchandise in the male’s backpack and found liquor concealed in the female’s purse. Both were charged with theft, and the female was additionally charged with underage drinking.

A Buffington Road man who is employed by a Cleveland business reported March 10 someone used his name and Social Security number to file a fraudulent application for unemployment benefits.

Police charged an Akron man with theft and criminal trespassing March 10 after security agents at a West Market Street drugstore observed him in the store despite being banned from all the stores in the chain following a shoplifting incident in the Akron store. The agent observed the man as he walked through the store and saw him conceal two items. The merchandise was returned, and the man was released with a court summons and again advised he is banned indefinitely from all stores in the chain.

On March 10, employees of a mall department store reported a woman stole merchandise totaling $368 and left the store. Police stopped her as she entered a vehicle. She admitted stealing the merchandise and surrendered it. The Akron woman was charged with theft, banned from the store and released with a court summons.

Mall security agents called police March 10 to report a group of suspected shoplifters leaving the mall. As a security agent approached the group, one man punched her in the face, dropped a bag he was carrying and fled on foot across the parking lot to Ghent Road. Officers interviewed two females who had been with the man and determined they were not involved in the theft. The dropped bag contained stolen merchandise and a booster bag. The Bath Police Department located the man at an apartment complex, took him into custody and released him to the Fairlawn Police Department, and the Akron man was charged with assault, receiving stolen property and possession of criminal tools, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Court Drive woman reported March 11 her car has been damaged on three recent occasions while it was parked in an underground garage. On the most recent occasion March 8, a $100 tire was punctured. She said the incidents began after she argued with a neighbor in her apartment complex.

NORTON: Police were called to a Holly Avenue residence March 8 by a man who said his brother-in-law came home drunk and used his tractor-trailer to ram his vehicle after smashing items on his porch with a breaker bar he retrieved from the truck. Police arrived to find the man sitting in the cab of the truck drinking beer. Officers observed damage to the vehicle, parts lying on the ground and the breaker bar lying in the yard. The man exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication, refused a field sobriety test and was arrested for criminal damaging, aggravated menacing, disorderly conduct and DUI. He was released on a signature bond.

On March 8, officers responded to a domestic dispute and arrested a Norton juvenile for domestic violence for assaulting his father. He was taken to a juvenile detention center.

Officers and EMS responded to a report that a passenger in a vehicle on state Route 21 March 9 was in cardiac arrest. Police arrived to find the driver sitting beside the vehicle. The passenger, of Sterling, was revived by EMS, and he refused hospital transport and was released. He surrendered a bag of marijuana to police and was charged with its possession and released to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant. The driver was charged with driving under suspension and having an open container of beer in a vehicle.

On March 10, police and officers from the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force executed a search warrant at a Hillcrest Drive residence after receiving information that a violent fugitive was living at the home and operating a methamphetamine lab. A woman admitted officers to the residence, and the fugitive jumped out a bedroom window and fled toward Norton Middle School during school hours. Police ordered the school to be in lock-down until the fugitive was apprehended. He was taken into custody 30 minutes later following a foot pursuit. Officers arrested him, his girlfriend, another female and her son, all of whom were in the home during the search, which revealed the meth lab and a marijuana cultivation operation. All four were charged with illegal assembly of chemicals, illegal manufacture of drugs and cultivation of marijuana. The fugitive was additionally charged with inducing panic. They were taken to the Summit County Jail. Police confiscated numerous drugs, paraphernalia, receipts from purchase of equipment used to manufacture and cultivate drugs and drug abuse instruments. The county drug unit dismantled the meth lab.

A Wadsworth Road man reported March 11 his estranged wife forged his name to endorse a tax refund check and cashed it. Police kept a copy of the check on which his name had been forged.

A Landis Road woman was charged with having a dog at large March 11 after police investigated reports from area residents who said the dogs roam on their property, and one resident said the dogs killed one of his cats a year ago and recently killed another cat. Police observed the dog running loose in the street while they spoke to the owner, who admitted she lets the dogs out occasionally, according to the report.

On March 12, police responded to a Hillcrest Drive residence that had been vacated following the dismantling of a methamphetamine lab after learning two Akron men jumped the fence around the property, disregarded “no trespassing” and “health hazard” signs and entered the house. The men told officers they had permission to take items from the home, but police were unable to verify that, and they confiscated a bag containing a laptop computer and a video game the men took from the residence. The two were charged with criminal trespassing and released.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Houston Road residence March 13 and determined no physical violence occurred. The female agreed to leave for the night.

RICHFIELD: Police investigated a report by the owner of a Streetsboro Road business March 3 stating he parked his new van outside his business the previous night at 11 p.m. and returned at 2 p.m. the following afternoon to find the passenger window had been smashed. He reported nothing was missing from the vehicle.

On March 4, the owner of a Brecksville Road business reported he received a phone call from a representative of an Iowa business stating her credit card was fraudulently charged more than $4,000 for a tool she did not purchase. The business owner determined the tool had been shipped to an address in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and he learned from his bank that there were two other transactions for tools purchased from his business using fraudulent credit cards and shipped to the same New York address. Detectives are investigating the source of the transactions, which were made by a someone who probably used a false name and had tools totaling more than $12,000 shipped through a Niagara Falls company and out of the country. The same day, the victim filed a second report stating a man using a different name perpetrated a similar fraudulent activity, purchasing another $4,000 tool, which he had shipped to an address in Portland, Ore.

Police responded to a vacant building on Congress Parkway the morning of March 5, when the service department supervisor reported he observed tire tracks in the snow outside and realized a break-in had occurred. Officers found no one in the building, but they determined copper had been stolen from the heating system throughout the building.

A Sunset Drive man reported March 7 someone used his debit card numbers to make two fraudulent purchases totaling more than $100.

Officers patrolling Wheatley Road at 1:20 a.m. March 8 observed a driver pull into the parking lot of a closed gas station, leave the gas station and pull up to the drive-through window of a closed restaurant and attempt to place an order. After he left that parking lot, he entered Interstate 77, and police observed his vehicle cross lane lines several times and stopped him. He exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and driving without a license, and released on $404 bond.

The evening of March 9, police were asked to check on the welfare of a Monica Drive resident. Officers found no one home and made phone contact with the homeowner, who was at a Southern Road residence. Officers went to the Southern Road residence regarding the Monica Drive resident, who was later transported to a hospital by her mother.

Motorists on Interstate 77 southbound at 1:37 a.m. March 9 reported a reckless driver. Police located the vehicle and observed the driver swerve off the road and stopped him. He appeared intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. He was released on a $404 bond. His BAC tested .160.


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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