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West Side Neighborhood Watch

4/10/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 300 block of West Crosier Street April 1; the 600 block of Moreley Avenue April 1; the 200 block of Westwood Avenue April 1; the 1500 block of Dreisbach Drive April 2; the 100 block of South Maple Street April 2; the 1500 block of Stadelman Avenue April 2; the 1800 block of Hampton Knoll Drive April 3; the 1400 block of Timber Trail April 3; the 1000 block of Pickford Avenue April 4; the 1700 block of West Waterford Court April 5; and the 400 block of Wildwood Avenue April 7.

A 52-year-old Crestview Avenue man was charged with domestic violence March 25 after he allegedly picked up and slammed his girlfriend to the floor twice and choked and punched her in the face.

A 26-year-old Thurston Street man was charged with possession of heroin after officers stopped the car he was riding in and found the drug March 31.

A 38-year-old Barberton man was charged with possession of synthetic marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia April 1 after he was stopped at Copley Road and Grace Avenue for a traffic violation. He had two bags of synthetic marijuana and rolling papers in his possession, according to officers.

A 21-year-old Liberty Drive man who was sitting in his car was approached by officers in the 2300 block of West Market Street April 1. Officers observed him counting money while a bag of cocaine was in plain view, according to the police report. Officers also found two handguns, crack, heroin and a bulletproof vest in his car. The man was charged with drug abuse, trafficking in drugs, possession of criminal tools and improper handling of a firearm.

Officers observed a hand-to-hand drug transaction between two men April 1, resulting in the arrest of a 52-year-old Clinton man, who was charged with possession of crack. Officers stopped his vehicle at Romig Road and Vernon Odom Boulevard and found a plastic bag of crack in the center console.

On April 2, three eighth-graders at Litchfield Middle School were charged with vandalism and criminal damaging after allegedly causing $4,000 worth of damage to school property. Two females and a male allegedly went into an unattended classroom and poured pop and hand sanitizer over computer equipment, threw ThinkPads around the room, tore pages from textbooks, ripped cables from a SMART Board and damaged a teacher’s personal property.

The same day, a 40-year-old Diagonal Road man was charged with domestic violence and theft after he allegedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend and took money from her purse.

A 36-year-old Stoner Street man was charged with disrupting public service and domestic violence April 2. During an argument with his girlfriend, he allegedly struck her in the face several times and pushed her into a dresser. When she tried to call 9-1-1, he allegedly grabbed the phone and broke it in half.

A 30-year-old Copley man in the 2500 block of Romig Road was charged with domestic violence and violation of a temporary protection order April 3 after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend by punching her in the face multiple times and threatening to kill her.

A 53-year-old Winton Avenue man was charged with domestic violence April 4 after allegedly punching his wife in the face during an argument.

Officers responded to the 1700 block of West Waterford Court April 5, where a property manager reported seven neighboring apartments were broken into sometime since March 31. A refrigerator and oven were reported missing.

A 48-year-old Thurston Avenue man was charged with domestic violence and domestic violence menacing April 5 after he was involved in an argument with his child’s mother. During the argument, he allegedly slammed her, causing injury to her arm. He has a prior conviction for domestic violence, officers noted.

A 44-year-old Noble Avenue was charged with having weapons while under disability, tampering with evidence and possession of a defaced firearm April 5. Officers reported they observed him getting out of his car with a black bag and walking into an empty garage on Cole Avenue in South Akron. He then walked back to his car and started to leave when officers pulled him over, according to the police report. Officers checked the garage and found the black bag, which contained a handgun with the serial number scratched off. The resident of the house reportedly did not know the man.

A 20-year-old East Akron woman employed at a discount department store was charged with theft April 5 after a loss prevention officer reported there was more than one occasion captured on video during which she removed money from the cash register.

A 46-year-old Copley Road man was charged with possession of crack/cocaine and possession of marijuana after he was stopped at Orlando and Delia avenues for not having a front license plate April 5. He was found to be driving on a suspended license, and officers discovered marijuana in his pocket and a piece of crack/cocaine on the floorboard, according to the police report.

Officers stopped a 31-year-old Copley man at Copley Road and Frederick Avenue April 5 for multiple traffic violations, including driving without a front license plate, speeding and running a red light. Though he refused a consent search, a K-9 alerted on the vehicle, and officers subsequently found crack/cocaine in the center console. He was charged with possession of the drug.

On April 5, around 10:30 p.m., a pizza delivery driver was robbed while delivering food in the 900 block of Bloomfield Avenue. He was reportedly confronted by a man armed with a handgun. The driver refused the man’s demand for money, according to the police report, and nothing was taken. The suspect is a black man, 20 to 25 years old, 6 feet tall, 150 to 180 pounds, and he was wearing black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black face covering, according to the police report. Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

After a 46-year-old Grand Avenue man crashed into a building in the 200 block of West Exchange Street April 6, he failed field sobriety tests, according to responding officers. They found two bags of cocaine totaling 4.7 grams in his boot, according to the police report. He was charged with drug abuse and OVI. 

Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at Copley Road and South Hawkins Avenue April 7, and while patting down a passenger, a 23-year-old Ravenna man, they found three syringes, a piece of cotton and a torn bag in his pockets as well as a loaded syringe and burnt spoon on the floorboard of his seat. He was charged with drug abuse cocaine, drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia.

BATH: On March 23, police stopped the driver of a vehicle with an expired temporary license plate, arrested her on two warrants and released her to Brecksville Police Department. A passenger was unable to drive the vehicle, and it was towed to an impound lot.

A driver stopped for a traffic violation on North Cleveland-Massillon Road the evening of March 24 was arrested on a warrant for drug possession. She was released to the Kent State University Police Department.

The owner of rental property on West Bath Road arranged a meeting with police at the location at 6 a.m. March 25, during a regularly scheduled pickup of trash from the township parking lot nearby. Following the meeting regarding the noise complaint, the trash hauler agreed to schedule pickup for 8 a.m. or later.

On March 26, a Bath Hills Boulevard woman reported she came home to find her ex-husband and his girlfriend at the residence taking items from the home. She requested documentation of the incident.

Police assisted a man who was unable to locate his vehicle in the parking lot of a Montrose bar the evening of March 27. The vehicle was located on the east side of a nearby fabric store.

Loss prevention agents at a Medina Road clothing store reported March 29 a woman concealed a bottle of perfume in her purse, paid for other items and left the store without paying for the perfume. Police apprehended her outside the store, charged her with theft, released her with a court summons and advised her she is banned from the store.

Also on that day, a woman reported a man who is prohibited from contacting her per a court order has been calling her place of business in Montrose. Police investigated and determined the protection order did not prevent the man from calling her at work, so no charges were filed. Officers contacted him and advised him not to call her, per her request.

Police responded to numerous motor vehicle crashes caused by slippery road conditions the afternoon of March 29. One driver slid off Interstate 77 and struck a concrete barrier, causing disabling damage to the vehicle. Another driver slid off West Bath Road and landed in a ditch. A driver on Yellow Creek Road lost control of a vehicle and struck several landscape ornaments, causing damage to the yard and vehicle. Other accidents on Ghent Road and I-77 were investigated during that time period.

COPLEY: A Sedgewick Avenue man reported he placed a check in his mailbox at 4 a.m. March 22, and at 7 a.m. his wife found the mailbox open and the check missing.

A woman arrested at a Ridgewood Road gas station at 2:30 a.m. March 22 was taken to the Barberton Jail on a warrant.

A Fairway Park Drive woman reported she has been having problems with her ex-boyfriend coming to her residence, and at 11:40 p.m. March 22 she was getting her mail when she saw her ex-boyfriend driving a vehicle without headlights directly toward her. She got back into her car and drove to the police station, with the man in pursuit. He turned off before she reached her destination. She requested additional police patrol in the area of her residence.

Police responded to a report of phone harassment at a Barton Drive residence March 23. While officers were at the residence, the victim’s ex-girlfriend called his cell phone, and an officer answered it and the female told him she was calling to collect on a debt. The officer advised her the loan was a civil matter and told her to stop calling the man or she could be arrested.

Charges are pending against juveniles who reportedly defecated on the porch of a Glendmoor Drive residence the evening of March 23.

On March 24, police questioned a man who was waiting for his girlfriend at the entrance to an apartment complex on Hunt Club Drive. When his girlfriend arrived, police arrested her on a warrant and released her to Wayne County sheriff’s deputies.

At 2:30 a.m. March 24, an employee of a Flight Memorial Drive restaurant reported a driver in the drive-through lane was impaired. Police observed signs of alcohol intoxication, and the driver failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with felony DUI (his fourth DUI in five years, according to the police report) and tampering with evidence for refusing a BAC test, when his prior convictions made the test mandatory. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Officers responded to an altercation at a Montrose bar the night of March 24 and charged a man with disorderly conduct and criminal damaging after he allegedly broke the front window of the business, as well as possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia that was found in his possession.

A Pineland Drive man reported March 24 he received a threatening phone call from a man in Maryland. He said his ex-girlfriend arranged for the threat and posted a message about it on a social website.

A Druid Drive woman reported March 25 she received a call from a male who claimed to be her grandson and said he was arrested in Mexico and he needed $1,200 wired to a location. When she questioned the caller, he hung up and she called her grandson, who was in Ohio.

An employee of a Copley Road business reported March 25 he had a discussion with a manager, who threatened to hit him with a metal object.

The manager of a Rothrock Road motel reported March 25 a vehicle with Florida license plates had been abandoned on the property for several months. Police arranged to have the vehicle towed.

Police investigated a March 25 report that a Wealthy Drive resident was threatened by several people during a phone call.

At 2:20 a.m. March 26, police responded to reports that a man was running along Interstate 77. He said his friends left him at an Akron bar with no ride home, and he was running to Richfield. He was arrested on a warrant and released to the Broadview Heights Police Department.

FAIRLAWN: On March 28, police went to a Ghent Road address to speak to a driver involved in a motor vehicle accident. The woman told police she had been driving a car owned by her mother, and she took responsibility for causing the accident. After officers left, the woman’s mother called to say her daughter was lying in order to cover for her boyfriend, who had been driving the vehicle. Her daughter admitted lying to police, and she was charged with obstructing official business. Police were attempting to locate the male.

An Akron woman, who removed $25 earrings from a package, placed them in her ears and left a mall department store without paying March 28, was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and banned from the store.

Security agents at a store reported March 28 two women shoplifted merchandise from the store. One female handed the other an electronic tablet and cloth bag, totaling $174. The second female left the store with the items and was stopped outside the store, arrested for theft and released with a court summons after police retrieved the merchandise. The first female fled and was later identified from video surveillance footage. Police contacted the woman, who told them she didn’t steal anything, and she refused to come back to the scene. Officers signed a warrant for her arrest for complicity to commit theft.

Police investigated a report of a suspicious person on mall property March 28 and arrested an Akron woman for criminal trespassing after officers determined she had been banned from the mall on two previous occasions.

Employees of a mall department store arrested a Munroe Falls juvenile for stealing jewelry worth $87 by concealing it while she was in a fitting room March 28. She was released to her father.

An Akron woman was charged with theft and released with a court summons March 29 after she reportedly concealed a hair ornament in her pocket and left a mall specialty store without paying.

On March 29, police responded to a report that a suspected shoplifter was running through a mall parking lot. The person fled from officers, who located him in a mall automotive store, and he was identified as a Cleveland man who had been banned from the mall for two years last April. He was arrested for criminal trespassing and banned from the mall indefinitely.

Following a traffic stop on Miller Road March 30, an Akron woman was arrested for possession of marijuana, which was found in the vehicle.

Security agents from a mall department store reported March 31 a man stole a pair of black jeans and fled into the parking lot. Police located the man, who was wearing blue jeans and a red hoodie, and he fled across Smith Road and hid behind a building. He was later spotted in the parking lot wearing the black jeans over his jeans. The Akron man was arrested for theft, possession of marijuana found in his possession, and banned from the mall.

On April 1, a security agent at a store reported a man filled a shopping cart with merchandise totaling $200, placed the items in plastic bags and pushed the cart out of the store without paying. He and a female who was with him went to a vehicle, into which he loaded the merchandise. He entered the driver’s side of the car and motioned for her to get in. She refused and he drove off. Police stopped the female, who left the store on foot, and she denied knowing the male. She was released, and police were working to locate the man.

Police responded to a traffic jam at the intersection of Ghent and Smith roads April 1, when a driver sat through three cycles of traffic light changes while motorists honked their horns. When police approached her vehicle and asked her if she was OK, she laughed and drove off through a red light. She proceeded east into Merriman Valley, running red lights on Smith, Sand Run and Merriman roads and Portage Path. Akron police stopped her, and Fairlawn officers arrested her for obstruction of official business, failure to comply with police orders and for traffic violations, and took her to the Summit County Jail. The Bedford woman refused to make a statement.

NORTON: Police arrested a Hametown Road man for domestic violence and criminal damaging and confiscated three knives from him March 29 after his live-in girlfriend reported he grabbed her by the neck, causing visible marks, and slashed two tires on a vehicle. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

On March 29 and 30, police investigated reports of damage to mailboxes on Hametown and South Cleveland-Massillon roads.

A Norton man was arrested for theft of a typewriter from an Easton Road residence March 30 after the victim reported he came to the residence and demanded money back for an air compressor his father purchased from her at a yard sale the previous day. He said a part was missing from the compressor. When the victim refused to give the money back, he took the typewriter and left.

Officers responded to a disturbance at a South Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station March 31 and determined an altercation between a husband and wife was verbal. The female and her children got a ride to another location for the night, and the male drove home.

On March 31, a Shellhart Road woman reported her nephew borrowed her car in February and has not returned it. He has not responded to her phone calls and text messages telling him to return the vehicle. Police contacted the Akron man and advised him if he did not return the vehicle a warrant would be signed for his arrest.

Police stopped a man who was riding an all-terrain vehicle on Greenwich Road March 31. He did not have a title or proof of ownership for the vehicle, which did not have a complete identification number. He said he purchased the vehicle on Craigslist. Police impounded the vehicle pending its identification.

A Greenwich Road man reported April 2 a trash hauler cut several limbs from trees on his property because they were scratching the garbage truck.

Park rangers and police responded to reports that someone riding an all-terrain vehicle in a wooded area off Grant Street April 2 was firing shots. Officers located the vehicle and apprehended two men who were charged by rangers with criminal trespassing. Police charged a West Salem man with driving under suspension and a Norton man with firing a weapon in a prohibited location. A handgun and ammunition were confiscated from the Norton man, and both were released with a court summons.

A Wooster man stopped for driving a vehicle with no license plates on state Route 21 April 2 was arrested for driving under 14 license suspensions and released to Wayne County sheriff’s deputies on two warrants.

Police patrolling state Route 21 April 4 stopped a Barberton woman for a traffic violation, arrested her for driving under suspension and released her to the Jackson Police Department on a warrant.

PENINSULA: A Peninsula police officer was contacted Feb. 7 by a man in reference to a theft that had occurred over two days at his business, located on West Mill Street. The man told the officer a white male had come into the store requesting information for a job he was doing. The same customer had been in the business earlier that day and again several times a few days earlier. When the man could not specify what he needed exactly, he would walk to the back of the store to call his customer on a cell phone. The suspect, who was wearing a bulky outfit, did the same thing on separate occasions. It was later discovered that nine boxes of copper wire were missing from the store. The store owner spoke with a couple of employees, and one said he thought the man in question was suspicious. The employee watched the man leave the store and wrote down the man’s vehicle description and license plate number, which was relayed to the officer.

On Feb. 8, an officer was dispatched to a business on Akron-Cleveland Road in reference to a possible assault with a pipe. Upon arrival, the officer found a Boston Heights officer at the scene. The Peninsula officer made contact with both parties involved and determined the incident was a misunderstanding involving the removal of a white wooden fence on the property and no assaults or threats had taken place. Both men apologized to each other, and the reporting party left the business.

An officer was dispatched to a residence on Akron-Peninsula Road Feb. 8 regarding damage to the homeowner’s property. The homeowner reported an unknown vehicle struck a wood post and metal “goat silhouette” sign. The man said he was unsure when the damage was done, but noted that it was discovered at approximately 4 p.m. In addition, a set of tire tracks in the snow were clearly visible leaving the roadway and driving onto the man’s yard. No other items were recovered.

On Feb. 11, an officer was dispatched to the Peninsula Police Department to meet with a woman in reference to a road rage complaint. The woman told the officer she had pulled out of her driveway onto Riverview Road a few minutes past 8 a.m. when a white pickup truck started following very closely to the rear of her vehicle. The woman said she turned onto Stine Road with the vehicle directly behind her. She said the truck passed her to the left and pulled in front of her, blocking her vehicle, and then the male driver jumped out of his truck and began shouting obscenities at her, claiming she had cut him off. The woman, who told the officer she had not pulled out in front of the truck, said she stayed in her vehicle and the man returned to his truck and drove off.

On Interstate 271 southbound, the driver of a semi-truck was on the side of the road complaining of chest pains Feb. 12. Valley Fire District was called, and the man was transported to a hospital. The vehicle was secured by an officer on the side of the road.

On Feb. 12, the general manager of a business located on Riverview Road reported that during the previous night, an employee allegedly used an ax to destroy a picnic table and allegedly stated he would kill a co-worker. According to the general manger, the employee, who was fired, said he would be back with a lawyer. An investigation is pending.

On Feb. 13, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office requested officers check a motel on Akron-Cleveland Road for two people with active warrants for their arrest. The motel was checked, but the subjects were not on the property, nor was a vehicle for which a description had been given.

Two officers were dispatched to a location on Main Street Feb. 15 in reference to “an unwanted female.” Upon arrival, the officers made contact with the woman in question, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle and appeared to be “highly intoxicated.” The keys were not in the ignition. The officers spoke with the reporting party, who said he wanted the woman off the property, and he did not want to have any future contact with her. The woman was released to her father and advised to avoid future contact with the reporting party.

On Feb. 18, an officer responded to a residence on Kendall Park Drive in reference to an unresponsive male. The officer was let into the residence by the man’s spouse, who directed the officer to the kitchen. The man was found face down and unresponsive. The officer assisted Valley Fire/EMS as needed.

On Feb. 19, a man reported he had locked his keys in his car while the vehicle was running in the parking lot of a Riverview Road business. A police officer assisted and gained access to the vehicle.

On Feb. 20, a school bus driver who was concerned about a child reported there may be some issues going on between the child’s parents. The driver said the child said she didn’t want to get off bus because the family did not have heat and the members of the family had all been staying in the same room of the residence. The child, who also stated her family was low on food, reportedly has made comments in the past about her parents fighting. Police officers checked the residence and met with the parents. The officers found food in the house, the children to be happy and the heat working. No further police action was taken.

A woman reported Feb. 21 that her purse had been stolen at a Riverview Road business. Upon arrival, the officers discovered the purse had been misplaced, not stolen.

On Feb. 22, a semi-truck broke down on I-271 southbound and another semi-truck was on scene to hook up the trailer and remove it. A police officer assisted with traffic control until both were removed.

RICHFIELD: On March 24, a man reported his company cell phone has been missing since he fueled his vehicle at a Brecksville Road travel center. No one at the gas station was able to locate the phone.

Police assisted firefighters at the scene of a car fire on Ridgeview Drive March 25, when they were asked to close Streetsboro Road until the fire was contained. Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

Officers patrolling Brecksville Road around 1 a.m. March 27 observed a vehicle running in a parking lot and spoke to a man sitting behind the steering wheel. He said he had been at a bar, had too much to drink and he was attempting to get to his home in Solon. He failed a field sobriety test and his BAC tested .215. He was charged with DUI and booked into the Richfield Jail to await his court appearance.

A Southern Road man reported an attempted phone scam March 29, when he received a missed cell phone call from Washington, D.C., and returned a call to the phone number. A male with a heavy foreign accent answered the phone and told him he was an IRS agent and he owed the government $4,900, and also accused him of money laundering. Following the call, a female called from a local number and said she had a warrant for his arrest if he did not pay the money. He told her he was going to call police, and she hung up. Police are investigating, and they advised him of steps to take in reporting the matter to the IRS.

Police checked on the welfare of a Southern Road resident March 30 upon request and determined there was no cause for concern.

Police investigated the burglary of a house on St. Andrews Drive March 30, when residents reported they came home from vacation to find someone had kicked in the door to their residence. Two bedrooms and an office were ransacked and jewelry was stolen. The victims were making a list of other missing items. Police processed the scene and are investigating the possibility the incident is related to similar recent reports of burglary in the area.


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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