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West Side Neighborhood Watch

4/17/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 100 block of North Pershing Avenue April 8; the 700 block of Glendora Avenue April 11; the 100 block of South Meadowcroft Drive April 11; the 1000 block of Mercer Avenue April 12; the 1500 block of South Hawkins Avenue April 14; and the 300 block of South Maple Street April 14.

While a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation at South Hawkins Avenue and Diagonal Road April 8, a 50-year-old Kenmore man was found with cocaine. He was charged with possession of the drug.

The same day, a 21-year-old Bacon Avenue man was charged with possession of cocaine after officers observed him standing in front of a store at Copley Road and Storer Avenue. When officers patted him down, they found a digital scale and a razor blade with residue on it in his pocket, according to officers.

Also April 8, a 31-year-old Orrin Avenue man was found carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons while under disability. Officers responded to Madison Avenue and Copley Road for shots fired, and they observed a vehicle leaving the area, they said. When he was pulled over, the Orrin Avenue man admitted he had a gun in his waistband, according to officers.

On April 9, a West Exchange Street woman reported she was waiting in heavy traffic at West Market and South Valley streets when the driver of a dump truck pulled and stopped diagonally in front of her, giving her nowhere to go. Both she and the truck driver exited their vehicles, and they argued, she said. The man grabbed her by the shoulders and began shaking her while yelling profanities, according to her police report. Her two children were waiting in the car, she said. She gave officers the truck’s license plate number, and they were investigating.

Officers were dispatched to a restaurant in the 400 block of West Market Street regarding a theft April 12. An employee stated two males came into the restaurant allegedly to buy food, but after several minutes of looking over the menu, they left with the charity change jar sitting on the counter. The jar contained around $20 in quarters, according to the police report. Officers were reviewing surveillance footage to try to determine the identities of the males.

On April 14, a 44-year-old Dover Avenue man was charged with possession of crack and misrepresentation. He was reportedly observed by officers loitering at a gas station in the 200 block of East Market Street, and he lied about his name and Social Security number. During a search, officers found crack cocaine in his pocket, they reported.

A 20-year-old Marvin Avenue man was charged with a noise violation after officers heard his vehicle traveling eastbound on Copley Road April 14. He was pulled over near Dorchester Road, and officers noted the music coming from his vehicle could be heard from well over 100 feet away. The car also had a cracked windshield and an extremely dark tint on its front windows, officers noted.

A 35-year-old Madison Avenue man was charged with obstruction after being stopped by officers for a traffic violation at Manchester Road and Roselle Avenue April 15. Officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked the man to step out of the car, at which time he rolled up the windows and locked the doors. Officers were forced to break the car window to gain access, they reported. During a search, officers discovered ecstasy and marijuana in his pockets.

BATH: On March 31, a Yellow Creek Road man reported the mother of his child threatened to call the police and report that he kidnapped their son after he refused to allow the child to go with her at a time when she was not scheduled for visitation.

A Fox Hollow Lane woman reported March 31 an unknown person obtained her personal information and attempted to use it to open several credit accounts in Texas.

A Timbercreek Drive man reported April 1 someone used his credit card numbers to make unauthorized purchases totaling $1,000 in Georgia.

Police were reviewing video footage at a Montrose cosmetics store April 2, when employees reported two white males concealed a bottle of perfume and fled in a vehicle.

Employees of a Medina Road game store reported April 3 a man attempted to sell new items to the store, and when an employee refused to accept them, the man slapped the employee in the face and left. Police searched for the man and issued a bulletin to other police agencies to be on the lookout for him. Fairlawn police spotted him at a bus stop. Officers stopped the bus, found the man and took him to the store, where a witness identified him. He was charged with assault and released to the Mayfield Heights Police Department on a warrant.

On April 5, police investigated the burglary of a Clover Hill Road residence, where someone forced open a door. It was not known whether anything was stolen.

A Chuckery Lane woman reported April 5 she saw a strange vehicle in her driveway, and when she approached it, the driver sped away. She saw the vehicle at another location and photographed it. Police traced the vehicle to a Tallmadge resident, who said her son had been driving the vehicle, and police asked that he call them.

A Yellow Creek Road man reported April 5 the mother of his child failed to return the child following visitation. Police documented the incident and advised him to contact his attorney.

COPLEY: On March 25, a Wealthy Drive man reported a woman he believes might be a relative threatened to harm him in a phone conversation and a male he does not know also made a threat to harm him. Police advised him to call 9-1-1 if he feels threatened at home or elsewhere.

A Hunt Club Drive man reported March 26 he left his apartment for a short time and returned to find his estranged wife had been in the residence and left a gift and a note for their son. The man said she violated a protection order by entering the residence, and police advised him to contact his attorney.

A Wadsworth teen was cited for following too closely behind another vehicle March 31 after she had a rear-end collision while attempting to pass the other vehicle when the driver slowed down.

A Wadsworth man reported April 1 he was driving his pickup truck south on state Route 21, past a heavily wooded area, when a tree fell on his vehicle, damaging the front end.

The evening of April 3, a driver reported he struck a small animal near the intersection of Summit and Jacoby roads, causing damage to the vehicle.

Police responded to an accident involving a motorcycle and car on state Route 18 April 9, when both vehicles were traveling east in the right lane, and the driver of the car passed the motorcycle in the left lane and struck the cycle as he pulled back into the right lane in front of it. The motorcyclist was able to drive away from the scene and both drivers declined medical attention, but the cyclist said his leg was injured when the vehicle struck the cycle.

FAIRLAWN: An Akron man was arrested for shoplifting a jacket worth $120 from a mall department store April 2. He was charged with theft, released with a court summons and banned from the store.

Police went to a Wyant Road location April 2, arrested a Barberton man and released him to the Barberton Police Department on a warrant.

An employee of a West Market Street bank reported April 4 a man used a Connecticut identification to cash a fraudulent check for more than $3,000.

A Canton man reported April 4 he was standing at the fragrance counter of a mall department store when a man stood very close to him and started a conversation about cologne. When the man left, the victim noticed his wallet and paycheck had been stolen from his back pocket.

An Akron man temporarily staying at a South Cleveland-Massillon Road medical facility reported April 6 money was stolen from his room while he was getting a physical therapy treatment. Two days later, police were called to the facility when three other residents reported the theft of money from dresser drawers in their rooms while they were away from the rooms for short periods of time.

On April 6, a Kenridge Road man gave police a bicycle that had been left outside his residence for a week.

A man reported a $600 cell phone was stolen from a bench at Croghan Park while he played basketball between 5 and 7 p.m. April 6.

A Hollison Road man reported April 7 a $549 laptop computer was delivered to his residence March 5, but he never received it.

A Cleveland man reported April 7 he lost his wallet at the mall and later learned someone used his debit card to make purchases at several mall stores and a gas station.

On April 7, a Gresham Drive woman reported an unknown female used her identification to file a federal tax return. She was advised to contact the IRS and follow their instructions to file her return.

Police responded to a report that two children were alone in a vehicle outside a West Market Street grocery store April 7. They found the children crying hysterically and one child attempting to break a window with an ice scraper. Police succeeded in opening the vehicle and getting the children out. Their father returned to the vehicle, and officers charged him with two counts of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.

An Akron man who reportedly concealed items worth $38 and left a discount drugstore without paying for them April 8 was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

Following a traffic stop on West Market Street April 8, police arrested a Barberton man on a warrant and released him to the Norton Police Department.

An Akron juvenile was charged with theft of items from a West Market Street grocery store April 9 and taken to a juvenile detention center.

NORTON: Police patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road April 5 were flagged down by a resident who said there was a vehicle in a ditch near Greenridge Road. Officers located the vehicle and the driver, who appeared to be impaired and said the vehicle malfunctioned. She admitted she had been drinking and failed a field sobriety test, and she was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

On April 6, officers responded to a two-car crash on Interstate 76 and found both drivers sitting in a vehicle that was resting against a guardrail. The second vehicle was located nearby. Both drivers were Akron women who had sustained minor injuries. One driver was charged with driving under suspension, and the other driver was charged with DUI and transported to a hospital for treatment. Each was released with a court summons.

A Norton woman stopped for lane violations as she drove on Wadsworth Road around 2 a.m. April 6 appeared intoxicated and refused a field sobriety test. Her BAC tested .253. She was arrested for DUI and released on a signature bond.

A Johnson Road juvenile reported April 7 she invited a man she met online to her home after school, and he brought a female he said was his sister (police later determined she is his live-in girlfriend). The three went to the juvenile’s room to hang out, and the male and female said they were going outside to smoke. When they did not return, the juvenile went downstairs and saw the male stealing her grandmother’s flat-screen TV. The male and female left in a vehicle, which police traced to a 19-year-old Akron man whom they are seeking in connection with theft of a laptop computer, digital camera, jewelry (including a 1970 North High School class ring) and other items.

Also on that day, a Greenridge Road woman reported someone used her personal identification to file a fraudulent federal income tax return.

A Barberton man reported $100 cash was stolen from his van while it was in a Greenwich Road parking lot the evening of April 7, when he left the vehicle for one minute to go to a movie vending machine.

Police responded to a report that an intoxicated male was dropped off at an Eastern Road gas station April 9, but employees of the gas station said they had not seen him. Officers contacted the man’s girlfriend, who told them he likes to drink at a Hametown Road park. Police and park rangers searched for him and found him semi-conscious in a locked men’s room in the park. He was evaluated by EMS and released to a responsible party.

Employees of a Greenwich Road grocery store reported April 10 a Barberton juvenile concealed grocery items worth $60 in her purse and left the store without paying for them. The female told officers her grandmother dropped her off at the store for the purpose of shoplifting. Employees observed the grandmother, a Doylestown woman who had been banned from the store, inside the business. The juvenile was charged with theft and her grandmother was charged with criminal trespassing.

Detectives are investigating an April 10 report stating more than $18,000 in cash and checks has been taken from a medical practice on Norton Avenue.

Also on April 10, police responded to a report that vehicles were stuck in mud at Silver Creek Metro Park on Hametown Road. Officers spoke to a Norton juvenile, who said he took his vehicle to the park to get it covered in mud, and when it got stuck, he called his brother in Doylestown, who showed up in his pickup truck and got it stuck also. His brother called their father, who came to the park and got his vehicle stuck in mud. A tow truck was called to extricate all the vehicles, and the three males were charged with criminal damaging and criminal trespassing.

RICHFIELD: Police patrolling Interstate 77 the night of March 31 observed a driver traveling north at 80 mph and crossing lane lines. He was stopped after he exited the highway on Brecksville Road. He told police he was going home to Akron from Cleveland, and when police advised him he had been heading north, he admitted he had been drinking. Police observed a gun in the glove compartment of the vehicle when he opened it to get his insurance card. He said he had a permit to carry the gun, but officers determined he was prohibited from having a gun due to prior felony convictions for carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drugs. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and having a weapon under disability, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Following complaints that dogs in an outside enclosure were barking throughout the night April 2, police issued a court summons to their owner for a noise violation.

Around 4 a.m. April 2, police patrolling Streetsboro Road observed an SUV with a broken rear window in the parking lot of a bar and conducted an investigation.

A man staying at a Brecksville Road motel reported April 2 that his girlfriend had been staying with him and she had been missing for 24 hours. Police located her at another motel and notified him that she said she did not want any contact with him.

Police responded to a robbery alarm at a Brecksville Road restaurant April 2, when employees said two men were fighting in the bar and someone hit the robbery alarm in order to summon police. Several males told police some of the participants had left and that the men were arguing over sports. Police advised the employees to call 9-1-1 if they wanted to call police rather than pushing the robbery alarm.

On April 4, a Streetsboro Road woman reported someone entered her unlocked vehicle the previous night and stole money and groceries.

Officers are investigating an April 4 report filed by the owner of a Brecksville Road automotive business owner who said attempts to collect on a check returned for insufficient funds in March have been unsuccessful.

Police responded to a report of an erratic driver on I-77 at 3:30 a.m. April 5, stopped the driver and instructed him to pull off the road. He appeared disoriented and reportedly admitted he had been drinking. He failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .179. He was charged with DUI and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia found in the vehicle.

At 4:30 a.m. April 5, police canvassed the area around Richlawn Drive after residents reported their car alarm sounded and two males were seen running from the scene. Bath officers assisted, but the males, who did not gain entry to any vehicles, were not located.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Interstate 271 April 5, police stopped the driver and arrested him for driving under suspension and having fictitious license plates.

Police investigated reports of shots being fired in a wooded lot on Chicksaw Drive April 6 and spoke to three males who were shooting at a target. One male said his uncle owned the property and had given permission for him to use it for target practice. The males left for the day, and police were attempting to verify they were permitted to use the property.

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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