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West Side Neighborhood Watch

4/24/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 100 block of North Balch Street April 16; the 300 block of Wildwood Avenue April 16; the 1000 block of Winhurst Drive April 16; the 900 block of Courtland Avenue April 18; the 1000 block of Greenwood Avenue April 18; the 1400 block of Bryden Drive April 19; the 1000 block of Orlando Avenue April 20; the 1000 block of Peerless Avenue April 20; the 1700 block of Dominion Drive April 21; and the 1100 block of Jefferson Avenue April 21.

A 38-year-old Dover Avenue man was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia April 15 after he was seen loitering in his vehicle in the 400 block of Wildwood Avenue and then was pulled over at Norway and Beechwood drives April 15. He told officers he had a “hoot sack” on him when asked if he was in possession of anything illegal, according to the police report. Officers recovered a bag containing 4 grams of cocaine from his pocket and found a digital scale inside of the glove box. He also had $2,700 in cash on his person, officers noted.

Late in the evening of April 15, officers stopped a vehicle for a turn signal violation at Orlando Avenue and Bye Street. The driver, a 21-year-old Whittier Avenue man, was driving under suspension and placed under arrest. During a tow inventory, officers found 2 grams of marijuana and 32 grams of cocaine. They also seized $632 and three cell phones from the man. He was charged with possession of and trafficking in drugs and transported to the Summit County Jail. His passenger, a 25-year-old West Akron woman, was not charged.

At South Portage Path and Norway Drive, officers pulled over a vehicle April 16 whose owner was driving on a suspended license, according to the police report. His two passengers, 20- and 24-year-old brothers from North Hill, were charged with drug-related crimes. Both were charged with drug abuse, while the older brother was additionally charged with drug trafficking. Officers found marijuana in the older brother’s pocket and in his underwear as well as in the car, prepared for sale, near where he was sitting, according to the police report.

An 18-year-old South Balch Street man was transported to a hospital after he was accidentally shot while passing around a gun with some friends in the 100 block of South Balch Street April 17, according to the police report. The gun accidently went off, grazed the top of his right leg and went into the top of his foot, the victim said. The victim would not say who was holding the gun when it went off, officers said.

Officers responded to a call about a fight between two Wildwood Avenue men April 17. A 32-year-old man suspected a 57-year-old of scratching his vehicle, which led to an argument, according to the police report. During the conflict, the younger man punched the older man in the face, prompting the older man to wield a box cutter, causing injuries to the younger man. The injured man’s brother and a friend of the older man got involved, and the fight ended up on the ground, where the older man and his friend were kicked in the face, according to the police report. Officers met with both men at area hospitals and took photos of their injuries for the investigation.

On April 19, officers were looking for two black females between age 20 and 25 following a robbery at a discount department store in the 1800 block of West Market Street. The women were observed by store security placing numerous clothing items into their purses and attempting to leave the store without paying, according to the police report. As the store’s loss prevention officer tried to stop them, one of the women sprayed him in the face with pepper spray, according to the report. The same woman allegedly punched another store employee in the face when confronted, and the pair fled in a vehicle in an unknown direction.

BATH: On the evening of April 8, police responded to a report that juveniles were smoking marijuana in a vehicle at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station and found the vehicle, which smelled of marijuana. The juvenile driver was charged with drug abuse and possession of tobacco products after police found a bag of marijuana and a pack of cigarettes in his possession. He was released to his parents.

A Beaverbrook Drive woman reported April 8 she has been receiving suspicious phone calls from a male with a foreign accent, and she recognizes the caller is attempting to perpetrate a scam. She was advised to screen her calls and contact her phone provider to have the caller’s numbers blocked.

A Top-O-Hill Drive man reported April 9 he returned to his vehicle in the parking lot of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road home improvement store and found someone had pushed a shopping cart into his vehicle, causing damage. A witness gave the victim the contact information of the person who caused the damage and police contacted the suspect, who agreed to make restitution.

Police responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on Hametown Road April 9. The driver appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. He was taken to the Fairlawn police station for a BAC test, and he urinated in a trash can. He was charged with DUI and driving under suspension and drug abuse after police found a bag of marijuana in his possession.

On April 9, a woman reported a payday loan company deposited $1,800 into her account at a Medina Road bank, and she did not request a loan from the company. She learned someone used her bank account to set up a loan with the company.

Police responded to a report of road rage on Interstate 77 South April 11, when a witness told officers a man in a black pickup truck pointed a shotgun out of the window of the truck at the driver of a vehicle following a road rage incident and then threw an object at the victim’s vehicle, causing damage. The suspect exited the highway, made a U-turn and re-entered on I-77. The matter was turned over to Richfield Police. [For more on this incident, see related report in Richfield.]

Following a registration check of a vehicle on I-77 April 11, police performed a traffic stop and arrested the driver for driving under suspension and having four juveniles, between the ages of 5 and 12, in the vehicle without proper seat belts. An adult passenger was arrested on a felony warrant and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Officers investigated a report of a damaged mailbox outside a Rock Creek Road residence April 11, when a resident reported seeing two vehicles parked in the area and police determined one of the vehicles apparently crashed into a ditch.

Police arrested a West Bath Road woman for domestic violence and took her to the Summit County Jail April 12 after she allegedly punched her live-in boyfriend, causing an injury. She called his employer and said he would not be at work because she punched him, and her employer called police.

On April 12, police patrolling I-77 stopped the driver of a vehicle with a loud exhaust system and arrested him and three other occupants for smoking marijuana after finding a bag of marijuana and three marijuana cigarettes in the vehicle. The suspects told police they were on their way from Parma to Akron and they intended to smoke all the cigarettes while driving. The driver was additionally charged with driving under suspension. A man who arrived to give the suspects a ride was arrested on a warrant and taken to the Summit County Jail. A second friend came to drive them home.

Officers responded to a report from a pharmacist at a Montrose grocery store April 12, when a woman attempted to have a fraudulent prescription filled. She was charged with deception to obtain drugs and processing drug documents and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A guest at a Medina Road hotel reported April 12 the catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle, which was parked in the lot during the previous night.

A Ranchwood Road woman reported April 12 she received a letter bearing her return address and containing two fraudulent checks that were made out to an unknown Florida man from her checking account.

A driver who swerved across lane lines as she drove on North Cleveland-Massillon Road April 13 was stopped as she pulled into her driveway on Ira Road. She attempted to enter her house and was uncooperative with police before failing a field sobriety test. She was charged with DUI and obstruction of official business and released with a court summons.

A North Cleveland-Massillon Road woman reported April 13 she received a bill for more than $2,000 from a phone provider, and she learned someone had opened an account in her name. The company provided her with an 82-page phone bill.

On April 14, a Four Seasons Drive man reported he learned an unknown person filed a federal tax return using his identity. He also received a letter from the state of Maryland denying his tax return from that state, and he has no affiliation with Maryland.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Medina Road April 17, police arrested a woman on a warrant and released her to the North Olmsted Police Department.

Two women were arrested for theft of merchandise from a Montrose clothing store April 17 and advised they are banned from the store. One female was additionally charged with possession of criminal tools.

COPLEY: A woman reported March 28 she lost her wallet while fueling her vehicle at a Medina Road gas station, and she later learned her credit card was used for fraudulent transactions at two locations.

Employees of a Brookwall Drive department store reported March 30 a woman was panhandling in the store. Police obtained information about the suspect, a vehicle she entered and other occupants of the vehicle and found the suspect in a vehicle in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant. The panhandler was arrested on warrants from two communities and banned from the department store, and a male passenger was arrested on a felony warrant and released to Portage County sheriff’s deputies.

On April 1, police signed a warrant for the arrest of a woman on one count of theft by deception after a man reported she called him, stated she was a relative and said she needed money for her child, who was ill in a hospital. He met her at a Medina Road gas station and gave her money before he learned she had been arrested for stealing from people in three counties by perpetrating similar scams or entering their homes under false pretenses and stealing money and credit cards.

A Bramble Drive couple reported April 2 their personal information was used by someone who filed fraudulent income tax returns in their names.

Police patrolling Medina Road at 2 a.m. April 3 stopped the driver of a pickup truck for lane violations. She appeared intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the police station, where she refused a BAC test. She was uncooperative with police during her arrest and struggled with officers who attempted to fingerprint her. She was arrested for DUI, resisting arrest and obstruction of official business and taken to the Barberton Jail.

On April 3, police responded to a disturbance at a Vale Drive residence, where a woman reported she had an argument with her stepson after she took his phone away. When his brother arrived at the residence to take the juvenile home to Kentucky, she refused to allow him to leave with his brother because his father was not there. His father returned while police were there and gave his permission for his son to leave with his brother.

A woman reported April 5 she spent the night with her friend at a Copley Road residence and woke to find her car, keys and $60 missing. Police entered information about the vehicle into a national database for stolen vehicles. She suspected her friend’s son had her car, and a relative of his contacted her to say he took the vehicle after the mother of his child asked him to buy diapers for the baby. Police later recovered the vehicle.

FAIRLAWN: Police responded to a Baker Boulevard medical office April 11, when a patient was transported to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation.

An Akron man was arrested for theft April 11 after security officers at a mall department store reported he shoplifted a shirt worth $45. He removed the shirt, which he had concealed under his clothing, and he was released with a court summons and banned from the store.

On April 11, police responded to a disturbance at a Sand Run Parkway group home and observed a man being restrained by several staff members, who said he injured himself with a screwdriver, which they took from him. He was treated for a self-inflicted head laceration and transported to a local hospital by EMS.

A Carson Drive man reported April 11 he accidentally left his garage door open when he left his home at 4:30 p.m. He returned an hour later to find a $400 bicycle had been stolen.

Two Akron juveniles who reportedly concealed merchandise and left a mall department store without paying April 11 were stopped outside the store. The girls were arrested for theft, taken to a juvenile detention center and advised they are banned from the store.

Security agents at a West Market Street discount department store reported April 12 a woman concealed merchandise in her purse and left the store without paying. Police stopped the suspect outside the store and determined he was a man who was on parole in connection with an armed robbery conviction. The Akron man was charged with theft and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Police on Miller Road stopped a woman for a traffic violation April 12. She refused to provide identification and argued with officers over why she was stopped. After explaining the traffic charges for more than a half hour, police asked her to exit the vehicle and arrested her for obstruction of official business. During the arrest, officers found an identification card and charged her with driving under suspension.

On April 13, an Akron woman who reportedly loaded items worth $92 into a shopping cart and pushed it out of a West Market Street grocery store without paying was arrested for theft and released with a court summons.

Officers investigated a report of theft April 13, when a woman reported her wallet, containing cash, credit cards, checks and identification, was stolen from her purse while it was in a shopping cart at a West Market Street discount drugstore.

An Akron woman was arrested for theft of merchandise worth $239 from a mall department store April 17. She was released with a court summons and banned from the store.

NORTON: Police responded to a fight outside an Oak Street residence April 11 and spoke to two brothers, who said some people from a Norton Avenue trailer park showed up and attempted to start a fight. The victims declined charges and said they could not identify the suspects. A neighbor told police this is a common occurrence and there are frequent incidents of fighting and yelling in the street outside the residence.

On April 11, an Akron woman and man were arrested on felony warrants from Norton. They were charged and taken to the Summit County Jail. The female’s vehicle, which was filled with items that were possibly stolen, was towed for investigative purposes.

Deputies patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road the night of April 12 observed an Orrville man sleeping in a vehicle with the key in the ignition behind a gas station and woke him. He appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. Police arrested him for DUI, possession of Schedule II narcotics and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and released him on a signature bond.

A Barberton man reported his vehicle was damaged when he was at a Barber Road car wash April 12.

The owner of a Greenwich Road business reported April 14 she has been receiving bills from two companies that list the business in their directories. She said she has repeatedly told the companies she does not want the business listed, but they continue to list it and charge her.

Following a traffic stop on Clarkmill Road April 14, a passenger from Canal Fulton was released to Stark County sheriff’s deputies on a warrant.

Officers are seeking a white male and female who stole items from a Greenwich Road grocery store April 14 and fled in a white Hyundai SUV. According to the police report, the female concealed meat in her purse and the male concealed items in his clothing, and the two went through a check-out lane and paid for some items in their shopping cart. They were stopped outside the store by security agents. The male fled to a vehicle, and the female struggled with agents while holding a child in her arms. The male drove up in the vehicle, the female and child got in, and they fled.

The U.S. Marshal’s Office arrested an Akron man on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia April 17. He was charged, given a new court date and released on a signature bond.

RICHFIELD: Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Streetsboro Road residence April 9. Both parties declined charges and the male agreed to leave for the night.

At 1 a.m. April 9, police responded to a report that a woman was in the lobby of a Brecksville Road motel because her boyfriend kicked her out of their room and she is afraid of him. She told officers no physical violence occurred, and they transported her to another motel and advised her to have no contact with the male that night. They told the male, who was highly intoxicated, the female was safe, and he agreed not to contact her that night.

A woman reported April 9 that the rear window of her vehicle was shattered while it was parked at a location on Broadview Road.

Officers were called to a Monica Drive residence on two occasions the night of April 10, when a juvenile drank alcohol and was out of control. Police advised the child’s parents she could be arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center. They spoke to the juvenile, who agreed to settle down and allow her mother to spend the night in her bedroom for her protection.

A motorist on Interstate 77 reported April 11 the window of his vehicle was damaged when a rock flew from a dump truck loaded with gravel, which was traveling in front of him. The driver of the truck stopped, but allegedly told the victim he could not prove how the damage occurred, cursed at him and drove off. Police traced the truck to a Richfield address and were attempting to contact the owner.

On April 11, police responded to reports of road rage on I-77 and went to a location in Bath, where a victim and witness reported the driver of a black pickup truck threatened the other driver, pointed a shotgun out the window of the vehicle at the victim and threw an object, damaging the victim’s vehicle. The suspect and victim exited the highway on Wheatley Road, following the incident and drove around an office complex in Kinross Lakes Park while a witness observed the suspect’s vehicle following the victim’s vehicle. The suspect re-entered I-77, headed south and was stopped by Fairlawn police. Richfield officers responded to the Fairlawn traffic stop and interviewed the suspect and his fiancée, who was a passenger. Both parties said the object pointed at the victim was not a shotgun, but a wrench that looked like a shotgun. Police found two shotgun shells in the suspect’s vehicle, but no firearm. Following the investigation, officers arrested the suspect for aggravated menacing and criminal damaging, booked him into the Richfield Jail and released him on a bond.

Police investigated vandalism at a Columbia Road home April 12, when a man reported he left his residence at 11:30 a.m. and returned two hours later to find someone shot out the windshield of a junk vehicle, which was scheduled to be picked up by a scrap dealer. Police determined the shot was fired at close range and it was intentional. The victim declined further police action.

A Broadview Road woman reported April 12 someone used a brick from her flower bed to smash her mailbox. She said she heard her motion sensor alarm around 9:30 p.m. the previous night.

A driver stopped for lane violations as he drove on I-77 April 13 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. 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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