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South Side Neighborhood Watch

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

COVENTRY: An Akron man who was stopped at a DUI checkpoint on Manchester Road April 6 was arrested for possession of a bag of marijuana and released with a court summons.

A Jarvis Road man reported April 10 he observed an unknown male removing a screen from a window of his home. When he confronted the male, the male fled to a gray Chevy Malibu and left in an unknown direction.

The manager of a Manchester Road automotive business reported April 11 an unknown woman stole items from the store and fled.

Summit County sheriff’s deputies responded to an anonymous call of suspicious activity at a Glenmount Avenue residence April 12 and noticed an overwhelming odor of marijuana when the door was opened. A consent search revealed a man hiding in the basement, and officers found marijuana and paraphernalia in his possession and his bedroom. He admitted he sometimes sells marijuana and was charged with trafficking in drugs and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Firefighters extinguished a blaze in a Hyacinth Avenue residence and deputies provided traffic control April 14, when a resident reported a fire started in a back room and quickly spread throughout the home. [For more on that, see Page 3.]

Deputies investigated two reports of theft from unlocked vehicles on Garson Avenue in the early hours of April 14, when someone stole a bag of craft supplies and credit cards from one vehicle and a GPS unit and phone charger from another.

Following a traffic stop on Manchester Road April 15, deputies arrested an Akron man for driving under suspension and released him to the New Franklin Police Department on a warrant.

Employees called deputies to a Manchester Road group home April 16, when officers separated two male residents who were fighting. Both parties declined charges and no injuries were reported. No charges were filed.

An Elmo Street woman reported a cell phone was stolen from an unlocked vehicle outside her residence between 4 and 4:30 a.m. April 16, and a ladder was moved from her yard and placed against her house.

Deputies were called to a South Arlington Road tire business April 16, when a manager reported a Canton man became upset about his bill and threatened to harm him. Officers contacted the man, who said he was upset but denied making threats. He was advised he is no longer welcome at the business.

On April 17, an East Olden Avenue woman filed a report of phone harassment, stating she repeatedly receives calls from a man who claims to represent a sweepstakes and attempts to obtain her banking information.

A Lemar Avenue woman reported her daughter moved and filed a change of address form with the post office and had her mail forwarded to her home in Circleville. Deputies determined the post office had made a mistake, which resulted in the victim’s mail being returned to senders. Postal workers promised to correct the mistake.

A Gougler Road man reported April 18 someone cut the fuel line of his vehicle.

Deputies were called to a Jarvis Road residence April 18, when a Cuyahoga Falls woman showed up at the house for a custody exchange and was highly intoxicated. When she was told she could not drive home, she reportedly began to curse and scream at deputies and others at the scene. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to the Summit County Jail.

— Compiled by Maggie DeMellier



GREEN: On April 13, a Beechnut Drive man reported someone used his Social Security number to file a fraudulent federal tax return.

A Camden Ridge Boulevard man reported April 13 he heard a loud noise and went outside to find a plastic bottle, which was believed to have been used for an explosive device.

Summit County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at the Akron-Canton Airport April 13 and arrested an Akron man on a warrant for a drug charge. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

On April 13, deputies patrolling Greensburg Road recovered an SUV from a field and determined it had been stolen from Akron.

A Barberton man located at an East Turkeyfoot Lake Road residence April 15 was arrested on a felony warrant for receiving stolen property and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A South Arlington Road resident reported a fire started in the basement of the residence April 16. Firefighters and deputies responded, and the blaze was contained and extinguished.

A shopper at a Corporate Woods Parkway grocery store reported April 16 someone removed her wallet, which contained cash, credit cards and identification, from her purse.

A Glen Eagles Boulevard woman reported April 16 she has received numerous text messages from a man after she told him not to contact her. Deputies called the man and advised him not to contact the female or he could be criminally charged.

Deputies signed a warrant for the arrest of a Wadsworth man for telecommunications harassment April 18 after a Moore Road woman reported she received hundreds of harassing and threatening text messages allegedly from him. Officers were unable to contact him and a warrant was issued.

On April 19, a Schneiderman Lane woman reported an unknown person used her identification to file a federal tax return and she later learned several credit accounts had been opened in her name.

Following a traffic stop on South Main Street April 19, deputies arrested an Akron man on a warrant for forgery and charged him with possession of drug abuse instruments after two syringes fell from his pocket during his arrest. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Deputies on Massillon Road April 20 observed a vehicle suspected of leaving the scene of a break-in and stopped the driver. He was arrested on a burglary warrant and released to Stark County sheriff’s deputies.

— Compiled by Maggie DeMellier

LAKEMORE: Police were called to a Lake Road bar April 12 after a Plaza Court woman and a Goodenough Avenue woman became involved in a physical altercation. Both women were apparently intoxicated, and the Plaza Court woman told police someone kicked her in the head when she was on the floor. She was transported to a hospital. No charges were filed due to conflicting information.

Police responded to a vacant Flickinger Road building April 14 and found 10 individuals who arrived in three vehicles trying to flee into the woods. A Meade Avenue man was caught and charged with criminal trespass and failure to comply with police orders. The three vehicles were towed as evidence.

An unknown man took $200 in baby clothes from a Canton Road store and left without paying April 16.

A Brandon Court man reported April 18 he put six checks for bills in his mailbox, but the checks were never received by the payees.

Someone attempted to steal a Dodge Ram pickup truck parked at Springfield High School April 21. A door handle on the vehicle was broken, the driver’s side window was broken and the steering column was damaged, but because the battery was dead, the attempted theft was unsuccessful.

A Beach Drive man was observed making sexual gestures while at a Lake Road park near small children April 21. Police found the man was so intoxicated he could not speak or stand, according to the police report. He was charged with disorderly conduct.

— Compiled by Maria Lindsay


NEW FRANKLIN: A West Turkeyfoot Lake Road man reported cash, a driver’s license and credit cards were stolen from his unlocked vehicle April 12 and unauthorized transactions were made using his credit cards.

A Guys Run Road man was arrested on South Turkeyfoot Road April 13 for driving under the influence after testing showed he had a BAC of .17, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and drugs after a foil smoking pipe and a bag of marijuana were found during a tow inventory.

An Orchard Avenue man was arrested April 14 for driving under the influence after a test revealed he had a BAC of .17.

Chainsaws, tools and a GPS unit were stolen from a South Main Street business April 15, and a steel door was damaged in the break-in.

— Compiled by Joyce Rainey Long


SPRINGFIELD: A Springfield woman was charged with child endangering April 10 after her 14-year-old daughter told a teacher she did not want to go home because her mother would use a studded belt on her for getting bad grades. She also said her mother beats her 8- and 4-year-old siblings. The woman also apparently leaves the children unattended. Police went to the home to talk to the mother, and she claimed her grandmother watches the children. After some questioning, the children admitted that was not the case. Summit County Children Services representatives reported having a picture of the girl’s arm with welts from the belt on it taken from a previous call, and the children were taken into custody. The woman came to the police station to drop off an EpiPen for her 14-year-old daughter and reportedly became verbally abusive to police. She was ordered to hand over her purse, and she refused and allegedly started a fight with officers. According to the report, she pulled one officer’s hair and bit her on the side of the face. The woman was also charged with assault of a police officer and transported to the Summit County Jail.

A Sweetbriar Drive woman reported a man and a woman grabbed her purse and fled while she was at an East Waterloo Road store April 11. Police advised her to cancel her credit cards.

A Deborah Drive woman reported she left her purse in a cart at a South Arlington Road store parking lot April 11, and when she returned, it was gone. She had six credit cards, a Social Security card, stamps, keys to her home and church, glasses and a cell phone in the purse.

Drug charges are pending on a Lavern Lane man who was found unresponsive in his home next to a metal spoon, a hypodermic needle and a grayish white powder April 12. The man was transported to a hospital after he was revived.

On April 13, an Osage Avenue man was charged with burglary, assault and rape of his ex-girlfriend after he allegedly forced his way into her home and assaulted her. The woman was taken to a hospital.

The next day, police responded to a fight at an East Waterloo Road grocery store involving a Holcomb Avenue man and a Springfield juvenile male over $20 owed to the older man. Both were charged with disorderly conduct.

Police investigated a Pressler Road man April 14 after his 6-year-old son returned from a visit with welts on his buttocks.

A Clayben Drive man reported April 14 someone stole a wallet with $300 in it from his nightstand.

Also on that day, a Lavern Lane home was broken into and jewelry, tools and a video game system were stolen.

Police responded to a fight at an East Waterloo Road restaurant April 17 and charged a Monroe Street man and a Mobile Lane man with disorderly conduct. The Monroe Street man also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Another Mobile Lane man reported April 17 several items he had set up for a yard sale at a Canton Road location were stolen.

On April 18, a Bridger Road man reported his wrought iron fence was damaged, and he believes his neighbor did it in retaliation for calling police to report the neighbor was trespassing on his property.

Police responded to a fight at a Canfield Road park April 19 and charged a Cross Street man and a Butler Avenue man with having open containers of alcohol in a public place.

A Plymouth Drive man reported someone damaged a tire on his vehicle while he was at a Roanoke Avenue residence April 21.

Also on that day, a Dangel Avenue woman reported someone opened a credit card using her name in West Virginia.

Police are searching for Joseph Berry, who is wanted for felony theft. He is a 23-year-old white male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 164 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. His last known address was on First Street in Massillon, but he also may frequent the Canton area. Berry has distinctive scars on his forehead and nose, and has a tattoo of a roulette wheel and playing cards on his right arm and an unknown one on his right neck. Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 330-784-1609.

— Compiled by Maria Lindsay

Editor’s note: The reports provided here are a sampling of those filed with area police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. For questions related to the reports we’ve included or others we have not, call the South Side News Leader at 330-665-9595 or toll-free at 888-945-9595. To provide information on an alleged criminal act noted in this week’s report, call the appropriate police department.

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