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West Side Neighborhood Watch

5/1/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1000 block of Greenwood Avenue April 21; the 900 block of Merriman Road April 22; the 1000 block of Hemlock Hills Drive April 23; the 100 block of North Balch Street April 24; the 700 block of Orlando Avenue April 24; the 1300 block of Nome Avenue April 25; the 100 block of Oakdale Avenue April 25; the 300 block of South Maple Street April 28; and the 100 block of Oakdale Avenue April 28.

A 51-year-old Barberton man was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia April 21 after he was stopped at Winton Avenue and Vernon Odom Boulevard for having a cracked windshield on his vehicle. Officers found crack and a crack pipe in his possession.

On April 22, officers went to the 800 block of Dover Avenue to investigate after a woman said a 19-year-old Liberty Drive man had driven past her house multiple times that evening yelling threats as he drove by.

Also April 22, a 21-year-old Broadview Heights woman and a 21-year-old East Akron man were approached by officers while sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot of a fast food restaurant in the 1600 block of Copley Road. Officers noted they have made numerous drug arrests in the same area recently. A K-9 alerted on the vehicle, and officers found hypodermic needles with heroin residue and a hydrocodone pill, according to the police report. The man and woman were both charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and drug abuse.

A 25-year-old North Hill woman was charged with disorderly conduct April 22 after being stopped by officers responding to a fight with weapons call in the 600 block of Crosby Street. Officers approached her and she began yelling obscenities and flailing her arms, according to the police report. After she became combative toward officers, she was transported to the Summit County Jail, officers said.

A 19-year-old South Hawkins Avenue man was charged with possession of drugs and tampering with evidence April 22 after being stopped in a vehicle in the 400 block of Noah Avenue for a window tint violation. The man was driving under suspension, officers noted. As officers approached, the man was holding a bag of marijuana, and he was placed under arrest, according to the police report. After the man was led to the police cruiser, officers also found a bag of crack cocaine on the ground near where he had been standing while being placed in handcuffs, and crack crumbs also were found on the driver’s seat, according to officers.

The same day, a North Canton man who owns property in the 100 block of Aqueduct Street reported a tenant who was supposed to have vacated an apartment that morning threatened to “bust everything up.” Another tenant in the same building later that day called the owner to report water was coming into his apartment, and the owner discovered a broken toilet and broken pipes in the apartment, according to the police report.

A 23-year-old Northfield Center man stopped for a traffic violation at Copley Road and Roslyn Avenue April 23 was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers found heroin, a spoon and two crack pipes in his vehicle, according to the police report.

A 52-year-old South Akron man was charged with drug abuse and tampering with evidence April 28 after his car was stopped for its window tint at Copley Road and Juneau Avenue. When the man got out of the car, he threw a bottle of pills on the ground, according to officers. The bottle, which had no prescription label, contained 40 Percocet pills and one Opana pill, according to the police report.

BATH: Police patrolling Montrose the evening of April 17 observed a vehicle blocking traffic on Medina Road while attempting to exit from a parking lot. Following a traffic stop, the driver was arrested for driving under numerous license suspensions. The passenger was not a licensed driver, so the vehicle was towed from the scene.

An employee of an Embassy Parkway business reported April 17 a man called the business numerous times attempting to collect money for a debt he claimed she owed. He refused her orders to stop calling. Police determined the man had made numerous similar calls to another department of the business and advised employees to contact the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

On April 18, items stolen from victims in Copley last September were recovered and sent to the Copley Police Department after employees of a business found them behind their building and took them to the police station.

Following a registration check of a vehicle in a Medina Road parking lot April 19, police arrested the driver on a warrant. Officers noticed she had five children in the rear seat of her car, which only had three seat restraints. She was charged with failure to properly restrain children and released to the Barberton Police Department on the warrant.

A Pint Point Drive woman gave police an envelope containing cash that she said she found while on her morning walk April 20.

Police patrolling Medina Road April 21 stopped the driver of a vehicle with no front license plate. A passenger in the vehicle was arrested on a warrant and released to the Medina Police Department. A search of the vehicle revealed marijuana in the center console, and the driver was charged with its possession and released with a court summons.

A North Shore Drive man reported April 21 someone used his identity to file federal and state tax returns.

On April 22, the manager of a Montrose copy center reported the business received four checks totaling $643 from the same man between September 2013 and January 2014. The checks were written on an account that had been previously closed. A certified letter to the man was returned unclaimed, and the manager asked for assistance in filing criminal charges.

An employee of a Ghent Road vision care business reported April 22 a woman and two men entered the store and behaved suspiciously. She said one of the men attempted to block her view of the female, who began choosing eyeglass frames. When another employee responded to her request for assistance, the three asked for directions to Summit Mall and left. The female made an appointment, but the name she provided was fictitious.

A Ghentwood Drive man reported April 23 someone used his Social Security number to file a fraudulent federal income tax return.

On April 23, police patrolling Medina Road checked the registration of an occupied vehicle in the parking lot of a bookstore and determined the driver was wanted on a warrant. He was taken into custody and released to the Barberton Police Department.

COPLEY: Residents are being advised of two scams perpetrated by people who claim to be law enforcement agents. The first involves a man who claims to be from the Drug Enforcement Agency and tells the prospective victim that he or she has been charged with a drug-related offense, but because it is a first offense, the victim can pay $3,000 over the phone to get the charges dismissed. Police are warning residents that this is a scam and that state law enforcement agents never collect money for fines over the phone. The second scam affects residents in various communities and involves a call from a person who claims to be Capt. Jack Dembrowski, a local law enforcement officer. He tells prospective victims that a large amount of money has been stolen from their bank accounts and attempts to obtain bank account information. He also asks whether there are guns, jewelry items or cash in the house, and he has threatened to get a search warrant when people refuse to give him information. There is no such person in local law enforcement. This is a scam and residents are advised to call their local police department if they receive such calls.

Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Brookwall and Flight Memorial drives April 18, causing minor damage to the vehicles.

Police charged a Copley man with DUI and released him with a court summons April 25 after he lost control of his vehicle on Misty Lane and went off the road, causing the vehicle to flip on its side in the roadway. A passenger was transported by EMS to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

A driver struck another vehicle at the corner of Springside Drive and Springside Connector April 26, causing minor damage to both vehicles.

FAIRLAWN: A Trunko Road man reported April 18 that tools and a toolbox worth $1,603 were stolen from the bed of his truck the previous night.

Employees of a mall department store reported April 18 they observed a Kent woman who had previously shoplifted from the store and saw her steal clothing. She was stopped in the parking lot, charged with theft and released with a court summons. The merchandise was returned.

Security agents at a mall department store observed two women pushing a baby stroller April 18 and one going behind a sales counter to take store bags. The woman put merchandise in the bags, placed them in the stroller and walked through the store. After they left, the $359 in merchandise was found inside the store. The Stow women were stopped outside the store and identified, but no charges were filed.

Following a registration check of a vehicle in the parking lot of a Montrose discount store at 2:30 a.m. April 19, the driver was arrested for lying to police about his identity. The Akron man was released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies on a felony warrant. A female passenger also was arrested for misrepresenting her identity and released to deputies on a felony warrant.

A White Tail Ridge Drive man reported April 19 someone used his identity to file a federal tax return.

An employee of a mall department store was charged with theft April 19 for under-ringing merchandise for a Columbus man, causing a loss to the store of $437. The man, who admitted the clerk is a friend, also was charged with theft.

Police were called to West Market Street discount drugstore April 21, when employees reported a man pushed a cart full of merchandise out of the store without paying, abandoned the cart in the parking lot and fled on foot. Officers pursued him through a nearby neighborhood and located him hiding in bushes outside a West Market Street church. He was charged with theft and possession of a crack pipe and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Following a traffic stop on West Market Street April 22, a passenger was arrested on a warrant and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Around 2 a.m. April 22, employees of a Montrose discount store reported two women concealed merchandise in bags and left the store without paying. They were gone when police arrived, but the Wadsworth Police Department arrested them later and charged them with stealing merchandise from a Wadsworth store. They were returned to the Fairlawn Police Department, where officers charged the Akron and Canton women with theft of merchandise worth $272.

Officers responded to a report that a baby was alone in the rear seat of an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of a Montrose discount store April 22. The mother of the 1-year-old returned, and she was charged with child endangering and released with a court summons.

On April 23, police investigated an incident of fraud perpetrated by a man who stole art supplies from a West Market Street hobby store April 15. The following day, a female returned the stolen supplies and received a store gift card. The next day, the male stole more art supplies and minutes later, a different female returned them for another store gift card. The cards were cancelled, and police are seeking the suspects.

NORTON: A Summit Road man reported April 18 his daughter has been receiving unwanted text messages from a former co-worker. He requested documentation.

Police investigated a report of theft of a $1,100 refrigerator from the yard of a Hametown Road residence between 8 and 10:20 a.m. April 18, after the owner placed it outside with a for-sale sign on it.

Also on that day, officers observed two males in a vehicle at an Eastern Road gas station and noticed the driver apparently conceal something on the front seat of the vehicle. An Akron man who was a passenger was arrested on a Summit County warrant. The driver was arrested for possession of crack cocaine that was found inside a work glove on the front seat of the vehicle and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Firefighters received assistance from the Chippewa Fire Department in extinguishing brush fires resulting from a backyard fire that burned out of control April 19, when a Hametown Road man was burning a box of trash outside his home. He was charged with violation of open burning regulations.

Officers charged a McCoy Road man with criminal damaging and trespassing April 19 after a neighbor reported the man drove through his yard, causing damage to his property and the windshield of his truck. The McCoy Road man admitted turfing the neighbor’s yard and stated he did it in retaliation for damage caused to his property by the neighbor, who drove a four-wheeler on his property the previous night.

A Norton man was arrested for shoplifting an air horn from a Greenwich Road specialty store April 19. Police arrived in the plaza to find the man standing by a trash receptacle holding the stolen item, which he admitted stealing. He was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

A representative of a homeowners’ association reported April 20 a sign was pulled from the ground at the corner of Norton and Woodglen avenues and thrown into a retention pond.

A Brogle Road woman filed a report of theft by deception April 21, stating she called her cable provider to resolve some issues with service and she reached a representative of a company that said he was affiliated with her cable provider. He told her she had security issues with her system and said he could fix them for $400, which she charged to her credit card. He also asked for passwords to her email and other accounts, which she provided. She later learned from her cable provider that the company is not an affiliate and she was advised to call police.

At 3 a.m. April 22, police observed a Norton man walking along South Cleveland-Massillon Road. He was arrested on a theft warrant and taken to the Barberton Jail.

Police are seeking the person who broke into a vacant house on South Cleveland-Massillon Road the night of April 22 and damaged copper water lines in an attempt to steal them.

An employee of a Wooster Road business reported April 23 that her ex-boyfriend, who also was employed there, asked to speak with her in the break room and began to argue with her. She walked away, and he grabbed her. The activity was recorded on video surveillance footage, and the victim asked that the man be prosecuted. The Canton man was arrested for assault, released with a court summons, fired and banned from the business.

RICHFIELD: A Streetsboro Road man reported April 15 someone used his identity and his wife’s to file a fraudulent joint federal income tax return.

On April 16, police investigated threatening text messages received by a supervisor at a Highlander Parkway business following an employee’s termination.

One of two cows that escaped from a Hinckley farm was spotted on Wheatley Road April 16. Police notified the animal’s owner, who came to the scene, but they were unable to locate the cow. Officers received reports from residents who spotted the cow and again located it on Wheatley Road, but they were unable to corral it, and the cow ran into a wooded area. After receiving several more reports that the cow was again on Wheatley Road posing a danger to motorists, and due to the fact that officers were unable to contain it, they received permission to shoot and kill it. The owner removed the carcass from the road.

Police responded to an alarm at a Wheatley Road gas station at 3:24 a.m. April 18 and found the front door of the business had been smashed by a rock that was lying nearby. The business owner arrived and provided video surveillance footage that showed three people run from the business after one of them threw the rock. Police are reviewing surveillance footage from other nearby businesses and took the rock as evidence.

On April 19, police responded to the post office on Streetsboro Road and spoke to a manager who said one of the mail carriers picked up a threatening note that was left in a mailbox outside a Streetsboro Road residence. Officers spoke to the resident at the address and called a man she believed might have been involved, but he denied placing the note there. Police were attempting to reach another person who might have been involved.

Following reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 77 April 19, police observed the driver swerve across lane lines and stopped him. The driver and passenger exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication. The driver failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and released to a friend on a $404 bond. The passenger obtained a ride from a friend. The vehicle was towed.

Police patrolling I-77 at 7:30 a.m. April 20 observed a disabled vehicle along the road and another vehicle parked behind it. When the driver of the second vehicle saw officers, he sped away and was stopped as he entered I-271. Police asked the driver what he was doing with the disabled vehicle, and he said he thought it was his girlfriend’s car. The registration on his vehicle indicated that it had been rented, and the driver and passenger had no proof they had rented it, so police towed the vehicle. A tow inventory revealed a portable saw, bolt cutters, jack and catalytic converter that had been cut from a vehicle. Police determined it had been cut from the disabled vehicle, and the driver reportedly admitted he had cut it off. The driver and passenger were charged with theft and possession of criminal tools and held in the Richfield Jail pending bond.

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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