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West Side Neighborhood Watch

5/15/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 700 block of Cliffside Drive May 6; the 400 block of Hillwood Drive May 6; the 400 block of Hillwood Drive May 8; the 200 block of Duane Drive May 9; the 900 block of Kingswood Drive May 9; the 500 block of Castle Boulevard May 12; and the 500 block of Hampton Ridge Drive May 12.

A 36-year-old Grace Avenue woman was charged with domestic violence and felonious assault May 7. She allegedly stabbed her boyfriend during an argument.

The same day, a warrant was issued for a 25-year-old Bellevue Avenue man after he allegedly passed a bad check for $800 worth of car repairs to a mechanic in the 1500 block of West Market Street.

Also May 7, a 25-year-old Gale Street woman was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of ecstasy. She was the front seat passenger in a vehicle stopped for a turn signal violation in the 500 block of Crosby Street, and officers found the drugs in her purse.

Officers responded to a report of a robbery on the same block the next day. The victim stated he was walking on Crosby Street when a man wearing all black clothing approached him and acted as if he had a gun in his shirt, pointing it at the victim. The man demanded money, and the victim turned over $6, which was all he had, according to the police report.

Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Fried Street May 8 regarding shots fired. They found eight 7.62x25 shell casings on the sidewalk and six .380 shell casings in the street, according to the police report. While searching the area, officers could not find any suspects or other evidence, they said.

A 29-year-old Bodine Court woman was charged with theft after a manager of a convenience store in the 800 block of West Market Street saw her leave the store without paying for items hidden in a baby stroller May 8. Once she was stopped, she returned to the store and offered to pay for the items, according to the police report.

The same day, officers responded to the 1000 block of Lawton Street in reference to a stolen dog. The dog’s owner stated a 16-year-old neighbor was walking the boxer-pit bull mix earlier that day when an unknown person drove up, got out of a vehicle, grabbed the dog and fled the scene.

Late the evening of May 8, brothers living in the 100 block of Aqueduct Street were victims of kidnapping and aggravated burglary, according to their report to police. The two men were both in bed in their bedrooms when two men armed with handguns kicked in their back door, according to the report. One of the victims stated the men woke him up, struck him with a handgun and demanded money. The victim also reported he was placed in handcuffs, which the men removed and took with them when they left. The men entered the second victim’s bedroom and tied his hands behind his back with rope, according to the police report. They spent around 30 minutes searching the house before leaving with $700 to $900 in cash, an unknown amount of jewelry and two cell phones, according to the police report. The two black men are between 25 and 30 years old, according to the police report.

A 17-year-old Goodyear Heights female was charged with carrying concealed weapons, discharging firearms and possession of drug paraphernalia May 10 when officers went to the 500 block of Storer Avenue to investigate a report of a fight with a gun. The caller told officers the female was getting into a car and attempting to leave the address, and reporting officers were able to block the driveway before the female, who was a passenger in a car her mother was driving, could leave. The girl admitted to having the gun on her, which was found in her waistband, according to officers. Officers also found a box of ammunition and a digital scale. The girl reported she became angry at her friends while arguing with them over some property, causing her to pull out the gun and point it into the air. The gun accidentally went off, according to her report.

Also May 10, a 22-year-old Wooster man was charged with possession of drugs at Copley Road and Roslyn Avenue after officers found a bag of heroin inside a cigarette box. The man was driving a friend’s vehicle on a suspended driver’s license, officers said. Officers allowed the owner of vehicle, a women with a valid driver’s license who had been riding in the passenger seat, to drive the car home with her two small children.

A 39-year-old Rockwell Court woman was charged with possession of drugs and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle May 12 when she was pulled over at Mount View Avenue and Merriman Road while driving a stolen automobile. Officers also found two rocks of crack inside the vehicle.

The same day, a 15-year-old Buchtel Community Learning Center male student was taken into police custody after a teacher followed up on a lump she noticed in his waistband. The student stated it was nothing when asked and went to the restroom soon after being questioned, according to the police report. The restroom was searched by Akron police officers, and they found a pellet gun in the ceiling over a toilet. Later, the student reportedly admitted he brought the pellet gun to school, according to the police report.

BATH: Police patrolling Ira Road April 30 observed a pickup truck sitting in the roadway and spoke to the driver, who appeared to be intoxicated. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, released with a court summons and transported to his home in Richfield.

Also April 30, officers responded to a call from employees at a Springside Drive bank, investigated a report of possible fraud and determined no criminal activity had occurred.

A Rock Creek Road man reported May 1 that someone used his personal information to file a fraudulent Indiana tax return.

On May 1, officers on Interstate 77 stopped a driver for speeding and charged him with drug abuse after they found marijuana in his vehicle during a consent search.

Just after midnight May 3, employees of Montrose copy business reported a suspicious person. Police determined the man was wanted on a Summit County Sheriff’s Office warrant. He was advised he is banned from the business and released to deputies.

A man reported a bag was stolen from his locker at a Medina Road fitness center May 3.

Police responded to a hit-skip accident on I-77 the morning of May 3. A witness followed the suspect, who left the scene, and provided his license number for officers, who located him in his driveway surveying the damage to his vehicle. He was charged with failure to control his vehicle and possession of marijuana, which was found in plain view in his vehicle, and released with a court summons.

On May 8, police investigated a report of forgery filed by a man who said five forged checks were cashed through his checking account.

Officers were called to a traffic crash on Yellow Creek Road the afternoon of May 9, when a vehicle ran off the road, took out several mailboxes and damaged landscape rocks in a yard. The driver exhibited signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests. He was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.  

COPLEY: Police responded to a report that a male attempted several times to enter a residence on Lochraven Avenue around 5:15 a.m. April 8, and when he was unable to gain entry, he left in a silver vehicle. Officers located a man who fit the description driving a silver vehicle and stopped him. He spoke little English, but he was able to explain to police that he worked for a cleaning company that sent him to a nearby apartment, and he had gone to the wrong apartment.

On April 9, employees of a restaurant gift shop reported a man concealed purses under his coat and left without paying.

A Cobblestone Drive woman reported April 9 that someone used her Social Security number to file a federal income tax report.

Police investigated the burglary of a Plainview Drive residence the evening of April 10, when someone broke into the residence through the front door and opened the rear sliding door. Nothing was reported missing.

Also April 10, an employee of a Brookwall Drive cupcake store reported a woman stole six cupcakes when the employee went to the back room.

Around 1 a.m. May 1, a child called police to a domestic disturbance at a Briggle Road residence where a male and female had been fighting. The male said the female had been drinking and she attacked him, scratching his neck and chest. Officers observed injuries on the male’s neck. A witness substantiated the male’s statement and the female was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Officers patrolling Copley Road May 1 observed a vehicle that had been pulled off the Copley Road exit ramp. The driver said she stopped because her friend was ill. She appeared to be intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. She was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

Police responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch at 1 a.m. May 2 and determined the driver had been drinking and failed to negotiate a turn from Jacoby Road to Vale Drive. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, prohibited BAC level and failure to control her vehicle and released with a court summons.

Following a call from a neighbor of an Oak Tree Drive residence, police responded to a disturbance at the home May 3 and determined a male and female had a verbal argument. The male agreed to leave for the night.

Cash and a driver’s license were stolen from a car parked outside a Medina Road restaurant between 6 and 11:56 p.m. May 4.

Police observed a woman walking along state Route 21 the evening of May 4 and noticed she was disoriented and confused. She said her vehicle had been disabled. Officers searched a database for missing persons and found that the 75-year-old had been reported missing in Stark County when she failed to return from church that morning.

A worker at a Montrose West Avenue hotel reported he was working in a room May 8, and he left for several hours and returned to find his company’s cordless drill had been stolen from the room.

FAIRLAWN: A Kenridge Road juvenile was charged with incorrigibility April 28 for being truant from school, refusing to follow house rules and breaking county curfew regulations.

An employee of a mall children’s clothing store reported she observed a woman put two pairs of jeans into her purse May 1. A second employee followed the suspect as she left the store, walked to the food court and went into the restroom. She exited the rest-room, fled to the parking lot and drove off, leaving a female companion and small child behind. Mall security agents found the stolen merchandise in the restroom, and police are seeking the suspect.

On May 4, a Medina woman reported she placed her purse in a cart while shopping at a Montrose store and last saw it in the cart when she pushed it to her car to load her merchandise in the vehicle. She left and drove to another store before she realized her purse was missing. Employees were not able to find the purse, containing cash, a $630 check, a cell phone, identification and credit cards.

A Cleveland man who concealed two pairs of jeans, totaling $100, under his pants and left a mall department store May 6 was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and banned from the store.

A cashier at a West Market Street drugstore reported a man entered the store at 11:30 p.m. May 8 and asked for two cartons of cigarettes worth $110. He grabbed the cartons and left, throwing an American Express gift card with a face value of $50 on the counter. When the cashier attempted to authorize the card, it had a zero balance. Police are seeking the suspect and the vehicle in which he left.

NORTON: Police investigated a break-in at a Krancz Drive car wash May 2, when suspects ripped an alarm off the wall, broke into a shed and stole coins from machines, a backpack leaf blower, weed-cutter and copper pipes.

A Haynes Avenue man reported he came home the afternoon of May 2 to find two windows had been pried open and someone had entered his home. Police confiscated a screwdriver and another tool the suspect left at the scene.

A supervisor of the Norton Service Department reported May 3 that someone destroyed two trees, worth $224, in a park on Columbia Woods Drive.

A Brent Lane man reported May 3 a leaf blower and weed-cutter were stolen from his open garage the previous night.

At 1:25 a.m. May 4, police patrolling Greenwich Road observed two males walk around behind a grocery store and saw them beside a car in the employee parking lot. The two fled and officers located them and determined they had stolen two DVDs from the vehicle. The Norton juveniles were charged with theft and curfew violations and released to responsible parties.

Police on state Route 21 May 5 stopped an Akron man for a traffic violation and arrested him for driving under suspension and possession of marijuana found in the vehicle during a tow inventory. A passenger was released to Medina County sheriff’s deputies on a felony warrant.

RICHFIELD: Police were called to a Kiowa Drive residence April 28, when a homeowner reported someone shot a bullet through the wall of the residence, causing damage to the interior of the wall. Several items in the living room were covered with dust from damage to the plaster wall. Police confiscated the bullet and interviewed neighbors, who said a neighbor had been discharging firearms two days earlier. Officers are investigating.

An employee of a Brecksville Road hotel reported she was assaulted by a co-worker when she arrived at work April 30. She said she went to the third floor of the hotel and found another employee using her cleaning cart, and when she went to get it from him, he began throwing objects at her and pushed her. She went to the lobby to report it to the hotel manager, but he was not there, so she called police. Officers interviewed the suspect, but there was a language barrier. Security cameras in the area were not working, and due to insufficient evidence and conflicting information, no charges were filed.

Police responded to a neighbor dispute at a Brecksville Road residence May 1, when a woman called officers from a nearby grocery store and said her neighbor threatened her and her boyfriend and she was afraid to return home and fearful that something would happen to her vehicle outside her residence. When police responded, she asked that no police action be taken and said the dispute was verbal.

On May 3, police patrolling Interstate 77 responded to calls that an erratic driver was heading south on the highway. Officers stopped the driver, who appeared to be disoriented. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and having a prohibited BAC and held at the Richfield Jail. A male passenger was charged with having an open container of beer in the vehicle and released with a court summons.


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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