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West Side Neighborhood Watch

5/22/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 500 block of Vinita Avenue May 13; the 1600 block of Dominion Drive May 14; the 1600 block of Hampton Knoll Drive May 15; the 1200 block of Hardesty Boulevard May 15; the 100 block of Hollinger Avenue May 15; the 100 block of South Highland Avenue May 16; the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane May 18; the 100 block of Belvidere Way May 19; the 600 block of Cliffside Drive May 19; the 1300 block of Roslyn Avenue May 19; and the 100 block of Sand Run Road May 19.

A West Akron woman reported May 12 her 59-year-old husband left their house two days before and had not been in contact with her or returned home. She said her husband had a previous drug history, but he had been clean for seven years. She suspected he might be using drugs again, she said. Officers checked jails and hospitals without finding the man, according to the police report. The next day, he was located at a motel.

On May 13, a 51-year-old Copley woman received a court summons after a store detective caught her shoplifting from a convenience store in the 1900 block of West Market Street. The detective explained he saw the woman putting items in her purse and attempting to exit the store and stopped her. The woman admitted to stealing the items and said she was going to sell the stolen merchandise to a nail salon to get money for cigarettes, according to the police report.

A 21-year-old Manor Road man was charged with carrying concealed weapons, improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and having an open liquor container in a motor vehicle May 13 after being pulled over at West Market Street and Byers Avenue. Once stopped, officers could see open bottles of beer and cognac inside the vehicle. The man also had a gun beside his seat, located “ready at hand and [for] easy access,” according to officers.

Officers responded May 15 after a customer upset about prices in a store in the 1300 block of Copley Road reportedly punched the glass front door and caused it to splinter. Store officials declined prosecution against the 23-year-old Beechwood Drive man, as long as the man pays to replace the glass, according to officers.

The same day, a carryout restaurant and convenience store in the 100 block of South Portage Path was robbed. Four store employees and a witness riding by on a bicycle attempted to stop a 33-year-old Hillwood Drive man after he left the store without paying for two cartons of cigarettes, according to the police report. On his way out the door, the man fought with all of the employees and punched the storeowner in the face, according to the report. The store owner chased him with a gun and was able to detain him with assistance from a woman on a bicycle until officers arrived. The man was transported to the Summit County Jail.

Officers conducted a traffic stop May 15 at Copley Road and Winton Avenue after they observed an obscured front license plate, dark window tint and no brake lights on a vehicle. The driver, a 23-year-old North Canton man, consented to a search of the vehicle, which turned up a metal spoon, used cotton ball, empty syringe and a bubblegum wrapper filled with a grayish substance suspected to be heroin. The driver, along with his passenger, a 21-year-old North Canton man, were charged with possession of drugs and possession of drug abuse instruments and transported to the Summit County Jail.

Emergency personnel responded to the 200 block of South Balch Street May 15 after squatters allegedly set fire to a vacant three-story duplex. Neighbors said they see squatters at the house all the time and had seen a man on the porch with a loaf of bread three or four hours prior to the fire, according to the police report. Common combustible materials on the first floor of the duplex were purposely set on fire by means unknown, according to officers.

A 25-year-old Dover Avenue man was charged with carrying concealed weapons, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and having weapons while under disability May 17 after officers stopped him at Copley Road and South Hawkins Avenue for having dark tinted windows. Though the man refused a consent search of the vehicle, a K-9 alerted on the vehicle multiple times, and officers found a loaded .44-caliber Magnum under the driver’s seat. He was transported to the Summit County Jail.

A 45-year-old Crosby Street man was charged with obstructing official business, possession of drug paraphernalia and misrepresenting identity May 17 after officers observed him walking while visibly bleeding from his face and stopped him. Officer recognized him as a man who had a warrant out for assault, but the man insisted he was someone else, according to the police report. When asked to remove his hand from his pocket, the man took off running, officers said, but he was apprehended in the 300 block of Crosby Street. Officers also found a glass crack pipe in his pocket.

The same day, a 26-year-old Summit Lake neighborhood woman was charged with aggravated assault following an argument with other passengers in a vehicle at Wildwood Avenue and Baughman Street. The car’s owner allegedly gave the car keys to the woman so she could leave, and she used it to run over the legs of a 27-year-old West Akron man, according to the police report.

BATH: Police responded to a call from a man who stated a male followed his ex-wife and their daughter home from a soccer game the afternoon of May 4 and determined the matter was a custody dispute. There were no threats or violence, and the parties agreed to resolve the issue.

At 2:30 a.m. May 4, a resident reported possible theft and criminal damaging of tables and umbrellas outside a Medina Road coffeehouse.

A Magnolia man was driving west on Medina Road at 6:30 a.m. May 5 when a deer ran in front of his vehicle. He was unable to stop and struck the deer, causing extensive damage to the vehicle.

An Akron man was driving on Pine Point Drive May 9 when he lost control of his vehicle, swerved off the right side of the road and ran over a mailbox, then swerved off the left side of the road and struck another mailbox. According to landscapers who were working in a yard on Yellow Creek Road, the driver continued on Pine Point Drive, turned on Yellow Creek Road and ran off the road into gravel and a landscape rock and swerved off the road again, striking another landscape rock before coming to rest. The landscapers took the keys from the vehicle’s ignition and called police, who charged him with failure to control his vehicle.

A desk clerk at a Springside Drive motel called police May 10 stating a female guest told him she wanted to leave and go back to Georgia, but her boyfriend refused to give her the keys to her vehicle. Both parties stated they began arguing while they were in Akron and it continued in their motel room. The female’s keys were found among her belongings, and she left in her vehicle.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Bath residence May 10 and called EMS to transport a family member to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

The driver of a vehicle that failed to maintain assured clear distance behind a vehicle that was merging from the Ghent Road entrance ramp to Interstate 77 May 11 struck the rear of the vehicle, damaging both vehicles.

A school bus struck a vehicle parked in the Revere High School parking lot the afternoon of May 12, causing minor damage.

COPLEY: Police responded to a report of a shoplifter at a Montrose home improvement store May 9 and arrested a man for theft after he attempted to leave the store without paying for merchandise worth $465. He was released with a court summons.

On May 9, a motorist in the drive-through lane of a Flight Memorial Drive restaurant collided with a vehicle being backed out of a parking space. Minor damage occurred to both vehicles and police completed an accident report.

A Mull Avenue man reported his wife plugged her cell phone into an outlet outside their residence the evening of May 10 and left it there for three minutes. When she returned, the phone had been stolen.

A man reported he recently assumed ownership of his father’s residence on Knox Boulevard, and when he went there May 10, he found someone had stolen copper pipes and fittings from the home and scrap metal from the property.

A Wealthy Drive woman reported May 11 her son conversed with another person in an online chat room and the two made an agreement to trade online accounts for the purpose of playing games. Her son provided his information to the other person, who provided false information to him, and the person locked her son out of his own account. The matter was reported to the online account’s fraud department, and police advised her son to guard his information in the future.

Police responded to a vehicle accident in the parking lot of a Montrose West Avenue restaurant May 11, when a woman reported she was parking her car and pushed the accelerator instead of the brake, striking the vehicle in front of her.

A Misty Lane resident called police at 4 a.m. May 11 to report two juveniles knocked on his door and rang the doorbell. When he opened the door, he saw them flee, leaving behind a bottle of bleach. Police followed footprints to a Litchfield Drive residence, located the juveniles and their parents, and advised them that if there is any damage to the victim’s property, the juveniles would be charged.

On May 12, police searched for two people who left a Medina Road restaurant without paying their full tab and drove off in a vehicle. The manager said if they returned to pay the remainder of their bill, charges would be declined.

FAIRLAWN: A Lodi man reported he picked up a prescription medication at a West Market Street grocery store pharmacy May 9, set it down while he looked at greeting cards, and it was stolen.

A juvenile who stole merchandise from a mall department store May 9 was arrested for theft, issued a summons to Summit County Juvenile Court and released to his mother.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Copley residence May 10 and arrested a 16-year-old girl for domestic violence after she allegedly assaulted her mother and threatened to stab her and throw chemicals at her face. She was taken to the county Juvenile Detention Center.

Security agents at a mall department store reported May 10 three juvenile shoplifters were leaving the store. Officers located them in the parking lot and recovered merchandise from a 12-year-old male. A review of video surveillance footage determined he was the only one who stole merchandise and the other two juveniles were released. Police were unable to locate the juvenile’s mother, and charges were pending.

Police responded to an alarm at a West Market Street phone store at 5:15 a.m. May 11 and found a $450 window had been damaged in an attempt to gain entry.

Also May 11, officers were called to a domestic disturbance at a Kenridge Road residence, where a woman reported her live-in boyfriend threw an ashtray at her. Both parties agreed the argument was verbal and the ashtray did not strike the female. The male agreed to leave for the night.

A South Smith Road man reported May 12 he received a letter from the Ohio Department of Taxation, stating they were unable to directly deposit his refund of more than $6,000. He said he filed his state tax return April 14 and he was not due a refund from the state. He provided police with a female’s name that appeared on the letter, along with numbers of an unknown bank account.

A woman reported she was shopping at a West Market Street grocery store May 12 when an unknown female distracted her by asking questions. When she reached the checkout, she realized her wallet had been stolen. While she was driving home, she learned from her bank that her checking account was overdrawn due to a large purchase that had just been made using her stolen debit card.

The manager of a Coy Drive group home reported May 12 employees determined 48 Vicodin tablets were missing from a locked storage area.

A woman reported the window of her vehicle was broken while it was parked outside a Smith Road dental office May 13 between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

NORTON: On May 5, a Reimer Road woman reported she has received numerous phone calls and checks for large amounts of money that her bank told her are fraudulent. Police returned the checks to the people who sent them and instructed the woman to refer all calls to the police.

A Glenbrook Drive woman reported she woke at 6 a.m. May 6 to find her car had been taken from her garage and driven through her yard.

The owner of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant reported May 7 that $354 was stolen from a safe in the back room between 3 and 9 p.m.

A Wooster Road man reported May 8 someone entered his property and damaged his children’s mini-bike, apparently to render it inoperable.

An employee of an Eastern Road gas station reported May 9 he found items near a large trash bin that could be from a methamphetamine lab. Police responded and confiscated two syringes, a spoon and other items, but officers stated they were not from a meth lab.

Officers patrolling Eastern Road May 9 observed a man walking along the road, arrested him on a felony warrant and released him to Wayne County sheriff’s deputies.

Operation Safe Home was conducted with cooperation from the Norton Medicine Shoppe May 10. Police collected around 106 pounds of medicine, three firearms and 19 pounds of ammunition, and took them to the police station to be destroyed.

A Sue Lane man reported May 10 someone broke into two vehicles outside his residence the previous night and stole a GPS unit from one of them.

On May 10, police responded to a vehicle fire at a location on Eastern Road, where they found a vehicle reported stolen from Barberton against a tree and engulfed in flames. Officers determined the vehicle coasted off the road, down a hill and struck a tree before the fire broke out. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.

RICHFIELD: An employee of a travel center flagged down police on Brecksville Road May 6. The woman told police she placed her $800 cell phone by the coffee station around 3:15 a.m. and within two minutes the phone was stolen.

A Southern Road man reported May 7 he found a suspicious package on his lawn and determined it contained deer meat. Police examined the package, which was sealed and appeared to contain deer meat, and confiscated the package for an investigation.

On May 8, officers were called to a Southern Road residence by a man who said he is caring for his neighbors’ home while they are away and he discovered a window of the residence had been opened from the outside. He used his keys to enter the house with police, and he determined nothing in the home had been disturbed.

Police investigated a May 10 report that someone tampered with the lock on a trailer outside a Streetsboro Road business. The owner of the trailer arrived and determined the damage to the lock was recent, but nothing inside the trailer had been stolen or damaged. Police are reviewing video footage of the parking lot.

Officers patrolling Interstate 77 at 2:30 a.m. May 11 stopped a driver for speeding and observed signs of alcohol intoxication. The woman failed a field sobriety test and was charged with speeding, DUI and having open containers of liquor in a vehicle. She was issued a court summons and released on $404 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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