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West Side Neighborhood Watch

6/5/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1300 block of Roslyn Avenue May 22; the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane May 23; the 500 block of West Market Street May 24; the 1200 block of Courtland Avenue May 25; the 700 block of Weber Avenue May 26; the 200 block of Avondale Drive May 27; the 100 block of Clemmer Avenue May 27; the 200 block of Dorchester Road May 27; the 1700 block of West Market Street May 27; the 600 block of Dorchester Road May 28; the 700 block of Orlando Avenue May 28; the 1200 block of Redbush Road May 29; the 300 block of Sackett Avenue May 29; the 1100 block of Seward Avenue May 29; the 100 block of Marvin Avenue May 30; the 100 block of South Portage Path May 30; the 200 block of Duane Drive May 31; the 700 block of Weber Avenue May 31; the 1000 block of Winton Avenue May 31; and the 200 block of Westwood Avenue June 1.

A 49-year-old South Hawkins Avenue woman was charged with burglary May 14 after she allegedly reached into an open window of an apartment in the 1600 block of Dominion Drive and grabbed someone’s cell phone.

On May 23, after being stopped at Sunset View Drive and Stadelman Avenue for investigative reasons, a 22-year-old West Bowery Street man was charged with possession of cocaine, trafficking in cocaine and obstructing official business. He was making a lot of movement inside of the car, according to officers, who recovered two bags of cocaine over the driver’s side visor. The man also attempted to run from officers, they reported.

A 52-year-old Tallmadge woman was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia May 23 after officers found her with the drug, a glass smoking pipe and a digital scale May 23 in the 200 block of West Market Street.

A 24-year-old Noah Avenue man was charged with receiving stolen property May 23 after being stopped on East South Street for having a suspended license. The car had been reported stolen, according to officers.

Drug abuse charges were filed the day after a 29-year-old Mercer Avenue woman was found unresponsive in a car in the 300 block of Briarwood Drive with a bag of cocaine on the seat next to her May 26.

On May 27, shortly after midnight, officers were flagged down by a man at a gas station in the 400 block of South Maple Street, reporting his car had just been stolen. The man said he got out of his vehicle and left it running and someone jumped into the vehicle and took off. The officers immediately attempted to catch up to the stolen vehicle and were led on a short chase on West Market Street. The driver, a 16-year-old West Akron male, drove through yards on Harcourt Drive before ramming a police cruiser head-on, according to the police report. The driver was knocked unconscious during the crash, and the car rolled into a utility pole at West Market Street and Harcourt Drive, according to the report. He was then apprehended. He was transported to a local hospital, where his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. He was charged with felonious assault, receiving stolen property and failure to comply with police orders.

An 18-year-old Gale Street man who was a backseat passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation in South Akron May 27 was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. Officers found a loaded .22-caliber pistol in the back seat hatch area.

A 59-year-old Peerless Avenue woman was charged with domestic violence and felonious assault while at her home May 27 after being involved in a verbal argument with her brother, who also lives there. She picked up a knife and stabbed him in the upper arm, according to officers.

A 54-year-old Downtown Akron man was charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful panhandling May 28 after officers observed him holding a sign asking for help at North Portage Path and West Market Street. The man, who smelled strongly of alcohol, told an officer he did not have a permit for panhandling, according to the police report. The man also had warrants on file for disorderly conduct and unlawful panhandling, and he admitted he has a residence and receives Supplemental Security Income but uses his money to buy alcohol. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

On May 29, a 23-year-old South Hawkins Avenue man was charged with trafficking in crack/cocaine, possession of crack/cocaine and obstructing official business after he was involved in three drug transactions in a parking lot at Copley Road and Storer Avenue. He ran from officers while attempting to throw down the drugs, 10 individually wrapped bags of crack/cocaine, officers reported.

On May 31, officers responded to the 600 block of Madison Avenue regarding a shooting. The victim told officers he was traveling northbound on East Avenue and turning west onto Garth Avenue when an unknown person shot a bullet through the windshield of his vehicle, piercing his right hand.

On June 2, residents of the 500 block of Crosby Street reported an unknown person fired six or seven shots with a gun, two of which penetrated their living room. Front and east side windows were damaged, a mirror was shattered and a hole was made in a wall as a result of the gunshots, according to the occupants.

A 19-year-old East Akron man was charged with possession of heroin and possession of marijuana June 3 after he was stopped for a traffic violation in the 700 block of Orlando Avenue. He was driving on a suspended license, according to officers, and when they approached the car, he was holding a clear baggie containing heroin, and he also had marijuana in his possession.

BATH: On May 23 while patrolling Medina Road, police stopped a driver for a traffic violation and determined she was the subject of a protection order prohibiting her male passenger from being in contact with her. The passenger was arrested for violation of a protection order and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A volunteer working at Revere High School May 23 reported she left her purse with a group of purses belonging to other parent volunteers at 1 p.m., and when she left at 3:10 p.m., the purse was missing. It was located elsewhere in the school and she determined her cash and cell phone were missing. Her husband reported he received calls made from the stolen phone. She was advised to cancel the phone service.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Medina Road May 24, police stopped the driver and arrested her for driving under suspension. She was released with a court summons and the vehicle was released to a valid driver.

The afternoon of May 25, police were called to a location on North Cleveland-Massillon Road where a driver had apparently passed out behind the steering wheel of a vehicle. Police woke the driver, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She told officers she had a migraine headache, but police noticed her pupils were constricted and they called EMS. She was transported to a hospital. A tow inventory of her vehicle revealed a white powder substance and several narcotic tablets. She was charged with felony drug abuse and released from the hospital to the Summit County Jail.

A Shade Road woman reported May 26 at 1:30 a.m. a female was screaming and pounding on her door. Police responded and found a vehicle in a ditch outside the residence and the female hiding in some brush. She appeared to be intoxicated, admitted she was driving the vehicle and it went off the road. She failed a field sobriety test. She was charged with DUI and released with a court summons and the vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

Police patrolling Medina Road May 28 stopped the driver of a vehicle with one headlight and observed a bag of marijuana in plain view on the vehicle console. A passenger admitted ownership of the marijuana and gave consent for a search, which revealed a drug pipe she admitted stashing under the passenger seat. She was charged with drug abuse and possession of paraphernalia and released with a court summons.

A driver stopped on North Cleveland-Massillon Road May 28 for vehicle equipment violations was arrested for driving under multiple suspensions and released with a court summons. The vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

COPLEY: An Encell Drive man reported May 21 his ex-girlfriend made copies of documents he kept in a safe while she lived with him and she has threatened to use them to discredit him.

On May 22, Akron Police Department officers arrested a man wanted on a Copley warrant. He was charged and taken to Barberton Municipal Court.

Police are seeking an Akron man who sped away from a traffic stop on Hametown Road around 4 a.m. May 22 and continued speeding on Copley Road, endangering motorists. Officers stopped the pursuit in the interest of public safety and were attempting to locate him. He is described as a heavy-set, white male with salt and pepper hair driving a green Dodge Dakota with one headlight.

An employee of a Copley Road business reported someone spread paint on the hood and top of his truck and gouged a large circle into the paint on top of the cab while he worked the night of May 23.

The manager of a Rothrock Road motel reported May 23 he received numerous harassing phone calls from a company that sells credit reports. He said the salesmen were verbally abusive and used vulgar language and they refused his requests to stop calling him. He asked that the matter be documented.

A Druid Drive woman reported May 24 a windmill was stolen from her front yard.

A woman reported her wallet was stolen from her purse while she was at a party at a Green Gable Trail residence May 24.

After a Wright Road man reported he saw an unknown driver run over his mailbox and damage a fence at 2:40 a.m. May 25, police investigated and found numerous mailboxes on Wright and Collier roads in Copley and Akron had been damaged. They were working with the Akron Police Department to identify the driver.

Police were seeking the persons who threw eggs at three vehicles and stole items from one of them while they were parked outside a Vale Drive apartment building around midnight May 26.

At 12:30 a.m. May 26, police patrolling Copley Road observed a man stagger to a vehicle after making a purchase at the window of a gas station. He appeared intoxicated and admitted he had been drinking. Officers asked a sober passenger to drive the vehicle, but she refused, stating it was not in good condition. She agreed to call a friend to drive the vehicle, and police warned the male to not drive or he would be arrested. After officers left, the male drove off in the vehicle. He was stopped as he entered his driveway, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .288.

FAIRLAWN: On May 22, an Olmsted Falls man was arrested for theft and released with a court summons after he allegedly admitted concealing merchandise worth $125 under his clothing and leaving a mall department store without paying.

Police reviewed video footage from a West Market Street store May 22 to identify a woman who placed a small child in a shopping cart, loaded merchandise into the cart and pushed it out of the store without paying. She loaded the items into a vehicle and left. Officers were tracing the license number of the vehicle.

Employees of a West Market Street grocery store reported a woman placed merchandise in store bags, loaded the bags into a shopping cart and pushed the cart out of the store without paying May 22. When employees confronted her outside the store and asked for a receipt, she fled with a female companion in a vehicle. Police located the two Akron women at a Ghent Road automotive store, where one woman admitted taking the $275 in merchandise. She was charged with theft and released with a court summons. Her companion was arrested on a warrant and released to the Norton Police Department.

A Minerva woman reported her employer turned over a table in a mall food court and struck her May 23 when the two met to discuss her employment. The employer denied assaulting the employee and said they had a verbal argument. They left the mall to go to the employee’s car, where the woman retrieved a company cell phone and threw it at the employer. A witness sitting at a nearby table told police there was no physical confrontation in the food court, and the two walked out together. No police action was taken.

On May 24, loss prevention employees at a mall store reported observing a male and female removing price tags from merchandise and concealing it in the female’s purse. Police arrested the Brunswick couple for theft and additionally charged them with possession of drug paraphernalia after finding a spoon with drug residue in the female’s purse and a syringe in the male’s pocket. The female, who had been banned from the store for a previous incident, was charged with trespassing. Each of them was released with a court summons and banned from the store. Two hours later, they were spotted shoplifting in another mall store by loss prevention agents who saw them leave the store without paying for merchandise they concealed in bags. The two ran across West Market Street to a parking lot, where witnesses told police they talked to each other about getting rid of bags of merchandise, and police found the bags in a nearby wooded area. The two were charged with theft of merchandise worth $455 and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Employees of a West Market Street restaurant reported May 24 a customer passed a counterfeit $20 bill.

The owner of a Kenridge Road apartment gave police a marijuana pipe he found on the property May 24.

Police used video footage and a phone number to trace a person who concealed two watches totaling $240 and left a mall store without paying May 26. Witnesses identified the man from a photo array and police signed a warrant for the arrest of the Euclid man.

A resident of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road long-term care facility reported May 27 she discovered someone stole $50 from a locked bedside table in her room.

A Barberton woman reported she parked outside of a mall clothing store at 6:55 p.m. May 27 and returned to her car five minutes later to find a man in the driver’s seat of her vehicle. She yelled at him, and he exited the vehicle with her purse. She managed to get the purse from him and he got into a vehicle and fled. She determined a $100 video game was missing from her vehicle.

A delivery truck driver reported May 29 he picked up two packages from a Montrose phone store at 11 a.m., made two more stops in the area and discovered at noon that the packages, which contained used cell phones, had been stolen from his locked vehicle. The phones were de-activated and reported stolen, but they may be sold to unsuspecting buyers.

NORTON: After reviewing video footage at a South Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station May 19, police were seeking a white male who stole an employee’s cell phone and debit card and used the card to make purchases.

On May 19, a motorist on Wadsworth Road flagged down police to report her live-in boyfriend, who was a passenger in her car, had threatened to harm her after grabbing the steering wheel while she drove, causing her to pull the vehicle off the road. The male denied the allegations. The female signed charges, and he was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

The mother of a Norton High School student reported May 19 a student is bullying her daughter and she had reported the matter to school officials, who have not taken any action.

The owner of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported May 20 someone with a key entered the building the previous night, but nothing was missing.

A woman reported she parked her vehicle outside an Eastern Road gas station and went inside May 22. Two employees reported they saw a male enter her vehicle and she determined a vial of narcotic medication had been stolen.

Police on Eastern Road May 23 observed a Norton man walking with an open can of beer in his hand. He attempted to conceal an item from police, who determined it was a syringe. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and released with a court summons.

A Barberton man stopped for a traffic violation on South Cleveland-Massillon Road May 24 was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia found during a consent search of the vehicle.

On May 24, police on state Route 21 stopped a Norton man for a traffic violation and released him to the New Franklin Police Department on a warrant.

Police patrolling state Route 21 at 3 a.m. May 24 stopped a driver who made an illegal U-turn on the highway and swerved off the road several times. The Wadsworth woman failed a field sobriety test, was arrested for DUI and released on a signature bond. Her BAC tested .160.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Rockcut Road residence May 25 and found a man whose face was bloody. He told officers his brother was involved in a physical altercation with his girlfriend and his mother told him to call 9-1-1. When he attempted to call, his brother smacked the phone from his hand and punched him. The female said the boyfriend bit her on the shoulder and fled before police arrived. Officers were unable to locate him.

A male and female staying at a 31st Street motel were arrested on warrants May 26 following a routine check of the female’s vehicle. The female was released to the Copley Police Department and the male, who was wanted by Wadsworth and Jackson police departments on warrants, was driven to Jackson. The cruiser was involved in an accident while travelling to Jackson, and the male was taken to an emergency room after his shoulder was injured.

PENINSULA: On April 3, a Peninsula police officer responded to a report of a semi-tractor trailer that had jack-knifed on Main Street. Upon arrival, the officer said he noticed the truck driver attempting to make a u-turn in the middle of the hill by going over the curb on the south side of the roadway, then off the north side of the roadway on Main Street. The truck became stuck in the mud and the trailer blocked the eastbound lane of Main Street. The officer requested a tow truck to remove the semi and trailer. The officer noted property damage to the grass and dirt where the semi went up over the curb on the south side of the roadway and off the north side of the roadway.

A Boston Township resident told a Peninsula officer that one or more people had thrown various cans of food into his yard on the evening of April 3. Upon arrival, the officer saw the cans in the yard. No damage was done to the victim’s property.

On April 11, two officers were dispatched to an occupied disabled vehicle on Interstate 271, which was located southbound at mile marker 14. The officers located a man and his family in a four-door Chevrolet vehicle. The man told the officers he had made several attempts to summon assistance, but had been unsuccessful. The officers called a towing company, which responded and removed the car. The family was transported to a gas station to seek a ride home.

Two officers were flagged down on Akron-Cleveland Road April 12 by a man in reference to a complaint of breaking and entering at his storage unit in Boston. The officers followed the man to his storage unit, where he showed his lock had been removed and another lock was hanging (unlocked) on the unit door. The contents of the man’s storage unit were in disarray, and the man told the officers he was unsure whether any items of value had been stolen. An officer took several photos of the storage unit and advised the man to contact the police department if he discovered any items missing.

On April 12, an officer observed a car with an expired license plate (May 2013). After a search showed the plates belonged to a different vehicle, the officer spoke with the car’s driver, who said he was unaware of the plates and had been storing the vehicle for a client. The responding officer had the car towed to the driver’s residence, and a citation for expired plates was issued to the driver.

An officer received a telephone call April 17 in reference to damage to a vehicle at Woodridge Intermediate School. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to a man, who stated someone had damaged the hood, windshield and roof of his truck, which had been parked behind the school. The damage apparently had been done by stones from the roof of the school. The officer spoke to the coach of a team that had used the gym the previous night to find out which students had been in the building at that time. Later that evening, the coach called the officer and said he discovered the two juveniles who had caused the damage to the vehicle. The coach said the two male students have been suspended from Woodridge Recreation Association for one year. The officer told the coach he would contact the parents of the two juveniles.

On April 18, officers were dispatched to a trailer park in Boston in reference to the complainant’s ex-husband, who was on the property and was reportedly causing a disturbance. The complainant said her ex-husband had been visiting all day and was now arguing with her and her family. The woman said she no longer wanted him at her home. An officer spoke with the ex-husband, who agreed to leave the property, but stated he had no way of getting back to his home in Kent, as his ex-wife had picked him up earlier that day. An officer gave the man a courtesy transport to a location in Stow.

An officer received a call from dispatch April 19 about a parking complaint on South Locust Street. The officer located the vehicle in question and had it towed because it was blocking a residential driveway. The owner/driver could not be located and the vehicle was locked. There was a GPS unit on the driver’s side of the front windshield and a printer in the rear seat on the driver’s side. A citation was filled out.

On April 22, an officer was dispatched to an area of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) stationary train located north of Lock 29 in reference to a criminal damaging complaint. Upon his arrival, the officer suppressed a small fire at the front of the rear train engine and assisted the National Park Service rangers as needed.

An officer received a call at the police station April 26 regarding a vehicle that had gone under the railroad track gates as they came down. The vehicle’s trailer caught the railroad’s track arm and broke it off. The vehicle and trailer were gone upon the officer’s arrival and there was no plate number given. The officer was able to get “only a vague description of the vehicle and trailer.” The vehicle was described as a “late model Dodge Caravan, aquamarine in color, with a silver or tan lower panel, pulling a landscape-type trailer behind it.” The National Park Service and the CVSR were notified of the damage.

On April 28, goats were reported to be at large on Akron-Cleveland Road. Officers arrived to check on the goats and found them close to the road. The owner of the goats was notified.

A man reported April 28 that his loaned vehicle had not been returned after several requests for it to be relinquished.

RICHFIELD: The morning of May 19, a Mill Street woman reported graffiti was spray-painted on the side of her home the previous night.

Police investigated criminal damaging of a restroom and concession stand in Richfield Woods Park on Broadview Road May 19, when someone used orange spray paint to draw obscene pictures on the wall. On May 21, more graffiti was discovered at the park, and the charge was changed to vandalism.

The owner of a Brecksville Road business reported May 19 he was contacted regarding business financing and he sent a $1,500 check to the person, who cashed it. He later learned the proposal was fraudulent and he is attempting to retrieve his money.

The afternoon of May 20, police responded to a vehicle accident on Interstate 77. The driver of a vehicle had crashed into a tree in the median and was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries. He was driving under several license suspensions when the crash occurred and was on probation. Because one of the license suspensions involved a DUI conviction, a BAC test was performed at the hospital and charges are pending results of the test.

Police investigated a report of illegal dumping May 21, when a Newton Road woman reported trash and lawn debris were dumped on her property. Officers determined the debris was probably dumped by a landscaper, and she was advised to post “no trespassing” signs on her property.

A Brecksville Road man reported May 21 his daughter added herself as an authorized user of his credit card account without his permission and made 50 unauthorized charges totaling more than $8,500.

Officers patrolling I-77 at 1:45 a.m. May 23 stopped a driver for traveling 81 mph in a 65-mph zone. He appeared to be intoxicated and admitted having several beers in a Cleveland casino before driving. He failed a field sobriety test, was charged with DUI and placed in a holding cell awaiting bail.

The manager of an Alabama company reported May 23 he and a group of workers from around the country are staying at a Brecksville Road motel while they perform insurance adjustments for clients who filed claims for storm damage. He said one man who was working with them took company equipment, including a laptop, printer, camera and a book of drafts, and checked out of the hotel. He has been unable to contact the person, and police were also unable to make contact with him. The drafts were cancelled and cannot be cashed.

The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the Peninsula reports were compiled by Sean Patrick. 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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