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West Side Neighborhood Watch

6/12/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1400 block of Seward Avenue June 3; the 900 block of Copley Road June 4; the 900 block of Lawton Street June 4; the 100 block of South Maple Street June 4; the 100 block of Overwood Road June 8; the 100 block of South Portage Path June 8; the 100 block of Beck Avenue June 9; the 400 block of South Hawkins Avenue June 9; the 900 block of Greenwood Avenue June 9; and the 2100 block of Dow Drive June 10.

A 21-year-old Weathervane Lane man was charged with drug abuse and driving under suspension June 3 after he was stopped on East Exchange Street for driving on a suspended license. During an inventory of his vehicle, officers found heroin next to the driver’s seat.

The same day, a 27-year-old Akron man was charged with possession of cocaine, trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana, trafficking in marijuana and possession of criminal tools. He was observed by detectives making a short-term visit to a suspected drug house, according to officers. Upon seeing uniformed officers, the man tried to elude them, according to the police report. He finally pulled over at Everett Avenue and South Rose Boulevard and admitted to detectives he had marijuana on him, according to the report. Officers placed him under arrest and found cocaine and cash in his pants pockets.

On June 4, shortly before 5 a.m., officers responded to the 1200 block of Garman Road following a report of tampering with vehicles and found several juveniles inside a parked car in a driveway on Foursome Avenue. The occupants of the car ran from the vehicle, and following brief foot chases, officers apprehended four subjects: three juveniles and one adult. Officers arrested a 24-year-old East Akron man and charged him with two counts of receiving stolen property and three counts of adult curfew violations and obstructing official business and booked him into the Summit County Jail. A 15-year-old male, a 12-year-old male and 12-year-old female were charged with criminal mischief and unruly juvenile offenses for being out past curfew. Vehicles that were broken into were in the 1200 block of Garman Road, the 400 block of Foursome Avenue and the 1300 block of Dewitt Drive.

On June 5, a 41-year-old Roslyn Avenue man was charged with receiving stolen property and forgery after an employee of a check-cashing business in the 1700 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard reported a suspicious person. The man claimed two checks he was trying to cash were for drywall work paid to him by someone “from around the neighborhood,” according to officers. The employee at the check-cashing business informed officers one check for $425 was a verified stolen check, according to police report.

A 50-year-old South Bates Street man was arraigned June 5 on a charge of domestic violence with a previous conviction. He allegedly punched his live-in girlfriend in the mouth April 18.

On June 6, a 24-year-old North Hill neighborhood man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and possession of a defaced firearm. He was the front-seat passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation at South Rhodes Avenue and Crosby Street. The man was removed from the vehicle and patted down for weapons, according to officers. Officers found a loaded gun with a defaced serial number in his pants pocket, according to the report.

A 29-year-old East Akron woman was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia June 7 after officers were dispatched to Crosby Street and Oakdale Avenue for prostitutes “hollering at cars.” A woman matching the description given by the caller was stopped, and she was found to have three warrants on file, according to the police report. During a search, a metal crack pipe was discovered in her pants pocket.

Detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred June 7 shortly before midnight in the 800 block of Lawton Street. The victim, a 46-year-old Lawton Street man, was found on his neighbor’s porch with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight, according to Akron Police Department (APD) officials. On June 9, detectives arrested three people. A 27-year-old East Avenue man and a 26-year-old South Akron man were charged with obstructing official business, aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnapping; and a 27-year-old Terrell Drive man was charged with obstructing official business, tampering with evidence, complicity to commit aggravated murder, complicity to commit aggravated robbery, complicity to commit aggravated burglary and complicity to commit kidnapping. They were all booked into the Summit County Jail, and the homicide remains under investigation.

The APD Traffic Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal one-car traffic accident that occurred June 8 around 2:30 a.m., near the intersection of Peckham Street and Wildwood Avenue. The driver of a 2006 Mini Cooper was traveling eastbound on Peckham Street and turned southbound onto Wildwood Avenue when the driver lost control and struck a tree, causing the vehicle to overturn onto its right side. The front-seat passenger was partially ejected and the vehicle rolled onto him, according to APD officials. The passenger was pronounced dead on the scene. The victim’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and family notifications. The accident remains under investigation, and alcohol appears to be a factor. No charges have been filed at this time.

Summit Academy employees arrived the morning of June 9 at work in the 400 block of South Hawkins Avenue and discovered the school had been broken into over the weekend. Numerous windows were shattered, classrooms ransacked and damage was done to textbooks, learning equipment and musical instruments, according to the police report. Estimated damage is well into the thousands of dollars, according to the report.

A 47-year-old East Market Street man was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia June 9 after he was pulled over in the 1200 block of Copley Road. He gave officers consent to search him, and they found crack/cocaine and a crack pipe on his person, according to officers.

BATH: On May 31, Bath police and EMS responded to a Sand Run Road residence for a woman who was bitten by her neighbor’s dog while she and the neighbor talked in the victim’s yard. The dog owner provided vaccination information for the dog and police completed an investigation form to be forwarded to the dog warden. The victim was treated by EMS at the scene.

Firefighters and police officers responded to a vehicle fire on Bath Road the afternoon of May 31 after the driver reported smoke coming from under the vehicle’s hood. The vehicle was towed from the scene and no injuries were reported.

Police investigated the burglary of a Lakeview Drive residence May 31 after a rock was thrown through a window and personal items were taken. The individuals responsible were later arrested in Copley and charged in connection with this incident.

An Idlebrook Drive man reported May 31 someone used his identity in early April to file a fraudulent federal tax return and fraudulent state returns in Ohio and Oklahoma.

At 1:18 a.m. June 1, police responded to a call from an off-duty Summit County sheriff’s deputy who observed a woman slumped behind the steering wheel of a vehicle that had stopped in the traffic lane on Yellow Creek Road. She was unresponsive, and the vehicle was in gear. Officers were able to wake her, but the vehicle began moving forward and police managed to get the door open and park the vehicle. The driver failed a field sobriety test, was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

Officers searched an area around North Cleveland-Massillon Road the afternoon of June 2 after they found a vehicle that had gone off the road, over a landscaped bed and struck a large rock, causing airbag deployment. The driver left the scene and was located walking a short distance away.

COPLEY: On May 23, police investigated vandalism of a truck in the parking lot of an Oh Avenue freight company the previous night. A company representative told police he wanted to prosecute whoever was responsible.

Following an investigation into the burglary of a Copley residence, police arrested two adults and two juveniles for burglary June 1 and released them to the Bath Police Department, which charged them in connection with burglary of a Bath home. The adults were taken to the Summit County Jail and the juveniles were transported to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

A Norton woman who reportedly ran a red light while exiting Interstate 77 at Ridgewood Road the afternoon of June 3 struck another vehicle, causing nondisabling damage to both. The Norton woman was cited for a traffic violation and both vehicles were driven from the scene.

The afternoon of June 5, police called a tow truck to remove a vehicle from the center of a traffic island on Ridgewood Road, where a driver had lost control of a vehicle and took out two road signs before landing on top of another sign in the center of a roundabout at the intersection of Jacoby Road. The Akron driver was not injured and was given a citation for failure to have reasonable control of her vehicle.

FAIRLAWN: An Akron woman was arrested for theft and criminal trespassing May 26 after she reportedly concealed merchandise in her purse and store bags and left a Montrose store without paying. When employees confronted her, she threw the bags in the lobby and fled into the parking lot. Police apprehended her and determined she had store merchandise in her purse and she had been banned indefinitely from all stores in the chain due to a previous theft incident. She was again banned and released with a court summons.

On May 28, employees of a mall shoe store reported a male tried on $135 shoes and wore them out of the store without paying. Police located him walking on West Market Street, arrested the Akron 13-year-old and transported him to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center. The shoes were returned to the store.

The manager of a training center on Hunt Club Drive reported May 30 three suspicious withdrawals totaling more than $19,000 were taken from the business’ checking account during April.

Mall security officers called police May 30 after two females asked to speak to them regarding harassment by employees of a clothing store who had requested to look inside the bags they were carrying. One woman was arrested for criminal trespassing after police determined she had been banned from the mall for one year last July. The other female created a disturbance during her friend’s arrest, and she was banned from the mall for a month.

Police arrested an Akron man for theft and criminal trespassing and again advised him he is banned from a West Market Street store after he was caught concealing merchandise in his pants and leaving the store without paying May 30.

An employee of a mall store was arrested for theft of $100 from a cash register May 31 after she was recorded on video surveillance footage the previous day.

An Akron man stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate 77 May 31 was arrested on a warrant and charged with possession of marijuana after a bag containing the contraband fell when he exited the vehicle during his arrest.

 On June 1, a Court Drive woman called police to report her ex-boyfriend and roommate pounded on her bedroom door and left in a vehicle. Officers stopped his vehicle to inquire about the disturbance and determined he had no driver’s license. The vehicle was towed and he was advised that if he wanted the female to leave his residence, he would have to file for an eviction. The two stayed at the residence for the night.

A man reported he withdrew a group of $50 bills from a Smith Road bank and deposited the cash into an account at a West Market Street bank July 2, when he learned one of the bills was counterfeit. Police confiscated the bill.

Police investigated reports of suspicious people in a Kenridge Road garage June 2, identified five males and advised them of laws regarding trespassing. An Akron man was arrested on a warrant for driving under suspension and released to the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.

An Akron female who reportedly concealed infant clothing and left a mall department store without paying June 2 was arrested for theft and transported to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

On June 3, police arrested an Akron woman for theft after she concealed clothing in a stroller and left a mall store without paying. She was released with a court summons and banned from the store.

NORTON: A Norton man was charged with criminal damaging May 27 after he reportedly threw a toolbox at a vehicle in his workplace and spun the tires when he left the business, spewing gravel onto two vehicles. He told officers the damage was unintentional.

Police stopped a Doylestown woman for lane violations as she drove a vehicle with a flat tire on state Route 21 at 4 a.m. May 27. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI.

A South Cleveland-Massillon Road woman reported May 27 an unknown person obtained a $980 loan in her name. Police determined the Social Security number used was fictitious.

A Rush Road woman reported $1,000 in cash and two diamonds were stolen from a safe in her bedroom May 28. She told police she believes her son, who lives with her, was involved and police are seeking him on a warrant for an unrelated theft incident.

A Hametown Road man reported someone broke a window of his barn May 29 in a failed attempt to gain entry.

On May 29, police responded to a Bushey Avenue residence where a woman reported someone damaged a lock on her shed but did not gain entry. While officers were at the residence, they were approached by a neighbor who reported a shed on his property was broken into the previous night and two chainsaws, a weed trimmer, four life vests, a toolbox and other items were stolen.

A Houston Road woman reported May 30 her live-in boyfriend tackled her and punched her in the face several times. The man was highly intoxicated and denied assaulting the victim. Several witnesses confirmed her report, and he was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Manila Avenue man walked into the Norton Fire Department May 31 and requested help, stating an Akron man assaulted him in his home. Police responded to the residence and found the Akron man with a gun in his pocket. Officers confiscated the weapon, three knives and 11 narcotic tablets from him, charged him with carrying concealed weapons, assault, drug abuse, using weapons while intoxicated and aggravated menacing, and took him to the Summit County Jail, where officers confiscated more than $6,000 in cash found concealed in the man’s underwear.

The pastor of a Johnson Road church reported May 31 someone entered an unlocked storage shed behind the church, pushed a riding mower into a field and broke off a key in the ignition in an attempt to steal it.

On May 31, the Wadsworth Police Department stopped a driver who crossed into Norton on Interstate 76 after they observed him driving erratically. The Norton Police Department responded and administered a field sobriety test, which the Akron man failed. He was charged with DUI and driving under suspension. His BAC tested .129.

A Doylestown man was stopped for 95 mph on I-76 at 4 a.m. June 1. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and reckless operation of a vehicle and released on bond. His BAC tested .180.

Police patrolling I-76 June 1 stopped a Barberton woman for speeding. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, released on bond and driven to her residence. Her BAC tested .159.

RICHFIELD: At the request of the Cleveland Police Department, two detectives went to a residence on Ramblewood Drive May 26 to look for a vehicle being sought in connection with an incident in Cleveland earlier that day. Police found a large dog guarding the garage, but officers were able to make contact with the resident and check on the well-being of a person in question.

On May 27, police investigated a report of intentional damage caused to a door of a restroom in Rising Valley Park on Oviatt Road the previous night. A park representative estimated the damage to be around $1,000.

The manager of an insurance office in Kinross Lake Park reported May 27 the business received several threatening messages from a disgruntled client. Officers listened to the messages, in which the caller used profanity and threatened to come to the office and create a disturbance that would require police action. Officers identified the caller and contacted him. He was advised of his options to resolve the civil matter and was told he could not make threats to anyone in the office, nor could he directly contact anyone in the office.

An Alger Road man reported May 27 someone obtained his debit card information and used it to make several unauthorized purchases in Texas and North Carolina.

Officers responded to a report of a woman screaming at the corner of High and Grant streets May 27 and arrived to find a crowd of people surrounding a woman, who was sitting on the ground holding a dog. She said she and her dog were attacked by a dog that ran out from a yard on High Street, and she was bitten on the leg and finger. Her dog had several bite marks that were bleeding. Police located the dog owner, who said his dog got loose and when he heard the commotion, he managed to get his dog to stop attacking the victims. The female declined medical transport, and her husband took her to a hospital. Police completed a quarantine statement and notified the county dog warden.

On May 28, officers responded to a disturbance at a Donna Drive home, where residents reported a vehicle was blocking the driveway. Police determined the car was involved in an incident regarding a juvenile who had been sought earlier in the evening after she failed to show up at a Wheatley Road location to meet her mother, who had pulled her vehicle across the driveway in order to prevent one of her daughter’s friends from leaving. The woman moved the vehicle and officers located the juvenile at her friend’s house and asked the Copley Police Department to return her to Richfield.

The manager of a Texas automotive business reported the business purchased a $73,000 automobile from a Warrensville Heights car dealer and the vehicle was towed to a Brecksville Road travel center and parked to be picked up by another transport business and taken to Texas. On May 30, police investigated the theft of the vehicle by an unknown individual who retrieved the key from an employee of the travel center and drove the vehicle away. Police entered information about the car into a national database for stolen vehicles.

Police investigated the theft of a $534 snow thrower from the driveway of a Robert Burns Drive residence May 30.

Officers patrolling Emerald Boulevard after midnight May 31 observed numerous vehicles parked along the road and on Forest Ridge Drive and heard loud music coming from a residence on Emerald Boulevard. The homeowner was asked to turn down the music and end the party. Police returned later and gave the host of the party a second warning regarding the noise and advised him the party was over. Officers observed around 150 young adults leave the residence and police remained at the scene until all the vehicles were moved.

On May 31, police on Interstate 77 stopped a driver for lane violations and noticed she appeared to be intoxicated. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and possession of a drug pipe found in the center console of the vehicle. She was charged with DUI and released on $404 bond. Her BAC tested .162.


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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