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West Side Neighborhood Watch

6/19/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 300 block of South Hawkins Avenue June 5; the 800 block of Packard Drive June 10; the 300 block of South Portage Path June 10; the 1400 block of Roslyn Avenue June 13; the 1100 block of Orlando Avenue June 14; the 800 block of Cordova Avenue June 16; the 600 block of Delaware Avenue June 16; the 1000 block of Rocky Brook Drive June 16; and the 600 block of Storer Avenue June 16.

On June 9, a 42-year-old East Avenue man was charged with disorderly conduct after officers responding to a fight call saw him walking around urinating in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in the 1300 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard. The man was intoxicated, uncooperative and denied doing anything wrong, officers said. He also had two warrants on file, according to officers. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Summit County Jail.

A 29-year-old North Hill neighborhood man was charged with possession of Percocet June 10. While he was sitting in a vehicle in the 800 block of West Exchange Street, officers approached and discovered a crushed-up blue pill on his lap, according to the police report.

Officers went to the West Akron home of the mother of a 46-year-old man who was the victim of a June 7 homicide in the 800 block of Lawton Street to investigate a stolen vehicle June 10. The woman said her son, before he died, took her vehicle to an unknown local shop to have work done on it. He was killed before the vehicle could be returned to her and she had no knowledge of its whereabouts, she said.

Also, on June 16, detectives arrested a 24-year-old Fleming Drive man, the fourth person allegedly involved in the Lawton Street man’s recent shooting death. Shortly before midnight June 7, four men forced their way into the victim’s house and robbed him, according to officers. During the robbery, the victim was shot in the chest, and he later died at a local hospital, according to officers. The three other men — a 27-year-old East Avenue man, 26-year-old South Akron man and 27-year-old Terrell Drive man —were arrested June 9 on aggravated murder and additional charges and booked into the Summit County Jail. The fourth man, who turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued June 15, was charged with murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence and booked into the jail.

A juvenile warrant was issued June 10 after a 14-year-old boy allegedly poured boiling water on his mom’s boyfriend in the 800 block of Delia Avenue. Earlier that evening, the man and woman had been arguing, and the boy told the boyfriend he wanted to fight him, according to the police report. Later, the boy returned with his mother to retrieve some personal items, at which point the boiling water incident occurred. Officers reported they observed the man’s wet shirt and water all over the front porch. The victim’s stomach was red and looked like some of his skin was starting to peel, but he refused emergency medical care, they said.

A 20-year-old Crosby Street man was charged June 10 with gross sexual imposition for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a 13-year-old female last November.

A 37-year-old Kinsley Avenue woman was charged with deception to obtain and illegal processing of a drug document June 10. She attempted to pick up a prescription at a pharmacy in the 1300 block of Copley Road May 21 after it had been phoned in illegally, according to the police report.

On June 11, a 46-year-old Berlin Center man was arraigned on charges for passing bad checks. He allegedly used a bad check to purchase restaurant equipment in the 1700 block of Merriman Road in April.

A 30-year-old homeless man was charged with theft, theft of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property June 11. He took a vehicle from a car dealership in the 300 block of West Market Street and was later observed in a nearby cemetery walking away from the car, according to the police report. A 31-year-old Rootstown man told officers the man said he took the Audi because he used to have one, according to the report. An officer stopped him soon after the homeless man abandoned the vehicle, and he was taken into custody for questioning regarding another crime, according to officers.

A 20-year-old Hardesty Boulevard man was charged with possession of heroin and trafficking in heroin June 12 after detectives stopped him in the parking lot of a business in the 1600 block of West Market Street.

On June 13, a 26-year-old Charlotte Street man was charged with domestic violence with a previous conviction after allegedly choking his live-in girlfriend.

Officers observed a hand-to-hand drug transaction between two males in the parking lot of a business in the 1500 block of South Hawkins Avenue June 13. Officers found two bags of crack and two Percocet pills with a 30-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man, and he was charged with their possession.

The same day, a 43-year-old Thurston Street woman was charged with possession of crack after a small amount of the drug was found in her jacket during a traffic stop at Thurston Street and Nome Avenue.

A 26-year-old Storer Avenue man was charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia June 16. He was stopped for a traffic violation at Moreley Avenue and Copley Road while driving on a suspended license, and officers found more than 39 grams of marijuana in two bags and a digital scale inside the vehicle, according to officers.

BATH: A driver stopped for a traffic violation on North Cleveland-Massillon Road May 28 was arrested for driving without a license and released with a court summons. The vehicle was driven from the scene by a licensed driver.

A driver heading east on Medina Road May 29 was attempting to make a left turn into a plaza when two drivers traveling west stopped and waved to her to turn. A third driver heading west did not stop and struck her vehicle. The driver who made the left turn was cited for failure to yield right of way.

Police patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road at midnight June 1 observed a person in a vehicle in the parking lot of a home improvement store and saw the individual duck down when he saw the patrol car. Officers determined he was a juvenile who was out after curfew, had attended a party and intended to spend the night with a friend, but changed his mind and because he did not want to go home late, he planned to sleep in his vehicle. Police sent him home and filed a curfew complaint.

Officers searched an area near a North Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant around midnight June 3 for a driver whose vehicle ran off the road, struck a large rock and damaged a landscape bed outside the restaurant. The vehicle airbag had deployed, but the driver was gone from the scene. Police located the driver a short distance away and charged him with failure to control his vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. The Mogadore man was transported to a hospital via EMS.

On June 4, officers responded to a rear-end collision on state Route 18, where one driver was cited for tailgating. One of the vehicles sustained disabling damage.

COPLEY: A Mull Avenue man reported May 26 his ex-wife stayed at his residence while he was away and he discovered she took items that were not hers. She said she only took things she was permitted to take according to the divorce agreement. The two were advised to contact their attorneys.

On May 27, an Oak Tree Drive man reported a lawnmower was stolen from his yard during the night. He called police May 30 to say it had been returned.

The mother of a Copley-Fairlawn Middle School student reported her daughter’s phone was lost or stolen while she was on a school bus the afternoon of May 27. She used an application that traced the phone to a Ridgewood Road residence. Officers went to the residence but were unable to locate the phone. Police traced it to a wooded area near a parking lot, and the victim was instructed to contact police if she had any more information about the phone’s whereabouts.

A White Pond Drive woman reported May 27 the driver of a dump truck saw a sign outside her house requesting clean dirt fill and mistakenly pulled into her neighbor’s yard to dump dirt. She ran to the driver and stopped him from dumping the dirt, but his truck damaged a portion of the neighbor’s driveway and property, and she offered to make restitution to the neighbor. She is uncertain of the name of the driver who dumped the dirt on her property and she could not provide any information about the truck, but she wanted the matter documented.

Police responded to a domestic dispute at a Hunt Club Drive apartment the night of May 28 and arrived to hear a woman screaming at her husband. She locked herself in the bathroom, and her husband said they had an argument in Cleveland, where police got involved and sent them home in separate vehicles. She took a cab. When they arrived home, the dispute continued and she reportedly threw his laptop computer at him and scratched and punched him, causing a visible facial injury. He declined prosecution and refused to sign charges. Police arrested the woman for domestic violence and took her to the Summit County Jail.

A Minor Road woman reported May 28 a package was mailed to another person at her address. When she opened it, she discovered it contained two driver’s licenses and a man’s wallet. She was unsure why it was mailed to her address and she did not know the name of the addressee.

Police investigated the theft of a wallet from an unlocked vehicle in the driveway of a Magdalyn Drive residence between 4 and 7:30 p.m. May 28.

A Stonebridge Boulevard woman reported she discovered jewelry missing from her residence May 28 after she had her carpet cleaned by an Akron company.

On May 29, a Colon Drive man reported his live-in girlfriend went out drinking with a friend who became intoxicated and struck him with an ashtray when they returned to his residence. The female told police the male pepper-sprayed her. Neither party was injured and both declined prosecution. The female went home in a cab.

Police investigated the robbery of a man who said he was fishing at a pond off Foxtail Road around 1 p.m. May 30 when a black Jeep drove into the parking lot and back out again. He told police a white male approached him and asked for a cigarette, which he provided. The male asked him for money and he declined. The male left, but when he got into his car, the male got into the passenger seat of his vehicle and punched him in the mouth, demanding money. He also showed a gun in the waistband of his pants and told him to drive to a location on Copley Road, where he jumped out of the vehicle with the victim’s money and phone and ran. He entered a silver Chevy with a temporary license tag driven by a second person who drove away on Copley Road. The victim said he would prosecute if police apprehended the male.

FAIRLAWN: A woman reported June 5 her $645 cell phone was stolen from a mall clothing store when she placed it on a shelf while shopping, turned away momentarily and turned back to find it was gone.

Police searched for a missing Rosemont Boulevard teen June 6 after her mother reported at 2:45 a.m. that the 16-year-old was last seen at 6 p.m. the previous night. At 8:30 a.m., her mother called to say she had returned home and she declined charges.

Employees of a West Market Street discount department store reported June 6 a man concealed 13 DVDs and CDs worth $297 and left the store without paying. Police found him in a vehicle and questioned him about the merchandise, which he surrendered. He was charged with theft and possession of marijuana, which was found in the vehicle during his arrest. He was banned from the store and released with a court summons.

On June 7, an employee of a West Market Street gas station gave police two Ohio driver’s licenses found in the parking lot. Police were working to contact the owners.

Employees of a mall store reported June 7 two juveniles concealed merchandise and left the store without paying. Police recovered the merchandise and arrested the girls, ages 12 and 13. They also advised them they are banned from the store indefinitely and released them to their mothers.

An Akron woman was arrested for shoplifting an air mattress and motorcycle cover from a West Market Street store June 9 and additionally charged with misrepresentation of her identity after she reportedly lied to police to avoid being arrested on a warrant. She was charged with theft and released to the Bedford Police Department.

Mall security officers reported June 9 a man who had been banned from the mall for two years following an incident last May was on the property. The Cuyahoga Falls man was charged with criminal trespassing, released with a court summons and advised he is banned from the mall indefinitely.

A nurse at a Smith Road residential facility reported June 9 that six narcotic tablets were stolen from a locked storage cabinet.

An Akron woman was arrested for shoplifting merchandise worth $357 from a West Market Street store June 9, released with a court summons and advised she is banned from the store.

Employees of a mall store reported June 12 two females concealed merchandise in their purses and left the store without paying. The Akron women were charged with theft and each was released with a court summons.

NORTON: A Harper Avenue man reported he left for vacation May 31 and returned June 7 to find a lock had been cut from his shed and two four-wheelers were stolen. He said a blue one was worth $1,500 and a green ATV was worth $2,800. During the same time period, his neighbor said someone broke into his shed. Police interviewed neighbors who said they heard a noise coming from the victim’s property the night of June 3.

A Hametown Road man reported June 2 someone used his identity to open an online account and make purchases totaling $235.

At 11:30 p.m. June 2, police stopped an Akron man for running a red light and traveling 72 mph in a 35-mph zone. The driver exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication and failed a field sobriety test. He had no identification with him and reportedly lied about his identity. He was charged with DUI, driving under suspension, obstructing official business and possession of a drug pipe found in the vehicle, and he was released on bond. His BAC tested .211.

A Mansfield man stopped for lane violations as he drove on Interstate 76 at 1 a.m. June 3 exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond. His BAC tested .110.

Officers responded to a traffic crash on Medina Line Road June 3 and found a driver trapped in a vehicle. He was extricated by the fire department and taken to a hospital, where a BAC test was performed. Police confiscated a loaded semi-automatic handgun from the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The driver was charged with improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle, DUI and failure to control his vehicle.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Pleasant Drive residence June 3, when a male and female told officers the confrontation was verbal. The parties agreed to separate for the night.

A Hawaii Avenue man was arrested for domestic violence, aggravated menacing and discharging a firearm in a prohibited area June 4 after Doylestown police notified officers of a domestic incident that occurred at the residence. Police spoke to his wife, who said she lives in Doylestown but they went to his mother’s house on Hawaii Avenue, where she argued with his mother while she sat in a vehicle in the driveway. She added that he sent his mother inside, pointed a handgun at her through the passenger window and said he was going to take care of business, then shot a round into the ground near the vehicle. The female began walking on Hametown Road and called a friend for a ride home. The male told police he shot at a can in the backyard, but police recovered a shell casing from the gravel in the driveway and he later admitted he did not fire the weapon in the backyard. He was taken to the Barberton Jail and police confiscated the handgun and several shell casings.

A woman walking on Medina Road June 4 was arrested on a warrant for probation violation and released to Medina County sheriff’s deputies.

A Rockcut Road woman went to the police station June 5 to report her daughter came to her residence and asked for money, and when she did not get it, she became violent and out of control. Police went to the residence and requested that EMS transport her daughter to a medical facility for a psychiatric evaluation.

The mother of a Norton Middle School student reported June 5 another student struck her son several times while they waited for a school bus. She said she reported the incident to school administrators. Police advised her to contact the department if she wished to file assault charges.

On June 5, a Dutt Road man reported he heard a loud noise in his garage at 9 p.m. the previous night, and in the morning he discovered the side door to the garage was open and a flat-screen TV had been stolen.

A Johnson Road woman went to the police station June 5 to document threats her sister-in-law allegedly has been making.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Weber Drive residence June 5. A man reported his girlfriend began punching him during an argument. The female said the male pushed and struck her and she was defending herself. There were no apparent injuries and both parties declined prosecution. The female left the residence for the night.

The property manager of a vacant house on Fairway Drive reported June 7 someone entered the residence and stole copper pipes and valves totaling $1,500. There was no sign of forced entry, and there is a real estate lock box outside the residence.

RICHFIELD: Police attempted to locate the owner of a consignment shop on Broadview Road June 2 after a woman reported she dropped off items at the store and was told to check in each month to receive payment for anything that was sold, but when she visits the store it is always closed and she is unable to contact the owner by phone or email. Officers were unable to contact him, and they left a message at his home for him to contact them regarding his business. On June 5, a second woman filed a similar report stating she dropped off items at the store and she is unable to reach the owner. She said she only wants her items back.

On June 2, officers responded to a report of an erratic driver on Interstate 77 and stopped him after observing several lane violations. He appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and possession of a marijuana pipe found in the vehicle. He was unable to post bond and was held in Richfield Jail pending a court appearance.

A Brush Road woman called police to her residence June 4, stating her son is not allowed to be on her property, but he hid two vehicles in the woods behind her home and might have entered the home. Officers determined there was no sign of forced entry. Police found the man hiding in the woods and arrested him on two warrants. The vehicles were towed.

A man reported June 5 he posted an online notice about his girlfriend’s garage sale at a Five Oaks Drive residence and has been harassed by a man who threatened to come to the residence and start trouble.

On June 7, police on I-77 stopped a woman for lane violations and charged her with driving on a temporary permit after they learned the passenger did not have a valid license. The driver passed a field sobriety test and both women were driven to a location to await a ride. During a tow inventory of the vehicle, police confiscated a credit card in the name of a man whom the driver said she didn’t know and both women said they had no idea how the card got into the vehicle.

Police investigated a report of noise violations and squealing tires at a Virginia Drive location June 7 and observed several tire marks but no vehicles at the time.

On June 8, police arrested a man who is staying at a Brecksville Road motel and charged him with disorderly conduct following several reports that he was drunk and creating a disturbance at the motel. The first time police responded to the motel, they advised the male to stay in his room for the remainder of the night. The following day, a female staying in the room with him went to the police station to report he drinks and becomes abusive. She was advised of the process to obtain a restraining order. Employees called police back when he began bothering other patrons, and he was arrested and taken to the police station, where he was charged and released with a court summons.

A Dakota Drive man reported June 8 his estranged wife took items from his home while he was away. He said he has a restraining order that prohibits her from being in his home.


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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