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West Side Neighborhood Watch

6/26/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 100 block of Idlewild Avenue June 17; the 200 block of Beck Avenue June 20; the 200 block of Grace Avenue June 20; the 600 block of South Sunset View Drive June 20; the 300 block of Madison Avenue June 21; and the 1000 block of Middlecoff Drive June 22.

On June 18, a 32-year-old Mercer Avenue man was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. Officers responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle parked alongside a building in the 1900 block of West Market Street approached him, and they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the car, according to officers. Once officers had the man step out of the car, chunks of a white powdered substance were found on the passenger seat, they said.

A 20-year-old Stadelman Avenue woman was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse (methamphetamine) June 18. She was stopped for a traffic violation at Copley Road and Orlando Avenue, and when officers arrested her on warrants, she attempted to hide a small bag of the drug in the patrol wagon, according to officers.

A 21-year-old Bacon Street man was charged with disrupting public service, criminal trespassing and assault June 18. He allegedly went into the victim’s Rentar Lane apartment and assaulted her. When she called 9-1-1, he took the phone and threw it out the window, according to the police report. He then reportedly assaulted a building security guard in an attempt to flee the property.

The same day, a South Highland Avenue woman reported she had been contacted by her financial institution because someone attempted to make a $206 transaction at a convenience store using her debit card information. The woman stated she still has her card in her possession. She had recently used the debit card to make a $3 purchase at the same convenience store, located in the 800 block of West Market Street, she said.

On June 19, around 1:30 p.m., officers responded to a shooting that occurred at the Springhill Apartments, located in the 1200 block Everton Drive of the Lane-Wooster neighborhood. Two West Akron men, a 27-year-old Winton Avenue man and his 18-year-old Copley Road brother, allegedly entered an apartment on the 13th floor of the high-rise with the intent to rob the resident, a 21-year-old man, at gunpoint. During the robbery, there was a struggle over a gun, according to officers. The younger brother was shot in the lower torso, and he attempted to flee the apartment before he was found dead on a neighbor’s balcony, according to the report. The older brother, who was shot in the thigh, was found in the hallway of the building. He was transported to a hospital, where his injuries did not appear to be life threatening, officers said. He was charged with murder and aggravated robbery. The victim of the robbery was found in a relative’s apartment on the sixth floor of the building. He was treated by paramedics for facial injuries. The shooting remains under investigation.

Detectives are also investigating what appears to be a separate shooting that occurred around the same time as the robbery/shooting in the parking lot of the Springhill Apartments. The victim, a 21-year-old Everton Drive man, reported he was shot in the arm by two males in a white van. He was transported by a friend to a hospital, where his injuries did not appear to be life threatening. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

On June 21, a 29-year-old homeless man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments after officers responded to a report that someone was shooting up in a parking lot in the 1600 block of West Exchange Street. The man admitted to having two hypodermic needles on him, and officers also found a self-made kit used to cook heroin in his back pocket, according to the police report.

The same day, someone set fire to trash inside a vacant, unsecured house in the 900 block of Delia Avenue. The fire caused significant damage to the structure, which neighbors stated has been vacant and unsecured for several years, according to the police report.

Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Copley Road June 21 regarding a report of a suspicious person in a vehicle with a gun. Upon arrival, they saw a juvenile male milling around the vehicle and ordered him to stop and show his hands, according to the police report. The young man, a ninth-grader at Akron Digital Academy, attempted to flee and was apprehended after a short foot chase. Officers found him in possession of an unloaded handgun, and he was charged with obstructing official business and carrying concealed weapons.

BATH: Police observed suspicious activity by occupants of a vehicle in the parking lot of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road home improvement store June 4 and questioned the driver, who reportedly lied about her identity. Officers determined she had no license and found merchandise that had been stolen from the store in the vehicle. The store manager recovered the merchandise and declined theft charges. The woman was charged with falsification and driving without a license, and the vehicle was driven away by a valid driver.

On June 5, the owner of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported a man purchased an $800 saw and paid for it with a personal check. An hour later, he returned and purchased two more saws, totaling $1,707, and paid with a second check. The merchant later determined there were no funds in the bank account he used. Police called him and told him to return the saws or pay for them using another means.

A Shade Road woman reported June 7 an unknown person used her identity to file fraudulent state and federal income tax returns.

Police were called to a Medina Road medical facility June 7, when a Wadsworth woman reported she took her son to the facility for emergency treatment and her estranged husband showed up and caused a disturbance. He was asked to leave by the hospital staff and was gone when police arrived.

A Vesper Drive woman reported her vehicle was scratched outside her residence June 9.

The manager of a Montrose pet store reported June 9 employees have been receiving prank phone calls from juveniles. She provided police with the phone number from which the calls originate.

Police responded to a report that a male was trespassing at a Vesper Drive residence June 10 and had been making unwanted calls to the homeowner and his daughter. Police located the man a short distance away from the residence and advised him if he returned to the property or continued making unwanted calls, he would face criminal charges.

Officers stopped an erratic driver at the intersection of Medina and North Cleveland-Massillon roads June 12. She exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

On June 12, officers contacted the Richfield Police Department after a Revere High School official found a large number of Internet cables in the backpack of a student, who said he and a friend went to an abandoned building in Richfield and took the cable equipment.

Police are seeking the person who stole an air conditioning unit from a house under construction on Medina Line Road June 12.

A Medina Line Road man reported June 13 someone threw eggs at his house, driveway and vehicles during the night.

A Yellow Creek Road woman reported June 14 that jewelry worth more than $35,000 was stolen from her home.

Police investigated the burglary of a Fryman Road residence June 16. Someone had cut phone lines to the home, broke in through a rear glass door and stole numerous personal items.

A woman reported someone stole her cell phone from the restroom of her place of employment on Springside Drive June 17.

A Medina Line Road man reported June 17 someone stole 50 gallons of diesel fuel from a tank on his property.

COPLEY: Officers responded to a vehicle crash on Interstate 77 the afternoon of May 28. A woman’s vehicle had gone out of control due to a mechanical problem and crashed into a concrete barrier in the median. She was unable to write a statement due to her inability to write English. Despite a language barrier, she was able to communicate to police how the accident occurred.

The manager of a residential facility on Copley Road reported May 30 she received phone calls from someone who threatened to harm her.

Police investigated a report by a woman who said her son’s $275 bicycle was stolen while he swam in a Kirkwall Drive residential pool. The bike, which has a gray body and orange handlebars, was taken between 4 and 8 p.m. May 31. Officers interviewed several people, who said an unknown male had asked pool patrons for a ride home or where he could get a bicycle to ride.

A Hametown Road man reported May 31 someone broke a lock off a shed on his property and stole a dirt bike.

Officers were called to the parking lot of a Rothrock Road motel around 1 a.m. May 31 after a woman reported she saw an unknown male inside her vehicle. When she and her husband yelled at him, he fled. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle.

On June 11, police responded to a fight at a worksite outside a Montrose West Avenue hotel and found a man who had facial, knee and body injuries. He said a co-worker assaulted him, and several witnesses confirmed the report. Officers found the co-worker in a room of the hotel, and he allegedly admitted he punched the victim, knocked him to the ground and kicked him while he was down. He was arrested for assault and taken to the police station, where he was belligerent and uncooperative with police, intentionally fell on the floor and began banging his head on a wall, according to the police report. He was additionally charged with resisting arrest and taken to the Summit County Jail. During his arrest, he said he would kill the victim when he is released from jail.

On June 11, police were seeking the person who desecrated a headstone in a Copley Road cemetery.

A Copley Road couple reported June 12 their names have been used to file fraudulent tax returns in several other states.

A man reported June 13 his cell phone was stolen from his truck while it was parked in a Montrose lot for several minutes.

A Copley Meadows Drive man reported aluminum wheel rims and tires were delivered to his residence and left lying beside the garage the afternoon of June 13, and when he got home that evening they were gone.

FAIRLAWN: A Copley woman reported June 13 she went to a Bay Hills Drive residence to pick up her daughter after visitation with her father and he pulled his vehicle beside hers while the two passed on the road and the two began yelling at each other. She said he deliberately damaged the outside mirror on her vehicle and used his vehicle to ram into hers. Police interviewed the male, who said he moved her mirror but did not damage it, and he denied crashing into her vehicle. Witnesses said they saw the two fighting outside their vehicles, but there was no physical confrontation and the vehicles did not collide. Due to conflicting information from the parties involved and an absence of any damage to either vehicle, no police action was taken.

Employees of a mall store reported a 13-year-old girl concealed merchandise and left June 14. Police stopped her, and she admitted taking the merchandise and gave it back to the manager, who declined theft charges. She also admitted taking a necklace from another store and concealing it in her bra. The manager of that store signed a charge of receiving stolen property, and she was arrested and taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention facility.

At 7:30 a.m. June 17, an employee of a Miller Road business reported her ex-boyfriend repeatedly calls her at work and on her cell phone after she told him not to call her. While officers were there, he called, and police advised him to stop or he would face criminal charges. At 10:30 a.m., she called police to report he had called her and officers signed a warrant for his arrest.

Police patrolling Rosemont Commons June 17 observed a vehicle parked in the fire lane outside a grocery store. The driver pulled out of the parking space when officers approached, and he drove around the parking lot before he was stopped. When it was determined he did not have driving privileges, the Canton man began yelling and cursing in the presence of others in the parking lot, and he was charged with disorderly conduct and released with a court summons. The vehicle was towed.

On June 17, officers responded to a 9-1-1 call from a Riviera Drive residence where a woman reported her children, ages 4 and 6, went with their father for a visit and when he brought them home, she called to him from an upstairs bedroom window to leave the children at the front door and she would come and get them. He became enraged, broke a window with his head and entered her home. She and her other daughter ran upstairs and locked themselves in a bedroom. The man grabbed the two younger children and left with them without their mother’s permission. Police located his unoccupied vehicle on Miller Road and observed him and the children walking. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a forehead laceration, and the children were returned to their mother. Upon his release from the hospital, he was charged with kidnapping and burglary and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Copley man was charged with theft and released with a court summons June 19 after he concealed merchandise and left a mall clothing store without paying for it.

NORTON: On June 9, a Driftwood Drive woman reported jewelry was stolen from her bedroom, and she told police she believes employees of a moving company were involved.

Police responded to a report of a fight between a man and woman in a Greenwich Road parking lot June 10 and determined no physical altercation had occurred. The male was arrested for driving under suspension, and the female was arrested for theft of energy drinks from a nearby store. Police transported the couple to a local motel, where they were staying.

A South Cleveland-Massillon Road man reported June 11 his estranged wife wired $4,000 from his bank account into hers without his permission and opened three credit cards in his name and maxed out the credit limits on all three.

The owner of a Wadsworth Road plumbing business reported June 12 he discovered damage to windows and a door of a shed on the property. Police interviewed three neighborhood children, who admitted causing the damage. One child used a slingshot and the others used chunks of asphalt, according to the report. Charges were pending completion of the investigation.

Police investigated the burglary of a Wadsworth Road residence between 5 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. June 13, when someone popped out a window to enter and stole a handgun and other items.

A motorist reported he was driving on Interstate 76 June 13, and as he drove under the Summit Road Bridge, where construction was underway, a chunk of concrete fell on the roof of his vehicle and damaged it.

A South Cleveland-Massillon Road man reported scrap metal and a screwdriver were stolen from his truck and it was scratched the night of June 13.

An Alberta Drive man reported someone was prowling around outside his neighbor’s residence June 13 and attempting to open the doors. Police located a man, who said he was at the residence to drop off money for his ex-girlfriend. Officers contacted the resident, who said the male did not have permission to be there. Police asked him how he got there and he said he drove his truck. He was arrested for driving under suspension and released to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant.

On June 13, police observed a Barberton woman stumbling to her vehicle at a Wadsworth Road gas station and stopped her from driving away from the station. She failed a field sobriety test, was charged with having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated and released with a court summons.

A Clarkmill Road man reported someone entered his unlocked garage at 5 a.m. June 14 and stole a $2,500 Suzuki ATV, which has a Woody Woodpecker sticker on the nose of it.

The night of June 14, officers patrolling Barber Road stopped a Stow man for speeding and lane violations. He exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication and refused to take a field sobriety test and a BAC test, despite having a prior conviction for DUI, which required him to take a BAC. He was arrested for DUI, driving under suspension, lane violations, refusal of a BAC test and possession of drug paraphernalia, and released on bond.

An employee of a Wadsworth Road gas station reported June 14 an unknown male attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at the business and when she refused the bill, he left without it. Police confiscated the bill for an investigation.

A Westfield Center woman stopped for speeding and lane violations on I-76 June 14 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on signature bond. Her BAC tested .192.

At 3:30 a.m. June 14, police responded to an alarm at a South Cleveland-Massillon Road drugstore and determined there were pry marks on the door but no entry gained.

RICHFIELD: Police officers responded to a noise complaint at a Streetsboro Road location June 10 and spoke to a man who admitted setting off fireworks at his residence. Officers found spent fireworks in a trash receptacle on his property and advised him if he used fireworks again, he would be charged with a violation of the Ohio fireworks laws.

A township employee reported June 11 someone cut a lock from a gate and drove an off-road vehicle around on property owned by the township. Officers followed tracks from the vehicle to an adjacent residence and observed the tracks leading from the residence into the woods. Police tried to talk to the man who owns the off-road vehicle, but he was not home.

On June 12, police responded to a vehicle crash on Brushwood Road and found the vehicle had gone off the left side of the road, re-entered the roadway and ran off the right side of the road, then struck a utility pole. The driver, who was inside the vehicle, said she was not injured, but she was transported to a hospital. Police found several open containers of wine in the vehicle and charged her with having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. Additional charges were pending results of a BAC test performed in the hospital.

Officers patrolling Oviatt Road at 1:30 a.m. June 13 located a vehicle at Rising Valley Park and two males walking toward it. They told officers they were looking for a restroom, and they smelled of marijuana. As they walked toward the vehicle, police observed marijuana in plain view on the console, and the males reportedly admitted it was theirs and that there was a grinder and rolling papers in the vehicle. They were charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia, and one of the men was additionally charged with possession of narcotic tablets and taken to the Summit County Jail. The other male was released with a court summons.

Police investigated the theft of a backpack containing prescription medication, personal items and a set of keys from a Brecksville Road trucking company between 2 and 2:15 p.m. June 13. After reviewing video surveillance footage, officers contacted the driver of a box truck seen beside the backpack at the time of the theft. The driver admitted taking the item and agreed to return it and all contents to an employee of the trucking company, who agreed to get it back to the victim.

On June 14, officers patrolling Interstate 77 stopped a driver for lane violations and noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver surrendered marijuana to police, and after he and a passenger admitted it was theirs, they were charged with possession of drugs.

A Richlawn Drive woman reported she placed a bottle of narcotic painkillers on a table in her living room June 14 and someone stole 15 tablets.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on I-77 June 15, police stopped the driver and determined his license was suspended and the license plate and validation sticker on the vehicle were registered to two other people. The driver was charged with having fictitious license plates and driving under two license suspensions. The driver and passenger were advised they were wanted on warrants from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, and they were released to their parents, who were following them in another vehicle. Their vehicle was towed.

On June 15, a trucker reported he left his tractor-trailer at a Brecksville Road business for repairs June 13 and the CB radio, worth $189, was stolen from the cab.


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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