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West Side Neighborhood Watch

7/3/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 800 block of Bloomfield Avenue June 24; the 800 block of Work Drive June 25; the 1000 block of Peerless Avenue June 26; the 100 block of Wolcott Road June 27; the 400 block of Elmwood Court June 28; and the 1300 block of South Hawkins Avenue June 29.

On June 23, a 20-year-old Noah Avenue man allegedly forced his way into a house in the 1000 block of Stadelman Avenue with a gun, robbing two juvenile occupants. He was charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery.

Officers performed a traffic stop on an improperly registered vehicle June 25, resulting in charges against the driver, a 26-year-old Storer Avenue man, for possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia after he admitted marijuana and a digital scale located in the center console belonged to him. Also, a passenger, a 19-year-old Frederick Street man, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, receiving stolen property and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle after officers found him in possession of a revolver. He also had four bullets in his pocket, according to officers. The man said he found the gun outside a club a couple of nights previously, according to the police report. Officers discovered the gun had been stolen from someone in Alabama. Both men were transported to the Summit County Jail.

A 25-year-old Seward Avenue man was arraigned June 26 and charged with domestic violence with a previous conviction. He was reportedly involved in a verbal argument with the mother of his child when he pulled her hair and threatened her with a knife March 14.

A 26-year-old Cromwell Drive man was charged with drug abuse (heroin and marijuana) and obstructing official business June 26. A passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation in the 600 block of Noble Avenue, he attempted to run from the vehicle, according to officers. He was apprehended and found with the drugs.

Officers initiated a traffic stop at Garth and Hoye avenues on a motorist, a 24-year-old Wildwood Avenue man, who did not use a turn signal. Officers found him concealing a digital scale with suspected marijuana residue June 29. After the man was placed in a police cruiser, officers discovered a bag of marijuana in the street. The man denied, then admitted, then denied again that the marijuana was his, according to officers.

On June 30, officers went to the 800 block of Hamlin Avenue to check for a man with a misdemeanor warrant on file. They found the man they were looking for, a 23-year-old Hamlin Avenue resident, in the alley next to his apartment, and the man quickly ran into his residence after he observed the police cruiser, according to officers. Officers apprehended the man, conducted a safety check of the area and found a bindle of what appeared to be heroin, multiple torn plastic bags and boxes of sandwich bags. Officer also recovered a digital scale and more than $6,000 cash. The man was charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, possession of counterfeit controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of criminal tools.

Akron Police Department detectives are asking for help identifying a bank robbery suspect. A white male, 35 to 40 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a ponytail and wearing a brown T-shirt, hat and sunglasses entered PNC Bank at 1546 W. Market St. and handed a teller a note demanding money June 30. He then fled southbound on foot, according to detectives. Officers advise not to attempt to approach the suspect, but to call 9-1-1.

BATH: Around 6 p.m. June 18, Bath officers, Ohio State Highway Patrol officers and EMS responded to a traffic crash on state Route 18. The driver of a pickup truck and a passenger were critically injured, and the driver died of his injuries after being transported to a hospital. The cause of the accident was under investigation.

The owner of a Wye Road business reported June 18 he received a call from someone who claimed to represent a collection agent for a utility company. The caller told him the utility account was in default and if he did not make an immediate payment over the phone, service would be disconnected. When the manager verified that the business’ utility account was current and confronted the caller regarding a scam, the caller became verbally abusive.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Medina Road June 19, police stopped the driver, charged him with driving under suspension and released him with a court summons.

On June 19, a Medina Road man reported someone stole his debit card and used it to make several unauthorized withdrawals from his bank account.

Police patrolling Interstate 77 June 20 observed a vehicle on the side of the road and approached the driver, who began backing up the vehicle and injured an officer with the car door. He sped away from police, who pursued him with lights and sirens. The motorist reached 100 mph, weaving around other vehicles, and police ended the pursuit in the interest of public safety. They signed a warrant for the driver’s arrest, and on June 21, the driver surrendered to the Lakewood Police Department on the warrants, which included fleeing and assaulting a police officer. He was transported to the Summit County Jail.

Following a scuffle at a Martin Road residence June 20, police arrested a man for criminal damaging after he took an ATV from the residence without the owner’s permission and flipped it in a neighbor’s yard, damaging it.

On June 22, a missing juvenile was located in Bedford and returned to her parents.

Police responded to a June 22 report by a Timbercreek Drive woman who stated her neighbors were upset about a drainage system she installed in her backyard. Officers spoke to the neighbors and advised all parties to resolve the matter with the township administration and zoning department.

Officers responded to reports of an erratic driver on I-77 the night of June 22 and located the driver, who was driving with no headlights. During a traffic stop, officers noticed signs of impairment, and the driver failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .237. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

The night of June 23, police investigated a report that a man was soliciting sex outside a restroom at an I-77 rest area. Officers located the man, who denied soliciting and said he had walked to the rest area from Parma after spending the night in jail in that community for obstruction of official business. Officers transported him to a bus stop to await a ride from a friend.

Motorists on Yellow Creek Road reported an erratic driver June 24. Police located and stopped him for lane violations. He appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test, and he was charged with DUI and refusing a BAC test while having a prior conviction for DUI. He was released with a court summons and went home in a cab.

Police on Granger Road June 25 stopped the driver of a vehicle with no front license plate and noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver surrendered a jar of marijuana and was charged with its possession and released with a court summons.

COPLEY: Police responded to a motor vehicle accident in a parking lot on Ridge Park Drive June 12 and completed an accident report.

The owner of a construction company reported June 13 the driver of a truck damaged mailboxes on Robinwood Lane while making deliveries of building materials. The truck was gone when officers arrived. The driver was notified that damage was estimated at $1,773.

A Crestmont Court man reported June 18 a golf bag and miscellaneous clubs were stolen from his garage, which is shared by other residents of his apartment complex. He said he last saw the missing items June 11.

On June 20, police responded to a traffic crash that stemmed from a previous rear-end collision involving a man whose Ford Focus struck the back of a Chevy Cruz driven by another man at the South Cleveland-Massillon Road entrance ramp to I-77. Both drivers exited their vehicles after the crash, and the driver of the Chevy said there was no damage to the vehicles, got back in his car and entered the highway. The driver of the Ford, who had crashed into the rear of the Chevy, pursued the first driver in his vehicle until he crashed his Ford on I-77. The driver of the Chevy stopped at the second crash scene and punched the driver of the Ford, who declined charges. The driver of the Ford was cited for following too closely.

Following a traffic stop on South Cleveland-Massillon Road June 21, police arrested an Akron man on a warrant and released him to the Norton Police Department.

FAIRLAWN: On June 19, police investigated a report by a West Market Street business owner who said someone used his bank debit card to make numerous cash withdrawals from two bank accounts. Officers questioned someone who worked in his office, and she reportedly admitted taking his bankcard and PIN to get cash for her heroin dealer. She was arrested for misuse of a credit card and held on a warrant from the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department for misuse of a credit card.

The manager of a mall salon called police June 19 when a patron tried to cancel his membership and became upset about the terms of cancellation. The manager said he made threats to blow up the business. He said he was upset but denied making threats. Police advised him the manager had banned him from the business.

Police are seeking a man who robbed a woman in a mall parking lot at 1:16 p.m. June 20. The victim said she was sitting in her vehicle when he tapped on her window and motioned for her to roll it down. She rolled the window down about 6 inches and noticed he had his right hand in his pocket as if he had a weapon, and he told her to give him her wallet. He took the wallet with his left hand, keeping his right hand in his pocket, and fled on foot through the parking lot. He is described as a black male, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds. He had a scruffy beard and wore sunglasses and a blue hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairlawn Police Department at 330-670-4300.

A Stow woman was charged with theft and banned from a mall department store June 20 after she allegedly concealed merchandise in a store bag she took from behind a sales counter and left the store without paying.

On June 21, a Brunswick woman was arrested for allegedly concealing clothing worth $183 in her purse and leaving a mall department store without paying.

A woman reported her purse was stolen from a table in a West Market Street restaurant June 21 while she played games with her child. Her boyfriend found the purse in the men’s room, and the victim determined her debit card had been stolen.

Employees of a mall department store reported June 22 a woman concealed children’s clothing in her purse and stuffed merchandise down her pants before leaving the store without paying. The Akron woman was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

On June 23, police were called to a mall department store by employees who said an Akron couple concealed items and left the store without paying. Officers located the couple walking on West Market Street, and the male reportedly admitted he concealed merchandise in his shorts. Officers found a watch that had been stolen from another mall store in the female’s purse, and she said the male put it there. The male was charged with theft of merchandise he concealed and he was banned from the store. The female was not charged because the store manager declined charges after recovering the watch.

A Winchester Road man reported June 25 he parked his vehicle in a rear lot behind his residence at 11:30 p.m. and returned several hours later to find a cell phone and cigarettes had been stolen from the center console.

The manager of a West Market Street store reported June 25 a man stole items from the store and went to a nearby bus stop. Officers located the Akron man at the bus stop and recovered merchandise totaling $214. He was arrested for theft and released with a court summons.

NORTON: A woman reported she was riding her bike on Medina Line Road June 16 when a dog ran from a yard and bit her on the calf. Police located the dog owner and told him the dog must be in a fenced yard or on a leash.

A Durham Road man reported June 16 someone entered his unlocked vehicle outside his residence and stole a GPS unit and a bag of change. He said there were other vehicle break-ins in the area around the same time.

A Brookfield Drive man reported June 16 two handguns were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in his driveway the previous night.

The manager of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road drugstore reported a woman concealed merchandise in her purse June 16, and when the manager asked her to remove it, she gave back the item. The manager declined charges and banned the Barberton woman from the store.

Georgia police contacted Norton officers June 16 after responding to a domestic disturbance and discovering a Norton juvenile with a 30-year-old man she met online. The juvenile lied to her parents that she was going on vacation with a friend’s family and sent text messages to her parents indicating she was with them. Police notified the girl’s mother, who drove to Georgia to bring her home. Charges were pending completion of an investigation.

Police responded to suspicious activity in a vacant house on Clarkmill Road June 16 and charged three females with criminal trespassing. One was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia found in a vehicle on the property.

Officers responded to a location on Hametown Road June 17 after a vehicle was stuck on railroad tracks on a private access road. The vehicle was towed from the tracks and the driver was charged with criminal trespassing.

On June 19, police responded to a report that a driver had passed out behind the steering wheel of his vehicle on Barber Road and woke the driver, who was charged with driving under two suspensions and possession of marijuana found in the vehicle. The Barberton man was released with a court summons.

The owner of a Wadsworth Road restaurant reported June 20 he observed via video surveillance a woman steal a $200 antique chair from the restaurant.

Following a traffic stop on Norton Avenue June 21, a Canton man who was a passenger in the vehicle was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, which he surrendered to police.

Police investigated the theft of an ATV from a shed in the backyard of a Wadsworth Road residence June 21. Someone had damaged a vent to enter the locked shed, pushed a riding lawnmower out of the shed and took the ATV.

On June 21, police investigated a report by a Greenridge Road woman who said someone beheaded three kittens that belonged to a stray cat that gave birth to them in her garage.

A Berry Road resident reported June 22 that someone threw eggs at her residence at some point during the previous several days.

PENINSULA: On May 5, Peninsula police officers responded to a car vs. deer incident on Riverview Road. The officers disposed of the deer and the driver declined to have a police report filed.

A gas line was hit at a business located on Kendall Park Road May 8. The Valley Fire District was called and the scene was blocked off by police officers while the leak was controlled.

On May 9, a motel on Akron-Cleveland Road filed a theft complaint regarding two subjects who had reportedly failed to pay for their room. One was arrested and charged with defrauding a livery, while the other subject had a felony/probation warrant out of Franklin County. He was transported to the Summit County Jail to be held on the warrant.

A repossession company requested an officer respond to a Major Road address May 13. An employee was trying to repossess a vehicle, but the vehicle’s owner made threats to use a weapon if the employee did not leave. Officers responded and the situation was resolved.

On May 13, a disabled vehicle was reported north of Boston Mills Road on Riverview Road. The vehicle was discovered stuck in high water. An officer responded and called for a tow truck.

A tractor-trailer and a vehicle side-swiped each other May 15 on Interstate 271 northbound at the 14.8 mile marker. There were no injuries to the occupants of either vehicle.

On May 24, a Peninsula officer was dispatched to a motel on Akron-Cleveland Road in reference to a domestic dispute in progress. Upon arrival, the officer met with a woman, who stated a known male acquaintance had just left her motel room after threatening to beat her for refusing to acquire a vehicle out of impound for him. The woman, who said she could not provide any further description of the male or the vehicle he was driving, refused to file formal charges and just wanted the incident documented. No further police action was taken.

An officer observed two motorcyclists traveling westbound on Main Street May 24. After noticing that one of the operators was driving in a weaving manner, the officer followed the two motorcyclists to observe their driving habits. After the officer stopped the two and ran both plates and licenses, it was discovered one operator did not have a motorcycle endorsement, so the vehicle was towed and a citation was issued. The other operator was the owner of both vehicles and had an endorsement. The unendorsed operator was transported to the police station to arrange for a ride.

On May 27, an officer responded to a Boston Township trailer home regarding a report of bullying over the Internet. The resident reported that while playing online poker, a male known only by a pseudonym referred to him in a derogatory manner. The Boston resident said he responded in a derogatory manner of his own. The Boston resident said he had seen a telephone number listed at one point for the man online and he provided that number to the police officer. The officer attempted to call the number, but he received a message that it was a nonworking number.

An officer responded to an alarm drop on Hines Hill Road May 30. Upon arrival, the officer discovered a rear glass door had been broken out, indicating forced entry. When a second officer arrived, the officers entered the home and cleared it. Dispatch contacted the security company to alert the homeowner that the residence was not secure.

On May 31, officers observed a silver pick-up truck pull out of a parking spot in front of a Main Street location “at a very rapid rate of speed.” As the vehicle headed westbound on Main Street, the officers pulled behind the vehicle and followed it. The officers observed the vehicle cross over the double yellow center line and white fog line numerous times, in addition to striking a set of mailboxes on Main Street. A traffic stop was made, and the officers approached the vehicle and asked the driver for his license. The officers noticed “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle,” noting the driver’s eyes were “red and watery.” An officer asked the driver how much he had to drink. After the man stated he had consumed five beers, an officer asked the driver to exit his vehicle to perform a field sobriety test. The driver responded he did not wish to perform this test. The man was placed under arrest, put in the back seat of a cruiser and transported to the Richfield Police Department for a BAC test. The results came back at 0.195 percent, and the man was then transported to the Peninsula Police Department for booking and bond. He was cited for driving in marked lanes, OVI and BAC.

RICHFIELD: A Richfield man reported June 18 an acquaintance had a cell phone that belonged to him and he wanted it returned. Police went to the acquaintance’s residence and retrieved the phone. No charges were filed.

Police patrolling Interstate 77 June 19 responded to reports that a driver was drinking beer and located the vehicle. When officers stopped him, he admitted having an open container of beer and said he only consumed one beer. He passed a field sobriety test and was charged with having an open container of beer in a vehicle and released with a court summons to his wife. Officers found two more beer cans in the vehicle.

A Deer Path Trail woman reported June 19 a man who purchased a wooden play set from her has been making unwanted calls to her home to complain about the item, which he agreed to purchase in its present condition.

Police investigated a report of theft from a vehicle outside an Appleridge Lane residence June 21, when a resident said he found the driver’s door of the vehicle standing open and items, including money, two sweatshirts and a Cleveland police badge, stolen.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on I-77 June 22, police stopped the driver and arrested him for driving under several license suspensions and released him with a court summons. A tow inventory of the vehicle revealed three suspicious checks made out to different people in the trunk.

On June 22, police responded to a Monica Drive residence and spoke to a woman, her boyfriend and a babysitter regarding threatening phone calls from the male’s estranged wife. While officers were there, she called and threatened to harm the woman. Police advised the victims of the process for obtaining a restraining order and contacted the caller to tell her to cease all contact with the victims.

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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