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West Side Neighborhood Watch

7/10/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 600 block of Greenwood Avenue June 26; the 700 block of Dorchester Road July 1; the 600 block of Upper Merriman Drive July 1; the 900 block of Whittier Avenue July 1; the 500 block of Crosby Street July 2; the 1500 block of Cuyahoga Street July 2; the 300 block of Noble Avenue July 2; the 300 block of Silver Street July 2; the 800 block of Lawton Street July 5; the 300 block of Noah Avenue July 5; the 900 block of Stadelman Avenue July 5; the 100 block of South Highland Avenue July 7; the 400 block of Roslyn Avenue July 7; and the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane July 7.

A 26-year-old Nome Avenue woman was charged with drug abuse (crack cocaine) July 1 after officers stopped her on suspicion of prostitution at Crosby Street and Oakdale Avenue. As officers approached her, she threw down a crumpled up napkin, they reported. When officers retrieved the napkin, they found crack cocaine wrapped inside.

Also July 1, a 23-year-old Madison Avenue man was charged with receiving stolen property after he was stopped in the 500 block of Wildwood Avenue driving a reported stolen vehicle.

A 35-year-old Bloomfield Avenue man was charged with trafficking in crack, possession of crack, possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools July 2. Officers, who had a warrant for his arrest, took him into custody after he was observed sitting on his front porch. The man had crack and marijuana packaged for sale in his pockets, according to officers. 

On July 3 shortly before 2 a.m., a resident in the 900 block of Stadelman Avenue reported her home and car were struck by bullets. No injuries were reported. No suspect(s) have been identified, according to officers. Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

A 37-year-old East Akron man was charged with domestic violence with a previous conviction and domestic violence menacing July 3. He allegedly went to the 300 block of Noble Avenue to argue with his child’s mother over text messages. He then allegedly struck her in the nose, choked her and threatened to kill her. 

Also July 3, a 25-year-old King Drive man was charged with drug abuse (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia after being stopped for a traffic violation, driving on a suspended license. During a search, officers found heroin in the center console and a digital scale with residue on it.

Also July 3, a 24-year-old Neal Court man was charged with tampering with evidence and domestic violence. He was involved in a verbal argument with the victim, during which he allegedly grabbed the victim’s phone and poked her in the eye. The man left the scene, changed clothing and attempted to dispose of his shirt, which had the victim’s blood from the altercation on it, according to officers.

On July 5 shortly before 2 a.m., a resident in the 1000 block of Indian Trail reported his unattached garage alarm went off. The resident went outside to check the garage and observed a white male running from the yard, according to the report. He noticed pry marks on his garage door, and when he entered the garage, he found a 22-year-old Norton man inside. The resident then closed the garage door to contain the Norton man. A neighbor heard the commotion and realized there was a struggle going on inside the garage. The neighbor then entered the garage and struck the Norton man in the head with a baseball bat, according to the report. When officers arrived, the Norton man was taken into custody. He was treated on scene by paramedics for a laceration to his head and then transported to a hospital for further evaluation. He was later charged with breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools and booked into the Summit County Jail.

The same day, a 29-year-old Work Drive man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana and receiving stolen property. Officers responded to a call reporting a male tampering with motor vehicles in a parking lot in the 700 block of West Market Street. Officers located the Work Drive man, and he had three knives, a baggy of marijuana and a stolen credit card on him, according to officers.

A 54-year-old Wadsworth man was charged with possession of oxycodone, diazepam and Lyrica (pregabalin) and possession of drug paraphernalia July 5. He was the front-seat passenger in a vehicle stopped at West Market Street and Bryden Drive and had drugs and a snorting straw in his possession, according to officers.

A 32-year-old Wadsworth man was charged with drug abuse July 5 after he was stopped in the 1700 block of Cromwell Drive and officers discovered heroin in his possession.

On July 7, a 19-year-old Dover Avenue man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after he was stopped at Copley Road and Storer Avenue. He had a loaded gun in his waistband, according to officers.

BATH: A Yellow Creek Road man reported June 25 he learned a utility account had been opened in his name without his permission. It was later determined the man who opened the account had the same name as the victim and somehow his Social Security number became attached to the account.

Police patrolling Medina Road June 27 checked the registration of a vehicle and stopped the driver, who was arrested for driving under two suspensions. The vehicle was driven away by the passenger, who had a valid license.

A Bath Road couple reported June 27 they received communication from Maryland and Hawaii regarding tax returns filed in those states using their identities. Neither of them has ever lived or worked in either state.

On June 27, police stopped a driver on North Cleveland-Massillon Road after determining the vehicle and license number were connected with an incident June 18, at which time a video recorded at a Montrose gas station indicated the driver used a stolen credit card to make a purchase. Police charged the driver with driving under suspension and misuse of a credit card after she reportedly admitted using the credit card at the gas station and a nearby clothing store. She told police she found the card outside a store and threw it away after using it.

Employees of a Yellow Creek Road professional office reported June 27 a patient made a series of harassing phone calls to the business regarding a dispute over insurance coverage and ranted to employees after being asked not to call back. At the request of the facility manager, police contacted the caller and told her she is not to contact the business and she is no longer welcome there.

A man reported he left his wallet on the counter of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station after he made a purchase June 29. When he returned to the station, it was gone.

Police patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road the afternoon of July 1 stopped a driver for traveling 67 mph in a 40-mph zone. He reportedly admitted he had been drinking, failed a field sobriety test, was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

The afternoon of July 1, police responded to a disturbance at a Medina Road clothing store where two female customers were involved in a physical altercation. One female left before police arrived. Officers interviewed the other female, who said she was shopping with her daughter when an acquaintance approached her and spit in her face. An altercation ensued, and the acquaintance reportedly struck her several times. Officers reviewed video footage and determined the female who left was the primary aggressor. Police contacted her and arrested her for assault.

COPLEY: An Akron man who failed to negotiate a turn while driving on state Route 21 at 3 a.m. June 16 crashed into a utility pole on Minor Road. He appeared to be intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

Police investigated an accident at the intersection of Medina Road and Springside Drive June 21. One driver turned left in front of another driver, who crashed his vehicle on Medina Road, causing damage to both vehicles. The driver who was cited for failure to yield to oncoming traffic told police an unknown driver struck the rear of his vehicle, causing it to cross in front of the other driver, but police found no evidence to support that statement.

At 6 p.m. on June 22, police responded to a Jacoby Road residence where a woman took her 8-year-old niece for a ride around the yard on an ATV. The family dog ran in front of the vehicle and the driver swerved but ran over the dog, causing the vehicle to flip and throw both riders to the ground. The child sustained a broken arm and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The dog appeared to be unhurt.

A Copley man was cited for a lane violation after he changed lanes while driving on Medina Road and struck another vehicle at the intersection of Springside Drive June 26.

FAIRLAWN: Police patrolling West Market Street at 5:55 a.m. June 26 stopped the driver of a vehicle with no front license plate, arrested the Akron man on a warrant and released him to the Beachwood Police Department.

Employees of a West Market Street discount drugstore reported June 27 they observed a woman carry a large empty purse to the closeout section of the store. A man and a second female met her with a shopping cart filled with merchandise and the three loaded the items into her purse. The three separated and the female took the purse out of the store without paying for the merchandise. Police stopped her outside the store, retrieved the merchandise and charged the Akron woman with theft and criminal trespassing (she had been banned from the store due to a previous incident).

An Akron woman was charged with theft, released with a court summons and banned from a mall department store June 27 after she allegedly concealed 14 items totaling $344 in her pants and left the store without paying for them.

On June 29, security agents at a Montrose discount store reported they observed two males whose pants pockets had large bulges exiting the store. When an air rifle slid out the leg of one man’s pants, the two were held for police, who retrieved air rifle ammunition and accessories both had concealed. The two 14-year-old males were charged with theft, banned from the store indefinitely and released to their parents.

Following a traffic stop on Interstate 77 July 1, police arrested an Akron man for driving under suspension and took him to the Summit County Jail on a warrant for probation violation.

The driver of a vehicle with no front license plate was stopped on South Cleveland-Massillon Road July 1. He pulled his vehicle into a gas station and began moving something inside the vehicle. The Fairlawn man admitted he had contraband in the vehicle, and Bath officers assisted police in removing a jar of marijuana, rolling papers, a grinder and pipe from the vehicle. He was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

NORTON: Police responded to a vehicle accident on South Cleveland-Massillon Road June 22. A woman drove her car off one side of the road, ran over a mailbox, went off the other side of the road and crashed into a bush. She failed a field sobriety test and her BAC tested .262. The Akron woman was charged with DUI and released on bond.

On June 23, officers responded to a report that a man spray-painted graffiti on the side of two businesses on Eastern Road. Police found the man walking nearby and questioned him about why he was wearing a glove with spray-paint on it. He said he was so drunk he didn’t know if he spray-painted anything. The managers of the business and gas station identified him, and police arrested the Clinton man for criminal damaging, public intoxication and disorderly conduct, and released him to the Orville Police Department on four warrants.

After reviewing video footage from the parking lot of a Barber Road car dealership, police were seeking two males who were recorded entering the lot at 3:45 a.m. June 23 and stealing five catalytic converters from vehicles.

The owner of an automotive business on Wadsworth Road reported he arrived at work June 23 to find catalytic converters had been cut and stolen from two vehicles at the business.

The manager of a Greenwich Road medical office reported an employee arrived at work the morning of June 26 to find $180 was missing from a locked cash drawer in the office.

Police on South Cleveland-Massillon Road June 27 stopped a driver for lane violations and arrested the Norton woman for possession of marijuana after a K-9 officer alerted police to the presence of a bag of marijuana in the vehicle.

A woman reported she went for a walk in Silver Creek Metro Park on Medina Line Road June 27 and returned to her vehicle to find someone smashed a window and stole her purse.

Police were called to a Greenwich Road grocery store the afternoon of June 28 for a man who was reportedly walking around in the store wearing only skintight camouflage underpants. Officers arrived and observed him go into a card store in the plaza, where he created a stir among customers and employees. Police stopped him as he left the store and walked toward a ball field. He appeared to be highly intoxicated and said he was wearing clothing at one time but was not certain where his clothes were. He was arrested for disorderly conduct by intoxication and transported to his home.

On June 29, employees at a Barberton hospital called police to the emergency room for a victim who had been stabbed in Norton. A nurse told police the man had been stabbed eight times and had been transported to an Akron hospital. Police interviewed the victim’s girlfriend, who said she and the victim and two Norton men had been drinking at a bar and they took a cab to the residence of the two males on Silver Springs Drive. When the four got out of the cab, an altercation ensued, and her boyfriend yelled he had been stabbed and needed to get back into the cab and go to the hospital. The cab driver confirmed the report, but did not see the stabbing. Police set up a perimeter around the two Norton males’ home and convinced them to come outside. They were charged with assault and tampering with evidence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

RICHFIELD: Police investigated a report of illegal activity in a room of a Brecksville Road motel June 23 and found nothing suspicious.

A Broadview Road woman reported June 23 a female acquaintance with whom she wants no contact has been walking past her residence taunting her. Officers attempted to reach the acquaintance and left a message for her to call the police station.

Around 1:30 p.m. June 23, several members of an Appleridge Lane family spoke with police about a domestic situation at their home. The parties resolved their differences and left the police station. Several hours later, police were alerted to an altercation at the residence by a woman who said her mother has forbidden the woman’s boyfriend to be on her property and chased the woman down the street demanding that she return a cell phone. The woman, her boyfriend and his son showed up at the police station followed by her mother and sister, who claimed the daughter pushed her mother to the ground. Officers sorted out the conflicting reports presented by the mother and daughter and advised them of the consequences of filing domestic violence charges against each other. The parties agreed to separate for the night, and the female said she would take her belongings from her mother’s house the following day.

Officers investigated a June 23 report by a guest and desk clerk at a Brecksville Road motel who said four people who were staying at the motel were behaving suspiciously and talking about a drug delivery. They were gone before the arrival of officers, who advised the clerk to notify them if they were seen again or knew what room they reserved.

A Farnham Road man reported June 25 his ex-wife leaves threatening phone messages on his voicemail and threatens him when he picks up his son for visitation. Officers advised him to have police in his wife’s home community accompany him when he picks up his son. Police called his ex-wife, who agreed to have no contact with him.

Police contacted the owner of a purse found in a ditch along Motor Road June 25. She told police the purse was stolen from a Fairlawn grocery store and did not want to file a report there. She agreed to pick up her purse at the police station.

On June 26, police investigated a report by a Creche Drive man who said a dog on Gelding Road bit his son. The dog owner agreed to pay for the victim’s treatment of puncture wounds at a hospital.

The driver of a pickup truck was stopped for lane violations on Deer Creek Trail around 2 a.m. June 27. He reportedly admitted drinking alcohol before driving and was charged with underage drinking. His vehicle was towed from the scene, and he was released on $300 bond.

Police are investigating a scam perpetrated June 27 by an unknown male with a foreign accent. The caller contacted a Deer Creek Circle man, impersonated an IRS agent and told him he owed money for income tax. The Deer Creek Circle man was instructed to withdraw around $9,000, purchase 18 prepaid credit cards for $500 each at various locations and provide the numbers of the credit cards. The victim said employees of the bank and at the locations where he purchased the credit cards questioned him, but the caller told him if he told anyone what he was doing he would be charged an extra $200. The victim said he told the caller he would call the police, and the caller found a way to have the phone number of the police station appear on the victim’s caller ID, so it appeared the police called him three times and were aware of the transactions. After he lost his money, the victim contacted his attorney, who told him to call police.

On June 27, Akron police arrested a man wanted on a warrant in Richfield. He was charged and released on $275 bond.

Police investigated the burglary of a Five Oaks Drive residence June 27. A representative of a bank that owns the home reported someone used a key from a lock box outside the residence to enter and steal a stove and refrigerator.

While working a DUI task force on Akron-Peninsula Road June 29, police stopped the driver of a pickup truck and observed numerous empty beer cans and a cooler in the bed of the truck. The driver failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His truck was towed because it could not be released to the passenger, who also was intoxicated and was sleeping in the passenger seat. The driver called a friend for a ride for himself and his passenger. He was released with a court summons.


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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