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West Side Neighborhood Watch

7/24/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 100 block of Hollywood Avenue July 15; the 100 block of Belvidere Way July 16; the 900 block of Packard Drive July 16; the 500 block of Zahn Drive July 16; the 700 block of Diagonal Road July 17; the 600 block of North Hawkins Avenue July 17; the 1500 block of Jefferson Avenue July 17; the 400 block of West Market Street July 19; the 900 block of Mercer Avenue July 19; the 1500 block of West Exchange Street July 20; the 100 block of Overlook Place July 20; and the 1700 block of Karg Drive July 21.

A police report was filed at a business in the 300 block of Ghent Road July 15. Two weeks prior, an employee reportedly left a ring in a common area after removing it from her finger while washing dishes, and it was gone when she returned to retrieve it, according to the police report. An internal investigation led to a review of a video of the crime, which revealed another employee, a 42-year-old Rocky Brook Drive woman, had taken the $550 ring. That woman, who was terminated from her job, admitted she was responsible for the theft and promised to return the ring, but as of July 15, she had not returned it, according to the report.

Officers responded to a report of a man unconscious in his vehicle in the 1300 block of Copley Road July 15 and found the 31-year-old Goodyear Heights neighborhood man talking to paramedics. The man was speaking very slowly and slurring his words, according to officers. He handed officers a crushed cigarette pack containing some loose pills, and officers also found heroin, a needle and a burnt can in the vehicle. The man was charged with possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments and transported to the Summit County Jail.

A West Akron woman reported July 15 her car had two flat tires, a broken taillight and passenger door mirror, as well as many fresh dents and scratches after being parked in the 1700 block of Dominion Drive overnight.

The same day, an unknown person spray-painted a racial slur and hate symbol on the side of a house in the 100 block of Hyde Avenue. Officers are investigating the case of criminal mischief.

On July 16, a 39-year-old Norton woman was charged with possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments after officers found heroin, a spoon with heroin residue on it and four hypodermic needles in her possession as she was sitting in a parked car in the 1300 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard.

Akron Police Department (APD) officials issued a warrant for aggravated murder July 17 for Michael Herring, a 31-year-old black man, 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 160 pounds with braided black hair, brown eyes, a beard and a mustache, whose last address is listed on South Portage Path. Charges were filed against him regarding the July 14 shooting that killed a 28-year-old Summit Lake neighborhood man in the 1200 block of Packard Drive. Anyone with information as to Herring’s whereabouts is asked to contact the APD Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490. Officers advise area residents that if Herring is sighted not to attempt to approach him but to call 9-1-1.

APD detectives also are investigating West Akron shootings that occurred July 18 and 19. The first shooting occurred around 11 p.m. July 18 in the 800 block of Delia Avenue. The victim, a 14-year-old male, reported he was at a large party on Delia Avenue when an unknown male started firing shots and a bullet went into his leg. The victim was transported to a hospital, where his injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

The second shooting occurred the next evening around 11 p.m. in the 900 block of Copley Road. The victim, an 18-year-old male, reported he was shot in the abdomen by an unknown male while outside a business on Copley Road. The victim was transported to a hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. The suspect is a black male who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to contact the APD Detective Bureau.

A 31-year-old Fairlawn woman was charged with possession of drugs July 20 after being pulled over for driving under suspension at West Market Street and South Rhodes Avenue. The woman admitted to having Xanax in her pocket, and during a tow inventory, officers also found a white powder substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

The same day, a 51-year-old Nome Avenue man was taken into custody after he reportedly was seen stealing aluminum siding from two vacant houses in the 1000 block of Winton Avenue. The man was pulled over shortly after the theft took place with $500 worth of stolen aluminum siding in the bed of the truck. He also was driving under suspension and was arrested without incident, according to officers.

While driving on Memorial Parkway near Merriman Road July 21, an officer was flagged down by a 35-year-old Medina man, who reportedly dropped to his knees and said he needed to go to jail. The man told the officer he was being set up for murdering a police officer by a roommate who is trying to kill him and said he believes he will be executed by police if he is not in a secure facility. The officer transported the man to a mental health care facility. During intake, the man made a comment about methamphetamine, which caused the officer to instead take the man to a hospital for both medical and psychiatric evaluations, according to the police report.

BATH: A Green Drive man reported July 10 his ex-wife went to his residence and took a vanity and dresser drawer and left before police arrived. Officers spoke to the woman at her home and she made conflicting statements. The dresser drawer was returned to the male and the female kept the vanity.

A Rolling View Drive man reported July 11 a set of golf clubs were stolen from a vehicle parked outside his residence.

An employee of a Medina Road store reported July 18 a woman purchased several containers of alcoholic beverages and gave some to some young males in the parking lot. The woman was gone before police arrived. The males were younger than 21 and were staying at a residence on North Shore Drive, where the homeowner allowed police to confiscate the alcohol.

Police investigated a July 18 report that a suspicious person was soliciting for driveway repair work on Medina Line Road. Police questioned the man and advised him about soliciting in the township without a permit.

On July 18, police reviewed video footage at a Montrose restaurant in order to identify a driver who passed a counterfeit $10 bill at the drive-through lane.

During the night of July 18, someone broke the window of a van parked outside a Medina Road hotel.

Employees of a Medina Road store reported a male and female shoplifted in the store July 19. Police arrested the male on three warrants and released him to Akron police. The store management declined charges against the female and she was released.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Medina Road July 19, police arrested the driver for driving under 16 open suspensions and released him with a summons. His vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

Police patrolling Medina Road at 2:20 a.m. July 19 pursued a driver whose vehicle swerved across lane lines and stopped him when they determined the vehicle had been reported stolen from Akron. The driver exhibited signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test. He was arrested for DUI, driving under suspension and receiving stolen property and taken to the Summit County Jail. The vehicle was towed.

COPLEY: A Castle Ridge Drive man reported an unauthorized transaction for $100 was made from his bank account June 17.

Police patrolling Copley Road June 19 stopped a driver for a traffic violation and arrested him for driving without a license. He was released to the Akron Police Department on a warrant.

A Mohawk Drive man reported June 19 a grill and cover were stolen from his patio the previous night.

During the afternoon of June 20, police observed a woman, whose clothing and purse were soaked with water, walk into a wooded area near the Barberton Reservoir on South Cleveland-Massillon Road. She was arrested on a warrant for violation of a protection order and taken to Barberton Municipal Court.

On June 20, a Jacoby Road man reported someone entered his property the previous night and stole fuel from a dump truck and several other vehicles on his property. He requested additional patrols in the area and police are investigating.

A Wedgewood Drive couple reported June 20 their daughter was walking their dog when she had a confrontation with a neighbor, who was walking his dogs. She said the neighbor grabbed her shoulder and his wife followed her home as she rode her bike in the area. The male denied grabbing her shoulder, and his wife said she only followed her home to be certain she was the one who made an obscene gesture while riding past her house. Due to conflicting information, no police action was taken. The parties were advised to avoid contact with one another.

A patron of a Rothrock Road restaurant reported she left her purse at the restaurant for about 15 minutes June 21, and when she returned to retrieve it, the purse was gone.

Police responded to reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 77 June 21 and executed a traffic stop. The driver continued for several miles before stopping in the center lanes of the highway. He refused to open his vehicle door to exit, and police placed him under arrest for DUI. He was transported via EMS to a local hospital, where BAC tests were performed.

A representative of a homeowners’ association reported June 21 someone spray-painted street signs and a sign bearing the name of the development the previous night.

Officers responded to a domestic dispute at a Rothrock Road motel June 21 and spoke to a female, who said her boyfriend assaulted her the previous night and took her friend’s car keys and left in her vehicle. The victim’s friend confirmed he had assaulted her, and police signed a warrant for his arrest for domestic violence.

A Crestmont Court woman reported June 22 her bicycle was stolen from a shared garage in her residential complex. On July 7, she called police to report the suspect’s father paid her restitution of $700, and she declined charges.

On June 24, police responded to a report of a shoplifter at a Montrose home improvement store and located the suspect in the parking lot. She was arrested for driving without a license, and the vehicle she drove to the location was towed. She was charged with theft of merchandise totaling $465 and released to the Munroe Falls Police Department on a warrant.

The manager of an apartment complex reported June 24 residents complained of water leaking from one of the apartments and he discovered a female tenant had removed a washer and dryer, which are the property of the complex’s owners. Witnesses confirmed the tenant had taken the appliances and another suspect drove a pickup truck that took them away from the residence. On June 30, the tenant’s father made restitution for the appliances and the management dropped charges against the tenant. At the apartment manager’s request, the tenant’s father also ended her lease and moved her out of the complex.

On the morning of June 27, police were called to a concrete business on Jacoby Road, where a manager reported 12 $400 concrete forms were stolen from outside the business the previous night.

FAIRLAWN: Police investigated a July 10 report filed by a mall vision care store manager, who stated video footage revealed a woman entered the store July 7, 9 and 14 and concealed designer eyeglass frames in her purse and clothing on each occasion. Officers are seeking the suspect, who stole frames worth a total of $2,400.

A woman flagged down officers on Miller Road July 12 and gave them a girls’ bicycle she found abandoned in Croghan Park.

Security officers at a mall department store reported July 12 a woman with three children concealed merchandise in her purse. The Akron woman was apprehended as she left the store and the merchandise was recovered. She was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

A Dowling Drive man reported his house is listed for sale and he left the residence July 13 so it could be shown to a prospective buyer. While he was at a nearby park, he observed a woman walk in the front door of the residence unaccompanied by anyone from the real estate company. A short time later, he saw her leave in a vehicle and when he went home, he discovered money, DVDs and video games totaling more than $1,000 were missing from the home.

On July 14, police responded to a domestic dispute at a Riviera Drive residence and found an estranged couple arguing in the front yard. Officers determined there had been no physical confrontation, and the male agreed to go to his residence.

An Akron man who concealed sunglasses in his pocket and left a mall department store without paying July 16 was located in another mall store and arrested for theft of the sunglasses and other items he allegedly had concealed in a bag. Police determined he had been banned from the store and the mall following a previous occasion, and he was arrested for theft and two counts of criminal trespassing and released with a court summons.

Security agents at a mall department store reported July 16 a woman took clothing into a fitting room and attempted to leave the store while wearing it. The Akron woman was arrested for theft of six items and released with a court summons.

The manager of a Smith Road business reported July 17 he discovered fraudulent charges totaling $3,444 on his business credit card account.

Employees of a Montrose discount store reported July 17 a man concealed T-shirts worth $149 and left the store without paying. Police observed him throw the bag of merchandise on the ground in the parking lot and flee on foot. Copley police located him outside a mattress store, and he was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and banned from the discount store.

NORTON: On July 10, police investigated a report filed by the manager of an Eastern Road business stating she discovered money was missing from the business account and it was determined an employee’s paycheck had been cashed twice. Two other checks were cashed twice for the same employee.

Police patrolling Interstate 76 July 12 stopped a Rittman man for lane violations. He exhibited signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test. He was arrested for DUI and released on bond. His BAC tested 0.125.

Officers are seeking suspects who spray-painted obscene words and phrases on two buildings at Edison Field on Woodlawn Drive July 12 or 13.

On July 13, police stopped a driver on I-76 for lane violations. A K-9 officer alerted police to the presence of contraband in the vehicle, and officers found a marijuana grinder containing drug residue in the vehicle. A Canton man admitted possession of it, and he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Florida man who was stopped for speeding on Cleveland-Massillon Road at 2 a.m. July 13 failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with driving under suspension and DUI and released on bond.

A Mt. Vernon Boulevard man called police July 14 to report his son was threatening to harm him after being served an eviction notice. Dispatchers could hear the suspect making threats, and police arrested him for domestic violence and took him to the Summit County Jail.

Police are investigating a July 15 report of construction fraud filed by a Greenwich Road man, who said he was solicited for roofing repairs by a man who came to his home on foot with no work truck. In June, he paid the suspect $750, but no work has been done on the roof. He has been unable to reach the suspect, and police noted he has been involved in suspicious activity in the past.

On July 15, officers investigated a report of a suspicious male knocking on the door of a Summit Road residence asking for a ride. Police located him on the porch of the residence, arrested him on two warrants and released him to the Barberton City Jail.

A Wesleyan Avenue woman reported July 16 someone entered a shed on her property, stole hand tools worth $500 and damaged the ignition switch on an ATV that was sitting outside the shed.

RICHFIELD: The Reminderville Police Department requested officers go to a Brecksville Road motel July 7 to search for a vehicle that was taken from their community without the owner’s permission. Police located the vehicle in the parking lot and found the suspect in a motel room. He was apprehended and released to Reminderville police. Officers stood by while the vehicle was towed from the parking lot.

Police found a wallet lying on St. Nicholas Drive July 7 and located the owner, who came to the police station to retrieve it.

A woman went to the police station July 8 to report she was receiving disturbing messages via a social website. Officers collected information and contacted the suspect.

A man gave police an iPad he found on Broadview Road July 10.

Also July 10, a Sunset Drive woman reported she recently reported her neighbor for having chickens in her yard, and the neighbor was told by the zoning department she could not have them in her yard. The complainant said that while she was in her yard, the neighbor approached her and yelled and threatened her. Police spoke to the neighbor, who said the neighbor spoke to the complainant about reporting her, but she did not yell or make threats.

Police are investigating a July 11 report stating plants and shrubbery have been stolen from a Scobie Road residence over a period of time.

Following a traffic stop on Interstate 77 July 12, two female passengers were charged with having open containers of alcohol in a vehicle and each was released with a court summons.

The owner of a Brecksville Road business reported July 12 he has been receiving bills from local merchants for materials he did not purchase. After viewing video footage of the person who purchased the materials at one of the businesses, he recognized the suspect as a former employee.

A man gave police a backpack leaf blower he found in a ditch on Black Road July 12.

Police responded to a report of an impaired driver on Broadview Road July 12 and spoke to a witness who said the driver looked like a man who was sitting on a porch on Broadview Road. Officers spoke to the man, who was highly intoxicated, and learned he was having an argument with his girlfriend, who told police she wanted to leave for the night before the argument escalated. Police advised the man not to drive for the rest of the night and assisted the woman in leaving the residence.

On July 13, police patrolling Brecksville Road checked the registration of a Chevy pickup truck in a motel parking lot and determined the license plate was registered to a Ford. After locating several other suspicious markings on the truck, police had it towed for investigation of a possible vehicle theft.

A man reported he purchased several firearms July 13 and placed them in his vehicle. He stopped for gas at a Wheatley Road station on the way home between 3:30 and 4 p.m. and he believes two revolvers were stolen from his vehicle during that time.



The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the remainder were compiled by Maggie DeMellier.

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