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West Side Neighborhood Watch

7/31/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 2000 block of Akron-Peninsula Road July 23; the 700 block of Storer Avenue July 23; the 100 block of Westgay Drive July 23; the 500 block of Avalon Avenue July 27; the 1200 block of Orlando Avenue July 27; and the 900 block of Valdes Avenue July 28.

On July 24, the Columbus Fugitive Task Force took Michael Herring, a 31-year-old West Akron man who was wanted for aggravated murder, into custody without incident. Akron Police Department (APD) officials issued a warrant for aggravated murder July 17 for Herring following a July 14 shooting that occurred in the 1200 block of Packard Drive that killed a 28-year-old Summit Lake neighborhood man. Herring is being held in the Franklin County Jail pending an extradition hearing, according to APD officials.

An 18-year-old Raymond Street man was charged with aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon July 24. He allegedly approached a victim who was on his porch in the 1000 block of Roslyn Avenue, pointed a gun at him and demanded his wallet. When no money was found in the wallet, he handed it back, according to the report. Responding officers located the 18-year-old — who was in possession of a 9 mm handgun — based on the victim’s description, at Thurston Street and Nome Avenue.

On July 26, officers were called to the 500 block of Avalon Avenue for a burglary in progress. Officers found the victim at a neighbor’s house and no intruders in her home. Two men wearing dark clothing, masks and gloves entered her home with a gun and forced the woman through the house, stealing two pistols, according to the police report.

The same day, a vehicle was found abandoned and on fire in the 1500 block of Peckham Street. When officers arrived, they found the 2006 BMW, which was registered to a Goodyear Heights neighborhood woman, engulfed in flames. Attempts to contact the vehicle owner at the time were unsuccessful. The next day, the vehicle’s owner reported it had been stolen from the 1200 block of Orlando Avenue while she was out of town. Also, $2,400 worth of jewelry, $500 in change and $320 in cash had been stolen from an Orlando Avenue man who also had been out of town for the weekend, and a TV had been knocked over and damaged, according to the police report.

A security guard for a charitable agency in the 500 block of West Market Street reported July 26 and 27 that during his routine patrol of the property, he discovered graffiti. Trailers were marked with permanent marker with vulgar pictures, a racial phrase and other profanity, according the police report. Footage from security cameras had not been reviewed at the time of the report.

On July 27, a 61-year-old West Akron man reported he was assaulted by an unknown woman in her 20s while at a gas station at West Market and Aqueduct streets. The man, who said he likes Chevrolet Camaros and has one himself, walked over to look at a 2011 Camaro in the parking lot, according to his report to police. While he was looking at the vehicle, a woman came charging at him telling him to get away from her friend’s car, and she swung her purse and hit him across the head, he said.

During the early morning July 28, officers responded to a report that two individuals were looking for unlocked cars parked in the area of West Market Street and Mull Avenue. Officers first stopped a 16-year-old Firestone High School student on a bicycle at Portage Path and West Market Street, and he had a cell phone, iPod, cell phone charger and a bag of loose change on him. According to the police report, he admitted to stealing the items from a vehicle in the 100 block of North Portage Path. Officers also stopped a 17-year-old Buchtel Community Learning Center student a block away. He was carrying a charging cord, cell phone charger and iPod, and he also admitted to stealing the items from a vehicle whose location he could not recall, according to the police report. Officers checked several unlocked vehicles in the area and left notes explaining to the owners that their vehicles may have been broken into and how to retrieve their missing items. The suspects were charged with criminal mischief, theft and curfew violations.

BATH: Police were called to a Medina Road hotel July 21 at 11:30 p.m. after employees found a 4-year-old child and her 2-year-old brother alone in a hallway. It was determined the mother left them alone in a room several hours earlier and left the hotel with her boyfriend. She left no contact number, and the children were not able to provide information. Officers contacted Summit County Children Services, and the children were taken into the custody of the agency and transported to a family member’s residence. When their mother returned, she was arrested for child endangering and released with a court summons.

The afternoon of July 22, police responded to a report of shoplifting at a Montrose bookstore after two juveniles allegedly left the store without paying for books concealed in their clothing. The merchandise was returned and the store manager declined theft charges, but one juvenile was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia found in the vehicle they drove to the store.

The manager of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road home improvement store reported July 22 store video surveillance footage showed a male stealing power equipment totaling $1,397 on three occasions. According to the manager, the male has been involved in numerous theft incidents in the business’ stores throughout Ohio, and he is now incarcerated in the Mahoning County Jail. Theft charges were pending completion of an investigation.

A woman reported her cell phone fell from the roof of her car as she drove out of the parking lot of a Medina Road restaurant July 23, and when she returned for it, the phone was gone.

Also on July 23, the manager of a phone store reported five iPhones and two Galaxy S5 phones were stolen from a locked inventory room. Video surveillance footage of the area is being reviewed.

A vehicle reported stolen from Akron July 12 was recovered in the parking lot of West Market Plaza II July 24.

An Idlebrook Drive man reported July 24 someone accessed his bank information and made changes to his account profile without his consent.

Police investigated a July 24 report stating a cell phone was stolen from a table in the dining room of a Montrose restaurant.

The manager of a Medina Road cosmetics store reported July 24 several shoplifters were in the store. One man concealed cologne and left without paying for it and another man damaged an item in an attempt to remove a security sensor. Both males were charged with theft and each was released with a court summons.

Officers patrolling Medina Road July 25 stopped the driver of a vehicle with no front license plate for a traffic violation. The driver refused several requests to exit the vehicle after officers noticed an odor of marijuana, and he denied having any contraband. A K-9 officer was brought to the scene, and the dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Officers found three large bags of marijuana, a vial of narcotic tablets and a large amount of cash. The driver was arrested on two drug trafficking charges and obstruction of official business and taken to the Summit County Jail.

On July 25, police stopped a driver following a registration check of her vehicle that showed her operator’s license had expired and arrested her for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after they found marijuana and a drug pipe in the vehicle.

Someone entered an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station July 25, stole a wallet and used the victim’s bankcard to withdraw money from his account.

Police shot and killed an injured deer at a location on North Cleveland-Massillon Road July 25.

A woman was arrested for theft and banned from a Medina Road grocery store July 25 after she reportedly tried to leave with a shopping cart filled with groceries for which she had not paid.

COPLEY: Police responded to a fight involving a male and female in the parking lot of a Montrose West Avenue hotel June 28 and observed the female striking the male, who was attempting to restrain her. His shirt was ripped, and he had several facial injuries and scratches. The female told police she went to the location, found the father of her children with another woman and asked him to come outside. The male said she dragged him outside and ripped his shirt. Both parties agreed the confrontation escalated quickly, and the female struck him several times. She was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Mull Avenue woman reported June 28 someone placed two landscaping lights behind a tire of her vehicle, and when she backed out of her parking space, she ran over the lights. During the same time frame, another Mull Avenue resident reported damage to the hood of her vehicle.

The manager of a Springside Drive restaurant reported June 29 a customer told her he paid his tab with his credit card the previous day, and the waitress failed to return it to him. A short time later, the card was used for two unauthorized transactions. Following an investigation, police signed warrants for the arrest of the waitress, and July 11 she surrendered on the warrants.

Following birthday celebrations at a Green Gable Trail residence, a homeowner reported June 29 that cash, prescription medication and a wedding ring were missing.

Police investigated the burglary of a Montrose West Avenue restaurant July 30 that resulted in extensive damage to an alarm system and telephone lines. Also, a heavy metal-cutting tool was used to cut through a safe, leaving it inoperable, and an undetermined amount of money was missing from the safe.

An employee of a Flight Memorial Drive restaurant reported someone stole her wallet while she worked July 1 and her debit card was used for several unauthorized transactions. Two days later, police interviewed a co-worker, who said she found the wallet on the floor and allegedly admitted she used the victim’s bank card. Criminal charges were filed against her through Summit County Juvenile Court and she was released to her mother.

On July 3, police stopped the driver of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Rothrock Road motel, arrested him on a felony drug warrant and took him to the Summit County Jail.

Following a July 3 investigation into the licensing of a motel on Rothrock Loop, police charged the owner with failure to properly license the motel July 8 and released him with a court summons.

A Royalwood Road man reported July 4 his yard was toilet-papered, white lines were spray-painted on his lawn, his garage door was egged and obscene words were painted on his driveway.

On July 4, a Kirkwall Drive woman requested additional patrol in her area after someone used a large rock to damage the door of her vehicle the previous night.

Four Mull Avenue residents reported children running through the neighborhood the previous night damaged their yard lights and vehicles July 4.

Police were called to a Montrose restaurant the night of July 6 for a man who was reportedly hallucinating. He told officers he suspected he was allergic to pain medication prescribed by his physician, but officers determined he had an extensive record of heroin abuse, and they observed him wrapping a needle in some tissue and ordered him to drop it. He was transported to a hospital for evaluation of heroin overdose and was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments.

FAIRLAWN: The manager of a mall clothing store reported July 18 an internal investigation revealed an employee removed a bundle of cash from an open safe. Police interviewed the employee, who reportedly admitted taking $878. He was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and banned from the store.

Police investigated a July 18 report of theft at a mall food court, where a man placed his wallet on a counter while purchasing food and was distracted by two females. When he turned back, the wallet was gone. The victim said there was a man accompanying the females and he followed the male as he left the mall and got into a silver vehicle, which sped away. He found his wallet, minus $200 cash, lying on the ground.

A Dowling Drive man reported July 19 someone used his Social Security number to open a utility account in Richmond, Virginia, and incur a debt of $266.

A security agent at a mall department store reported July 20 two juveniles left without paying for a shirt that one male concealed in a bag and shorts that the other male wore out of the store. The 14-year-old Akron males were charged with theft and taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

On July 20, police responded to a report of a possible drunken driver on Ghent Road and stopped a Canton man who was driving a demonstration vehicle belonging to a South Arlington Road auto dealer. Officers observed an open can of beer in the vehicle and the driver, who passed a field sobriety test, was charged with having an open container of beer in a vehicle and driving with an expired license. He was released with a court summons and the vehicle was towed.

Employees of a Montrose discount store reported July 22 a man and woman concealed merchandise in the woman’s purse and left without paying. Police confronted the Akron couple in the parking lot and recovered $288 in merchandise and arrested both for theft. The woman was released with a court summons and the man was taken to the Summit County Jail on an outstanding warrant.

A North Revere Road woman reported July 23 she discovered an unknown person used her bank card information for fraudulent transactions.

An Akron woman was arrested for theft after police stopped her car and recovered stolen merchandise worth $112. The traffic stop followed a July 23 report by employees of a Montrose store stating she filled a shopping cart with merchandise, pushed it out of the store and left in a vehicle.

Following a traffic stop on West Market Street July 23, police arrested an Akron man on a warrant of failure to complete house arrest and released Department.

A Kenridge Road woman reported July 24 a vehicle parked outside her residence was scratched the previous night.

The driver of a public bus called police July 24 to report a man was causing a disturbance on the bus. Police went to a location on West Market Street and found the passenger drinking whiskey from a coffee cup and carrying two bottles of whiskey. He was arrested for disorderly conduct by intoxication and transported to a hospital for evaluation.

NORTON: Officials from the Ohio Department of Labor and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services are investigating a July 17 report by a Driftwood Drive man who said an unknown person used his Social Security number to file for unemployment compensation and fraudulently reported he had been released from his current job. His employer received a request for confirmation of unemployment.

The son of a Wadsworth woman reported July 17 her 2010 Toyota Matrix was stolen from a carport behind her residence the previous night. He said the vehicle was unlocked and an extra set of car keys has been missing for about a year.

Police were reviewing surveillance video footage from a Houston Road business July 18 after someone used a rock to smash the glass in a door and enter the business around 3:45 a.m. An envelope containing a cash deposit was stolen and there was extensive damage to doors.

On July 18, a Maryland woman reported a tenant she evicted from her house on Collier Road stole a refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer worth more than $2,600.

Police spoke to three people who witnessed gunshots or fireworks coming from a vehicle at the intersection of Wadsworth Road and Clubside Drive at 5:30 p.m. July 21. Officers were not able to locate the vehicle at the time.

Officers patrolling Summit Road July 22 stopped a driver for lane violations and arrested him for driving without a license and released with a court summons. An Akron woman who was a passenger in the vehicle was charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia that police found in her possession. She was taken to the Barberton Jail.

An Akron man stopped for lane violations on Eastern Road July 23 failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and released on a signature bond.

RICHFIELD: Police responded to a report of a female driving a white Jeep who took money that had been accidentally left in an ATM machine at a gas station July 15. An employee confronted the female and asked her to give back the money, but she fled. The employee recorded her vehicle license number. Police went to her home, and she gave back the money.

On July 15, officers responded to a report that an odor of marijuana was coming from a room at a Brecksville Road motel. When police knocked on the door of the room and spoke with occupants, they observed beer and gin in plain view in the room and determined three adults and one juvenile had been consuming alcohol. They were charged with underage drinking. One male surrendered marijuana, and he was charged with its possession. The juvenile was released with a court summons to Summit County Juvenile Court, and the other occupants were taken to the Richfield Jail, where they each paid $300 bail.

Police patrolling Brecksville Road July 17 recovered a flatbed semi-trailer that had been reported stolen in November 2012 outside a restaurant.

A Townsend Road man reported July 17 he has been receiving harassing phone calls identified by caller ID as the Village of Richfield. The caller asks for credit card account information and asks if he wants to purchase identity fraud protection. He said he did not provide any sensitive information.

Someone removed a garage door opener from an unlocked vehicle outside a Pine Lake Circle residence July 18.

Police patrolling Streetsboro Road at 1 a.m. July 19 stopped the driver of a pickup truck for swerving across lane lines. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. He was being held at Richfield Jail pending bond.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Interstate 77 July 19, police arrested the driver for driving under two license suspensions. During a tow inventory of the vehicle, officers removed several weapons and ammunition and placed them in the property room.

A Southern Road woman reported July 20 an unknown driver struck her mailbox and damaged the post.


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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