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West Side Neighborhood Watch

8/7/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 2400 block of Chatham Road July 31; the 1100 block of Endicott Drive Aug. 2; and the 400 block of Storer Avenue Aug. 2.

On July 31, a White Pond Drive woman filed a report of identity fraud. She told officers an unknown individual using a name similar to hers took out a student loan with her Social Security number and other personal information. She said she received a phone call from a U.S. Department of Education lender advising her she had a current balance over $2,000. The lender said two people in Oklahoma applied for the loan, according to the woman.

Also July 31, an 18-year-old Kent man was charged with disorderly conduct on officers’ fourth visit that evening to the 700 block of Work Drive to follow up on fighting and noise complaints. When officers attempted to talk to the Kent man, he yelled profanities and insults at officers, according to the police report. He was placed under arrest and continued to yell obscenities, according to officers.

A 26-year-old Douglas Street man was charged with obstruction of business and drug abuse, while his companion, a 26-year-old Sheridan Avenue woman, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments Aug. 1. The two were stopped for a turn signal violation in the 300 block of Cloverdale Avenue while the man was driving. He fled after stopping the vehicle and was apprehended in the 300 block of Crosby Street, according to officers. He had been driving under suspension, according to the police report. The woman was found with hypodermic needles, burnt spoons and other drug paraphernalia items in her purse, according to the police report. Officers also found a digital scale and a trace amount of cocaine, which the man claimed were his, according to the police report.

Officers responded Aug. 2 to a woman’s report to police that her Madison Avenue neighbor was threatening her. She said she does not want to be involved in an upcoming block party with her neighbors, but one of her neighbors came to her house and threatened her because she refused to sign a petition for the block party, according to her report to officers. She added her neighbor, along with others, pulled in her driveway and threatened to harm her. The neighbor stated the other woman is the one who threatened her. She said she parked in an empty lot next to her neighbor’s house, and the woman who called police came outside with a baseball bat and threatened her.

On Aug. 3, a 28-year-old Briarwood Drive man was charged with disorderly conduct, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers observed him eating fast food off the trunk of a taxi in the 600 block Greenwood Avenue and found he had no money to pay the driver, who had just dropped him off, according to the police report. He also was found with an electronic scale in his pants and 5.2 grams of marijuana in a bag near his burger wrappers on the ground.

Officers responded to reports of a woman waving down traffic in the 400 block of Madison Avenue Aug. 4 and observed a Grace Avenue woman standing in the street waving and screaming, according to the police report. Her pant leg was covered in blood, but the woman insisted she was fine, according to an officer. Paramedics arrived and examined her, treating puncture wounds to her thigh, and transported her to a hospital.

BATH: Officers patrolling Medina Road at 2:30 a.m. July 20 stopped a driver for lane violations. He exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. Police determined his operator’s license had been suspended and the vehicle he was driving had been reported stolen. He was additionally charged with driving under suspension and receiving stolen property, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A driver was cited for tailgating another driver on the Ghent Road entrance ramp to Interstate 77 July 25 after the first driver slowed to yield to traffic and the second driver crashed into the rear of the first vehicle, damaging both vehicles.

Police were called to a Montrose grocery store July 26 regarding a woman who pushed a grocery cart filled with merchandise out of the store without paying. Police stopped the woman outside the store, recovered the items and returned them to the store. The woman was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and banned from the store.

At 3 a.m. July 26, police responded to reports of an impaired driver in the parking lot of a restaurant on North Cleveland-Massillon Road. Officers observed the driver swerve across lane lines as he drove out of the parking lot and commit other violations. When police stopped him, they noticed indications of alcohol intoxication. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

Police responded to a vehicle accident at the intersection of North Cleveland-Massillon and Medina roads July 27. One driver was in a left-turn lane to go south on North Cleveland-Massillon Road and another driver pulled out of a gas station on the right side of the road, across five lanes of traffic and attempted to get into the same turn lane, striking the front corner of the first vehicle when the traffic light changed to green. Both vehicles were damaged, and the second driver was cited for a traffic violation.

COPLEY: Police responded to a fight in a Montrose West Avenue hotel room July 7. A woman reported her estranged husband and his sister went to her room to retrieve his belongings, initiated a verbal confrontation and left before police arrived.

An employee of a Heritage Woods Drive medical facility reported July 8 someone stole her car keys from a supply cart and entered her vehicle while she worked.

Employees of a Brookwall Drive department store reported two shoplifters were in custody in the security office July 9. Officers arrived to find a man who allegedly had stolen merchandise and returned it for a refund and a woman who reportedly had concealed merchandise worth more than $1,100 and left the store without paying. The man was charged with theft and released with a court summons. The woman reportedly lied to police about her identity and presented a driver’s license and other items bearing the name of another woman. She became combative and was arrested for falsification and felony theft, banned indefinitely from all stores in the chain and taken to the Summit County Jail. She was wanted on three outstanding warrants from other communities.

A Medina Line Road man reported someone ran over his mailbox the night of July 9.

A woman was charged with theft of items worth $267 from a Brookwall Drive department store July 9. She was released with a court summons and banned from the store.

The owner of a Medina Road business reported July 11 her cell phone was stolen from the business and she tracked it at several locations in the Montrose area.

A driver who sped past a traffic stop July 12 without slowing down or moving over was stopped for his actions on South Cleveland-Massillon Road. He was arrested for driving under suspension, and he reportedly admitted he had marijuana in his shirt pocket. Police found more marijuana inside the vehicle, and the driver was charged with its possession and released with a court summons.

Police responded to a third-party report of a domestic disturbance at a Hunt Club Drive apartment July 14 and determined it was a verbal argument between a male and female. Police discovered there was a temporary protection order in place prohibiting the female from being at the apartment, and she was arrested for violation of a protection order and taken to the Barberton Jail.

On July 16, police investigated a report that someone has been using a shotgun to shoot holes in the glass of a greenhouse on Wright Road.

Officers are seeking a white male in his 40s described as short and of medium build with dark facial hair. He was wearing a gray hoodie, blue shorts, ankle socks and white shoes when he approached a woman walking on Rothrock Road at 9:30 a.m. July 19 and asked if he could join her. When she said no, he made a vulgar comment and shoved her into a ditch, causing her to sustain minor abrasions.

Police were called to a fight in the parking lot of a Montrose West Avenue hotel July 20 and found a man who had been evicted from the hotel sleeping in one of the rooms. He was arrested on a felony domestic violence warrant and released to the Canton Police Department, and the crowd was dispersed. A hotel guest who was not involved in the fight reported her car was damaged during the confrontation, and a woman who rented the room where the fight broke out agreed to pay for the damages.

FAIRLAWN: On July 24, a Riviera Drive woman reported her neighbor knocked on her door while she was upstairs and her daughter let her in. The neighbor went to her bedroom and left a few minutes later with two jars of money. Police questioned the neighbor, who surrendered a jar containing some change and denied taking any other jar or any more money. Police told the suspect to get the rest of the money from her residence, and she gave them the other jar with only $2 in it. She was arrested for theft of $34 and taken to the Summit County Jail on a warrant.

Police were called to a mall kiosk July 26, when a manager reported she arrived at work to find the cover of the kiosk had been opened, the inside had been ransacked and $80 was missing from a cash register. She said an employee suspected of a previous theft at the business had been fired July 14. There was no sign of forced entry.

Mall security called police the afternoon of July 26 to report a shoplifter was running from the mall. Police pursued the female as she ran across West Market Street and found her hiding in bushes behind a building. She was charged with the theft of merchandise totaling $119. The 16-year-old Akron female was additionally charged with possession of criminal tools after police found a booster bag lined with tape to defeat store security alarms in her purse. She was released with a court summons to Summit County Juvenile Court and banned from the mall.

A woman with two children and a baby stroller entered a mall store July 28, activating a security alarm. According to employees, the woman gave permission for them to search her purse and bags, and they found no stolen merchandise. When the woman left the store, the security alarm again sounded, and employees found jeans totaling $222 concealed in the baby stroller. The jeans were returned to the store, and the Akron woman was released pending an investigation. When video surveillance footage showed the woman conceal the jeans, police signed a warrant for her arrest for receiving stolen property.

Loss prevention employees of a mall department store reported a juvenile concealed merchandise in the men’s department and left the store without paying. Police apprehended him outside the sore, recovered the merchandise and charged him with theft. He was released with a court summons to Juvenile Court and banned from the store indefinitely.

NORTON: On July 24, an Oak Street man reported he found an egg in his mailbox.

An Oak Street woman reported her son used his fist to smash a window of her residence during an argument July 24 and fled. Police stopped him a short distance away from the residence and charged him with criminal damaging. He was transported to a hospital for treatment of a hand injury.

The owner of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant reported July 24 someone entered the business during the previous night and stole $200. She said there was a similar occurrence the night of July 21, when an unknown person entered and stole $100.

Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at an Eastern Road parking lot July 25 and found a man passed out in the vehicle. When officers woke him, they observed an open bottle of vodka on the passenger seat. The Columbus man was unable to remain on his feet for field sobriety tests and was charged with having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. He was transported to a hospital for evaluation when his BAC tested .424.

On July 28, a man reported a lawnmower and around 400 pounds of scrap metal were stolen from his mother’s vacant house on Wooddale Drive.

The owner of an automotive service on Wooster Road West reported July 29 a Dodge van that was waiting to be scrapped was stolen from outside the building the previous night.

The night of July 30, police responded to reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 76 and observed the suspect swerve across lane lines several times. During a traffic stop, officers detected the odor of alcohol coming from the driver, who failed field sobriety tests. The Akron woman was arrested for DUI, driving under suspension and refusal of a BAC test while having a previous conviction for DUI. She was released on bond.

Officers responded to a report that a person was passed out in a vehicle on Rush Road July 30 and observed the vehicle’s engine was running and it was in forward gear. Officers woke the man, who said he had not been sleeping, and noticed an odor of marijuana, but the suspect denied he had been smoking it. He failed a field sobriety test and then reportedly admitted he had smoked marijuana earlier at a friend’s house. The Norton man was charged with DUI and released on bond.

PENINSULA: On June 1, a Peninsula officer was dispatched to Stine Road in reference to a barking dog complaint. After locating two dogs in the front yard of a Stine Road address, the officer made contact with the homeowner and advised her there was a complaint about the dogs. The woman put her dogs in the house.

Officers received an emergency call June 6 regarding a possible suicide attempt at a Peninsula residence. A woman at the location reported her daughter, who was in her bedroom, had previously threatened her mother with a knife and threatened to kill herself. The woman also reported her daughter was threatening to stand in traffic on Main Street in an attempt to get hit by a car. The woman said her daughter had become increasingly depressed and violent. The officer then talked to the daughter, who admitted to threatening her mother and herself, and also that she did attempt to leave the house. EMS arrived at the residence, and after a brief evaluation of the victim, it was decided she would be transported to a hospital for a psychological evaluation. No further police action was taken.

On June 9, an officer, while parked in a field on Akron-Peninsula Road, observed a gray pick-up truck pull to the right side of a black pick-up that was stopped for the stop sign. When the black pick-up started to make a right turn, the gray pick-up also started to make a right turn, cutting off the black pick-up. The officer observed the gray pick-up cross over the double yellow and white fog line several times, among other traffic violations. The officer approached the vehicle and asked the driver for his license. The driver handed the officer an insurance card and a car wash ticket. The officer asked the driver two more times for his license before the driver retrieved it. The officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle, and the driver’s eyes “were red and watery and his speech was slurred.” The officer asked the driver to perform a field sobriety test. After taking six steps, the driver stopped and said he couldn’t do it. The driver was placed under arrest and transported to the Richfield Police Department for a BAC test (the results were 0.23 percent). The driver was transported to the Peninsula Police Department for booking and bond, where he was cited for no turn signal, driving in marked lanes, OVI and BAC.

A man arrived at the police station June 13 to report a woman was close to his face, yelling and pointing a finger at him during an AA meeting. The man said he had been advised by legal counsel to file a police report.

On June 13, two officers were dispatched to a Riverview Road location regarding a suspicious person. Upon arrival, the area was checked and no one was located. The complainant stated she was having a bonfire in her backyard when she noticed a white male with gray hair in his mid- to late 40s standing in the woods to the rear of her property staring at her. The woman said he was wearing a hoodie and had a backpack. The woman said she went inside and waited approximately 20 minutes before calling the police. The rear yard and surrounding area were checked, but no further leads were reported.

A man came to the police station June 14 to report he saw a red laser dot on the bedroom wall of his Main Street residence, and later, between 1:35 and 1:40 a.m., he heard what sounded like three gunshots.

On June 15, an officer responded to a complaint of a dog left unattended in a vehicle in front of a Main Street location. Upon arrival, the officer found two dogs in the car, one of which was panting badly, and no available water. The windows were down a few inches, the officer reported, but the car was in direct sun and the air temperature was 83 degrees F. The reporting party first noticed the dogs at 1:50 p.m., and the owner returned at 3:25 p.m. The vehicle’s owner was issued a court summons for cruelty to animals.

A Keenan Road couple reported June 16 a firearm was missing and they believed it could have been stolen. The man said he carries the weapon in his back waistband, but he removed it and put it in his car to ride a mechanical bull while attending a party on Bailey Road in Cuyahoga Falls. The man said after riding the bull, he put the gun back in his waistband and went to ride the bull again and removed it again. After the party, when he returned home, the man said he noticed the gun was missing. The man said he had two guns with him, and while he still had the second gun, he was missing a Glock 27 with its holster. An investigation is pending.

On June 17, a Boston Township woman reported she was trying to sell a pair of Versace sunglasses on Craigslist when she was contacted by a woman who wanted to buy them. The buyer said she was sending a priority mail express envelope containing a check in the amount of $1,950. The seller was instructed to cash the check and keep $100 for the sunglasses and mail the rest of the cash back. The seller contacted the police department to report the incident.

An officer was sent to a Northampton Road address June 20 to speak with a man regarding a large brown box containing a grill, a carrying bag and cookware. The man said he did not purchase the merchandise, which had been shipped June 19 from a company located in Libertyville, Illinois. The man said he had contacted the company and was told to send the products back along with a police report.

On June 25, officers were sent to a Main Street residence for a family dispute. A 12-year-old male was arguing with his mother over spilled cereal. The officers resolved the situation.

RICHFIELD: A Richfield business owner reported he filled a 5-gallon container with gasoline at a Wheatley Road station July 21 and placed it in the back of his truck. While he was fueling the truck, a gray vehicle with two occupants pulled up behind him. When he went inside to pay, one of the occupants stole the can of gas, worth $38, and the two drove away.

On July 21, police assisted officers from Ohio State Highway Patrol at the tollbooth on the Ohio Turnpike, where an accident occurred and one of the drivers was attempting to leave the scene. Police arrived as he was exiting around a gate and stopped him. He exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication and said he had three beers before driving. Police placed him in the rear of a cruiser and spoke to another driver, who said she witnessed the accident. The disposition of the driver who attempted to leave and the accident investigation was transferred to state patrol officers at the scene.

Police investigated a report of suspicious activity on an access road off Wheatley Road that leads to property owned by the Village of Richfield at 9:30 p.m. July 21. Officers found a pickup truck and noticed the hood was warm and there was a T-shirt and water bottle on the roof. Police located two males who had just dumped shingles and roofing materials on the property, advised them it was private property and instructed them to pick up the materials and return the following day to get any debris they missed. They were told they could be charged with criminal trespassing and illegal dumping and advised to stay off the property.

On July 22, officers confiscated a suspicious package received at a Columbia Road freight facility and an investigation is in progress. On July 25, officers investigated an unrelated report of possible theft by a former employee at the same facility.

The evening of July 26, police patrolling state Route 303 observed a driver go around a barrier and drive on a section of road that was closed for construction. The driver was stopped, and it was determined he was driving under suspension. He failed field sobriety tests and was charged with DUI, driving under suspension and possession of six narcotic tablets for which he had no prescription. He was released with a court summons and taken to a hospital for a medical problem he experienced during his arrest.


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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