West Side Neighborhood Watch
WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported in the 500 block of Crosby Street March 7; the 1100 block of Dover Avenue March 7; the 100 block of Hollinger Avenue March 9; the 100 block of Byers Avenue March 12; the 1100 block of Juneau Avenue March 13; and the 1600 block of Zemil Avenue March 13.
A 28-year-old Grand Avenue man was booked into the Summit County Jail on domestic violence charges March 7. The man, who has a prior conviction for domestic violence, allegedly punched the mother of his child in the mouth, causing her injury.
A 36-year-old woman and 38-year-old man who live on Cliffside Drive were charged with domestic violence March 9. Both allegedly punched and struck a pregnant family member. The man has a prior domestic violence conviction, officers said.
Officers pulled over a 25-year-old Wadsworth woman at West Exchange Street and Hollinger Avenue March 9 for running a red light and noticed she had a needle in her lap. She turned over another needle and a spoon to officers and told them she and her passenger were in the area to buy drugs. She was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia and issued a court summons.
On March 10, a 14-year-old boy was shot while walking home from a teen party in West Akron. According to officers, the boy was in the 1300 block of Copley Road with his brother and cousin when a car pulled up next to them and someone inside fired several shots, hitting the boy in the arm. The suspect was in a white or light gray vehicle. Anyone with more information should contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.
On March 12, officers located a car on Palisades Drive that had been reported stolen from someone in East Akron earlier that evening. Officers pursued the vehicle, and the driver lost control, drove through a yard in the 600 block of Palisades Drive and struck a tree. After a brief foot chase, officers apprehended the 13-year-old boy from East Akron who was driving and the two juvenile male passengers. No injuries were reported. The driver was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, failing to stop after being involved in an accident, operating without a driver’s license and failure to control. The vehicle’s owner reported the car was stolen when she left it running to warm up.
BATH: Police on Springside Drive March 3 stopped the driver of a vehicle with a loud exhaust system and questioned him and passengers regarding an odor of marijuana. They reportedly admitted they had been smoking it, and police recovered a bag of marijuana from the vehicle. They charged a passenger with possession of drugs after he reportedly admitted the marijuana was his and released him with a court summons.
The owner of a construction company reported March 3 an employee used the company credit card for personal purchases. Police are investigating.
Officers searching for a driver who left the scene of an accident at Medina and Crystal Lake roads March 4 located his vehicle on Heritage Parkway. The car was running, unoccupied and the doors were unlocked. Police searched the area and located the driver, who had knocked on the door of a Copley residence and asked if he could call for a ride home. He refused to provide any information about the accident to police, who charged him with hit-skip and failure to maintain an assured clear distance between his car and another vehicle. He refused to sign the citation and was released with a court date and court summons.
Following a traffic stop on Springside Drive March 4, a driver was asked if he had any contraband. He handed over a marijuana cigarette and admitted there was drug paraphernalia in the console. Officers recovered the paraphernalia, charged the driver with possession of drugs and paraphernalia and released him with a court summons.
Police investigated the theft of a 2006 Dodge Caravan from a Pinecrest Drive driveway between midnight and 9 a.m. March 5.
A driver stopped for lane violations on North Cleveland-Massillon Road March 5 was arrested for driving under suspension and possession of marijuana and released with a court summons.
Officers stopped an erratic driver on North Cleveland-Massillon Road March 5, arrested him for driving under suspension and released him with a court summons. The car was released to a valid driver.
Police responded to a disturbance involving a man and a woman at an Everett Road residence March 7. The woman’s injuries were evaluated by EMS and the man was arrested for assault and released with a court summons. Officers stayed at the residence while the woman removed personal belongings from the home.
A Lake Pointe Drive man reported March 7 his ex-girlfriend took a $12,000 bronze statue and a $500 flower arrangement from his house.
Employees of a Medina Road grocery store reported a shoplifter attempted to leave the store without paying for merchandise March 7. She was arrested for theft and possession of drug abuse instruments found in her purse and released with a court summons.
On March 7, employees of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road home improvement store reported a man paid for two kitchen faucets and two power tools and received a receipt. Another man entered the store, placed the identical items in a shopping cart, went through a checkout lane and paid for a soft drink. He presented the first man’s receipt saying he paid for the other items. The two men later returned all the items at the Stow store, causing a loss to the store of $660. Police are investigating.
The manager of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road motel gave police a suspicious substance he found in one of the rooms March 8. It was sent for drug testing.
A Sanctuary Drive woman reported March 8 someone used her credit card for fraudulent purchases totaling $1,000.
Police arrested a man for felony forgery and took him to the Summit County Jail March 9 after he passed a counterfeit $100 bill at a Montrose store. An employee identified him and police found him in possession of 17 counterfeit $100 bills. He was also charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe. At the same time, police were called to a nearby store where employees reported shoplifters left the store without paying for merchandise. Officers located women in a vehicle at a restaurant and found one in possession of counterfeit $100 bills bearing the same serial numbers as the man’s bills. The driver of the vehicle was charged with possession of one counterfeit bill and released with a court summons. The other woman was charged with felony forgery and possession of methamphetamine after a large quantity of the drug was found in the vehicle. She was taken to the Summit County Jail.
A driver stopped for a traffic violation on West Bath Road March 9 was charged with drug abuse after he surrendered a marijuana cigarette to police and officers found three more in the vehicle. He was released with a court summons.
A Martadale Drive man reported March 9 someone in a vehicle turfed his yard.
Also on March 9, a juvenile who broke into a neighbor’s garage and stole liquor was confronted by his father. He went out a window and fled, and police located him at his mother’s residence, charged him with burglary and transported him to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Facility.
COPLEY: During a traffic stop on Mull Avenue Feb. 19, police questioned a driver regarding an odor of marijuana in the vehicle. He denied possession of any contraband, but when asked to exit the vehicle he admitted there was marijuana in it. Police recovered 5 grams of marijuana, charged him with its possession and released him with a court summons.
Police patrolling state Route 21 Feb. 19 stopped the driver of a vehicle with a license plate that was registered to another vehicle. A K-9 officer alerted police to the presence of marijuana, which was recovered from the vehicle, and the man was charged with driving under suspension, having fictitious license plates and possession of drugs and released with a court summons.
At 4:30 a.m. Feb. 19, police observed an intoxicated man wearing dark clothing walking on Jacoby Road, creating a safety risk. He was arrested for public intoxication and released with a court summons to a sober individual.
Officers responded to an alarm at a Jacoby Road business at 3:25 a.m. Feb. 19 and observed the front window had been broken, but no one was inside. Dispatch contacted them to report that they received a call regarding activity at the business from a nearby resident and police went there. They determined the man was intoxicated and working in his garage when police were called to the business. Police left his house and went back to the business, where police were still collecting evidence. The man walked back to the business and became confrontational with police, who offered him a ride home. He continued to be uncooperative and was arrested for disorderly conduct, released with a court summons and driven home.
A Norton woman whose car went left of center and struck another vehicle head-on as they traveled on Medina Road Feb. 22 was cited for lane violations. The vehicles were towed from the scene.
FAIRLAWN: Police arrested an Akron woman for shoplifting items from a mall store March 2 and recovered the items, along with merchandise stolen from another mall store. She was charged with theft and released with a court summons.
Officers reviewed video surveillance of an incident March 3 at a mall store where a woman concealed two pairs of designer sunglasses valued at $550 in her pocket and left without paying for them.
Loss prevention agents at a Montrose store stopped a woman who left the store after removing a phone charger from packaging March 3. She was arrested for theft and released with a court summons.
Mall security officers reported a man who had been banned from the mall was at the food court March 4. He was arrested for criminal trespassing and released with a court summons.
Police were called to the mall March 4 by security officers who reported a 16-year-old male was asked to leave for violating the mall’s code of conduct. He refused and fled from the officers but remained on the property. When police arrived, he fled from them despite orders to stop. Police pursued him through the parking lot, apprehended him and charged him with criminal trespassing and obstruction of official business, and released him with a court summons to Summit County Juvenile Court.
Employees of a mall store reported March 4 a man stole six jackets valued at $420 from the store. Police arrested him outside the store and recovered the merchandise. Officers found a car key in his pocket and matched it to a car parked in the fire lane. The car had been reported stolen from Cleveland and the license plate had been stolen from another vehicle. The Cleveland man was arrested for receiving stolen property and theft and taken to the Summit County Jail.
An Akron man who had been banned from the mall was arrested for theft and criminal trespassing March 6 after he reportedly concealed children’s clothing in a leather bag and left a mall store without paying for the merchandise. He was released with a court summons.
NORTON: An official at Norton High School reported Feb. 24 a student snorted a crushed narcotic tablet. Police interviewed the student, charged him with possession of drugs and released him with a court summons to Summit County Juvenile Court.
A South Cleveland-Massillon Road woman reported Feb. 26 someone used her juvenile son’s identity to file a federal tax return.
Police investigated a suspicious vehicle at a South Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station Feb. 26 and located a man walking nearby. He admitted he had been driving the car, but he stated he didn’t know who owned it. Police determined he was under numerous license suspensions and worked for a business that had been repairing the vehicle. Officers contacted the owner, who declined charges. He was arrested for possession of narcotics found in the vehicle and taken to the Summit County Jail.
On Feb. 27, police investigated the theft of a 12-pack of beer from a Greenwich Road grocery store. Officers were reviewing video surveillance of the incident.
Officers arrested a man for shoplifting items from a Greenwich Road grocery store Feb. 27.
Police responded to a disturbance at a Rush Road residence Feb. 27, arrested a man on a felony warrant and took him to the Summit County Jail.
Following a traffic stop on Greenwich Road Feb. 27, the driver was arrested for driving under several license suspensions and released with a court summons, and a passenger was arrested on a felony warrant and released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies.
A driver stopped for lane violations on South Cleveland-Massillon Road March 1 failed a field sobriety test and his BAC tested .165. He was arrested for DUI and released on a signature bond.
Police patrolling Interstate 76 March 2 stopped a driver who threw a lit cigarette out the window of the vehicle. He appeared to be intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on a signature bond.
On March 2, police investigated the theft of a pickup truck from a location on Summit Road and recovered a tractor from a tractor-trailer that had been reported missing from Cuyahoga Falls parked behind a building. The trailer was not located.
A Maco Drive woman reported March 3 someone cashed a $975 check through her bank account and used a check number she still has in her checkbook. Police are investigating.
A Harris Road man reported March 4 someone stole a check from his mailbox made out to the State of Ohio, altered the payee and cashed it for more than $1,800.
Police investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle outside a storage facility unit March 5 and found a man slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle. He stated he came to unload items from his storage locker and fell asleep. Police arrested him for driving under suspension and possession of hypodermic syringes found in the vehicle. He was released with a court summons.
An Oak Street man reported March 5 someone stole an $11,000 asphalt roller from his property.
Police responded to a report that a man was brandishing a gun at a Norton Avenue trailer park March 6 and questioned a man and woman. They were charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia found in their room and additional charges were pending completion of an investigation into knives and a gun found at the scene.
RICHFIELD: Officers were called to an altercation between two residents at a Brecksville Road facility March 2. A man was reportedly making obscene comments around others and said a woman hit him on the head as he rolled past her in his wheelchair. She reportedly admitted she tapped his head because he made an obscene comment. Police interviewed witnesses and advised the man and woman regarding their actions.
An Everett Road man reported March 2 a man who was delivering water trespassed on his property and threatened him.
Following a March 3 report of communication harassment filed by a Streetsboro Road woman who said a female in Colorado has been sending threatening text messages to her, police contacted the female and left a phone message asking her to contact them regarding the matter.
The manager of a Brecksville Road business reported March 3 an employee received a threatening phone call from an employee of a Columbus business. Police made a report and advised that the Columbus Police Department should be contacted regarding the threats.
Police are investigating a report of grand theft filed March 4 by a Braemar Drive man who said he paid a contractor $21,600 for carpentry work in his basement in 2015. The man performed very little work and came to the residence on several occasions, but left after saying he was sick. After numerous attempts to contact the contractor, the man told the victim he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and agreed to return his money, but never did. The victim learned the contractor had been working on another job during the time he claimed to be sick.
At 2 a.m. March 4, police responded to a vehicle in a ditch along Brecksville Road and saw a man standing behind the vehicle. He fell into the snow, got up and approached police and fell again. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and reckless operation of a vehicle and released with a court summons.
Officers were called to a fight between two people at a Brecksville Road bar March 4 and found two men arguing loudly and one of them was asked to step outside. One participant agreed to leave the bar and no police action was taken.
The manager of a Brecksville Road motel called police March 5, regarding noise and the odor of marijuana. Police noticed the odor in the second floor hallway and spoke to a man who rented the room that generated the noise complaint. He apologized and stated they were having a meeting and agreed to keep it quiet. No contraband was located.
The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim and the remainder by Maggie DeMellier.
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