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West Side Neighborhood Watch

4/20/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported in the 1400 block of Copley Road April 11; the 1200 block of Hardesty Boulevard April 11; the 500 block of South Sunset View Drive April 11; the 200 block of Noah Avenue April 12; the 900 block of Cordova Avenue April 13; the 1700 block of Cromwell Drive April 13; the 1100 block of Terrell Drive April 13; the 400 block of Elmwood Court April 14; the 100 block of Dodge Avenue April 16; the 1300 block of Hardesty Boulevard April 17; the 400 block of Sackett Avenue April 17; and the 700 block of Stoner Street April 17.

On April 11, officers on patrol attempted to pull over a vehicle near West Exchange Street and South Portage Path because the owner was wanted for a probation violation. The driver briefly sped up, then made an abrupt stop while a man jumped out of the passenger seat and ran away, according to the police report. The driver, a 27-year-old South Akron woman, was arrested on the warrant, cited for failing to yield and additionally charged with possession of 4 grams of marijuana she had in her purse. Officers also apprehended the 34-year-old North Hill neighborhood man who had been in the passenger seat. He had several grams of what appeared to be cocaine packaged in preparation for distribution and nearly $4,000 in cash in his pockets, officers said. Officers also found a bag containing 32 grams of marijuana in his flight path. The man had several warrants on file, and he was newly charged with trafficking, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and drug abuse. The man and woman were both booked into the Summit County Jail.

Officers learned April 11 an elderly Diagonal Road man went to a pharmacy in the 1300 block of Copley Road to pick up a prescription for oxycodone he had dropped off the day before and discovered an unknown person had already picked it up. Pharmacy employees said the person who picked it up gave the man’s address.

The body of a 33-year-old Storer Avenue man was found by park rangers in Sand Run Metro Park April 12 after his vehicle was left in the parking lot. The deceased man had been missing since April 7 and was reportedly suicidal, according to a police report.

A resident in the 400 block of Wildwood Avenue told officers April 13 a shooter had been aiming for a family member, but several bullets hit her house. A neighbor also reported bullets damaged her house. A vehicle with a woman and her young daughter inside also was struck, the police report stated. Based on evidence at the scene, it appeared someone had shot back, officers said.

On April 14, a masked man robbed a fast food restaurant in the 1500 block of Akron-Peninsula Road. The thief allegedly took money from a tip jar and demanded the contents of the cash register and a safe before fleeing in a dark blue vehicle.

Officers arrested a 17-year-old West Akron male April 16 following reported gunshots on Whittier Avenue, and a resident in the 800 block showed officers two bullet holes in the siding on her house. The young man ran from officers when they tried to stop and question him, but they caught up to him about a block away. They found a loaded handgun in his flight path, which he admitted he had been carrying, officers said. The young man had an active warrant for drug abuse and was additionally charged with tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon, obstructing official business and improperly discharging a firearm at a habitation.

A Melbourne Avenue resident told officers April 16 both of his cars were missing from his driveway after he left them unlocked and with the keys inside. He told officers he reviewed security footage and saw three unknown teenagers getting into and driving away in his cars. Officers are investigating.

BATH: Police responded to an accident at the intersection of Medina and Crystal Lake roads April 9 and arrested a woman for DUI after she failed a field sobriety test. Her BAC tested .190.

On April 10, police advised a West Bath Road man he would be charged with having a dog at large if he failed to keep his dog in his yard following reports the dog strayed off his property on several occasions.

Officers responded to a disturbance between family members in a room of a Springside Drive hotel April 10 and determined it was a verbal argument that had been resolved.

The manager of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant reported April 12 the ex-boyfriend of an employee made numerous unwanted calls to the restaurant between 5 and 8 p.m.

Police patrolling Medina Road April 12 observed a man sitting outside a hospital emergency room from which he had just been released. He was arrested on a felony warrant from West Virginia and held at the Summit County Jail for extradition.

The driver of a pickup truck was stopped for lane violations on North Cleveland-Massillon Road April 12, arrested for driving under suspension and released with a court summons. The vehicle was towed.

A woman reported she stopped at a rest area on Interstate 77 around 8 p.m. April 12 and a vehicle pulled up behind her. Two men got out of the vehicle, brandished a gun and ordered her out of her vehicle. One man drove away in her vehicle and the other followed in the other car. They headed north on I-77, and Cleveland police stopped the driver of her car and arrested him.

Police on Medina Road April 13 stopped the driver of a vehicle with a loud exhaust system, arrested him for driving under suspension and released him with a court summons. The vehicle was towed.

Following a traffic stop on Medina Road April 13, a driver was charged with driving under suspension, released with a court summons and the vehicle was towed.

Officers stopped a driver for lane violations on Springside Drive April 13 and questioned occupants regarding an odor of marijuana. A passenger surrendered a bag of marijuana and he was charged with possession of drugs and released with a court summons.

Employees of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station requested police advise a man he is banned from the property April 14 after he reportedly went to the business on several occasions that day inquiring about an employee who called police regarding a prior issue at the gas station.

On April 14, police and EMS responded to a report that a male was unconscious behind the steering wheel of a vehicle on North Cleveland-Massillon Road. He was revived by EMS, exhibited signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests. He was arrested for DUI and released with a court summons. Additional charges were pending results of a urine test.

Police located a 4-year-old who wandered away from an Everett Road residence April 14. She appeared to be in good condition and was released to her father.

Employees of a Montrose store reported April 15 two women in the store stole items and placed them into a purse held by a third female. Police arrested three women outside the store, recovered $20 in items and charged two of them with theft and the third with receiving stolen property. Each of them was released with a court summons and banned from the store.

COPLEY: A disabled vehicle abandoned in a hazardous spot near Interstate 77 at the state Route 21 split was towed from the scene March 18.

Police investigated a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Medina Road restaurant March 19 and questioned a person, who admitted having a loaded handgun in the vehicle and advised officers of its location. Police placed the person in a patrol car while they retrieved the weapon. The person was advised of the procedure to obtain a permit for the handgun and released with no charges.

On March 19, police were taking a report in a Medina Road parking lot when they noticed an odor of marijuana coming from another vehicle. They questioned the driver, who denied having any contraband. He was arrested on a warrant and released to the Barberton Police Department. No drugs were found in the vehicle.

Officers went to a Ghent Road location to take possession of a driver arrested by the Fairlawn Police Department April 21 and wanted on a warrant, and transported him to the Barberton Jail.

Officers were called to a Gardiner Run Road home March 21 by a man who stated a neighbor’s dog ran across the street and attacked his dog. The dog owner agreed to make restitution for veterinary care of the dog that was attacked, and no police action was taken.

An Adawood Drive man reported March 21 he sold an iPad on an auction website, but the buyer failed to pay him.

FAIRLAWN: Employees of a mall store reported April 7 a man concealed $32 worth of socks and left without paying for them. The Akron man was arrested for theft, banned from the mall for three months and released with a court summons.

Police reviewed video surveillance from a Sand Run Parkway business April 7 to identify a man who stole an iPad from a shelf. He was in the store with another man, and the two attempted to sell their paintings to an employee, who declined to purchase them.

An Indiana man was arrested for forgery April 7 and taken to the Summit County Jail after he attempted to use five counterfeit $100 bills to purchase a $425 item in a West Market Street electronics store. When a clerk noticed the bills were not real, the man fled, leaving them behind. Police apprehended him in the parking lot.

Officers patrolling Bancroft Road April 9 stopped a driver for failure to dim his vehicle’s high beam headlights for oncoming traffic and arrested him for driving without a license. Police questioned the vehicle occupants about the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and a passenger surrendered a container of marijuana and stated it belonged to one of the other passengers, but he refused to name the person. He was arrested for possession of drugs and summoned to Summit County Juvenile Court.

A Parma woman went to the police station following a custody exchange in a West Market Street parking lot April 9 to report that her ex-husband threatened her and her father-in-law with bodily harm. Police interviewed the man, who denied making threats. Due to conflicting information, no charges were filed.

Employees of a Montrose store reported April 12 a man and a woman were looking into vehicles in the parking lot. Police found them and learned the woman had a protection order prohibiting the man from being in contact with her. He was arrested for violation of a protection order and taken to the Summit County Jail.

NORTON: A Shellhart Road man reported April 5 a handgun was stolen from a dresser in his bedroom. He stated there was no sign of forced entry into his residence.

On April 5, a Hametown Road woman reported she came home for lunch and saw a neighbor run from her porch. She then found a window had been damaged.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance on Rockcut Road April 6. A man and woman reported they had a verbal argument, and one of the parties left for the night.

A Garrett Drive man reported April 7 someone attempted to open several credit accounts in his name.

The owner of a Wadsworth Road cleaning service reported April 7 a former employee refused to return keys to a building belonging to a client. Police contacted the woman, who agreed to return the keys.

A witness reported a hit-skip accident on Gardner Boulevard April 7 and followed the driver, who left the scene and went to his home. Police questioned the man, who admitted he had been drinking, but stated he didn’t have an accident. Officers advised him witnesses saw him crash into a mailbox, and he became uncooperative and began yelling and cursing at police, who arrested him for disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana. Police matched the damage on his vehicle to the damage at the accident scene and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident. He was placed in a padded holding cell, which he damaged, and he was additionally charged with criminal damaging and taken to the Barberton Jail.

A driver who swerved over the center line on Wadsworth Road and nearly struck a police cruiser head-on April 7 was stopped. He exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on a signature bond. His BAC tested .218.

Police responded to a Wooster Road location April 7 for an unconscious man who was found lying on the floor. Officers administered Narcan and the man was transported to a hospital. When he regained consciousness, he became combative and stated he took ketamine, a veterinary medication.

Following a traffic stop on Wadsworth Road April 8, police arrested the driver for driving under suspension and released him to the Parma Police Department on a warrant.

An Ora Avenue woman reported April 8 five fraudulent transactions were made from her checking account.

Police on Interstate 76 April 9 stopped a driver for lane violations and noticed a fresh puncture wound on his wrist. He admitted he injected heroin, and police found heroin in his car, arrested him for possession of drugs and advised him there would be an additional charge if they found any on his person, so he reportedly surrendered more heroin. Officers also found $11,000 cash in a suitcase in his rental vehicle. Police arrested him for felony drug possession, and trafficking in narcotics and took him to Summit County Jail.

A Fair Oaks Drive woman reported April 10 items were stolen from two cars parked in her driveway the previous night. During the same time period, items were stolen from a vehicle parked outside a Littlejohn Drive residence.

A Pinegate Drive man reported his business credit card was stolen April 10 and used for fraudulent charges totaling $895.

RICHFIELD: Police responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot of a Brecksville Road motel the night of April 3 and spoke to a man who stated his friend and girlfriend had a verbal altercation. The parties confirmed the information, and police found no indication of a physical confrontation.

The owner of a Highlander Parkway business reported April 4 someone ordered checks from the business’ account and then forged and cashed some of them. The victim stated the bank’s fraud unit is conducting an investigation.

Officers picked up a man wanted on a drug charge and arrested by the Akron Police Department April 4 and took him to the Richfield Jail to await arraignment in Akron Municipal Court the following day.

Defiance County sheriff’s deputies requested assistance in locating a Wisconsin woman for a welfare check April 5 after they received a report she might be in danger. Her cellphone was traced to the Richfield area and police canvassed hotels and businesses and located her car in the parking lot of a Brecksville Road motel, but the woman was not there. Officers left a photo with motel employees and asked them to call police if they see her.

Police investigated an April 6 report filed by a woman who went to the police station to report that her ex-boyfriend violated a protection order.

The night of April 8, police responded to a report by neighbors of a Richlawn Drive residence where a domestic disturbance had occurred. Police spoke to the parties and they stated the confrontation was a loud argument and that there was no physical confrontation. Police advised them to keep the noise down and they agreed to comply.

An Amelia Drive woman reported April 9 her mailbox and post were stolen. Police located the mailbox outside a neighbor’s residence and put it back. On the same date, police investigated reports that mailboxes were damaged at two Paula Drive residences and several homes on Richlawn Drive.

Employees of a Brecksville Road residential care center called police for a fight involving two residents April 9. Officers spoke to the parties and determined they had been advised to take breaks at separate times, but they took a break together and one resident hit the other accidentally. Neither party reported injuries and both declined charges.


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

Editor’s note: The police reports provided here are a sampling of those filed with each Summit County community’s police departments and the Medina County Sheriff’s Office. For more information on a report or to provide information on an alleged criminal act noted in this week’s reports, call the local police agency.

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