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West Side Neighborhood Watch

12/10/2009 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Editor’s note: This week we begin featuring Peninsula Police Department reports and will continue to include them monthly.

Michael Ayers is wanted for felonious assault and domestic violence menacing in connection with a July 1 violent attack on a 58-year-old man on Grand Avenue.
Photo courtesy of the Akron Police Department
WEST AKRON: Burglaries occurred in the following locations: the 600 block of Weber Ave. Nov. 25-28, in which an 18-year-old Greenwood Avenue man was arrested (see below for more on that arrest); a business in the 400 block of White Pond Drive Nov. 27-30; a business in the 1500 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard Nov. 29-30; the 800 block of Orlando Avenue Nov. 30; the 600 block of Ecton Road between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1; the 900 block of Whittier Avenue between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1; the 900 block of Wye Drive Dec. 1; the 800 block of Cordova Avenue Dec. 1, in which a female victim was threatened at gunpoint by the intruders; the 1600 block of Shatto Avenue Dec. 1; the 500 block of Noah Avenue Dec. 2; the 300 block of Dillon Drive Dec. 2; the 500 block of East Avenue Dec. 2; the 300 block of Overwood Road Dec. 2-3; the 200 block of Dorchester Road Dec. 2-3; the 500 block of Storer Avenue Dec. 3; the 900 block of Copley Road Dec. 3; the 800 block of Elmore Avenue Dec. 4; the 1700 block of Tanglewood Drive Dec. 4; the 1000 block of Bloomfield Avenue Dec. 4-5; the 800 block of Elmore Avenue Dec. 5; the 600 block of South Sunset View Drive Dec. 5; the 500 block of Moreley Avenue Dec. 5; the 800 block of Bloomfield Avenue Dec. 5; and the 200 block of Storer Avenue Dec. 5.

The Akron Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force continue to ask for assistance from the public for information that could lead to the arrest of Michael Ayers. He is wanted for felonious assault and domestic violence menacing in connection with a violent attack on a 58-year-old male July 1 in the 200 block of Grand Avenue. Ayers allegedly attacked the victim over an illegally parked car on the victim’s property. Ayers has a last known address on Grand Avenue. He is a medium-complexioned, 33-year-old black male. He is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds. A reward is being offered by the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force for information directly related to his arrest. Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490, the U.S. Marshals Service at (866) 4-WANTED or Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at (330) 434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

A 28-year-old Frederick Boulevard man was charged Nov. 28 with felonies that include having weapons under disability, felonious assault, carrying a concealed weapon, willful flee, having an open container in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, driving under suspension, reckless operation of a vehicle, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and failure to control. Officers were called to a Seward Avenue location on a report of the suspect shooting a gun out of his vehicle. The suspect then fled from officers in his vehicle, reportedly hitting one cruiser, then lost control of his vehicle, hitting another cruiser. He reportedly resisted arrest and was found to be in possession of a loaded gun and drugs. Two open containers also were found inside the vehicle along with a strong odor of alcohol on the suspect.

Following a hit-skip accident at Copley Road and Noble Avenue Nov. 29 around 9:30 p.m., officers apprehended a 22-year-old Delia Avenue male and arrested him for failing to stop after an accident, driving under suspension, expired license plates and operating a vehicle under the influence.

A 36-year-old Work Drive man was charged with felony forgery Dec. 1. He was stopped at Interstate 76 and state Route 8 for a traffic violation and reportedly told officers he was someone else. He possessed an Ohio driver’s license with the false identity and also signed the traffic ticket with the false name.

A 34-year-old Storer Avenue man was charged with felony forgery/uttering Dec. 2 after attempting to cash a check in the amount of $672.09. He allegedly stated the check was a paycheck, but he has no job.

A 23-year-old Cuyahoga Falls female and a 24-year-old Mount Vernon Drive female were charged Dec. 3 with felony forgery/uttering after they allegedly used counterfeit money to purchase drinks at a Weathervane Lane establishment.

Officers responding to an incomplete 9-1-1 call in the 1200 block of Hardesty Boulevard Dec. 4 shortly after 2:30 a.m. arrested a 23-year-old male resident for disorderly conduct and obstructing official business after he reportedly blocked the doorway and wouldn’t allow officers to enter, and screamed profanities at the officers.

An 18-year-old Greenwood Avenue male was charged Dec. 4 with felony vandalism and theft after he was observed by a security officer damaging a vending machine in the 1200 block of Everton Avenue. While in the Summit County Jail, the suspect reportedly admitted to two detectives he broke into a Weber Avenue residence and a Mull Avenue church, and that he sold some items at a gaming store. He was charged Dec. 5 with burglary and breaking and entering in connection.

An 18-year-old Noah Avenue male was charged with felony willful flee Dec. 5. He reportedly led officers in a vehicle chase, running red lights, and was apprehended in a backyard on South Portage Path.

A 54-year-old Kenwood Street woman was charged with felony robbery, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest Dec. 5. She allegedly stole items from a South Arlington Street location. She was apprehended a short distance from the store and reportedly fought with officers, pushing one.

A 49-year old Bellevue Avenue man was charged with felony domestic violence Dec. 6. He has a prior conviction for domestic violence.

BATH: Firefighters and police responded to a fire at a fast-food restaurant in Montrose Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Occupants were evacuated, and the fire, which started near a fryer, was extinguished.

The manager of a Springside Drive hotel reported Dec. 2 a customer passed a counterfeit $100 bill at the business, which was discovered when the money was deposited in the bank. Police are investigating.

Police were called to a disturbance at a Yellow Creek Road residence Dec. 2, when a husband and wife were involved in a physical altercation and the female sustained minor injuries. While the husband and wife were quarrelling, the husband’s ex-wife arrived to pick up her children, and the husband reportedly tackled her and held her on the ground. The ex-wife attempted to flee, and the suspect’s wife allegedly punched her in the side. The resident and his wife were arrested for domestic violence — the husband’s charges related to his wife and the wife’s charges related to the ex-wife — and were taken to the Summit County Jail. Officers were called back to the residence Dec. 4 and police arrested the husband for violating a restraining order after they found him hiding in the basement of the residence, which is in violation of a court order that the wife took out against him that prohibits him from being at the residence.

A shopper in a Montrose grocery store reported Dec. 2 her wallet was stolen by suspects who used her credit cards at two area businesses within a half-hour of the theft. The victim said three women distracted her while she was shopping and prevented her from accessing several display shelves in areas of the store. She believes they were involved in the theft.

A driver of a vehicle with no rear license plate was stopped on Medina Road Dec. 4 and charged with driving under suspension. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Officers arrested a woman for shoplifting a bottle of over-the-counter pain reliever from a Medina Road grocery store Dec. 4.

A woman reported her wallet was stolen from a stool at a Medina Road clothing store Dec. 5 while she was trying on a coat. The wallet was located on a table, and the victim reported $200 and a car key had been taken from it.

Police patrolling Medina Road Dec. 5 stopped a driver for running a red light and charged him with driving without a license.

On Dec. 4, police were called to a Montrose restaurant, where a male was attempting to use a stolen credit card. The suspect fled and Fairlawn officers located him in the parking lot and apprehended him following a short foot pursuit. The male and a companion were charged with theft, misuse of a credit card, forgery and obstructing official business, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

COPLEY: An Ontario woman reported a bag containing new jeans and a sweater was stolen from her room at a Montrose West Avenue hotel Nov. 26.

Police arrested an employee of a Rothrock Road discount store for felony theft Nov. 27 and took him to the Summit County Jail after he admitted stealing more than $4,700 from the store. Security agents investigated numerous complaints from customers who said their gift cards had not been properly credited and determined the employee had been stealing money by diverting funds that should have been credited to the cards.

A bartender at a Montrose West Avenue restaurant reported Nov. 28 she placed her iPhone behind the bar and it was stolen.

Officers patrolling White Pond Drive Nov. 29 stopped a driver for swerving on the road. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. Her BAC tested 0.076.

On Nov. 29, police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Ridgewood Road residence. A juvenile male, who had been in a fight with his father, left in a vehicle with three other males before police arrived. Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested the suspect for domestic violence (he had a previous conviction for that crime) and took him to a juvenile detention facility. The three other males were charged with underage drinking and released to their parents.

Suspects peeled the steering column of a vehicle outside a Plainview Drive residence Nov. 29 in a failed attempt to steal it and left with a case containing 50 music CDs.

Police observed suspicious activity in a vehicle at a gas station on Ridgewood Road Nov. 29 and stopped the driver. He was arrested for possession of marijuana, a drug scale and a device for concealing drugs. Four others in the vehicle were released to their parents.

A driver who was stopped for a traffic violation on Copley Road Nov. 30 was arrested for driving under suspension.

Officers from Bath and Fairlawn assisted police at a traffic stop on Medina Road near Interstate 77 Dec. 1 when an erratic driver failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His BAC tested 0.2.

A Salisbury Way resident reported suspects cut two strands of Christmas lights the night of Dec. 1 and stole them.

On Dec. 2, a Barberton man was stopped by police on Collier Road after a license registration check and was charged with driving under suspension. He failed a field sobriety test and also was charged with DUI. His BAC tested 0.185.

Suspects entered a garage on Oak Tree Drive Dec. 2 and stole a $200 gasoline-powered leaf blower.

Detectives are seeking suspects in connection with felony vandalism and felony theft at a residence on Gardiner Run Road Dec. 3, when burglars ripped a $2,000 refrigerator from water lines and dragged it to a truck parked outside. The water continued to run into the residence, causing extensive damage.

FAIRLAWN: A man reported Nov. 26 he dropped off a prescription for narcotic pain medication at a West Market Street pharmacy. When he returned several hours later, he was told another person picked up the prescription. Police were reviewing surveillance video footage to identify the suspect.

A driver who was stopped for a traffic violation on West Market Street Nov. 27 was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

Around 1:20 a.m. Nov. 28, police on West Market Street stopped a driver for speeding. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and possession of an open bottle of rum, a bag of marijuana and a marijuana pipe.

Police were called to a Riviera Drive residence Nov. 29 by a man who said his roommate was punching holes in an upstairs wall. Police interviewed the suspect, who had visible injuries to his hands and arms, and surveyed the damaged walls. The victim declined charges and asked the suspect to leave, which he did. The suspect returned an hour later and broke the front window of the apartment. Officers arrested him for criminal damaging and took him to the Summit County Jail.

A Dowling Drive man called police Nov. 29 when his girlfriend arrived at his residence, went to his bedroom and found him with another woman. When she began swearing and moved toward the sleeping woman, he attempted to stop her and a fight ensued. Police restored peace. The parties declined charges, and officers took the woman home and advised her not to return to the male’s residence that night.

A woman was arrested for theft and banned from a West Market Street discount department store Dec. 1 after she reportedly concealed merchandise, worth $45, in her purse and attempted to leave without paying for it.

A woman wanted on Fairlawn warrants for felony theft and misuse of credit cards was extradited upon her release from a Pittsburgh jail Dec. 2 and taken to the Summit County Jail.

On Dec. 2, the manager of a West Market Street restaurant reported a male was drinking alcohol beside a trash receptacle outside the store. Officers arrested him for underage drinking.

Security agents at a mall department store observed a male shoplifting merchandise Dec. 2 and grabbed the sleeve of his coat as he left the store. He slipped out of the coat and fled into the mall, along with two companions. Police located the companions and asked the suspect’s name. A female was arrested for obstruction of official business when she refused to cooperate. A male who cooperated with police was released, and the suspect surrendered. He was charged with theft and possession of drug paraphernalia and released with a court summons.

On Dec. 3, detectives were seeking a woman wanted on three counts of forgery in connection with incidents at a Fairlawn bank where the suspect opened an account with $50 cash, then reportedly deposited three fraudulent checks and withdrew the money, causing a loss to the bank of more than $2,500.

NORTON: Police were called to a Wadsworth Road residence Nov. 29 when a woman reported she visited a man at his residence and he punched her in the eye during an argument. The victim was transported to Barberton Citizens Hospital by EMS and the suspect was arrested for assault.

A clerk at a Wadsworth Road gas station reported Nov. 30 a male fueled his vehicle and drove off without paying for gasoline worth $33.

On Nov. 30, officers responded to a call of a male with a firearm and found him in his vehicle. Police stopped him as he drove on Hametown Road, recovered two pistols and cases from the front seat of the vehicle and charged him with improper handling of firearms in a vehicle.

Officers were called to a fight at a Norton Avenue residence, where they found a man with a forehead laceration. He declined medical treatment, and the parties involved declined charges.

Police investigated a series of vehicle break-ins the night of Dec. 1, when suspects ransacked a vehicle in the driveway of a Wadsworth Road residence, stole cash from a vehicle at a second address and ransacked another vehicle outside the residence. They also entered a pickup truck outside another Wadsworth Road residence and stole a wallet and checkbook, and entered a shed on the property. The same night, suspects removed a stereo system from a vehicle outside a Waldren Road residence and stole 10 music CDs. Residents are advised to lock their vehicles and call police if they notice any suspicious activity, according to the Norton Police Department.

An employee of a Barber Road car dealership reported Dec. 3 that several males entered the business wearing black clothing and masks. They refused to remove the masks and asked to fill out credit reports, but left when they were asked for driver’s licenses.

Officers were called to a South Cleveland-Massillon Road business Dec. 3, when a female drove off the road and got the vehicle stuck, causing extensive damage to a lawn.

A Norton woman reported Dec. 3 a Stow woman she met on an Internet social networking site told her she has weapons and threatened to kill her.

PENINSULA: A juvenile was reported as a runaway Oct. 25 at 10:55 p.m. The juvenile was discovered in the woods next to a neighbor’s house.

On Oct. 27, a police officer responded to a report that someone was trespassing/camping on a property on Kendall Park Road. The officer found a man who said he was the landowner’s nephew and he had permission to be there.

On Oct. 28, a man asked a police officer to escort him to a property so he could retrieve some personal property. The man retrieved his property without incident and was told his immediate requests for escort would not be accommodated in the future without prior notification. On Nov. 2, the same man requested another escort to the same location to retrieve additional property. The man was advised he needed to make an appointment with the property owner and the police department, as he previously had been advised.

After receiving a radio call, two police officers checked the Cedar Grove Cemetery for trespassers Oct. 28. Two males, who were found in the post office parking lot, reportedly told the police officers they were “ghost hunting.” The men were informed the cemetery closes at dusk and they left the area.

A man was hunting without a license Oct. 29 at a Major Road property. The man told police he had received permission from the landowner, but the landowner’s son said the man did not have permission to hunt on the land. The man left the property.

On Nov. 2, it was reported that a 35-mph speed limit sign had been stolen from the west side of Stanford Road. A report is on file with the Peninsula Police Department.

The Humane Society of Greater Akron reported it received two checks that came back with nonsufficient funds from a man for a total of $139. The man had purchased a Jack Russell dog and a ferret. An officer called the man, who said he would make good on the money due.

The manager of Midway Trailer Park on Akron-Cleveland Road told an officer Nov. 5 that three security lights in the trailer park had been damaged, likely by BBs from a BB gun.

A Keenan Road resident reported Nov. 1 that a horse was loose in a neighbor’s yard. The horse was discovered to belong to another neighbor on Keenan Road.

On Nov. 8, two men were sitting in the front seat of a car on Main Street. When an officer stopped to lock the cemetery gate, the men drove off. The officer noticed the vehicle’s validation and county stickers were covered, so he conducted a traffic stop. The two men said they had been waiting for someone named “Josh,” but they could not provide any additional details about him. The vehicle’s passenger had a baseball bat at his feet and the two men told the officer they had been playing baseball. The driver was cited for failure to display the validation and county stickers, and the two men were advised not to return to the area.

A man was arrested for OVI Nov. 13 on Riverview Road.

A woman reported Nov. 14 that a suspicious person had been in the area on Everett Road. She said the person was wearing a blue hoodie with the hood up and khaki pants. She said the person, who had on glasses and was “very skinny,” left when she pulled into the driveway. Two police officers were unable to locate the suspicious person.

On Nov. 15, a vehicle was traveling 10 miles under the speed limit on Akron-Cleveland Road at Keenan Road. A police officer did a registration check and discovered the car’s owner had a warrant out for his arrest in Stow. The police officer confirmed the driver was the car’s owner and transported him to Stow, where he was released into the custody of the Stow Police Department.

A police officer pulled over a vehicle for driving outside of marked lanes on Main Street at 1:51 a.m. Nov. 16. The officer suspected marijuana and asked for consent to search the vehicle. The officer found a digital scale, but no drugs. A K-9 officer arrived on the scene from Richfield. The K-9 officer indicated there “were or recently were,” according to the report, drugs in the car, but no drugs were found. The driver was cited for “marked lanes left of center” and failure to reinstate his license.

RICHFIELD: On Nov. 30, police responded to a call from a motorist who said he was following a yellow truck that had a nuclear bomb on the back. The caller parked his vehicle outside an agency on North Cleveland-Massillon Road and told police the suspicious truck was across the street, behind a business on Highlander Parkway. Officers failed to locate a yellow truck and told the caller he could leave. He drove across the street, then pulled out of the lot and began behaving suspiciously, driving on Broadview Road swerving off the road, speeding at 80 mph and narrowly missing oncoming vehicles. Officers called for backup as they attempted to stop the suspect, and he continued driving. He entered Interstate 271, drove to Interstate 71 and exited on state Route 18, driving erratically. Bath, Fairlawn and Ohio State Highway Patrol officers joined in the pursuit, and spike sticks were deployed. The suspect’s vehicle sustained a flat tire, and he continued to drive until a wheel fell off the vehicle. He eventually stopped when the vehicle stalled, but he refused to exit the vehicle, and police broke the windows to remove and apprehend him. He was charged with felony fleeing, inducing panic and reckless operation of a vehicle and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Officers investigated the burglary of a Southern Road residence Dec. 4, when a woman came home to find a window had been broken and went to another residence to call police. When officers checked the residence, they determined suspects had ransacked several dresser drawers in the bedroom, opened a bathroom cabinet and removed a box of medication, and ransacked a spare bedroom. A laptop computer, TV, DVD player and silver locket were stolen.

A driver who was stopped for speeding at 90 mph on I-77 Dec. 5 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His was released on bond.

An Alger Road man called police when he came home to find lights on in his residence and his dog outside. He said the lights were off when he left, and the dog was inside. Police checked the residence and found a desk in an office had been ransacked, but it was not known whether anything was missing. The victim was instructed not to touch anything in the office until detectives contacted him.

The Akron police reports were compiled by Stephanie Kist, 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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