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West Side Neighborhood Watch

By Jon | on June 01, 2023 WEST

By Jon | on June 01, 2023

WEST AKRON: On May 13 police investigated theft of a pit bull from the porch of a Winton Avenue home. The dog was wearing a body harness that was attached to a chain. The owner told police she believes someone unhooked the chain and stole him. Several hours later police responded to reports of a pit bull running loose around Dover Avenue and Stoner Street. The owner came to the area to get the dog and was charged with failure to control her dog.A woman reported May 13 she was at the Mull Avenue home of a male acquaintance who, choked her, knocked her to the floor, kicked her and dragged her out into the hall by her feet. Police found her sitting in the lobby, wearing no shirt or shoes, which she stated he locked inside the apartment along with her purse and left. Police issued a warrant for the man's arrest on assault charges.A man reported May 13 he was conducting a tag sale at a Hampton Knoll Drive home when a person who identified himself as a representative of a home owners’ association told him by-laws prohibited signs from being displayed, took them and drove away.A Crosby Street man reported May 13 someone stole his wallet and used his bankcard for unauthorized transactions.On May 15, police investigated a report filed by a Crestview Avenue woman who stated she gave her boyfriend a ride to his home on Frederick Boulevard, they argued and he assaulted her and took her phone. Police were attempting to contact him regarding the phone.Police investigated the theft of an air-conditioning unit from outside a Hayden Avenue home May 15.A White Pond Drive man reported May 15 he felt ill while walking to his apartment and two women assisted him inside. He took some medication, fell asleep and woke to find they had stolen his debit card and room key.Police investigated damage to the doors of two homes on Vernon Odom Boulevard May 15.A Madison Avenue woman reported May 15 her cousin's daughter pounded on her door, pulled a knife and threatened to kill her.On May 16 someone threw two rocks that shattered the window of a Crosby Street home.A Lakeshore Boulevard woman was arrested for concealing merchandise and leaving a South Hawkins Avenue store without paying for it May 20.Police stopped a driver for a traffic violation May 27, determined he had no driver's license, asked him if there were any weapons in the vehicle and he stated no, but police saw a handgun in his pocket and retrieved it, along with Ecstasy. The Wyley Avenue man was taken to the Summit County Jail on charges of drug possession, carrying a concealed weapon and failure to disclose the presence of a firearm to police.On May 27 police responding to a dirt bike crash on West Exchange Street found an unresponsive man on the ground who was critically injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Following an investigation, it was determined hat he lost control of the bike, struck a curb and metal pole and was ejected.

BATH: Police May 17 stopped the driver of a vehicle with a license plate that expired a year ago, questioned her about the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and confiscated it. She was charged with driving under three license suspensions. Her license plate was confiscated and the vehicle was towed.On May 17 police responded to the parking lot of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road business where a vehicle had been left during the previous night despite signs stating the lot was for customers only and had it towed to an impound lot.A Brook Bend Drive man reported May 17 he mailed a check, which was stolen, altered and cashed by an unknown woman for $3,000.The Richfield Police Department notified officers they were pursuing a reckless driver onto North Cleveland-Massillon Road May 18. Bath officers deployed stop spikes across the highway, which flattened a tire on the vehicle, but the driver continued until crashing into a light pole outside a Medina Road facility. Richfield police arrested all occupants of the vehicle, which had been reported stolen from Pennsylvania.Someone broke into a church under construction on Knollwood Lane May 21.Police investigated the burglary of a Ghent Road business May 22 after someone entered through a window, ransacked rooms and stole cash and a company vehicle from the parking lot.Loss prevention agents at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road store reported May 23 a man entered the store, took a chain saw and lawnmower valued at $1,000 and attempted to leave without paying for them. When he was stopped, he abandoned the items and fled in an older model Chevy Silverado.Police were called to a North Cleveland-Massillon Road store May 23 after a man took a $469 humidifier from a display, attempted to return it for a refund, which was denied, and attempted to leave without paying for it. When employees confronted him, he abandoned it and entered the passenger side of a vehicle, which sped away. Police stopped the vehicle and arrested the passenger for theft.Police responded to a one-car crash on Ira Road May 24. The driver told witnesses he had been drinking all day and was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries. He was charged with DUI and driving under a DUI suspension.Employees of a Medina Road store reported May 25 they confronted a woman after she attempted to conceal a hair shaver inside her shirt and the woman returned it. After she left the employees discovered two clippers totaling $205 were missing.The driver of a vehicle that crashed into a pole on the exit ramp from Interstate 77 to Ghent Road May 26 was examined by EMS but refused hospital transport. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI.

COPLEY: Employees of a Medina Road store reported May 19, a woman concealed jewelry while inside the store. Police located the woman, arrested her for theft and returned the merchandise to the store.On May 19 employees called police to a Medina Road store where a Cross Street man who had been arrested for trespassing at the location on May 16 was there. Police charged him with trespassing.Police were reviewing video surveillance from a Rothrock Road store May 23 after employees reported a man took items from a display, concealed $1,395 in merchandise and left without paying for it in a black, four-door Nissan.On May 25, police responded to a Ridgewood Crossing business after employees reported two women attempted to enter the closed store. One of the women called an employee and stated she found a wallet outside and wanted to return it, so the employee opened the front door. The women then pushed the door open to enter, destroyed a cake and stole another one and fled in a vehicle which police stopped nearby. A Marks Avenue woman was transported to the Summit County Jail for burglary and theft.An erratic driver stopped on Medina Line Road May 25 failed a field sobriety test, was charged with DUI and released to a family member.On May 25 police investigated the theft of a soapbox derby car from a Medina Road yard.

FAIRLAWN: A security officer at a mall store May 21 observed a man run through the mall while carrying a bag and attempted to detain him. The man ran out of the mall and was later apprehended with a tool used to remove sensor tags and $596 in stolen merchandise from an electronics store. The Warrensville Heights man was charged with theft, obstruction of official business and possession of criminal tools.Employees reported a woman stole merchandise from a West Market Street store May 21 and fled. Police located the woman behind the business, charged her with theft and released her to Medina County Sheriff's Office deputies on a warrant.Loss prevention agents reported May 22 a man with a dog was running outside of the building. Police determined the Graybill Road man was in possession of narcotics and $40 in stolen merchandise and charged him with theft and drug possession.A driver stopped for running a stop sign May 22 was questioned about the odor of marijuana in the vehicle. An Orlando Avenue man and a Roslyn Avenue passenger were charged with drug possession after police confiscated 30 grams of marijuana from them.A Crestview Avenue man was arrested for theft May 22 after he attempted to pay for $88 in merchandise with a gift cart declined at the register and left with them.On May 24 police responded to reports a man was harassing customers at a mall. The Marcy Street man had been banned from the mall and was charged with trespassing and possession of marijuana.Employees reported May 24 a man who had been banned from a Medina Road store failed to scan items worth $66 and ran off. Police located him at a nearby bus stop and arrested the East Market Street man for theft and trespassing.

NORTON: The guardian of a student in Norton City Schools requested May 19 criminal charges be filed against the student's classmate, who was suspended from school for bullying the student. Police forwarded information to a school resource officer.Police patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road May 20 stopped the driver of a vehicle with a license plate obstructed by wire and tape, arrested the driver for driving under suspension and having an obstructed license plate and released the person to the Wooster Police Department on a warrant.On May 21 police stopped a driver for speeding on Wadsworth Road. Police asked a passenger who exited the vehicle and attempted to walk away to stop but he ran off. Officers determined the vehicle had been stolen from Michigan. The driver told police she did not now the passenger and she was driving his vehicle because he was too drunk to drive. She and other passengers were taken to a location to get a ride. The vehicle was towed and police searched a wooded area for the man who fled using a Copley drone and apprehended him. The Laffer Avenue man complained of chest pain and was taken to a hospital. Upon his release he was taken to the Summit County Jail for receiving stolen property, obstruction and failure to disclose information.Police May 22 investigated after a driver crashed into a Johnson Road church. The driver, a Savoy Road man, was cited for failure to control the vehicle.

PENINSULA/BOSTON: Police investigating five teenage girls at a park on Kendall Park Road after hours May 26 smelled of marijuana. The girls admitted they had been smoking it and officers found marijuana and paraphernalia inside their vehicle. One was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.Also May 26, a Cuyahoga Falls man was cited for driving under suspension, driving without headlights and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after being stopped for a burned out headlight. The driver's father was called to retrieve his car.A Stine Road resident reported May 27 his mailbox post had been damaged.Also May 27 police and Valley Fire Department units responded to Truxell Road, where a 24-year-old woman had reportedly fallen near the Overlook at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ledges area. Police found the woman sitting on a log near the bottom of the trail and she said she tripped and felt her knee pop out of place. The woman declined transport to the hospital and said her friend would take her instead.A Streetsboro man pulled over for speeding on Main Street May 28 was found with license plates that had expired for more than two years. The driver was cited for expired plates, given a warning for speeding and his car was towed.

RICHFIELD: On May 15 police were asked to check on the welfare of a Richfield man, who could not be located by family members and an ex-girlfriend. The man called his ex-girlfriend and agreed to go to the police station, where officers retrieved a handgun from his vehicle. His dog was released to a family member and he was transported to a hospital.Police investigated the theft of $600 in copper cables from a cell tower on Boston Mills Road May 16.Officers investigated reports that a man was walking along the northbound lanes of Interstate 77 May 16, located a disabled vehicle and found the pedestrian, who stated the vehicle ran out of gas. He was released to Cuyahoga Falls Police Department on a warrant for escape, the license plate was confiscated and the car was towed.A Farnham Road woman reported May 16 she was in possession of her son's debit card while he was out of town and determined his ex-girlfriend used the card to charge $500 and attempted another transaction of $374.A package mistakenly delivered to a Broadview Road residence May 18, was retrieved by police and held until a driver from the shipping company could pick it up.Police on Brecksville Road initiated a traffic stop on the driver of a vehicle with no headlights May 18, but the driver continued driving the vehicle, which had been reported stolen from Pennsylvania, sped away into Bath, where officers deployed stop spikes and disabled one tire. The driver continued until the wheel fell off, causing the driver to crash. Police learned that the driver knew the vehicle was stolen and paid someone $100 to rent it for the trip to Ohio. The Pennsylvania man was cited for numerous traffic violations and held at the Summit County Jail for fleeing and receiving stolen property.During a traffic stop along I-77 May 20 another driver pulled off the road and parked in front of the vehicle. The first driver told police he knew that driver, who was arrested on a warrant for assault. He told police he had a gun and police confiscated the loaded handgun and released him to the Akron Police Department on the warrant.Also on May 20 police investigated the theft of 100 doses of narcotic pain medication from a Brecksville Road motel room. Officers requested video surveillance from the motel.Police investigated a May 21 report by an employee of a Wheatley Road store who stated a group of teens entered accompanied by a man who attempted to purchase a case of beer, which the employee suspected was being purchased for the teens. When he asked the man and teens for identification, the man shoved the beer across the counter and they all left. They returned to harass the employee. Police were reviewing video surveillance.

The Peninsula/Boston reports were compiled by Brian Lisik and the remainder by Maggie DeMellier.