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October 1, 2012
Salem News


- Police were called to a reported altercation at 5:05 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Lundy Avenue, but found nothing.

- A caller at 12:47 a.m. Sunday reported underage persons consuming alcoholic beverages in the 100 block of Railroad Street. Officers checked the area, but couldn't locate anyone matching the description.

- Police responded to the 400 block of Fair Avenue for a report of possible shots fired at 12:10 a.m. Sunday. While checking the area, officers heard what sounded like fireworks. They attempted contact at the home in question, but could not get anyone to respond to the door.

- Police were called at 11 p.m. Saturday to a dispute in the 100 block of Fair Avenue where a person in charge of an upstairs apartment reported two females had gotten into an argument, but everything was okay.

- While on patrol in the 200 block of Rose Avenue at 10:47 p.m. Saturday, an officer noted a moderate odor of burning plastic in the air, locating a smoldering fire pit at the rear of a residence in the 100 block of Hawley Avenue. The fire pit contained a small amount of paper and plastic products and the resident was advised of the open burning prohibition. The resident removed remaining plastic from the fire pit to prevent any additional odors.

- A clerk at a gas station in the 900 block of East State Street reported at 8:09 p.m. Saturday that a customer left without paying for gasoline. The customer was a regular who had paid for other items with a credit card, so the clerk thought it may have been accidental. An officer contacted the customer, who said the drive-off was not intentional and planned to return to pay.

- Police responded to the 200 block of West Wilson Street for a report at 5:18 p.m. Saturday of juveniles exposing themselves to traffic. An officer made contact with the suspect juveniles and their parents and affirmed the juveniles had not exposed themselves but had been placing stuffed animals into their clothing, resulting in the appearance of indecent exposure. The juveniles were advised of the error of their ways.

- A semi trailer traveling west on East Pershing Street at 4:14 p.m. Saturday struck the "stop here on red" sign at the northeast corner of South Lincoln Avenue. The driver was trying to fix the sign when police arrived. A note was left for the street department.

- Jim Biddle, of the 600 block of West Wilson Street, reported at 4:13 p.m. Saturday that he had been temporarily parked in the alley next to his residence while unloading dirt from the bed of his truck when a female driver in a truck from a residence several houses down the alley rapidly accelerated in reverse into his back yard and then accelerated rapidly into the alley, damaging his lawn and causing rocks to scatter into his other vehicles. The report said she was apparently upset with the alley being blocked. An officer saw fresh peel marks in the gravel and grass. The suspect was not home, but an officer planned to follow up.

-Evan Jackson, of the 500 block of Walnut Street, reported at 3:36 p.m. Saturday that sometime after 10 p.m. on Friday, unknown people removed three battery-powered toys from his yard. The missing items included two John Deere front-end loaders and one John Deere gator. There were no battery chargers with them.

- James M. Houshour, of 989 E. Third St., was taken into custody at his home at 11:03 a.m. Saturday on a warrant for a felony sex offense and released to a Columbiana County Sheriff's Office deputy.

- Police were called at 10:42 a.m. Saturday for a report of threats in the 200 block of Vine Avenue where a woman said another woman had been at her residence the day before and left her checkbook. The other woman came to the apartment to retrieve the checkbook and she wouldn't give it back to her unless the police were present. Both women attempted to accuse each other of being involved in illegal activity, but no evidence was found on either accusation. The checkbook was returned and they were told to stay away from each other.

- A man in the 600 block of East Fourth Street reported at 10:38 a.m. Saturday that his parents, who live in Canfield, have been blowing up his phone with threatening messages over the past few weeks. He said he turned off the phone and contacted his phone provider, which gave him an application to get to try to block the calls. He said the last phone message was about them coming there and kicking the door in. He was told he may need to contact Canfield Police, also, and to call Salem Police if his parents show up at the residence.

- William Jackson, of West Main Street, Washingtonville, reported at 8:39 a.m. Saturday that his vehicle was parked in the 400 block of East State Street in the city Friday and when he returned home, he noticed someone had backed into it, causing damage to the front left bottom corner.

- Alexander Morris, 19, of Stagecoach Drive, East Liverpool, was charged with underage consumption after police were called at 7:11 a.m. Saturday to a business in the 400 block of Prospect Street where an intoxicated man was asking for assistance in locating his vehicle.


- The security alarm went off at Albco Foundry at 11:37 a.m. Saturday and several more times after that.

- Leann Schreffler, state Route 154, reported at 2:40 a.m. Saturday someone driving an older model pickup truck with a loud muffler pulled into her driveway, got out but then fled when she opened her front door.

- Police were called to the prison alternative facility for women, which is located in the old county jail, in regard to an inmate about to give birth at 8 p.m. Friday. Officers assisted the ambulance crew that arrived to take the inmate to the hospital.

- A clerk at Subway reported at 7:14 p.m. Friday a black male entered the restaurant and began acting strangely. First, he asked for an application and began quizzing her about Subway. He then asked where the restrooms were located but never used it after she told him. While the clerk was waiting on a customer, the man laid his cell phone and charger on the counter before running out the door. Police arrived and found the phone to be a Trac Phone with an unregistered SIM card.

- A caller reported residents on West Washington Street were burning their garbage in the yard at 6:45 p.m. Friday. Police found a fire in a barrel that smelled as if plastic and other non-wood products were being burned. There was garbage remnants, furniture and other items laying around about to be burned. The residents, All Latchaw and Larry Callis, were advised of the village law against burning trash. The fire department was called to extinquish the fire.

- Howard Lightner, North Beaver Street, reported Thursday his unlocked apartment had been entered, and his home stereo system was stolen, along with a DVD player, and flat-screen TV.

- Wendy Morgan, East Lincoln Way, reported Friday political signs were stolen from her lawn.

- Amanda Wilson, East Lincoln Way, reported at 11 a.m. Thursday she just received a threatening text message, and the person just showed up at her door. Police arrived and spoke with the other person, Sarah White, who said she lived there before and returned to retrieve her daughter's medication. The officer spoke with Wilson and retrieved the medication. He then told both parties to have no further contact.

- Millisa Hiner reported at 8:37 p.m. Saturday there was a suspicious vehicle that appeared to have been wrecked parked in her mother's apartment building lot on East Chestnut Street. Police checked the area but did not locate the vehicle.

- Jessica Phaup called at 10:19 p.m. Saturday about a woman on West Washington Street needing an ambulance. Police arrived and an ambulance was already on scene to transport the resident to the hospital.

- William Martz, East Lincoln Way, reported Sunday being involved in a dispute with his landlord.



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