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December 3, 2012
Salem News


- Police were called at 4:46 a.m. Sunday to the 900 block of East Third Street for a report of a suspicious fire. The fire was determined to be a smouldering pile of saw dust in a back yard. The Salem Fire Department put the fire out.

- Police filed charges against the driver and three passengers after a traffic stop at 4:09 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Circle K West on West State Street for a speeding offense that occurred on South Ellsworth Avenue. The driver, Joshua Heacock, 20, of 410 Benton Road #15, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, driving under suspension and speeding. Samantha Holt, 18, of 1152 Orchard Bend Road, and Aleta Pisoni, 18, of Warren, were each charged with underage consumption of alcohol. A 16-year-old girl in the truck was charged for unruly and delinquency charges. The juvenile charges will be turned over to the juvenile division. The three adults were all released on their own recognizance.

- Aaron Mitchell, 19, of 584 Woodland Ave., was charged with underage consumption of alcohol and released on his own recognizance after an officer on patrol at 1:08 a.m. Sunday stopped him in the 400 block of Woodland Avenue. The officer saw a man, later identified as Mitchell, who appeared to take off running and as the officer approached closer, the man appeared to hide behind a Christmas decoration in the front yard of a residence, then got up and attempted to run again.

- A barking dog was reported in the 1200 block of East Third Street at 9:17 p.m. Saturday, with a warning tag left at the residence.

- While investigating a complaint in the 200 block of East Third Street at 9:05 p.m. Saturday, an officer recovered a burned wallet with a credit card in it. A woman said the wallet had been beneath the porch since sometime in August when another female threw it into a lit grill. The burning item had been retrieved from the grill and discarded under the porch. She further said the female who burned it lied to police about a phone her son had in his possession in Wellsville. She claimed they found it in the Sparkle Market parking lot. The report said the burned wallet had been in the same purse that the phone came from when it went missing.

- A dispute was reported at 8:28 p.m. Saturday at North Lundy Avenue and East Third Street. A man said an unknown male in a blue Cavalier made threatening statements towards him. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

- An anonymous caller at 6:29 p.m. Saturday reported a breaking and entering at 1200 E. Sixth Street, which is the address for Salem High School. Officers checked the buildings and the area, but no one was found and everything appeared okay.

- James Hardesty, of the 500 block of East Third Street, reported at 5:57 p.m. Saturday that a known male has been sending harassing text messages to his cell phone. An officer will attempt to contact the person to tell him if the harassment does not stop, criminal charges for telecommunications harassment could result.

- A woman in the 400 block of Continental Drive reported at 5:23 p.m. Saturday that her adult granddaughter deposited a check into her account and then she wrote the granddaughter a check from her own account. The check deposited into her account was rejected by the bank and she faced additional fees. She wants to pursue charges against the granddaughter, who was contacted by police and said she would contact her grandmother. If she doesn't make restitution, the grandmother said she'll bring in a copy of the bad check for the investigation.

- Police and firefighters responded to the 400 block of East Fourth Street after receiving a call at 4:20 p.m. Saturday about some sort of gasoline spill, learning a man had stored gasoline in several containers which were not specifically made to hold gasoline. One of the containers leaked, spilling gasoline inside the garage. According to a fire department report, the containers were laundry detergent containers. The fire department remained on the scene to ventilate the garage and attend to the spill. Fumes were also in a nearby apartment which had to be ventilated.

- Loud music was reported at 4:17 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of East Sixth Street, but an officer heard no music or people while checking the area.

- Police were called at 2:57 p.m. Saturday to the 100 block of Woodland Avenue to look for a vehicle with two young males yelling obscenities at others in the area as they drove around the block. The vehicle could not be found.

- A man from Fairview Avenue reported at 2:05 p.m. Saturday that he was trying to back into a parking space in the 400 to 500 block of East State Street and sideswiped a truck parked on the north side of the street. He did not stop due to the amount of traffic, but came to the police station to report the accident. An officer attempted to locate the other vehicle, but it was no longer parked on the street.

- A resident in the 500 block of East Third Street reported at 12:23 p.m. Saturday that a male who used to live next door entered his property and disturbed his family and was not welcome. Contact will be made with the male suspect.

- A reckless white Dodge pickup was reported at 11:29 a.m. Saturday heading south on Lincoln Avenue from State Street, but could not be found.



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