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February 7, 2013
Salem News


- An officer on patrol at 11:53 a.m. Wednesday saw an older Jeep Cherokee with a small boy in the front seat without any safety device, with a young woman driving south on Ohio Avenue and then west on Pershing Street. Upon checking, the officer learned the registered owner only had a temporary ID and no other adult was seen in the vehicle. The vehicle also had a loud exhaust and cracked windshield. After a traffic stop on East Pershing Street near Ellsworth Avenue, the driver was identified as the registered owner and did not have a license or insurance. She told the officer her son gets out of the car seat and she's unable to keep him in it. Victoria Cochran, 23, of 1133 Prospect St., was cited for no operator's license and a child restraint violation.

- Marra McFarland, of the 300 block of South Ellsworth Avenue, reported at 11:51 p.m. Tuesday that she loaned her vehicle to a friend who was supposed to return it by 10 p.m., but she had not heard from the person and the vehicle had not been returned. The vehicle was entered into the law enforcement data base and she called a short time later to report the vehicle was returned.

- A gray Dodge Dakota was reported operating recklessly at 11:02 p.m. Tuesday on South Lincoln Avenue and Franklin Avenue. Police checked the area and could not find the vehicle. A call was made to the man who complained about the vehicle and he said he was walking on Franklin, just south of Ohio when the truck appeared and tried to hit him. He wanted it documented.

- A woman in the 800 block of Summit Street came to the police station at 10:13 p.m. Tuesday to report telecommunications harassment. Both parties were told not to contact each other. The situation was believed to be resolved, with the victim not wanting to file charges.

- Officers on another call in the 800 block of East State Street were approached at 5:41 p.m. Tuesday by a juvenile who said he became separated from his adult brother. An attempt was made to call the parents, but the phone was out of service. An officer gave the juvenile a ride home to North Lincoln Avenue.

- Police were called at 5:32 p.m. Tuesday to St. Paul School, in the 900 block of East State Street, for a private property crash. A vehicle was left out of gear and struck the school building, causing no damage to the building and only minor damage to the vehicle. A representative of St. Paul School inspected the area of the crash and saw no damage.

- A woman in the 200 block of Vine Avenue reported at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday that sometime in the past two days, her debit card was stolen and six transactions were made. The account has been cancelled.

- A man in the 500 block of East Fourth Street at 1:43 p.m. Tuesday questioned officers regarding noise complaints and city ordinances.

- Ronda Howard, 49, of Orchard Bend Drive, was cited for failure to yield after her westbound vehicle on Third Street attempted to turn south on Vine Avenue, colliding with an eastbound vehicle driven by William Mull III, 24, of East Euclid Avenue at 12:33 p.m. Tuesday. A passenger in the transportation service vehicle Howard was driving, Marianne Kleinknecht, 60, of Vine Avenue, was taken to Salem Community Hospital for possible injuries.

- Police were called at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday to Salem Community Hospital, 1995 E. State St., where one of the doctors had co-pay money taken from an office. The report said persons unknown entered the receptionist area and removed an unknown amount of cash from the doctor's office inside the hospital. Procedures for handling cash in the office were being changed.


- Police were made aware at 7 p.m. Tuesday of an active felony warrant out of California with full extradition for Jessica J. Middleton, 25, of 935 West Pidgeon Road, responded to her residence and took her into custody with no problems. She was booked into the Columbiana County jail as a fugitive from justice and will await a representative from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office.


- Don Hayes, West Washington Street, called Tuesday to ask what can be done about Tim Crowe working on Hayes' daughter's vehicle after they told him not to bother because she already obtained another vehicle. Hayes said they were going to scrap the old vehicle but Crowe is holding it until he is paid. The parties were advised this was a civil matter.

- Kelly S. Ketchum, Gavers Road, Hanoverton, was stopped in traffic at the intersection of South Market and Washington streets at 7:36 a.m. Wednesday when her vehicle was struck in the rear by an SUV driven by Robert S. Duncan, State Street, Salineville. Damage was minimal.


- Someone reported at 5:29 a.m. Tuesday a pole near the park off Herbster Street was hit by a vehicle.

- A Brenda Lane resident reported at 8:53 a.m. Tuesday someone was refusing to leave her home. Police found Breanne Little had a warrant for her arrest through the county sheriff and took her in custody.

- A West Railroad Street resident reported at 1:48 p.m. Tuesday her sister stole pills and money from her.

- Someone reported at 6:23 p.m. Tuesday they could smell a strong odor of natural gas from the area of Duquesne Street. The fire department stood by until Columbia Gas was on scene.


- Police responded to a suspicious person report in the 3600 block of Silliman St. at 8:48 p.m.. Monday where the complainant said people were walking around the outside of the residence and then they all went inside. Upon arriving at approximately 8:52 p.m., police observed a red and silver Buick with an Ohio registration in the drive and dispatched advised as to who the owner was. A woman answered the front door and she was advised of the complaint. She advised that she is supposed to be signing a rental agreement on Tuesday and hopes to get moved in this weekend. When asked if she was aware of the situation involving a resident's eventual release from from incarceration and return to the residence. She advised she was aware and that she hoped to travel to the county jail and talk with him about the situation.



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