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February 17, 2013
Salem News

Thorns to an apparent meth lab operating or in the process of being assembled to operate within a syringe throw of city hall and the police station. The people involved are either incredibly brazen or incredibly stupid. Probably both. Thorns to not one but two Molotov cocktails being found in the same area along South Broadway Avenue. A prank by punks getting a good yuck over this? Nah, the vibe here is no. Not to get melodramatic but do you think folks living and working along that stretch are having a gas (sorry) over this??Hardly. It's more than that. Maybe a scare tactic - a sort of calling card threat - intended for someone? Who knows what a third cocktail will do? Thorns to a now resigned Salem police officer being arrested and charged with alleged drunken driving in Canfield. We ran details all week. A real shame could've become a real tragedy should an accident have resulted from his decision to get behind the wheel that night. Police officers carry the public's trust. They are entrusted - not to mention compensated with taxpayer money - to uphold and not break the law. Those of us in the newsroom who have interacted with Gary Poage like him and wish him the best. He will have his day in court. But this was bad, real bad. This also creates an imposition for the scheduling and staffing over at the police department. Thorns to those out there who just don't get it when it comes to our story decision placement regarding something like the alleged drunk driving arrest of a police officer. Are we truly supposed to bury it or completely disregard it??Get serious.



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