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May 7, 2013
Salem News


- Police were called at 11:05 a.m. Monday to Walmart, 2875 E. State St., where an officer met with asset protection employees who said two men were in the store earlier approaching customers and asking if they could pay for their purchases with a credit card and then the customer could give them the cash. The men located an older customer who let them pay and it was found they used a food card to pay for the purchase and took the cash from the customer. The officer was provided with a receipt along with a video of the incident, which is under investigation.

- Officers on patrol at 9:40 a.m. Monday saw a red Dodge truck parked in the 400 block of West School Street which had been reported as an unauthorized use/stolen vehicle. Contact was made at an apartment on School Street and residents said the person who had the vehicle returned it and left the keys there. The officer took the keys and was trying to contact the owner. The vehicle was towed for safekeeping. Police had received a call from the owner of the vehicle at 2:36 a.m. Monday when he reported he was at a friend's house on West School Street when a man he didn't know took his keys from a table and said he would have the truck back within an hour, but didn't return.

- An officer responded at 8:08 a.m. Monday to the 400 block of West Pershing Street where a keyholder said his boss wanted an officer to go through the building with him. He was told officers were there Saturday morning and Sunday for alarms and no keyholder arrived then. The officer told him the department would like for someone to respond when the alarm is going off. The officer checked the main building with the keyholder and found all appeared secure.

- A man in the 100 block of South Broadway Avenue called police at 5:18 a.m. Monday to report he saw an unknown animal hiding near a forklift and was concerned it may harm him. Officers were checking the area and a cat was seen leaving.

- A domestic was reported at 2:09 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of Newgarden Avenue where a man said he and his live-in girlfriend had an argument and he left to avoid the situation escalating. He said she arrived at his current location requesting the keys to her vehicle and he said he did not have the keys. She was adament that he took her keys and was told her options. They were both told to stop contact until they can be civil.

- A domestic was reported at 1:19 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of East Third Street where a man said he was involved in a physical altercation with his wife and she left. He said he had been sleeping when she came into the bedroom and asked for $20 and when he refused, she became abusive verbally and physically. He had several scratches on his chest and neck. Information will be sent to the prosecutor's office for review for possible charges. He was told how to file for a protection order.

- David J. Waugh, 23, of 18263 Derr Ave., Beloit, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence after police were called at 1:10 a.m. Monday for a driver allegedly passed out behind the wheel of a car at the traffic light at South Broadway Avenue and East State Street.

- A suspicious vehicle was reported at 9:36 p.m. Sunday behind a business in the 2300 block of East State Street. The vehicle was found and the occupants identified, with nothing suspicious taking place.

- A barking dog was reported at 9:10 p.m. Sunday on Arch Street. The report said barking could be heard by the responding officer, but it was not excessive or persistant.

- A man on Columbia Street called at 8:07 p.m. Sunday to speak to an officer about a situation regarding ownership of a vehicle. He was told it's civil. The other party involved came to the police station regarding the same vehicle. She was also told it's a civil matter.

- A woman in the 200 block of East Fourth Street reported at 8:04 p.m. Sunday that she was receiving unwanted text messages from a person unknown to her. She was told her options.

- Officers on patrol at 7:54 p.m. Sunday saw two people yelling at each other in the 900 block of East Third Street. The two people were told to have no further contact with each other.

- Officers on patrol at 7:28 p.m. Sunday saw a small black dog running loose in the 1000 block of Highland Avenue. Officers could not catch the animal, but located the owner who said the dog got out by accident. The owner was able to catch the dog.

- An anonymous caller at 5:52 p.m. Sunday reported an incident in the 900 block of Homewood Avenue where officers made contact with a man in a driveway and learned his daughter vomited inside the vehicle and he was upset, not at his daughter, but at the mess. He apologized for the incident. Contact was made at the residence and an officer confirmed there was no dispute and the daughter was fine other than the nausea.

- James Poole, 30, of 294 Rose Ave., was cited for driving under suspension and fictitious registration after police were called at 4:30 p.m. Sunday to the area of Third Street and Rose for a reckless driver. Officers saw the vehicle in the 1600 block of Third Street and the vehicle fled as officers were attempting to get turned around. The vehicle was found in a private drive in the 300 block of Highland Avenue after the driver abandoned it and left on foot. He was found at his residence by another officer.

- Police were called for a domestic at 2:06 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of West Pershing Street where a woman said she's residing with her grandmother and a dispute began regarding her children. The grandmother said the woman does not have custody of the children and she wanted her to leave. She was told she could not be removed, but the woman elected to leave for awhile to prevent further problems.

- Police were dispatched at 1:19 p.m. Sunday to the 2800 block of East State Street for an alarm, with the building checked and found secure.

- Loud music was reported at 11:20 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of West Pershing Street where the resident was told to turn the music down.

- A caller at 10:49 a.m. Sunday reported a large patio umbrella in the road on North Lincoln Avenue at East 10th Street, but no umbrella was found.

- A woman in the 600 block of South Union Avenue reported at 10:47 a.m. Sunday that someone attempted entry into her residence overnight. A kitchen window was broken out, but entry was not made. The storm window was also broken, along with the inner window and the frame falling onto the kitchen floor. Officers also found a storm window had been removed on the front of the house and placed on the ground.

- An alarm was reported at 10:22 a.m. Sunday in the 2800 block of East State Street. All outer perimeter doors appeared to be secure.

- A caller at 8:05 a.m. Sunday reported a man sitting in a red four-door vehicle in the 700 block of West State Street for an extended period of time and wanted a well-being check. The person left north on Jennings Avenue. Officers went to his residence to check on him, but nobody answered the door and the vehicle was not there.


- Police were advised at 10:03 a.m. May 2 of a driver traveling west on the bypass who was swerving from lane to lane and moving at 10 mph. The vehicle was located and as police arrived the driver started to drive off. An officer attempted to stop the vehicle but couldn't and followed the vehicle until being able to pull along side the driver's vehicle and was able to exit the patrol car and run up to the vehicle and reach in and turn the ignition off. The driver was apparently having a medical emergency and it was determined that Frank R. Seitz, 77, of Wellsville was diabetic and was transported to the hospital for his sugar. The vehicle was towed for safe keeping.

- Police responded to the 1700 block of state Route 344 at 5:48 a.m. May 3 to assist the fire department with a man who needed assistance after falling.

- At 8:14 p.m. May 2, police responded to the 1200 block of Elberon Avenue for a report of a possible prowler. Police checked the residence and area but did not observe any prowler.

- Police responded to the 1500 block of State Boulevard at 7:42 p.m. for a report of a bad check and the complainant said they were selling an item on Craig's List for $200. The complainant received emails from an individual in Illinois along with a check for $1,999 and another email saying the sender wrote the wrong dollar amount and wanted the complainant to cash it and take out the money for the item out and send the rest money via money gram back. Police advised the complainant to stop contact with the person.

- Police spoke to a complainant in the 1000 block of West Perry Street at 3:05 p.m. May 2 via phone and the complainant advised that overnight three tool boxes valued at $500 were removed from their unlocked truck.

- Police responded to Adele's Restaurant at 509 Snyder Road at 12:39 p.m. May 2, where the complainant advised a purse was taken from their locked vehicle. The purse was located in a wooded area next to the restaurant and the complainant's cell phone was located under a vehicle parked next to the complainant's. Personal papers and cards were not taken but $60 in cash was gone. The complainant was advised to keep and eye on all accounts for any unusual transactions.

- Police responded to the 1100 block of West Pine Lake Road at 11:25 a.m. May 2 after being advised of a female attempting to flag vehicles down and requesting a ride to Youngstown. Police located her in the 900 block of W. Pine Lake Road and she provided a false name and was charged with obstructing official business. She had walked away from the Sharon Lynn School for Girls and was transferred to Goshen Township police and transported back to the facility due to the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center refusing to take her. Charges will be forwarded to the Columbiana County Juvenile Court.


- Connie L. Shive, 54, 406 E. Lincoln Way, Lisbon, was cited for assured clear distance ahead following a two-vehicle crash in the 39000 block of state Route 14 in Green Township at 10:11 a.m. Saturday in which she was westbound and allegedly failed to stop for traffic, striking the rear of a vehicle driven by Dale E. Steiner, 51, Darlington, Pa. No injuries were reported.

- Darlene A. Schaefer, 59, Austintown, was cited for right of way at stop signs following a two-vehicle crash at state Route 165 and Lisbon Road in Green Township at 12:31 p.m. Sunday in which she was southbound on Lisbon Road and allegedly failed to yield from the stop sign at the intersection, pulling into the path of an eastbound vehicle driven by Myrl D. Anstine Jr., 56, Homeworth. No injuries were reported.

- Lisa R. Miller, 43, 821 E. Third St., Salem, was cited for driving under suspension and speed following a traffic stop on Fifth Street in Beloit at 5:02 p.m. Sunday.


- Police responded to the 3600 block of Silliman Street at 9:30 a.m. April 24 to serve a failure to appear warrant for a drug test on Chelsea Cope. After knocking and looking inside, police observed a white plate on the bedroom floor with two "cut" red straws and what appeared to be the remains of a burnt pill. No one responded to the door and police opened the unlocked door, made entry and were unable to locate Cope and took the plate and straws that contained a white powder and the remains of the burnt pill. In plain view police also located a burnt piece of foil of the sort used to "cook" items with instead of using a spoon. The pill remains were field tested positive for opiates which is used in pain medication. Cope had failed a drug test on April 18 at Municipal Court, testing positive for morphine which the reporting officer was aware contains opiates and the pill remains will be sent to the lab for further testing. Police were aware that she abused her prescription medication in the past by cooking, crushing and inhaling through the straws. Police learned Cope was in Pennsylvania at her mother's where she was found hiding in the bathroom with three morphine pills and syringes near her and was taken into custody.

- At 2:30 p.m. May 1, police received a call regarding two more people walking along the railroad tracks behind a residence in the 3600 block of Silliman St. On April 23 police had removed two females from the tracks in the area for collecting scrap metal. Police pulled into the Cope residence and walked to an opening where the tracks can be accessed and observed one person walking southbound approximately 500 yards or so down the tracks. Three garbage bags that were partially closed the last time the reporting officer was at the residence were torn open with garbage strewn along the back of the residence. A green two-liter bottle containing what the officer was familiar with as being left-over by product of methamphetamine, a Roto drain opener bottle, a bottle of muriatic acid were found. All the items are used in the making of methamphetamine. On April 24, police were at Cope's residence to serve a warrant and the bags were observed outside but not completely torn open. The Columbiana County Drug Task Force was arrived on the scene with a DEA agent and the items were secured by a chemical company used by the DEA to clean up meth labs. Police were aware on April 17 that Cope and her boyfriend Aaron Shrum had moved back into the residence and on April 19 Shrum was arrested for a felony drug possession warrant. At the time of his arrest, Shrum ran out the back door and was apprehended a short time later.



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