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May 14, 2013
Salem News


- Christa Rhodes, of the 700 block of East Fourth Street, reported at 1:34 p.m. Monday that someone entered her closed garage and attempted to break into her vehicle, damaging the driver's side door handle/lock area.

- A caller at 11:26 a.m. Monday reported a woman went into Family Dollar on West State Street and left her car unlocked, keys in the ignition, with a small child inside. An officer was attempting to contact the driver.

- Police responded to the 500 block of Continental Drive at 11:37 a.m. Monday regarding a rent dispute between a landlord and tenant, both females, which became physical. The landlord said she went to the tenant's apartment looking for the rent and was told it would not be paid until Wednesday or Saturday. A physical altercation occurred, but she did not want anything done and refused to give a statement. The tenant said the landlord came over with attitude and was threatening to evict them since the rent wasn't paid yet. She alleged the landlord grabbed her by the hair, pushing her down then slapping her in the back of the head while she was holding her 2-year-old daughter. All were told to stay away from each other until they cooled off and were told their options.

- At 10:18 a.m. Monday, police were called to the 500 block of Continental Drive regarding menacing and threats, talking with a resident regarding alleged threats and a male having a problem with a neighbor.

- Ohio Edison was notified after police received a report at 8:42 a.m. Monday regarding a sheared-off utility pole on the southwest corner of South Broadway and Aetna Street.

- A woman from state Route 154 reported at 9:05 a.m. Monday that she dropped her purse in the parking lot at Giant Eagle, 2401 E. State St., and did not think anything had fallen out, but realized later some items were missing.

- Police were called at 7:06 a.m. Monday to Waterworth Memorial Park on Sunset Boulevard for a yellow purse with its contents dumped nearby and a flower pot. An officer found a yellow handbag in a wooden flower pot with what appeared to be its contents dumped out in the dirt of the pot. The contents were placed back inside the purse and brought to the dispatch area until it can be claimed. No identification could be found in the purse.

- Residents in the 400 block of South Broadway Avenue reported at 5:31 a.m. Monday that someone used an unknown object to break out the front window. They were told to have the landlord fix it.

- An alarm was reported at 1:07 a.m. Monday in the 2100 block of East State Street. The exterior was checked and found secure and a keyholder arrived and the interior was also checked and found secure.

- An officer on patrol at Cunningham Road and Bentley Drive found at 9:43 p.m. Sunday that an unknown vehicle went off of the road and struck the stop sign. The vehicle was not found and it was unknown when the crash occurred.

- An officer reported to the area of East Pershing Street and South Lundy Avenue for a report at 9:37 p.m. Sunday of a person on the ground in a parking lot. The person told the officer they fell and hit their head. First responders were called to the scene and the person was taken to Salem Community Hospital for further evaluation.

- Police responded to the 1400 block of Ridgewood Drive at 7:33 p.m. Sunday for a 911 hangup call with shots fired heard in the background. Officers learned a resident had accidentally dialed 911 and was watching television very loudly and had a show on with a lot of gunfire in it.

- A suspicious vehicle was reported in the area of South Union Avenue and East Pershing Street at 7:13 p.m. Sunday with occupants possibly smoking marijuana. The vehicle could not be found.

- An officer at 4:57 p.m. Sunday spoke with a resident about an ongoing investigation, with new information gathered to be added to the report.

- An employee accidentally set off an alarm while closing for the evening in the 200 block of South Broadway Avenue at 4:14 p.m. Sunday.

- An alarm sounded in the 400 block of Prospect Street at 2:22 p.m. Sunday, with the exterior of the building appearing secure.

- A man reported at 2:15 p.m. Sunday that someone used a steel-type object to break a hole in the glass window in a building in the 400 block of West Wilson Street and gained entry. Nothing appeared to be missing.


- Police were asked to do a welfare check in the 1100 block of Liberty Street for an open 911 line at 7:41 p.m. Sunday with a gasoline engine running in the immediate area. The registered owner of the phone was a familiar name to the officer, who located a man trimming with a weed trimmer. The phone in his pocket had activated and the call was accidental. The call was disconnected.

- Multiple callers at 7:24 p.m. Sunday reported two or three explosions or loud reports between the areas of Stewart Road, Plymouth Place and state Route 9. Officers checked the areas, but didn't see anything out of the ordinary or hear anymore loud noises.

- A caller in the 1100 block of Prospect Street at 1:12 p.m. Sunday reported a young juvenile pulling down their pants and exposing private parts to other juveniles. Police took the juvenile home and spoke with the father who said it would not happen again.

- A woman from Alliance reported at 4:28 a.m. Sunday that she had dropped her daughter off at a residence in Salem where she was supposed to spend the night. Since she had problems previously, she went to the residence to make sure she was there and found that she had left and was allegedly dropped off at a residence on North Ellsworth Avenue in the township where she was not supposed to go. An officer went to the residence and gained a consent to search, but the girl was not there.

- A caller at 2:54 a.m. Sunday reported a suspicious red vehicle parked on Highland East with persons inside that had been there awhile. An officer found the vehicle, which was empty and belonged to a woman who lives on Highland East.

- Loud music was reported at 2:22 a.m. Saturday on Benton Road and the resident was notified and turned it down.

- A motorist contacted Salem Police at 12:53 a.m. Saturday and reported he was following a vehicle that struck his on the state Route 45 bypass near Georgetown Road. Salem Police stopped the vehicle near the city limits and called for a township officer to respond. The drivers gave conflicting statements about what transpired. They were told a report would be filed and for them to contact their insurance companies to have their vehicles repaired.

- Jeffery Martin of Salem was cited for a non-compliance suspension following a traffic stop at 12:19 a.m. Saturday on West State Street at the state Route 45 bypass.


- A Salem woman is facing drug charges following a traffic stop for faulty equipment in Green Township early Friday morning.

Cassandra M. Salokangas, 23, 252 W. Seventh St., was charged with operating a vehicle intoxicated, driving under suspension, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing official business after an officer pulled her over on U.S. route 62 near state Route 165 at 2:35 a.m. for no front license plate and a broken taillight.

During a search of Salokangas' vehicle, officers discovered a small plastic baggie filled with suspected marijuana, as well as a glass pipe containing burnt marijuana residue. While on station, she reportedly became irate and uncooperative.


- A Duquense Street woman reported at 12:38 p.m. Sunday a wood pile in her neighbor's yard was causing problems with her garden.

- The Highway Patrol reported at 10:15 p.m. Sunday a blue semi truck with a white trailer was driving recklessly on state Route 14 eastbound from Washingtonville. Police found the vehicle and did not see it break any traffic laws.

- Someone reported at 1:24 a.m. Saturday a woman in a red vehicle was in front of the Post Office and appeared to be having car trouble. Police checked on the vehicle and found it unoccupied.

- Kenneth N. Hicks, 60, Kirk Road, was northbound on Fairfield Avenue at 8:45 a.m. Saturday and rear-ended Joseph Beary, 48, Fairfield Avenue, who was also northbound. No citations were issued.

- A woman reported at 11 a.m. Saturday her wallet was stolen out of her van while it was parked at the theater. She said a witness confronted the man and he returned the wallet, but other things have been stolen from that area and she wanted police to be aware.

- Someone reported at 5 p.m. Saturday 10-year-old boy was walking southbound on Columbiana-Lisbon Road near the underpass. Police checked but did not see the boy.

- A man reported at 9:39 p.m Saturday relatives were in a verbal dispute on Timberline Drive. Police spoke to the group and no charges were filed.

- A Reichard Industries employee reported at 6:23 a.m. Friday he was being harassed and threatened by another employee.

- Rocky A. Ritchie Jr., 17, Youngstown, was northwestbound on Pittsburgh Street at 7:22 a.m. Friday and began sliding sideways through the Quincy Avenue intersection and into a private drive hitting a vehicle. He was cited for failure to control and taken to St. Elizabeth Medical center for possible injuries.

- Darryl Woodhouse, North Carolina, was driving under the underpass on Columbiana-Lisbon Road at 8:28 p.m. Friday and knocked the GPS unit off his truck. No damage was reported to the vehicle or underpass and no citations were issued.

- Pamela J. Matheny, 41, East Park Avenue was backing from East Park Avenue at 10:12 a.m. Thursday and was struck by William T. Yoder, 52, Macklin Road, New Springfield. No citations were issued.

- Someone reported at 2:11 p.m. Thursday two people were trying to sell meat door to door along East Park Avenue. Police found the men and told them to stop.

- Donald J. Williams Jr., 20, Market Street, North Lima, was northbound on state Route 164 passing the entrance to the Dutch Haus at 4:41 p.m. Thursday when Whitney Alexis Stear, 16, Hawkins Road, New Waterford, pulled out from the Dutch Haus entrance and failed to yield and struck the rear tire of Williams' vehicle causing him to lose control and veer into a light pole on the restaurant property. She was cited for failure to yield and he was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center with non-incapacitating injuries.

- Jeanne M. Scattergood, 50, East South Range Road, North Lima, was eastbound on state Route 14 near McDonald's when she was struck by another vehicle that was westbound.

- A woman, name and address not listed, reported at 9:27 p.m. Thursday her purse was stolen at the Wine Connection.

- A man reported at 10 p.m. Thursday loud music was coming from the Sandwich Factory and it was keeping him awake.

- A woman reported at 10:38 p.m. Thursday when she left work at Sparkle she found a note on her windshield that she believes to be from a man she has had problems with in the past.


- A caller reported a gold Sebring with a black top was driving recklessly south on state Route 45 into town at 5:15 p.m. Sunday. The caller said the motorist almost struck him as he was pulling into a driveway. Police checked the area but were unable to locate the vehicle.

- A West Washington Street woman called at 7 p.m. Sunday because her estranged husband stopped in front of her home and was trying to coerce their teenage son into going with him. Police arrived and were told by the husband his son had called him but he changed his mind by the time he arrived. The parties were advised this was a custody issue and they needed an attorney to help sort it out.

- A Garfield Street man reported at 9:34 p.m. Sunday his neighbor called him after seeing someone at her front window. Police checked the area but did not find any prowlers.

- A woman asked for help after locking her keys in her car while at the Shale Tavern at 8:18 p.m. Sunday.

- A North Market Street woman reported Sunday her husband has been receiving text messages from an unknown number, and the texts continued even after he asked them to stop. The officer called the number and told the man who answered what was going on. The man said the phone belonged to his son and he would take care of the problem.



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