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July 4, 2013
Salem News


- A set of keys found in a business window in the city was turned over to police at 3:02 p.m. Wednesday and placed with the dispatcher.

- A license plate found by a city worker at 1:07 p.m. Wednesday was placed with the dispatcher, who attempted to make contact with the owner.

- Police responded to the 300 block of North Broadway Avenue after receiving a call at 12:15 for a person with a gun, but found the residence empty. The interior was checked and no one was home, with the front door unlocked. Officers found the victim had called from another location and spoke with her on Third Street. She said she thought a friend of hers had attempted to rob her at gunpoint in her residence, reporting she came home from shopping and when she entered the apartment she thought some things were moved around. She went into the kitchen and opened the closet door and there stood a person pointing a gun at her. The person wanted money and sounded like a female she knows with an accent and was wearing a black ski mask and a dark-colored winter coat. She said she was so scared she ran out the door to where the officer picked her up.

- Police responded to a property in the 300 block of Sharp Avenue for a complaint at 11:27 a.m. Wednesday of an owner having chickens, which is prohibited by city ordinance. This was the third time police had gone to the residence. Chickens were heard clucking inside the garage and there was a distinct odor of chickens around the garage. A duck could also be heard quacking in the garage. No one was home at the time so police returned at 2:45 p.m. and no one was home again, but this time a dachshund in the house on a prior visit was running loose in the neighborhood. The animal control officer was called to take the dog, but it continuously ran from officers. Citations for dog at large and poultry within 150 feet of a residence will be issued.

- An officer on patrol was flagged down on Pershing Street at 7:06 a.m. Wednesday by a woman involved in a verbal dispute with her boyfriend who had just littered on Ohio Avenue. The man was located a short time later and said the dispute was over their paper route and he was on his way to pick up the litter. Both sides were told to keep their distance.

- Police were called at 2:31 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a red vehicle striking a tree and driving away from the area of South Broadway Avenue and Franklin. Officers located where the vehicle struck the tree on the southeast corner, but the vehicle was gone.

- Police met EMT Ambulance at 1:55 a.m. Wednesday at the Salem Community Hospital emergency department to deal with a combative patient they were transporting. An officer spoke with the woman who was upset that her fiancee could not ride in the ambulance with her from Lisbon. She said she was calmed down.

- Joey Morris, 28, of 257 W. Wilson St., was taken into custody on an active warrant out the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office for contempt of court on a domestic violence charge. Morris had come to the police station at 12:43 a.m. Wednesday to report a known person hit the driver side rear window of his van, busting it out, while on South Broadway Avenue. Information about the window will be sent to the prosecutor's office for possible charges.

- A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 1300 block of East State Street at 12:37 a.m. Wednesday, but the occupant told police he was waiting for his friend at a nearby residence. He was told to wait at another location.

- A barking dog was reported at 11:09 p.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of East Pershing Street and taken inside by the owner.

- Fireworks were reported Tuesday night in the areas of West Pershing, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh streets.

- Police were called for a large fight at Hawley Avenue and East Third Street at 9:46 p.m. Tuesday, but four juveniles in the area said there was no fight.

- Suspicious vehicles were reported at 9:26 p.m. Tuesday near the west end of the city limits in a parking lot. Police saw one vehicle leaving and another unoccupied and saw nothing out of the ordinary.

- Police were called at 9:18 p.m. Tuesday to the 900 block of East Third Street for an intoxicated man who needed removed from a residence. A woman said a male friend came earlier in the day and became very intoxicated and started a fight with another male at the house. The man was bleeding from the face and taken to Salem Community Hospital. Neither party wanted to file charges.

- A caller at 8:51 p.m. Tuesday reported possible child abuse in the 400 block of Woodland Avenue where a man said he saw the father of a small child pick the child up off of a 4-wheeler and beat the child. Police responded to the home of the father on Washington Avenue and spoke with him and his juvenile daughter. He said the daughter lost her temper and he was correcting her. She appeared happy and there were no signs of abuse.

- A woman on West Sixth Street reported at 8:24 p.m. Tuesday that she had not had contact with her brother for five weeks after he told her he was going to New York with another male. She was reporting him missing. An officer found that he had been arrested and incarcerated in another state and notified her of his findings.

- A loud explosion was reported in the 1300 to 1400 block of North Ellsworth Avenue at 7:54 p.m. Tuesday, but officers did not find anything unusual.

- A man in the 500 block of South Union Avenue reported at 6:52 p.m. Tuesday that a male he knows is continually harassing him, saying the male yelled vulgar language at him on June 28 from his vehicle on East State Street near Lundy and drove past his home honking the horn while he was mowing the grass. He was told his options. The male was contacted and denied the allegations.

- A report of a child endangering for an unsecured child in a gold Ford Explorer was reported at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of East State Street, but the vehicle was not found.

- A wallet found on Salem Unity Road was turned in at 3:43 p.m. Tuesday.

- A woman and her live-in sister reported at 11:43 a.m. Tuesday that someone entered their North Lundy Avenue residence without permission and removed a small black carrying case which contained a checkbook. The sister said she may have left the keys in the door since they were also missing.

- A man on West Wilson Street reported at 10:16 a.m. Tuesday that his live-in girlfriend took his cell phone. He was told it's a civil matter until he proves ownership and to tell her if proof can be found and the phone is not returned, it would be considered theft.

- An officer checked for a vehicle reported parked in a handicap spot illegally at 2:53 p.m. Tuesday in a parking lot in the 2400 block near Giant Eagle. No violations were located.

- John Filler, 58, of North Ellsworth Avenue, was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital with incapacitating injuries after an accident reported at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday when he suffered an unknown medical problem and ran off of the road, grazing two trees, continuing on and striking two street signs and continuing until coming to rest after striking a utility pole. No citations were issued.


- Jason Logan Pitts, 31, Arkansas, was cited for driving on a suspended CDL and two lights required at 12:33 a.m. Tuesday.

- David A. Davenport of Leetonia was cited for assured clear distance at 5:37 p.m. Tuesday following a two-vehicle accident near the 7&14 truck stop. The driver of the other vehicle was Richard Yarwood of New Waterford. No injuries were reported.

- A state Route 14 resident reported at 5:42 p.m. Tuesday lawn ornaments were missing.


- Rachel L. Clark, 21, of East Liverpool, was cited for failure to control after she swerved to miss another vehicle and struck a utility pole at the corner of East Lincoln Way and Jackson Street at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. Clark's 2010 Rio ended up in someone's yard.

- A fireworks complaint in the area of East Chestnut Street was received at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, but police reported having just been in the area and they did not hear or see any fireworks.

- A Save A Lot employee called for police at 4:11 p.m. Tuesday after catching a juvenile shoplifting.

- A North Market Street resident reported Tuesday having problems with her apartment neighbor.

- An East Chestnut Street woman reported Tuesday someone made an unauthorized charge on her bank account. Brown reported purchasing free diet pills but they charged her $148. She called the company but was unable to contact anyone.



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