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September 27, 2013
Salem News


- A man reported at 8:23 a.m. Wednesday a man in a green jacket appeared to be trying to get into Grace Church on South Main Street. Police found the man was there for property maintenance and trying to water the outdoor plants.

- A woman reported at 9:38 a.m. Wednesday a person driving a large flatbed trailer was trying to back up at the corner of South Middle Street and the last time this happened, everyone had yard damage. Police watched the truck, and it did not cause any damage.


- A Kent State University Salem branch security officer contacted police at 4:44 p.m. Wednesday to request how to obtain information about a student who claimed to have made police reports in reference to allegations of threats made against the student while in Perry Township. He was told how to submit a public records request.

- Police were called at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday for a suspicious person soliciting on Beechwood Road. The resident requested some identification from the solicitor and asked a few questions and did not get a satisfactory response about the company or the solicitor. The person was located on Beechwood and identified, with no warrants found. The company can be checked online for complaints received. Police told the resident buyer beware.

- Police were called at 1:54 p.m. Wednesday to the 1100 block of Highland Avenue for a man going door-to-door selling books. He apparently had an altercation in the city while attempting to sell his magazines and Salem officers were looking for him. The man was found and identified as a 23-year-old from Alabama. He was told about the complaint.


- Alyssa Sluter, 22, of 549 Newgarden Ave., was taken into custody at her residence at 1:17 a.m. Thursday on an warrant for failure to appear on a driving under suspension charge.

- A reckless white vehicle was reported at 9:07 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Rose and Vine avenues, but was not found.

- A man was reported trespassing on Continental Drive at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The man was found to be a resident of Courtyard out for a walk. With the caller concerned for his safety, he was transported back to Courtyard by police.

- A car title was found on Franklin Avenue at 7:01 p.m. Wednesday, with the owner notified to pick it up.

- Police responded to several calls Wednesday afternoon regarding solicitors, who are required to secure a permit from city hall before going door-to-door. A female had been reported on Hickory Lane at 4:08 p.m., but was not found. At 1:54 p.m., people in a blue Ford truck were reported soliciting to seal driveways on Southeast Boulevard. They were told they would be cited if they didn't get a permit. Solicitors were also reported on East Ninth Street and found on 11th Street at 1:26 p.m., with Perry Township notified. One was found on Highland Avenue who said he was asking for voters to be number one. He said his boss told him this city didn't require a solicitor's permit. He was corrected on that and said they were dropped off and he couldn't contact anyone because he had no phone. He also wanted to explain his side of the story regarding a male who became irate with him and that he did swear at him and call him a name. He was told he would be cited if he continued. An officer spoke to the male resident who said he was upset over how the man treated him and then went to the neighbor's and was staring in their garage.

- At 11:17 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to the 1300 block of East Third Street for a black male with a baseball cap on backwards and a brown leather jacket going door-to-door asking for money. A woman said when she refused to give any money, he said it was a racial thing. Officers did not find him.

- An anonymous caller at 3:07 p.m. Wednesday reported a man with an open container in a blue Dodge truck in a parking lot in the 100 block of South Lincoln Avenue. The open container was root beer.

- The fire department requested an officer respond at 2:53 p.m. Wednesday for an open burning violation on Cedar Street. A man was found burning bushes in a burn pit and said the property owner gave him permission. The fire department told him it was illegal. He put the fire out with a garden hose.

- Barking dogs were reported at 2:13 p.m. Wednesday on West 14th Street. An officer attempted to contact the homeowner, but no one was home.

- A woman from a store in the 500 block of East State Street reported at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday that two females were trying to steal several clothing items. She got some of the items back, but was unsure how many items were taken. The females had left.

- A man on West Fourth Street reported at 1:09 p.m. Wednesday that he was being harassed by a male known to him in the 1100 block of East State Street where the other male pulled into the lot, blocking him in. He reportedly made statements that he was going to have him lose his job. He wanted it documented due to ongoing harassment.

- Wanda Clark, of Buck Road, Alliance, reported at 12:43 p.m. Wednesday that a 2003 Dodge parked in the lot behind Randy's Barber Shop was damaged. The glass was cracked on the windshield, the door was scratched and there were scratches on the roof. It appeared someone tried to pry open the door.

- A woman at a business in the Eastgate Plaza on East State Street reported at 12:42 p.m. Wednesday that a customer became upset over a discrepancy with the expiration date of the tanning package he purchased. He made a statement about getting his money back one way or another.

-A suspicious person was reported at 9:56 a.m. Wednesday on Salem-Unity Road. No one was seen around and it was determined to be outside the city limits. Goshen Township was notified.

- Suspicious vehicles were reported at 9:53 a.m. Wednesday in Centennial Park, but left before police arrived.

- A man in the 300 block of West Fifth Street reported at 9:46 a.m. Wednesday that he walked across the street to his friend's house and found a large machete knife in the yard. He and his friend both believe the machete was left there by a local male juvenile. An officer took the object, with the matter turned over to the juvenile officer.


- A West Pine Street woman reported at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday her son's car was vandalized while parked at football practice.

- The manager at Smith Oil reported Sept. 22 they had a customer purchase a gasoline a week ago but the person has yet to return to pay despite efforts to contact the person. The officer told the manager not to let anyone get gas without paying.



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