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January 5, 2014
Salem News


- Police responded to the 500 block of Walnut Street at 5:07 a.m. Saturday for a parking complaint. A car had backed into a parked vehicle, with no damage to the parked vehicle and minor damage to the 2007 red Chevy Cobalt whose owner could not be found. A parking ticket was issued for the Cobalt.

- An officer on patrol at 2:28 a.m. Saturday saw an occupied vehicle near the intersection of West Third Street and Stewart Avenue parked in the road. The occupants were found intoxicated with no keys in the vehicle. They were told to call for a sober ride.

- An anonymous caller at 11:27 p.m. Saturday reported a man walking in the road on Woodland Avenue. The man told police he was unable to walk on the sidewalks on Woodland due to snow on them. He was told to be careful.

- Police were called at 10:36 p.m. Friday to Fairview Court to speak to a man about his son, whom he said is involved in illegal drugs and he was concerned for his safety. He was told his options.

- Police responded to the 600 block of East Third Street for a report at 9:08 p.m. Friday of someone possibly wanting to harm themselves. A woman had received text messages suggesting a male she knows may harm himself. Officers spoke to the man who said a friend was playing a prank and using his phone to send text messages to others.

- A barking dog was reported at 7:59 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of East Eighth Street and was taken inside.

- A woman came to the police station at 7:03 p.m. Friday to report she had not received an item back that had been reported stolen previously by a man she knows. The man was contacted and the item was brought to the station and returned to her.

- A woman from the 1000 block of Liberty Street reported at 6:51 p.m. Friday that her sister removed money from a bank account that was to benefit the woman's son. Her sister's name and her son's name were on the special bank account. An officer was contacting the bank, but she was told it's likely a civil matter.

- A dog was reported in the road in the 1700 block of East State Street at 6:25 p.m. Friday. An officer saw the dog under a truck afraid to come out. Officers attempted to get the dog to come out, then the owner arrived to retrieve the dog. The owner was warned to keep the dog secured.

- An officer at 4:51 p.m. Friday saw a man soliciting money at the entrance to Walmart and told him to move along. He had been warned in the past not to solicit in the area.

- Police responded to the Walmart parking lot entrance off of Cunningham Road for a private property accident reported at 4:47 p.m. Friday. Heather Sypherd, 40, of Lisbon Street, Leetonia, reported she had turned into the lot from Cunningham and her vehicle went straight on ice and hit a light pole. Her daughter, 19-year-old Tessa Telshaw, of the same address, hit her head on the dashboard and was taken to Salem Community Hospital. No citations were issued since the accident occurred on private property.

- A parking complaint regarding a shared driveway was reported at 1:51 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of North Lincoln Avenue, but no parking violation was found. The vehicle in question had left. The other half of the shared drive called after seeing a cruiser there and was told there was no problem since no one was blocking the drive.

- No injuries were reported and no citations issued after a collision at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and South Lincoln Avenue at 12:54 p.m. Friday. Deborah Miller, 61, of Painter Road, said she was eastbound on Franklin at the intersection when the other vehicle ran the traffic light and struck her vehicle. Sherry Gavin, 28, of Boardman, said she was northbound on Lincoln approaching the intersection when the other vehicle ran the traffic light causing her vehicle to strike the other vehicle. Both drivers said they had the green light. No independent witnesses were around at the time of the accident.

- A woman in the 400 block of Franklin Street reported a possible attempted break-in at 11:25 a.m. Friday, saying she found pry marks on the back door of her apartment. She didn't believe entry was made.

- Elsie English, Vine Avenue, reported at 11:10 a.m. Friday that when her vehicle was towed Thursday night, the front license plate fell off or was knocked off of her vehicle.

The tow company was unable to find the plate. She was given a report number so she can get a new one.

- Dave Bedell, of North Ellsworth Avenue, reported at 10:56 a.m. Friday that sometime between Dec. 29 and Dec. 30, someone removed the baby Jesus from the manger scene by the front of his residence. He would just like the baby back, no questons asked.

-A domestic was reported at 10:06 a.m. Friday in the 300 block of Newgarden Avenue. A woman reported her boyfriend had taken off and there was no violence.


- Michael Mellinger, of Jersey Ridge Road, Salem, reported at 5:15 p.m. Friday that he discovered his 12-gauge shotgun missing from his home.

- A resident in the 2700 block of Grafton Road, Leetonia, reported at 4:21 p.m. Wednesday that his neighbor was shooting a gun on or near his property and he didn't feel it was safe.

The constable spoke to the neighbor who was getting his gun ready for muzzle loader season and agreed not to shoot in the area anymore.

- A welfare check was requested by Leetonia firefighters at 11:54 a.m. Thursday for Thomas Wright, 38, Salem Unity Road, Salem. Wright's body was discovered by officers, and he was pronounced dead by the county coroner's office. The body was later released to a funeral home.


- Police were called to a one-car accident at a ditch on Springfield Road at 5:31 a.m. Friday. No injuries or damage to the vehicle were reported.

- Police assisted the Ohio State Highway Patrol regarding an accident at the Dunkin Donuts on state Route 14 at 8:39 a.m. Friday.

- Tim Dickey, Union Street, reported at 9:45 a.m. Friday regarding people using his dumpster.

- Elizabeth Stamp reported at 10:50 a.m. Friday that a man left her taxi without paying.

- Kala Elser, South Bayshore Drive, reported a case of fraud at 4:35 p.m. Friday.

- A motorist reported at 7:09 p.m. Friday that a reckless driver was heading east on state Route 14 and then turned north on state Route 46. Beaver Township police were also notified.



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