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January 28, 2014
Salem News


- Katie M. Watson, 34, East Third Street, Salem, was cited for assured cleared distance after she struck vehicles driven by Terry L. Musser, 42, Salem Grange Road, Salem, and Christine M. Borg, 48, state Route 164, Lisbon, at the intersection of North Beaver and West Pine streets at 11:04 a.m. Friday. Watson was southbound on Beaver Street when she struck Musser, who had slowed to turn, and Borg, who was stopped at the stop sign.

- Christina L. Bowser, 25, Center Avenue, Lisbon, was cited for making an improper turn after she turned onto Race Road from state Route 517, striking a vehicle driven by Barry L. Thompson Jr., 36, County Home Road, Lisbon, at 11:38 a.m. Friday.

- Doug Gannon of Leesburg reportedly backed into a vehicle driven by Lauri Wymer, South Beaver Street, in the Circle K parking lot at 5:38 p.m. Friday.

- Cathy Pickens, Thomas Road, reported her home had just been struck by a white Jeep Cherokee at 10:52 p.m. Sunday and that the motorist fled the scene. After being unable to locate the SUV, police returned to the home and noticed damage to the front porch and outside wall, and the drywall on the inside of the home was found to be cracked.


- Police responded to the 1500 block of Jennings Avenue at 12:36 p.m. Sunday for a vehicle in a ditch. Jesse Williams, 30, of Lisbon said he slid off the right side of the road and the right two tires got stuck. Sinsley's Towing pulled the truck from the ditch. No injuries were reported. No citation was issued.

- Alicia Barnes, 28, of Dublin, was cited for reasonable control after her Jeep Liberty slid off of the east side of North Ellsworth Avenue just south of Pine Lake Road, with the vehicle coming to a stop on its side in a ditch at 10:56 a.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported. Sinsley's Towing removed the vehicle.

- Police were called at 10 a.m. Sunday to the U.S. Route 62 four-lane at North Lincoln Avenue for a report of a possible water line break in the median. Police found the water was not on the road and not causing a hazard. The Salem Water Department was contacted.

- Police responded at 4:20 a.m. Sunday to the Colonial Motel, U.S. Route 62, Salem, to assist Goshen Police with a fight. Police learned a man had been severely assaulted at a residence in Salem. A Perry officer remained until a second officer from Goshen arrived.

- Police responded at 7:30 a.m. Saturday to the 1600 block of Brooklyn Avenue to assist the Perry Township road department with removal of a vehicle from the road for plowing. The owner was contacted and moved the vehicle.

- Police responded at 10:27 p.m. Friday to the 1800 block of North Ellsworth Avenue with Salem Police, Salem Fire Department First Responders and KLG Ambulance for a report of a person struck by a vehicle. It was determined there was no accident. The person had just fallen and was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center to be evaluated.

- No citation was issued, but Ronald Hippley, 54, of Georgetown Road, Salem, was found at fault for insurance purposes after the truck he was driving with a snow plow attempted to leave the Circle K South parking lot and struck a car driven by Roberto Escamilla, 47, of state Route 45, Salem, who was trying to enter the lot from state Route 45 (Pidgeon Road) at 5:23 p.m. Friday. The plow caught the driver's door of the car, but both vehicles were driven from the scene.

- A resident of Conser Drive reported at 5:04 p.m. Friday that a person she knows took jewelry from her home without permission in early December. The report said she allegedly confronted the person and requested the items returned, but the person has failed to comply. Information was being obtained for investigation and possible charges.

- A caller at 4:31 p.m. Friday reported a northbound dump truck on state Route 45 had its bed raised and caught a stabilizer guide wire for hanging directional signs at the intersection of state Route 45/U.S. Route 62/state Route 173 at West State Street, pulling down the lower cable and snapping it from the signs and post. Police removed the cable and called the Ohio Department of Transportation to make a repair. The dump truck fled the scene.


- An officer investigated a report of a semi truck that had allegedly struck a pole at state Route 344 and Madison Street then fled the scene at 7:57 p.m. Jan. 10.

- Officers responded with a village official to an alarm at the Coke Ovens storage building at 6:44 a.m. Jan. 15 but found nothing suspicious. Determined it to possibly be a door that had not been secured properly.

- An officer responded to the 200 block of Washington Street at 8:46 a.m. Jan. 17 in reference to property damage.

- An officer responded to a dispute in the 500 block of Washington Street in Washingtonville at 1:29 a.m. Jan. 18.

- An officer responded to domestic dispute in the 200 block of Front Street at 8:45 p.m. Friday.

- An officer assisted Washingtonville police at a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Union Street in Washingtonville at 12:08 p.m. Saturday.

- An officer stood by while a resident in the 100 block of Main Street gathered her belongings to leave the residence at 12:46 p.m. Saturday.

- Police responded to an alarm at a Beeson Mill Road business at 12:18 a.m. Monday but found nothing suspicious.


- Vince Pendergast reported at 9:29 a.m. Sunday a dog was outside in the cold for nearly an hour at a Fairfield Avenue home. Police checked on the dog and found it to be healthy and well fed and the owner took it back inside the home. There were no further problems.

- Carrie Rayl reported at 5:18 p.m. Sunday the garage door of a house on North Vine Street was open for a long time and believed the residents had possibly forgotten to shut it when they left. Police went to the home and found no problems.


- Officers responded at 1:21 a.m. Monday to the 600 block of East Third Street for a reported assault. A man said his friend was being assaulted by her boyfriend and he was not letting her leave. He also reported there were threats made to kill her. Officers located the residence, but couldn't make contact with anyone. While outside, they clearly heard a female scream for help. Officers forced entry into the residence and detained everyone. James McVay, 30, of 654 E. Third St., was found to have an active warrant out of Canfield and was taken into custody. The female gave a statement to be reviewed for possible charges. While leaving, officers observed drug paraphernalia in plain sight which was photographed and seized.

- Police were called at 11:47 p.m. Sunday to the 600 block of Cedar Street for a prowler. A woman said a suspicious man was walking around her residence, then as officers were arriving, she called dispatch and said he got into a car. He was backing out of a drive and heading east. Officers saw the vehicle, stopped it and talked to the driver. After a brief investigation, Christopher Zepernick, 33, of 196 1/2 Hawley Ave., was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments for allegedly having a needle, driving under suspension and open container. He was taken to the Columbiana County jail.

- A dispute was reported at 9:55 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Franklin where a woman wanted a man to leave because he was intoxicated and yelling. Since he lives there, she was told he can't be forced to leave. No physical violence occurred. They were told to go to separate rooms for the night.

- An officer responded at 9:44 p.m. Sunday to the intersection of East State Street and Lincoln Avenue to check for equipment lost from a vehicle of a local ambulance service. The equipment was found and returned.

- A suspicious vehicle was reported at 8:58 p.m. Sunday in a parking lot in the 2300 block of East State Street. The occupants were told to move along.

- Police were called at 7:13 p.m. Sunday to the 100 block of West Fourth Street for an alleged fight in progress. The man who called had been at a residence on Fifth Street and refused to leave when told by the homeowner. He and a friend eventually left and the homeowner followed them to the West Fourth Street address where a physical altercation occurred. They were told their options.

- A man at 6:33 p.m. Sunday wanted to speak to an officer about a phone he bought that he thinks may be stolen property. He resides in Perry Township and purchased the phone from someone who came to his home, so he was referred to the township police.

- A man in the 200 block of West Ninth Street reported at 5:20 p.m. Sunday that he caught a stray dog running at large. Other officers told the responding officer it may be the same dog seen running earlier that would run away from anyone who tried to catch it. The humane officer was called to pick up the dog.

- A legally parked Chevy Trailblazer owned by Jennifer Ross was struck in the driver side front area while facing west in the 400 block of Aetna Street at 2:45 a.m. Sunday. The other vehicle fled.


- Police responded to the Sharon Lynn Girls Home at 9:44 p.m. Dec. 29 where a female juvenile resident reportedly struck two adults with her fists and feet.

- Police responded to a burglary report in the 11000 block of state Route 165 at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 30.

- A Calla Road resident reported at 7:59 p.m. Dec. 30 that she received a driver's license in the mail with her information on it but someone else's picture.

- Police received a report of someone impersonating a police officer in the 18000 block of Fifth Street in Beloit at 4 p.m. Jan. 2.

- A Beaver Creek Road resident reported at 1:52 p.m. Jan. 3 that her credit card had been used in the New York area.

- Police responded to the Dollar General in Beloit at 3:10 p.m. Jan. 3 where an employee reported a woman had possibly taken items from the store.

- Police responded to theft report at the Dollar General in Beloit at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 4.

- Police responded to the Sharon Lynn Girls Home at 8:10 p.m. Jan. 5 where a worker reported a juvenile female resident became upset that school was canceled and punched him in the face when told to go to her room. He said she then kicked him when he attempted to restrain her. He also reported that another resident began throwing items around the house while he was dealing with the first resident.

- A 6000 block Western Reserve Road resident reported at 10:18 a.m. Jan. 6 that sometime in the past six months someone had stolen his motorcycle from his garage.

- Police responded to a state Route 45 home at 1:35 p.m. Jan. 7 where a woman reported her daughters had been arguing about television recordings.

- Police received a report of a stolen cell phone the prior evening at a wrestling match at West Branch High School at 9:35 a.m. Jan. 10.

- Students were asked to leave a school dance at West Branch High School following a verbal altercation between girls at 7 p.m. Jan. 11.

- Gregory M. Kale, 71, 1891 Klinger NE, Alliance, was cited for right-of-way on a public highway following a two-vehicle crash in the 14000 block of Western Reserve Road at 1:21 p.m. Jan. 21 in which he was pulling eastbound from a driveway and allegedly entered the path of another eastbound vehicle driven by Matthew J. Roesti, 25, Salem, who swerved to miss but struck Kale's vehicle before traveling off the opposite side the roadway, striking a tree and spinning then coming to rest against second tree. No injuries were reported.



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