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February 6, 2014
Salem News


- Someone by the name of Nicole reported Jan. 15 receiving harassing and threatening messages on her answering machine from Christina Barz. The officer listened to the message and did not hear anything that could be perceived as threatening.

- A caller reported there was a dog running loose on Thomas Road on Jan. 14. An officer found the dog in a back yard but not tied up. No one was home, so the officer left her business card.

- Police were called to an apartment house on North Market Street at 1:34 p.m. Jan. 29, where a maintenance man dealing with some frozen pipes needed to get into the basement apartment but the tenant, Dan Hipple, refused to let him in. Hipple relented, and the maintenance man found that Hipple keeps a heater going to keep the pipes from freezing and that the problem was on the outside.

- A caller reported suspicious activity at the Episcopal Church at 6:25 p.m. Jan. 29, and police arrived to find a man there who said he had been there for a "couple of days" but was leaving the next day for Salem. There was no signs of criminal activity.

- Nicole Hilton, West Chestnut Street, reported Jan. 29 that some items were missing from her home and she had no idea who would have taken them.

- Casey Carman reportedly backed into a van driven by Nancy Bassham at the intersection of West Lincoln Way and Thomas Road at 6:12 a.m. Monday.

- Police responded to a report of an unruly juvenile at the alternate school, operated by county juvenile court, at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Arianne West said that during gym class a 14-year-old boy threatened another youth after trying to hit him with a ball. The boy took off but was restrained before he could assault the other boy, but then he broke free and ran outside before he was caught. He refused to calm down and continued to yell and scream, so he was taken to the county juvenile detention center.

- Police responded to a call for medical assistance on North Jefferson Street at 12:42 p.m. Monday. Robert White was in the process of being placed inside an ambulance when an officer arrived.


- A woman in the 900 block of East Third Street reported at 11:29 a.m. Wednesday that there were two unauthorized transactions on her bank account, with one from Jan. 23 for $100 at the Salem Walmart and one on Jan. 24 for $187 at Circle K.

- John Burkey of Quaker Corner Flower & Gifts, 890 E. State St., reported at 10:47 a.m. Wednesday that two heart-shaped wreaths made of red roses were stolen from the front doors of the business. They were valued at $100 each.

- Police assisted the Salem Street Department several times Wednesday morning and Tuesday night in the removal of vehicles illegally parked on the streets in violation of the snow emergency parking ban throughout the city. Several vehicles were towed Wednesday morning and at least 17 vehicles were towed Tuesday night. The parking ban was in effect from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 9 p.m. Wednesday. In some cases, owners were found and moved the vehicles before they had to be towed. Some parking tickets were issued. The cost of towing falls to the owners of the vehicles.

- Police responded at 5:57 a.m. Wednesday to Mac Trailer, 1453 Allen Road, for a medical emergency/overdose and when they arrived, EMS personnel gave them an item of drug paraphernalia. Officers spoke with the man in question about the paraphernalia and an additional item of paraphernalia was retrieved from him. He was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center by Summit-Stark Ambulance. Charges are pending.

- A woman in the 900 block of East Third Street reported at 10:02 p.m. Tuesday that she discovered one of her credit cards missing and learned it had been used at a business in the 2800 block of East State Street on Tuesday for an unauthorized charge of $100.

-An anonymous caller at 8:11 p.m. Tuesday asked police to respond to Walmart, 2875 E. State St., to check the well-being of a juvenile whose mother was reportedly seen handling the child in a rough manner. The mother and daughter were located and were both fine. The mother said the child has behavioral issues and had a tantrum in the store. She understood why someone called the police. A man approached who said he witnessed what happened and told police the child was out of control and the mother did all she could to control her. He said the mother did not harm the child and just tried to get her under control after the child got upset because she couldn't have something she wanted. A witness had also responded to the police department with concerns and was told the findings.

- Police were called at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday to the 900 block of North Ellsworth Avenue for an unruly juvenile. A woman said her daughter was being unruly and not listening. Some money was missing and her daughter was suspected of taking it. When she confronted her, an argument started. An officer spoke to the daughter who denied taking the money but said she had taken things in the past from various places. She was told the possible consequences and the mother was told of her options in juvenile court.

- A woman in the 700 block of East Fifth Street reported at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday that a person in the apartment beside hers was banging on the walls. Officers attempted, but no contact could be made. They didn't hear any noises.

- A man contacted police at 5:24 p.m. Tuesday to report possible drug activity, reporting a text message from a male who apparently had a wrong phone number.

- A cover was reported missing from a storm drain at 5:23 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of South Ellsworth Avenue. The street department was contacted.

- An officer on patrol at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday saw a moderate amount of water flowing into the street near the northwest corner of Sharp Avenue and Prospect Street. The problem was found to be a broken water hose spigot at a residence on Sharp Avenue. The resident was notified about the leak.

- Police were called at 4:26 p.m. Tuesday to the 1200 block of South Lincoln Avenue for an unruly juvenile report. A grandmother reported her grandson had been in trouble at school, wouldn't listen and would not come inside the residence. The child was located at Mullins Park and told to listen to his grandmother.

- Police responded at 4:14 p.m. Tuesday to the 600 block of Prospect Street for a report of a child that had not arrived home from school. Upon arrival, police learned the child was found and everything was fine.

- A man from Benton Road reported at 3:06 p.m. Tuesday that a former friend who resides in Salem would not return his property when he went to retrieve it. Contact was made with the person who said they were in the process of moving and everything was packed in a U-haul truck. He said they would return the items after the truck is unpacked.

- A woman at 2:36 p.m. Tuesday reported having a problem with a female motorist in the Giant Eagle parking lot. She said the female would not let her move her vehicle so she asked her if she could get out to leave and the female began swearing and took photos of her with a cell phone. The woman was able to leave and traveled east on State Street with the female following right on her bumper to the Dunkin' Donuts near Walmart. The female sat in her Nissan in the upper parking area watching her before leaving and driving east towards Washingtonville. The woman said the female was acting crazy and she did not know her or why she acted the way she did. She was concerned about the female taking pictures of her and her license plate.


- A woman reported at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday there was someone in a vehicle by the railroad tracks on South Elm Street blowing an air horn as she crossed the tracks and it scared her. Police checked the area but did not see the driver.

- Virgil Felger, Pueblo Lane, reported at 3:49 p.m. Tuesday his ex-girlfriend Deirdre Steiginga continues to call, rummages through cars in the driveway and refuses to leave the property until he starts to record on video. Police called Steiginga and warned her that a report had been filed and she wasn't to call, text, e-mail, Facebook, come around or contact Felger in any way.

- A Southern Terrace man reported at 7:37 p.m. Tuesday a very large dog was loose in his yard.

- The sheriff's office requested at 10:38 p.m. Tuesday police go to 44915 state Route 14 to tell a man there to quit calling 911, as he had called several times throughout the evening, even after dispatchers told him to stop. The man's cell phone reportedly did not have an active account and would only call 911. Police told the man to stop calling 911 or he would be charged.


- Roy Szanny, Shining Tree Lane, reported Tuesday someone tried to access his on-line award points from Visa. A New York address was used and the transaction was not processed.



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