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February 7, 2014
Salem News


- No citation was issued after a two-vehicle accident at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of U.S. Route 62/state Route 45 bypass and state Route 14/Benton Road. Elaine Tubecki, 53, of Salem, was stopped for a red light traveling south on the bypass, started to go through the intersection when the light turned green and allegedly stopped abruptly and was struck from behind by another southbound vehicle driven by Michael Helmick, 37, who was unable to come to a stop. The report said there was very minor damage to both vehicles. Tubecki was taken by ambulance to Salem Regional Medical Center for a possible injury.

- A resident on Hunt Road reported at 11:17 a.m. Wednesday that a phone message was left on her phone by a person who claimed to be an employee of the Columbiana County courts who said she was to call them back immediately regarding a subpoena that was to be served that day. She became suspicious after checking the number left to call back because it had a New York area code. She called and spoke to the man who left the message and learned he was a bill collector looking for a family member over an old collection. She wanted a report since he lied about who he was.

- A Beechwood Road resident called at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday to report a male he didn't know was laying on his front porch. Officers from both Perry Township and Salem responded and found a highly intoxicated man with no shoes or coat who did not know how he got there. He had facial injuries consistent with possibly being assaulted. He denied knowing what happened to him and declined medical treatment. He was taken to his brother's residence.


- Shane Koehler, 29, of Cuyahoga Falls, was cited for assured clear distance and driving under suspension after the northbound vehicle he was driving slid on the icy/snow-covered road on South Lincoln Avenue at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and struck the rear of a northbound vehicle driven by Mary Sinsley, 50, of McCracken Road, who also slid on the ice but was able to stop behind the car in front of her. She refused treatment for slight back discomfort, saying she would go to the doctor on her own.

- A dog was reported at large at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Oak Street and Park Avenue, but was not found.

- Officers responded at 7:16 a.m. Thursday to the 700 block of East Fifth Street for a disturbance between neighbors. Two females said they were having problems with the neighbors, but it was a verbal confrontation only, with no violence. One of the male juveniles from the neighbor's residence missed the school bus as an officer was speaking with him and was given a courtesy ride to school.

- A loud person was reported at 2:43 a.m. Thursday in the 500 block of East Fifth Street. Officers spoke with the person making the noise and resolved the situation.

- Excessive noise was reported at 12:40 a.m. Thursday in the 600 block of North Lincoln Avenue, but no vehicle or person was found making noise.

- A dispute was reported at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of East Fifth Street in a downstairs apartment. Officers made contact with residents who affirmed they had a verbal argument, but there was no more problem.

- No citation was issued and no injury was reported after John Shellenberger, 24, of Broadway Avenue, reported at 6:16 p.m. Wednesday that his vehicle was southbound on North Ellsworth Avenue approaching Second Street when he attempted to stop for the red light, but the road surface was solid ice. He saw an eastbound vehicle on Second Street about to enter the intersection and swerved right to avoid a potential collision, striking a snow bank and metal light pole at Lease Drug which was sheered off at the base. His vehicle sustained damage to the front bumper.

- A woman on Ridgewood Drive reported at 2:01 p.m. Wednesday that she received unwanted text messages from a person. Police told the person to stop.

- A audible alarm was reported at 5:41 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of South Broadway Avenue. Officers checked the interior after the keyholder opened the door, with nothing appearing out of order. The building was secured.

- No injuries were reported and no citations issued after Ryan Smith, 36, of North Ellsworth Avenue was attempting to turn his vehicle northbound onto West School Street from Fourth Street at 5:26 p.m. Wednesday and slid into a utility pole due to poor road conditions. The left front of the vehicle was damaged.

- A clerk at Smith Oil, East State Street, reported a drive-off at 3:02 p.m. Wednesday, with police locating the vehicle and stopping the car. The driver said she used her bank card at the pump. She returned to Smith Oil and the problem was corrected.

- Officers spoke with tenants at a residence in the 600 block of East Fourth Street at 3:16 p.m. Wednesday regarding a neighbor dispute, but received conflicting stories regarding the use of a shared driveway.

- A man reported at 8:33 a.m. Wednesday that he was plowing the snow from a driveway on the west side of North Ellsworth Avenue and pushed snow over to the east side of the street. A resident in the 1300 block got upset that the snow was pushed over to his driveway and he would not be able to move it. Once the truck driver pushed the snow off to the side, the resident was satisfied.


- Laura Elizabeth Diamond, 29, Alliance, was arrested for theft after police responded to the Dollar General in Beloit at 9:20 p.m. Saturday where she allegedly attempted to steal several items, then fled the store without them when confronted by an employee. She was located at her home after she retrieved her wallet from an Alliance business where she told the complainant she had left it.

While en route to the police station, Diamond claimed she was having a panic attack and seizure. Damascus and Green Township EMTs responded but found no signs of a seizure. Diamond refused any further medical attention.

- Joseph William Jenkins Jr., 25, Canfield, was cited for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop for an equipment violation on U.S. Route 62 at Pine Lake Road at 11:50 p.m. Sunday in which he was a passenger. Jenkins also had a warrant for his arrest out of Tennessee, but was out of pick-up radius. A search of the vehicle uncovered a small bag of marijuana and rolling papers that Jenkins claimed as his own. The driver, Courtney Fry, 24, of the same address, was cited for a missing headlight.

- Michael Marx Coe, 23, 16281 Taggart Road, Wellsville, was cited for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, driving under suspension and speeding following a traffic stop on state Route 165 at Beaver Street at 11:06 a.m. Monday.


- An officer assisted Washingtonville police at a fight in the 300 block of Union Street at 12:08 p.m. Jan. 25, then returned at 1:56 p.m. the same day to assist when the fight broke out again.

- An officer investigated a report of a man walking into a residence without permission at a Somer Street home at 12:23 a.m. Monday.

- The landlord of Cole Alley apartments reported at 4:44 p.m. Tuesday that a tenant had moved out a few days prior and apparently abandoned a kitten in the apartment without water access for several days. The landlord said she had secured the cat for the animal's safety. The police department is evaluating the situation for possible charges against the tenant.

- Police responded to the area of Somer Street at 12:08 p.m. Wednesday where a resident reported juveniles were blocking vehicles and then throwing snow at them when they passed. The officer could not find any juveniles in the area.


- Greg Plunkett was arrested on a county warrant at 12:21 a.m. Wednesday on North Main Street.

- Police were called to the Circle K parking lot for a report of a dispute between a snow plow driver and a woman who was claiming her car was plowed in. The woman left before police arrived.

- A Beechwood Drive couple reported at 1:14 p.m. Wednesday their juvenile granddaughter who lives with them was being unruly.

- A woman reported at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday the back window was broken out of a vehicle on South Main Street.

- The street department reported at 3:38 p.m. two vehicles parked in front of 222 Union St. the last few nights needed to be moved that evening because of snow and icy conditions and they were making it difficult for the snow plows to get through. Police found the vehicles belonged to a nearby resident who was told to move them.



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