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February 21, 2014
Salem News


- Police are looking for the owner/operator of a vehicle after a one-vehicle crash reported at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday at the deadend off of the U.S. Route 62/state Route 45 bypass and state Route 14 interchange. Police had been called to the area for two people jumping in front of vehicles. When officers arrived, the two people flagged them down and said they needed help because they were in an accident. The male passenger told police his friend was driving and drove off the deadend down a hill, coming to a stop next to the tree line, then left the scene before police arrived. The two passengers, Thomas Roourke, 38, of East Liverpool, and Brenda Keener, 61, whose last known address was Salem, were taken by EMT Ambulance to the Salem Regional Medical Center for treatment. James Beckett, 34, of East Liverpool, was identified as the owner/operator of the vehicle. He has not been located. A hold has been placed on the vehicle.

- Police responded at 9:36 p.m. Wednesday to the 1200 block of Stewart Road for a report of people removing items from a residence when the owner is out of state. Police arrived and found a woman at the residence who lives there and is married to the owner, who called in the complaint. He was told the matter was civil and to contact his attorney.

- An open door was reported at 5:47 p.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of West State Street at the C&C Trailer Court. The caller said the homeowners left for work and they noticed the door open. The homeowners have aggressive dogs and the caller was afraid to close the door. Police were able to secure it.

- Police were called at 4:31 p.m. Wednesday to the 1200 block of Elberon Avenue for a report of a suspicious person sitting in a resident's driveway. Police spoke to the female who said she wanted an ambulance because she was threatening to harm herself. KLG responded and transported her to Salem Regional Medical Center.


- Police responded for an interior alarm activated at a residence in the 900 block of South Lincoln Avenue at 12:57 p.m. Thursday and found an exterior door unsecured. A keyholder arrived to check the residence and it was found the resident was in the basement working and didn't hear the officer at the door.

- A caller at 12:40 p.m. Thursday asked police to check the well-being of a resident on East Fourth Street, reporting he was concerned when he tried to call a friend and could not understand him and believed he needed medical care. An officer checked and learned the friend was okay, but suffering from laryngitis. The caller was notified.

- An officer on patrol at 10:04 a.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Cleveland Street ran the dealer plate on an Isuzu Trooper parked on the street and it came back as cancelled with orders to confiscate the plate. The officer removed the plate so it could be sent back to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

- Joshua Gabrick, 18, of Poland, was cited for assured clear distance after his southbound vehicle struck the rear of another southbound vehicle driven by Patricia Coryea, 62, of Boardman, who had stopped for cars in front of her in the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue at 7:52 a.m. Thursday. Gabrick attempted to stop but his vehicle slid on black ice. Coryea was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center for neck/back discomfort.

- No citation was issued against Jason Galchick, 36, of Elberon Avenue, after he pulled his vehicle from a private lot onto West State Street and slid on the ice-covered roadway, traveling off of the road and coming to a stop at the northeast corner of West State Street and North Howard Avenue at 7:13 a.m. Thursday. The vehicle sustained a right front flat tire from rubbing a fire hydrant cap. There was no damage to the fire hydrant.

- Police responded at 3:14 a.m. Thursday to Circle K West on West State Street to speak with a Washingtonville man who said a friend assaulted him at a Sharp Avenue residence. He didn't want to pursue charges and was given a lift to the police station to await a ride to his residence outside the city.

- A barking dog was reported at 2:10 a.m. Thursday in the 500 block of Washington Avenue. An officer heard the dog bark once. The owner was contacted and took the dog inside.

- A suspicious person was reported at 11:56 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of North Lincoln Avenue where an unknown man had been standing outside a store for a long time. The man told police he was just waiting for a ride. The ride arrived as the officer was leaving.

- A dog was reported barking persistently at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Newgarden Avenue and Liberty Street. Officers remained in the area listening for any disturbance and heard a dog bark a few times after a loud truck drove through the area, but the dog was not barking habitually. The minor disturbance did not meet the criteria to warrant a barking dog violation. The area was quiet after the loud truck left.

- An open manhole was reported at 5:38 p.m. Wednesday on Dodge Drive and West State Street. An orange traffic barrell covering the hole had been moved, with an officer placing it back over the hole.

- Heather Carranza, of Ohio Avenue, reported at 4:52 p.m. Wednesday that someone entered her vehicle and stole her purse, which contained identification cards, credit cards and a set of wedding rings.

- A man on Bricker Farm Lane reported at 4:05 p.m. Wednesday that he was notified by his accountant that someone had electronically filed a fraudulent tax return using his social security number. He was working with the IRS to rectify the problem, but needed a police report for documentation. The return listed an address that does not exist.

- Dogs at large were reported at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Olive Street. Officers saw two dogs running free and made contact with the owner who said they must have gotten loose. They were taken in for the evening.


- Devon N. Davis, 23, 450 Union St., Washingtonville, was cited for failure to control following a one-vehicle crash in Green Township at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday in which she was westbound in the 7000 block of state Route 14 and traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a guardrail. No injuries were reported.


- Dave Evans reported he was in the McDonald's parking lot at noon Wednesday when someone in a white van backed into his vehicle.

- A caller reported someone's garbage container was rolling around on the railroad tracks at Pittsburgh Street at 1:32 p.m. Wednesday. An officer removed the trash container.

- Bill Cosgrove, Richards Alley, reported Wednesday afternoon there was a raccoon in his back yard that was moving slowly, leading him to believe it was either sick or injured. The raccoon moved to where the officer could not reach it, so he left. About an hour later, Patty Brown, Fairfield School Road, called to report the raccoon was now in her back yard.

- Amy Westover called Wednesday to complain about the sidewalks not being cleared of snow on North Main Street, from 7th Street to state Route 14. Police said they would look into the matter and advised her of the city ordinance regarding removing snow from sidewalks.

- Goshen Township police called at 11:12 p.m. Wednesday to ask that an officer check for a woman whose vehicle was involved in a crash in their township. An officer went to the woman's residence on West Salem Street but no one appeared to be home.


- David Todd, East Lincoln Way, reported Feb. 4 being assaulted by his girlfriend, Amber Possage, and Homer Carnes. Todd, who was extremely drunk, was told to come in the next day when he was sober to file a report. While there, Possage showed up and she said Todd entered Carnes' apartment and shoved him against a bookcase, so Carnes wrestled Todd to the ground and began hitting him. Possage said her only involvement was trying to break up the fight.

- A caller reported there was a suspicious person in the Sunset Drive area at 4:15 p.m. Feb. 3, but the police did not come across any such person.

- Rachel Eason, Grant Street, reported being involved in a minor traffic accident with Stacey Catlett on South Market Street on Jan. 31. Catlett reportedly drove into the rear of Eason's vehicle.

- Clarence B. Knotts of Canton was stopped at a red light on West Lincoln Way on Jan. 23 when he was struck in the rear by vehicle driven by Timothy R. White of Hubbard.

- Marie Shinn, West Washington Street, reported a domestic dispute at 4 p.m. Monday. Police spoke with Taylor Merriman, who said she and her live-in boyfriend had an argument during which she broke the TV and he broke a door window. Shinn, who is Merriman's mother, wanted something done about the window, but the officer told her this was an issue for the landlord since the boyfriend also lives there.

- Megan Morrow, Maple Street, reported at 10:23 p.m. Feb. 13 someone came on her porch and tried to open the door. Police arrived but did not find any prowler.

- Wayne Smith reported Tuesday he was moving out of his apartment on West Chestnut Street and landlord Nicole Hilton was giving him a hard time. Meanwhile, Hilton called the police department to say that Smith and his friend were taking too long to move him out. An officer arrived and stood by until Smith was done. Smith had called the day before to say he was being evicted and that Hilton had changed the locks. He was given a ride to spend the night at a friend's apartment.

- Thomas A. Faulkner, 50, of Rayland, was cited for assured cleared distance after he drove into the rear of a vehicle driven by John W. Barnett, 55, Pine Hollow Road, Rogers, who had stopped on state Route 154 while trying to pull into the BP station at 5:44 p.m. Monday.

- Kristan Jones, St. Jacob-Logtown Road, Leetonia, reported Monday that while her vehicle was parked on East Chestnut Street it was struck by someone driving a dark blue van who kept going. The license plate came back to Michael Robinson of East Palestine, who said Steve B. Amos is now the vehicle owner. Amos, of East Palestine, admitted being involved in the accident but thought the mirrors had just touched.

- While on patrol at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday an officer found Harry Hawkins from Akron sleeping on the floor just inside the front door of the post office. Hawkins said he waiting until the post office opened to get directions back to Akron. Hawkins was sent on his way and told not to be staying anywhere else that is closed.

- Dominic Florea, 18, Hartley Road, Alliance, was charged Wednesday with criminal damaging after admitting cutting two tires on a vehicle belonging to Hayden Gostey on Feb. 16.



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