POLICE REPORTS

SALEM

— Giovanni Centofanti, of Goshen Road, was cited for possession of marijuana after police responded to the 1700 block of East State Street for a suspicious vehicle reported at 2:29 a.m. Tuesday. Police made contact with the driver and two occupants and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. The people admitted they smoked an hour before. Officers conducted a probable cause search and found a bag of marijuana and a vape pen used for THC liquid. The passengers both denied that it belonged to them, with police citing the driver.

— Justin Smotherman, 33, of 154 Benton Road, was charged with domestic violence, resisting arrest and obstructing official business, all misdemeanors, after police were called at 11:26 p.m. Monday to his residence for a report of a male holding a knife to a female. Officers observed the male through the front window of the apartment with what appeared to be a knife in his hand. The male refused initial orders from officers and was taken to the ground where he resisted them. He was arrested for the obstruction and resisting arrest charges, then after an investigation of the original complaint, he was also charged with domestic violence. At the station, he complained of back pain and was transported to Salem Regional Medical Center by KLG, then taken to jail upon his release.

— Officers heard a lot of yelling from the area of Westview and Sunset at 10:27 p.m. Monday, but didn’t locate anyone.

— Officers on patrol at 10:16 p.m. Monday located a vehicle in the dog park parking lot after hours at Waterworth Memorial Park. Upon making contact, officers located an open container in plain view. A probable cause search was conducted and nothing else illegal was found. The female was determined to be sober and drove the owner of the vehicle home. Both were given a verbal warning for open container and park hours.

— A caller at 10:01 p.m. Monday reported an intoxicated male knocking on doors and stumbling in the street in the 200 block of West Seventh Street. Officers found the male in the back yard of a property, visibly intoxicated and stumbling around. Chad Raymond, 29, of 110 W. Pershing St., was charged with disorderly conduct and taken to the Columbiana County jail.

— Dakota McCluskey, 26, whose last known address was Hilltop Road, Lisbon, was taken into custody on a warrant out of Columbiana County for criminal trespass after a traffic stop at 8:33 p.m. Monday for an equipment violation on South Ellsworth Avenue near the city limits. McCluskey, who was the passenger, was known to officers and had the active warrant for his arrest. K-9 Simon was deployed and indicated to the presence of a narcotic odor. A search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of contraband. The driver received a verbal warning for the equipment violation. A sheriff’s deputy picked up McCluskey at the scene.

— A woman reported at 7:43 p.m. Monday that she was in the 300 block of South Broadway just before filing the complaint when a male exposed himself to her. The male was not located.

— A barking dog was reported at 7:35 p.m. Monday on East Third Street, but was not found.

— An officer on patrol at 7:33 p.m. Monday saw a vehicle go over a curb and onto a sidewalk in the 600 block of East State Street. Officers checked the vehicle and driver, finding no damages or injuries. The report did not list any citation.

— Police were called at 7:30 p.m. Monday for a civil matter in the 200 block of Fair Avenue where a man said the person he lives with was refusing to let him into the residence. Both were told they can’t lock the other out and were told the procedure for eviction.

— Officers at 6:26 p.m. Monday responded to the 100 block of West Third Street to follow up on another incident, contacting the resident and having the fire department first responders and KLG ambulance dispatched due to the female’s confused state. She was voluntarily transported to Salem Regional Medical Center.

— A woman from East 10th Street reported at 2:56 p.m. Monday that she believed her purse was stolen out of her vehicle when she was in the Marc’s parking lot loading groceries on Friday. She said the purse had been in the back seat and apparently taken out without her knowledge or consent. She was unable to find it anywhere and decided to file a report.

— A civil matter was reported at 2:02 p.m. Monday on West 14th Street. A woman was told her options.

— A woman came to the station at 1:31 p.m. Monday to report being harassed by an ex-landlord, saying she moved out of an apartment on Lexington Avenue and alleged the landlord threatened to file criminal theft charges against her for a stove taken out. She said she never switched out the stove and had proof. She was told to seek an attorney’s advice and then the landlord was contacted and told the same, that she could seek legal advice if she wished. The landlord claimed she was not harassing the woman but would not contact her anymore.

— Jane Popovich, 75, of Goshen Road, was cited for a traffic control device violation after a two-vehicle crash in the 2400 block of East State Street at 1:08 p.m. Monday which resulted in three going to the hospital for injuries. A vehicle driven by Deana Ludt, 20, of Vine Avenue, was westbound on East State and reportedly had the green light and was traveling through the intersection at Eastgate Plaza near Giant Eagle when struck by the Popovich vehicle, which reportedly exited north from the plaza through a red light. Both vehicles continued over the curb lawn and the Popovich vehicle struck a utility pole. Both drivers, along with a passenger in the Ludt vehicle, Sheldon Ludt, 22, also of Vine Avenue, were transported by ambulance to the hospital for injuries. Both vehicles were towed away.

— Police responded to Fresh Mark, 1735 S. Lincoln Ave., at 10:17 a.m. Monday after a temporary power outage in the microwave department causing an alarm to trip. Officers were not needed, per security.

— Police responded at 8:18 a.m. Monday to the 800 block of South Lincoln Avenue for a report of an injured/sick raccoon. The animal was located and the city health department notified. Officers stood by until the health department arrived and took the animal.

PERRY TWP.

— Police were called at 2:53 a.m. Tuesday to the 900 block of West Pidgeon Road where a woman said she had a raccoon in her house and wanted help removing it. She told police upon arrival that the raccoon was in the basement. Police were unable to locate the raccoon and the woman believed it may have gone into the duct work of her residence. Police provided her with contact information for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to speak with a wildlife officer.

— An alarm was reported at 2:34 a.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of state Route 344, but police found the property secure.

— Township police assisted Salem officers on a traffic stop at 8:34 p.m. Tuesday on South Ellsworth Avenue.

— A possible burglary was reported at 6:46 a.m. Monday on Garfield Avenue. The man said when he left for work, his garage door was open and the light was on, but he looked around and didn’t notice anything out of place or stolen.

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