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October 17, 2012
Salem News


- A man on Benton Road reported at 10:14 a.m. Tuesday that his 17-year-old son was released early from Salem High School the previous day as requested by his mother and then the mother took him to her residence. He contacted the school since he is the sole custodial parent for the son and the son should not have left with his mother. The school told him he should file a police report.

- A man in the 300 block of South Lincoln Avenue reported at 9:07 a.m. Tuesday that someone entered his property and stole 12 large pumpkins. He called back and said they found some of the pumpkins on Franklin Avenue. Officers checked and determined they were not his pumpkins.

- Police were called at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday to West 16th Street for a suspicious vehicle and learned it was a meter reader.

- Natalie Firth, 27, of Apple Ridge Road, was cited for assured clear distance after her eastbound vehicle failed to stop for traffic near Circle K East and collided with the rear of another eastbound vehicle driven by Justin Brooks, 21, of Continental Drive, who had slowed to make a turn into a business on East State Street at 9:56 p.m. Monday.

- Police responded to a report at 9:11 p.m. Monday of suspicious activity/possibly theft from a business at 650 East Second Street. Officers located a man dragging a dryer on a wagon from the business. He was stopped and told officer the dryer was by the dumpster of the business so he thought it was okay to take it. The business owner was contacted and said the person could have the dryer, but was not permitted back on the property.

- A woman in the 100 block of West Pershing Street called in a report of criminal damaging at 7:43 p.m. Monday. She said the upstairs tenant was intoxicated and locked himself out of his apartment. He opened her door without permission and climbed up on the door in an attempt to get into his apartment and bent her door and flag holder. Officers attempted to contact him but were unsuccessful. She was told her options.

- An alarm drop was reported at 6:25 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of East Second Street. Officers checked the exterior of the building, but it appeared secure.

- While on patrol at 6:18 p.m. Monday, an officer saw where someone had spraypainted graffiti on the east wall of the 800 block of West State Street.

- Suspicious activity was reported inside a vehicle in the 1700 block of East State Street at 6:05 p.m. Monday, with police unable to find the vehicle.

- Police were called at 3:46 p.m. Monday to a city residence for a report of excessive animals (cats) at one location. The owner told police he was in the process of getting rid of some of the animals.

- A woman reported at 3:22 p.m. Monday that she was sitting in a friend's car at Centennial Park when another female arrived and was being nice, asking her to get out of the car. When she got out of the car, the other female began to strike her in the mouth, left side of the head and left eye area. A man got out of the car and stopped her and then another male threw him off of her. The victim said the other female thought she said something about her so she was beating her up. The victim also said a 16-year-old girl had tweeted the female and said the victim had said the things. Information will be sent to the prosecutor's office.

- Steven M. Lutz, of the 1300 block of East Third Street, reported at 2:08 p.m. Monday that he was being harassed by some people he knows, for several months, due to what he feels are negative allegations made against him that are a current legal matter in court. The people are allegedly driving by the house very slow and blowing their horns, staring at him and some have even made rude gestures at him and his son. He provided information on the people. Officers will attempt to contact the three people to tell them to stop or face a review from the prosecutor's officer for charges. Lutz's father has also spoken with the police chief about the matter, the report said. The complaint was under investigation.

- A dog was reported at large at 2:29 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of West Pershing Street. The dog went back to its residence and a warning tag was left on the door. The city humane officer was notified.

- A woman in the 300 block of East Seventh Street reported at 12:44 p.m. Monday that someone tampered with the front door lock and it's now broken beyond repair.

- Geoff Goll called at 11:57 a.m. Monday to report he informed a woman in front of a police officer previously that she was no longer permitted on the property on Monroe Street and she was there. She was contacted and said she was unaware that she was no longer permitted on the property. She left on her own in a cab.


- A reckless driver was reported at 9:30 p.m. Monday in the area of state Routes 45 and 9, but was not found.

- Debra Hurford, 44, of West Pennsylvania Avenue, Sebring, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to control and marked lanes after a one-vehicle accident was reported at 6:18 p.m. Monday on Georgetown Road near Southwest Fuels. The report said she allegedly drove off of the right side of the road and flipped the vehicle in a ditch and was taken to Salem Community Hospital by KLG Ambulance for minor injuries.

- Police were called at 2:12 p.m. Monday to assist EMT Ambulance at the 1300 block of West State Street for a report of a woman who apparently overdosed. She was seated upright on a couch and conscious and taken to Salem Community Hospital.

- Police at 1:35 p.m. Monday spoke with a man from Jackson, Miss., who said a washer, dryer and lawn mower were stolen from their rental property on Colonial Drive in Perry Township. The officer explained it was a civil matter and a report would be made.

- Police found the stop sign at Prospect Street and Georgetown Road struck down at 10:45 a.m. Monday. They were able to erect the sign until the Columbiana County road department could replace it.

- A caller at 7:31 p.m. Sunday reported possible abuse of a juvenile during visitation pickup from her residence by the non-custodial parent.

- Police responded with Perry Township fire department to a grass fire reported at 5 p.m. Sunday on the east side of Georgetown Road in the 300 to 400 block. Police rerouted traffic onto Prospect Street until the fire was extinguished.

- Gary Colian called at 2:41 p.m. Sunday to report the theft of copper wire sometime in the past three weeks from a storage building on Prospect Street Extension. The value of the wire was estimated at $230, with scrap dealers in the area notified.

- A woman in the 1400 block of Andrew Avenue called at 2:26 p.m. Sunday to report phone harassment from a blocked number. She was told to call back if the problem persists.

- Police spoke with a woman at the police department a little after midnight Sunday in reference to a repossessed vehicle.

- Police responded to the 400 block of Benton Road at 9:33 p.m. Saturday for a juvenile locked out of his home. Police tried to make contact with a parent there, but were unable. Another family member was contacted to respond and pick up the juvenile.

- Daniel J. Seymour, 25, of 1075 Andrew Ave., was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear after police became aware of the warrant at 6:54 p.m. Saturday.

- An anonymous caller at 5:16 p.m. Saturday complained about target shooters behind a residence on Prospect Street Extension. An officer spoke to the owner of the property who said another family member had already been told to stop by the owner. A makeshift backstop was being used.

- A relative of a landlord for an Egypt Road property reported at 3:44 p.m. Friday that tenants who recently moved took some property that belonged to the landlord's family, including a wooden bench, planter and wishing well.

- Personnel from Quaker Manufacturing reported at 3:29 p.m. Friday that a suspicious person entered the business during the early morning hours and asked about collecting scrap material from the property. The person was asked to leave. Later, during business hours, another person came to the purchasing department asking about materials in the storage yard and scrapping the items. Company personnel believe the people were checking out the business to steal items for scrap.


- The school resource officer at West Branch High School responded to a report of an assault at noon on Oct. 8, but neither individual wished to pursue charges.

- Police investigated a report of criminal damaging at the Beloit Fire Department at 3:23 p.m. Oct. 8.

- Shane M. Davis, 34, 164 Slater Road, Salem, was cited for failure to yield following a two-vehicle crash in Beloit at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 9 in which he allegedly pulled from a private drive in the 14000 block of Main Street into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by Rebecca Jean Spiker, 19, Alliance.

- Stephen M. Pugh, 38, 336 Ridge St., Leetonia, was cited for failure to yield following a two-vehicle crash in Goshen Township at 2:19 p.m. Oct. 9 in which he was northbound on Smith-Goshen Road and allegedly failed to stop for traffic at state Route 165, pulling into the path of an eastbound vehicle driven by Clinton N. Douglas, 70, Beloit.

- Police responded to a theft report in the 9000 block of state Route 46 at 4:47 p.m. Oct. 9.

- Danielle M. Donovan, 26, 414 Park St., Alliance, was arrested by Alliance police at 11:57 p.m. Oct. 11 and turned over to Goshen police on an active warrant out of the department for theft.

- Police investigated a report of criminal damaging in the 13000 block of state Route 534 at 8:45 a.m. Friday.

- Alex L. Milliken, 26, 14673 S. Pricetown Road, Damascus, was cited for assured clear distance ahead following a two-vehicle crash in Beloit at 4:46 p.m. Saturday in which he was eastbound on Fifth Street approaching Stanley Street and allegedly failed to stop for traffic, striking the rear of a vehicle driven by Steven Dale Bryte Jr., 25, Alliance. A 22-year-old passenger of Milliken was transported by Beloit EMS to the Alliance Community Hospital for possible injuries.

- Police responded to a criminal damaging report in the 7000 block of Pleasant Valley Court at 7:21 p.m. Saturday.

- Police investigated at theft report in the 5000 block of Middletown Road at 4:19 p.m. Sunday.

- Samantha Wickersham, 16, 12205 Goshen Road, Salem, was cited for failure to control and no valid driver's license following a one-vehicle crash in Goshen Township at 7:16 p.m. Sunday in which she was northbound in the 11000 block of Stratton Road and allegedly traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking two mailboxes.


- A woman reported at 10:13 a.m. Tuesday an officer was needed at the corner of South Beaver and Washington streets for a man with a gun making threats. When police arrived they saw a man holding a gun and told him to drop it. The man dropped the gun and told them it wasn't his but that he had just wrestled it away from another man identified as Bernard Adkins. A second man told police that Adkins came to the door of his home with the weapon and demanded to talk to a woman there and then entered the home. The homeowner said he and the woman attempted to wrestle the gun away from Adkins but were not able. The first man said he came to the home and saw what was going on and had a neighbor call the police department and that during that time he was able to get Adkins outside and get the gun away from him although Adkins hit him in the face during the struggle. Police took statements from all the witnesses and audio from Adkins, He was then taken to Salem Hospital by Northstar ambulance for a mental evaluation and aggravated menacing charges are expected to be filed.

- The Lisbon Fire Department reported at 7:18 p.m. Monday a woman was walking on East Lincoln Way and refused to get off the road.

- A West Lincoln Way woman reported at 9:16 p.m. Monday she received multiple text messages from someone known to her.



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