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October 19, 2012
Salem News


- A man on Woodland Avenue called at 10:33 a.m. Thursday to report the theft of two checks for $250 each issued to him by a local church for labor performed. A female friend of his went to the church requesting the checks and a church employee gave them to her. She cashed one of the checks at a local business and he wants charges filed.

- An intoxicated male was reported lying in the bushes in the 1000 block of East State Street at 2:17 a.m. Thursday. The area was checked on foot and no one was found.

- Police responded to the 1100 block of East State Street for a report at 11:29 p.m. Wednesday of a suspicious person loitering at the rear of the business. No one was found.

- Officers checked along Fifth Street from Ellsworth Avenue to Hawley Avenue for a report of several suspicious males walking east in the 500 block creating a disturbance at 10:29 p.m. Wednesday. Fourth and Sixth Streets were also checked. No one was found.

- Officers were called at 8:32 p.m. Wednesday to the 1100 block of East Third Street for a verbal dispute. The juvenile who called said the two people involved had left and there was no longer a problem.

- A suspicious male was reported at the rear of a business in the 600 block of East Second Street at 6:34 p.m. Wednesday. An officer located a person who had been getting small metal items from a dumpster. He said he would be on his way.

- Police were called at 6:03 p.m. Wednesday to the 500 block of North Lincoln Avenue where a resident reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway blocking their vehicle from being able to leave. The suspicious vehicle had been there since 3:30 p.m. and the caller had no idea where the driver was. After being unable to contact the registered owner, the police had the vehicle towed.

- Police were called at 5:24 p.m. Wednesday to the 1100 block of East Third Street for a dispute between husband and wife who were feuding over property. They were told to contact an attorney since all property is mutual while married. The domestic violence laws were explained.

- A woman in the 300 block of South Ellsworth Avenue reported at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday that she believed a known female entered her residence and stole property. The same woman had called at 1:33 p.m. to report a female had been allowed to stay at her residence for two days and she requested her to leave Wednesday, then received threats on the phone in regard to her placing the female's items on her porch. The female was gone when officers arrived and a bag and shoes belonging to the female had been left on the porch.

- An illegally parked green Chevy Blazer was reported at 4:08 p.m. Wednesday in the area of East Third Street and Rose Avenue, but was not found.

- A folder found near the high school on East Sixth Street was brought to the police station at 3:41 p.m. Wednesday. The folder contained the names of numerous children and had paperwork with Job & Family Services on the heading. Some phone calls were made and the matter will be investigated. The folder was placed in lost and found.

- A spokesman for Habitat for Humanity reported at 3:14 p.m. Wednesday that an unknown person stacked nine junk car tires and two bicycle tires at the rear of a residence in the 800 block of East Fourth Street.

- A female caller at 1:42 p.m. Wednesday reported possible drug use at an apartment in the 500 block of Walnut Street. An officer checked with some other tenants who said no one was in the apartment in question. An officer checked and found no one there and no signs of drug use.

- Police were called at 1:38 p.m. Wednesday to the 1300 block of Carole Drive where there was a dispute over a vehicle. An officer spoke with both parties and the matter was resolved.

- Jansen Paumier of North Lima reported at 12:38 p.m. Wednesday that he removed an aluminum rain gutter from a residence he owns and when he returned, he noticed the gutter missing. He went to Downtown Metals & Recycling on Pershing Street and found out a neighbor had turned the rain gutter in for scrap 20 minutes before he arrived and the scrap yard had smashed the gutter. The person received $3.29 for the 20-foot long gutter and he wanted charges filed. The matter will be sent to the prosecutor for review.


- A resident in the 1100 block of Prospect Street called at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday to report two people squatted down between vehicles in front of her apartment. When she opened the door, she said they fled. An officer checked the area, but didn't find anyone matching the description given.

- A resident in the 400 block of North Indiana Boulevard called at 6:17 p.m. Wednesday to report dogs running loose in the area. No animals could be found when police checked.

- Police were called at 5:41 p.m. Wednesday to the 1000 block of Liberty Street where an unoccupied pickup owned by Donald C. Krebs Sr., of Liberty Street, rolled out of gear backwards from his driveway, across the street, and struck a chain link fence at another residence, causing minor damage. The owner of the vehicle and the property owner made arrangements to take care of the damage to the fence. The vehicle was insured.

New Waterford reports

- Police received a report at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 9 about a man at the Vittle Village pumping gas who was staggering around and the complainant was concerned because there was a child in the vehicle. The responding officer observed the man almost fall completely over while walking between the pump and his truck. He was staggering noticeably and the officer recognized the person as Jason Cope.

He was taken into custody and a search found a small pocket knife, a pack of cigarettes and a prescription bottle of Xanax that appeared almost full. He advised police he bought a morphine pill off the street four days earlier and smoked marijuana at times, but had not taken anything other than his prescription since. He was cited for OVI, transported to his residence and his property was returned. At 2 p.m. Cope called police requesting that he be allowed to go to his truck and get his prescriptions. Police had not located any pills during the inventory other than one for his wife in the glove box which was removed as evidence. Cope advised it was his Xanax pills and police advised they were returned and they were on his person and not in his truck at the time of his arrest. Cope said he would check his stuff and called back advising two other prescription bottles may have fallen behind the seat. The vehicle was checked and nothing was located. On Oct. 10 Cope called again stating the two prescription were in his vehicle and he was advised nothing was located, but police checked once more and nothing was located.

On Oct. 11, his vehicle was immobilized at his residence and on Oct. 15 police learned that Cope had filed a report with the Columbiana police stating his truck was entered at the AAA yard and 110 of his 120 Xanax pills were taken. An officer spoke to Cope at his residence while serving a minor misdemeanor citation for an unrelated marijuana possession case. The officer asked about the bottle of Xanax pills that the officer had returned to him and he initially advised he threw it away as they "got him into trouble." The officer asked where the garbage was and Cope said he would be right back and returned with the empty Xanax pill bottle, stating he had lied. He advised the pills were gone as he threw them away and said he had two bottles, and the prescriptions were broken up. His initial prescription was for 120 and got it filled in quantities of 60 each. The pill bottle produced was filled on Oct. 6 for 60 pills and he said both were filled in Columbiana, but the investigation learned it was first filled in Salem, and the second on Oct. 6 in East Palestine. He advised the only reason he filed a police report was to get the pills back so he could "throw them away." He said they were not in the glove box but on the console and must have fallen down. Police learned he went to a doctor on Friday and attempted to get a prescription for stolen medication but was advised that he needed a police report, which most likely prompted the report with Columbiana police. After further questioning Cope was charged with attempted deception to obtain a dangerous drug and was transported to the county jail.

- Police responded to the 3400 block of Pinewood Dr. at 9:55 a.m. Friday for a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, police could hear loud arguing by a man and woman from the bottom of the stairway. After questioning, both said nothing physical occurred and they were advised to keep their arguments at low level and not let their disagreements escalate into anything physical.

- Police responded to the 47000 block of state Route 46 regarding a dog complaint at 11:42 a.m. Saturday. Police observed the dog near the Methodist Church but were unable to capture it.

- Police responded to the McClure Ave. in East Palestine at 6:11 p.m. Sunday to assist police there regarding a domestic between a man and woman.

- Police cited Sherman Greathouse of New Waterford at 7:26 p.m. Saturday for driving under suspension after observing him on Pinewood Drive and conducting a registration check.



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