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November 21, 2012
Salem News


- Herman R. Gray, 30, of 1145 Hartley Road, Salem, was taken into custody at 11:01 a.m. Tuesday on a warrant through Columbiana County for failure to appear after officers assisted the Columbiana County Drug Task Force in executing a search warrant at a residence at 254 W. Wilson St. where Gray and another person were present. Drug paraphernalia and suspected drugs were taken during the search.

- Casey Folds, 20, of 939 Franklin Ave., was charged with theft and released on a recognizance bond after police were called at 9:49 a.m. Tuesday to Walmart, 2875 E. State St., where an asset protection associate reported a male was seen using a knife attempting to open packaging.

The man was located inside the store and found to have cut into a box containing an air soft pistol. Inside his coat was a bottle of nail polish and a toy gun which he did not pay for.

- Salem schools transportation supervisor Tom Mather called at 9:24 a.m. Tuesday about a shiny black S-10 pickup that had passed a school bus on Cleveland Street, just west of Union Avenue. The truck was being operated by a male and the truck appeared to have dealer tags. The bus driver reported a violation of school bus red lights. A female witness at the corner contacted the police Monday at 3:50 p.m. with information about the violation.

- Timothy Slason, 20, of Kennedy Drive, was cited for assured clear distance after his southbound vehicle collided with the rear of a southbound vehicle driven by James Martin, 70, of Hickory Lane, who was stopped on Southeast Boulevard to turn onto Oak Street at 9:38 a.m. Tuesday.

- A man came to the police station at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday concerned about getting some of his property from a West State Street residence, indicating he thought it may be put out if they didn't get it all that night. Police spoke to the resident and she said she told them they could remove the property, with no mention of anything being put outside.

Police had been called to the property earlier at 9:52 p.m. for a verbal dispute, with the woman reporting her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend were in the process of leaving. Police had also been called to a dispute at the residence at 7:07 p.m. when the woman wanted the boyfriend removed and he said they had been arguing. He said he had been living there the past month and paid rent to her. They were both told to cease their actions and she had been told the process for evictions.

- A man in the 100 block of Woodland Avenue called at 7:42 p.m. Monday to report having an argument with a known female over her wanting to borrow money. He said she pulled on his beard after he attempted to stop her from leaving before police arrived. He provided information on the woman, who has an active warrant against her through the county.

- Police were called at 7:11 p.m. Monday to a domestic in progress with an alleged knife in the 200 block of West Wilson Street. Officers spoke to both people involved and found they are related.

They had an argument that led to a physical altercation and at one point, the woman pulled a kitchen knife on the male relative in an attempt to scare him during the altercation.

Both had visible injuries and both were charged with domestic violence. Maxine Ezell, 18, of 274 W. Wilson St., was taken to the county jail. The 15-year-old male was processed and released to his mother.

- A woman from the 300 block of Newgarden Avenue reported harassment at 6:54 p.m. Monday, saying she was receiving calls from a private number and there is just silence.

She was concerned that it might be a person she has a protection order against. An officer contacted the person and he denied calling her.

- A man in the 200 block of Vine Avenue reported at 6:50 p.m. Monday that the mother of his children was acting strange and he was concerned. An officer spoke to her and both agreed to stay away from each other for the evening.

- A woman in the 1400 block of South Lincoln Avenue reported at 6:20 p.m. Monday that there was an unauthorized charge on her bank debit card for $106.75 on Friday and the charge appeared to be from Alltel out of Arkansas. She contacted her bank and the charge is being disputed and the card cancelled. She contacted the company's fraud department.

- A man from Plymouth Place came at 5:12 p.m. Monday to speak to an officer about a problem that occurred at Salem High School, reporting that his juvenile son was elbowed by another juvenile during wrestling practice. He said the elbowing occurred after the coach blew the whistle.

While the man was at the police station, the other juvenile called his son to apologize for accidentally elbowing him. The man said the coach was aware of the problem. The officer said the incident would be documented.

- Police were called to the 400 block of South Broadway Avenue at 4:25 p.m. Monday for two dogs reported on a porch roof. An officer was unable to make contact with anyone at the residence, but then a family member arrived and placed the dogs back inside.

- Police were called for a noise disturbance at 3:38 p.m. Sunday, with the resident told about the complaint.

- A man in the 1200 block of Southeast Boulevard called at 3:04 p.m. Sunday to report his wife missing, saying he had not seen her since Friday and that she had taken off before and shut her phone off.

He said her phone was off this time, too, and he received a text saying she was fine. He said she left the children at school and he had to pick them up after work at midnight. Her mother also called and said she was possibly in Pennsylvania.

- An anonymous caller at 2:42 p.m. Sunday called about skateboarders in the 200 block of East Second Street. An officer found six male juveniles in a rear church parking lot area with skateboards and asked if they were riding across Second Street, which they denied.

They were told to stay off the road and ride safely. A female called back and claimed the officer just drove by and did not do anything and the kids starting riding again. The officer told dispatch he spoke to the juveniles and all was fine.

- Police were called at 12:26 p.m. Sunday to an apartment complex on the corner of Aetna and South Lundy Avenue for a report of juveniles consuming alcohol, smoking marijuana and being loud.

Officers could hear them talking from outside, but after making contact learned they had not been drinking. There was no sign of marijuana.

- Police were called at 12:09 p.m. Sunday to the 200 block of West Wilson Street for one juvenile threatening another juvenile. Both were told to stay away from each other.

- Police were called to the 200 block of West Wilson Street at 9:47 a.m. Sunday where a witness said a known male entered a vehicle parked across the street and removed a cross bow from the back.

The cross bow was returned. The victim wanted to pursue charges and was told the information would be sent to the prosecutor.


- William Blaine Bricker, 39, Youngstown, was arrested at 2:50 p.m. Friday on an active warrant out of the Leetonia Mayor's Court for failure to appear.

- An officer warned two juveniles for trespassing at the Coke Ovens after hours at 8:31 p.m. Friday.

- An officer responded to the 300 block of Somer Street at 4:07 p.m. Saturday in reference to a man that was yelling and cussing at children.


- Salem Township Constable Dan Valentine was flagged down while on patrol at 2:40 p.m. Monday in the 5300 block of St. Jacob Logtown Road and a woman advised she was going to try and pick up a friend who was possible a runaway from Salem.

The woman said the juvenile's family was at the Salem Police Department filing a runaway report. Valentine then went to the St. Jacob Logtown Road address with the complainant and made contact with the girl. Salem police were contacted and confirmed it was taking a runaway report and the girl was taken by the complainant back to her mother.

- A complainant from the 38000 block of Salem-Unity Road advised Valentine at 2 p.m. Monday of receiving a few harassing phone calls in the last day but on Monday, they received one that was threatening toward her and a baby. The calls were received on the mother's cell phone. The matter is under investigation.


- Police were called to the Valley View convenience store at 8:32 p.m. Monday after the owner reported his cell phone was stolen from the store. Police spoke with Alonzo Torres and Shelly Burt, who said Malcolm Gilford took the phone but they brought it back.

Police went to the Burt residence on West Washington Street, where Gilford admitted taking the phone but the owner declined to press charges, saying he just wants them banned from the store. Meanwhile, Torres was taken into custody on an arrest warrant out of Trumbull County.


- At 10:57 a.m. Monday police issued a solicitor's permit to Emma K. Nason, for baked or fried food.

- Police went to a South Bayshore home at 5:28 p.m. Monday for a report of a verbal dispute between a woman and her 16-year-old grandson. Police told the woman and her daughter the procedure on filing unruly charges.

- Ruben D. Martinez Jr., 20, Columbiana, was cited for no driver's license and speeding following a traffic stop on state Route 14 at 9:32 p.m. Monday.



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