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December 19, 2012
Salem News


- A man in the 300 block of North Madison Avenue reported a possible scam at 1:17 p.m. Tuesday, telling police he was contacted by a woman who said she wanted to verify his account number for a local bank due to medical information and claimed she was with the government. He didn't verify anything and told her he wanted to speak to a supervisor. A Spanish-speaking woman came on the line and he had a hard time understanding her and asked for another person and was given another Spanish-speaking woman. He said he was going to call the Better Business Bureau and they hung up. He talked to his bank about it and asked if police had received any similar complaints, which they had not. He wanted others to know about it.

- A woman in the 1200 block of Ceder Ridge Drive reported at 10:27 a.m. Tuesday that her unattached garage was entered either Monday night or Tuesday morning by an unknown person. A ceramic dish was broken and some graffiti was written on the inside of the garage and entry door. Black marker was used, stating threats towards the family.

- A woman reported at 6:03 a.m. Tuesday that she was stopped in the parking lot of Quaker Village on South Lincoln Avenue waiting to enter traffic on South Lincoln when a red S-10/Ranger truck pulled off of South Lincoln into the parking lot, striking her driver side door and rear driver side door while shattering her driver side window. The unknown driver fled the scene. The woman was not injured.

- An officer was stopped at 2:09 a.m. Tuesday on South Ellsworth Avenue at Pershing Street by an Allied Waste driver regarding a problem that occurred in front of a residence in the 500 block of Columbia Street at 1:05 a.m. Tuesday. An officer made contact with a juvenile and his father regarding the issue.

- Doug Smith, 228 Vine Ave. #10, was charged with disorderly conduct after police were called at 10:25 p.m. Monday to the 200 block of Vine Avenue for a domestic in progress. Officers spoke with all parties involved and one continued to be loud and belligerent. Smith was arrested for continuing to be loud and belligerent after being warned to stop.

- A juvenile problem was reported at 9:02 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of North Lincoln Avenue where a woman said her juvenile daughter was acting unruly all day and left home without permission. Officers found her at another residence and brought her back home, speaking to all involved about options.

- Police were called at 8:57 p.m. Monday regarding an unknown disturbance in the 200 block of Vine Avenue, but learned it was just a minor dispute between husband and wife over the infant child crying. Officers were called back a short time later for the same problem. The report said they were no louder than any other people in all the other apartments in the building.

- A possible fight was reported in the Giant Eagle parking lot, 2401 E. State St., at 8:10 p.m. Monday. An officer spoke with all parties involved and learned it was just an argument over a misunderstanding. Nothing else was needed.

- An alarm activation was reported at 7:27 p.m. Monday in the 500 block of East State Street, but the exterior of the building was found secure.

- An officer was requested at 7:12 p.m. Monday in the 700 block of West State Street where a man said his neighbor's dog was always out running and using his yard as a bathroom. The neighbor was contacted and said she would start tying the animal up when she lets it out. She was told she could face a citation if the problem continues.

- A man in the 800 block of West Fourth Street reported at 5:56 p.m. Monday that he was getting harassing phone calls from someone, but no one talks. He said its an ongoing problem. He was given his options.

- Police were called at 5:30 p.m. Monday to the 700 block of East State Street for a reported dispute. A woman said she was assaulted by her boyfriend while at the building. She was told her options.

- Police were called at 5:13 p.m. Monday for a vicious dog in the 400 block of East Eighth Street. An officer arrived and saw a large white dog in the driveway of the caller's residence acting aggressive. A juvenile neighbor said it was his dog and retrieved it, saying it broke its collar and got loose. He said he would tell his parents. An officer told him to have his parents call the police station.

- A woman on East Fourth Street reported at 4:48 p.m. Monday that she gave a check to a friend and now she fears some of her personal information may have been obtained. She was told her options.

- Jocarol Gray, 67, of Fairview Court, was cited for failure to yield after her eastbound vehicle on East State Street attempted to turn north onto Cunningham Road and collided with a westbound vehicle driven by Amy Torrence, 48, of North Lima, at 4:04 p.m. Monday. No injuries were reported.

- At 3:08 p.m. Monday, an officer met with a teenage girl and her friend who wanted to know how to handle a situation they found out about an adult female. They were told possible ways to handle the situation and were told, if needed, to come back to the police for further help.

- A person was reported going through dumpsters looking for scrap in the city and was told to move along at 2:42 p.m. Monday.

- A Hawley Avenue woman reported at 11:10 a.m. Monday that she was inside Giant Eagle, 2401 E. State St., for 20 minutes and returned to the parking lot to find a large dent in the lift gate of her van.

- A man from the 1200 block of North Ellsworth Avenue came to the police station at 9:29 a.m. Monday to report over the past few days, an unknown person from outside the United States took money out of his account without permission. The bank closed his account.

- An officer at 7:34 a.m. Monday met with the Salem schools transportation supervisor and a bus driver who said he was on Newgarden Avenue stopped at the intersection of Arch Street preparing to make a left turn when a maroon vehicle traveling south on Newgarden Avenue cut through the car wash lot at the corner of Arch Street nearly striking several children waiting for the school bus. The vehicle continued west on Arch, then turned around in the V.F.W. parking lot and traveled back toward Newgarden Avenue where the bus driver activated his red flashing lights. The vehicle stopped for the red flashing lights and the bus driver got the vehicle's registration, which came back to a Struthers resident. The children had been waiting near the sweeper at the car wash, but the officer told the bus driver that might not be a good place for them to wait since the car wash operated 24/7 and cars were in and out all the time.


- A North Elm Street woman reported at 8:51 a.m. Monday a neighbor was putting her trash out with hers and was not paying for the service. Police spoke with the neighbor who said that they had been sharing the cost but she would get her own service from now on.

- Someone reported at 6:56 p.m. Monday they were behind a vehicle that was eastbound on state Route 14 that did not have any tail lights. Police notified the Beaver Township Police Department.

- The owner of One Choice Recovery requested at 8:19 p.m. Monday police go with them to their lot while the rightful owner of a vehicle collected personal items from the car. The caller said the owner had pulled a gun on them the other night during the repossession out of town.


- A woman reported at 2:27 p.m. Monday there was a vehicle parked three feet from the curb across from Bye & Bye Hardware and it was causing problems for other vehicles. The vehicle was gone when an officer arrived.

- Officer Justin Madison was patrolling Pritchard Avenue at 2:13 a.m. Tuesday when he saw the dome light on in a pickup and SUV. Madison contacted the owner, who said the unlocked vehicles had been entered and that his GPS and sunglasses were missing from one of the vehicles.

- The sheriff's office transferred a 911 call from someone on Garfield Street who believed someone was in her garage. This was at 6:32 a.m. Tuesday.

- A state Route 154 resident reported Tuesday someone entered her unlocked vehicles overnight and stole some change.



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