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January 3, 2013
Salem News


- A man who allegedly used his brother's personal information and pretended to be him after being arrested early Tuesday has been recharged under his own name, with additional charges filed. Joshua R. Smith, 30, whose address was listed as Tippacanoe, Ohio was charged with aggravated menacing and obstruction of official business in addition to illegal possession of a firearm in a liquor permit premise. The report filed Tuesday which appeared in Wednesday's edition said Michael G. Smith of Tippecanoe and Kathryn L. Fisher, of 184 Washington Avenue, Salem, were each charged with illegal possession of a firearm in a liquor permit premise after police were called for a report of two people brandishing firearms in an establishment on Railroad Street during a fight. On Wednesday, an officer said they learned that the person charged was not Michael G. Smith, but was his brother, Joshua R. Smith. The officer alleged that Joshua R. Smith gave his brother's social security number and was passing himself off as his brother when he was arrested.

- Aaron Pierson, 23, of 6 Academy St., Salineville, was charged with theft after allegedly attempting to take five cordless video game controllers from Walmart without paying for them. The items were valued at $44.96 each for a total value of $224.80 for all five items. Police were called at 11:38 a.m. Wednesday to the store on East State Street after store security stopped Pierson at the door and he turned over two controllers. After his arrest, an officer found three additional controllers in his pockets while searching his coat.

- Ronald Lukach, 48, of Warren, was cited for no operator's license after he attempted to park the Nickles Bakery truck he was driving in front of a parked car belonging to Gene V. Johnson, of Salem, in the 500 block of East State Street and misjudged the distance, striking the bumper on Johnson's vehicle and pulling it off at 10:57 a.m. Wednesday. Lukach, whose birthday was Saturday, displayed an expired operator's license and was cited. He was given a ride to the BMV to renew his operator's license and was returned to his company truck. He was found at fault, but was not cited for failure to control.

- A woman on West Seventh Street contacted police at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday to discuss problems she was having with her family. She said she's consulting an attorney.

- Terry Jackson, of the 1300 block of Carole Drive, reported at 9:58 a.m. Wednesday that sometime after 10 p.m. Monday and 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, an unknown person entered his attached garage and stole some alcoholic items from his refrigerator. The report said five items of one brand were missing and one bottle of non-alcoholic beverage was missing.

- A woman on Vine Avenue reported at 8:38 a.m. Wednesday that she was having discipline problems with her juvenile son, who did not come home the night before and stayed somewhere else without her permission. She was told to contact the juvenile prosecutor about possible charges.

- An intoxicated person was reported in the road in the 1000 block of Newgarden Avenue at 9:34 p.m. Tuesday.

-A caller at 9:08 p.m. Tuesday reported plowed snow obstructing the view of motorists at Southeast Boulevard and South Lincoln Avenue, but an officer who responded found no criminal violations and the view no worse than when vehicles are legally parked in front of a building on the southeast corner of the intersection.

- A juvenile problem was reported on Hickory Lane at 7:02 p.m. Tuesday, with a woman given options for dealing with a situation with her child.

- A domestic was reported at 5:38 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of East Third Street. Officers learned the dispute was over family issues and a child, with no signs of violence found. Both parties were told their options, with the issues considered more civil than criminal.

- A woman on Southeast Boulevard reported at 4:53 p.m. Tuesday that her ex was posting untrue messages about her on Facebook. She was told her options.

- Robert McCoy, of Maple Street, reported at 2:36 p.m. Tuesday that between noon and 1:30 p.m. while he was swimming at the Salem Community Center, someone entered his unlocked gym locker and removed his wallet containing miscellaneous papers. He notified SCC and his bank.

- Police met with two people on Summit Street at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday who advised they heard a loud bang near Short and Summit Streets. One man advised he thought it was a 12-gauge shotgun. Police were unable to locate the source.

- Police responded to the 500 block of Walnut Street at 1:36 a.m. Tuesday and spoke to the homeowner who was advised to stop setting off fireworks.

- Police responded to the 1100 block of East 3rd Street at 1:58 a.m. Tuesday where the complainant advised that his wife, who was highly intoxicated, slapped him numerous times and wanted her out. He was advised of the options and he refused to press charges. She agreed to go to bed.

- A verbal dispute in the 300 block of Newgarden Avenue at 2:48 p.m. Tuesday between a man and woman was resolved when she said she just wanted to go to bed and he agreed.

- Police responded to the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue at 3:55 a.m. Tuesday for a domestic dispute and the complainant advised a man grabbed her by her hair and demanded his car keys which he stated she took from him. The complainant asked that he leave for the night and he agreed.

- Police assisted Perry Township police with a traffic stop at 4:31 a.m. Tuesday on Country Club Lane and U.S. 62.

At 4:42 a.m. Tuesday police responded to the the 1100 block of East 3rd Street for a 911 hangup. An intoxicated woman was advised of the complaint and said she would be more careful.

- Police responded to a "man down" call on Franklin Avenue at 11:43 p.m. Monday. It was one of three calls concerning a fight in progress with a man down. Police met with an intoxicated man with a swollen lumps on his face, eye socket and forehead. He couldn't provide and information regarding who or where the assault took place. He was taken to the hospital and photos were taken.

- Police responded to the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue at 1:12 a.m. Tuesday where a man called police to report his girlfriend took his car keys and cash and went to a local bar. He was advised of the options.

- A combative patient was advised to settle down in the hospital emergency room at 12:54 a.m. Tuesday. The person agreed and said there would be no further problems.

- Police responded to the 500 block of Continental Drive at 4:13 p.m. Monday where a man and woman had an ongoing problem due to ending their relationship. They were advised of the options and agreed to stay away from each other for the night.

- Police responded to the 500 block of West 6th Street at 8:41 p.m. Monday for a report of a suspicious person and were unable to locate anyone.

- Police responded to the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue at 10:39 p.m. Monday where the complainant said she and her boyfriend were at a local establishment and involved in an altercation and he choked her leaving visible injuries. Information was gathered and the complainant was advised of the options.

- Police responded to the 600 block of Franklin Avenue at 11:03 a.m. Monday where the complainant advised a borrowed black and gray, 26" snowblower with an 8.5-horsepower engine was taken from her yard over night.

- Police assisted Perry Township police at 2:14 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of West Pidgeon Road where Jessica J. Middleton, 935 W. Pidgeon Road, was being arrested on an outstanding warrant from Columbiana County.


- An officer on patrol at 7:32 p.m. Tuesday on Cunningham Road noticed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Salem Bible Church and spoke with the driver. The driver said he had stopped briefly to contact a family member.

- Daniel J. Seymour, 25, of 1075 Andrew Ave., Salem, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after police used a taser on him when he failed to heed their orders Tuesday afternoon. Police had been called for a male and female causing a disturbance at the residence at 1:14 p.m. and attempted to talk to the male, later identified as Seymour, in the garage. The report said he refused to listen to police and re-entered the residence. A township officer, assisted by a Salem Police officer, entered the residence and attempted to secure him in the living room, but he allegedly started to resist officers and began fighting with them, causing the township officer to draw his taser and order him several times to get on his knees. He got on his knees and as a Salem officer attempted to cuff him, he resisted again and stood up and attempted to run to the back room. The taser was used and struck Seymour in the back and he was handcuffed and removed from the house, processed at the Perry Township Police Department and taken to the Columbiana County jail.

- A barking dog was reported in the 1300 block of Andrew Avenue at 2:43 a.m. Tuesday and the owner was given a copy of the township barking dogs ordinance after the dog was brought inside.


- Police were called to a home on East Lincoln Way at 6:32 p.m. Tuesday by a 72-year-old woman who is cared for by her daughter. She said her daughter had gotten drunk New Year's Eve and neglected to feed her, and the woman said she had also fallen during the period.

- Police responded to a general alarm at the Vista Center at 12:44 a.m. Wednesday. Police discovered that one of the clients had pulled the alarm.

-A clerk at Smith Oil reported at 5:28 a.m. Wednesday an Allied Waste vehicle was parked in the lot for the past 90 minutes and the driver was slumped over the wheel. An officer spoke with the driver, who said the vehicle had a mechanical problem, and then he left.

- A couple from West High Street reported Wednesday being the victim of identity theft.


- At 3:10 a.m. Tuesday a trooper found a vehicle off the road on state Route 14 east of County Line Road. It was discovered that the vehicle got into some heavy slush and went off the road. The vehicle was not damaged or the surrounding property and the trooper stood by with the driver until a tow truck arrived.

- Donna Springer reported at 7 a.m. Tuesday that someone did a yard job in her front lawn and the truck was stuck between her house and her neighbor's house on Fairfield Avenue.

- A woman reported at 7:10 p.m. Monday a Sonoma pickup southbound on state Route 7 pulled into the 7&14 truck stop and was driving recklessly.

- Randall Lattimer, 54, Lowellville, was backing into a parking spot at Duke and Duchess at 10:57 p.m. Monday and struck an SUV driven by Joseph Beary, 47, as he was trying to get to the pumps. Beary was found to have a suspended driver's license and was cited for driving under suspension.


- Two residents at the Colonial Villa trailer park reported at 10:35 a.m. Dec. 17 that someone overnight had stolen gas from their vehicles.

- Police responded to a theft report at the Sebring Lake Estates in Beloit at 7:28 p.m. Dec. 17.

- Alexis Edwards, 16, 12616 Sharon Lynn Drive, Salem, was charged with assault after allegedly assaulting another resident at the Sharon Lynn Home for Girls at 2:37 p.m. Dec. 20.

- A Garfield Road man reported at 8:35 a.m. Dec. 21 that someone had contacted his wife and alleged that he was having an affair. Officers spoke with the caller who said that she wanted the complainant's wife to know the information and had not been harassing them.

- Jack O. Conlon, 52, 36254 Longs Crossing Road, Leetonia, was arrested on several active warrants out of the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office following a traffic stop for expired registration at 12:21 p.m. Dec. 22.

- A Colonial Villa resident reported at 1:40 p.m. Dec. 22 that she received three calls from a blocked telephone number in which a man with a foreign accent threatened to kill her if she did not send him $2,000. The complainant said she believed it to be a scam.

- Mariah Brasch, 13, 12616 Sharon Lynn Drive, Salem, was arrested for assault at 10:15 p.m. Dec. 23 after allegedly grabbing by the throat another resident at the Sharon Lynn Home for Girls and attempting to stab her with a screw.

- Ronald J. Pasquale, 56, 6274 Green Valley Drive, Salem, was arrested at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 for domestic violence and disorderly conduct after allegedly shoving his girlfriend and threatening to hit her.



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