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May 23, 2013
Salem News


- An officer spoke with a Main Street man at 3:52 p.m. May 8 regarding phone harassment from an ex-girlfriend.

- Police responded to a verbal dispute in the 100 block of Main Street at 3:04 a.m. May 11.

- An officer investigated a complaint from a Somer Street resident of two male juveniles pushing two others in a creek at 4:38 p.m. May 11.

- An officer investigated a report of a sign damaged by a vehicle on Washington Street at 5:52 a.m. May 14.

- An officer spoke to a 100 block Pine Street woman in reference to a theft at 2:03 p.m. May 14.

- An officer responded to a call in reference to a missing juvenile in the 300 block of Columbia Street at 5:18 p.m. May 15. The juvenile was found to be at a classmate's residence.

- An officer investigated a report of an assault in the 300 block of Main Street at 11:37 p.m. May 18.

- An officer investigated a report of a suspicious person in the 400 block of Pearl Street at 1:10 p.m. Sunday.

- An officer investigated a report of a child abuse in the 100 block of Main Street at 9:48 p.m. Sunday.

- An officer spoke to residents in the 200 block of Ridge Street at 3:09 p.m. Monday in reference to a neighbor dispute involving a vehicle driving through the alley at a high rate of speed.


- Police were called to a home on South Lincoln Avenue at 12:28 p.m. Tuesday, where they found the resident dead from apparent natural causes. The coroner's office was contacted.

- Mayor's secretary Alisa Gostey contacted the police department at 1:13 p.m. Tuesday saying a woman in the building was causing problems. An officer spoke with a woman who had a complaint about her neighbor. She was told the police department handles such complaints.

-An Applegrove Apartments resident reported Tuesday two checks he receives from mental health were stolen and someone tried to cash them at Consumers Bank.

- A West Washington Street woman reported her son's bicycle was stolen from their yard at 7:08 p.m. Tuesday.

- A woman moved from her apartment on East Lincoln Way and returned Tuesday to retrieve her furnishings, only to discover her couch had been placed in the Dumpster.

- A caller reported some youths were running in and out of traffic and throwing balls over cars at the intersection of Beaver and High streets at 7:37 p.m. Tuesday. The youths left prior to the arrival of police.

- A worker at Dollar General reported at 9 p.m. Tuesday there had been several people in the store working as a team, with one distracting a clerk while the other attempted to shoplift items. When the male part of the couple was confronted, he became angry and caused a ruckus before leaving.

-A woman reported leaving the Steel Trolley at 12:32 a.m. Wednesday when she heard a strange loud sound coming from the First National Community Bank and saw a yellow pickup truck in the area. Police later heard the same sound, which was coming from the bank's air conditioning unit.

- A caller reported people living on Jefferson Street leave their dog tied up outside all of the time and it barks continuously. The caller spoke with the residents, who told her they have a house full and they do not know what to do with the dog, so they tie it up outside.


- Police were called at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday to the 400 block of Sharp Avenue where a man wanted a tenant to leave, but he had nowhere to go. An officer spoke to both of them and they agreed to talk and work it out.

- A woman in the 200 block of Park Avenue reported at 12:47 p.m. Wednesday that she's been receiving several threatening texts from a female known to her and she wanted it to stop. An officer contacted the female and the problem was resolved.

-A woman in the 300 block of Ohio Avenue called at 10:42 a.m. Wednesday to report her wallet missing.

- Hannah Koran, 19, of Yates Road, was charged with assured clear distance after her westbound vehicle on East State Street failed to stop and collided with the rear of another westbound vehicle driven by Randy Domer, 66, of U.S. Route 62, at 10:36 a.m. Wednesday.

- Shawn Polen, 32, of 7441 Sanor Road, Hanoverton, was cited for operating a vehicle under the influence and wrong way/one way after a traffic stop at 8:58 a.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of North Lundy Avenue when an office on patrol saw his vehicle being operated suspiciously. Earlier at 6:48 a.m. Wednesday, Polen and a passenger, Courtney Troyer, 21, of 147 1/2 W. Third St., were each charged with open container when police investigating an attempted breaking and entering in the 100 block of Railroad Street noticed a red pickup in the parking lot of Club Fuel. Polen and Troyer were found sleeping inside.

- Jim Miller, of a business at 188 Railroad Street, reported early Wednesday that unknown people tried to break into the business, breaking off one of the two door handles and trying to pry open a third door. Entry was not made.

- City worker Doug Moffett was painting street lines when he reported at 3:38 a.m. Wednesday that 15 orange traffic cones were missing from the 100 block of North Ellsworth Avenue. Officers checked the area, but did not find any suspicious people or vehicles.

- Travis Sadler, 37, of 340 Ohio Ave., was charged with disorderly conduct after police were called at 12:28 a.m. Wednesday for a disorderly/irate person who was outside yelling profanities. A woman said her live-in boyfriend had locked her out of the residence. He then came outside and started yelling profanities and making numerous requests to be arrested. Officers took him into custody.

- An anonymous caller at 12:16 p.m. Wednesday reported a red van parked in the west end of the lot in the 2900 block of East State Street with two dogs inside. An officer responded and found all windows open, sunshades covering the window and a brisk breeze blowing. The dogs were sleeping and the owner was advised about the concern.

- An anonymous person came to the police station at 10:34 p.m. Tuesday to report being threatened by a male. An officer was attempting to locate the suspect.

- A Salem teen reported at 9:41 p.m. Tuesday that a known male and female tried to pull him into a truck against his will in the 400 block of East Second Street. The female occupant allegedly punched him in the stomach and brandished a handgun while threatening him. Officers checked the area, but did not locate the vehicle or the occupants. An investigation is pending.

- An unknown disturbance was reported at 9:36 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Hawley Avenue and East Third Street where officers found a man talking loudly. He said he would keep his voice down.

- An officer on patrol at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of Prospect Street saw a small fire contained in a steel drum. No one was around, so the fire department put out the fire.

- A motorist dropping off items for recycling came to the police station at 8:34 p.m. Tuesday for assistance in disposing of an item he found while gathering litter. The item was an old road flare that had broken open. An officer disposed of the item.

- Officers were dispatched at 7:12 p.m. Tuesday to the 600 block of Woodland Avenue for a suspicious person entering a vacant home and leaving with a bag. Upon arriving, officers talked to a woman who they found was the homeowner and was just taking out the trash.

- An officer on patrol at 6:34 p.m. Tuesday saw a remote control car being operated in the 400 block of South Lundy Avenue. A juvenile was located on a sidewalk and told that it was against city ordinance to operate toys on public streets.

- A man flagged down an officer at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday to complain about a possible scam/phone harassment. He said he received multiple calls from a person with a foreign accent claiming he defaulted on a loan. He was told this was consistent with similar reports around the county and was told to call his cell phone provider and block the number.

- A man from South Broadway Avenue reported at 5:37 p.m. Tuesday that he was assaulted in the 200 block of Fourth Street, but did not want to file charges. He wanted the person removed from the property.

-An anonymous caller reported four juveniles were making obscene gestures at the center pavilion of Centennial Park at 5:37 p.m. Tuesday. Officers checked the area and did not find any juveniles. A citizen at the scene reported he had previously seen two boys leave the park, and two girls leaving in the opposite direction.

-An officer was called to the 1000 block of Buckeye Avenue at 5:07 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a suspicious vehicle at a vacant property. Officers spoke with two people at the scene who were mowing the yard.

-Officers were sent to Kelley Park to assist a Perry Township police officer investigating a dispute at 4:42 p.m. Tuesday. The Perry Township officer learned one person from the dispute left the park before officers arrived, so the officer tried to make contact with the individual. Officers reported the scene to be clear and departed.

- A woman in the 900 block of Jones Drive reported at 4:13 p.m. Tuesday that a male she knows keeps text messaging her and she does not want contact with him. The male was contacted, told about the complaint and not to contact the woman.

- A caller at 4 p.m. Tuesday reported children playing basketball in the road and hitting parked cars in the 400 block of South Broadway Avenue. No children were found at the scene, but some were located on a porch. They denied being in the road.

- A caller from a business in the 400 block of East State Street Tuesday requested removal of a man hanging around outside the business. He could not be found, but after officers left, they were told he was inside the business. Officers returned and found the man walking on East State Street. He was stopped and told not to return to the business.

- A victim came to the police station at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday to report he was walking on South Broadway Avenue near Pershing Street when two males known to him walked by and made threats. He was told how to file a restraining order.

- A woman who resides with her mother reported at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday that the landlord has been trying to get other tenants to clean up their apartment areas and garbage was stacked up in the basement on the other side of her mother's basement where she resides. She said the smell is tremendous and she wanted it cleaned up. She was told it's a matter for those tenants and the landlord. She was also given the phone number for the housing inspector.

- Police were called at 1:07 p.m. Tuesday to check the well-being of a woman on Newgarden Avenue and West Euclid Street, whom they found walking. She said she and her husband reside in Guilford, had an argument and she got out of the vehicle and he spun the tires throwing gravel all over at Pershing Street and Newgarden Avenue. She said she was not hurt and only wanted to find her phone to call for a ride.

- David G. Crom, 35, of 416 1/2 Stewart Road, was charged with disorderly conduct at 3:27 p.m. Monday after police were called for a dispute/assault between a male and female in the 400 block of East Eighth Street. When police arrived, the male was highly agitated and the female was on the curb lawn with her two children. Officers were told by the BMV to confiscate the plates from the vehicle belonging to the male. He was charged with disorderly conduct after he was asked to open the car to obtain a child's booster seat three times and refused and ignored officers. He allegedly fought being handcuffed and headbutted the cage after being placed in the cruise. He continued to threaten the female, who alleged he pinned her between the doors in an attempt to keep from getting the car seats.

-School transportation supervisor Denny Neiderhiser reported at 12:02 p.m. Tuesday that a bus had been damaged at the Salem City Schools bus garage on Pennsylvania Avenue. The bus had been parked in the lot overnight and it appeared that rocks had been thrown at the left side of the bus, shattering two windows. The windows had to be removed for repair but the damage estimate was not provided.

-An anonymous caller reported a domestic violence incident at the 600 block of Fair Avenue at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday. The scene was quiet when officers responded, but they found broken furniture and household belongings on the ground. The police had responded to the same location hours earlier after receiving a report that a resident was upset and breaking things. Both residents at the scene had agreed to stay apart until they calmed down.

- A caller at 9:16 a.m. Tuesday reported a vehicle ran around running red flashing lights at the bus stop at South Union Avenue and Franklin. No vehicle make or license plate was obtained, but the driver was female.



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