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June 26, 2013
Salem News


- A caller reported a small sinkhole about the size of a basketball and two feet deep had opened up on North Beaver Street near the former Buckeye Beverage store at 2:20 p.m. Monday.

- John Kanos, Wayne Bridge Road, told police on Monday he purchased a $95 battery from the Motorcycle Dream Shop and has made repeated attempts to obtain the battery but no one is there or answers the phone. Kanos was advised this was a civil matter.

- A caller reported there was a significant amount of smoke coming from a vehicle in the Family Recovery Center parking lot at 3:36 p.m. Monday. The front of the vehicle was on fire by the time police arrived and a man had used two fire extinguishers on the blaze. The fire department also responded. The heat from the fire damaged some of the siding on the FRC building.


- Suspicious persons were reported at 3:19 p.m. Tuesday in the area of North Howard Avenue and West Ninth Street where an officer spoke to some witnesses who saw two males in their late teens and early 20s heading south on Howard. Residents on West Fifth Street said they were selling magazines on Monday.

- An officer at 1:58 p.m. Tuesday spoke with a woman from Minerva regarding an issue involving custody paperwork and a business on Columbia Street.

- Police responded at 1:22 p.m. Tuesday to Third Street where a woman reported a male in a vehicle stopped and a boy on a bike went over and talked to him and then got back on his bike and rode away. She wasn't sure if anything was wrong or not. Officers did not find anyone.

- A tenant in the 900 block of Newgarden Avenue reported at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday that he gave verbal permission for another person to store property in the garage on the rear of the property and now he wants the items moved but can't reach the other person. He was told that's a contract between him and the other person. No criminal laws were broken.

- A woman in the 400 block of East Sixth Street reported at 9:19 a.m. Tuesday that her wedding ring set was missing. She believed the ring set was taken between June 11 and June 22.

- Tom Herron of Herron Foods on Dodge Drive reported at 8:04 a.m. Tuesday that sometime overnight, persons unknown gained entry into the business and removed items from inside. The incident is under investigation, with some of the food items found in the area.

- An officer responded to the 100 block of South Madison Avenue at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday for an animal complaint. The report said a raccoon appeared secure and the resident was told to stay away from the animal until the humane officer was able to arrive and capture it.

- A wallet was found just outside Salem on state Route 14 and turned in at the police station at 6:14 a.m. Tuesday.

- A woman in the 100 block of West Pershing Street reported at 5:08 a.m. Tuesday that an unknown person threw a broken piece of concrete block through the front window of her residence, causing the glass to shatter.

- Police were called to Franklin Street for a hit/skip accident at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. A suspect white truck was last seen traveling east on Franklin after causing some damage at a property in the 400 block. Further investigation revealed the truck traveled east down an alley in the 400 block of South Broadway Avenue and struck a fence while attempting to turn south into Hogan's Alley, then turned east onto Franklin and drove off of the left side of the road, striking a fence and mailbox.

- Police were called at 1:21 a.m. Tuesday to the 200 block of South Ellsworth Avenue for a suspicious person walking with a flashlight. Nobody was found, but an officer did see a vehicle with the dome light lit on West Eighth Street.

- A resident in the 100 block of East Fifth Street reported suspicious persons at 1:58 a.m. Tuesday. None were located and the residence appeared secure.

- Police were called at 12:11 a.m. Tuesday to the 1900 block of Fairview Court for glass in the road. An officer found glass off to the side of the road out of the lane of travel. The street department was notified.

- Joshua Dickey, 20, of 330 Newgarden Ave., was charged with assured clear distance and hit/skip leaving the scene of a private property accident at 11:53 p.m. Monday for an incident that occurred at 10 p.m. Sunday in the McDonald's drive-thru lane. The previous report said a vehicle stopped in the drive-thru was struck in the rear by another vehicle and the other driver left without providing any information.

- A North Ellsworth Avenue man reported at 11:13 p.m. Monday that he was driving his Honda CRV on North Howard Avenue between West Fifth and West Seventh streets when the rear window exploded and broke. He didn't see anyone in the area or hear any type of possible gunfire.

- A man in the 1000 block of East Fourth Street at 9:40 p.m. Monday reported someone entered his residence overnight and stole $100 from an envelope containing $200 for his rent. He said he saw the money before he went to sleep and noticed it was missing when he woke up. He's hard of hearing and the door was not locked.

- Steve Knoelder, 23, of 679 Ohio Ave. #2, was cited for driving under suspension, after a traffic stop at 9:33 p.m. Monday on Franklin Avenue.

- A woman on East Seventh Street reported at 8:51 p.m. Monday that her mother stole $20 from her purse while she was on the phone in another room. She said her mother admitted it to her over the phone, but when an officer spoke to the mother she denied it. She was told to contact police again if she does not pay it back and she wants to file a charge.

- A driver suspected of driving recklessly on West Wilson Street and West Fifth Street was warned by police Monday night of the possible consequences if the action continues. Witnesses on Wilson at 8:38 p.m. reported a black minivan driving recklessly down the street, with the person inside yelling vulgarities out the window. The driver was contacted and denied driving recklessly. A resident on West Fifth Street had reported a black van racing up and down the street, revving the motor and making inappropriate gestures.

- A domestic was reported at 7:14 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of Pershing Street, where a father and adult son were found arguing on the railroad tracks. Both were told their options.

- A woman reported at 6:22 p.m. Monday that she owns a residence on East Pershing Street with her brother and found that someone pushed the window air conditioner through the window and two televisions were missing. She secured the residence, which is where her brother lives though he had not been there. She asked about getting the property in her name only and was told it's a civil matter. She was told to have her brother call police.

- Police were called at 5:48 p.m. Monday to check for two men in the downtown area intoxicated and stumbling. They were found sitting in a grassy area north of East State Street across from Penn Avenue. Both had been consuming alcoholic beverages, but were cooperative. They were taken home via taxi cab.

- Patricia Youree, 62, of North Lincoln Avenue, was cited for failure to yield after her eastbound vehicle stopped at the stop sign on Fourth Street and crossed Ellsworth Avenue and hit a northbound vehicle driven by Joseph Simon, 53, of North Jackson, who had the right-of-way.

- Randy Dean, of West Fifth Street, reported at 3:53 p.m. Monday that he was turning onto Fifth Street off of North Ellsworth Avenue when he saw a blue Chase Bank bag in the middle of the road. He said he did not open the bag, but could tell there was money inside. An officer recovered the bag and found $425 inside and miscellaneous receipts coming back to an East 11th Street resident. The owner was contacted and the property returned.

- A woman in the 400 block of South Union Avenue reported at 3:04 p.m. Monday that two video games were stolen from her home sometime over the weekend.

- A shoplifter was reported at 2:56 p.m. Monday in the 2400 block of East State Street at a shoe store where a woman came in with a small child, removed a pair of tennis shoes from the box and placed them in her bag, leaving without paying for the shoes. The shoes were valued at $60.

- A domestic was reported at 11:06 a.m. Monday in the 900 block of West State Street, with conflicting statements coming from those involved about what happened. An argument led to each party throwing a cup at the other. The female had a small bump on her eyebrow but did not want anything done.

- A firefighter advised at 8:08 a.m. Monday that a needle/syringe was seen near the south side of the Salem Water Department building. An officer took the property and it was properly disposed.

- A man came to the police station at 7:59 a.m. Monday to turn in the keys to the building of the business where he recently quit to avoid contact with his former employer. The owner was contacted and retrieved the keys.



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