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September 22, 2013
Salem News


- Police charged three people with disorderly conduct after being called to a domestic at 2100 Monroe St. where officers could hear yelling inside an apartment at 2:58 a.m. Saturday. Charged were Heather Godwin, 25, of 1017 Hartley Road, Brian Godwin, 28, of 2100 Monroe, and Brian Erskine, 26, of 989 Jones Drive. The report said officers found all parties voluntarily intoxicated and told them multiple times to quiet down, but the three continued to carry on by cursing, yelling and taunting officers. They were all taken to the police station, processed and released on their own recognizance.

- A possible domestic was reported at 2:03 a.m. Saturday in the area of Railroad Street and Newgarden Avenue where police found a man and woman just south of the railroad tracks. Both were intoxicated and said there was no problem between them. The man had visible injury to his right eye, but said he was jumped by three males in a white vehicle before officers arrived and was not worried about it. A relative picked them up and took them home.

- An alarm went off at 1:25 a.m. Saturday at the Italian American Club on Penn Avenue, with the exterior found secure. A keyholder responded and the interior was also found secure.

- A suspicious person was reported at 11:02 p.m. Friday in the 1900 block of East State Street. Officers were familiar with the man and called a cab at his request to take him home.

- Police were dispatched at 10:24 p.m. Friday to the Walmart parking lot on East State Street for a dispute. A man reported he was exiting the store when a male driver in an SUV did not properly stop at the stop sign for pedestrians. He said he had a verbal confrontation with the driver and was threatened. An officer spoke to the driver who said he did stop just past the sign and that the man started yelling at him and threatened him first. Both parties were told to clear the area.

- A woman came to the police station at 8:28 p.m. Friday to speak to an officer about a missing family member from an East Fourth Street address. Her adult brother was entered into the law enforcement data base as missing. The fire department was contacted to retrieve a key from a lock box so police could enter an apartment to see if the person was there, but he was not home.

- A caller at 7:47 p.m. Friday reported a suspicious blue van riding around Centennial Park and now parked in the parking lot. Police made contact with the owner of the van who said he was just trying to find somewhere to ride his bike with his juvenile friend who was with him. He was on the bike when police spoke with him.

- A reckless driver was reported at 6:50 p.m. Friday in the area of Newgarden Avenue and Arch Street, but was not found.

- Floyd Sorrell, of East Palestine, reported at 5:57 p.m. Friday that he believed checks were taken from his vehicle while he was inside a business at 1059 E. State St.

- A woman came to the police station at 5:42 p.m. Friday to turn in a cell phone her juvenile daughter had, but it did not belong to her. She asked to have the juvenile officer contact her.

- Buckeye Elementary School principal John Lundin called police at 4:53 p.m. Friday after school officials were unable to make contact with the mother of a child who needed picked up at school due to the mother not being at the bus stop. They attempted to call several contacts on the list, but were unsuccessful. Children Services was already at the residence attempting to make contact with the mother due to an ongoing case. The Children Services investigator and officers attempted several times to make contact with the mother when she eventually answered the door. The child was taken to the residence by officers and the mother was told by police and the investigator of the issues if she is not at the bus stop to pick up her child.

- A 17-year-old female who lives on Ridgewood Drive was cited for improper backing after she backed out of her driveway into the path of a vehicle driven by James Vross, 36, of South Ellsworth Avenue, who was eastbound on Ridgewood at 4:04 p.m. Friday and struck the right rear of her vehicle. No injuries were reported.

- A woman from Washington Avenue reported at 4:17 p.m. Friday that someone stole an engagement ring and a gas card from her residence.

- A medical emergency was reported at 4:11 p.m. Friday in the area of Franklin and Washington. A person was taken by ambulance to Salem Community Hospital.

- A fight was reported at 1:56 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of Columbia Street where an officer was stopped by two people in an alley who were with another man who was crying. He said he had been beat up and his money was taken from his wallet. He did not want to cooperate, but police learned from his friend that he had thrown a beer can at a vehicle. Police learned he had been at the residence with the people he claimed took his money, was intoxicated, became irate and threw the beer can and ran across the alley to his residence. Police also learned he had been asked to leave an establishment. He was sent off with his friends. One of the males with him had an outstanding warrant. Daniel Mathes, 21, of 524 Bank St., was taken into custody on a warrant for failure to appear on a driving under suspension charge. He was also advised of pending charges for contraband recovered from him at the time of his arrest.

- An anonymous caller at 10:04 a.m. Friday reported a man in the 900 block of East State Street was asking other pedestrians if they were looking for marijuana to buy. The man was located and denied it, saying he was just on his way home. He was told to cease his actions.


- A state Route 14, Columbiana, man reported at 8:24 a.m. Friday that his computer was hacked, and he wasn't sure what information was stolen. The report was forwarded to the attorney general's consumer complaints.

- Police were called to the Century Plant on Railroad and Vine streets at 9:18 a.m. Friday after a woman's car was vandalized again.

- Police were called to the area of Metz and Fairfield School roads at 7:01 p.m. Friday after residents reported hearing gunshots. After police spoke with several people, who said the shots may have come from near Crestview High School or Columbiana-Waterford Road, police toured the area but could not hear any shots.

- Police were called to state Route 14 at 7:14 p.m. Friday after a caller reported a reckless driver driving east. The driver of the vehicle in question said he was tired, dropped his cell phone and picked it up.

- A Columbiana man contacted police at 7:35 p.m. Friday about two suspicious males near Columbiana Buick-Olds.

- At 8:49 p.m. Friday, a Parkview Avenue resident reported noises coming from outside her house. Police arrived to find everything secured.

- Police were called to the weight room at Firestone Park at 9:14 p.m. Friday after a male wearing jeans and a black shirt with no car was reported to be acting suspicious. Upon arrival, a man said there was no one else there except someone in a small white car acting odd. The building was secure after a check by police.

- Police were called to Sunset Court at 12:17 a.m. Saturday after a suspicious person was reported walking towards North Middle Street.

- Police assisted the Columbiana County Sheriff's Department at 3:19 a.m. Saturday at a state Route 14 house where an angry man with two guns was in danger.



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