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October 10, 2013
Salem News


- Police responded to the 800 block of East Third Street for a report of a dispute/unwanted person at 7:11 a.m. Wednesday. A woman wanted a man removed from the apartment, saying he was intoxicated and causing problems. He left willingly.

- Police were called at 1:23 a.m. Wednesday to the area of North Ellsworth Avenue and Eighth Street for a suspicious person in the road with a large club. An officer found a man walking with the assistance of a standard size wooden cane who said he was just out getting fresh air.

- A dog was reported barking excessively at 11:08 p.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of Washington Avenue, but an officer heard no dogs while monitoring the area.

- A parking complaint was reported at 11:04 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of Columbia Street. The owner was located and moved the vehicle.

- Herman Gray, whose last known address was East Fourth Street, was taken into custody for outstanding warrants out of Columbiana County after an officer on patrol saw a person standing near the entrance of a business on Railroad Street that appeared closed at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. The man said he just finished pool league and was waiting for a ride to pick him up. After the officer identified him, he found the outstanding warrants.

- Police were dispatched at 9:59 p.m. Tuesday to a business in the 500 block of East State Street for an overturned dumpster in Sugartree Alley behind the business. The dumpster was put back in place. No suspicious persons were found.

- Barking dogs were reported at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of West Fourth Street. Nobody was home, but officers relayed a message to the owner to correct the problem.

- Police were called at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday to a business in the 1900 block of East State Street for visual and audible alarms. The building was secure from the outside. The fire department was also called and checked the inside with no problem found. An employee of the business reported to the scene, also.

- A parking complaint was reported at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday in the 900 block of West Wilson Street. The owner was contacted and moved the vehicle.

- No citation was issued after a tractor trailer turning from East State Street onto North Lincoln Avenue at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday struck a decorative city light pole, shearing it off at its base. The report said several vehicles were in the southbound left turn lane on North Lincoln Avenue, with the first vehicle across the stop marker line, preventing the tractor trailer from being able to go wide. The tractor trailer sustained a flat tire.

- A caller at 6:11 p.m. Tuesday reported a dog running at large nearly hit by a car in the 300 block of South Union Avenue. An officer saw a small white dog running loose and barking, but nobody was home at the residence where the dog belonged. The officer returned later and the dog was still loose and no one was there. A warning tag was left for dog at large and a persistent barking dog.

- Police responded at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday to the basketball courts near the Waterworth Memorial Park duck pond playground where a male juvenile could be heard using profanities while young children and their parents were in the playground area. He was contacted about the inappropriate language and stopped.

- An alarm was activated at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday in the 900 block of East State Street. The exterior was found secure.

- Bonita Russell, 55, of Canfield, was cited for assured clear distance after failing to stop her vehicle in time and hitting the rear of a vehicle driven by Autumn Bates, 27, of Salem, causing her to hit the rear of a vehicle driven by Richard Ashton, 71, of Malvern, who then hit the rear of a vehicle driven by Karen Penner, 63, of Salem. Penner, Ashton and Bates were all stopped in traffic in the westbound lane of East State Street near the library at 4:11 p.m. Tuesday. Russell said she took her eyes off the road briefly. No injuries were reported.


- Rich Rance reported at 6:51 a.m. Tuesday a window was broken at the business on Heck Road.

- Gary Silvat, Parkview Drive, reported at 8 a.m. Tuesday he was assaulted.

- A man reported at 12:57 p.m. Tuesday there was a loud disturbance at a Quincy Avenue home. Police found the residents were raising their voices about having the power shut off at the home. Police warned them to keep the noise down.

- A woman reported at 3:17 p.m. Tuesday a suspicious man was in the library parking lot the last several days in a vehicle with Oregon plates. Police found the vehicle at the library but there was no one inside.

- Aaron Tyler Brothers, 16, Parkview Avenue, was stopped on state Route 14 westbound at state Route 164 at 4:33 p.m. Tuesday and was struck by another vehicle that continued on.

- A woman reported at 10:39 p.m. Tuesday two cars pulled into D.W. Dickey on Duquesne Street. Police found two youths had pulled in there to talk and told them to move on.


- Police made a traffic stop on Tuesday for a motorist doing 47 mph in a 35 mph zone on North State St. near Pinewood Dr. After activating the overhead lights the vehicle continued and gave no indication of pulling over and the siren was activated. The vehicle continued with no indication the driver was pulling over and finally pulled into a church parking lot. The turn seemed methodically slow causing the officer a delay in getting around the vehicle. The officer continued on and was able to make a traffic stop on South State St. near Hawkins. When preparing to radio the license plate the car drove by and the operator yelled an obscenity extremely loud out the window at the officer who observed him saying it as the passenger window was down. The car pulled out of the parking lot. After initially giving the driver the benefit of the doubt for not immediately pulling over, his actions and yelling it was clear his actions were deliberate to delay the officer from getting around him. East Palestine police were requested for back up. The driver made no indication he was going to comply when asked for his driver's license, registration and proof of insurance. He asked what he was stopped for and he was advised that would be provided once he provided the requested information. He refused and additional officers were requested. The driver was advised to step out of the vehicle and the officer attempted to open his door and remove him from the vehicle. The driver advised the officer not to touch his vehicle and finally produced his driver's license, cell phone and insurance information. He was identified as Brett Dimko, 365 W. Main St., Washingtonville, and he was advised at one point to "shut his mouth" or face going to jail for failing to cooperate. The driver was attempting to verbally control the situation which was a safety threat as he was not complying with the officer's commands. That combines with his almost going out of the way seeking out contact with the officer made the officer unsure of his intentions. Dimko was much bigger than the officer making it imperative the officer have control over the situation before having to physically arrest him or having to use physical force or use the taser. The driver was advised of the failing to yield and questioned why he yelled an obscenity at the officer. Dimko advised that as a "courtesy" he pulled over in the church lot and that he didn't yell the obscene word, that it was his radio. Asked how that could be he said it was a Bose stereo system and his window was down. He was requested to que up the song that simply had the word playing from it and he couldn't. He was advised if that was his radio, then he could receive a citation for loud music and he said a decibel meter was needed for that. He was issued a speeding citation and attempted to speak again while the officer was talking to him and was advised to exercise his right to remain silent. He said he never heard the siren and that he pulled over as a courtesy. He was asked how he heard the siren if he had his radio up and he said he didn't have it that loud.

- Police responded to the 46000 block of N. State St. for a domestic dispute at 8:36 p.m. Sunday and a man advised that his two friend had been fighting and he didn't want any problems at his residence. He wanted the female half to leave. The other man said his girlfriend returned from a weekend at her parent's and they began arguing and were pushing and shoving each other but no one was hit or struck. They have a nine-month-old daughter together and he didn't want her to see her parents arguing and fighting. Police spoke to the woman and she was on her cell phone with her mother and said her parents were coming to help her get out of the apartment. She didn't want to leave her baby's belongings in the apartment and the complainant and the other man said they would place them outside. The woman said she is tired of getting hit and bruised by her boyfriend and said he started the argument the moment she returned with the baby. She said he is controlling and concerned if he can be abusive toward her, he can be abusive toward the baby. The woman followed the officer to the police department and when her parents arrived they returned to the apartment to retrieve the belongings.

- Police responded to the 3200 block of Creek Road at 5:20 p.m. Oct. 1 where a dog was loose and attacking other dogs and people. Following an investigation, the dog owner, Lynette Sprouse, was cited for failing to wear a valid tag, a minor misdemeanor.

- At 9:34 p.m. Saturday, police responded to the laundromat on W. Main St. where the complainant said someone stole her cell phone while she left her items unattended in the store for a few minutes. Police said they did not see anyone enter or exit the business from the rear of the store, but didn't have a view of the front door. The officer asked the complainant for the phone number, called it and the phone was located in her vehicle.



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