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October 30, 2013
Salem News


- Police and city firefighters, along with KLG Ambulance, responded at 6:13 a.m. Tuesday to Butech-Bliss on South Ellsworth Avenue for a report of an employee trapped inside a piece of machinery. Upon arrival, the male employee had already been extricated by fellow employees. He was treated at the scene by first responders and transported to Salem Community Hospital by KLG Ambulance.

- A reckless operator was reported at 5:56 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of West Pershing Street. The caller said the pickup struck a trash can in the curb lawn and backed up to the residence, then the driver ran inside. The male operator told police he lives there and backed up to the door to move out. He was warned about his driving.

- Police were called at 2 a.m. Tuesday to Pearce Circle for a suspicious male walking in the area. He was found in the 1700 block of East 11th Street and was identified. He was out for a walk and does reside in the area.

- Police responded to a handful of alarm activations in the early morning hours Tuesday for a residence on West 13th Street and businesses on East State Street and East Third Street, with all found secure.

- Police were called at 12:29 a.m. Tuesday to the 1700 block of East State Street for a man wanting to harm himself. He told police he wanted to go to Alliance Community Hospital for further treatment and to help with his medication levels. KLG Ambulance transported him.

- A barking dog was reported at 12:08 a.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Arch Street, but was not found.

- A prowler was reported at 11:44 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of East Third Street. Officers located two people they knew who said they had thrown a hat into a back yard and were just trying to retrieve it. They were told to go home.

- A suspicious person was reported at 10:04 p.m. Monday in the area of Rose Avenue and East Third Street allegedly attempting to enter a vehicle that had stopped on Rose. The person was not located.

- Police were called to Walmart on East State Street at 6:24 p.m. Monday for an alleged theft. A loss prevention officer had two females detained for alleged shoplifting. One had concealed $28.97 worth of merchandise on her and passed all points of sale without paying, while the other acted as lookout as the theft occurred. Amanda Ryan, 20, of 6071 St. Jacob-Logtown Road, Lisbon, was charged with theft. Krista Yorty, 18, of 460 Franklin Ave., was charged with complicity. Both were taken to the police station, processed and then released on their own recognizance.

- A dispute was reported at 5:11 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of East Third Street which turned out to be verbal over a vehicle. All parties were told their options.

- Richard Gfeller, of the 400 block of West Pershing Street, reported at 5:10 p.m. Monday that unknown people had pulled onto the curb lawn from the business across the street and damaged the grass. The sod was placed back on the ground and he was told his options.

- A vehicle was reported illegally parked in a private drive in the 900 block of East Third Street at 4:36 p.m. Monday. The property owner had called for a tow truck to remove it, but officers contacted the vehicle owner, who was enroute to pick up the vehicle, and told the homeowner.

- A man on Newgarden Avenue spoke with an officer at 4:15 p.m. Monday with questions regarding unwanted phone calls from people and what to do if they show up at his residence. He was told his options.

- A woman on East Fourth Street reported at 4:14 p.m. Monday that her juvenile son was pushed to the ground and threatened by other male juveniles while walking home from school. She said he's been getting harassed recently by the other juveniles on the way home. She wanted the parents of the other boys advised of the complaint so the issue can stop. An officer said contact will be attempted.

- Juveniles were reported throwing objects at passing vehicles in the 400 block of North Ellsworth Avenue at 4:05 p.m. Monday, but the juveniles were not found.

- Timothy Laughrey, 51, of 1189 E. Third St., was cited for a minor misdemeanor for a cab identification violation after an officer saw a Quaker Cab operating in the 300 block of West State Street at 2:28 p.m. Monday and spoke with the driver. The officer found the cab was not insured, licensed, registered or properly identified under city ordinance, resulting in the citation. He was told to cease operations until the cab is operating legally.

- Marilyn Blackburn, of Newgarden Avenue, reported at 2:24 p.m. Monday that the rear license plate of her vehicle was either lost or stolen in the area of Pennsylvania Avenue.

- Amber Ramsey, of North Madison Avenue, reported a theft incident at 12:21 p.m. Monday at her residence.

- Police were called at 10:23 a.m. Monday to the 200 block of Vine Avenue where someone broke into the residence and stole medication.


- A woman on 14th Street reported at 5:02 p.m. Monday that the mother of her grandchild is sending text messages with foul language to her. Her son and the mother of the child are going to court over custody and she wants the messages to stop. Police left a voicemail message for the mother regarding the matter.

- A state Route 344 resident contacted police at 10:40 a.m. Monday regarding fraudulent charges on a bank account. He was told to cancel the account, with the incident under investigation.

- Smith Township Police called at 11:21 p.m. Sunday to request a welfare check on a runaway female juvenile. She was found walking on state Route 45 at Georgetown Road with a male, who was identified and returned to his residence on East Pidgeon Road. The female juvenile was escorted to the township limit on U.S. Route 62 to meet with Smith Township Police and was released into their officer's custody.

- A prowler was reported at 7:51 p.m. Sunday in the area of Brookview Drive where three young people with a flashlight knocked on residents' doors then ran away. They were last seen running toward a residence on North Lincoln Avenue, but no one answered the door at that residence.

- Rodney W. Herron, 47, of 2921 Woodsdale Road, Salem, was taken into custody during a traffic stop at 10:26 a.m. Sunday on South Lincoln Avenue at Snyder Road for an active felony warrant out of the Licking County Sheriff's Office. According to Licking County online court records, the warrant was for passing bad checks.


- Police responded to an alarm drop in the boiler room at South Side Middle School at 12:26 a.m. Monday. There were no problems.

- A woman reported at 3 p.m. Monday five or six kids were walking on the railroad tracks in the area of Elm Street and Fairfield Avenue. Police checked the area but did not see the kids.

- The Lisbon Post of the Highway Patrol reported at 4:26 p.m. Monday a silver Dodge pickup was driving recklessly in its own lane near the First National Bank. Police checked the area but did not see the vehicle.

- Dick Simpson reported at 10:29 p.m. Monday someone told him there was a suspicious vehicle behind the American Legion and it took off when car lights were shone on it. Police checked the area but did not see the vehicle.

- A 17-year-old was arrested and charged with possession of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of tobacco and two brake lights required following a traffic stop on North Main Street at 11:43 p.m. Monday.

- Richard Schwartz reported at 11:52 p.m. Monday he was assaulted by Danielle Walters at his home in Whispering Pines. Police warned Walters for criminal trespass and removed her from the property. Schwartz did not wish to file charges.


- While on patrol at 5:41 .m. Oct. 22, police checked a report of two women going into an abandoned house in the 3800 block of Boardman Street behind the fire department. Two officers responded and the front door was ajar though it had a realtor's lock box attached to it. A woman from across the street state that it was she and her daughter that went onto the front porch to look inside the windows but never went inside. Police were able to close the door securely and a check showed no one was inside.

- Police responded to the 3800 block of West Main Street at 2:11 p.m. Oct. 24 for a child custody complaint. The male complainant said a woman was sending harassing text and Facebook messages and he did not respond. Police contacted her and advised her of the complaint.

- Police responded to the 3300 block of Pinewood Drive at 10:11 p.m. after receiving a call from the sheriff regarding drug use in a vehicle. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

- Police responded to the Vittle Village at 1 p.m. Oct. 24 when an employed reported another employees attempted to steal from the store. The complainant advised the other person was not working and pulled up to the gas pump in a silver SUV with a man and a woman and came into the store stating she needed $20 in gas and walked behind the counter to retrieve several packs of cigarettes. The woman asked the complainant about a certain kind of beer called "Octoberfest" and was insistent she go to the beer cooler to see if it was in stock. The complainant said she advised her she knew they didn't have any such beer and told the woman to look for herself. The woman was acting strangely and the complainant was waiting on a customer. At one point the woman took the bag containing $330 in Ohio Lottery money and tried to conceal it. The complainant and the customer saw her grab the bag and the complainant confronted her and told her to put it back. The woman apparently acted like she didn't know what she was talking about and had to repeat herself. The woman asked the complainant why she was yelling but did return the lottery bag and exited from behind the counter to the front of the store. The woman "house charged" her cigarettes and gas and the complainant told her to leave the store immediately. The complainant then notified the store manager and police. An officer gave the complainant a statement form and she said she spoke to the woman's aunt who works at the Unity Vittle Village store who advised she attempted suicide the night before by taking large amounts of pills. She also advised that she is a recovering drug addict who is apparently back to taking drugs. Charges may be pending.


- Paul Hammitt, West Washington Street, reported a man walking his dog in Dr. Stewart's parking lot at 10:45 a.m. Sunday let his dog off the leash to attack Hammitt's cats. Police spoke with the man, Joe Frantz, who said his dog slipped the leash after spying the cats but he immediately regained control of the canine. Frantz was advised in the future to find another walking path for his dog to avoid any further confrontations with Hammitt's felines.

- A resident called with a loud music complaint at Apple Grove Apartments at 9:51 p.m. Oct. 22. An officer spoke with the resident, who turned down the music.

- The alarm was going off at the former One Stop building on Lincole Drive at 11:27 a.m. Monday. An officer found the building to be secure and told the dispatcher to contact whoever is responsible to reset the alarm.

- A report was received of a loud party at the residence of Amanda Wilson, East Lincoln Way, at 3:15 a.m. Saturday, and the officer could hear the party three houses away. Wilson answered the door and said she was hosting a Halloween party, and the officer could see people drinking. Wilson was cited for disturbing the peace because of prior warnings about being excessively loud and the fact she had been charged previously for playing her music too loud.



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