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October 31, 2013
Salem News


- Police were called to a home on East Lincoln Way at 1:41 p.m. Tuesday, where the tenants that lived upstairs left a couch on the sidewalk when they moved out. The landlord said she would have her son move it.

- Michelle Hall, South Green Street, reported Tuesday loaning $250 to a friend for rent but the friend moved out and she believes the landlord returned the money, and her friend has yet to return the money. Hall said she had a written agreement, and the officer would check with the prosecutor's office, but this may only be a civil matter.

- Jeremy Robb, East Washington Street, reported there were kids fighting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, and police checked the area but did not find anyone fighting.

- An officer assisted a sheriff's deputy responding to a call at a Roseland Commons apartment at 9:09 p.m. Monday, but the woman who was reportedly out of control left prior to their arrival.

- Freeman Runner reported Tuesday two men came into his flea market business on Nelson Avenue and asked if he had any handguns or other weapons for sale. He said they left in an A&W Paving truck.

- Lola Garofalo, Elk Avenue, reported Tuesday her driver-side vehicle mirror was broken, and the officer said it appeared as if it had been clipped by a passing vehicle.

- Police were called to a domestic dispute on West Lincoln Way at 8:29 p.m. Saturday, where they found Brian Nestor and Destiny Stoffel on the sidewalk next to his parked vehicle. Police were advised there was an unloaded handgun in the vehicle and ammunition in the trunk. Nestor said he yelled at Stoffel's children and started gathering some of his belongings to leave when Stoffel locked him out of the apartment, but he broke the lock to gather the rest of the items. While Nestor had scratch marks on his neck, neither he nor Stoffel wished to pursue charges. Nestor then left to spend the night at his parents' home outside Salineville and would return the next day to retrieve the rest of his property.


- A child was reported unattended in a Jeep in the 200 block of West State Street at 8:22 p.m. Tuesday, but the Jeep could not be found.

- Police responded at 7:56 p.m. Tuesday to the 1100 block of East Third Street where a man had tried to retrieve a hat that was thrown into a fenced back yard the prior night. The resident had discarded the hat and the officer learned there was a prior complaint about a possible prowler that resulted from the man pounding on the door of the residence where the hat had been lost. He had been told the hat was discarded and to stay away from the property. He was told to be more cautious in the future to avoid losing his property in a similar manner.

- A caller at 7:53 p.m. Tuesday reported a vehicle weaving in the area of North Lundy Avenue and Sugartree Alley, then said the vehicle was parked on North Lundy Avenue. The driver was contacted and was not impaired. She said she did not realize she was driving badly.

- An officer on patrol at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday saw a red Chevy truck parked on West 10th Street with the left rear tire flat. The vehicle had been parked in the same location the last several weeks. A 48-hour warning notice was placed on the vehicle to have it moved.

- A suspicious vehicle described as a red Chrysler 300 was reported at 6:42 p.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of Buckeye Avenue, but police saw no vehicle in the parking lot and nothing in the surrounding area.

- A motorist at 6:17 p.m. Tuesday flagged down an officer on East Pershing Street near Park Drive and reported seeing multiple occupants in a blue Dodge Neon on Penn Avenue and the front seat passenger had a handgun. The vehicle left eastbound. Officers checked throughout downtown and the east end, but didn't find the vehicle in question.

- An unwanted person was reported at 6:16 p.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of East Third Street. A male and female were having an argument and the female said the male threatened her. She wanted him to leave. He denied the threats and left without incident.

- A suspicious male was reported at 6:13 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of South Lincoln Avenue, but was not found.

- An employee of a local retail store responded to the police station at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday with ammunition to be disposed of by police. The small box contained several packages of ammunition that were no longer eligible for retail sale due to damaged packaging.

- An officer on patrol at 4:58 p.m. Tuesday saw a suspicious vehicle parked at a residence in the 1400 block of Jennings Avenue. The vehicle owner was a painter working on that location with some others through November.

- A suspicious person described as a male in a gray hooded sweatshirt was reported at 4:37 p.m. Tuesday in the area of North Ellsworth Avenue and East Sixth Street, but was not found.

- Michael Hamilton of Benton Road reported at 2:07 p.m. Tuesday that he was approached by a person he knows on Sunday on East Fourth Street and words were exchanged. As he was walking away, he felt a stinging to his upper legs and found that the person had shot him with a pellet gun. He was treated at Salem Community Hospital.

- Stephanie Cope of Cope Farm Equipment on U.S. Route 62 reported at 1:13 p.m. Tuesday that a gator vehicle had been stolen from the business, with information posted online, and a woman called to say a gator was sitting in the 300 block of South Broadway Avenue. Officers checked the vehicle on Broadway, but it was not the one stolen from Cope.

- An officer on patrol at 11:29 a.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of East Pershing Street was contacted by a pedestrian for help. An interpreter responded to the scene to assist in communicating with the man who was from Central America looking for a relative who was supposed to be in the area. He was unable to reach the relative or make contact in any way and wanted to go back home since he had nowhere to stay and no money. A form from the ministerial association was filled out and the man was taken to a motel by the interpreter.


- Richard Schwartz reported Tuesday he found the tail light on his vehicle had been broken after being involved in a dispute the night before.

- A woman asked for officers to meet her at the preschool at 10:54 a.m. Tuesday because her ex was in the area and threatening to take the children at gunpoint.

- A caller reported at 1:49 p.m. Tuesday there was a baby left in a car seat in a car parked in the Dollar General lot. Before police arrived the woman called back to say the vehicle had left but not before she confronted the driver.

- David Hull of Columbiana was charged Tuesday for failure to file his city income tax.

- Police found a train stopped at 7:03 p.m. Tuesday, blocking the crossings on Main, Elm and Pittsburgh streets. Norfolk-Southern officials were notified this posed a safety issue and they told the officers the train would be moving again in 20 minutes.

- A woman reported she was in the Subway parking lot at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday and she believed someone was following her. Before police arrived, the woman called back to say she thought the person had quit following her.



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