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December 3, 2013
Salem News


- A woman reported at 4:42 p.m. Sunday a line was down in front of a home on West Woodland Avenue. Police discovered it was a phone line that came off the home and the homeowner took care of it.

- A woman reported at 6:55 p.m. Sunday a boy was walking in front of cars on West Park Avenue to make them swerve and then laughing about it. Police checked the area but did not see the boy.

- A woman reported at 11:26 a.m. Saturday she received a phone call saying she would be sent $8,400 for paying her taxes but they needed her bank and other personal information, and that when she told them to send her the check first they hung up.

- Police arrested Heidi L. Gorby, 39, Columbiana, at 5:25 p.m. Saturday on a city warrant for cruelty against a companion animal following an incident on Nov. 23. Gorby reportedly left her dog outside without access to food, water or proper shelter during cold weather conditions.

- Police received several calls at 5:26 p.m. Saturday regarding a disabled vehicle on state Route 7 south of Valero. People reported the car was partially on the road with no lights on. Police found the car and determined it was a dead battery and the male driver had called his brother to assist him. Police stood by for traffic control until his brother arrived.

- A man reported at 6:18 p.m. Saturday there was a suspicious vehicle in the cemetery near the memorial. Police found the vehicle and there were no problems.

- A woman reported at 9:20 p.m. Saturday there was underage drinking going on at an apartment on West Salem Street. Police went to the apartment but no one answered the door and no sounds could be heard.


- Police responded to the 500 block of Walnut Street at 7:25 a.m. Monday to check on a 911 hangup call. Officers checked several locations, but were unable to make contact with anyone.

- Police were called at 3:29 a.m. Monday for an assault. A woman said she was arguing with a man and kicked him in self-defense. He said the kick was not self-defense. Both were told their options, but neither wanted to press charges.

- A caller at 10:39 p.m. Sunday reported persons throwing snowballs at vehicles in the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue, but nobody was found.

- An officer on patrol on West Second Street at 10:19 p.m. Monday saw the silhouette of a person near parked vehicles at a car dealership and located a man walking nearby. He denied tampering with the cars and voluntarily opened up his backpack, which contained some old scrap computer wire and aluminum cans. He said he was just walking home. No problems were found with the cars.

- A reckless operator was reported at 7:38 p.m. Monday on East State Street, but was not found.

- An officer at 7:25 p.m. Sunday checked on a vehicle parked in a handicap zone with no placard. The driver was waiting for someone and moved to another spot.

- Brenna Ritteger, of Mullins Street, reported at 7:17 p.m. Sunday that someone stole money from her vehicle.

- A 14-year-old runaway boy was taken into custody on a warrant for being a runaway and taken to the Tobin detention center by a deputy after returning home to the 1000 block of East Third Street at 7:47 p.m. Sunday. Officers had responded to several locations in the city looking for the boy earlier Sunday, including residences in the 900 block of East Third Street and the 100 block of Fair Avenue after his parent received information via social media. He wasn't found at any of those residences, but the parent called later to report he had arrived home.

- Robert Ketchum, 25, of 654 E. Third St., was charged Sunday afternoon with receiving stolen property as part of an officer's ongoing investigation pertaining to stolen property pawned at a business in Salem. He had been brought to the police station for an unrelated theft charge, was read his rights and allegedly admitted involvement in the stolen property case. He was released on a recognizance bond.

- A man who owns a vacant lot at the deadend of Sharp Street called at 5:06 p.m. Sunday to report criminal damaging. An officer responded and saw the yard was muddy from what appeared to be an ATV riding in the lot. The officer located someone riding an ATV in the adjacent property and told him about the complaint and that the owner does not want anyone on the property. He said he would not go back there anymore and would contact the owner.

- A woman in the 600 block of East Third Street reported at 4:25 p.m. Sunday that she received unwanted text messages from a man she knows. She was told her options.

- Police checked the area of Cunningham and Bentley roads at 4:02 p.m. Sunday after a caller reported hearing possible gunshots in the nearby woods. An officer monitored the area, but did not hear any gunshots.


- Police assisted with traffic control at the scene of a two-vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of the U.S. Route 62/state Route 45 four-lane and North Ellsworth Avenue. The Ohio State Patrol handled the investigation. Township firefighters also responded.

- Stephen Skudlarek, 65, of Charlton Drive, Lisbon, was cited for driving under OVI suspension after a traffic stop at 8:43 a.m. Monday at Cunningham and Butcher roads.

- A resident on Highland East called at 8:09 a.m. Monday to report a suspicious noise coming from a vacant property. Police found that an air conditioning unit at the back of the vacant residence was making the noise.

- Loud music was reported at 12:44 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of Benton Road. A man was contacted and agreed to turn it down for the night.

- A resident in the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue reported at 8:50 p.m. Sunday that an unknown vehicle pulled into her driveway, then drove into the pasture, turned around, and attempted to exit the driveway, becoming stuck on the ice. An officer spoke to the driver who claimed to be a pizza delivery person and reported becoming lost using their GPS. The officer, homeowner and pizza customer got the driver's vehicle out of the drive and back on the road. The vehicle sustained minor damage when the driver slid backwards into a tree while attempting to get a running start up the driveway.

- Police responded at 12:06 p.m. Sunday to the 900 block of Elberon Avenue for a welfare check on a small juvenile child. Upon checking on the juvenile, police located narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia inside the residence. The juvenile was in good health and doing well. The incident is under investigation.

- An officer on patrol at 7:46 p.m. Saturday saw multiple vehicles parked in the 1500 block of Egypt Road, restricting the flow of traffic to one lane. A resident was contacted and had the vehicles moved.

- Township police responded to Family Video in Salem at 2:29 p.m. Sunday to assist Salem Police with multiple people who had stolen items from Walmart.

- Police responded to the 1800 block of Cliff Drive at 2:02 p.m. Sunday to speak with a man regarding a custody issue. He had paperwork from the Columbiana County Juvenile Court saying he was to receive his juvenile daughter for visitation on Sunday. The female did not answer the door or phone calls from police. He wanted a report for his attorney.

- Police responded at 9:38 a.m. Saturday to Canterbury Lane for an open door on a vehicle and were unable to contact the owner. The interior of the vehicle was checked and nothing appeared out of the ordinary. Police secured the vehicle.

- Timothy Ryan Smith, 24, of Salem, was taken into custody on three active warrants after a traffic stop at 12:19 a.m. Sunday on Pidgeon Road. One warrant was from Columbiana County and two were from Stark County. He was turned over to a Columbiana County deputy.



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