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January 22, 2014
Salem News


- Police were investigating an accident involving a vehicle and three pedestrians reported at 11:49 a.m. Tuesday in the Walmart parking lot on East State Street. A report said a woman operating a blue van made a left turn from row 4 into a crosswalk area while a mother with her two children in a buggy were coming out of the store and were in the crosswalk. The vehicle struck the buggy, causing 2-year-old Caleb Nicoara to fall out and go under the van, with his 12-week-old brother, Ethen, falling to the ground in his carrier. KLG Ambulance and city fire department first responders came to the scene. KLG transported the mother, Leah, of West Fifth Street, and her children to Salem Regional Medical Center. When contacted about their conditions, a hospital spokesman said she had no information.

- Officers spoke with a woman at 8:46 p.m. Monday about a situation that occurred earlier in the day at Giant Eagle, 2401 E. State St., when a man approached her 14-year-old granddaughter while they were shopping and began speaking to her. He allegedly asked the girl her name and age and wanted to know if she was on Facebook. Officers attempted to contact the man and left a message advising him to have no further contact with the girl.

- Police responded to the Speedway, at 175 W. State St., at 7:03 p.m. Monday for a report of suspicious activity in a vehicle. Officers located the vehicle parked beside the building and when an officer walked up to the vehicle, he could clearly see the passenger rolling up what appeared to be a marijuana blunt. He made contact and the passenger, Josie McKinley, 20, of McGeehan Road, Lisbon, was charged with a minor misdemeanor for possession of marijuana. Another person in the car, Ethan Ruffner, 23, of Union Ridge Road, Negley, was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant from Columbiana County for failure to appear on a civil contempt charge. Since no one in the vehicle had a valid driver's license, the vehicle was left parked at the business.

- Kimberly Devorick, Petersburg, reported at 2:03 p.m. Monday that she noticed damage to her vehicle while at Walmart on East State Street.

- A woman in the 500 block of Walnut Street reported at 12:34 p.m. Monday that her neighbors who live upstairs were making too much noise. She was told to tell the landlord.

- A woman in the 300 block of Newgarden Avenue reported at 11:47 a.m. Monday that her adult son threw a cell phone at her when he left and hit her with it. The son was located at a nearby residence and told not to return to her residence. He said he did not hit her with it. She did not want to pursue charges.

- A clerk at Smith Oil, 968 E. State St., reported at 11:44 a.m. Monday that an older man in a newer red Cadillac left without paying for $30 worth of gas, traveling west on State and then north on Rose.

- A man came to the police station at 11:32 a.m. Monday to speak with an officer about an ongoing problem at his business between an employee and another person. He wanted to know his options.


A man reported at 10:10 a.m. Monday some kind of line was down across Fairfield Avenue. Police checked the area and did not see a line across the road, but did locate someone doing some wiring. There were no problems.

- While checking the Dynamic Auto Body property on state Route 14 at 8:20 p.m. Monday police found an unoccupied vehicle in the lot. It was discovered the vehicle belonged to someone working in the building.

- A woman reported at 10:55 p.m. Monday a vehicle was on the side of the road near Casual Carpets with its four-ways on. Police checked but did not see the vehicle.



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