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February 4, 2014
Salem News


- A reckless operator was reported at 7:32 a.m. Monday in a white box truck in the area of East State Street and South Lincoln Avenue. An officer found the vehicle and followed it, but saw no violations.

- Police were called at 1:50 a.m. Monday to Salem Regional Medical Center for a combative patient and assisted hospital staff.

- An officer on patrol at 1:39 a.m. Monday in the 1900 block of East State Street saw a man exit a motor vehicle and sit on the sidewalk. The man was having an unknown problem and screaming. After checking on him, the officer learned he was attempting to go to the emergency department at Salem Regional Medical Center for medical treatment. The officer followed him to ensure his arrival at the hospital.

-An officer at 8:28 p.m. Sunday saw a known male approach the door of a residence on Morris Avenue carrying a snow shovel. He was approached and was told a solicitor's permit was required. He said he understood and was going home.

- Officers responded at 8:08 p.m. Sunday to South Union Avenue and Mound Street for a report of a man walking, carrying a gun. A man matching the description was located carrying a snow shovel.

- A man in Salem reported at 7:29 p.m. Sunday that his juvenile daughter was inappropriately touched by a male while at her mother's home in another city in another county. The report will be sent to Columbiana County Children Services since the juvenile resides in Salem, but the father was told he needed to contact the police department where the alleged incident took place since they would have jurisdiction.

-A malfunctioning traffic signal was reported at 7:03 p.m. Sunday at East State Street and Cunningham Road. Officers observed the signal in question go through several cycles and no malfunction was seen.

- A man in the 300 block of North Madison Avenue reported at 6:52 p.m. Sunday that he was concerned for the well-being and safety of his juvenile daughter who is in the custody of her mother. He said the child and mother were evicted from their last known address and now he has no idea where they are residing. An officer will follow up and let him know what he finds.

- A motorist flagged down an officer at 4:58 p.m. Sunday regarding debris in the road on East Pershing Street near South Union Avenue. The officer located a piece of concrete in the eastbound lane of Pershing east of Washington protruding from the street's surface, creating a potential traffic hazard. The concrete was flattened back into the hole in the street. A note was left for the street department to check it.

- Officers on patrol at 4:50 p.m. Sunday saw an open door on a closed business in the 200 block of Continental Drive. The interior was checked and found secure. A keyholder arrived and the door was secured.

- Officers were dispatched at 3:53 p.m. Sunday to the 400 block of North Howard Avenue for an unwanted male. A woman said her son moved out two weeks ago and was now in the house attempting to find paperwork. They had an argument, but nothing physical took place. He wanted to get the rest of his belongings and his mother said he could have a few more hours but could not return after that.


- A disabled and abandoned vehicle was reported partially on the road on Michigan between State Boulevard and State Street at 3:50 p.m. Sunday. The vehicle had a Pennsylvania registration and returned to an out-of-state person, with the keys found in the ignition. A tow truck was called to remove it and then the registered owner arrived with a gas can, saying the vehicle ran out of fuel. The owner was checked and his license was found expired, so an officer remained until a valid driver responded to operate the vehicle.

- A woman on Conser Drive reported phone harassment from a relative at 12:54 p.m. Sunday, saying that no threats were made. She wanted police to contact the relative and tell them to cease contact. Police contacted the relative who said the woman was the instigator of the harassment. Both were told not to contact each other.

- Officers were called to a one-vehicle accident at 12:40 a.m. Sunday in the front yard of a property in the 500 block of West Pidgeon Road. Three males were standing beside the vehicle and two of them fled. The driver of the vehicle, Alexander M. Brant, 19, of Salem, was found to be operating the vehicle while allegedly under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to control and carrying a concealed weapon, due to a set of brass knuckles found in the vehicle which he admitted belonged to him.

- A passing motorist told police at 10 p.m. Saturday about a suspicious vehicle pulled to the side of the road with its headlights off in the westbound lane of U.S. Route 62 just west of North Lincoln Avenue. The vehicle was found and two people inside were identified. They had run out of gas and coasted to the side of the road before turning the hazard lights on. They had help on the way and were not in the traffic lane.

- A reckless operator was reported at 3:11 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Route 62 entering Perry Township in a blue Toyota with an out-of-state registration. The vehicle was not found.

- Police located a disabled vehicle in the 1800 block of North Lincoln Avenue and saw a man walking to the vehicle carrying a gas can. He said he ran out of gas. An officer stayed until the man was able to get the vehicle started.


- Kristy Dilling, address not listed, reported at 2:13 p.m. Saturday her baby's father just left their exchange location on Main Street with the child not properly restrained in his vehicle. Police checked the area for the vehicle but did not find it.

- A man's truck was reported stolen from Sparkle while he was shopping at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Police spoke with the man and it was determined he had forgotten that he had driven a van there and not his truck, which was still at home.

- A woman reported at 9:30 p.m. Saturday someone in a Ford Fusion was driving recklessly on state Route 14 eastbound and went left of center with only parking lights on. Police referred the call to the highway patrol after the vehicle headed southbound on state Route 7.

- Ryan D. Agostini, 31, Belle Vernon, Pa., was cited for driving under suspension following a traffic stop in the Circle K parking lot on North Main Street at 11:25 p.m. Saturday.

- A man reported at 5:20 p.m. Sunday he went to the court-appointed child exchange location and the mother of his child did not show up and was not answering her phone. The woman agreed to come to the police station for the exchange and there were no other problems.

- A man reported at 10:19 p.m. Sunday there was a water break on East Park near James Street. The water department was contacted.


- A Danbury Drive resident reported at 6:47 p.m. Jan. 12 that a man for whom he had purchased a vehicle had threatened to kill him when he took the vehicle back.

- A West Branch Middle School administrator reported at 10:47 a.m. Jan. 17 that a student had brought a small amount of marijuana into the school.

- The Sharon Lynn Girls Home reported a resident had left the home at without permission at 5:12 p.m. Jan. 20. The girl was found and returned.

- A state Route 165 resident reported being harassed via the telephone but would not give any further details at 8:10 p.m. Jan. 21.

- A Duck Creek Road resident reported at 10:31 a.m. Jan. 22 that her son refused to go to school. An officer followed her and her son to the school to make sure he went.

- Andy P. Hagan, 35, 1701 Homeworth Road, Alliance, was cited for assured clear distance ahead following a two-vehicle crash in the 13000 block of Main Street in Beloit at 2:43 p.m. Jan. 22 in which he was southbound and allegedly struck the rear of vehicle driven by Elaine M. Schroeder, 65, Alliance, who was stopped at the railroad tracks. No injuries were reported.

- Paul B. Smith, 60, 11145 Detwiler Road, Columbiana, was cited for failure to control following a one vehicle crash in the 10000 block of state Route 165 at 8:42 p.m. Jan. 24 in which he was eastbound and spun off the south side of the road, striking a sign and a fence. No injuries were reported.

- Shannon Marie Pratt, 24, New Kensington, Pa., was cited for right of way at stop signs following a two-vehicle crash at state Routes 165 and 45 at 8:50 a.m. Saturday in which she was westbound on state Route 45 and allegedly pulled into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by Robert L. Hutton, 48, 11900 Salem-Warren Road, Salem. No injuries were reported.


- An employee with the county engineer's office reported seeing someone dressed in a white chicken suit jumping in front of traffic near Carter Lumber at 2:14 a.m. Saturday. The person in the chicken suit fled when the county employee stopped, and police were unable to locate the person. There was a similar incident on East Lincoln Way last fall, and it turned out the person lived in the vicinity.

- Shelby Sprouse, North Market Street, reported Jan. 21 she was driving south on North Market Street when Joe Cruz acted as if he was going to pull in front of her from the Circle K parking lot, and then he began yelling and waving his arms. She believes Cruz was harassing her based on an ongoing dispute.

- Police investigated a Jan. 21 traffic accident on North Market involving two motorists backing out of their driveway simultaneously. The drivers were Ryan Glenn and a Mr. Gable, with Glenn saying he would pay for the minor damage rather than turn it into insurance.

- An officer was called to Applegrove Apartments on Jan. 9 in regard to a female resident contemplating harming herself. The officer remained until an ambulance arrived to transport the woman to a local hospital.

- Mark T. Koltnoff, 52, Bayard Road, Minerva, was cited for improper backing after he backed into a vehicle driven by Joseph Morenz, 47, South Lincoln Avenue, at the intersection of West Lincoln Way and South Market at 12:08 p.m. Thursday.



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