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February 20, 2014
Salem News


- Police responded at 9:11 a.m. Wednesday to Salem Acres on Prospect Street after receiving a call from Salem City Schools with concerns over a parent who dropped off a child. The school employee who had contact with the parent believed the parent was intoxicated. The parent was allowed to leave the school, get into her vehicle and leave. Police checked the parent's residence, but she was not home. The school was told to also contact the Salem Police regarding the incident.

- Rafael Tum Pu, 26, of Hawley Avenue, Salem, was cited for no driver's license while the owner of the vehicle he was driving, Wendy Cutlip, 25, of West Perry Street, was cited for wrongful entrustment after a two-vehicle accident at West Perry Street and Georgetown Road at 5:24 p.m. Tuesday. Police found that a westbound car driven by Pu on West Perry Street was struck by a pickup driven by a juvenile who was eastbound. Police were unable to determine who was at fault. Both operators were told to contact their insurance providers. During the investigation, it was found that Pu did not possess a valid driver's license and was in the United States illegally. Police contacted border patrol, who said they would not come to get him.

- Police responded at 3:52 p.m. Tuesday to East Pine Lake Road and Egypt Road for a suspicious vehicle called in to the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office. Upon investigation, it was learned the vehicle was involved in an accident on state Route 165. Goshen Police were contacted and handled the incident.

- Police responded to the 1900 block of state Route 9 for a report of horses running loose at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday. Contact could not be made with the owner. A resident who called about the horses attempted to catch them but they ran off into a wooded area. Police will attempt to contact the owner later.

- Raymond Scaia, 20, of Alliance, was cited for failure to yield after his northbound vehicle on Michigan Boulevard failed to stop due to snow on the road and slid into the intersection, striking a westbound vehicle on Benton Road/state Route 14 driven by Justin Dawson, 20, of Irondale, at 7:19 a.m. Tuesday.

- Police were called at 5:48 a.m. Tuesday to North Lincoln Avenue near Pine Lake Road for a vehicle in a ditch. Andrew Murzda, 51, of Hubbard, lost control of his vehicle due to a snow drift on the road and drove into the ditch. A tow truck pulled the car out, with no apparent damage.

- Holly Carroll, 40, of Salem Alliance Road, Salem, lost control of her car due to snow conditions on West State Street near Indiana at 4:38 a.m. Tuesday. The vehicle was pulled from a ditch with minor damage.

- Loud music was reported at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of Prospect Street. The homeowner was asked to turn the music down.


- A woman came to the police station at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday to turn in a bank card she found at Speedway, 175 W. State St. The card was placed in lost and found.

- A suspicious phone call was reported by a resident in the 400 block of Prospect Street at 2:27 p.m. Wednesday. The caller called back and it was found to be a legitimate call, with the person soliciting for a local organization.

- Lauri Hardenbrook, of Columbiana, reported at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday that her Chevy Suburban was parked unoccupied on East State Street near Penn Avenue when the driver side outside mirror was badly damaged.

- Heather Hairhoger, of Oak Street, reported at 9:27 a.m. Wednesday that her vehicle was entered overnight. Money, CDs and a change purse were removed.

- Police responded at 11:06 p.m. Tuesday to the 1300 block of Quaker Circle for a security alarm. The snow around the building had not been disturbed and everything appeared in order.

- An audible alarm was reported at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2700 block of East State Street. The business was found secure.

- Police were dispatched at 8:23 p.m. Tuesday to the 200 block of Vine Avenue for a harassment complaint. A man said his wife, whom he is separated from, comes to his residence unannounced and won't give back his keys. He said there's an order stating she's not allowed at his residence unless the children are with her. An officer left a message for her about the complaint.

- A man from Cunningham Road reported at 7:57 p.m. Tuesday that he cashed a check for a large sum of money at a business at 2875 E. State St., and was handed the cash. He went out to his car and counted it and discovered the total was $400 short. He recounted the money and affirmed again that it was $400 short. He went back inside and met with the employee who cashed the check, the manager and an asset protection associate. The business was unable to verify that any drawer was $400 over and didn't observe anything suspicious on surveillance video during the transaction. The business requested he contact them in the morning when an accountant would be present to audit the drawers and see if there's any discrepancy in the cash totals. An officer told him he may want to consult an attorney.

- A man in the 1200 block of Jefferson reported at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday that a suspicious person knocked on his door asking to shovel his driveway but did not have a shovel. He got into a red car and drove away. Police were unable to find him or the car.

- Police responded at 5:02 p.m. Tuesday to the 1100 block of Salem Parkway for a security alarm. The business was found secure.

- A possible altercation was reported at 4:23 p.m. Tuesday at Circle K, 1125 E. State St., where two people had an argument over who had arrived at a gas pump first. Both people left without incident.

- A vehicle was reported parked in the middle of the street in the 900 block of Liberty Street at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday causing a traffic hazard. An officer responded from the other side of town to find the car parked in snow and off the right side of the road, not a hazard or violation, with plenty of room for motorists to get by.

- No citation was issued after an accident involving a city snow plow truck and a vehicle on Southeast Boulevard at Tanglewood Drive at 1:38 p.m. Tuesday. The driver was plowing streets with safety flashers activated, made a right turn from Tanglewood onto Southeast Boulevard and backed up in an attempt to go back on Tanglewood to continue plowing, backing into the front of a vehicle driven by James Wittenauer, of Tanglewood Drive, who had been behind the truck and pulled onto Southeast Boulevard.

- Robert Deal, of Lincoln Way, Lisbon, reported at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday that he was involved in a private property accident on Feb. 12 in the Walmart parking lot when another vehicle came out of an aisle and struck his vehicle which was traveling in front of the store. He and the female driver from Salem exchanged information, but he just became aware that her insurance was not current.

- A woman called regarding a hit/skip on Fifth Street at 11:06 a.m. Tuesday. A green Chevy Venture van drove down the street, either losing control or spinning in the snow, and struck an illegally parked Ford Explorer on the south side of the street facing east, apparently at a funeral nearby. The Venture had at least three men inside and one or more of them laughed when they hit the ford Explorer. The front end of the van was badly damaged with the driver side headlight missing. The van continued east without stopping and may have struck a red Durango on the other side of the street. The Ford Explorer had minor damage.

- A resident on East Third Street reported at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday that a man came to his door wanting to shovel his driveway. He told him he was not interested, but the man would not leave. Officers were familiar with the person in question, with numerous complaints regarding the same type of incident. The report said he has no intentions of shoveling driveways but rather is trying to obtain money from city residents. An officer checked the area, but could not find the man.

- An officer on patrol at 9:37 a.m. Tuesday saw a green Ford on the curb stuck in the snow at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. The officer assisted the motorist who was also assisted by three men in a pickup who stopped to help. The car was removed from the curb and the woman went on her way.

- Officers at 8:41 a.m. Tuesday checked on a stuck vehicle in a snow-covered driveway on Franklin. The car was off the road enough to not pose a hazard.


- The highway patrol reported at 7:13 a.m. Tuesday a vehicle on state Route 344 near Specialty Ceramics slid off the road and a tire popped off at the rim. Police stood by until a row truck arrived.

- A man reported at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday a car with Pennsylvania license plates was parked on the wrong side of the street and facing the wrong direction. A parking citation was issued.

- Ann Hall of Columbiana was northbound on Fairfield Avenue at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and approaching Metz Road when Jason Leigh of Wellsville pulled from a stop sign and struck her. He was cited for failure to yield.

- A Prospect Street woman reported at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday three men were in front of her home. Police spoke with James Dowling, Jason Barnes and Bruce Wylie who said they had a problem with an area business. They were referred to the city manager.


- Allison Cosma, Black Road, Lisbon, was stopped in traffic on North Market Street when her vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle driven by Jazmyne Pizzoferrato, Miller Road, Leetonia, at 9:13 a.m. Saturday. Pizzoferrato said her vehicle slid in the slush.

- David L. Todd, 42, East Lincoln Way, reported at 7:17 a.m. Saturday he noticed some items missing from his home after he was released from the county jail. Todd, who had an odor of alcohol about him, told the officer he had been drinking all night, and the officer said he could not take a report from him while in that condition. Todd was also cited with public intoxication.

-Justin Miller, East High Street, reported Sunday his neighbors parked their car on his property, blocking in his car. The officer told Miller he could have the vehicle towed but the police could not since it was on private property.

- Travis Wallace asked for an officer to accompany him to a rental property on East Lincoln Way at 7 p.m. Monday because the county mental health center was moving one of its clients from the apartment and there might be problems.

- Angel Fox reported her grandmother needed an ambulance at 10 a.m. Tuesday at her home on Maple Street. Her grandmother was found on the living room floor by Fox after having fallen the night before.



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