— Officers responded to a 2300 block East State Street business at 11:04 a.m. Sunday in reference to shoplifters still in the store. The business did not want to press charges, just for the suspects to return the items and not return.

— An 800 block East Sixth Street resident reported at 11:54 a.m. Sunday suspicious activity caught on camera at their home. An officer reviewed the footage but could not see any criminal activity or positively identify the person shown. The officer said there would be extra patrol at night.

— Someone reported at 3:42 p.m. Sunday seeing a male individual attempting to use several cards at an ATM machine at a bank in the 100 block of South Lincoln Avenue, then leaving the final card he tried to use. An officer retrieved the card and contacted the bank about the incident.

— Michael Gbur, 55, Hollyhock Way, Salem, was cited for failure to control following a one-vehicle crash in the 500 block of South Union Avenue at 3:46 p.m. Sunday in which he was northbound and said he dropped his phone, traveling off the roadway and striking a tree in the curb lawn when he attempted to pick it up. No injuries were reported.

— Officers responded with medical personnel to a 500 block West Sixth Street home at 3:53 p.m. Sunday in reference to a medical emergency. Officers stood by until the victim was transported by ambulance to the emergency room.

— Officers responded to a 600 block North Lincoln Avenue home at 9:10 p.m. Sunday where a male individual reported he had unknowingly smoked THC from a vape cartridge owned by his friend and he wanted to be transported to the hospital. Several vape cartridges were gathered from the victim and charges are pending lab results.

— Officers responded to a 900 block East Third Street home at 10 p.m. Sunday in reference to loud people. The officer heard yelling from inside the home and found a verbal dispute between and mother and her teenage daughter. They were advised to keep their voices down.

— Officers responded to the Salem Regional Medical Center at 11:48 p.m. Sunday in reference to a male individual loitering on the property. The officer located the man who said he was suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome and was having suicidal thoughts. He was transported from one end of the facility to the emergency and admitted for evaluation.

— A patrolling officer at 1:26 a.m. Monday observed several juveniles riding their bikes in the 100 block of South Ellsworth Avenue. Their guardian was contacted and they were warned for a curfew violation.

— Officers responded with medical personnel to a 600 block Olive Street home at 4:24 a.m. Monday in reference to an unresponsive male. The victim was transported to the Salem hospital.

— Beth Ann Hays, 29, Prospect Street, Salem, was cited for improper backing following a two-vehicle crash in the 500 block of Newgarden Avenue at 6:24 a.m. Wednesday in which she was northbound and attempted to back up for a semi truck turning onto the roadway, striking the vehicle that had pulled up behind her. No injuries were reported.

— A South Lincoln Avenue resident reported at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday noticing suspicious activity in her bank account and discovered money had been taken out without her knowledge.

— A woman reported money missing from her debit card account at 2:09 p.m. Wednesday.

— Officers responded with the fire department to a 900 block Shaker Court home at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a fire alarm and found that the resident had burned something in the oven.

— An officer responded to the area of the West Pershing Street railroad crossing at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a man who appeared distressed. The officer spoke with the man who said he was just hot from walking, but was almost home.

— A 300 block Newgarden Avenue resident reported at 4:58 p.m. Wednesday a female individual had spraypainted profanity on the roadway and provided video footage of the incident. Officers spoke with the individual in question who admitted to the act. The matter was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for possible charges.

— Officers responded to the area of the railroad tracks under Cranmer Bridge at 9:24 p.m. Wednesday where two juveniles had allegedly pushed a shopping cart onto the tracks and then a train struck the item. Officers found pieces of the cart near the tracks and contacted Norfolk Southern, who did not want to press charges.

— Officers responded to the 900 block of Franklin Avenue at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday in reference to open burning at a large party. Officers found four people at a small bonfire with no violations. They were advised to keep the noise down.

— Officers responded to the 100 block of North Ellsworth Avenue at 1:27 a.m. Thursday in reference to an intoxicated person and found a male lying in a parking lot. The man was unresponsive at first, but officers were eventually able to wake him up. He was transported to the Salem hospital for a possible head injury.

— Steven C. Stokes, 48, Columbia Street, Salem, was charged with assault after officers responded his home in reference to his striking in the face and choking a woman in a vehicle driving there. The woman had visible injuries and was afraid of Stokes. She was transported to the police station to wait for a taxi ride home.

— Officers responded to a 1700 block Whinnery Road home at 4:24 p.m. Thursday where the resident reported someone was repeatedly knocking at her door. The officers were unable to find anyone in the area.

New Waterford

— Officers responded to the 46000 block of Crestview Road at 11:17 p.m. May 21 in reference to loud music. Officers spoke with the people playing the loud music and they agreed to turn it down.

— Officers responded to the 46000 block of Hatcher Road at 1:05 a.m. Saturday in reference to a female individual making suicidal threats. Officers spoke with the woman and she agreed to be transported to the hospital for evaluation.

— Officers responded to the area of Allendale Avenue at 6:49 p.m. Saturday in reference to people riding a mini-bike in the roadway. Officers spoke with the people and told them to keep the vehicle off the roadway.

— Officers responded to the 3200 block of Creek Road at 11:16 p.m. Sunday in reference to a loud music complaint. Officers spoke with the person playing the loud music and he agreed to turn it down.


— Police responded to a domestic dispute on Tuesday at a West High Street home where people in the process of separating were having problems splitting belongings. It was determined to be a girl leaving home to go live with the mother. Police waited outside while both people involved were allowed to go in and out to separate items. However, due to the child’s aggressive behavior and unwillingness to stop arguing and pack her belonging, police left.

— Shane Hart, who had a warrant from the county sheriff’s office, was found at a West Main Street home on Tuesday. When police walked up on the porch, Hart immediately ran back into the house. He reappeared at the sliding door, then ultimately fled the home. He is facing additional charges.

— A naked man was reported in the front yard of a home on Wednesday. He was found siting in the yard, where the family had placed him after he had an accident and they did not want him to contaminate the house. Police explained to the family their decision to strip the man in the front yard was inappropriate.

— A road rage incident was reported on Wednesday, where people involved came to the police station. Police told everyone to calm down and stepped between them because it appeared they were about to become physically violent with one another. The incident occured in the area of Dinch Road and state Route 164, before making its way into Salineville. Both people were giving conflicting stories and police informed them their behavior is inappropriate and they could be charged. Additionally, they were reminded COVID-19 is a real virus and they could contaminate themselves if they fought. They were sent on their separate ways.

— A theft was reported at a Jefferson Street, Salineville, address at 12:15 p.m. May 21.

— Suspicious activity was reported on East Lincoln Street on May 19.

–A domestic violence incident was reported at a West Main Street address on May 15.


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