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October 12, 2012
Salem News


- Police were called for an unknown problem at 11:43 a.m. Thursday in the 100 block of Washington Avenue where a woman said her live-in boyfriend became irate about a large bill that came in the mail and threw items about the apartment. The man said he broke his own phone and cleaned up before police arrived. He was told if he caused a disturbance, he could be charged for disorderly conduct. He wanted the woman removed, but was told he would have to evict her through the court system.

- Police were called at 8:45 a.m. Thursday for an open door on a foreclosed home on East State Street, finding the realtor's lock on the door and still locked, but with the back door standing open. Police checked the inside and found no one, securing the door before leaving.

- A caller at 8:28 a.m. Thursday reported a large construction barrier obscuring oncoming traffic in the 500 block of South Ellsworth Avenue. The barrier was 5 feet tall surrounding a large hole. An officer contacted the construction crew and they agreed to temporarily close that portion of the road until completing work for the day. They supplied their own barricades.

- Caleb Holbert, 16, of Goshen Road, was cited for failure to yield after colliding with a southwestbound vehicle driven by Kristin Toothman, 46, of Euclid Avenue, on North Lincoln Avenue at 7:44 a.m. Thursday. Holbert was southbound on Superior Avenue, stopped for the stop sign, waited for traffic to clear and began to turn left onto Lincoln Avenue, failing to see Toothman's vehicle. No injuries were reported.

- Police responded to the 1700 block of Southeast Boulevard after the keyholder for a vacant residence called at 5:37 a.m. Thursday about seeing lights on inside that aren't normally on. Officers checked the residence and found it secure. The interior was checked and nobody was inside.

- A noise disturbance was reported at 2:10 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of East Third Street. A man said everything was okay after a brief argument with his sister. She also said nothing was needed. The man was told to keep the noise down.

- A domestic dispute was reported at 11:48 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of West Seventh Street where a man said his juvenile stepdaughter became irate when he wouldn't let her leave and grabbed his neck , causing several scratch marks. She left before officers arrived, with permission of her mother. He was told the procedure to pursuing the incident and to call police if she returns and causes more problems.

- Police responded to an altercation reported at 10:31 p.m. Wednesday at a duplex in the 400 block of South Broadway Avenue where a man said tenants on an adjoining porch were taunting him when he and some friends arrived to go into a residence. The altercation escalated and one tenant punched through a screen door toward the people who had arrived on the other porch of the residence with the man. They were all told to have no contact.

- Todd Lewis, of Lisbon, reported at 10:22 p.m. Wednesday that he was in the parking lot of a business in the 200 block of South Lincoln Avenue and began to slowly back up when a dark-colored truck with a load of scrap heaped in the back was near the east side of the lot by several clothing donation boxes and suddenly drove behind him, swiping the side of his vehicle. The truck fled on South Lincoln Avenue with a male driver and female passenger. Officers searched but could not find it.

- A woman on East Sixth Street reported at 12:46 p.m. Wednesday that a man would not return the vehicle she loaned to him with the intent to sell it to him. Since he had not made any effort to pay for it in the past month, she wanted the car back and he refused to return it. An officer attempted to talk to him on the phone, but he hung up after the officer identified himself. The vehicle was entered in the law enforcement data base.

- Police responded to a nursing home facility in the 2500 block of Bentley Drive after a woman reported at 6:18 p.m. Wednesday that a resident had $20 stolen from their room between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. She said there had been several incidents in the past several months with items coming up missing, including a duffle bag on Oct. 5. On Aug. 13, $30 was reported missing. In addition to the residents, there are 80 employees and numerous visitors from outside agencies in and out of the building throughout the week.

- A woman reported at 5:27 p.m. Wednesday that she loaned a bicycle to a known male and the bicycle became disabled at 4 p.m. and was left on a lawn in the 500 block of Pershing Street. When she responded to pick the bicycle up, it was missing.

- An anonymous person contacted police at 4:57 p.m. Wednesday to report receiving a suspicious letter at a business in the 2000 block of East State Street. The letter was sent by someone claiming to be a banker from China regarding another person who died and left a large sum of unclaimed money. The letter documents a scheme for the recipient to have money paid to the recipient's bank that would be split with the sender. The letter appeared to be a scam.

-Police were called at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday for a fight in the 100 block of West Pershing Street where a resident said another man walked up onto his porch and began pounding on the doors and windows and shouting vulgarities at him. The other man said he was walking down the sidewalk when the resident came outside and began shouting and cursing at him. Both were told to stay clear of each other. The resident wanted something done about damage to a plastic Halloween decoration that was supposed to have been damaged. He was told how to file charges.

- A reckless driver was reported at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday in the area of North Lincoln Avenue and East Second Street where a pedestrian was nearly struck by a red sports car. Officers spotted the car in the municipal parking lot off of East Second Street and made contact with the driver. He denied intending to be reckless. He said he was northbound on North Lincoln Avenue preparing to turn left onto Second Street and saw a man on a motorized chair stopping on the sidewalk at the intersection. He proceeded to turn without realizing the man on the motorized chair had started moving across Second Street. He swerved to the right to go around the man and drove onto the curb on the northwest corner and partially on the sidewalk, causing disabling damage to the front wheel and a flat tire on the rear passenger wheel. The man was not struck and left.

- Police responded to a parking complaint at 3:39 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Rose Avenue where a truck and camper trailer were parked with the left side to the curb. Contact was attempted, but no one answered the door of the camper or the nearby residence. A parking ticket was issued for parking left side to the curb.

- Jason Richards, of Poland, reported at 3:29 p.m. Wednesday that his leased 2011 Cadillac CTS was parked in the Stadium lot just south of West Second Street when a white Grand Am backed up and struck the left side bumper, causing minor damage. The Grand Am left.

- James Gibb, 69, of Country Club Drive, was charged with failure to yield after he pulled his vehicle from private property in the 1700 block of East State Street at 11:47 a.m. Wednesday, from a driveway cutout, and struck a westbound vehicle driven by Brittany Davis, 19, of Glasgow Road, Lisbon, who attempted to avoid the collision by swerving into the center lane. The report said Gibb did not see the Davis vehicle because it was in his blind spot. No injuries were reported.


- Police were called at 9:50 a.m. Thursday to check the well-being of an elderly person who failed to answer the door at her Conser Drive residence when a cleaning person arrived to clean. The residence was found secure with a dog inside and the woman's vehicle not inside the garage. Police spoke with neighbors, who believed she was not home.

- Police spoke at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday with a Heritage Lane resident at the police station in reference to a possible scam.

- Devaughn K. Pastore, whose last known address was Wayne Bridge Road, Lisbon, was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant from Leetonia Police for failure to pay fines. Pastore had been at the Perry Township Police Station being questioned in an unrelated case.

- Sherry Ford, 40, Damascus, was cited for assured clear distance after her vehicle struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Martha Maynard, 57, of Salem, who was eastbound on East Pidgeon Road and abruptly slowed for deer in the roadway at 5:04 a.m. Oct. 7.


A high school employee reported at 3 p.m. Wednesday kids were going under the stopped railroad cars on Pittsburgh Street. Police checked the area but didn't find anyone.

- The highway patrol reported at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday a maroon Mercury Sabol was westbound at a high rate of speed on state Route 14 from state Route 7 and the driver was possibly intoxicated and a small child was in the back seat. Police checked the area but did not find the vehicle.


- A robbery alarm went off at Consumers National Bank at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. The dispatcher called the bank and was told there was no problem.

- A clerk at Smith Oil reported a motorist in a Crown Victoria drove off without paying for $50 in gas at 3:14 p.m. Wednesday.

- A caller reported a black male was ducking down behind vehicles parked in the county courthouse lower parking lot when other vehicles passed by at 4:07 p.m. Wednesday.

- Tiffany Walls, Pritchard Avenue, reported at 10:34 p.m. Wednesday she and her boyfriend had been bickering and he accused her of taking an excessive amount of her prescription drugs. An officer spoke with Walls, who appeared lucid and not under the influence. She also denied ingesting too much of her prescription.



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