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November 13, 2012
Salem News


- Police responded to 2020 E. State St. for a possible road rage incident reported at 7:10 a.m. Monday. An officer was told a man had followed another vehicle into the Salem Community Hospital parking lot and began yelling at the driver, then left. Officers were unable to find the vehicle.

- A man in the 800 block of South Lundy Avenue reported at 5:03 a.m. Monday that people were attempting to break into his residence or were unwanted at his residence. An officer stopped a male in the parking lot to the apartment house and he claimed he was attempting to contact his girlfriend, who he believed was at the residence, because he needed items for their baby. He was told to leave after police attempted contact and couldn't get a reply at the door or on the phone.

- Joseph M. Smith, 26, of 340 N. Ellsworth Ave., was charged with theft after police were dispatched to Walmart, 2875 E. State St., for the reported theft of a blu-ray DVD player at 4:17 a.m. Monday. A shift manager said the suspect used to work at Walmart and left in a white Ford Escape. While en route to the store, officers saw a white Ford Escape traveling west on East Third Street near Vine Avenue and initiated a traffic stop. The report said the driver, Smith, turned over the blu-ray DVD player and admitted to theft. He was released on a recognizance bond and given a court date.

- Officers were called at 9:56 p.m. Sunday to the 400 block of South Broadway Avenue for suspicious persons after a caller reported four juveniles jumped the fence at the rear of the business and appeared to be causing damage. The juveniles were last seen traveling north on Broadway, with three of them walking and one on a bicycle, but officers could not find them. The owner arrived and did not believe anything was damaged.

- A suspicious vehicle was reported at 9:04 p.m. Sunday in a parking lot in the 700 block of East Third Street, but police found none in the parking lot on either side of the building.

- Police were called at 8:14 p.m. Sunday for a report of possible intoxicated male juveniles by a black Volkswagen that hit a curb in front of a business at 2869 E. State St. and was leaking fluids. An officer spoke with two juveniles and both were cooperative and submitted to field sobriety tests and passed the tests. A parent came to the scene to take both juveniles home. The vehicle was left parked until it can be removed.

- A resident in the 700 block of East Fourth Street called at 7:27 p.m. Sunday in reference to a suspicious person he saw near the curb lawn with a TV stand. He said he asked the person what he was doing and the person said he was waiting for a friend, then left. The TV stand was broken and appeared to have been placed out for the trash. Officers spoke to the person later and he said the TV stand was somebody's trash. He said he left the area because the man was confrontational.

- Ryan Thompson, of the 600 block of Jennings Avenue, reported at 5:42 p.m. Sunday that he was walking in the 200 block of East Third Street with a known male and later realized his wallet and cell phone were missing. He was unsure if the man stole the items. An officer contacted the man and he denied taking the property. Thompson said he did not want to pursue the matter at that time.

- Pamela Drake, 60, of Quaker Lane, was cited for failure to yield after stopping her vehicle on Washington Avenue at Pershing Street and then entering the intersection and colliding with a vehicle driven by Jennifer Hall, 38, of Ohio Avenue, who was traveling west on Pershing Street at 4:17 p.m. Sunday. Hall was taken to Salem Community Hospital by KLG Ambulance for possible injuries.

- A woman in the 1200 block of East Pershing Street reported at 3:54 p.m. Sunday that her juvenile son would not listen and was being destructive. An officer spoke with the juvenile and advised the mother of her option of pursuing unruly charges.

- A suspicious vehicle was reported at 1:55 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of West Wilson Street. An officer spoke to the driver who was waiting for a friend to fix his vehicle. Nothing was found suspicious.

- A man in the 1200 block of Cedar Ridge Drive reported at 1:31 p.m. Sunday that he found a bag of Easter knickknacks in the bed of his truck that did not belong to him. The items were placed in the police lost and found, with items possibly from recent vehicle break-ins.

- A resident of the 600 block of Olive Street, reported at 10:27 a.m. Sunday that someone removed four 15-inch aluminum rims from his unlocked storage shed within the past two weeks.

- In a followup report regarding a vehicle being dragged from the back yard of a residence on Aetna Street and reported stolen Saturday afternoon, an officer at 8 p.m. Sunday spoke with an agent of a leasing company and was told the vehicle was repossessed, not stolen.


- Opal Andric, West Lincoln Way, reported Friday receiving 25 harassing calls from her ex-boyfriend. An officer attempted to call the suspect but he did not answer, nor was his voice mailbox set up.

- Patty Ammon reported Friday afternoon she was parked on South Park Avenue with her son, who is a paraplegic, when he dropped his wallet out the door. A woman picked it up and Ammon's son yelled to get her attention, but the woman left. They did manage to get her license plate number, which came back to a Grant Street residence. Police went to the home and spoke to the woman, who said she intended to bring the wallet to police but had to run home for second to take care of something first. The wallet was returned to the Ammons with everything accounted for.

- Judy Coleman, North Jefferson Street, reported Friday there was a wire down in the back yard, but police determined it was an unused phone line.

- An alarm went off at the Cherished Children day care center at 5:29 p.m. Friday, but the building was found secure.

- Officer Dave Hilliard was on patrol on East Chestnut Street at 10 p.m. Saturday when he saw an open car door. He contacted the owner, who said they forgot to close the door.

- Lori Crowe was delivering newspapers for the Morning Journal on Sunday when she noticed the newspaper box outside the Post Office was missing.

- The fire alarm went off at the Vista Center at 7:33 a.m. Sunday, and an employee said it was set off by large amounts of steam coming from a washing machine that had broken.

- Garret Powers, East Chestnut Street, reported Sunday neighbors have been parking in the driveway of his rental property even after he asked them to stop. An officer spoke with the neighbor, who agreed to quit parking there.

- A caller reported Sunday there was a party going on at Apple Grove apartments with young children present, and the adults were drinking heavily. Police went to the apartment and found no children present.

- A caller reported there was a domestic dispute in the Smith Oil parking lot at 5 p.m. Sunday. Police spoke to the parties, who said they had just been arguing.

- A clerk at Rite Aid reported at 6:30 p.m. Sunday there was a resident in the store from one of the homes in town for the mentally handicapped, and the person was confused. Police arrived and transported the resident back to her home.

- A 911 hangup call was received from a home on East Chestnut Street at 6:37 p.m. Sunday. Police arrived and the resident said they never called and that everything was fine.

- An alarm went off at the Wilks residence on North Market Street at 1 a.m. Monday.


- A Royal Birkdale woman reported at 4:51 p.m. Sunday the garage door was open at a home she was looking after, and the door should not have been open. Police checked the home, and no items were found missing. The owners were also contacted and told to notify the department if anything was missing.

- Kyle Yacher reported at 5:20 p.m. Sunday items were possibly stolen from his vehicle while at Columbiana Self Storage.

- Someone reported at 6:34 p.m. Sunday someone was open burning on Albright Street. Police spoke to Marcie McMannis who said she was going to let the fire burn down and use it for cooking.

- A James Street man reported at 5:49 p.m. Saturday his step-son pulled a machete on him and was currently in the bedroom yelling. Police determined the incident was only verbal and the boy's mother made arrangements for him to stay elsewhere for the night.

- A man reported at 7:57 p.m. Saturday someone was open burning trash at a home near Joshua Dixon Elementary. Police spoke to Chris Boswell and found it was a small cooking fire and there were no problems.

- A man reported at 2 p.m. Saturday a man on South Main Street was using a tractor to push leaves out into the street and it was causing a traffic hazard. Police found the man on North Main Street and told him to put the tractor away for the day.

- Someone reported at 3 p.m. Saturday a suspicious person was at the Columbiana Self Storage with a moving truck and bolt cutters. Police spoke with the two people who said they were grandsons of the locker owner and had permission to be there.

- A woman reported at 3:25 p.m. Friday a green ford truck was parked in front of a West Salem Street home and the two men inside appeared to be doing illegal activity. Police checked the area but did not find the vehicle.

- Ace Hardware reported at 7 p.m. Friday someone stole a half-inch drill valued at $99.99.

- Tammy Smith, Fairfield Avenue, reported at 7 p.m. Friday she was being harassed.

- A woman reported at 8:59 p.m. Friday a white pickup truck that was previously spinning tires was parked in the lot near the park's walking trail. Police didn't see any traffic violations and told the juveniles to move on.



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