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February 19, 2014
Salem News


- A vehicle was reported stuck in the 800 block of Morris Avenue at 6:19 a.m. Tuesday. A man said he was attempting to back out of his driveway and got stuck in the road. After several attempts to move the vehicle, he called for a tow truck.

- A woman in the 500 block of Continental Drive reported at 5:05 a.m. Tuesday that she was partially blocked by a vehicle due to the parking situation. She was told to contact her landlord for better parking arrangements. Contact was made with the other vehicle owner to move the car. The woman then bumped another vehicle while attempting to back out and caused minor damage. She was contacting the owner.

- Reginald Odd, 42, of 535 Fairview Place, Alliance, was charged with two counts of theft early Tuesday after police were initially called to Circle K West on West State Street at 1:34 a.m. when someone removed a display of Bic lighters. A man, later alleged to be Odd, left the store without paying for the items and left with another male in a white four-door Toyota. A vehicle matching the description was located on East Pershing Street/Park Avenue and stopped after a check of the registration revealed the driver was under suspension. The two men in the car matched the description of the ones from the store. The driver, Greg Gatrell, of 13334 Cindy St., Alliance, was charged with driving under suspension while Odd was charged with one count of theft and taken to the Columbiana County jail. During an inventory of the vehicle while awaiting a tow truck, an officer located numerous items that appeared to be stolen from Walmart on East State Street. The store's security video was reviewed and the vehicle passenger was identified as committing a theft of a computer. The second theft charge was filed against Odd and served to him at the jail. Further review may lead to additional charges for another person believed to be involved in the theft.

- A woman in the 2200 block of Southeast Boulevard reported at 7:46 p.m. Monday that her boyfriend was evicted from her residence on Saturday and came by to retrieve some of his belongings. While there, she alleged he took an iPad from the kitchen. She was talking to him on the phone while an officer was there and told him if he didn't return it, she would pursue the matter. She told officers she'll call if he doesn't bring it back.

- A resident in the 1200 block of Hollyhock Way reported harassing phone calls at 7:27 p.m. Monday, with no threats or violence occurring. Both parties were told to stay away from each other if they can't get along.

- Joshua Butler, 30, of 13161 W. Pine Lake Road, was charged with fictional plates and possession of marjijuana, a minor misdemeanor, after a traffic stop at 6:41 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of East State Street.

- Police were called at 6:17 p.m. Monday to the 300 block of East Fifth Street for a report of two occupied suspicious vehicles in the rear parking lot of the apartment building. Both left before police arrived, but one vehicle matching the description was found near North Ellsworth Avenue. No illegal activity was found.

- Police were dispatched at 5:38 p.m. Monday to the 400 block of East Pershing Streeet for a recovered purse. No identifying contents was recovered.

- Several loud bangs that resembled gun shots were reported at 5:33 p.m. Monday in the area of Ohio Avenue and Woodland Avenue near East Pershing Street. Officers checked those streets and surrounding streets but did not locate a possible source. No further disturbance was noted.

- At 5:09 p.m. Monday, a woman in the 400 block of Franklin Avenue gave an officer a bullet that she found on the sidewalk.

- Police were called for a dispute in the 300 block of West Second Street at 4:59 p.m. Monday. No physical violence occurred and no threats were made. The caller, whose address was listed as Sharp Avenue, was told the manager did not want him or his property on the business lot ever again.

- Police at 4:48 p.m. Monday provided assistance to a Perry Township Police officer at a call in the 1200 block of East 12th Street for a couple getting a divorce who had an argument over personal property.

- Police were called to Salem Regional Medical Center at 12:52 p.m. Monday for someone requesting to speak with an officer. It was found to be a custody issue and all parties were told their options.

- Police were called for illegal dumping at 9:52 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of East Second Street where someone dumped a large rug at the back of a business. A brief investigation revealed the owner of the building dumped the rug there.


- Someone reported at 4:25 a.m. Monday smoke was coming from their neighbor's home on East Woodland Avenue. Police checked but found nothing out of the ordinary.

- A South Elm Street woman reported at 3:22 p.m. Monday a man was soliciting for Kirby sweepers without a permit. Police found the man and verified he did not have a permit and when running a background check determined the man, identified as Joseph W. Jenkins Jr., of Lisbon, had two warrants for his arrest through Pennsylvania. Police contacted an officer with the Uwchlan Township department in Pennsylvania and he advised they do not travel that far for a minor offense and he would try to have the extradition changed in the system. Jenkins was then released upon the officer's authority.

Greg Sponseller, Brenda Lane, reported at 3:36 p.m. Monday someone struck his vehicle on Saturday afternoon while it was parked in front of his home.

- Shawn Ferrall, Union Street, reported at 4:15 p.m. Monday his son's mother failed to appear for his scheduled visitation and when he contacted her she refused to make other arrangements.

- New Waterford police reported at 4:46 p.m. Monday a vehicle on state Route 14 had expired plates and no tail lights.

- Jamie Bertolette, Fairfield School Road, reported harassment at 7:37 p.m. Sunday.


- Bruce Wiley, East Lincoln Way, reported at 2:26 a.m. Monday his landlord and the landlord's mother, Donald and Lillian Locher, were outside his apartment yelling for him to pay his rent. Wiley told police his apartment has no heat or hot water. Police tried to discuss the situation with Mr. Locher, who appeared drunk and was having difficulty walking and following the conversation, with the officer having to explain eight times why he had been called to the apartment. Mr. Locher also became argumentative and told the officer to "get the (expletive) out of his home." The Lochers were told 2:30 a.m. was not a good time to collect rent and they should come back in the morning. The officer also told Ms. Locher her son was drunk and to keep him in the house for the rest of the night or he would be arrested.

- A person by the name of Denise reported at 10:25 p.m. Saturday there was a white Cobalt parked in her driveway on West Washington Street. The license plate came back to a person who lives on North Beaver Street, and police went to the home, where arrangements were made to move the car.

- Stephen Ley reported backing his vehicle into a dumpster in the Trinity Playhouse parking lot at 6:55 p.m. Friday.

- A resident of North Beaver Street reported Feb. 12 her neighbor gets drunk and starts arguing with the neighbor's boyfriend about 3 a.m. just about every morning before she goes to work. The caller was told to call back when the arguing is occurring.

- Dawn Threet, a supervisor at a village housing complex, brought Jay Farrow to the police department on Monday because he wanted to report being threatened by Bobby Davis, who told Farrow he was going to call the police on him. The officer told Farrow that did not rise to the level of a threat. Farrow said Davis is always harassing him when he walks by his apartment, and the officer told Farrow to not walk past his apartment.

- A truck reportedly broke off a fire hydrant outside Pilmer's automotive parts store on West Lincoln Way at 8:53 a.m. Feb. 12. Dave Ingram reported it was a flat-bed truck but was unable to provide any more details.



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