By LARRY SHIELDS
FRANKLIN SQUARE - After a number of complaints in Salem Township regarding people attempting to sell educational materials door-to-door last week, a representative of Southwestern Advantage from Nashville, Tenn., said the sales people were legitimate.
Uzzi Aguirre produced a dealer account number and a website on Wednesday as references (southwesternadvantage.com).
Reports taken by Salem Township Constable Dan Valentine said his department received number of complaints regarding people knocking on doors on Grafton, Leetonia, Lisbon-Canfield and Jersey Ridge roads with solicitors saying they were working on behalf of the Leetonia School District.
A business card left by Aguirre said the company was "not affiliated with schools or school districts."
Valentine confirmed that they were not working for Leetonia schools and noted a similar instance months ago with solicitors saying they represented the United Local School District.
Valentine said, "A couple of people mentioned that they said they were with Leetonia."
There is no zoning in the township "or anything for solicitors" but Valentine pointed out complainants didn't like the "pressure" they were putting on and in at least one case "coming around behind the house."
Valentine, who encountered several of the solicitors, said that practice is usually indicative of burglary.
The soliciting is legal, he explained, and noted he advised the solicitors that once residents said they weren't interested, they had to move on.
Valentine said the solicitors went to Leetonia on Tuesday and were denied a soliciting permit there.