Morning Journal/J.D. Creer Monica Talbert, 42, of Stewart Road, Salem, was cited for assured clear distance ahead after she reportedly fell asleep and her southbound white Chevy Equinox, above, on North Lincoln in Salem rear-ended a vehicle which had stopped for the stop sign. The collision pushed the other vehicle, a red Chevy Trailblazer driven by Bailey Riley, 18, of Austintown, into the intersection at Third Street where it struck a white Dodge Avenger driven by Michelle Vrable. 49, of Arch Street, Salem, who was turning left from Third onto Lincoln. According to the report, speed could not be established due to the cited driver falling asleep after working a double shift overnight. Ambulance personnel and Salem first responders evaluated the occupants of the vehicles for injuries, with all three vehicles towed from the scene.


— Endy De Jesus Monjaraz, 19, of Cleveland Street, was cited for assured clear distance after rear-ending a vehicle driven by Albert Kolics, 75, of Poland, which in turn hit a vehicle driven by Henry Simmons, 35, of Salmar Drive, on South Lincoln near Southeast Boulevard at 12:31 p.m. Tuesday. No injuries were reported and there was minor damage to the vehicles, which were all driven from the scene.

— Jennifer Birchak, 40, and Richard Howell, 36, both of 795 E. Third St., were each charged with domestic violence and taken to jail Monday. Birchak said Howell had been drinking all day and when he came home, he was eating in the bedroom and making a mess. An argument ensued, resulting in her being punched in the face. Howell, who had a swollen bloody lip, said he hit him first.

— Jacob Gower, 18, of North Lincoln Avenue, was cited for possession of marijuana paraphernalia after a traffic stop at 2:43 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of East State.

— An officer at 10:04 a.m. Tuesday was advised at school of a possible child abuse case. A girl had several visible injuries. Information was gathered and was being turned over to Children Services.

— A woman on Hawley Avenue at 12:06 p.m. Tuesday requested information about a zoning situation and reported juveniles acting up in the area. She said she felt the juveniles were using the wooded area across from the high school to smoke drugs and commit criminal acts. The officer did not know who owned the property, but said she could contact the zoning officer, which she said she would.

— A resident in the 300 block of Newgarden Avenue flagged down an officer at 6:23 p.m. Monday regarding numerous raccoons residing in a vacant property in the area which he had to chase away from his children’s play area several times. He questioned what, if anything, could be done to eliminate the problem. He was told the complaint would be forwarded to zoning regarding the vacant property.

— Police responded at 11:45 a.m. Monday to the 2500 block of Lexington Avenue for a report of a strong marijuana smell in an apartment complex. The caller also believed a young boy lives at that apartment. Officers told the occupants to cease marijuana use in the future and ensured no juvenile was present.

— A woman reported at 12:42 p.m. Tuesday that she was at her elderly sister’s residence on West Sixth Street and had some concerns. Her niece resides there with her sister, who is the niece’s mother, and she feels she’s taking advantage of her sister. The niece had a male friend staying at the residence against her mother and her aunt’s wishes, but police learned the mother had signed the house over to her daughter at some point within the past couple of years. The woman was advised officers could not make the male leave since he was invited by the niece/daughter, who is now the homeowner.

— Police were called at 10:47 a.m. Tuesday for a dog at large in the 500 block of East Second Street. Officers saw a brown and black dog running loose but staying close to a vehicle parked in the lot. There was another dog inside the vehicle. The dog outside had a collar and chain-type necklace. The owner of the vehicle arrived and said the dog belonged to them and they had control of the dog.– A loud noise was reported at 1:53 a.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of North Ellsworth Avenue. Officers arrived and could hear noise coming from a garage and made contact with the owner, who said she was just cleaning out the garage with music playing, but she was done for the night.

— An officer was flagged down at 11:34 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of Vine Avenue by a person who reported seeing two suspicious people walking near the library who appeared to be looking into a window. The exterior of the building was checked and one person was found sitting on the bench in the back. He said he was just using his phone and that two juveniles walked past earlier but they were gone. No problems were found.

— Police were dispatched at 9:20 p.m. Monday to the 400 block of Cunningham Road for an alleged intoxicated male who was not responsive. Officers found the male laying in his yard, breathing but not responding to anyone. Fire department first responders and KLG arrived and he was taken to SRMC.

— A suspicious vehicle with a loud exhaust was reported at 9:04 p.m. Monday on Jefferson Avenue, but was not found.

— Police responded at 9:02 p.m. Monday to the 100 block of East Fourth Street for a male threatening suicide. A caller said he told her if she did not come over to his residence, he would take pills and kill himself. He denied making those statements, said he was ok and declined medical attention.

— Police were called at 8:50 p.m. Monday to a vehicle vs. deer accident on Highland Avenue near Quaker Lane where a deer ran into the side of a vehicle, damaging the side mirror on the driver side. No injuries were reported and the deer was not found.

— A caller at 7:51 p.m. Monday reported a suspicious black Dodge Ram truck parked in a lot in the 700 block of West State Street with the windows down and no persons around. The truck owner responded and said he parked there due to some construction at the property where he’s staying. He was told the vehicle could remain there.

— K-9 Argo and his handler assisted Perry Township police on a traffic stop at 6:39 p.m. Monday. K-9 Argo indicated to the presence of a narcotic odor. A search of the vehicle turned up nothing, but both occupants admitted to prior marijuana use.

— A man told police at 6:07 p.m. Monday that he responded to an address on Newgarden Avenue to advise his son and his son’s mother that he does not want the son returning to his home on South Ellsworth Avenue due to the son being disrespectful. The officer advised the son and his mother and the son said he would not return to his father’s residence.

— Police were called at 1:47 p.m. Monday to the 2100 block of Monroe to check the well-being of a person in a vehicle, finding the person was ok and just waiting on a family member.

— An officer on patrol at 1:45 p.m. Monday saw a male throwing clothes from an apartment in the 200 block of Vine Avenue. Upon checking, the male said he and his ex-girlfriend had an argument and she was moving out. The female said the same.


— Firefighters were called at 1:38 p.m. Tuesday to the 100 block of North Ellsworth for a strong smell of natural gas, but nothing was found.

— A resident in the 1100 block of East Ninth Street reported at 9:48 p.m. Monday that a carbon monoxide detector was activated. No harmful level was found in the residence by the fire department.

— Firefighters were called at 8:31 p.m. Monday to the high school for an alarm system activation. An electrical issue was found and maintenance was going to work on the issue.