New part-time Salem police patrolman William Hewitt recites his oath of office administered by Mayor John Berlin while accompanied by his mother, Ruthann Sanor. The Lisbon area resident previously served as a full-time officer with Leetonia and currently serves as a part-time officer with Perry Township. A graduate of Moniteau High School in West Sunbury, Pa., Hewitt served as a field artillery sergeant for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and graduated from the Kent State Police Academy.

County Sheriff

— A U.S. Route 30, West Township, business reported at 8:49 a.m. Tuesday sometime overnight someone stole several catalytic converters from two different vehicles and two group 31 batteries from another vehicle on the lot.

— Deputies checked for a person at 3:49 p.m. Tuesday, who had reportedly left home and was not in the right state of mind. Deputies found the person and issued a request slip for a mental evaluation.

— A man reported at 8:39 a.m. Tuesday someone in Rogers took his truck without his permission and they have been unable to contact the person.

Highway Patrol

— Garbielle Kelly, 20, of Salem, was cited for assured cleared distance and distracted driving after setting off a chain-reaction traffic accident on state Route 45 in Perry Township at 2:52 p.m. Dec. 9. Kelly drove into the rear of a vehicle operated by Deborah J. Helm, 56, of Alliance, which was pushed into a vehicle driven by Richard J. King, 64, of Salem.


— A West Virginia man looking for a woman in town he was supposed to “hook up” with caught the attention of police after a caller reported seeing the man driving back and forth on North Vine Street and knocking on doors at 6 p.m. Dec. 2. Police saw the vehicle and followed it through town and pulled the motorist over after the driver made a U-turn near Carter Lumber. The driver told police he and a woman he met online made plans to hook up at her home on North Vine Street. The woman told him when he got to the house just to come in, but when he did he found an elderly woman there. The man apologized and left, but the woman texted him to say he went to the wrong house, so he went there but no one answered. The man said he was trying to contact the woman when he was pulled over. The man was beginning to wonder if he was being played.

— Police were called to a home on Maple Street Extension at 7:19 p.m. Tuesday about a person to be removed. The woman was told since the man lived there she should have to go through the eviction process.

— Richard R. Vecchio, 58, of Lisbon, was charged with disorderly conduct/public intoxication after he was found sleeping along West Washington Street with his bicycle next to him at 4:57 a.m. Dec. 5. Police woke Vecchio up and asked him why he was sleeping in the street and he became belligerent and made derogatory comments to them before threatening to kill the officer if he messed with his bike. While Vecchio was being helped to his feet a water bottle filled with an alcoholic beverage fell from his pocket. Then he tried to push the officer and kick him.


— An officer responded to a Main Street business at 2:47 a.m. Wednesday in reference to an alarm drop and found the building secure.

— An officer responded to the area of Washington and Walnut streets at 5:02 a.m. Wednesday in reference to a waterline break. The water department was notified.


— Police responded at 11:38 p.m. Tuesday to the 600 block of Olive Street for a well-being check. The caller said his brother did not have heat or water. Police made contact and the person said he had running water and a propane heater.

— A caller at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday reported an Aarrow Disposal garbage truck in the 1100 block of South Lincoln Avenue making noise. Officers saw the garbage truck and a company employee picking up trash doing nothing wrong.

— Police were called at 11:02 p.m. Tuesday to the 1900 block of Maple Street to speak with a female who said her neighbors were playing music throughout her attic and were in her residence singing. Officers were unable to hear any music and checked the apartment and surrounding area.

— Police placed three people in custody after being called at 5:37 p.m. Tuesday to the 1000 block of West State Street for suspicious activity. Officers located people known to have active arrest warrants and protective orders on protected people at the location. During the investigation, K-9 Simon was deployed and indicated to the presence of a narcotics odor in a vehicle involved, recovering contraband. All three of the people had additional contraband on them. Two other people involved were briefly detained and could face charges at a later date. Ashley House, 32, of Hilltop Drive, Lisbon, was served with a warrant for aggravated possession of drugs and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Joshua Stewart, 32, of Hilltop Drive, Lisbon, was served with a warrant for aggravated possession of drugs and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments. Matthew Soldo, 40, of Youngstown, was charged with violating a protection order, a felony, and possession of drug abuse instruments.

— Police responded at 2:18 p.m. Tuesday to the 800 block of Pennsylvania for a person to be removed. An employee of the business said a person known to her continues to show up at her place of employment. The employee and management were advised of their options.

— A man at 1:55 p.m. Tuesday said he was driving his truck near the railroad crossing on Mullins and parked to talk to a woman in a car who asked him a question. He had set down a piece of equipment from his work on the hard cover of his truck bed. As he finished talking to the woman, he noticed the equipment was gone from his truck and he saw a male running holding the alleged stolen equipment. He drove towards the next crossing gate to the east but could not locate the male. Police checked the area and did not find the equipment or the male.

— Police were called at 11:21 a.m. Tuesday for a parking complaint in the 800 block of East Fourth for a possible abandoned vehicle with heavy front-end damage. A tag to move it within 48 hours was left.


— Firefighters were called at 5:01 p.m. Tuesday to Fresh Mark, 1735 S. Lincoln Ave., for a fire, and arrived to find a large rubbish fire at 1710 S. Lincoln Ave, with Perry Township Fire Department notified to respond. The fire which contained construction debris and was 30 feet by 30 feet was extinguished. The scene was turned over to Perry Township fire upon their arrival, with Salem continuing to assist with overhaul. Salem Police had also been called to the scene.

— Firefighters were called at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday to the 1300 block of Southeast Boulevard for a carbon monoxide detector going off. The residence was checked with a monitor which showed carbon monoxide in the residence and the area was ventilated. Columbia Gas was notified and found an issue with the furnace.

— Firefighters were called at 11:16 a.m. Monday to the 1400 block of Ridgewood after a man reported a possible carbon monoxide problem at his son’s residence. He was meeting the fire department at the residence for a sweep with the meter. No carbon monoxide was detected.


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