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Salem Community Patriot | October 14, 2011 - 5 Longtime BP Employee Charged in Felony Theft of Cash

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz A longtime employee of the BP Gas Station on Lowell Road was arrested on Saturday morning, September 24, around 3:12 a.m. Abul Azad, 59, of Salem was arrested at his home on South Policy Street after police received a phone call from the owner of the BP gas station reporting that he had been told an employee had left the store with a large amount of cash that did not belong to him. He stated to dispatchers that he was at the employee’s home and that the employee (Azad) denied taking any money from the store’s safe. The owner did recover $10,000 in cash

from Azad prior to the arrival of officers. While officers were investigating Azad at his home, an officer went to the BP station with the owner so that he could check the safe and account for all monies that should be at the store. The owner then realized that at least another $6,000 to $10,000 in cash was unaccounted for. Officers at Azad’s home then confronted him about the additional missing money and according to Salem Police Sergeant Joel Dolan, Azad then directed the officers to the ceiling in his bathroom. “The suspect had originally given the

owner of the BP the initial $10,000 he had been questioned about, which the owner

Help Identify Man Who Exposed Himself at Walmart by Ron Penczak

On September 19, at approximately 9:50 p.m., the Salem Police Department responded to the Walmart store, 314 North Broadway, Salem. Officers were told that a male subject inappropriately touched and exposed himself to an 8 year old female. After reviewing security videos and interviewing the victim and her relatives, Salem detectives determined that the male suspect followed the victim and her family throughout the store prior to exposing his genitals to the victim. The suspect is described as a white male, 50 to 60 years old, and between 6 and 6-feet 2-inches. He has blonde hair, and was wearing blue jeans and a grey shirt with a wide stripe down the back. If you can identify the suspect in the photos, call Crimeline of Southern

said was retrieved from the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. When officers confronted Azad about the additional money that was missing he directed them back to the bathroom where the money was retrieved from the ceiling,” Sergeant Dolan said.

Sergeant Joel Dolan says that Abul Azad

was taken into custody at his residence without incident. Azad is charged with one count of felony theft and is being held on $20,000 cash bail pending arraignment at the 10th Circuit District Division Court in Salem.


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Windham Rape Case by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz A Salem resident has been arrested as a suspect in connection with a Windham sexual assault.. Jonathan Prodanas, 28, was arrested

last Thursday afternoon. Windham Police Department held a warrant for Prodanas’ arrest on charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault, which alleges forcible rape against a 21- year old female. A November 14 court arraignment has

High School ‘Being an American’ Essay Contest Opens

submitted by The Bill of Rights Institute U.S. high school students and their

teachers are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute’s sixth annual Being an American Essay Contest. The largest contest of its kind in the

country, the Being an American Essay Contest explores the Founding principles outlined in the Constitution. The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization in the Washington, DC area devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and Founding principles. The 2011-2012 contest is sponsored by the History Channel. “This contest is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to think about the important Founding principles communicated in our Constitution,” said Dr. Jason Ross, Bill of Rights Institute Vice President of Education Programs. “This context is vital to helping students see their Founding principles as a meaningful part of the American experiment of self- government.”

Specifically, students are asked to share their thoughts on the Constitution by answering the following question: “How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?” The top three student winners from each of the five geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 (first place), $500 (second place), and $250 (third place). Teacher sponsors for each student winner will also receive a cash prize of $100. “The contest not only honors and awards sponsoring teachers, but also equips them with free lesson plans and other supplemental materials that meet state and national academic standards so they can easily incorporate the essay contest into their classrooms. The contest is really a tribute to the excellent work teachers do in the important task of civic education,” said Ross.


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Jonathan Prodanas

been scheduled at the 10th Circuit Court in Salem. Windham Police Captain Mike Caron

said the case does originate out of Windham, but refuses to provide further information. The case is still active and under investigation in Windham. “This is not a case of date rape, but I can not elaborate as to any of the details pertaining to this case at this time,” Caron said. However, he does not feel that Prodanas poses a threat to the public. Prodanas’ arrest last Thursday was the result of the gathering of enough evidence to issue a warrant alleging these charges. Prodanas turned himself into police. Salem police arrested Jonathan Prodanas last year after an extreme case of domestic issues at his mother’s home. He was charged in that incident with obstructing the report of crime or injury. A Salem District Court judge sentenced Prodanas a two-year sentence, which was suspended on the condition of good behavior. He was fined $500 and was required to take part in a drug education program.

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