May 20, 2014

County Sheriff

– Heidi Weaver, Taylor Road, Negley, called Sunday to report a driveway dispute involving her brother, whose property is next door. She was advised this was a civil matter.

– Kathy Allison, Riffle Road, Rogers, reported Saturday finding trash thrown on her property, and she found receipts and credit numbers among the trash. She was told they could not trace credit card numbers.

– Laura Lewinsky, Hamilton Road, East Palestine, reported Saturday that last week’s storms left some debris and a fallen tree in her driveway, and a neighbor saw a county worker clearing the road two days before. A county official said the fallen tree was blocking the road and they were only able to remove some of it but they would be back to take the rest. Lewinsky said her neighbor was going to remove the rest of the tree since it was his.

-Robin Dustman, Teegarden Road, Lisbon, reported Friday someone used her identity to make some online purchases, and she contacted the fraud hotline, her bank, the Social Security office and credit card companies.

– A man who is staying at Big Arb’s Campground in East Rochester reported Sunday afternoon his wallet was either lost or stolen. He also believed children staying at the neighboring campsite might have been kidnapped. One of the children told him his mother had passed away, and the man said he watches a lot of TV and saw a show where the child claimed her mother was dead but had actually been kidnapped. A deputy determined that was not the case.

Highway Patrol

– Victoria A. Lipply, 17, Chestnut Street, Leetonia, was eastbound on Salem Grange Road in Salem Township at 7:25 p.m. Friday and went off the left side and overturned. She was cited for failure to control and child restraint and taken to Salem Hospital with minor injuries. Her passengers, Allison M. Francosky, 8, Columbia Street, Leetonia, Anthony M. Lewis, 8, same address, Hallie L. Lewis, 4, same address, and Madison M. Egan, 5, same address, were taken to Salem Hospital for possible injuries.

– Justin M. George, 31, Hermitage, Pa., was southbound on state Route 11 in Fairfield Township at 6 a.m. Friday and hit a deer.

– Jeannie M. Greschaw, 32, West Perry Street, Salem, was eastbound on state Route 344 and went off the right side into a traffic sign and brush.

– Ralph W. Hoopes, 54, Hartley Road, Salem, was making a right turn off Whitacre Road in Butler Township at 8:25 a.m. Monday onto Shelton Road and struck the tire of a West Branch School bus driven by Jody M. Edie, 53, Sebring, that was southbound on Shelton Road. Hoopes was cited for vehicles traveling in opposite directions.


– A call was received from a Harrison Street address at 7:37 p.m. Friday, but the dispatcher could only hear yelling and fighting. Police responded and spoke to the homeowner, Shelby Sprouse, who said she wanted Michael Gargano, who could be heard yelling inside the house, to leave. She claimed Gargano kicked in the locked back door, but he said all he did was push it open. Gargano, 42, of Steubenville Pike, was charged with damaging the door.

– Jessica Swickard, East Chestnut Street, reported at 8:26 p.m. Saturday she noticed her vehicle was damaged by the door, leading her to believe someone had tried to break into the vehicle. Police said it did appear as if someone tried to pry open the door.

– The security alarm went off at Mary’s Pizza at 1:09 p.m. Saturday. It had been accidentally activated by the manager when he showed up for work.

-A caller reported someone was passed out at the Lisbon Laundromat next to the Save A lot at 10:37 a.m. Saturday. The person was identified as Henry Parks, who regained consciousness. Parks could not recall what happened, and an ambulance was summoned to transport him to a local hospital to be examined.

– A caller reported someone was choking at the Steel Trolley Diner at 3 p.m. Friday. Police arrived and found Earle Hersman had an obstruction in his airway but had managed to remove it, and he was now catching his breath. Hersman declined to go to the hospital, so the ambulance was canceled.

– Police were called to the Applegrove apartments at 11:09 p.m. Friday, where Cindy Harvy and Rafel Coronadi reportedly heard what sounded like a gun going off. The officers checked the area and did not see anyone about or anything amiss.

– A woman by the name of Lisa, who lives on West Washington Street, reported at 12:46 p.m. Friday she wanted a jacket removed from the attic. She said the jacket was not there last summer. The officer removed the offending jacket.

– Resident manager David Wallenhurst reported at 11 p.m. Friday that Cary Barnes, a client at the Path House on Maple Street, had been drinking and also had a dog at the premises, both of which are in violation of the rules. Barnes, 45, also reportedly threatened to harm other residents. Barnes smelled of alcohol and had a Chihuahua that he said he just came in possession of that night. Barnes agreed to leave and took the dog with him.

– Scott Rudder, West Washington Street, reported at 11:26 p.m. Saturday that Larry Callis’ Chihuahua was missing.

– Cheryl Mills, East Lincoln Way, reported at 1 p.m. Friday a weather vane was stolen from her flower bed.

East Liverpool

– Responding to a report of a domestic dispute Sunday at the police station, Patrolman Chris Green found Valerie Barker crying and upset, claiming her husband, Lonnie, had beaten her up the previous night. She reported he had taken her cell phone and blocked the door to keep her from getting help while her children were screaming and crying for him to stop. When he got into the shower Sunday morning, Mrs. Barker got her car keys and phone so she could leave the house. At their Spring Grove Avenue home, Green reported finding Mr. Barker loading four-wheelers into a truck with two children present. Another officer took the children to their mother, and Barker was placed under arrest for domestic violence. After being given permission to search the residence by Mrs. Barker due to firearms being present, officers confiscated seven firearms of various caliber, several boxes of ammunition and two compound hunting bows from the couple’s bedroom. Mr. Barker was also charged with weapons under disability due to having had a previous felony conviction for assault on a police officer.

– After being called twice Sunday to a West Ninth Street residence to remove David J. Locke, 41, Vine Street, officers charged him with disorderly conduct. According to reports, Lori Locke wanted him removed the first time due to drunken behavior and he was transported to his father’s house and told not to return. Less than an hour later, Lori Locke called to say he was trying to get in the front door.

– Ronald L. Briggs, 50, West Ninth Street, was charged Friday night with disorderly conduct/intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer reported seeing him walking on Thompson Avenue and dropping a metal pipe. The officer said Briggs was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol.

St. Clair Township

– During a traffic stop Friday, officers reported front seat passenger Cena M. Mason, 19, Annesley Road, was fidgeting and trying to conceal something in her shirt. East Liverpool’s K-9 officer Ivo reportedly alerted on the front passenger seat and Liverpool Township Patrolman Lacey Barker was called to search Mason, who reportedly handed her a case containing a syringe, glass pipe and spoon with suspected drug residue on it. Mason was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia.


– Maren N. Rankin, 21, Rogers, was cited for possession of marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia and expired registration following a traffic stop on state Route14 at 2:54 a.m. Sunday.

– Beaver Township police requested assistance with searching a home on Columbiana-Canfield Road at 12:29 p.m. Sunday. The requested was canceled prior to their arrival.

– A man reported at 12:20 p.m. Sunday a reckless driver was on Columbiana-Canfield Road and pulled into the greenhouse. Police waited for the driver to leave and did not see any traffic violations.

– Ronald Gaca, North Bayshore Drive, reported at 4:21 p.m. Sunday a dog was running loose no his street.

– Someone reported at 4:52 p.m. Sunday a raccoon near the Metz ball field appeared to be sick. The raccoon went up a tree and police told the caller to call back if it continued to be a problem.

– R&L Trucking reported at 5:55 p.m. Sunday a sick raccoon was under one of their trucks. Police euthanized the animal.

– Police responded to 310 Union Street at 6:14 p.m. Sunday for a report of an unruly child.

– A man reported at 2:39 a.m. Saturday there was a possible drunk driver on state Route 7 approaching state Route 14 and going left of center. Polices topped the vehicle on state Route 7 and found the driver was not drunk but was trying to navigate with a cell phone GPS. She was warned of the complaint.

– Amy Clark, Pittsburgh Street, reported at 8:21 p.m. Saturday someone appeared to have opened a window of her home.

– A woman reported at 10:34 p.m. Saturday someone in a dark colored Grand Am southbound on state Route 164 was going left of center and speeding.

– An Old North woman reported at 11:35 p.m. Saturday someone keeps ringing her doorbell and when she answers no one is there.

– Becky Tomlinson, North Middle Street, reported at 4:22 a.m. Friday a dog was barking n the area of 166 North Middle Street. Police checked the area and found a black stray that has been in the area. The dog could not be confined and the Dog Warden was notified.

– Elizabeth Leonard reported at 11:43 a.m. Friday she lost her ring at Sparkle Market.

– A woman reported at 12:53 p.m. Friday a woman was wandering around the South Chestnut Alley parking lot near the Hair Hut and was dancing and talking to herself and tried to get into a car. Police checked on the woman and told her to move along.

– A man reported at 6 p.m. Friday a suspicious silver Toyota Highlander and black BMW were in the pool parking area. Police checked but the vehicle was not there.

– Robert Stanley, Union Street, reported theft of an ATV at 6:32 p.m. Friday.

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Perry Township

– Police were advised of an alleged aggressive dog that left its property and went to a neighbor’s on Shamrock Arbor at 7:58 p.m. Friday. The dog warden was notified for a follow-up with the dog’s owners. The dog did not injure anyone, just was running loose.

-Officers responded to the area of Old Farm Lane at 8:33 p.m. Friday where a teen had allegedly been assaulted by two teens or young adult men wearing ski masks, who ran up to him and punched him in the face, bloodying his nose, while he was walking the family pet.

– A Prospect Street resident reported at 8:41 p.m. Saturday that her boyfriend had completed a roofing project for someone on Sunset Boulevard on May 11 under a verbal agreement for $100, and that the person was refusing to pay the money. She was advised to file a small claims complaint in court. No names were provided.

– Jennifer L. Seachrist, 26, Salem, was arrested on an active warrant out of the county for failure to appear on charges of aggravated menacing and criminal damaging after a patrolling officer saw her with two men in the parking lot of a Georgetown Road church at 9:51 p.m. Saturday.

– Police responded to the 1800 block of Goshen Road at 2:18 p.m. Sunday where a resident reported someone overnight had entered a vehicle and taken their debit card and $60 cash. The resident said that a large sum of money had already been withdrawn from their bank account. His name was not provided.


– John E. LeFleme, 19, 339 New Garden Ave., was arrested for domestic violence after officers responded to an East Pershing Street home at 5:22 p.m. Sunday where he allegedly pushed his stepfather over a table, causing a laceration to his head.

– Nicole M. Hilton, 44, no address, was arrested for theft at 9:52 p.m. for allegedly stealing a phone from an East State business. The business, which was not identified, confirmed a woman had asked to use the phone then left with it.

– Donald C. Fiore, 47, 155 Chris Ave. Apt. B2, Washingtonville, was charged with felony OVI (.193 BAC) and driving under suspension after a traffic stop for a turn signal violation at East State and Madison at 12:39 a.m. Monday.

Goshen Police District

– Tristan A. Apinis, 29, 511 N. Ellsworth Ave., Salem, was cited for assured clear distance after hitting the rear of a truck owned by a Youngstown oil company driven by Luke A. Pitzulo, 26, Poland, who was stopped at the Lisbon Road intersection of U.S. 62 at 12:10 p.m. Friday.