Police, May 17, 2014

County Sheriff

– John Plavka, state Route 644, Kensington, reported at 7:49 p.m. Thursday he was allegedly assaulted by David Gromley at the Dairy Bar in Kensington. Plavka claims Gromley grabbed him by the throat and hit him. However, he did not want to pursue charges, he only wanted to get his things from Gromley’s house and leave. Deputies went to Gromley’s trailer behind the residence and both Gromley and a woman came out. Deputies smelled marijuana and asked who else was inside. Hearing someone else, deputies went inside and found Alec J. Hamling, 29, Minerva, who had warrants from Carroll County, Summit County and Stark County. Hamling was cited with possession of marijuana for two baggies allegedly found in his pocket. He was released to the Carroll County deputies.

– Angie Dean, a manager of Squire Mobile Park, reported at 9:05 p.m. Thursday there have been problems with someone stealing from people in the park, and they wanted a man staying in trailer 11 to leave. Deputies explained if the owner of the trailer invited someone there, deputies could not stop them, but the manager could issue a paper telling him he is not welcome on the property.

– John Coppersmith, Kelly Park Road, Columbiana, reported at 3:33 p.m. Thursday he received a letter from American Sweepstakes Network asking him to send $400 to get a prize he had won. Deputies told Coppersmith not to send any money because it was a scam.

– Valerie Burke, Slater Road, Salem, reported on Thursday about 10 days ago someone smashed multiple mailboxes on Carey Road, including her mailbox. Someone also painted an anarchy sign on the stop sign at the intersection of Slater and Carey Roads.

– Terry Otto, Laughlin Road, Lisbon, reported at 7:21 p.m. Thursday her neighbors, Rich and Scott McDonald, have cattle and they have been coming onto her property. Deputies spoke to Rich McDonald about keeping his cattle on his property and he told them he is in the process of fixing the fence and getting rid of some cattle.


– Police went to 320 E. Chestnut St. at 7:48 p.m. Thursday after a man reported his brother was sleeping and he could not wake him up and he was concerned for his health. Police and EMS went to the home and the man was found to be OK.


– Someone reported at 1 p.m. Thursday there was a box truck parked behind an empty house in the 400 block of Fairfield Avenue and people appeared to be dismantling a shed. Police checked and found the people had a work order to do so and there were no problems.

– Dave Perkins reported at 3:59 p.m. Thursday a suspicious van was at a neighbor’s house on Stanton Avenue. Police checked and found no problems.

– Jamie Bertolette, Fairfield School Road, reported at 4:36 p.m. Thursday two men were wandering around his yard and he didn’t know who they were. Police checked and found the men were there to collect a debt, and Bertolette refused to answer the door for them.

– A Columbiana County Sheriff’s Deputy requested at 9:38 p.m. Thursday police stand by while they dropped a woman off at her home on Union Street after they had given her a ride when her vehicle broke down.

East Liverpool

– While on patrol, an officer stopped a vehicle driven by Charles R. Lewis, 31, Florence Street, for no head light and expired tags. He was also charged with no driver’s license. His front seat passenger, Shanda M. Pipes, 25, John Street, was reportedly seen quickly placing something into her mouth which turned out to be a large chunk of marijuana. She also reportedly had a small bag of marijuana in her waistband and was charged with possession of marijuana. The vehicle was towed by First Class Towing.

– Officers responded Tuesday night to a fight call in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue, where they reported finding Lori Reese, who said Kenneth P. Swoger, 55, East Fourth Street, was at her house and started fighting with her but left. While officers were speaking with Reese, Swoger reportedly called her home several times and was advised he was speaking to an officer and not to call again. They left but were called back to the residence for another fight between the two in the street, at which point Swoger was charged with disorderly conduct/intoxication.

– Officers responded to a Maine Boulevard residence where D.J. Seibert was reportedly threatening to shoot his neighbors. There, Tammy Nicols and others reported Seibert made threats and struck her with a mug in the leg before going inside his home to retrieve a shotgun. Officers confronted Seibert inside and brought him out handcuffed, also bringing out a shotgun they reportedly found leaning against a kitchen counter. Siebert was taken into custody on charges not specified in reports.

– Police received a report of a parent threatening a teacher at Westgate Middle School. No other details were reported.

St. Clair Township

– Ted Hill, Strader Road, reported finding what appeared to be a .32-caliber bullet in his yard, with no damage noted to the property.

– Samantha Ward, no address listed, reported a theft from her home.

Liverpool Township

– A father and son were arrested Sunday after reportedly entering a Boring Lane home and striking the homeowner before taking a weapon from the house. According to reports, Robert Adkins, 52, reported that Richard A. Miles, 57, and Jacob E. Miles, 19, both of 7th Avenue, came to his door, asking him to step outside. They reportedly pulled open the screen door and held a gun to his head then barged inside as Adkins ran to another room in an attempt to get a gun. One of the two men was able to grab the gun from Adkins and began hitting him on the head with it, according to reports. The trio made its way into the living room, where one of the men reportedly struck Adkins in the knee with a baseball bat then the two men left with Adkins’ fully-loaded .45-caliber Colt Commando. In an interview with Richard Miles, officers reported, he admitted having gone to Adkins’ home with his son. They were both charged with aggravated burglary.


– Police responded to the 100 block of West Perry Street at 1:47 p.m. Friday where a female complainant advised a known man was at the residence saying she owed money for a cell phone she sold him and then he lost. She denied owing money and he got upset “flicking” a cigarette at her. The landlord advised the man had no permission to be there.

– Police responded to the municipal lot in the 500 block of East Pershing Street at 10:52 a.m. Friday where a large appliance drop-off sponsored by the city and Perry Township was being held. A man was upset because he couldn’t leave a car part there and went to the service-safety director. He was advised auto parts were not part of the drop off.

– Police responded to the 900 block of East State Street at 11 a.m. Friday where a man in a white van reportedly drove off without paying for $33.59 in gas. He went northbound on Rose Avenue and police were unable to locate him.

– Police responded to the 1200 block of East State Street at 3:04 p.m. Thursday for a three-vehicle chain-reaction rear-end accident. L.T. Wheels of Des Plaines, Ill., was transported to the hospital.

– At 5:05 p.m. Friday, police received a complaint on station from a resident in the 200 block of Woodland Avenue who advised that hunting equipment was stolen from his vehicle. The incident is under investigation.

– Police responded to the 1100 block of Fairview Avenue for a report of an unruly juvenile who was reported missing earlier, was arguing with her mother and expressed thoughts of hurting herself. She was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

– Police in the 1100 block of East Pershing Street at 5:16 a.m. Friday observed a person known to have an outstanding warrant and Marvin W. Harsch, 504 Franklin Ave., was taken into custody and transported to the county jail for failure to appear.

– Joshua J. Garrod, 849 E. 3rd St., was taken into custody at 2:11 a.m. Friday after he called about being locked out of his vehicle. Police found an outstanding warrant from the Canfield Police and he was turned over to them.

– Police responded to the 400 block of Legacy Lane at 4:40 p.m. Thursday where the dealership said a man was not wanting to pay a bill after having his vehicle serviced. They were advised it was a civil matter.

– Police received a report from a person at 4:43 p.m. Thursday advising their vehicle was damaged in the 400 block of New Garden Avenue while they were at work.

– Police responded to the 600 block of East 4th Street at 7:47 p.m. Thursday for a report of a breaking and entering. The lock and hinge of a shed had been tampered with and the complainant was advised of the options.

– Police responded to the 600 block of East 6th Street at 3:32 p.m. Thursday where the complainant advised that a stained-glass window was removed from the residence without permission.

– Police responded to the 100 block of West 7th Street at 2:31 p.m. Thursday where a female advised her husband was having medical problems and needed help. He was transported to the hospital.


– Tremayne Davis, Eighth Street, was charged with theft after reportedly stealing candy from Family Dollar shortly before 1 p.m. Friday. Davis reportedly told police that he wanted to go to the county jail.

-Officers on patrol were flagged down by motorists at Wells Avenue for a traffic crash at 12:00 a.m. May 9. Police arrived and found Fred Baldasare in his vehicle on the hillside, across from the lane of travel near Legion Alley. Witnesses said a smaller vehicle driven by a female ran the stop sign at the alley, striking Baldasare’s vehicle, before leaving the scene and proceeding up state Route 45. After one witness said the female’s car turned onto Hibbetts Mill Road, officers proceeded to the area, where they found the suspect car on its side. Police tore out the windshield and extracted Chelsea Baker from the vehicle, calling an ambulance and the highway patrol. Baker was charged with failure to yield, reckless operation, failure to report an accident and driving under suspension.