Police, May 28, 2014

County Sheriff

– An alarm activated at the home of Wendy Griggs, Cream Ridge Road, Lisbon, at 1:28 p.m. Monday. Griggs arrived shortly before deputies and found the front door standing wide open, although she said she used the deadbolt when she left. Nothing was missing or disturbed.

– Kenna Cevelin, Haiti Road, Salineville, reported at 12:24 p.m. Monday she sold a puppy to a neighbor for $50 and was paid $20 down. The neighbor then gave the puppy to another neighbor and she attempted to collect the $30 from that neighbor. Neither neighbor were agreeing to pay. Deputies explained it is a civil matter.

– Richard Brown, Cream Ridge Road, Lisbon, reported at 1:08 p.m. Monday a mig welder was taken from his unlocked garage sometime during the morning.

– Sarah Adkins, Bayard Road, Mechanicstown, reported at 12:11 p.m. Monday someone put the bench which was in her yard onto the roof of her house, and took the Howard Hanna Real Estate sign and put it on her neighbor’s property.

– Connie Low, Grant Street, Lisbon, reported at 12:52 a.m. Tuesday she wanted her daughter’s boyfriend, Darrel Wolf, removed because he was intoxicated and causing a scene. Deputies spoke to Wolf and took him to a friend’s house where he could stay for the night.

– Deputies checked the area around the One Stop in Hanoverton for reported prowlers at 11:32 p.m. Monday, but did not locate anyone.

– Jason Crawford, state Route 154, Negley, reported at 2:46 a.m. Monday he got into a fight with a man he knows about a week ago and the man threatened to kill him in his sleep.

– Opal Andric, Chestnut Street, Lisbon, reported at 11:49 p.m. Sunday she has two children with her ex-boyfriend Casey Martin. Her child had house keys to Andric’s home in her book bag when she went to visit her father and Martin took the keys and refused to return them. Deputies called Martin and told him to return the keys.

– Darlene Crowe, Pancake Clarkson Road, Rogers, reported at 8:08 a.m. Tuesday someone stole two of her hanging baskets from her front porch during the night. The baskets cost her $18.

– Glenn Whiteleather, a West Township trustee, reported at 10:02 a.m. Friday someone was cutting up street signs in the area of Main Street and Bayard Road. A neighbor in the area claimed some people had cut the metal post from some of the street signs and then folded the signs up by running over them with their vehicle. The people had left just before deputies arrived.

– Theresa Smith, Stocking Street, Washingtonville, reported at 1:49 a.m. Sunday Michael Mellinger, 44, Jersey Ridge Road, Salem, took her daughter, Brandy Baird, Stocking Street, Washingtonville, forcibly from her home. Baird and Smith reportedly have protection orders against Mellinger. Deputies spoke by phone to both Mellinger and Baird, and they both said she was not taken by force. Baird said she believed the protection order was dropped. She refused to tell deputies where she was beyond saying she was at a Circle K in Salem. Salem police located them at the Super USA on South Lincoln Avenue. Mellinger was taken at gunpoint and charged with aggravated menacing and violating a protection order. Baird was charged with obstructing official business.

– Kelli Hull, Hunters Camp Road, Lisbon, reported a noise complaint at 10:27 p.m. Sunday. Deputies spoke to Charles Vangiesen, who stated he discharged three rounds toward an opossum which was trying to get his chicks. Deputies checked for warrants and then left.

– Michael Gilbert, Homeworth Road, Home-worth, reported at 5:03 p.m. Monday there was a domestic dispute and his brother attempted to assault him with a hammer. James Gilbert reportedly charged him with the hammer and he was able to block it with a table. James Gilbert, 42, Akron, was charged with domestic violence.

– Drug activity was reported in the area of the Greenway Bike Trail on Eagleton Road at 7:22 p.m. Saturday. Deputies spoke to a man, Douglas Dennison, Somerset Drive, Salem, who had reportedly been sitting in a pickup for at least 10 minutes and acting suspicious. They asked him about the faint smell of marijuana, checked his pockets and cited him with illegal possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

– Melissa Boyle, Hartley Road, Alliance, reported at 7 p.m. Friday her landlord gave her three days to leave. She claimed she has been paying her landlord for her utilities, but her gas was still shut off.

– Deputies were called to the Oak Tree Campground for an ATV accident at 3:01 a.m. Saturday. Jeremy Hall of Niles crashed his ATV and was taken to East Liverpool City Hospital with a possible hip fracture. He was told he does not have permission to be on the property and not to return.

– Tori Neeham, West Main Street, Salineville, reported a woman intoxicated and yelling at 1:50 a.m. Saturday. Deputies found a small house party but no irate woman.

– Brett Tarbett, old state Route 344, Leetonia, reported someone possibly trespassing at 11:35 p.m. Friday. Deputies found Brandon Custer and a friend whose vehicle had slid partially into a swamp. Custer confirmed he had permission to be there and had help on the way to get the vehicle out.

– Mike Sadler, Burtview, Salem, reported a burglary at a home on Teegarden Road, at 7:20 p.m. Monday. James Fortune told deputies the home was entered through a window and numerous items taken. A riding mower taken from the garage was driven through the woods, judging by the tracks. Deputies saw a mower in a vehicle at Valley View in Lisbon and the mower matched the description of the one stolen. The man and the passenger in his vehicle told deputies they just bought it from a man at Rogers Sale.

– An Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer reported at 9:14 p.m. Saturday he was flagged down by Brian Pool of Brecksville, who claimed he was shot by a BB gun while driving eastbound on state Route 172 near Wooddale Road. Deputies and the ODNR officer searched the area, but did not find anyone shooting.

– Denise Hayes, Steub-enville Pike, Lisbon, reported at 10:15 p.m. Saturday she was moving her belongings out when she and her boyfriend began arguing. There was no violence reported.

– A possibly intoxicated man was reported at Duke and Duchess on U.S. Route 62 in Knox Township at 1:02 a.m. Saturday. Deputies found Edwin Hunter, 62, Buck Road, asleep in his vehicle with the keys in the ignition. He was unable to perform standardized field sobriety tests, but tested under the legal limit after he was transported to the highway patrol post in Lisbon. No citation was issued.

– Robert Thouvenin, Mattix Road, Lisbon, reported at 9:30 p.m. Monday he was at a friend’s house when someone alerted him that him someone broke the sliding glass door to his camper. Deputies spoke to Karen Tohm, who said she saw a woman she recognized pull in, walk down toward Thouve-nin’s camper and then she heard glass shatter. The woman then ran back to her car and left.

– Brent Rhodes, McClure Road, East Palestine, reported at 9:52 a.m. Friday he agreed two years ago to allow his neighbor to park some vehicles on his property while he works on them. Rhodes has told the neighbor, Tom Burkett, to get all his belongings off his property by Friday but he did not. He also reported he was assaulted by Burkett’s daughter at the Stateline Tavern outside East Palestine on Thursday. He was told who to speak to about getting an eviction notice for the belongings and a protection order if needed.

Highway Patrol

– Mary R. Lamara, 69, state Route 39, Salineville, was southbound on state Route 45 in Salem at 12:57 p.m. May 20 and went left of center off the east side into a ditch and an embankment and then re-entered the ditch. She was cited for failure to control and taken to the Salem hospital with serious injuries.

– Dennis D. Hayward, 60, Justison Road, East Palestine, was southbound on Latta Road in Unity Township at 6:40 p.m. Thursday and went off the right side into a decorative stone. He was cited for failure to control.

– Clint L. Geho, 32, East Main Street, Salineville, was southbound on a motorcycle on Rochester Road in Knox Township at 6 p.m. Friday and began to overturn and the female passenger struck a mailbox post and the motorcycle rotated to the left and then overturned into a ditch. Geho was taken to Akron General Hospital with serious injuries. No charges have been filed yet and the female passenger’s identity remains unknown.

– Gabrielle Renea Collins, 17, Sprucevale Road, East Liverpool, was eastbound on state Route 518 in Madison Township at 6:40 p.m. Saturday and lost control and went off the right side into a fence. She was cited for failure to control.


– A man reported at midnight Monday he was following a possible drunk driver eastbound on state Route 14 into the city. Police found the vehicle on Route 164 and initiated a traffic stop after observing a violation. The driver, John J. Dunlop, 54, Negley, was arrested and cited for OVI, left of center, seat belt and open container.

– Ben Washburn reported at 12:23 a.m. Monday there was loud noise coming from an East Friend Street home. Police went and heard no loud talking or music.

– Someone reported at 12:21 p.m. Monday they were concerned about possible asbestos in the house on Fairfield Avenue that was torn down the day before and advised police she was going to speak with the zoning office in Tuesday.

– A woman reported at 1:34 p.m. Monday a man was walking northbound on North Main Street into the road an appeared to be intoxicated. Police found the man and spoke with him and discovered he was not intoxicated but was not feeling well. He was taken to his home at Camelot apartments.

– A man reported at 9:25 p.m. Monday someone was open burning on East Friend Street causing the entire area to be smoke filled. Police found the smoke was coming from a cook out and the resident had put water on it.


– A woman reported at 11:25 p.m. May 22 a woman living on the top floor of the Life-Line apartments was yelling out the back of the building for her two missing dogs and it was keeping the neighbors awake. Sgt. Hancock told Cindy Tice to keep the noise down.

– Bryant Nestor reported at noon Friday he had a woman in his car who was refusing to get out after yelling and screaming at him and throwing things. Police spoke with Destiny Stoffel, who said they were having personal problems and she was mad and began yelling and swearing at Nestor. Police told her to get out of the car and she was picked up by her father.

– Crystal Viznicky, West Lincoln Way, reported at 12:52 p.m. Friday Scott Rudder was making rude comments to her husband and calling him names. She said Rudder was visiting the neighbor and making it so her husband does not want to go outside. Police told her to call the department when Rudder is there and they would respond.

– Courtney Wolfe, East Chestnut Street, Lisbon, reported at 1:32 p.m. Friday threats were made on Facebook between her husband’s ex-wife and her husband’s sister.

– The sheriff’s office transferred a call at 2:10 a.m. Saturday regarding a fight at the Night Court. Police spoke with Andy Spooner, who was intoxicated and injured and told police he and his friend Bradly Long were attacked by a group of people. Long was also intoxicated, injured and unconscious but later awoke and told police there was no altercation but that he had laid down to take a nap. The two men were taken by KLG Ambulance to a medical facility. No identifications were given for the alleged attackers.

– Sheryle Reynolds, East Lincoln Way, reported at 5:25 a.m. Sunday two men were fighting on the lawn next to her home and one of them was on the ground and the other one left in a PT Cruiser toward Carter Lumber. The other man then got up and took off on foot. Police checked the area but did not find the men.

– Ralph J. Goist, 51, Metz Road, New Waterford, was making a left turn from West Lincoln Way onto North Market Street and struck Lucas Amanda Lynn, 26, North Beaver Street, Lisbon. Goist was cited for failure to control.

– At 7:46 p.m. Sunday police responded to a report of small children left unattended in a vehicle while their mother went in to Save-A-Lot. Police spoke with the seven-year-old boy who was doing well and his sister was asleep. The car was parked in the shade and the windows were open. After exiting the store their mother said her son didn’t want to go inside.

– Police told Eric Ward to leave Night Court at 1:57 a.m. Saturday upon an employee’s request.

East Liverpool

– While on patrol, an officer reported seeing a vehicle with a cracked windshield leave Fenton Street and turn onto Ninth Street. It was stopped, and the vehicle reportedly smelled of marijuana and the driver, Christopher Farnsworth, 42, Fenton Street, had no driver’s license. He was cited for unsafe vehicle for the cracked windshield and for no license. His passenger, Robert L. Byrd Jr., 33, Harker Avenue, was reportedly moving around inside as though trying to hide something, and officers reported finding two bags of marijuana inside the vehicle where he was sitting. Byrd had an outstanding warrant and was also charged with possession of marijuana.

– Thomas Walker, 84, West Fourth Street, was driving on Jefferson Street Saturday when Craige J. Beaver, 23, Clark Avenue, Wellsville, reportedly darted across the street and was bumped by Walker’s vehicle. According to reports, Beaver failed to cross at the crosswalk and refused medical treatment at the scene. No charges were filed.

St. Clair Township

– Charles Bramel, no address listed, reported he was riding horseback on Ware Road Monday when his horse was spooked by gunfire from a neighbor’s residence.

– Officers were dispatched to the dead end of Sharon Drive Sunday for a suspicious vehicle parked with no one around. A report was filed.

– A Cannons Mill Road resident reported a dog attacked by a pit bull dog which was deemed as vicious. The resident’s name was not included in reports.

– A Mr. Pierce, no address listed, reported Sunday he parked his vehicle while visiting a friend at Calcutta Woods on Sprucevale Road and it came out of gear, rolling into a shed in the middle of the parking area.

– Emily A. Everly, no address listed, reported an unknown man entered her vehicle, while it was parked in the J.C. Penney parking lot and ran off behind the store with her cell phone.

– Christopher Kraft, Sprucevale Road, reported someone shot 32 holes and dents in the side of his home with BBs.

Salem Township

– Sue Hopkins, Yates Road, reported at 9:22 p.m. Saturday a man claiming to be from Texas came to her home trying to sell material for Untied Local schools. The man was Hispanic, spoke in broken English and was driving a tan-colored car claiming to be from a company called Southwest-ern Advantage. A check of the area was made but the man was not seen.

– Aric Adams, of Circleville, on Sunday reported a break-in at a property he owns in the township. Copper plumbing was taken from the house. Stolen from the garage were a gray 44-inch cut Husky riding mower, 12-foot aluminum extension ladder, 24-foot aluminum scaffolding pick and some hand tools. The scaffold pick belonged to a person storing items in the garage. Also, a catalytic converter and battery were taken from his sister’s car parked in the garage.

– Horses were reported running loose on Butcher Road near Jersey Ridge Road. Constable Dan Valentine checked the area but did not see the horses.


– A clerk at Circle K East on East State reported a theft at 9:18 p.m. Monday and another one allegedly involving the same suspect at 11:15 p.m. Monday. A man entered the store, picked up a bottle of wine and concealed it under his arm, leaving without paying. He couldn’t be found. The clerk called back and reported the same person came back and stole another bottle of wine. He had changed his clothes.

– Smith Oil, East State, reported at 7:31 p.m. Monday a $58.15 drive-off by a man in a silver Pontiac Vibe.

– A possible burglary was reported at 7:13 p.m. Monday in the 700 block of East Fifth where an officer found the residence secure, then saw two glass doors at the rear of the residence had been shattered. The doors led to an enclosed porch, but the access door to the house was secure. A message was left for the property owner, whose name was not provided.

– Smith Oil, East State, reported a $40 drive-off at 5:29 p.m. Monday.

– Police were called at 4:12 p.m. Monday to the 100 block of Washington. A man with a head laceration said he was attacked while sleeping and did not know the attacker. The man, whose name was not provided, was taken to SRMC.

– A woman reported at 3:02 p.m. Monday two dogs attacked her dog while they were walking in the 600 block of Woodland..

– Police assisted the sheriff’s office with locating a woman wanted on a warrant at 12:09 p.m. Monday. The woman, whose name was not provided, was taken into custody by a deputy at a property on East State Street.

Goshen Police District

– A U-Haul truck reported stolen out of Boardman Township was recovered at Duck Creek near Pine Lake Road at 9:58 a.m. May 13.

– Police charged a 16-year-old resident of the Sharon Lynn Home with failure to comply, obstructing official business and disord-erly conduct with persistence after refusing to follow commands to get out of the road at 9:52 p.m. May 13.

– Police responded three other times to Sharon Lynn May 14, 15 and 23, once for an assault and twice for runaways. The girls were returned both times.

– Joshua Hill, 18, 166 E. Maryland Ave., Sebring, was arrested for underage consumption after an officer responded to the West Branch High School at 9:30 a.m. May 23 for a report of an intoxicated student.

– Ryan H. Hamilton, 27, 18395 Fifth St., Beloit, was arrested for OVI after a traffic stop for left of center at 2:51 a.m. May 24.