Police, May 31, 2014

County Sheriff

– Vickie Butts, Main Street, Minerva, reported her neighbors were in her driveway yelling at 4:49 p.m. Thursday. When Butts went outside to find out what was going on, they began yelling at her. She then ordered them to leave her property, which they did.

– Deputies responded to a noise complaint on Hunters Camp Road, Lisbon, just before midnight Wednesday. Upon arrival, they spoke with property owner Charles VanGeisen, who said he had company over and they had been arguing over motor vehicles keys that had been lost. VanGeisen said the visitors were preparing to leave and there would be no further disturbances.

– Deputies were called to a home on South 12th Street, Beloit, at 5:46 a.m. Thursday after receiving a hangup 911 call. The dispatcher called back, and the 76-year-old man who lives there said he intended to kill himself using his handgun. A deputy arrived to find the man on the front porch dead from an self-inflicted gunshot.

Highway Patrol

– Dustin Lease Hartzell, 17, Canfield, was eastbound on Butcher Road in Salem Township at 4:15 p.m. Thursday and went off the left side then the right side into a ditch and overturned. He was cited for failure to control and his passengers, Andrew R. Minehart, 16, West Main Street, Leetonia, and Quinton D. Vangiesen, 16, Main Street, Leetonia, were taken to the Salem hospital with minor injuries.


– Police were called to a North Beaver Street address at 8 p.m. Thursday in regard to a man who was threatening to harm himself. Police remained until an ambulance arrived to transport the man to a local hospital.

– The manager of the local Consumers Bank reported Thursday they received a call from someone asking “odd” questions, and their other branches received a call from the same person.

– A window was found broken at Applegrove Apartments at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday, and it appeared to have been caused by a stone thrown from a lawnmower.

– Constantine M. Newhouse, 22, West Washington Street, was cited for running a stop sign after she pulled into the path of a vehicle operated by Nathaniel C. Jones, 32, Louise Street, East Liverpool, resulting in a minor accident. This occurred at the intersection of South Beaver and West Washington streets at 7:04 p.m. Thursday.


– Police received a 911 call from an East Liverpool dispatcher at 11:50 a.m. May 23 who said there was some type of problem in the last lot of the square. Police went to the last lot of Independence Square and a group told them the woman had left but was heading back. Police spoke to Shauna Zuti, 105 Independence Square and she said that she let Paula Parkes, of 141 Independence Square drive her car and gave her gas money and now Parks gave her cousin, Zuti’s boyfriend, the money. The boyfriend, identified as Shawn Boyles, 22, 105 Independence Square told police he and Zuti got into an argument so he left and she came down to where he was. Police then arrested Boyles after learning he had an arrest warrant through Columbiana County. He was taken to the police station and turned over to a sheriff’s deputy.

– Police went to Wayne Wells flooring at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday to speak with the owner, Wayne Wells, who reported someone has been dumping their trash, including a bed mattress, in his dumpster. Wells said he found several pieces of mail in the trash that belonged to Dymimus Fuller. Police contacted Fuller and told him to collect his trash from the dumpster and come to the police station for his citation.

– Carl Harris was charged with public intoxication at midnight Thursday after someone reported he was trying to get into vehicles at the Busy Bee Tavern and had cussed another man out after he attempted to help.

– A woman, name and address not listed, reported at 7 a.m. Thursday someone she doesn’t know threw a brick and broke out the rear break light on her 2005 Chevy Cavalier. Witnesses told police they saw the person run down an alley toward Anderson Avenue.

– Marj Dysert, Main Street, reported at 5 p.m. May 5 someone hit the front bumper of her car and left the scene.

– Tremayne Davis, 401 8th St., was charged with theft at 1:29 p.m. May 16 after someone reported a man had just stolen candy from the Family Dollar on Main Street. Police found Davis matching the caller’s description and carrying two bags of candy while walking north on Main Street. Davis admitted to police he stole the candy before he was charged.

– Someone reported at 11:15 p.m. May 17 there was a fight at 511 18th St. Police went to the area and spoke with a woman who was walking away from the home and identified her as Elizabeth Ward, who lived there. Ward had visible injuries to her face and neck and told police that her husband Ivan Ward had been arguing and she fell and injured herself. Police went to the home to speak with Mr. Ward, who began verbally abusing the officer and attempting to fight and cursing. He was then taken in custody for persistent disorderly conduct and taken to the police cruiser where he began shouting obscenities at his wife. At the station he was then charged with domestic violence.

– Someone reported at 12:30 a.m. May 21 they could hear yelling and glass breaking at 425 Riverside Ave. Police went to the home and spoke with Rebecca Lavelley, who said she and Steven Althiser had been drinking and got into an argument. Althiser told police Lavelley had been drinking and struck him several times in the face and broke items around the home. Lavelley’s juvenile son also told police she struck Althiser. Police discovered there was an active protection order between Lavelley and Althiser, and Lavelley was taken to another home on Riverside Avenue because of the three children while Althiser was taken in custody for violating a protection order. Charges will be filed on Lavelley for domestic violence.

– Gina Amato reported at 11 a.m. May 23 someone went to her son’s grave and stole a decorative angel and knocked over some flowers and then broke a solar angel that her brother-in-law, Joe Scarabino, had bought. At 11:23 a.m. she reported that while walking her dog Sherry Scarabino began verbally harassing her and calling her names and admitted to “messing up” Michael Kapp’s grave, telling her she did it because she “hated” Gina and Joe.

– Police went to 1100 Commerce Street at 9 a.m. May 23 for a vandalism report. Kerri Surace said someone pulled her son’s flowers out of his flower bed and threw them on the street.

– Donelle Taylor, Main Street, reported at 11 a.m. May 23 she was at court with her daughter and someone broke into her apartment and stole the 55-inch TV from Aaron’s Rental and an HP laptop.

– Animal Control officer Hedi Pecerilli requested at noon Saturday police come to the dog pound on Main Street while she returned a dog to its owner. Pecerilli said the woman has been yelling at her. Police told the woman to behave herself and there were no problems.

East Palestine

– Police went to the 300 block of West Clark Street at 4:21 a.m. Wednesday for a report of an animal trapped in the ceiling of her home. Police were unable to find the rodent.

– Police were called to the Village Lake at 10:16 a.m. Sunday for a report of a man wearing camouflage and carrying a bow. Police spoke with the man and found he was bow fishing for carp. The man was told not to shoot a bow in village limits.

– Ryan Morris, East Main Street, reported at 1:16 p.m. Sunday he lost his wallet or it may have been stolen.

– A man reported at 11:39 p.m. Sunday his girlfriend’s mother, Anna Diem, was texting he and his 18-year-old girlfriend and they wanted her to stop, because she had been warned to stop before and did not.

– A woman reported at 6:45 p.m. Monday her 16-year-old daughter was having problems with an older man who was trying to get in touch with her.

– Police went to 240 Carbon Hill Road at midnight Tuesday for a report of a fire there. It was found to be a brush fire in the back yard and the homeowner was found. Police stood by until the fire department arrived.

– Police sent a zoning violation warning letter to 476 East Martin St. at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

– Eric Cook, East North Avenue, reported an assault at 7:29 p.m. Tuesday. He did not wish to file charges.

– Police went to 69 S. Market St. at 10 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a juvenile who was out past the 10 p.m. curfew.

– Police went to 268 East Clark St. at 11:53 p.m. Tuesday for a report someone had slashed the right front tire on a 1994 Buick owned by George S. Feezle III, and had also cut his children’s pool.


– Police responded to a report of a domestic at 22 W. Park Ave. at 11:20 a.m. Thursday. It was determined a verbal argument had taken place only.

Perry Township

– Police responded to the 1200 block of Jennings Avenue for a report at 8:16 p.m. Thursday of a disabled vehicle left on the resident’s property. The property owner said a vehicle with multiple people inside was pushed down the driveway and they wanted to leave it there 30 minutes and return. An hour later, they had not returned, and he wanted the vehicle towed. Davidson’s Towing arrived along with the people who left the vehicle and they wanted it towed to an address in the city of Salem.

– A woman in the 1500 block of North Lincoln Avenue called at 7:21 p.m. Thursday to report a possible scam through Facebook, saying a man contacted her on Facebook in reference to her winning $100,000. He requested a $1,000 check be sent so the winning money could be mailed within the next six hours. Police told her it’s a scam and to cease contact with the man.

– Police along with KLG Ambulance and the township fire department assisted a woman in the 1100 block of Perry Street at 2:41 p.m. Thursday. The woman was transported to Salem Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

– An officer on patrol at 2:12 p.m. Thursday drove up on a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder blocking the northbound lane of Cunningham Road in the 700 block, learning from the operator that the vehicle ran out of gas. The officer pushed the vehicle into a driveway and opened the roadway. The female had assistance on the scene.

– A resident in the 1300 block of Highland Avenue East called at 8:47 a.m. Thursday to report receiving a disturbing photo on her phone and expressed concern after not being able to make contact with the sender. Police called the number from where the photo originated and made contact with the sender who reported just purchasing the phone and sending the photo to the wrong person by mistake.


– A man in the 100 block of North Union Avenue reported at 11:27 a.m. Friday that he received third-party information about threats being made against him by unknown people. He wanted it documented.

– A woman in the 1200 block of Southeast Boulevard came to the police station at 10:08 a.m. Friday regarding a previous incident. An officer spoke to her about it and her options. The officer was also making contact with the other half to tell them the issue.

– An officer was told by a neighbor that the grass at a residence in the 900 block of West State Street was very high and causing a safety problem. The officer checked the property and the grass was now weeds and about waist high. He spoke with a city housing inspector who said a notice to mow the grass had already been left there and someone had talked to the resident. The officer said the residence was being placed on the street department’s list to mow. Contact was attempted at the home, but no one answered the door. A warning tag was left.

– Police were called at 9:30 a.m. Friday for a possible breaking and entering in the 600 block of South Union Avenue. Officers learned the homeowner had locked himself out.

-A caller at 9:21 a.m. Friday reported that sometime overnight, persons unknown used two rocks to break out the glass window at the northeast corner of a building off of Filbert Street.

East Liverpool

– Employees of Giant Eagle downtown reported seeing a woman concealing cat food, candles and Bandaids in her purse and carrying two hanging flower baskets from the store. Police charged Rebecca J. McCauley, 38, Boring Lane, with theft after locating her on Broadway Street.

– After stopping a vehicle with expired license plates, officers charged David Lucas, 50, no address listed, with the expired plates violation and possession of marijuana after they reportedly found a bag of marijuana in the vehicle.

– After stopping a vehicle on St. Clair Avenue for no turn signal, an officer reported seeing the rear seat passenger, Brice Clark, no age or address listed, stuff something underneath the seat. K-9 officer Ivo was brought to the scene and reportedly alerted on the passenger seat. When Clark stepped out of the vehicle, a pill bottle fell to the street, according to reports, which indicated the bottle smelled of marijuana and had “shake” inside. Plastic “pinch off” bags were found inside the vehicle. Clark had an outstanding warrant and was turned over to the sheriff’s department. The driver, Corey Rabquer, no age or address listed, was cited for no turn signal.

– An officer on patrol reported a vehicle stopped on Smith Street with two loud, obviously intoxicated women outside it, who entered the vehicle as he approached. The vehicle reportedly pulled forward without signaling, forcing the officer to stop his cruiser to avoid striking it and he pulled it over. The driver, Gary Bonnell, no age or address listed, immediately declared he was carrying a concealed weapon as he is permitted to do, according to reports. After the officer asked the two women with him to step outside the vehicle to ask them about drug activity in the area, Bonnell reportedly no longer wanted to provide them with a ride in his vehicle. All three were ordered out of the area.

– Mary Shroades, Globe Street, reported someone broke into her house on two different occasions, possibly someone known to her.

– Eugene M. Smith, Pennsylvania Avenue, reported all four tires on his Blazer slashed, possibly by a man he knows.

– A parent came to North Elementary to pick up his daughter after an incident at the school and became angry and profane, threatening to slap an employee if he saw her outside the school. School officials did not want to file charges.

– An employee of Stevens Jewelry, East Fifth Street, reported a customer came in to pawn items and grabbed coins from a display case and ran off, leaving his identification behind.

– Brandon Pritt, Shadyside Avenue, reported someone had taken an air compressor from his garage and he later was advised a man from New Cumberland, W.Va. asked a woman Pritt knows to try and sell it.

– Stephen Zedek, St. Clair Avenue, reported a man he knows was at his apartment complex parking lot, yelling Zedek’s name and said the same man had tried to run him off the road.

– Beverly A. Temple, no address listed, reported she was walking to the store and her boyfriend met her and her child. He husband came up, grabbed her and threw her phone, Temple reported.

– Lisa Salyers, Harding Avenue, reported her ex-boyfriend has been continuously texting her, her family and friends since they broke up in August, also showing up at her residence, scaring her children.

– Stephen Zednek, St. Clair Avenue, reported a threatening letter was found in his mailbox, possibly from a person he knows.

St. Clair Township

– A neighbor notified the owner of a home on Calcutta-Smith Ferry Road that there was a car in the driveway, and the home owner arrived to find two unknown people inside. Officers arrived to find a man climbing out the window of the vacant house. When he reportedly failed to comply to their commands, officers deployed a Taser. The man, William D. Scyoc III, 23, Walnut Street, Rogers, said he had been advised by the son of the former owner that he could stay the night, apparently unaware that the house had been sold. Inside officers found his 16-year-old girlfriend, who was turned over to her father. Scyoc was charged with obstructing official business.