Police consider hydroplaning as cause of fatal W.Va. accident

County Sheriff

– Westville Sunoco, Westville Lake Road, Beloit, reported an accident with injuries at 12:16 p.m. Tuesday. Carl Hurford, 73, Ellett, Beloit, told deputies he was pulling into the handicapped parking spot and his foot slipped off the brake onto the gas. The 2013 Cadillac jumped the curb and struck the front doors of the station. Marilyn Estock, 50, Louisville, was entering the store and was struck in the back of her right leg, pinning her briefly against the door. Hurford quickly put the car in reverse and released her leg. Beloit EMS transported Estock to Alliance Community Hospital to be checked as a precaution. The front en-trance of the store was damaged. There was minor damage to Hurford’s vehicle.

– Jim Coffy, Camp Boulevard, Hanoverton, reported a domestic dispute with his wife at 2:38 a.m. Wednesday. They were arguing about their upcoming divorce and he claimed she struck him on the side of the head. He did not wish to file domestic violence charges.

– John E. Gorby Jr, Lisbon-Dungannon Road, Lisbon, reported at 11:38 p.m. Tuesday he and Mary Holmes were hanging out at his home when his girlfriend began calling him. He tried to ignore her calls and she still found out Holmes was there. His girlfriend, Nikki Bickerton then showed up at the house and broke the glass in the back door with a baseball bat. She came into the house. Holmes told Bickerton she was calling the police and Bickerton left through the broken glass door. Bickerton had reportedly moved out two days earlier after living there for nearly three months.

– Tim Wright of American Electric Power reported at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday he needed to shut the electric off at the home and there was a previous threat from the owner that he would shoot anyone who comes onto the property. Wright knocked on the door and no one answered. He did not shut the power off, but left a note on the door stating he would be back in an hour if arrangements were not made with the power company.

– Janet and Burl Anderson, Frances Drive, Wellsville, reported at 3:52 p.m. Tuesday their son put his electric bill onto their account somehow without their permission. The bill came in the mail on Tuesday and it was the first they knew about it. Their son, Rodney Weaver, had moved from his home on Opal Drive, Wellsville, about three months earlier.

– Mike Purton, West Lincoln Way, Lisbon, reported at 12:56 p.m. Tuesday he was surveying property on the corner of Mick Road and Township Line Road and a man came out of the house at 1014 Township Line Road yelling, extremely upset and threatening to call the sheriff’s office.

– Greg Courtney, Salem Alliance Road, Salem, reported at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday some trees cut on his neighbor’s property damaged his fence when they fell.

– Willis Wining, Pine Hollow Road, Lisbon, reported at 8:17 p.m. Tuesday a man came to his door and spoke to him about 10 to 15 minutes. As the man was leaving, he tackled Wining, holding him on the floor of his living room. He asked Willis where his money was kept and told him to keep his head down so he would not get hurt. Another man came into the house and went into Wining’s bedroom taking a box of change and about $600 from his jeans pocket. They fled in an unknown direction. Wining could not describe either of the men.

Highway Patrol

– Kimberly A. Henline, 46, Bunker Hill Road, Leetonia, was northbound on Fairfield School Road in Fairfield Township at 6:40 a.m. Monday and Margaret B. Oliver, 28, Beaver Circle, Columbiana, was eastbound on Kelly Park Road and failed to yield at a stop sign and struck Henline who then went off the road into a utility pole. Oliver was cited for failure to yield and Henline was taken to the Salem hospital with serious injuries.

– Dena R. White, 46, McDonald Street, East Liverpool, was northbound on state Route 7 in Middleton Township at 12:15 p.m. Monday and hit a deer.

– Shelly M. Stryffeler, 51, Beloit, was eastbound on Hartley Road in Knox Township at 5:45 a.m. Monday and hit a deer.

– Steven M. Hamilton, 25, Clarks Mill Road, Hammonds-ville, was northbound on state Route 164 in Wayne Township at 5:30 a.m. Friday and hit a deer then went off the east side of the road into a ditch, a guardrail and overturned down an embankment.

– Karen L. Lowe, 61, Darlington, Pa., and Robert G. Smith, 89, Bethel Park, Pa., were westbound on Route 14 in Unity Township at 12:25 p.m. Saturday and Lowe tried to make a northbound turn onto State Line Road and was struck from behind by Smith. Smith was cited for assured clear distance.

– Paula J. Kacel, 29, Bradshaw Avenue, East Liverpool, was westbound on the U.S. 30 off ramp in Madison Township at 10:38 p.m. June 19 and went off the right side into a large road sign. She was cited for failure to control.

– Christopher A. Hamsher, 37, state Route 14, East Palestine, was west-bound on Route 14 in Unity Township at 1 p.m. Saturday and David A. Crowe, 61, Youngstown, pulled out of a private drive to travel west and Hamsher swerved to avoid hitting the vehicle and went into a ditch. Crowe was cited for right of way.

– Eric D. Bostwick, 40, Industry, Pa., was eastbound on state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township at 11:12 p.m. Saturday and Michael D. Park, 47, Wheeling, W.Va., and Daniel J. Stoffel, 20, Water Street, Salineville, were westbound and Stoffel attempted to pass Park and swerved back into the westbound lane to avoid hitting Bostwick and then lost control and went left of center into Bostwick. Stoffel then struck Park’s vehicle and then continued off the right side into a guard rail. Stoffel was cited for left of center and Park was taken to East Liverpool Hospital with minor injuries.

– Daryl Wesley Trautvetter, 72, Orange, Florida, was westbound on state Route 154 in Middleton Township at 4:35 p.m. Monday and went off the right side. He was cited for failure to control.

– Jessica Ann Chestnut, 24, Maple Grove Lane, New Waterford, was northbound on state Route 170 in Unity Township at 8:50 p.m. Sunday and Gail E. Snyder, 60, Brushville Road, East Palestine, was westbound on Heck Road and failed to stop at the stop sign and struck Chestnut. Snyder was cited for stop sign. Chestnut and a passenger, Nicholas Leavens, 22, Maple Grove Lane, New Waterford, were taken to the Salem hospital with minor injuries.


– Robert White, North Jefferson Street, reported Monday waking up to find court papers laying on his computer and he said his door was locked. He was told to contact the county sheriff’s office to inquire about the court papers.

– A clerk at Smith Oil reported someone driving a black vehicle drove off without paying for $15 in gas at 8:43 a.m. Tuesday. Police traced the vehicle through its license plates and determined it was a loaner. They contacted the driver, who said she paid at the pump but would check with her bank to determine if the charge went through.

– Bob Wagner, West Washington, reported Tuesday he had Mike Skidmore sell a motorcycle for him. Wagner said Skidmore sold the motorcycle for $400 but has only paid him $100 to date. Wagner was told this was something he would have to pursue through court if Skidmore does not pay him in full.

– While on patrol an officer came across a red Grand Am stuck on a tree stump on East Lincoln Way near Weber’s Funeral Home at 1:51 p.m. Friday. The unidentified driver said he became stuck on the stump after parking in the yard. The driver managed to get the car pushed off the stump.


– Jamie Sandine, Seventh Street, reported at 2:27 p.m. Tuesday she was being harassed by her landlord.

East Palestine

– Christopher Juillerat, West Clark Street, reported at 12:44 p.m. Monday a white van was partially blocking the alley near his home. Police checked and found a neighbor was having work done to her home and the van belonged to a worker who was unaware that he was parked in an alley. The van was then moved.

– Gary L. White, Peppercorn Drive, reported at 1:50 p.m. Monday his lawn was damaged by trucks that were possibly delivering at a nearby business.

– Daniel L. Scott, Alice Street, reported at 6:26 p.m. Tuesday there was a black man and a white man walking down the middle of Alice Street causing traffic problems. Police checked the area but could not find them.

– April M. Nail, England Drive, reported at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday she was being threatened by her boyfriend Joshua Andrews. Menacing charges are pending.

East Liverpool

– John Nentwick reported a window broken out of the front of his building on Market Street.

– Megan Smith, 25, no address listed, reported she was on Avondale street when a man in a small silver car grabbed her shirt and tried to pull her into the vehicle after he had been circling the block. The man was described as in his 20s, white, with an average build, wearing a ball cap. The two-door car had neon lights.

– An employee at East Liverpool City Hospital reported assisting a patient to the bathroom and, while doing so, found a metal crack pipe by his pillow, which he told her to throw away. It was turned over to police, and charges are pending.

– Several residents of the West Fourth Street area reported incidents, including thefts and opened windows, which they said may have been the work of juveniles. They asked for extra checks of the neighborhood.

– Jeffrey D. Coleman, 50, no address listed, reported he stayed at a friend’s on Walnut Street and someone lifted his wallet from his pants. It contained $200 and his ID.

– Ernest L. Carter, Moore Street, reported his watch came up missing and he later saw another resident of his building wearing it. When he confronted the person, he just laughed at Carter. Officers said they would speak to the man about the watch.

– Carey D. Stotler, Pennsylvania Avenue, reported her vehicle entered and ransacked, with items taken from the glove compartment and handbags inside. In a separate report, Stotler reported she was driving in the Thompson Avenue and Ravine Street area when a man stopped her and began questioning her about her driver’s license because he didn’t like her driving. He then hit her car several times with his fist, damaging the vehicle.

– Rachel Troup, Ohio Avenue, reported her identity was stolen, causing her to lost 120 points on her credit score, jeopardizing her ability to purchase a home.

– Angela Hess, Daisy Lane, reported a man and woman she knows took items from her home.

– Norman R. Merritt, no age or address listed, reported two men unknown to him assaulted him on Wilbert Avenue then fled in a vehicle. He suffered a split upper lip.

– Margie Shafer, Lisbon Street, reported her home entered and items taken.

– Terry L. Sprague, East Fifth Street, returned home to find her back yard gate unsecured and a small tree in the yard broken off.

– Daniel L. Simms, reported aluminum scrap stolen from a residence he owns on Green Lane.

– April L. West, Allison Avenue, reported she had a video of a woman slashing the tire on a vehicle owned by another person. Officers said the woman’s face was not visible in the video.

– Jada Pack, Erie Street, reported a brick thrown through a window of her residence.

Liverpool Township

– During a traffic stop, officers reported smelling marijuana coming from the truck and had the driver, Ashley Bach and her passen-ger, her brother, Christopher Bach, exit. Mr. Bach was cited for no seat belt. According to reports, a baggy of suspected marijuana fell from Ms. Bach’s shorts, and she was cited for possession of marijuana and given a warning for failure to yield.

– While on patrol on Strawberry Lane, Chief Jayson Jackson saw several plants growing in the ground and in pots in plain view and recognized them as marijuana plants. He spoke to a man mowing the grass at the residence who said he was just hired to cut grass. He identified the resident as Adam R. Hadley, 27, who was not home. Jackson pulled the plants and later charged Hadley with possession of marijuana.

– Lois A. Minnis, 20, Price Street, reported her boyfriend told her several of her belongings had been taken from the home they are renting, possibly by a person she knows. She confronted the man, but he denied taking the items.


– Police responded to a residence in the 400 block of South Ellsworth Avenue for a report of threats at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, meeting with workers from Columbia Gas and city firefighters. Columbia Gas received an emergency call for carbon monoxide gas and needed to check the residence and said the resident stated he had guns in the house. Officers made contact with the resident and made entry with Columbia Gas so they could perform their check for gas. The fire department remained outside while Columbia Gas checked the residence. No carbon monoxide was detected, the fire report said. No names were provided.

– Police spoke with a man in the front lobby at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday about his wishes and concerns. He said he wanted to shoot a gun or blow something up to relieve some aggression because it helped him in the past. He didn’t make any suggestion that he wanted to hurt anyone or himself nor did he indicate he would. It was agreed he would go to Salem Regional Medical Center to seek counseling. Police called a mental health office and advised them of the situation and they were going to send a person to speak with the man at the hospital. The report said an arrest was not justified at this time and that this case was better suited to mental health counseling. The department had been speaking to this male for several weeks now.

– Brian Sexton, 59, of 154 Benton Road, was taken into custody at his residence at 8:32 a.m. Tuesday on a warrant for failure to appear. Officers and the county drug task force had gone there to check for him.

– Leeann Dillow, 22, of Southeast Boulevard, was cited for failure to yield after exiting the McDonald’s parking lot on East State at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday and striking an eastbound vehicle driven by Scott Kidd, 57, of East Liverpool.

– A clerk for Smith Oil, 968 E. State St., reported at 5:43 p.m. Tuesday that someone in a black vehicle pumped $39.92 in gas and left without paying.


(Names not provided)

– Police were called at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday to the 1300 block of North Ellsworth Avenue for a criminal damaging report involving a motor vehicle. A woman believed her ex-boyfriend did the damage. An investigation was pending.

– Police responded to the 2800 block of East State Street for a report at 5:52 a.m. Wednesday of someone yelling at cars. The person was found walking along State Street and said he was not yelling at cars, but screaming in general due to losing his money.

– A man from the 1100 block of East State Street reported at 10:34 p.m. Tuesday that on Monday he let a female friend use his vehicle to transport her children home with the understanding the vehicle be returned in a few hours. Officers tried to contact her and left a message. The man called police and said the vehicle was found by his residence.

– A woman in the 2000 block of Monroe Street reported at 9:05 p.m. Tuesday that a male friend was calling and texting her, making threats to a male who he thought was with her. The man was contacted and told to stop contacting her.

– A suspicious vehicle was reported in the east-west alley south of the 700 block of East Third Street at 9:33 p.m. Tuesday. The occupants were identified and had been talking. An officer pointed out a no parking sign and the vehicle was moved.

– A vehicle was reported damaged in the Walmart parking lot at 9:07 p.m. Tuesday, with the dent consistent with the front corner of a shopping cart striking the car. The owner located a cart near the vehicle, but the report said it wasn’t known if the wind blew the cart into the car by accident or whether someone shoved the cart intentionally. Video will be reviewed.

– An alarm activation was reported at 7 p.m. Tuesday at a business in the 100 block of North Broadway Avenue. The exterior was checked and a door was found unsecured. Police entered the building and found it to be in order. A keyholder responded and the building was secured.

– A burglary was reported at 6:31 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of North Lincoln Avenue where a victim reported a first floor window was broken inward. Officers checked the residence, but didn’t find anyone. The victim then entered and noted three shotguns taken. No other belongings were noticed missing.

– Police were called at 5:51 p.m. Tuesday to the 500 block of West Eighth Street for a dispute between a girlfriend and boyfriend who lived together but were splitting up and had a disagreement over property. They were told it’s a civil matter regarding their personal property. The domestic violence laws were explained to them and they were told to stay away from each other if they can’t get along.

– A woman from Southeast Boulevard reported at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday that she came home and found her ex-boyfriend at her residence and he began yelling at her and harassing her. He began following her around the city, continuing to yell at her and call her vulgar names. An attempt will be made to contact him.

– A suspicious person was reported at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday in the 1500 block of East State Street, but left before police arrived.

– Police responded at 3:22 p.m. Tuesday to the 1400 block of East State Street for a verbal altercation that took place between a boyfriend and girlfriend who live together. The mother of the male got involved and he threw items and broke various pieces of property. Officers determined there was no actual physical violence. The girl left and took the mother with her to alleviate the problem for now.

– Police were called for a disabled vehicle at 11:02 a.m. Tuesday at East State Street and North Lincoln Avenue and found a car parked on the side of the road. The driver came out of a nearby store and explained she didn’t know she couldn’t park there. The vehicle was not disabled. She moved the vehicle.

Salem fire calls

– Firefighters were called by a citizen at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday regarding a tree branch coming down and resting on wires on Egypt Road. The branch was found resting on phone wires, with no immediate hazard. AT&T was notified.

– Firefighters were called at 7:56 a.m. Wednesday for a utility pole broken at the base in the 900 block of East Third Street. An investigation found the pole was split at the base and leaning, with phone and cable lines attached. AT&T was notified to make repairs.

– Firefighters were called to Highland Avenue at 6:56 a.m. Wednesday for wires down. A tree limb had knocked down power lines and they were in a yard, according to police. The fire department remained on the scene until Ohio Edison arrived.

Police consider hydroplaning as cause of fatal W.Va. accident

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. – A one-car accident that took the life of an elderly man on June 13 may have been caused by hydroplaning, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said.

The accident that killed William C. Main, 78, of New Cumberland, happened right after it rained, and there were puddles on the roadway at the time, the accident report said.

Main was southbound on state Route 8 (Veterans Boulevard), just south of the Hilltop Drive-In Theater, shortly after 1 p.m. June 13 when he lost control of his 2003 Hyundai Sante Fe and spun around, facing north in the northbound lane, the report said.

The Hyundai slid across the northbound lane and down over a 15-foot embankment on the east side of the roadway, the report said. The vehicle started to overturn on the passenger side before it struck a tree on the roof above the front compartment, the report said.

Main was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Deputy Art Watson said there was a difference between the tread levels of the front and back tires, and Deputy Hugh Tate’s report noted that the Hyundai’s tires were a contributing factor.