Police, June 2, 2014

County Sheriff

– Nancy L. Smith reported backing her van into a parked car belonging to Robert Jakubiak but being driven to work by his daughter, Alexis. This occurred at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Westville Lake Sunoco station parking lot.

– Tanya Bailey, Elkton Road, Lisbon, reported Saturday Jessica Tremain is calling her and threatening her.

– Louisville police called Saturday for assistance in regard to Sandy Barrett of Louisville, who was saying Anthony Reed, Smith Road, Kensington, is refusing to return their child to her. A deputy went to the home but no one was there, but Reed called later to say there was paperwork allowing him to have visitation. The information was passed along to Louisville police.

Highway Patrol

– Joseph A. Beary, 49, Fairfield Avenue, Columbiana, was cited for left of center after crossing the center line in his Land Rover and striking the rear side a Taurus driven by Roy O. Moffett, 18, Union Ridge Road, Negley, on Riffle Road in Middleton Township at 10:57 a.m. Friday.

– Julie A. White, 46, Carey Road, Salem, was cited for assured cleared distance after she drove into the rear of a car driven by Luke C. Cartwright, 22, state Route 45, Lisbon, while he was stopped in traffic on state Route 45 in Salem Township at 9:45 p.m. Thursday.

– Matthew Stonley, 18, Leake Street, East Palestine, was cited for failure to control after he went off the road and into a ditch while driving in a SUV on state Route 558 in Unity Township at 5:35 a.m. Friday.

– Lewis Almy, 25, Steubenville Pike, Lisbon, was cited for failure to control after he struck a tree in his pickup truck on Steubenville Pike in Center Township at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday.

– A driver fled the scene after reportedly striking a car driven by Christopher L. Howells, 21, Desellem Road, Lisbon, as he was turning right into a private lot on state Route 45 in Madison Township at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday. The unknown motorist also struck a parked pickup truck belonging to Brian Schafer, Steubenville Pike, Lisbon, before leaving the scene.

– Julie A. Clemmer, 22, Kelly Park Road, Columbiana, was cited for failure to control after she went off the road and over an embankment while driving on state Route 164 in Fairfield Township at 7:04 a.m. Tuesday.


– Dina Hurst, who is manager of the Tic Toc gas station on state Route 14, reported there was a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at 5:24 a.m. Saturday. The vehicle turned out to be owned by a new employee, who was given a ride home the other night after becoming sick at work.

– An unidentified male reported at 2 p.m. Saturday there was tan Buick parked in the Subway lot after being in the Warrick-Kummer Funeral Home, and the person was taking photographs. The report did not say what the investigation yielded.

– Ben Washburn, Brenda Lane, called in with a loud music complaint on East Friend Street at 5:31 p.m. Saturday. Police saw some people in back yard with music playing, but it was not overly loud.

– A person by the name of Wiggins contacted police on Saturday about filing a report in regard to identity theft.

– An unidentified caller reported there were fireworks being set off on Pueblo Lane at 11 p.m. Saturday. Police sat stationary for a period but did not hear any fireworks.

-An officer attempted to stop a motorcyclist without any visible registration on Metz Road at 11:33 p.m. Saturday. The rider fled and the officer lost sight of just east city limits on state Route 14 before canceling the pursuit.

East Palestine

– Sharyn S. Lambright, 64, Bacon Avenue, called in regard to a domestic dispute where Heather N. Colwell, 35, of New Castle, Pa., was listed as the possible victim at 1:05 a.m. Sunday. No charges resulted.

– Police were called to the corner of James and Alice streets at 10 p.m. Saturday in regard to people making noise while rummaging through items left over from the Alice Street yard sale. The unidentified person gathered up what they wanted and left.

– Raquelle Kravec, 41, of Youngstown, was cited for speeding, driving under suspension and falsification after allegedly identifying herself as her sister. This occurred following a traffic stop on Bacon Avenue at 6:26 p.m. Saturday.

– Christian L. Gingher, 43, West Martin Street, reported discovering on Saturday three flat screen TVs and a Wii game system were missing from his home and his estranged wife may be responsible. Gingher called back later to say she did take the items but would return them.

– Police were asked to check on the welfare of a person on East Clark Street at 9 p.m. Saturday. Police spoke with the person, who said she was fine. The same thing occurred the day before at 11 p.m.

– County Children Services case workers requested police assistance at a residence on East Clark Street at 4 p.m. Saturday.

– The assistance of the department’s drug dog, Toney, was requested by another agency for a vehicle inspection at 11:42 p.m. Thursday.

– Dorothy Herbert, 73, West Martin Street, reported at 9:26 a.m. Friday striking a paving vehicle while passing it upon entering the village park. The truck was gone by the time police arrived at the park.

-A loud music complaint was received at 2:15 p.m. Friday. Police spoke to Craig A. Comptom, 27, West Clark Street, who was told to keep the volume on his music low.

– An officer was advised of a zoning violation at 48 McClure Ave., at 7:52 a.m. Friday and another zoning violation on Wednesday at 20 N. Pleasant Drive.

– An officer noticed high grass at a home at 390 E. Main St. on Tuesday.


-Police were called to a neighbor dispute on East Washington Street at 9 p.m. Saturday. Jeff Decort reported Eric Dixon was hanging property on his fence and this is just the latest in a series of ongoing issues between them. Decort was advised a report would be on file but this was a civil matter.

– Police received a call of someone carrying cats on South Market Street near the bridge at 9:23 p.m. Friday. No person with cats was found.

– A street department vehicle driven by Robert J. Miller, 20, struck the gutter and scrapped the ceiling in the car wash bay on North Market at 5:34 p.m. Friday. The truck was able to get free by backing out.

– Police were called to the ATG store at 7:45 p.m. Friday, where Karen Bertschy wanted to file a missing person’s report after Michael Bertschy was not dropped off by the CARTS bus. She called back later to say he was found at the Save A Lot.

– Sherry Clarkson, 53, St. Jacob-Logtown Road, Lisbon, struck a vehicle pulling a trailer driven by Timothy Basich, 56, Leetonia Road, Leetonia. This occurred when Clarkson pulled onto East Lincoln Way from South Jefferson at 10:54 a.m. Wednesday. Clarkson was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.


– The owner of a building in the area of Hogan’s Alley and Columbia Street reported at 2:18 p.m. Sunday that juveniles were throwing rocks at his building. Children playing in the alley denied the allegation. They were escorted home to their mother’s house and she was told to keep better watch of her kids. She was told if it keeps up, Children Services will be contacted. No names were provided.

A motorist reported at 2:13 p.m. Sunday that a small water cap was causing a hazard on North Lincoln Avenue near Sixth Street from a recent repaving project. An officer was able to replace it temporarily.

– A wallet found on the sidewalk near the Goodwill store was dropped off at 1:01 p.m. Sunday. The wallet was placed in lost and found since there was no number for the owner.

– Zachary Kenst, 21, of 462 1/2 Franklin Ave., was charged with no license, reckless operation and obstruction of official business after police initiated a traffic stop at 1:13 a.m. Sunday on a blue Chevy Silverado on Morris Avenue at Maple Street for a reckless operation that occurred on Maple near Park Avenue. As the vehicle stopped, the operator exited the truck and fled on foot traveling west between two houses. After a brief foot chase, officers placed the operator into custody for obstruction and two other charges. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

– A burglary in progress was reported at 8:06 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of East Eighth Street. Police checked the residence and met a man outside who said it was his sister’s house and he had forgotten his key and climbed through a window. The sister confirmed by phone that he was her brother and had permission to be there. No names were provided.

– A man in Hanoverton called at 5:23 p.m. Saturday to report a push mower stolen from a family member’s back yard in the 400 block of Franklin. A neighbor witnessed a male pushing the mower away from the residence. He was told his options. No names were provided.

– A drain cover was reported standing up at 5:12 p.m. Saturday on North Lincoln Avenue at Sixth Street in the middle of the road. An officer replaced the cover to its original position, with a note left for the street department.

– A set of keys was found at the bottom of the race track area at 1:47 p.m. Saturday on South Broadway Avenue after the Quakertown Super Kids Classic. The keys were placed in the police lost and found.

Police and the fire department were called at 9:26 p.m. Saturday for a large open fire in the 800 block of Morris Avenue. It was determined to be of legal size.

Police, June 2, 2014

County Sheriff

– A deputy was called to the Salem hospital at 4:38 a.m. Friday for a report of an assault. Brandi Cope and her live-in friend Jennifer McCarty said they had been assaulted by McCarty’s boyfriend Preston Wright, who had been in an argument with McCarty while he was drinking heavily. McCarty said Wright pushed her to the ground and kicked her and Cope said when she attempted to get Wright off McCarty he began to swing at her and hit her in the face, and after that she struck him in the face in self-defense, possibly breaking his nose. Injuries were visible on both of the women and Wright, who had a damaged nose and bloody lip. The women refused to press charges.

– Trudy Holloway, state Route 517, reported at 3:50 a.m. Saturday she saw someone walking around in her yard when she came home. A deputy checked the area but found no one.

Highway Patrol

– Rory T. Warnock, 51, Geneva, and William Smith, 79, Niles, were eastbound on state Route 172 in Hanover Township at 4 p.m. Monday and Smith stopped for traffic and was struck by Warnock, who continued off the right side on his motorcycle. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center with serious injuries. No citations were issued.

– Douglas J. Haus, 35, Youngstown, and Steven L. Yoder, 56, Homeworth, were eastbound on Carey Road in Butler Township at 7:52 a.m. Tuesday and Haus came to a stop and was struck by Yoder. Yoder was cited for assured clear distance.

– Paul M. Welsh, 39, state Route 644, Salineville, was westbound on Route 39 in Washington Township at 12:30 p.m. Sunday and side-swiped Wendy J. Greathouse, 40, Water Street, Salineville, who was eastbound.


– Tawnya N. Groff, 27, Struthers, was stopped in traffic on Lisbon Street at the South Cross Street intersection when her vehicle was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Megan L. Grey, 19, North Market Street, Lisbon. Grey was cited for assured clear distance.

– Police charged two boys with curfew violation and obstructing official business at 2:45 a.m. Saturday following a traffic stop on state Route 14. The boys were later released to their parents.

– Keith Owens reported at 12:59 p.m. Saturday that while driving down Pittsburgh Street a Jeep pulled into the gravel lot by the railroad tracks and started to “whip (doughnuts),” flinging a rock up and hitting his windshield. A license plate of the vehicle was provided to police.

– A man reported at 3:34 p.m. Saturday there was debris on state Route 7 near Royal Birkdale Drive. Police found a tarp with metal that someone had already moved to the side of the road.

– A man reported at 7:51 p.m. Saturday that while walking dogs on South Main Street some dogs living at 366 S. Main St. came out after them so he changed direction but the dogs were still at large. Police checked the area and did not see the dogs but advised their owner of the complaint.

– A man reported at 8:20 p.m. Saturday someone was open burning on East Park Avenue. Police found the fire was the appropriate size for cooking and entertainment and that water was being kept nearby if needed. The residents were warned of the complaint.


– Police charged a 13-year-old Alliance boy with theft and falsification after a patrolling officer at 5:18 p.m. Saturday saw him walking with other kids in the 100 block of East Pershing and determined he matched the description of a suspect in theft in the 400 block of South Ellsworth the prior day. The boy admitted to the theft, then allegedly lied about another youth being involved despite the contrary. During the investigation officers located another suspect in the 200 block of South Lundy who admitted to serving as a lookout. The 12-year-old Salem boy was charged with complicity to theft. Charges against others are pending further investigation.

– Officers responded to the 100 block of Highland Avenue at 6:53 p.m. Saturday for a report of a man who had become aggressive due to diabetic complications. The man was found outside banging his head against the sidewalk. He was restrained and transported by ambulance to SRMC.

– Officers responded to a large fight at a South Broadway bar at 10:21 p.m. Saturday. The fight had broken up prior to officers’ arrival and the remaining people involved declined medical treatment or to pursue the matter. The bar’s name was not provided.

– Officers responded to a North Ellsworth home at 10:34 p.m. Saturday where a woman reported her neighbor had made inappropriate statements toward her and her children. The neighbor claimed that the woman sprayed weed killer on her flowers. They were told to avoid contact with each other. No names were provided.

– Police responded to a Walnut Street apartment complex at 11:39 p.m. Saturday for a report of a man bleeding from the head. Officers found the man in the hallway, but refused to say how he received the injury. He was transported by ambulance to SRMC. His name was not provided.

– Jonathon T. Meissner, 180 Hawley Ave., Salem, was charged with OVI after a traffic stop on South Lincoln for a red light violation at 1:36 a.m. Sunday.

– Dylan W. Klass, 18, 1326 Jefferson Ave., Salem, was arrested for underage consumption after calling police to report that he was intoxicated and walking down East State 3:50 a.m. Sunday. Officers found him in the middle of the roadway.

– Police responded to the 2200 block of Tanglewood Drive at 9:35 a.m. Sunday where a woman reported someone had entered her unlocked vehicle and removed several personal items. Her name was not provided.

– Police responded to an East State business, which was not identified, at 11:11 a.m. Sunday where an elderly woman was reportedly wandering around the store and parking lot for the past hour, apparently confused. The woman was transported by ambulance to the Salem hospital for evaluation.

– A Stone Castle Trail resident reported at 1:59 p.m. Sunday that someone overnight had entered two of his vehicles and removed several items. His name was not provided.

Salem fire call

– Firefighters responded to a 1300 block East Pershing Street home at 10:12 p.m. Saturday after police reported a resident burning a tree stump and plywood. The resident, whose name was not provided, was warned about open burning laws and the fire was extinguished.

– Firefighters responded to the 500 block of Jennings Avenue at 3:53 a.m. Sunday after police reported a haze and smell of smoke in the area. Personnel discovered a small authorized campfire in the 400 block of Howard Avenue, but nothing else.