Morning Journal/Katie White Two women were taken to area hospitals following a head-on crash on state Route 517 at Fairfield School Road around 4 p.m. Tuesday. According to patrol trooper Megan Faith, Jayden Vernaccini, 18, was driving on state Route 517 toward East Palestine in a Ford Escape, went left of center and struck a Subaru Forester driven by Teresa Barefield, 58. Vernaccini was taken by Negley EMS to East Liverpool City Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and Barefield was taken by Columbiana EMS to the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown with non-life-threatening injuries. Faith said a left of center citation is likely for Vernaccini. Traffic was blocked off on state Route 517 while the patrol and EMS crews assessed the scene.

County Sheriff

— Someone reported at 11:09 p.m. Sunday a vehicle was unlawfully entered at the St. Patrick’s Church on Jefferson Street in Salineville. However, no items were taken.

— Diana Mowery, Burtview Road, reported at 6:20 p.m. Thursday, a boy was riding his ATV up and down Burtview recklessly. Deputies spoke to the boy’s grandparents and the grandfather stated he was aware of the incident and had already taken the keys away for the ATV.

— A domestic dispute was reported on Gurlea Street in Hanover Township at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Melissa Shaffer told deputies Kerri White attempted to run Matthew White over. Matthew White told deputies he was returning his daughter to her mother and while at the vehicle he asked Kerri White if she would consider giving him one of their vehicles she has because he does not currently have one and they are separated. She then reportedly put the vehicle in reverse and struck him with the passenger door. He did not want to file any charges and admitted after he was struck by the door, he shut it and smacked the mirror. Kerri White told deputies she asked Matthew White several times to let her leave and when he did not move, she backed the car up and bumped him.

— A domestic argument between a child and his father was reported at a Steubenville Pike home at 9:16 p.m. Oct. 2. The boy told deputies his aunt was bringing him back home, but when he entered the house his father began arguing with him. He had inadvertently bumped his father, who was blocking the doorway, and he apologized, but his father began screaming at him. When the boy tried to call police when things were escalating, his father reportedly threw the phone. The father was not at the home and the woman living there, Diana Babe told the boy he was not welcome in her home. The father, David Coulter, refused to return as requested. Deputies told Babe to give the boy his clothes and a laptop belonging to his aunt, which she lets him use for school. With the permission of Children Services the boy was allowed to go stay with a friend.

— A suspicious vehicle was reported in the area of Glasgow Storage Units at 11:16 p.m. Oct. 4. Deputies checked the storage units, but found no one there.

— Someone reported an ATV driving on the roadway on Case Road at 1:46 a.m. Saturday. Deputies checked the area, because there has been a number of vehicle break-ins associated with ATVs in the area. No one was located.

— A domestic dispute was reported on state Route 164 at 6:04 p.m. Monday. Robert Vecchio told deputies his brother Richard wanted a beer and began pounding on his door.. Robert would not let Richard into his room, but there is an adjoining closet and Richard began trying to force his way into the room through the closet door. Robert called police and Richard left. Deputies found Richard walking from behind a shed in the property. He was asked to sit down, but began yelling at Robert when he was walking that way. Richard Vecchio began walking toward his brother, yelling and was charged with disorderly conduct. He continued to yell and be difficult with deputies throughout the booking process at the county jail.

Highway Patrol

— William Esken, 31, Meadowbrook Circle, East Liverpool, was southbound on Sprucevale Road in Middleton Township at 2:15 p.m. Monday and was struck by Lonna V. Rockenhauser, 68, Echo Dell Road, East Liverpool, who was westbound and failed to yield from a private drive. Rockenhauser was cited for right of way.

— Charles T. Hilditch, 56, Lang Street, East Liverpool, was southbound on state Route 45 in Salem Township at 4:45 p.m. Monday and was struck by Nicholas Ryan Paxson, 16, Seigler Road, Salineville, who was westbound on Salem Grange Road. Paxson was cited for failure to yield.


— Regal Jewelers, East Park Avenue, reported at 9:54 a.m. Monday someone hit their building with a vehicle while attempting to park. The vehicle was driven by Dennis Crider of Salem and the accident caused minor damage to the building. No citations were issued due to it being on private property.

— Someone reported anonymously at 8:48 p.m. Monday a pole had fallen over at 223 W. Salem St. and was leaning on a tree and the tree was on fire as a result. Police checked and found the pole was located on old state Route 14 and stood by while the fire department put the fire out.

— A man reported at 10:51 p.m. Monday a dog was barking on Fairfield Avenue. Police checked and found the dog barking but there were no problems.

East Palestine

— Michelle Angeles reported at 2:15 p.m. Saturday a dog was running loose on East Clark Street. Police took the dog to the police station where it was later picked up by its owner, Amy Kelley. Kelley was warned for the dog running at large.

— Kristy Seachrist reported at 4:28 p.m. Sunday someone stole her wallet while she was at the park.

— Police were called to an East North Avenue home at 6:55 p.m. Sunday for a report that a child had been bitten by a dog.

— A Wood Street woman reported at 8:23 p.m. Sunday she wanted to remove some property that had been left at her apartment.

— Police were called to a West North Avenue home at 7:24 p.m. Monday for a welfare check.


— Brandon S. Gust, 19, Shadyside, Ohio, was charged with underage consumption, obstruction of official business and disorderly conduct after approaching officers in the process of another arrest at 1:42 a.m. Friday. He was determined to be intoxicated, but told officers he was 22 years old and had been drinking heavily at area bars and was now looking for trouble. When officers identified him as 19 years old, Gust said his age had not been questioned at any of the establishments at which he stopped.

— An officer responded to a reported overdose at a 300 block Somer Street home at 2:40 a.m. Saturday and found the resident lying unrespon-sive on the kitchen floor. EMS personnel also responded to provide evaluation of the resident, who began to speak before their arrival. No signs of a heroin overdose or other individuals were found in the house and the resident said had just passed out due to overwork, refusing transport to a hospital.

Goshen Police District

— Police responded to a Barber Street, Beloit, home at 3:48 a.m. Sept. 30 where the resident reported her son had stopped taking his medication and was making threats to harm himself and stating that there ghosts in the house. Beloit EMS personnel arrived and the son was voluntarily transported to the Alliance hospital for evaluation.

— Police responded to the front parking lot of the Colonial Villa trailer park on Goshen Road at 11:15 a.m. Oct. 1 in reference to a suspicious vehicle with two apparently dead people inside. The officer found a male and a female Boardman Township residents who said they had been kicked out of one of their mother’s Pine Lake Road, Perry Township, home and had parked in the lot for the night due to neither having a driver’s license. Officers were advised by dispatch that both had a history of drug offenses in Boardman, but a search of the vehicle did not reveal any contraband. They were permitted to leave with a valid driver.

— An officer responded to a 9000 block U.S. Route 62 business at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1 where someone had fainted in the pumpkin patch. The officer stood by until Green Township EMS personnel transported the victim to an area hospital.

— An officer responded to the Colonial Villa trailer park on Goshen Road at 1:18 p.m. Oct. 2 where a resident reported the father of two children her granddaughters play with had warned her about a male sex offender living in the trailer park who had reportedly mentioned her granddaughters to a co-worker. The resident said she is concerned because her granddaughters live with her and she does not know who the sex offender is. The officer agreed to speak with the trailer park’s secretary and the man in question.

— A 10000 block Lisbon Road business owner reported at 6:55 p.m. Oct. 2 that a prospective client became upset at him and made threats against his business via text and social media messages. The suspect was warned to cease his actions.

— An officer responded to a Mill Street, Beloit, home at 6:20 a.m. Oct. 3 where the resident reported his landlord wanted him out. The resident was advised the landlord would have to evict him.

— An officer responded to a 7000 block of West Middletown Road home at 10:21 a.m. Thursday in reference to a telephone scam.

— A Damascus pizza shop reported at 6:54 p.m. Sunday receiving prank calls for orders.