County Sheriff

–An official at the group home on Beard Road, Unity Township, reported one of the residents had gone missing at 8:37 a.m. Tuesday. They called back before a deputy arrived to say the resident had been located in Beaver Township.

–A deputy spoke Thursday to someone named Sally at 26970 Stanley Drive, Knox Township, who said a neighbor saw a male taking photographs of her home. When the neighbor asked what he was doing, the man said he was from the homeowner association insurance company.

–A report was received Thursday of an employee at the Duke & Duchess gas station, U.S. Route 62, Knox Township, who had stolen $244 in lottery tickets. The matter remains under investigation.

–Jeanna Murray, Dyke Road, Middleton Township, reported Thursday receiving harassing text messages from her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, and her boyfriend, Jason Russell, said he was also receiving harassing texts too. Deputies spoke to Shelley Burden, who said it was Murray and Russell who were sending her threatening messages. All parties were told to leave each other alone.

–Canine deputy Jesy was deployed to search for drugs at Crestview High School at 7:51 a.m. Thursday. She searched 200 lockers and backpacks but no drugs were detected.

–A deputy went to Scenic Vista Park in Center Township at 3:17 p.m. Wednesday in regard to sexual activity occurring in three separate vehicles. Police came across an empty red pickup truck and two other vehicles, and the latter two had hunting equipment. A deputy spoke to the hunters, who said they saw a man and woman walk from the truck into the woods but they did not witness any illicit activity.

Highway Patrol

— Beth A. Hecking, 37, Alliance, was northbound on state Route 644 in Franklin Township at 8 a.m. Thursday and hit a deer.

— Lois E. Achhammer, 72, Wintersville, was westbound on Salem Grange Road and struck James C. Stockman, 60, Youngstown, while passing through the state Route 45 intersection. Achhammer was cited for right of way and taken to the St. Elizabeth Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Achhammer’s passengers, Melinda Achhammer, 26, Toronto, and Renee Pucci, 31, Toronto, and Cameron Corona, 11, Toronto, were taken to the Salem Regional Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

— Amy A. Howdershelt, 46, Foundry Hill Road, Salineville, was westbound on state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township at 2:28 a.m. Thursday and went off the right side and over-corrected off the left side into an embankment and then re-entered the road. She was cited for failure to control and taken to the East Liverpool Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

— Michael D. Angelilli, 20, Poland, was northbound on state Route 558 in Salem Township at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and struck a railroad overpass. He was cited for traffic control devices.

— Austin William Kimmell, 19, state Route 165, East Palestine, was southwestbound on New Castle Road in Unity Township at 9:37 p.m. Wednesday and went off the right side into a tree stump and a tree. He was cited for failure to control, hit-skip and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. His passenger, John Joseph Harker Jr., 16, New Springfield, was taken to the St. Elizabeth Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

East Palestine

— Travis S. Rhodes, 26, South Market Street, was taken into custody on a county sheriff’s warrant at 11:37 a.m. Thursday at the police station.

— Shawn M. Lonkert, Lincoln Avenue, reported at 2:37 p.m. Wednesday he was receiving harassing Facebook messages from a man he knows. Lonkert provided police with copies of the messages and an officer contacted the man and told him to stop contacting Lonkert.


–Nikki Jesick reported there was a girl slouched over in a Jeep parked at the Dollar General at 12:28 p.m. Tuesday. Police spoke to the woman, who said she was just tired while waiting for a friend to text her back. She appeared to be fine, so the officer left.


— Police responded to the 400 through 600 block of West State Street at 11:22 a.m. Thursday in reference to a report of drug paraphernalia. Officers found the item in question and disposed of it at the police station.

— An officer responded to a Beechwood Road home at 2:46 p.m. Thursday where the resident reported her ex-boyfriend had borrowed her Xbox and now would not return it. The ex-boyfriend said it was a gift. They were both advised that the matter is civil in nature and advised of their options.

–Officers responded to the 800 block of Franklin Avenue at 2:58 p.m. Thursday in reference to a suspicious odor and spoke with a resident who voluntarily turned over contraband. No charges were filed at that time.

–An officer responded to a reported assault in the 200 block of Vine Avenue at 4:37 p.m. Thursday. The minor injuries were documented and the matter is under investigation.

— Officers responded to a 2700 block East State Street business at 4:52 p.m. Thursday where employees reported witnessing a theft. The matter is under investigation.

— Officers responded to a 1000 block Cleveland Street home at 8:04 p.m. Thursday where the resident reported her juvenile son had been acting out and attempting to harm himself, which the son admitted to doing. The juvenile was transported to the Salem hospital for evaluation.