County Sheriff

— Chad Anthony Collins, Riffle Road, reported at 10:29 a.m. Tuesday he was checking his credit score online and found there is a Visa credit card account in his name which he did not apply for. The account opened on May 1 and closed by Visa in September because of non-payment of charges. Collins contacted the bank to alert them the account was fraudulent. The bank had an address and other information on the account which did not match Collins’ information. More than $500 was charged to the account.

Highway Patrol

— Joseph L. Gaither, 49, Cleveland, was northbound on state Route 7 in Elkrun Township at 5 p.m. Monday and went off the right side into a guardrail end. He was cited for failure to control.

— Dylan E. Davis, 21, Lisbon Road, Leetonia, was making a left turn off Old state Route 14 onto state Route 14 at 7:15 Tuesday and struck Debra S. Douty, 60, North Egypt Road, Salem, who was eastbound on state Route 14. Davis cited for right of way and Douty was taken to the Salem Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

— Tara Renee Matts, 26, Sprucevale Road, East Liverpool, was westbound on U.S. 30 in West Township at 6:25 p.m. Monday and hit a deer.

— Jon J. Pugliano, 47, Chester Avenue, Wellsville, was eastbound on state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township at 5:39 p.m. Saturday and went off the right side into a ditch and a culvert. He was cited for failure to control.

— Rachel Marie Bikaukas, 31, Somer Street, Leetonia, was northbound on state Route 45 in Salem Township at 2:11 a.m. Saturday and went left of center into a ditch. She was cited for failure to control, driving under suspension and OVI.

— Ryan P. Brown, 37, state Route 45, Lisbon, and Peggy Jo Gorby, 61, East Fourth Street, East Liverpool, was northbound on state Route 7 in Fairfield Township at 11:15 a.m. Monday and Gorby struck Brown. Gorby was cited for assured clear distance.


— Justin Carter, East Liverpool, was cited for driving under suspension and fictitious plates following a traffic stop on Lisbon Street at 3 p.m. Tuesday.


— A cemetery employee reported at 1:52 p.m. Nov. 30 a U-haul truck driving at a high rate of speed hit the overhead arch at the gate to the main entrance of the cemetery with the truck.

— Police responded to a private property crash at the Circle K on North Market Street at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday. No citations were issued due to being on private property.

St. Clair Township

— While northbound on Sprucevale Road, Chance Valentine, 18, East Liverpool Road, lost control of his vehicle, which went off the roadway into a wooded area. No injuries or citations were reported.

— Ernest L. Pugh, 69, McDonald Street, was westbound on state Route 170 when a vehicle pulled from the Dunham’s Plaza and struck his vehicle then fled the scene, the driver unidentified.

— Tara D. Kibaniakina, 40, New Castle, Pa., was eastbound on state Route 170 when a vehicle driven by Brittany P. Blake, 30, Hillcrest Road, Wellsville, pulled from a parking lot, turning left onto state Route 170, where it was struck by Kibaniakina’s vehicle. Blake told police a truck with its hazard lights on was parked in the roadway, obscuring her vision, and she did not see the other vehicle. A passenger in Kibaniakina’s car, Betty R. James, 86, Summit Drive, East Liverpool, was treated at the scene by Lifeteam ambulance paramedics.


— A reckless operator was reported at 2 a.m. Wednesday in the 1800 block of East State Street, but the vehicle was not found.

— Officers responded to Home Depot, 2900 E. State St., at 1:05 a.m. Wednesday for a motion alarm and located the business keyholder in the parking lot. The keyholder said an employee’s vehicle was in the lot but he was not sure where the employee was located. Officers then checked inside the building and located the employee in the business break room. The employee said he had lost track of time. After speaking with the employee, officers observed possible impairment and administered a field sobriety test to the employee who was then advised not to drive. The employee was able to get a ride home.

— Rachel Boyer, 31, of 240 W. Main St., Washingtonville, was going to be issued a summons and charged with theft after police were called at 10:21 p.m. Tuesday to Walmart for theft. The asset protection manager called to report a female worker at the business had been taking bottles of wine and drinking them while she was working without paying for them. Officers arrived and the female admitted to taking the bottles of wine and advised it’s been going on since the end of October. Asset protection said $117 worth of alcohol was either taken or consumed on the property.

— An East Sixth Street woman reported at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday that while she was in her bathroom, her ex-boyfriend apparently entered her residence and started pounding on the bathroom door, then exited the residence and started pounding on the front door. She did not see him inside, but saw him in the driveway. No one else saw him inside.

— A suspicious person was reported at 10:04 p.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of East Sixth Street at the high school. A person with a flashlight was walking around the building. Police found that the person was a worker checking to make sure all the doors were secure.

— Myranda Webber, 21, of 312 Blakely St., East Liverpool, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, white light to the rear and open container after a traffic stop at 10:03 p.m. Tuesday on South Ellsworth Avenue at Franklin. The driver and passenger were removed from the vehicle and detained while K-9 Simon indicated to the presence of a narcotic odor in the vehicle. There was also an open bottle of intoxicating liquor and the driver was found impaired. The passenger was highly intoxicated and told he would need to find a ride home. The driver was taken into custody and the male was taken to the police station to await a ride. The vehicle was towed.

— An alarm was reported in a locked vehicle in the 500 block of East Fourth Street at 9:42 p.m. Tuesday. The owner was located and said they would take care of it.

— A caller at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday asked police to check on a young juvenile in the 600 block of Vine heard crying in an upstairs apartment. She didn’t believe a parent was home. Officers made contact at the residence with the mother of the juvenile who said the child was ok but having trouble sleeping. The juvenile appeared ok.

— An officer was flagged down at 8:57 p.m. Tuesday by a motorist who advised of suspicious persons by the Church Budget building at West Wilson Street and North Howard Avenue. Officers checked the building and found no one around.

— An officer checking the area of West Wilson Street and the railroad crossing at 7:32 p.m. Tuesday located an unsecured door. Officers checked the building, found it unoccupied and secured the door.

— Brandi Lee McVay, 24, of 180 Ohio Ave., was taken into custody on Ohio Avenue at 6:19 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant for failure to appear. She was turned over to a Portage County Sheriff’s deputy.

— A box truck was found parked in the road without the four-way hazard lights on at 5:21 p.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of North Ellsworth Avenue. The owner of the truck was told to activate the lights.

— A residence in the 800 block of North Lincoln Avenue was found secure after an alarm was reported at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

— A water line break was reported at 5:04 p.m. Tuesday at Stewart Avenue and West Fourth Street. The safety department was called to barricade the road.

— A woman on Ansley Way wanted a report done at 4:38 p.m. Tuesday on a hit/skip. Photos were taken of the damage. It was unknown what vehicle struck her car and where the incident occurred.

— Police were asked at 3:44 p.m. Tuesday to check the well-being of a male on Franklin Avenue, but no contact was made.

— The store manager at Dollar General, 516 E. State St., reported at 1:12 p.m. Tuesday that a person known to store employees took items without paying for them. Video was sent to officers which will be sent to the prosecutor for possible charges.

— Illegal dumping was reported Tuesday in the 500 block of Prospect Street where a couch was found sitting on the curb lawn. Officers had the service department remove the item.

— Police responded at 10:36 a.m. Tuesday to Salem Wesleyan Academy, 1095 Newgarden Road, for a menacing report. Officers spoke with the principal and advised him of the complaint involving two students. He was aware of the ongoing situation and said the school has tried to deal with the matter. Officers advised him to monitor both students and an officer would try to contact the parents.

— George Lewis, 59, of East Euclid Street, was cited for improper backing after advising he was too far into the intersection of Franklin and South Lincoln Avenue when he attempted to back up and backed into the front of a vehicle driven by John Roberts, 59, of Fairview Avenue at 7:09 a.m. Tuesday.


— An officer responded to alarm drops at the village water plant at 12:47 and 2:51 a.m. Tuesday. On both occasions the plant was found to be secure.

— An officer responded to a Chestnut Street home at 11:09 p.m. Tuesday where the resident reported her boyfriend had been drinking and they had a verbal altercation. She said she did not want to pursue charges against him and they agreed to separate for the night.

West Point

— Firefighters responded to a medical call on state Route 518 at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday for a report of an elderly man with high blood pressure.