Highway Patrol

— While on patrol Jan. 9, a trooper reported seeing a vehicle on St. Clair Avenue with no front license plate and initiated a traffic stop. A pill bottle containing an assortment of pills was reportedly in plain view near the center console and the driver, Lena K. Berdine, 46, Fredericktown-Clarkson Road, Negley, handed it over willingly so the contents could be tested for illegal substances, according to reports. The odor of raw marijuana was detected in the vehicle, which was searched, and troopers reported finding a baggy of green leafy substance, a burnt paper containing a green leafy substance and a package of rolling papers. Berdine was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia-marijuana, no seat belt and no front plate.

— Gary L. Penny, 62, Winona Road, Homeworth, was southbound on 12th Street in Knox Township at 8:20 p.m. Saturday and allegedly attempted to avoid a deer in the road and went off the right side into a tree and rolled over. No citation was issued.

— Willie J. Murphy, 65, 1st Avenue, East Liverpool, was eastbound on U.S. 30 in Madison Township at 10:48 p.m. Friday and went off the right side into a guardrail. He was cited for failure to control.

— Dylan Edward Falk, 21, Bye Road, East Palestine, was westbound on state Route 517 in Elkrun Township at 3:44 p.m. Friday and went left of center off the left side into a ditch and rolled over. He was cited for failure to control.

— Douglas Duncan MacPhee, 17, Atwater, was eastbound on U.S. 62 in Perry Township at 9:50 p.m. Thursday and hit a deer.

— Deanna Yeagley, 44, Alliance, was northbound on Gilson Road in Butler Township at 4:10 p.m. Thursday and went off the right side into a river. She was cited for failure to control.


— Melissa Timmons, North Market Street, reported Saturday her neighbor, Dan Hipple, was harassing her. Hipple claimed she had been bothering him and just wanted her to leave him alone. Timmons was told she needed to cease any contact with Hipple.

— While on patrol an officer saw a propped open door at the high school, with footprints leading inside, at 9 p.m. Sunday. The dispatcher checked surveillance cameras and did not see anyone. Two officers searched the school but did not see anyone either, nor did anything look out of place, so they locked the door and left.

East Palestine

— Police were called to an East North Avenue home at 1 p.m. Monday to speak with a woman after her estranged husband reported she was threatening to harm herself. Police determined that there were no problems and she did not intend to harm herself. Police noted that the report is a continuation of an ongoing divorce and custody problem between the couple.


— An anonymous caller at 1:28 a.m. Tuesday reported that two males appeared to be intoxicated near a silver Chevy Silverado in the Circle K parking lot in the 1100 block of East State Street. The vehicle left before officers arrived and could not be found.

— The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office called at 12:41 a.m. Tuesday to request a well-being check for a woman in the 300 block of East Fifth Street after she allegedly made a statement that did not make sense and had contacted the wrong police department. Officers checked on the female and she said there were people in the upstairs apartment who should not be inside the building. The upstairs apartments were found vacant and the woman was told to contact her landlord about any future noise complaint.

— An alarm was reported at 11:41 p.m. Monday in the 1700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. The building was found secure.

— A man reported at 11:40 p.m. Monday that a woman continued calling his business phone line in the 900 block of Salem Parkway, making vulgar statements and tying up the line. Officers made contact with the woman and told her to stop contacting the business or she could face charges.

— Police were called at 11:36 p.m. Monday to the 600 block of East Third Street for an alleged verbal dispute, with the caller saying there was a female outside screaming while carrying an infant and was unable to get inside the residence. Officers arrived and attempted to make contact with the male inside the residence, then an officer saw the male laying on the floor inside and appearing unresponsive. Officers forced entry through the front door and attempted to wake the male, who appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic. Fire department first responders and KLG responded and he was taken to the Salem Regional Medical Center.

— Police responded at 11:13 p.m. Monday to Papa John’s Pizza, 1015 E. State St., where a man said he plowed the parking lot of the business and a neighbor shoveled snow onto the business property. The neighbor told police his vehicles were plowed in and he was just removing the snow so he could move his vehicle. His vehicle was parked halfway on his property and halfway on the business property. He was told he would have to contact the city zoning officer regarding the situation.

— Police were called at 8:52 p.m. Monday for a parking complaint in the 300 block of Penn Avenue where a vehicle was parked on the road blocking a driveway and had an expired registration. The owner was located and told to move the vehicle. The owner also received a verbal warning for expired registration.

— A 13-year-old female juvenile was charged with delinquency for a domestic violence incident and transported to the Tobin detention center after police were called to her foster home in the 1400 block of East State Street at 7:48 p.m. Monday for a domestic violence report. A woman said there was a physical altercation between two of her foster children, with one of the juveniles striking another with a blunt object. Officers detained the juvenile due to her tendency to run and the nature of the crime, along with threats made towards the caregiver. Police had been called to the same residence earlier at 4:32 p.m. for a 13-year-old runaway who had jumped from a second-story window and couldn’t be located. She was later reported at a residence on Park Drive and taken back to the foster home.

— A woman in the 300 block of West Pershing Street reported at 5:36 p.m. Monday that someone struck her fence with a vehicle Sunday. The owner was contacted and provided insurance information. He told police he believed the fence was on his property. Both were told to contact zoning about the property line.

— Police handled a number of minor accidents and private property crashes Monday, with no injuries or citations,

— Suspicious activity was reported at 5:23 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of West Wilson Street and Newgarden Avenue, but officers saw nobody and found nothing going on.

— Henry Robinson, 25, of East Liverpool, and Amber Blackburn, 34, of Salem, were each charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop on a known male at 3:21 p.m. Monday for driving under suspension. Robinson was also cited for driving under suspension.

— Police were called at 2:46 p.m. Monday to the 2500 block of Lexington Avenue for a domestic, but officers found a woman wanted them to handle a civil matter. Both parties were told tenant and property disputes are civil and not enforceable by police.

— Drug paraphernalia was reported at 10:34 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of Second Street. An officer took the item to the station to be destroyed.

— Debris found in the road in the 1700 block of East State Street at 8:10 a.m. Monday was removed and placed on the curb lawn.


— Beth Woodward, Independence Square, reported at around 5:15 p.m. Thursday that her son was punched in the eye and the back of the head by two boys after trying to take his toy gun. After speaking with the parents of the two boys, also residing at Independence Square, the boys were placed under house arrest for three days from Thursday through Sunday. Under the conditions, they were to only attend school and school functions and were not allowed to go outside to play during that time.

— Rosie Gibson reported at 11:13 a.m. Saturday that Dave Rawson of Main Street was clearing snow in the area on Ninth and Wood streets and backed his truck into her 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Rawson, who was driving a blue 2002 Dodge Ram, said he did not have valid insurance. Rawson was cited for improper backing.

— Police were called around 11:35 p.m. Saturday to 927 Commerce St. for a possible domestic incident. Officers discovered Donald M. Shaw and his daughter, Misty D. Shaw, downstairs and Frank J. Dapollonia II upstairs. All three are residents of Wellsville. It was determined that Mr. Shaw and Dapollonia got into an altercation and Mr. Shaw was extremely intoxicated. Mr. Shaw was reported to be belligerent and cursed at officers the entire time on scene. He was eventually charged with disorderly conduct and later taken to ELCH for a mental evaluation.

— Police received a call around 5:25 p.m. Sunday from the sheriff’s office regarding a reported road rage incident. Steve Susack of Irondale said he pulled out of Kountz Avenue heading south on state Route 7, and as he picked up speed, a minivan sped passed him in the passing lane and cut sharply in front of him right before the Wellsville exit. Susack said he had to swerve to miss the van, causing him to spin out in the snow and do a 180 on the freeway. The minivan did not stop and he followed it to the road beside McDonald’s. Susack said the van stopped, and three men exited the vehicle. Following a conservation, in which the three reportedly called him an inappropriate name, Susack got back in his vehicle with the van license plate numbers and called 911. Susack described a maroon-colored minivan, while the plate came back to a dark-green-colored Dodge van. An investigation is pending.