— A 29-year-old man from state Route 154, Rogers, reported Thursday he met a woman online in an over 21 chatroom and after awhile they agreed to share explicit photographs of each other. Now the woman, who uses the name Pat Berg of Seattle, is demanding $200, but later lowered it to $20, or she would send the images to his internet friends. The man was advised not to send any money.
— Deputies were called to a home on state Route 170, East Palestine, at 3:36 p.m. Thursday, where they found a 60-year-old man dead of apparent natural causes. His wife said he had not been feeling well for several days and had fallen the day before, and she returned home Thursday to find him wedged between his bed and the wall. She said he had not been examined by a doctor for 30 years.
— An official at the Duke & Duchess convenience store, U.S. Route 62, Alliance, reported a person asked to leave their vehicle parked next to the building until he could get it removed and that was a week ago, and now the license plates are gone. The official was told they could have the vehicle towed away at the owner’s expense.
— Deputies responded to a home burglar alarm on Kirk Road, Fairfield Township, at 10:13 a.m. Thursday. The home was found secure and nothing appeared to be amiss.
— Deputies responded to a home burglar alarm on Mick Road, Yellow Creek Township, at 11:27 p.m. Monday, but the residence was found to be secure and nothing appeared to be amiss.
— Ron Matz, Bayard Road, Homeworth, reported Thursday someone took the mail from his mail box and scattered it about outside. He was told to contact the post office but still wanted a report on file in case his neighbors had similar problems.
— John Fisher, 69, of Lisbon, was cited for driving left of center after his BOC Water Hydraulics truck he was driving struck a vehicle operated by Barbara J. Muntean, 38, of New Waterford. Muntean was driving on state Route 517 in Fairfield Township at 5:41 p.m. Dec. 21 when she started to turn onto Raley Road and Fisher attempted to pass her, striking her vehicle.
— Kenneth D. Lanham, 63, of Alliance, struck and killed a deer while driving on U.S. Route 62 in Knox Township at 6:10 a.m. Wednesday.
— Esther M. Hart, 19, of Wooster, was cited for failure to control after she went off the road and overturned while driving on state Route 172 in Hanover Township at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday. The Honda Civic she was driving ended up on its side, but Hart was uninjured.
— Devon A. Oliver, 22, of Lisbon, was cited for running a red light after striking a vehicle driven by Michael A. Blackburn, 50, of Lisbon. This occurred at the intersection of Jefferson Street and East Lincoln Way at 5:23 a.m. Wednesday.
— Police were asked to perform a welfare check at 336 Maple St. at 1:24 p.m. Wednesday and were met by a young man who reportedly called the officers “pigs” and continued to act disrespectful toward them before telling them to get lost, but in a vulgar manner. When the man tried to run, they detained him and brought him to the police station, where they called his mother, who agreed to take her son to his rehab meeting in Youngstown.
— A clerk at the BP station reported at 10 p.m. Tuesday there was a man loitering around outside drinking and going in and out of the woods behind the gas station for the past two hours. Police arrived and saw a man identified as Craig A. Baker coming out of the woods near the Days Inn hotel next door. Baker said he was a resident at the nearby Kendall House and was just out enjoying the day. Baker was told to stay away from the BP station for the rest of the night, but an official at the Kendall House later called to say he had returned but was acting strange and talking about making shanks out of pencils and magnets. Arrangements were made to have Baker transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
— A woman from Applegrove Apartments reported Tuesday being harassed by a man she knows, but officers did not find anyone around. The woman called back to say she could smell gasoline in her apartment, but police could detect no such odor. She also said the man in question has a projector he used to project his image through the blinds in her apartment, but police said it was just the security lights from the parking lot.
— Loni Griesz, West Lincoln Way, reported at 10:29 p.m. Monday hearing breaking glass coming from a vacant apartment in the apartment house. Police saw where a top window had fallen and located the landlord, Harry Ehrhart, and advised him.
— An officer responded to a 1400 block Allen Road business at 9:22 a.m. Thursday where employees said an employee was going to be suspended due to sexual harassment allegations and asked for the officer to stand by. The employee left without incident and the officer said charges would be pending if needed following the business’ investigation into the allegations. Police initiated an investigation after someone reported the incident on station later in the day.
— An officer responded to a 700 block South Broadway Avenue business at 12:49 p.m. Thursday where an employee reported a garbage truck had pulled down multiple wires connected to the building while pulling into the parking lot early that morning. The employee had already contacted the garbage company.
— An officer responded to a two-vehicle crash on North Lincoln Avenue at East State Street at 1:51 p.m. Thursday in which a southbound vehicle struck the rear of another vehicle stopped at the traffic light. There was no damage to the vehicles and no citations issued.
— Someone reported at 4:38 p.m. Thursday a sex offense had occurred in the 500 block of Deming Street. The matter is under investigation.
— Police responded to a 2800 block East State Street business at 5:57 p.m. Thursday in reference to an irate customer and found a woman who admitted yelling at an employee regarding service to her mother. The woman was told not to return to the business.
— Officers responded to a 100 block North Ellsworth Avenue business at 6:04 p.m. Thursday in reference to a possible domestic dispute between a man and woman and found both individuals outside the business. They said they had been a verbal argument only and that everything was fine. They returned inside the business.
— An officer responded to a 700 block Newgarden Avenue home at 7:32 p.m. Thursday to speak with the resident who was upset about family issues. The officer stood by until the resident was calm.
— Officers responded to a 200 block Fair Avenue home at 8:14 p.m. Thursday where the resident reported her granddaughter and her granddaughter’s boyfriend were upstairs arguing and that she wanted the boyfriend removed from the home. Officers spoke with the granddaughter who said her boyfriend had been upset about people speaking lies about him and that she was fine. The resident was advised of residency laws and provided options for dealing with the issue.
— Ruth A. Evans, 76, Salem, was cited for failure to control following a two-vehicle crash on South Broadway Avenue near East Wilson Street at 8:44 p.m. Thursday in which she was northbound and struck a legally parked vehicle. No injuries were reported.
— Elton Elliot, 22, Salem, was arrested on felony warrants out of Columbiana County following a traffic stop on the state Route 45 bypass at U.S. Route 62 at 3:52 p.m. Thursday. Elliot had warrants for felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and endangering children, a third-degree felony. His passenger, Courtney Bouchillion, 34, Salem, was arrested on an active warrant out of Columbiana County for failure to appear on a misdemeanor count of a probation violation. Both individuals were transported back to the station and turned over to a sheriff’s deputy.
— Police responded to a 200 block Apple Street home at 1:06 a.m. Friday in reference to a 911 hang-up. The complainant told officers that she was afraid her roommate’s friend was going to assault her. Officers stood by until the complainant’s friend arrived to pick her up.
Goshen Police District
— Jared Ryan Finley, 18, Salem, was cited for failure to control following a one-vehicle crash on Egypt Road at Spring Street at 4:47 p.m. Wednesday in which he was northbound and lost control of his vehicle, striking a guardrail and spinning around on the roadway before coming to rest in a field. Finley said he swerved right to avoid a southbound vehicle traveling left of center. No injuries were reported.
— At 10:09 a.m. Dec. 28, officers responded to the 3200 block of Creek Road for a welfare check on a female individual but had negative contact with the subject.
— At approximately 2:08 p.m. Dec. 28, officers responded to the 46000 block of South State Street for a semi-truck driver that had backed into a fence and damaged it.
— At approximately 3:24 p.m. Dec. 28, officers responded to the 3800 block of Boardman Street for a domestic violence complaint and arrested 35-year old Anthony Lopshansky for domestic violence and he was transported to the Columbiana County Jail.
— Officers responded to the area of North State Street for a complaint of a possible intoxicated driver at approximately 6:12 p.m. on Dec. 28. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the vehicle.
— Officers responded to the 3200 block of Creek Road for a welfare check at approximately 9:32 p.m. Dec. 28. Officers checked the residence and found everything to be OK.
— At approximately 8:22 a.m. Dec. 29, officers responded to the 200 block of Glenwood Avenue in East Palestine to assist the East Palestine Police Department with a domestic dispute complaint.
— Officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of Pinewood Drive for a welfare check at 4:01 p.m. Dec. 31. Contact was made by phone and the person was requested to contact the family member.
St. Clair Township
— Jonathan C. Clibben, 19, Industry, Pa., was driving south on state Route 170 around 6:55 p.m. Wednesday, turned onto Calcutta-Smith Ferry Road and struck Cindy E. Gibson, 61, Duke Vodrey Road, East Liverpool, who was traveling north on Route 170. Gibson was transported by Lifeteam EMS to East Liverpool City Hospital for minor injuries. Clibben, who was not injured was cited for failure to yield.
— Police conducted a traffic stop at 5:05 p.m. Thursday on Calcutta-Smith Ferry Road after several callers reported a driver to be all over the road, nearly causing several accidents. An elderly man, unidentified in the report, was shaking severely and in need of medical attention. The driver refused medical attention, but officers did not allow him to drive. The vehicle’s owner and the driver’s son arrived to pick up the car and the man.
— Eric S. Furman, 42, Yeager Road, East Liverpool, was driving west on East Liverpool Road at 7:22 p.m. Thursday and had slowed down to allow a vehicle to turn into Smith’s gas station when he was struck from behind by Robert M. Gbur, 40, Mort Drive, East Liverpool, who was driving a vehicle owned by Enterprise Rental. Gbur told police he was attempting to change the radio station and did not see that traffic had stopped before rear-ending Furman’s vehicle. Furman was taken by North Star EMS to East Liverpool City Hospital with minor injuries, while Furman’s passenger, Karlee Furman, 16, also of Yeager Drive, was not injured. Police suspected Gbur was under the influence. Gbur admitted drinking two beers about 45 minutes before the accident. Gbur was given a standard field sobriety test, which determined that he was under the influence of a controlled substance, and he then acknowledged to drinking two mixed drinks (Jack Daniels and Coke). When tested later, Gbur had a blood-alcohol content level at 0.144, which he then acknowledged to having more than two drinks, later saying he had two “double Jack and Cokes.” Gbur was cited for OVI, OVI above .08 and assured clear distance.