Police Reports

County Sheriff

— Deputies are investigating a possible sex offense incident on Kran Elle Lane in Knox Township at 11 p.m. Sunday.

— Manuel Figueroa, Devonshire Drive, Salem, reported a suspicious vehicle at 7:01 p.m. Saturday on Jersey Ridge Road north of Perry Grange Road. It was reported the vehicle with a driver was sitting in the driveway of a house under construction. Deputies found no car or person around the structure.

— Anthony Garber reported at 1:23 a.m. Sunday he and his friend Dustin McCartney Jr. were assaulted by his ex-girlfriend Megan House at her home on state Route 45, Madison Township. Garber said he and McCartney were retrieving the rest of his belongings. They both decided not to prosecute.

— An assault was reported at the Rogers Auction barn D at 10:38 a.m. Friday. Robert Daugherty, Hammondsville, reported left several items such as crossbows, compound bows, arrows and ammunition with William Hutson to sell at his stall. Last week Daugherty returned and removed all his firearms from the stall except for a 9-mm handgun. On Friday Daugherty returned to the stall to get that and Hutson denied having it. The argument escalated into a physical confrontation. Hutson still denied having the gun, but said he would look for it when he got home. Neither wanted to pursue charges.

Highway Patrol

— Mike D. Ciocca, 78, of Plum, Pa., was cited for failure to yield after he pulled from a stop sign into the path of a vehicle driven by Raymond A. Ammon, 50, of East Liverpool, and was struck by Ammon’s vehicle. This occurred at the intersection of state Route 7 and East Liverpool Road in Madison Township at 4:08 p.m. Thursday.

— Brittany M. Hayden, 20, of New Middleton, was cited for OVI and failure to control after she drove directly into a ditch after running a stop sign at the intersection of East High Street and Beeson Mill Road in Fairfield Township, at 3:16 a.m. Dec. 30. An ambulance was called to the scene after Hayden sustained some cuts to her knee.

— Trucker Maringlen Muca, 26, of Macomb, Mich., struck a deer while driving on state Route 14 in Unity Township at 4:22 a.m. Dec. 29.

— Charles L. Knecht III, 21, of Salineville, was cited for failure to yield after he struck a vehicle driven by Andrea G. Eshelman, 52, of Beloit, in Center Township at 5:28 p.m. Thursday. The accident occurred as Knecht began to pull into the McDonald’s parking lot from state Route 45. Eshelman was taken to a local hospital with suspected minor injuries.

— Mona L. Rupert, 59, of New Waterford, struck a down tree while driving on state Route 7 in Fairfield Township at 12:07 a.m. Jan. 1. She was uninjured.


— Police arrested a 16-year-old for curfew violation at 1:58 a.m. Sunday following a traffic stop on South Main Street where he was a passenger in the vehicle. The matter will be referred to the juvenile court and he was released to his mother. The driver was warned for the violation.

— Jarrett Nemick, 19, Columbiana, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop on South Elm Street at 2:49 p.m. Saturday.


— An officer responded to a 100 block High Street home at 3 p.m. Friday to check the welfare of a juvenile who had spoken with a counselor at the school earlier in the day. The juvenile admitted talking to the counselor, but said nothing had happened at school. She was told to contact the police department if anything happened overnight.

— A Columbiana resident reported on station at 10:26 a.m. Sunday that a man with whom she is involved in a civil issue had started yelling at her during a conversation at her grandson’s game at the high school.

— Police responded to a Pine Street home at 3:21 p.m. Sunday where a juvenile had reported a possible domestic dispute. Officers were met at the door by the resident who said that she and her boyfriend had only been in a verbal argument and no violence took place. She refused to give a statement and refused to let the juvenile give a statement. The boyfriend could not be found in the home. The juvenile was advised to contact the police department if anything else occurred at the home.

— An officer responded to a 400 block Cherry Fork Avenue at 5:59 p.m. Sunday in reference to a male with a gunshot wound under the chin. The victim was found to be deceased with the weapon nearby.

East Liverpool

— Officers were dispatched to a Ceramic Street residence for a possible domestic dispute and, en route, they stopped a man they saw walking and he said he had just come from that residence, where he and his girlfriend had had a verbal argument after which he walked out. The man identified himself as Michael Allen Dean Rome, giving a birthdate. At the residence, officers spoke to Ashley Gomez, who also said there had been a verbal, not physical, argument. In questioning the man further, officers learned he had given a false name and was identified as Michael R. Bradley, 43, Aliquippa, Pa., who they said smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. They found Bradley was wanted out of Pennsylvania for dangerous drugs, delivery or possession, with intent to deliver. He was charged with falsification and disorderly conduct.

— Judy A. Justice, 71, a resident of Valley Oaks on Selfridge Avenue, reported an ex-roommate making hand gestures at her and cursing her, flipping her off and threatening to choke her. Her former roommate, Mary Glover, age not given, denied flipping off Justice, telling officers she was just exercising her hands and that she would take a lie detector’s test. Glover was advised that would not be necessary. Asked what started the animosity between them, Glover told officers it began when Justice accused her of turning down Justice’s television from her bed. The officer advised the two women to bury the hatchet and go back to being friends or to ignore each other. Each said the other’s act had been unforgivable so they would just ignore each other.

St. Clair Township

— Heather Buzzard, Cornell Street, reported someone knocked on her door between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Sunday night, but by the time she got out of bed and reached the door, no one was there. About 10 minutes later, she heard a loud banging noise and glass breaking. Officers reported finding a hole that went through the window, the window blind and apparently into a dresser on the other side of the bedroom. Buzzard had reported a similar situation at her home about a week prior, and the investigation has been turned over to detectives.

— During a traffic stop of a vehicle coming from a McCoy Avenue home, officers reported learning that Richard M. Tittle, 27, was staying at the residence, and he had an outstanding felony warrant. They spoke to Samantha Elkins at the home, saying she denied Tittle was there until cautioned she could also face charges for obstructing justice, after which she consented to officers searching the house. They reported finding Tittle sitting on top of a washer in the kitchen and took him into custody on the warrant, turning him over to sheriff’s deputies.

— The theft of a display phone was reported from the Sprint store on state Route 170.


— Police responded to a possible burglary occurring at 618 E. Lincoln Way at 3:45 a.m. Friday. There was no signs of forced entry, but caller John Parker said he saw three people trying to get in through the front door. He said they fled before police arrived.

— Chuck Evans reported Jan. 2 finding the storage closet was broken into at the Lisbon Laundromat, and the only thing that appeared to be missing was some toilet paper.

— Police pulled over motorist Angel Ours while she was driving on East Washington Street at 12:36 a.m. Friday, and she told police she did not have a valid license. Ours gave police permission to search her and they found some marijuana in her coat, but she said the coat did not belong to her. They also searched her passenger, James Thorne, and found three marijuana cigarettes inside a cigarette box. Both were charged with marijuana possession, while Ours was cited for driving under suspension.

— Police stopped a motorist on East Spruce Street for loud exhaust at 11:14 p.m. Saturday and the driver identified himself as William F. Adams of East Liverpool. He smelled of alcohol and admitted consuming one beer on his way from Wellsville, and police saw a case of Bud Light in his vehicle but none of the beer were open. Police were given permission to search the car and found a wallet belonging to David R. Crowe III on the passenger seat, but Adams denied he was really Crowe. Police told him they knew he was really Crowe and lying because his license was suspended. Crowe was cited for driving under suspension, loud exhaust and driving with a cracked windshield.


— Police responded at 3:53 a.m. Monday to the 500 block of East Third Street to check the well-being of a man after he called a crisis center. When officers arrived, the man requested help with mental issues and said he contacted a mental health facility in Youngstown but they told him he would need evaluated locally first. Fire department first responders and KLG came to the scene and the man was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

— Police responded to the 100 block of Lake Street to assist Perry Township Police at 12:20 a.m. Monday. An open gate to a storage facility was found. The area was checked and no one was located.

— Mindy Wardell, 24, of 379 Newgarden Ave., was charged with domestic violence and taken to the Columbiana County jail after police were called back to a residence in the 900 block of West Pershing Street for a domestic in progress. Officers saw that violence had occurred, determined who was the primary aggressor and placed Wardell under arrest. An hour earlier, at 10:36 p.m., she had requested police conduct a well-being check on a male at the West Pershing Street address, saying she had not heard from him and was concerned. Police spoke to the male, who would not come out until the woman had left. She was told he didn’t want her back on the property. On the report, officers noted that he appeared normal and advised he did not make any comments about harming himself.

— Dustin Deffenbaugh, 19, of 389 Somer St., Leetonia, was taken into custody for an active warrant for failure to appear on a disorderly conduct charge after an officer on patrol at Kelley Park saw an occupied vehicle in the park after hours at 10:24 p.m. Sunday. The male and female were identified and said they were just parking there and walking to a house on Prospect Street. The warrant was discovered and Deffenbaugh was processed and turned over to a Columbiana County sheriff’s deputy.

— Officers were called at 9:47 p.m. Sunday to the 200 block of North Ellsworth Avenue for a person with a knife. A male suspect left before they arrived. Police learned a female and male made several threatening comments to the victim, another male. The female said the victim had taken money and did not purchase what he was asked to purchase. The male suspect then made threatening remarks while holding a knife. The victim said he did not want to pursue any charges but did not want the male and female back at his residence. The female was given a warning for disorderly conduct due to her attempt to continue the argument. The male suspect was contacted later and told to not return to the residence.

— A caller in the 1200 block of Cedar Ridge at 8:55 p.m. Sunday reported hearing a couple arguing behind their residence. When he ran up to check on them, they hurried inside. Officers made contact and a translator responded due to a language barrier. Both parties said the dispute was verbal only. They were advised of domestic violence laws.

— Henry Robinson, 26, of 555 Franklin Ave., was taken into custody on South Broadway at 7:27 p.m. Sunday on an active warrant from Stark County for possession of cocaine. He was taken to a gas station on U.S. Route 62 and Westville Lake Road and turned over to a Stark County sheriff’s deputy.

— Police were called at 6:45 p.m. Sunday to the 200 block of East Fourth Street where a woman was upset due to her neighbor talking about euthanizing his dog. Officers told her there was nothing criminal and officers could not do anything for the dog.

— Officers at 5:09 p.m. Sunday spoke with a person at the station regarding drug activity.

— Police were called at 2:21 p.m. Sunday to North Lundy Avenue and Sugartree Alley for a report of drug paraphernalia. An officer secured the item and disposed of it.

— Police were called at 12:38 p.m. Sunday to the 1000 block of North Ellsworth Avenue for a domestic dispute over property. The parties were told it’s a civil matter. Officers had already been to the same property earlier in the day for a domestic at 9:34 a.m. Sunday. Both parties said it was verbal only with nothing physical taking place. Both parties were told to stay away from each other. While there, the female reported a prescription was taken from her purse without her knowledge or permission. She was told her options.

— A sick raccoon was reported at 10:42 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of Southeast Boulevard and at 10:05 a.m. in the 300 block of Hickory Lane. In both cases, the police reports said the Salem Health Department responded.

— A woman from Lexington Avenue reported possible harassment at 10:40 a.m. Sunday. She said she got into a verbal altercation with the landlord and now the landlord is evicting her. She was told it’s a civil matter.

Perry Township

— An anonymous caller at 4:38 a.m. Monday reported a suspicious vehicle described as a Dodge Durango going up and down the street in the early morning hours. Police checked the area, including all side streets, and did not find a vehicle.

— An officer on patrol at 12:09 a.m. Monday noticed an unsecure gate at Salem Security Storage in the 100 block of Lake Avenue. Due to a previous report of a stolen vehicle at the same location, township police and Salem city police checked all the storage units, with one found unlocked. The storage unit was secured after being checked, with no tampering apparent.

— Police were called at 12:29 p.m. Sunday to Salem Storage Units on Lake Avenue, off of the 1200 block of Depot Road, for a reported vehicle theft. Police found that an unknown person or persons broke into the storage facility, cut the chain off of the gates and stole a vehicle being stored there by a North Georgetown resident. The vehicle was described as a blue 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle with a black top. The incident is under investigation. Anyone knowing anything or having any information pertaining to the case should contact the Perry Township police department.

— An officer at 3:23 a.m. Sunday saw a vehicle at Circle K South on South Lincoln Avenue that appeared to have a male sitting in the front seat. The vehicle and male were there 15 to 20 minutes without doing anything. The officer checked on the driver, who said he was just wasting time before having to be at work at 4 a.m. The vehicle left shortly after the incident.

— Police responded to Egypt Road at Cry Baby Bridge at East Pine Lake Road at 8:11 p.m. Saturday for a one-vehicle accident. The accident was out of Perry’s jurisdiction, with Goshen Township Police notified. Police spoke with the people to make sure everyone was ok and stood by until a Goshen unit arrived.