Police

Columbiana

— Police stopped a vehicle near the intersection of state Route 7 and Metz Road at 10:36 p.m. Friday and found Steven J. McVay, 27, Lisbon, to be driving under suspension and to have a warrant through Mahoning County. Additionally, the passenger in the vehicle, Derek R. Westover, 32, Elkton, has a warrant through Columbiana County. Both were taken into custody. McVay was cited with driving under suspension. K-9 Csuti was deployed and found drug paraphernalia.

— Someone found a debit card and turned it in at the police department at 4:06 p.m. Wednesday.

— K-9 Csuti assisted the county sheriff’s office in conducting a school sniff at United Local School at 9:16 a.m. Wednesday. No contraband was located.

Liverpool Township

— An officer initiated a traffic stop for a speeding offense, and the driver, David R. Wales, 30, West Southern Avenue, Columbiana, said he didn’t have a license. The officer reported detecting an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and had East Liverpool’s K-9 Officer Nero come to the scene where he reportedly alerted on the vehicle. Wales admitted to having marijuana inside, and officers reported finding a pill bottle with what appeared to be ground marijuana inside, a clear baggy with green leafy material and a pipe. Wales was cited for speeding, driving under suspension, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. His passenger had a valid license and was allowed to drive the vehicle from the scene.

— While sitting stationary, an officer reported seeing a Jeep northbound on Boring Lane and stopped it for speeding. He reported the driver seemed nervous, reaching for her purse and then her phone. She gave her name as Ashley Pugliano but did not have a driver’s license. When the officer checked his computer, the information she gave did not match the photo for the name she gave and, believing she might actually be Maria Pugliano, he found that photo did match the driver, and found she was under suspension. She reportedly denied being Maria, claiming again to be Ashley, saying she lives in Texas and was in Ohio to help her sister. Asked for another form of identification, the driver pulled a cluster of items from her purse, including a credit card which the officer reported she tried to hide. Told she was under arrest for lying, the driver asked if they could “start from scratch,” apologizing for lying and saying she is in a custody battle for her child and she feared getting into trouble would jeopardize that. She was advised by the officer she had had several chances to “come clean.” She and her infant were transported to the police department, where Maria Pugliano, 34, North Shady Lane, was charged with obstructing official business, driving under suspension and speeding. Her vehicle was towed by Calcutta Towing.

St. Clair Township

— Britania Brown, 37, Toronto, reported she was riding with a man she knows south on state Route 11 from Youngstown when he struck her in the face and threatened to shoot her, saying he had a gun. He drove to Walmart in Calcutta, where he told Brown to get out of the car and then left. The incident occurred near Lisbon, and she was advised to contact the sheriff’s department about possible charges. A relative picked up Brown, and officers notified the sheriff’s department that she might be calling.

— Sierra C. Anderson, Irish Ridge Road, reported she believed a snow plow struck her mailbox, scattering her mail all through the snow. Officers investigated and advised her the tire tracks were those of a smaller vehicle, not a plow truck.

— Malissa L. Moore, 45, Glenn Street, reported an ex-boyfriend, Tracy Bell, stole her cell phone and hit her in the face. Bell told police Moore hit him in the face. Officers learned the alleged incident had occurred earlier in the day in Wellsville and advised them they would have to report it to Wellsville Police Department. They were told if police officers had to return, they would be going to jail for disorderly conduct.

— Ronald and Sandra Shultz, Milbourne Avenue, reported the theft of credit cards, checks and jewelry. The case is under investigation.

— Responding to reports of tenants not getting along at a home on Sprucevale Road, officers reported speaking to all involved and clearing without incident.

— Officers responded to the parking lot of Calcutta Square for a complaint of two small children unattended in a vehicle. As officers pulled into the lot, the mother arrived at the vehicle, saying she had walked into the Bureau of Motor Vehicles with her 15-year-old daughter to get some paperwork and that her 11-year-old son was with the baby in the car. The mother was advised she needs to make better decisions about leaving him to watch a baby and was asked if he is mature enough to do so. She was also cautioned about the danger of a stranger enticing the child to open the vehicle window. She agreed to make better decisions and was sent on her way.

— Sidney L. Rambo, 16, Adams Road, East Palestine, was driving on Sprucevale Road when the vehicle went off the right side into a ditch and then back onto the roadway. Lifeteam ambulance responded but no transport was reported. No citations were reported.

Salineville

— Officers responded to the area of 122 Main Street Thursday night for possible gunshots, but found the area quiet with no source of gunshots found.

— Officers stood by at 26 Main Street because the owners were serving the tenants with a three-day eviction notice.

— Officers responded to 409 Jefferson Street for a vehicle lockout and were able to gain entry to the vehicle for the owner.

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