County Sheriff

— Deputies checked a Meadow Wood Drive apartment in Butler Township at the request of Sebring police at 1:27 a.m. Sunday, looking for someone for whom they have charges. The person does not live there, according to people at the home.

— Stacey L. Dawson, Y and O Road, Madison Township, reported at 5:22 a.m. Sunday her ex-boyfriend, Sherman A. Pritt Jr, destroyed her Apple iPhone 8 by throwing it against the wall twice. Pritt was charged with criminal damaging and taken to the county jail.


— Two boys were picked up by police after found walking downtown at 4:08 a.m. Sunday near Allen Street. They were taken to the police station where they were released to their parents.

East Palestine

— A West Clark Street resident reporter a possible scam on their cell phone at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday.

— Cheryl Johngrass, East Clark Street, reported at 8:26 a.m. her daughter was being unruly.

— Police were called to village hall at 1:13 p.m. Friday in regards to an incident with a man they know.

— Ethan C. Ruffner, 28, was arrested on an active warrant through the county at 1:48 a.m. Saturday after being found walking through the park intoxicated after hours. He was also charged with obstructing official business and possession of marijuana.

— Police responded to a report of an impaired driver on North Market Street at 10:28 p.m. Saturday. Police located the vehicle but found no signs of impairment.


— Robert K. Jennings, 58, North Market Street, was charged with domestic violence for allegedly kicking his wife, Sherry, in the head outside Shenanigan’s Pub about 1:15 a.m. Sunday. Witnesses reported Mr. Jennings had showed up at the bar to pick up his wife, who was drunk, but she refused to go with him, so he dragged her outside and kicked her in the head. Witnesses also said Mr. Jennings had his foot on is wife’s face as if was going to stomp on her. Ms. Jennings had a red bruise on the side of her head, so an ambulance was summoned to Shenanigan’s to transport her to a local hospital for examination. After she was transported to the hospital, police went to Mr. Jennings’ home and arrested him.

–An official with Allay Senior Care, Pendleton Street, reportedly an elderly female resident had wandered off at 2 p.m. Friday. Police located the woman near the Family Recovery Center, and a passing motorist stopped to assist after seeing her picking up pine cones from the road. The officer gave the woman back to the facility.

– A burglar alarm went off at the home of Renee and Kevin Schreffler, North Market Street 1:49 p.m. Wednesday. Police found the home to be secure and notified the owners.

–Jason L. Briones, 50, of East Palestine, was cited for OVI and having an open container of beer in his vehicle following a traffic stop on state Route 154 near Bluff Street at 7:56 p.m. March 12. He was later found to have registered 0.189 on the BAC machine, and the legal limit is 0.08. Multiple cans of Natural Ice beer were found underneath his seat and three opened cans in the console, two of which still had beer in them.

–Stephen L. Armstrong of Homeworth reportedly backed into the vehicle behind him, operated by Bradley Van Kirk of Washington, Pa., while stopped on East Lincoln Way at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

–Police and the fire department were called to the Hornsby House at 5:41 a.m. March 6 in response to a trash fire started by resident Rex Borelli, who had been smoking. When Borelli was done, he put the cigarette in an ash tray and then dumped the ash try into a trash can, setting the trash on fire. This filled his apartment with smoke and activated the fire alarm. Borelli extinguished the fire using water.

–Amanda Kozma, South Lincoln Avenue, called at 12:08 a.m. Wednesday because she wanted her boyfriend, Gary Michael, to leave. Since the boyfriend received mail at the address, police told Kozma they could not make him leave. Kozma was told she would need to go through the eviction process.

East Liverpool

–A family from Woodland Hills apartment complex on Wilbert Avenue came to the police station on Sunday to report noticing coat hanger marks on the buttocks of their granddaughter.

–Richard J. Fry, 45, was charged with disorderly conduct after police were called to the East Liverpool City Hospital emergency room at 7:21 p.m. Saturday to calm him down after Fry was brought there. Fry, who was intoxicated, had severe head injuries requiring stitches following an altercation in Wellsville, but he refused to cooperate and kept threatening to leave. Fry was forcibly placed back into the hospital bed by police, who remained there until he was treated. Fry was then transported to the county jail.


— An officer responded to a High Street home at 7:34 p.m. Friday where a resident reported her juvenile son was throwing items around the house and making threats. The juvenile was voluntarily transported by ambulance to Akron Children’ Hospital in Boardman.


— An officer at 2:35 a.m. Monday talked with Children Services about a case of abuse. The case is under investigation.

— A caller at 11:35 p.m. Sunday called in a noise complaint in the 600 block of Continental Drive regarding upstairs tenants being loud late in the evening. The caller said they move furniture around at all hours and have a small child that runs around. Contact was made with the tenants in the upstairs apartment and they were advised of the complaint. All was quiet at the time.

— Brian Hutter, 40, of 12919 W. Pine Lake Road, was charged with failure to comply, operating a vehicle under the influence, marked lanes, driving under suspension, open container, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia after a traffic stop at 11:31 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of South Lincoln Avenue. After the stop, the driver was showing signs of impairment and had open containers scattered throughout the vehicle. The male was ordered out of the vehicle and took off running through a parking lot, ignoring orders to stop. He was caught 50 feet from his vehicle and was escorted to the ground and detained. Field sobriety tests were performed and he was arrested for OVI. During a probable cause search of the vehicle due to the open containers, police found a marijuana pipe and a burnt marijuana joint. He was cited and taken to the Columbiana County jail.

— Loud music was reported at 9:49 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of Cedar Ridge, but police were unable to hear anything.

— An anonymous woman at 5:04 p.m. Sunday reported threats and harassment toward her juvenile daughter in the 600 block of Euclid. She said a female threatened to assault the juvenile and also made the juvenile walk a great distance in poor weather after an argument.

— A possible intoxicated driver was reported at 3:58 p.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of South Lincoln Avenue traveling north on South Lincoln. The vehicle was not located.

— A clerk at Smith Oil on East State Street reported at 2:26 p.m. Sunday that a drive-off occurred several hours earlier. The next customer who used the pump discovered a debit card left inside the credit card slot. Officers made contact with the owner of the card who came to the police station to retrieve it and then made restitution at the gas station for $15.90.

— A vehicle was reported parked in a no parking zone at 11:59 a.m. Sunday in the 600 block of East State Street. The owner was contacted in a nearby business and moved the vehicle.

— A man reported at 9:24 a.m. Sunday that he left his vehicle overnight in a parking lot in the 500 block of East Pershing Street and when he returned to the vehicle, he found it damaged. The damage included a broken side window, multiple dents on the passenger side and a broken side mirror, with multiple rocks found laying near the vehicle.

Perry Township

— Police were dispatched at 9:30 p.m. Saturday to U.S. Route 62 for a reckless vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and passing cars eastbound from Damascus. The vehicle was not located.

— Police responded at 12:09 p.m. Saturday to the area of state Route 9 near state Route 45 to assist the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office in searching for a runaway. The person was not found.

— A possible overdose was reported at 9:06 p.m. Friday inside a locked vehicle in the employee parking lot at Fresh Mark, 1735 S. Lincoln Ave. Police arrived with EMT ambulance and employees said they were banging on the vehicle’s windows trying to wake up the unresponsive male. Police made contact with the man who said he was just sleeping on his break. He was asked if he used any illegal substances and he said he did not. Police asked for permission to look inside the vehicle and located illegal drugs and paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The man was transported to Salem Regional Medical Center.

Fire calls:


–Firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the house of Bill Bryan, U.S. Route 30, at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday. The furnace flue was found to be stuck in the open position, allowing smoke to enter the home.

–Firefighters responded a report of a structure fire at 421 E. Washington St. at 5:39 p.m. Saturday. Some clothes caught fire in the laundry room, resulting in damage to the clothes and smoke damage to the walls. The cause of the fire is unknown.

–Firefighters responded to a CO2 investigation at the home of Scott Francis, state Route 154, at 1:04 p.m. Sunday.

West Point

–The fire department was called to assist with a possible overdose at 11160 state Route 45 at 8 p.m. Saturday.