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Four arrests made during weekend

March 12, 2012
Morning Journal News

COLUMBIANA - City police officers and County Sheriff's deputies made four arrests Saturday in two separate incidents.

Deputy Willie Coleman responded to a Columbiana-Lisbon Road home at 1:45 a.m. after Darrin Waselich reported seeing two people outside attempting to steal scrap aluminum.

As Coleman was on his way to the home Waselich reported the two had fled south on state Route 164, according to sheriff's report.

Coleman requested police assistance and, according to reports, Columbiana Patrolman Mark Edwards located the men in a Ford Ranger pickup truck and conducted a felony traffic stop just south of Lodge Road.

Edwards told the driver, Richard E. Dennison Jr., 32, Fair Avenue, Salem, to exit the vehicle for a pat-down search and Coleman did the same to passenger Justin T. Dennison, 29, Longs Crossing Road, Leetonia. The handcuffed men were then placed in the sheriff's cruisers while the truck was searched. Police uncovered a pair of wire cutters, bolt cutters, a handsaw and a small dolly in the bed of the truck, according to the report.

Richard Dennison reportedly told Coleman he and Justin had dropped a woman off at work in Columbiana and stopped at the Columbiana-Lisbon Road home after seeing scrap there. He said they fled when a man came outside and fired a gun.

Police charged the men at 2:48 a.m. and transported them to the county jail. Deputy Brandon Hoppel also assisted with the arrests.

At 11:34 p.m. Hoppel and other deputies were dispatched to the 2500 block of Middleton Road after Randy McCall, Kelly Park Road, reported suspicious activity.

McCall told deputies his son saw a car turn around in his driveway so he used his night vision binoculars to look outside and saw two people walking around the back of his home.

He said he then got into his vehicle, found the car parked in the Crestview school parking lot and spoke to the female driver.

The woman told him she had a flat tire and was waiting for her mother to come get her, McCall said, according to the report.

McCall added he drove to a nearby area to watch the vehicle and saw it pull from the school and stop in front of his home and pick up two passengers, at which point he called police. He said he then followed the vehicle and trapped it at the dead end of Bittersweet Drive.

City police and sheriff's deputies located the car and spoke with the driver, Courtney Wilson, 21, Brittany Lane, Salem, and the two passengers, Robert J. Zuch, 25, state Route 170, Negley, and Matthew J. Bernard, 31, U.S. 30, Minerva.

The three gave similar but inaccurate accounts of the situation when questioned by police, the report stated.

Zuch and Bernard were charged with trespassing at 1:33 a.m. Sunday and Wilson was released to a ride and her vehicle towed. During an inventory of the vehicle police uncovered two work belts and some small rolls of wire, according to the report.

The report also stated that deputies later learned from a "reputable source" the group had been out to climb cell phone towers for the copper wiring.

Hoppel noted in the report that no copper wiring from cell phone towers was reported stolen.



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