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Searches keep officials busy

October 28, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - The Lisbon police and fire departments and Columbiana County Sheriff's Office were busy Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning conducting searches that resulted in charges filed in one case and possibly in the other.

The first incident began about 3 p.m. Friday, when sheriff's office asked the fire department to help them search for a girl who ran into a corn field off Fairmont Road in Elkrun Township. Sheriff Ray Stone said they were trying to serve an arrest warrant on Erica Thomas, 33, who was wanted for failing to appear in court, when she ran into a corn field rather than surrender. He said they were also worried Thomas might harm herself.

Stone said while they were searching for Thomas, she apparently contacted Jonathan Styen, 24, Bell Road, Elkrun Township, who picked her up in a Gator. The searchers crossed paths with the Gator but Thomas and Styen kept going, until they were stopped at about 3:30 p.m.

Thomas was taken into custody on the warrant, while Styen was charged with obstructing police business for helping her.

At 12:23 a.m. Saturday, a Harrison County sheriff's deputy contacted Lisbon police to report a Mike Langsford called from Scio to say his 21-year-old girlfriend met a man at the Night Court who beat her up and threw her into a river. The Night Court is located about 100 yards from the Middle Fork of the Little Beaver Creek.

Langsford then called police, saying he had been in contact with his girlfriend, who told him to tell her children she loves them because she was still in the water and didn't think she would live. Next to call was the girlfriend's mother from Meigs County, who said her daughter had phoned her to say she was now on the river bank and freezing to death.

The fire department was called out to help search for the woman. The coordinates from her cell phone calls obtained with the assistance of her cell phone carrier showed the girlfriend was in an alley off Garfield Street, which is not near the creek.

Police later learned Langsford came to Lisbon and found his girlfriend, and they left without telling them. The mother also later told police her daughter had not been assaulted, nor had she been in the water, and she was actually found in Langsford's vehicle.

Police are deciding whether to file charges against the girlfriend.



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