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County Treasurer vs. Jeffrey Ross Billingsly, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for properties on Michigan Avenue, East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Crist and Anna Mary Yoder, et a., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for properties on state Route 14, New Waterford.

County Treasurer vs. Stephen E. Koboff III, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on state Route 164, Lisbon.

Deborah L. Schreffler, East Palestine, vs. Mark W. Schreffler, East Palestine, divorce sought.

Melinda D. Jackson, Austintown, vs. Kurt M. Jackson, Salem, dissolution sought.

Imperial Valley Properties LLC vs. Susan E. Stone-May, et al., foreclosure sought for property on state Route 170, East Liverpool.

Marriage Licenses

Dewey Hobson Caldwell III, 46, Leetonia, driver, and Amy L. Russell, 42, Leetonia, owner of cleaning service.

Douglas R. Haidet, 26, Minerva, stone mason-self-employed, and Emily Nicole Hume, 23, Minerva, nurse.

Ryan Michael Fox, 30, East Liverpool, security guard, and Vanessa Renee McKinley, 35, Calcutta, manager.

Terry Lee Cresanto Jr., 39, New Waterford, general manager, and Lisa N. Braden, 31, New Waterford, chiropractor.

Terry S. Lewis, 40, Lisbon, purchasing analyst, and Shannon M. Buckley, 34, Lisbon, registered nurse.

Daniel Franklin Keenan, 29, Corapolis, Pa., accountant, and Kayla Marie Poynter, 24, Moon Township, Pa., dental assistant.

Gabriel J. Jones, 31, Hanoverton, environmental inspector, and Amber N. Hager, 29, Mechanicsburg, box manager.

David William Andre, 36, Salem, laser supervisor, and Katie Marie Craine, 35, Salem, unemployed.

Mike J. Powers, 63, Columbiana, WWTP operator, and Shelley L. Reash, 63, Columbiana, office manager.

Nicholas Cole Checkan, 26, East Liverpool, warehouse work, and Jessica Brooke Rice, 22, East Liverpool, unemployed.

Mitchell Lee Hendricks, 26, Salem, escrow officer, and Ciara Nicole Andrews, 26, Salem, registered nurse.

Brandon Allen Dustman, 26, Salem, machinist, and Brooke Taylor Alpago, also known as Brooke Taylor Shoemaker, 24, Salem, project manager.

Court News

LISBON — John Peter Elia, 58, West Bloomfield, Mich., pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to both trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana. The charges are third-degree felonies due to the amount of marijuana he had at least 5,000 grams, but less than 20,000 grams. Sentencing is set for Dec. 14, when he faces up to six years in prison, a five-year license suspension and a $20,000 fine.

Assistant County Prosecutor Alec Beech said he will ask for a nine-month prison term and a year license suspension. According to Beech, a K-9 alerted that there were drugs in the vehicle, which were discovered in a hidden compartment in the van he was operating.

Christopher A. Hightower, 38, Ohio Avenue, East Liverpool, was sentenced to nine months in prison for possession of cocaine and two counts of possession of drugs for having cocaine, alprazolam and clonazepam on Feb. 6, 2019. He was credited with 39 days already served.

Charles A. Marshall Jr. 34, St. George Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property for having a Taurus 9-millimeter pistol belonging to Dimitri White on Aug. 8, 2019. He was sentenced to six months in jail, which was suspended, and placed on two years community control with a $1,000 fine. Marshall had initially been charged with a fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property.


LISBON — A Sept. 24 preliminary hearing and pretrial was set in County Municipal Court for Cody A. Lawson, 24, Berlin Center, charged with failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, burglary, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana paraphernalia, driving under suspension, a stop sign violation, turn signal violations and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Lawson was reportedly involved in a high-speed chase followed by a foot chase in Salem, where he was eventually found attempting to hide under a vehicle in the 800 block of East Sixth Street on Thursday.

Kara L. Grate, 31, Mattix Road, Lisbon, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of domestic violence and endangering children. Grate allegedly punched her 7-year-old son, leaving injuries to his head, face and shoulders.

A Nov. 12 pretrial was set for Darren D. Burke, state Route 7, Rogers, charged with two counts of assault and two counts of menacing. On June 24, Burke allegedly threatened to take Marcy Sinsley’s children and shoved her when she attempted to stop him from entering the house. Additionally, he allegedly assaulted and threatened Stephen Sinsley, who was attempting to restrain Burke when deputies arrived.

Justin M. Lamp, 42, Foundry Hill Road, Summitville, was credited with two days served, sentenced to an additional 28 days in jail and fined $600 for two counts of criminal trespassing and one count each of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, use of an unauthorized plate and disorderly conduct for overdosing on Jan. 21, leading to him being given four doses of Narcan while he became combative with EMT’s despite being warned to stop. One criminal trespassing charge was for pulling into a driveway, walking into the breezeway of the home and through the backyard when the property owners did not know him on Aug. 22. Another was for walking toward a home on June 2, 2019. The drug paraphernalia charge was for a burnt, cut pop can.

An assault on a police officer charge against Staci L. Bishop, 21, North Lincoln Avenue, Salem, was amended to a misdemeanor charge and her case will be set for pretrial and drug court disposition. On Aug. 29, Bishop allegedly kicked Salem Patrolman Mike Garber in the stomach and smashed his fingers between the handcuffs while she was in custody.

A Nov. 17 pretrial was set for Jonathan T. McDevitt-Betz, 21, Sprouse Road, Wellsville, cited with OVI first offense, failure to control and two counts of miscellaneous wildlife violations for allegedly damaging the lawn in the area of the Highlandtown Wildlife Area Headquarters by driving on it on Tuesday.

Daniel Rastetter, 29, Oak Street, Beloit, was fined $180 for failure to control and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle for a nine-millimeter honor pistol found in the driver’s side door pocket following a crash on Georgetown Road.

John Vidivich II, 45, Midland, Pa., will be extradited to Pennsylvania where he is charged with a felony larceny.

Walter W. Short, 36, Wells Hollow Road, Wellsville, was credited with a day in jail, sentenced to an additional 14 days in jail and fined $250 for assault. While an inmate in the county jail on Sept 7, Short attempted to strike another inmate, Jacob Martin, several times.

An Oct. 13 pretrial was set for Michael A. Welsh, 47, Youngstown, charged with possession of marijuana and obstructing official business for allegedly fleeing on foot from a traffic stop when he was found to have a warrant. The marijuana charge was from 2015.

An Oct. 8 pretrial was set for Ashley D House, 32, Hilltop Drive, Lisbon, cited with driving under FRA suspension, use of an unauthorized plate and possession of drug paraphernalia for allegedly having vials for storage and a digital scale in her vehicle during a traffic stop on Thursday.

A Nov. 9 pretrial was set for Marci Marie Mancuso-Kirkpatrick, 35, Waddell Street, Leetonia, cited with driving under OVI suspension.

Santana L. Petrich, 42, South Market Street, East Palestine, was fined $250 for driving under suspension.

Andrew Williams, 23, Youngstown, was credited with a day in jail and fined $195 for driving under suspension and speeding.

Dakota Keith Frank, 25, Monroeville Heights, Salineville, was fined $390 for two counts of driving under suspension and one count each of failure to control, a seat belt violation and a headlights violation.

Jeffrey J. Cox, 38, Vine Street, Salem, was fined $180 for driving under suspension and loud exhaust.

Sarah L. Sines, 37, North Ellsworth Avenue, Salem, was fined $150 for driving under suspension.

Tyren Wallace, 26, Youngstown, was fined $150 for driving under suspension.

A Sept. 24 pretrial was set for Travis S. Rhodes, 29, East North Avenue, East Palestine, cited with possession of a drug abuse instrument for allegedly having several hypodermic syringes in a bedroom on Wednesday when the Drug Task Force agents were serving a warrant at a North Walnut Street, East Palestine home.

Carrie Chalfant, 45, Youngstown, was fined $180 for driving under suspension and a traffic control device violation.

Stephen Pickens, 47, Moore Avenue, East Liverpool, was fined $150 for possession of marijuana.

Christopher D. Craft, 27, Penn Avenue, East Liverpool, was fined $130 for driving under suspension and a stop sign violation.

ELO Muni

EAST LIVERPOOL — In East Liverpool Municipal Court, Gage T. Hartley, Pennsylvania Avenue, fined $460 for driving under suspension, fictitious plates, no plate light and possession of marijuana.

Holly M. Hall, Pennsylvania Avenue, fined $100 and given 30 days in jail (one imposed) for theft.

William D. Davis, Wilbert Avenue, fined $100 and given 30 days in jail (one imposed) for theft.

Ajbari A. Williams, Chester, fined a $100 fined and given 30 days in jail (one imposed) for theft.

Matthew W. Pace, of Midland, was set for pretrial Jan. 7 on charges of disorderly conduct; four counts of criminal damaging; seat belt and turn signal.

David G. Gasior, Walnut Street, was set Jan. 7 for a status hearing on assault and obstructing official business charges and a probation violation. His trial date is Jan. 14.

Amber N. Ice, Dresden Avenue, was set for a pretrial Jan. 7 on a theft charge.

Amanda E. Rowley, Vine Street, was set for a pretrial Dec. 17 on a driving under FRA suspension charge.

Barbara L Crummett, Chester, was set for an Oct. 14 pretrial for theft.

Paige D. Wood, Commerce Street in Wellsville, was set for an Oct. 6 pretrial for theft.


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