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New Cases

Steven R. Conkle, East Liverpool, vs. TK Gas Services, Inc., Newark, et al., excess of $25,000 sought for alleged injuries from a traffic crash involving a 2000 MAC Truck belonging to the defendant at the intersection of Lisbon Street and West Eighth Street, East Liverpool, on Sept. 5, 2018.

Butler County C and Y vs. Marvin J. Stewart, East Liverpool, child support sought.

Brandon T. Lomker, Leetonia, vs. Bethany A. Lomker, Salem, divorce sought.

Docket Entries

LoanDepot.com LLC vs. Frederick W. Schuller Jr., et al., defendant Bonnie Ann Polly filed bankruptcy, case on hold.

Katie Ann Baughman, Elyria, vs. Christopher Lisle Baughman, Ashland, divorce granted.

Court News

LISBON — Heather R. Pittman, 45, Youngstown, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to theft and misuse of credit cards, both third-degree felonies. Both charges were lesser-included offenses to the charges she was initially facing – a first-degree felony theft from a person in a protected class and a second-degree felony misuse of credit cards. On Sept. 16, 2014 through the first of January 2019, Pittman was involved using funds from Alfred S. Levine’s various business accounts without his consent, including using credit cards without an elderly or disabled adult’s permission. She faces up to six years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Dec. 7.

James M. Bushman, 46, Commerce Street, Wellsville, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control for a possession of drugs charge. His community control was dishonorably terminated and he was sentenced to a year in prison with credit for 141 days previously served in the matter. The charge was for having 17 knotted bags containing 6.795 grams of cocaine he was asked to conceal in his pants by a co-defendant on April 12, 2017.

Joshua J.L. Lapin, 31, South Range Road, North Lima, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control, which was then dishonorably terminated. Lapin was instead sentenced to 180 days in jail with credit for 132 already served for aggravated possession of drugs for having methamphetamine on June 6, 2019.

Grand Jury

LISBON — A secret indictment was served charging Jordan N. McMillan, 26, Fairfield School Road, Columbiana, with breaking and entering. McMillan allegedly entered the unoccupied structure belonging to Deborah Long on Jan. 27, 2020 for the purpose of committing a theft offense. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in August.


LISBON — In county Municipal Court, Nicholas J. Dicello, 30, West Main Street, East Palestine, was fined $1,075, had his license suspended for two years, required 40 hours community service, credited with three days served in jail and sentenced to 11 additional days in jail for OVI second offense, marked lanes and possession of marijuana.

Jason A. Cornell, 42, East Perry Street, Salem, was sentenced to five days in jail, fined $150 and required 30 hours community service for telecommunications harassment. He also was ordered to have no contact with Dustin Wilms or his business, Wilms’ Bros., and ordered to have no firearms or dangerous weapons. Cornell was charged after leaving a threatening voice mail on Wilms’ phone on Aug. 27, 2019.


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