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Morgan M. Simmons, Salem, vs. Brandon J. Simmons, Columbiana, divorce sought

Chrystal M. Cook, Enumclaw, Wash., and Kenneth S. Cook, East Liverpool, dissolution sought.

Docket Entries

OH-Grow, LLC, vs. Ohio Department of Commerce, dismissal request due to jurisdictional issue granted.

Belmont Solids Control LLC vs. E&R Energy Services LLC, defendant ordered to pay plaintiff $109,537 plus interest.

Salem Building Rentals LLC vs. Eric G. Cunningham, possession granted to plaintiff of a 10-foot by 20-foot utility believed located at a McClain Road, Wellsville, address.

County Treasurer vs. James F. Marshall, et al., defendant entered payment plan, foreclosure on hold.

Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. vs. the unknown heirs of Katherine L. Russell, deceased, et al., property withdrawn from sheriff’s sale.

Abby L. Gustafson, Leetonia, vs. Eric M. Gustafson, Leetonia, divorce dismissed.

Jason E. Keats, Salem, vs. Pamela J. Keats, Waverly, Tenn., divorce granted.

Chalnessa Mertzweiller, Salem, vs. Samuel D. Mertzweiller, Boise, Idaho, divorce granted.

Courtney L. Hodder, Columbiana, and Edward G. Hodder, New Waterford, dissolution granted.


LISBON — In county Municipal Court, Josie M. McKinley, 27, Steubenville Pike, Lisbon, was bound over to the grand jury on a charge of felonious assault after Shawn D. Tremain was treated at Salem Regional Hospital on July 3 due to non-life threatening injuries to his arms allegedly caused by his girlfriend, McKinley cutting him with a steak knife.

Crystal R. Hoskinson, 29, North Lundy Avenue, Salem, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of tampering with evidence, having weapons under disability and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia for allegedly having a digital scale and a glass jar for storing drugs, which she attempted to hide on the floor of the vehicle she was riding in on Aug. 12, as well as, several bags of drugs and a drug pipe she is accused of concealing in her bra. A loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol was reportedly found in the trunk of the vehicle when Hoskinson has already been convicted in Common Pleas Court of three counts of possession of drugs in 2018 and 2019.

A Sept. 10 preliminary hearing was set for James E. Brown, 60, East Clark Street, East Palestine, charged with disseminating harmful material for allegedly attempting to have his girlfriend procure sex with him from an underage girl; conversing with an undercover police officer, whom he believed to be a 12-year-old girl named Kelly and sending a video on April 11, 2019 to the undercover law enforcement officer, which depicted a German Shepherd engaging in sex with a woman.

A Sept. 10 preliminary hearing was set for Christopher W. Merriman, 20, Hillcrest Road, Wellsville, charged with breaking and entering for allegedly breaking into the James Drive trailer of a man who recently died to attempt to steal guitars and firearms.

Michael J. Schneider, 24, Youngstown, was bound over to the grand jury on a burglary charge for allegedly entering a home in the 400 block of Continental Drive on Aug. 25. In other matters, Schneider was fined $500, credited with 13 days served in jail and sentenced to an additional 77 days in jail for three counts of possession of drug abuse instruments, obstructing official business and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. On June 16, Schneider gave Salem police a false name and false date of birth, then took off running when police were verifying the information while he had needles in his pocket. On July 16 he was found sleeping in a vehicle that did not belong to him that he said he found unlocked with needles again in his pocket. He was found again with syringes in his pocket on Aug. 23, when he was a passenger in a stopped vehicle.

An Oct. 8 pretrial was set for Tom Leroy Goehring, 53, West Main Street, East Palestine, cited with OVI second offense, speeding, left of center and open container.

Colton Spencer Bookman, 22, Smith Road, Negley, was fined $715, had his sentence suspended for a year, required to attend a three-day counseling program and ordered 30 hours community service for OVI first offense and marked lanes.

Sara J. Hoon, 42, state Route 14, East Palestine, was fined $825, had her license suspended for a year, required to attend a three-day counseling program and ordered 40 hours community service for possession of marijuana and OVI first offense.

A Sept. 10 pretrial was set for Steven R. Reed, 26, Peace Valley Road, Rogers, charged with domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his boyfriend, Kyle Wilkinson, by hitting about the face and body on Wednesday.

Steven C. Stokes, 48, Columbia Street, Salem, was fined $200, credited with three days in jail and required 40 hours community service for assault for slapping Gloria Lykens in the face and choking her when she attempted to leave the house on May 28.

John M. Plavka, 48, Kevin Drive, Alliance, was fined $250, credited with four days in jail and required 60 hours community service for aggravated menacing for threatening to shoot Mike Proctor during an argument on May 15.

Sarah J. Gatchel, 25, Rose Drive, Lisbon, was fined $250, required 40 hours community service and credited with a day served in jail for falsification for providing deputies false information during an investigation on July 4.

Tylor J.A. Hendrie, 30, Scranton Road, Minerva, was fined $150 and credited with three days in jail for passing bad checks for a $426 check written to Glenn’s Archery in Hanover Township on Aug. 26, 2018 that was dishonored.

Dorothy M. Crago, 47, Butcher Road, Leetonia, was credited with a day in jail, sentenced to an additional two days in jail, fined $300 and had her license suspended for six months for driving under OVI suspension and speeding.

Chad Mitchell Croston, 23, Venetian Way, Minerva, was fined $150 and had his license suspended for six months after he failed to complete the STEPS program for a possession of marijuana paraphernalia charge.

Randall C. Culler, 41, Somer Street, Leetonia, was fined $600 and required 40 hours community service for criminal mischief and assault amended from domestic violence. Culler punched Matthew Colledge in the mouth and drove over a “No Trespassing” sign in the neighbor’s yard on July 8.

David A. Breault, 28, Stewart Road, Salem, was sentenced to three days in jail, required 40 hours community service and fined $150 for criminal damaging for damaging a black Hyundai hatchback by kicking it and causing dents on Oct. 23, 2019.

An Oct. 27 pretrial was set for Todd O. Dean, 40, Aetna Street, Salem, cited with illegal possession of drug paraphernalia for allegedly having suspected marijuana roaches, two suspected methamphetamines pipes and small plastic bags with trace amounts of suspected meth on Aug. 26.

A Sept. 14 pretrial was set for Charles S. Davis Jr., 48, Spillway Road, Lisbon, charged with aggravated menacing for allegedly threatening to kill someone on Wednesday.

An Oct. 20 pretrial was set for Gary Allen M. Miller, 32, state Route 9, Hanoverton and Tiffany F. Mixon, 28, state Route 9, Hanoverton, charged with theft for allegedly shoplifting about $374 from the Salem Walmart on Tuesday.

Gage B. Mountz, 27, state Route 45, Lisbon, was fined $250 for driving under suspension.

An Oct. 26 pretrial was set for Roy O. Moffett III, 24, Union Ridge Road, Negley, cited with driving under suspension.

An Oct. 26 pretrial was set for Devin W. Smilak, 25, Dutchtown School Road, Rogers, cited with failure to control.

Cutler James Brightbill, 20, Wichita, Kan., was fined $150 for an equipment violation amended from reckless operation.

Russell P. Geer, 51, Chester, W.Va., was fined $150 for speeding.

Jalynn Paul Corbin, 45, Lincoln Avenue, Wellsville, was fined $100 for speeding.

ELO Court

EAST LIVERPOOL–In East Liverpool Municipal Court, a pretrial was set Sept. 28 for Krissy L. Billiter, Fairway Road, for driving under suspension and failure to obey a traffic control device charges.

Misty L. Tice, Clark Avenue in Wellsville, was sentenced to $250 plus costs and 30 days in jail (one imposed) on theft and possession of marijuana charges. Her review is set for Nov. 6, and she is to not have any contact with Columbiana County Walmart stores.

Jamilyn M. Huston, East Third Street in Salem, was sentenced to $400 plus costs and 120 days in jail (19 imposed) on possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments’ charges.

Steven R. McComan, Grant Street, was sentenced to $250 plus costs and five days in jail imposed on a theft charge. His review is set for Dec. 18.

Trisha A. Hartley, Oak Street, received an imposed 60-day jail sentence after being found guilty of a probation violation.

Amber N. Ice, Dresden Avenue, was set for a Sept. 17 pretrial on a theft charge.

James A. Moore, Prospect Street in Salem, was sentenced to $650 plus costs and a 120-day jail sentence (20 days imposed) on driving under suspension, possession of drug abuse instruments and marijuana charges. His review will be Nov. 6.

A bench warrant was issued for Jessica S. Chapman, Vine Street, on a child endangering charge.

Joshua M. Watthews, Sunnyside Street, was set for a pretrial Nov. 12 on two disorderly conduct and an obstructing official business charge.

Nicholas J. O’hanlon, Crestview Drive, was scheduled for a pretrial at driving under suspension and criminal trespassing charges plus a probation violation hearing.


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