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Docket Entries

Patrick J. Sims, Southington, and Alexandra N. Parnell, Southington, dissolution granted.

Cynthia L. Barrett, Salem, vs. Thomas Mark Barrett, Salem, divorce granted.

County Treasurer vs. the unknown heirs of Thomas G. Burke, et al., foreclosure ordered for property on Morris Road, Lisbon.

Grand Jury

LISBON — Trevor M. Reese, 22, state Route 45, Leetonia, was served a secret indictment charging him with grand theft, a fourth-degree felony. On July 24, Reese allegedly took Nikon DSLR cameras, camera grips, Nikon lenses, an Apple iPad, a Western Digital hard drive and case, multiple camera cases, tripods, camera flashes, cleaning equipment and business cards belonging to Darren Walker and Geraldine Patterson. The charge is a fourth-degree felony.

Angelina M. Carosella, 45, Beard Road, New Springfield, is charged with aggravated possession of drugs for allegedly having oxycodone on May 29. Carosella was indicted on the fifth-degree felony charge in October.

Kelly J. Hooper, 44, Rose Drive, Lisbon, was served a secret indictment charging her with possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony for allegedly having the substance on Feb. 8. The indictment was issued in October.

Court News

LISBON — Charles Michael Butler, 46, Youngstown, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs. He requested immediate sentencing and was sentenced to eight months in prison for one of the aggravated possession of drugs charges, which was for having methylenedioxymethamphetamine on May 27, 2019. He was sentenced to an additional nine months for the tampering with evidence charge for attempting to conceal drugs from authorities on Sept. 10, 2019. The six-month prison sentence for the second aggravated possession of drugs charge, for having oxycodone on May 25, 2018, will be served at the same time as the tampering with evidence charge.

Jennifer A. Libert, 45, Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, stipulated to violating the terms of her community control for charges of possession of drugs and permitting drug abuse. Her community control was dishonorably terminated and she was sentenced to six months in prison. The charges stemmed from having cocaine on Dec. 21, 2015, the same month she was allowing her North Market Street, Lisbon, apartment to be used for the commission of a felony drug abuse offense.

Gerald C. Lincoln, 47, Lake Park Row, Alliance, was found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction and pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs for having methamphetamines and clonazepam on Sept. 3, 2017. Lincoln was placed on a three-year intervention plan.

Richard D. Simons Jr., 20, East Street, East Palestine, pleaded guilty to possession of a deadly weapon while under detention, a third-degree felony, for having a shank consisting of a sharpened metal rod with a plastic handle while he was incarcerated at the county jail on Feb. 18 for a burglary charge. Simons was placed on five years community control for the new charge, which will start after he is released from prison in 2023.

Robert A. Fusion Jr., 43, West Wilson Street, Salem, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs for having methamphetamines on March 25, 2019. Fusion was placed on a two-year intervention treatment plan.

DeJoure C. Hawkins, 20, South Street, Alliance, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control for an attempted burglary conviction. Hawkins will remain on community control but was sentenced to spend up to six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. The charge was for being on a South Mahoning Avenue, Alliance, property of Nicholas and Katherine Tubbs, where he opened the kitchen window with the intent to commit a burglary on March 13, 2018.

David Michael Lee Liptay, 19, state Route 14, Columbiana, was placed on four years community control for grand theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer. On June 28, 2019, Liptay had taken a 1997 Chevy Camaro belonging to Shawn Mason and refused to stop for police causing a risk of harm to himself and others.

Justin J. Davis, 29, Eric Drive, Lisbon, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control, which he is on for a trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance charge from Nov. 12, 2015. His community control was dishonorably terminated and he was sentenced to nine months in prison with credit for 179 days already served.

Vernon L. Ballard, 46, Allendale Avenue, New Waterford, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs for having methamphetamines on Oct. 7, 2019. Ballard requested immediate sentencing and was placed on three years community control.

Nikki Jo Koffel, 31, Morton Street, East Liverpool, was given 18 months in prison for grand theft of a motor vehicle and possessing criminal tools with credit for 302 days already served. On Oct. 9, 2019, Koffel took a 1996 Toyota pickup belonging to Jared Clark, using an instrument to commit the defense. Charges of escape and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

Alayah Thornton, 20, Commerce Street, Wellsville, was placed on four years community control while ordered to serve up to six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center for tampering with evidence and possession of heroin. On March 20, 2019, Thornton had a heroin compound and attempted to conceal evidence from authorities.

Aaron Sugar, 23, East Garfield Road, Petersburg, was placed on four years community control for two counts of aggravated possession of drugs with a forfeiture specification. Sugar had psilocyn and morphine on May 25. The $1,130 Sugar had in his possession was ordered forfeited. A drug paraphernalia charge was dismissed.

Malik Pullie, 23, Commerce Street, Wellsville, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, for having hydrocodone on April 24, 2019. Pullie was sentenced to six months in prison concurrent with a 12-month sentence he is currently serving in a tampering with evidence conviction.


LISBON — In County Municipal Court, Jonathan M. Pullie, 45, Broadway, Wellsville, was bound over to the grand jury on a burglary charge for allegedly entering the home of Mayor Nancy Murray in Wellsville, where he reportedly was found standing above her when she awoke due to her dog barking on Sept. 19.

Ricardo Gonzalez Jr., 30, Bye Road, East Palestine, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of felonious assault and failure to comply. Gonzalez allegedly came too after being passed out behind the wheel, started to back up his vehicle despite being ordered to stop numerous times, nearly struck Deputy B.N. Deack, striking his police cruiser instead and then fled at a high rate of speed. A Nov. 5 pretrial was set for Gonzalez, who also was cited with driving under suspension and improper backing from the same alleged incident on Bye Road on Aug. 8.

Additionally, Gonzalez was credited with eight days served and sentenced to an additional 52 days in jail for drug paraphernalia and obstructing official business for having a crack pipe in a vehicle he was riding in and running away from the passenger seat on Aug. 21, when he had several warrants.

James A. Hiles, 29, Cleveland, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of receiving stolen property, falsification, possessing drug abuse instruments, obstructing official business and drug paraphernalia. Hiles was charge after allegedly driving in a vehicle in Salem on Oct. 12, which had been reported stolen in Canton; refusing to follow police commands when they stopped him; giving police a false name; and having both a syringe and a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamines.

Jordan Z. Thurmond, 29, Elmside Street, Alliance, a former employee of the county jail was bound over to the grand jury on charges of illegal conveyance of prohibited items. Thurmond was charged with allegedly bringing a package containing two pills marked amphetamines, two pills marked oxycodone, a bottle of marijuana, a lighter and smoking tobacco in his backpack.

Charles R. Wilke, 25, homeless, East Liverpool, was credited with three days served, sentenced to an additional 22 days in jail and fined $500 for two counts of assault for hitting another inmate Nicholas Ohanlon in the face multiple times on Sept. 19 and hitting another inmate, Jacob Martin, in the face at the jail on Sept. 7.

Jordan L. Slabaugh, 35, Firestone Avenue, Columbiana, was credited with three days served for counseling, sentenced to an additional three days in jail, fined $925, had his license suspended for a year and required 30 hours community service for OVI first offense and marked lanes.

A Nov. 30 pretrial was set for Adreana L. Smith, 28, Akron, cited with OVI first offense, speeding, a seat belt violation, possession of marijuana, open container, a child restraint violation and endangering children for allegedly having five children in the vehicle between the ages of 11 months and 10-years-old on Oct. 19.

Jerry D. Burroughs, 25, Canal Fulton, was fined $300 and required 80 hours of community service for failure to control and reckless operation amended from OVI.

A Dec. 3 pretrial was set for Jonathan H. White, 36, Wick Street, Salineville, cited with complicity to commit theft for allegedly assisting another person to conceal items to leave the Ace Hardware in Columbiana without paying on Sept. 16.

A Nov. 19 pretrial was set for James G. Patrick, 38, Township Line Road, Wellsville, charged with resisting arrest and obstructing official business for allegedly attempting to drop items onto the ground and fight with deputies before being tased on after deputies were called to a complaint involving a large bon fire and explosion on Friday.

Brent T. Durk, 26, Aetna Street, Salem, was fined $1,050, credited with seven days in jail and sentenced to an additional 83 days in jail for escape, two counts of obstructing official business, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and drug paraphernalia. On Sept. 17, Durk was allegedly the passenger in a vehicle belonged in a pursuit, when a camo bag containing a baggie with a crystal-like substance in it between the two seats. He reportedly refused to put his feet into the police cruiser to prevent the door from being closed and kicked the officer in the thigh, getting back out of the vehicle and being taken to the ground. Then Durk allegedly hid his face and went into the basement of a Sharp Street home when police knocked on the door on Oct. 15, refused to come out when ordered to do so and then screamed obscenities outside while being placed in the cruiser.

Jordan McMillan, 26, Cunningham Road, Salem, was fined $400, credited with 15 days in jail for aggravated menacing and criminal mischief. On Sept. 27, McMillan allegedly threatened to shoot Jessica L. Lasater at Randy Newberry’s home and took a hatchet to both taillights of Lasater’s vehicle before throwing it through the passenger side window.

A Dec. 1 pretrial was set for Kaylee Schrecengost, 34, Pearl Street, Columbiana, cited with driving under suspension.

Gage A. Gough, 26, Echo Dell Road, East Liverpool, was fined $200 for driving under suspension.

Nicholas Ryan Paxon, 19, Whinnery Road, Hanoverton, was fined $150 for following too close and possession of marijuana.

A citation for restrictions on issuance of license against Gage Kieran Walker, 20, West Sixth Street, East Liverpool, was dismissed.

ELO Muni

EAST LIVERPOOL — East LIverpool Municipal Court, Jocelyn L. Birch, Mary Street, was sentenced to 112 days in jail sentence for a probation violation.

Heather R. Brown, Cusick Road in Lisbon, was fined $250 and given a 30-day suspended jail sentence on a disorderly conduct charge plus ordered to complete 40 hours of community service.

Jeffery A. Boyd, Sprucevale Road, was fined $200 for driving under suspension.

Lori A. Pezant, New Cumberland, W.Va., was set for a Nov. 12 pretrial on a theft charge.

Lucas P. Kroesen, Cadmus Street, was set Nov. 12 for a theft pretrial.

Marlissa M. Hudson, Wilson Street, was set Wednesday pretrial on receiving stolen property and passing bad checks charges.

Stephanie N. Hudson, Wilbert Avenue, is scheduled for a Nov. 5 probable cause hearing.

Lena K. Berdine, Stagecoach Road, was set for a Thursday probable cause hearing.

Jordan M. Franklin, Main Street in Wellsville, was set for a Thursday pretrial on a domestic violence charge.

Amber L. Maraldo, Continental Drive in Salem, is set for a trial Thursday on drug abuse instruments and marijuana possession charges.

Jonathan R. Easterday, Wilbert Avenue, was set for pretrial Feb. 4 on a criminal trespass charge.


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