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The Courts

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New Cases

Ashley Marx, Salem, vs. Timothy Ryan Huston, Salem, et al., excess of $25,000 sought for alleged injuries from a traffic crash on state Route 45 in Perry Township on Nov. 20, 2018.

USA acting through the Rural Housing Service USDA vs. Diane M. Brown, et al., foreclosure sought for property on Eastview Drive, Salem.

Docket Entries

County Treasurer vs. Gary Wagner, et al., foreclosure ordered for property on Main Street, Wellsville.

Grand Jury

LISBON — A former Unity Township man who fled from deputies for several weeks late this summer and a man who broke into the home of the mayor of Wellsville were among those who were indicted by the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury this week. The grand jury issued 20 indictments, including the 11 open indictments listed here. The nine additional secret indictments will be released as they are served.

Ricardo Gonzalez Jr., also known as Richard Gonzalez Jr., 30, New Springfield, is charged with felonious assault, a first-degree felony; failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a fourth-degree felony; and failure to stop after an accident, a first-degree misdemeanor. Gonzalez allegedly attempted to strike a deputy, Brian Deack, with a 2010 Chevrolet vehicle, and fled from deputies after striking Deack’s sheriff’s office cruiser on Aug. 8.

Jonathan M. Pullie, 45, Broadway, Wellsville, is charged with trespassing in a habitation, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly going into the home of Mayor Nancy Murray, 10th Street, Wellsville, on Sept. 19.

Nicole M. Hilton, also known as Nicole M. Pucci-Hilton, 50, East Lincoln Way, Lisbon, is charged with assault, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly harming Lt. Sharmian M. Daub of the Lisbon police department on Sept. 9.

Jessica L. Lasater, 33, Cunningham Road, Salem, is charged with failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, for her alleged actions in a vehicle on June 13.

Adam Brian Valentin Olzak Jr., 23, Alderlick Road, Wellsville, is charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony; and misdemeanor charges of criminal damaging, possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Sept. 25, Olzak allegedly harmed Lisa Hall, when he already has a domestic violence conviction in July; damaged Hall’s television; and had both a syringe and scales for drugs.

Mason A. Taylor, 20, Oakmont Avenue, East Liverpool, is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony for allegedly harming Matthew Jerome with a handheld metal object with pointed ends on Aug. 2.

Kaleb J. Farnsworth, 26, 15th Street, Wellsville, is charged with a fourth-degree felony assault, a third-degree felony escape and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and falsification. On Oct. 6, Farnsworth allegedly harmed deputy Willie L. Coleman, broke from detention, interfered with his own arrest and made a misleading statement to authorities.

Kenneth E. Steiginga, 60, Madison, is charged with trespassing in a habitation, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly going into the home of Deirdre Steiginga, Walnut Grove Lane, New Waterford, on July 17.

Jeffery D. Meredith, 50, Smithfield Street, East Liverpool, is charged with trespassing in a habitation, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly breaking into a home on Oct. 14.

David Leroy Coulter, 39, Steubenville Pike, Lisbon, is charged with failure to register and failure to provide notice of change of address, both third-degree felonies; as well as a misdemeanor falsification charge. Coulter allegedly did not register his address on May 7, 2019 after he had been convicted of gross sexual imposition in 2001. He is also accused of failing to notify the sheriff when his address changed on Sept. 29, 2020, then allegedly lied to authorities on Nov. 10.

Jordan Michael Franklin, 25, Main Street, Wellsville, is charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. Franklin allegedly harmed Heather Nichole Craft on Oct. 17.

Court News

LISBON — Ross A. Chaplow, 38, Metz Road, Columbiana, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to vandalism, a fifth-degree felony; two counts of assault, one a fourth-degree felony and the other a misdemeanor; and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, along with the forfeiture specification. He faces up to two years in prison, a five-year license suspension and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Dec. 18.

Chaplow was charged with assault for throwing a chunk of asphalt at Sgt. detective Caleb Wycoff on Sept. 6. Wycoff had responded after Chaplow shoved Andy Entrikin and then began breaking the windows of Entrikin’s home after he went inside, damaging a door and using a power saw to damage Entrikin’s Dodge truck.

Chaplow was also apart of a 14-defendant, 35 count indictment in relation to a drug ring in the north part of Columbiana County in 2018, when he had methamphetamines in his possession and $50 in drug-related funds. Another drug-related charge was for having methamphetamines on Jan. 16, 2020.

Joshua C. Kersey, 38, Sixth Street, Wellsville, pleaded guilty to burglary, a second-degree felony; and misdemeanor charges of criminal damaging, domestic violence, obstructing official business, possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia. Kersey used a crowbar to break into the Crews Road, Wellsville, home of Edward Zelasko on March 22, threatening Rachel Zelasko, breaking windows and a chair and demanding money from her.

Additionally, he obstructed in the ability of authorities to arrest him by fleeing, when he was found to have a syringe as well as other drug paraphernalia on March 25. Sentencing is set for Jan. 29, when he faces up to 13 years and two months incarceration, a five-year license suspension and a fine of $18,000.

Douglas G. Pridemore, 51, Moundsville, W.Va., pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. Pridemore attempted to hide the fact he had cocaine on Sept. 27, 2018. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 30, when he faces up to four years in prison, a five-year license suspension and a fine of $12,500.

Jaquon Rozier, 24, Akron, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, for attempting to hide heroin from authorities on March 20, 2019. He faces up to four years in prison, a five-year license suspension and a fine of $12,500. Sentencing is set for Feb. 4.

Anthony P. Cook, also known as Tony, 56, Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. He had broken into the Hissom Construction building on Webber Way, East Liverpool, on Dec. 7, 2019. Cook faces up to a year in prison and a fined of $2,500. Sentencing is set for Jan. 29.

Timothy R. Foster, 28, Yeager Road, Negley, was sentenced to 11 months in prison, fined $1,350 and had his license suspended for 10 years for OVI, a fourth-degree felony. Foster was impaired and driving in Wellsville, and tested .225 BAC with a breath test on July 28, 2019, which is nearly three-times the legal limit. He has three prior OVI convictions in the past 10 years.

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