Court News

Common Pleas

New Cases

Kevin Coughen, Hammondsville, vs. Iliyah Barnes, East Liverpool, et al., excess of $25,000 sought for alleged injuries and damages from a traffic crash on state Route 45 at the intersection of Cameron Road on April 12, 2019.

Docket Entries

Bank of America vs. Michelle G. Zornick, et al., foreclosure ordered for property on Woodland Avenue, Salem.

Court News

LISBON — An Operation Big Oak defendant, Micheala Sue Reardon, 27, Cleveland, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to attempted engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony; corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in heroin, a second-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony; and two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both a fourth-degree felony. Reardon was sentenced to two years in prison and fined $7,500 after requesting immediate sentencing. In a separate case, Reardon pleaded guilty to illegal conveyance of a drug of abuse onto the grounds of a specified government facility and was sentenced to a year in prison with credit for 29 days already served and consecutive to the time she is serving in the Operation Big Oak case. Reardon had brought marijuana and tobacco to the county jail on July 7, 2019.

Susan Pritt, 37, East Sixth Street, Wellsville, stipulated to violating the terms of her community control, in three cases. On charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in cocaine from the Operation Big Oak case, Pritt’s community control was dishonorably terminated at this time. She was sentenced to a year in prison with credit for 299 days already served for three counts of possession of drugs for having both fentanyl and cocaine on May 4, 2018 and for fentanyl on March 27, 2017.

Another Operation Big Oak defendant, Roslyn Galloway, 35, Newell, W.Va., stipulated to violating the terms of her community control, which was dishonorably terminated at this time. Galloway had been convicted of three misdemeanor counts of attempted possession of drugs.

A fourth Operation Big Oak defendant, Gabe Rocchio, 39, New Cumberland, W.Va., stipulated to violating his community control from charges connected to the Operation Big Oak Case and was sentenced to a year in prison with his community control dishonorably terminated. Rocchio previously had pleaded guilty to 20 fifth-degree felony drug charges for the possession of fentanyl and crack cocaine in 2017.

Jason W. Yates, 41, Lodge Road, Leetonia, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of drugs and three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, along with a forfeiture specification. An April 22 sentencing hearing was set when he faces up to seven years in prison and a $20,000 fine, along with a five-year license suspension. Yates had been charged as part of a 35-count indictment involving 14 defendants involved in drug trafficking across the northern part of Columbiana County during the summer of 2018.

Another defendant from the same drug trafficking ring, Richard E. Kaufman IV, 36, Leetonia Road, Leetonia, pleaded guilty to possession of LSD and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs. He requested immediate sentencing and was sentenced to six months in prison with credit for 89 days already served.

Andrew D. Conner, 32, Klinger Avenue, Alliance, was sentenced to nine months in prison for possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, for having methamphetamines on Nov. 15, 2017. He was credited with eight days served and the prison sentence will run concurrent to another case, a tampering with evidence charge for which Conner is serving 18 months in prison with a credit of 206 days.

Holly L. Gorby, 39, Desellem Road, Lisbon, was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail for a probation violation for a conviction in 2016 of tampering with evidence, possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gorby had thrown a hypodermic needle and a burnt metal spoon out the window of a vehicle in which she was riding in New Waterford to keep law enforcement from finding them during a traffic stop.


LISBON — A Feb. 18 preliminary hearing was set in county Municipal Court for Caleb D. Kountz, 24, Broadway, Wellsville, charged with burglary, aggravated menacing and criminal damaging for allegedly going into the home of Abby Willis at the Brookview Apartments, Salineville, on Jan. 31, shattering numerous TVs and threatening to harm her cats with a knife and “gut them like a rabbit.”

A Feb. 18 preliminary hearing was set for Harold G. Bell Jr., 58, Grant Street, Salem, charged with obstructing justice on Thursday for allegedly telling authorities at his back door that he did not know an Amanda Hines and shutting the door while telling them he would look, then not answering the door for several minutes while police knocked and yelled at him from outside.

Stephen T. Westover, 30, Dutchtown School Road, Rogers, was bound over to the grand jury on a grand theft charge for allegedly taking a Pontiac Vibe without the permission of the owner Terry Rittegeer on Feb. 2.

A Feb. 18 preliminary hearing was set for Matthew P. Soldo, 40, Grant Street, Salem, charged with obstructing official business for allegedly telling police Amanda Hines was not at the home on Thursday, refusing to come back to the door and then hiding with Hines in the bedroom next to the back door.

A March 30 pretrial was set for Dennis McCartney, 41, Youngstown, cited with OVI third offense and failure to control.

A March 30 pretrial was set for Shawna M. Blake, 34, Yates Road, Salem, cited with OVI second offense, driving under suspension, failure to control and a seat belt violation.

A March 30 pretrial was set for Amanda Nicole Kropf, 33, Coraopolis, Pa., charged with OVI, taillights, child restraint, endangering children and open container in a motor vehicle for allegedly having three children in her vehicle and allowing one child to ride without any safety restraint, while Kropf was reportedly intoxicated on Thursday.

A Feb. 18 pretrial was set for Mary Elizabeth Kiehl, 36, state Route 558, Leetonia, charged with OVI first offense, no license, expired license, speeding, a seat belt violation, endangering children, drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana for allegedly having a 4-year-old child in her vehicle when she was allegedly under the influence of drugs on Jan. 27.

A Feb. 18 pretrial was set for Jordon Isaac Hebron, 18, East Clark Street, East Palestine, cited with obstructing official business, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing. On Thursday Hebron allegedly was attempting to break into the home of his ex-girlfriend, Carly Meckler, then ran from police.

A March 18 pretrial was set for Trevor O. Barr, 25, Grant Street, Lisbon, charged with endangering children for allegedly sleeping while his 1-and-a-half-year-old daughter was outside in the cold, crying and wearing only a shirt and diaper on Wednesday.

An April 1 pretrial was set for Nika-lya Lewis, 18, Green Valley Drive, Salem, charged with theft for allegedly failing to san $481 in merchandise at the Salem Walmart Jan. 25.

An April 1 pretrial was set for Chelsea M. Hagy, Enon Valley, Pa., cited with driving under suspension.

A March 25 pretrial was set for Joseph Paul Kopnitsky, 30, Youngstown, cited with driving under FRA suspension.

Christopher A. Hosey, 21, Youngstown, was fined $150 for possession of marijuana.

ELO Muni

EAST LIVERPOOL — In East Liverpool Municipal Court

Ryan P. McHenry, St. George Street, was fined $200 for no operator’s license and expired plates.

Marcus L.D. Love, Youngstown, was fined $125 for driving under FRA suspension and having a cracked windshield.

Shawnee L. Thomas, East Liverpool, was fined $130 for driving under suspension and driving alone on a permit.

Leykon N. Lamp, North Vine Street, Lisbon, was fined $200 for no license.

Charles A. Butler III, Chester, W.Va., was fined $110 for driving under suspension (LF) and plate light.

Kevin L. Byers, Calcutta Smith Ferry Road, was set Thursday for a preliminary hearing on a felony domestic violence charge.

A pretrial is set April 8 for Shawn M. Cunningham, East Eighth Street, on theft (two counts), plate light and driving under FRA suspension charges.

Charles L. Herron, Ross Street, was set April 15 for a pretrial on a criminal damaging charge.

Ashley M. Vanderhoff, East Third Street, Salem, was set April 8 on charges of driving under suspension (FTR) and fictitious plates.

Vanessa F. Lawrence, John Avenue, was set April 8 for a pretrial on a fictitious plates charge.

Andrew J. Garchar, Struthers, was set April 20 for a pretrial on a driving under an OVI suspension charge.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)


Starting at $4.39/week.

Subscribe Today