The Courts

EP police sued

EAST PALESTINE — An East Palestine woman charged with obstructing official justice and resisting arrest is suing two East Palestine officers, the chief and the police department for an incident in February 2020.

Betsy L. Theodore, 452 Alice St., East Palestine, is suing officers Matthew Elser and William Milliken III, as well as Chief James Brown III and the East Palestine Police Department for assault, false arrest and malicious prosecution.

Theodore was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest Feb. 9, 2020 after allegedly lying to officers about the identity of Travis Mosti, 38, who had a warrant out of Jefferson County. Both charges are second-degree misdemeanors and Theodore pleaded innocent at her arraignment Feb. 10, 2020. A jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 18, 2021 on the charges.

Theodore is claiming she was handcuffed, physically assaulted, taken to jail, processed and subjected to verbal abuse by the officers and jailed until her arraignment Feb. 10, 2020. She is seeking an amount of compensation “in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits that would adequately compensate” her for injuries and damages suffered.

Theodore is represented by Attorney Lawrence W. Stacey II.

Brown did not respond to a request for comment.

— Kevin Howell

Common Pleas

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Michael Dopudja, Chester, W.Va., vs. Walmart Stores East LP, excess of $25,000 sought for alleged injuries following a fall in the entrance of the Calcutta Walmart on Aug. 27, 2019.

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LoanDepot.com LLC vs. Frederick W. Schuller Jr., et al., case reactivated.

Lakeview Loan Servicing LLC vs. Christopher W. McGath, et al., foreclosure ordered for property on East Seventh Street, Salem.

County Treasurer vs. Earl A. Schory II, et al., case returned to the active docket.

Court News

LISBON — In Common Pleas Court, Robert L. Gailey, 46, Hookstown, Pa., one of the Operation Big Oak defendants, stipulated to violating the terms of his intervention in lieu of conviction treatment plan, which was then dishonorably terminated. He was credited with 29 days served in jail and placed on three years of community control. Gailey had initially pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine and three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs for fentanyl and crack cocaine he was selling sometimes from his home in February, March, May and June of 2017.

Zachary R. Fraser, 22, Scotts Mill Road, Rogers, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control for a trafficking in drugs charge and a possession of drugs charge. His community control was dishonorably terminated and he was sentenced to 270 days in jail with credit for 199 days served. The charges were for having marijuana prepared for sale in five separately packaged bags, as well as several empty plastic bags and a set of digital scales in his vehicle during a search on Jan. 22, 2017. He was also found to have three tablets of temazepam at the time. In a separate case, Fraser was placed on three years community control for a possession of cocaine charge, for having the substance on Nov. 20, 2019.

Justin Knopp, 43, Church Street, New Waterford, pleaded guilty to a possession of drugs charge, a fifth-degree felony. Knopp requested immediate sentencing. He was sentenced to six months in the county jail with credit for 155 days already served. The charge was for having a metallic pipe containing cocaine on Dec. 22, 2004. A bench warrant had been issued for Knopp by former Judge C. Ashley Pike in 2005 after Knopp failed to appear for a pretrial hearing.


LISBON — In county Municipal Court, Jacob E. Andrews, 41, state Route 170, East Palestine, was fined $250, credited with a day in jail and required 40 hours community service for domestic violence for assaulting Tammy Souers, his live-in girlfriend in Salem, by punching her in the side of her face while they were arguing in the vehicle after a Christmas party on Dec. 13.

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EAST LIVERPOOL — In East Liverpool Municipal Court, Brian S. Allen and Kim Allen, both of South Shadylane Drive, are set for trial March 31 on a charge of failure to file city income tax.

Kimberly D. McCartney (aka Busby), of Georgetown, Pa., was fined $250 and given, 60 days in jail (suspended) and 40 community service hours for theft. She also is banned from county Walmarts.

Chelsea A. Madison, McIntosh Road, Wellsville, was fined $350 and given 60 days in jail (suspended) and 40 community service hours for theft. She is banned from county Walmarts.

Krissy L. Billiter, Fairway Road, was fined $350 and given 60 days in jail (three imposed) and 40 community hours for driving on an OVI suspension.

Gage A. Gough, Echo Dell Trailer Park, was fined $150 for driving under suspension.

Gabriel F. Brady, Lori Lane, was fined $250 and given 30 days in jail (two imposed) and 20 community service hours for domestic violence.

Kathy McCormack, South Shadylane Drive, was fined $250 plus costs with $200 being held in abeyance pending compliance with required purchase of rental license on a rental permit required charge.

Robert L. Vandyke, Wilbert Avenue, is set for a second pretrial March 8 on a telephone harassment charge.

Rilee M. Ward, Fairway Road, is set for a status hearing March 8 on a domestic violence charge.

Angela L. Craft, Pennsylvania Avenue, was set April 8 for a pretrial on a passing bad checks charge.

Bethany N. Vandyke, 15th Street, Wellsville, was set for pretrial April 8 on charges of expired license, improper registration, theft and fictitious plates.


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