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THE COURTS

Common Pleas

New Cases

Jacob Arnette, Wellsville vs. Christina Arnette, Wellsville, divorce sought.

Dawnn M. Davis, Salem, and Christopher B. Davis, Lisbon, dissolution sought.

County Treasurer vs. Mary Margaret Bower, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Calcutta Smithferry Road, East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. William W. Dunlevy, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Fife Coal Road, Wellsville.

County Treasurer vs. Barbara Hull, now known as Buckius, et al. foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Park Avenue, East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. George and Bobbi Cheresne, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on New Garden Avenue, Salem.

County Treasurer vs. Quynnis L. Branham, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Ninth Street, Wellsville.

Docket Entries

Sonya Leigh Corrick vs. Joshua Corrick, divorce granted.

Melissa Crow, Wellsville, vs. Daniel Crow Sr., Wellsville, divorce granted.

Marcie N. Heinrich, Leetonia, vs. Bruce A. Heinrich Jr., Columbiana, dissolution granted.

Shawn Waltz, Salem, vs. Monica Waltz, Salem, dissolution granted.

Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local Union No. 33 vs. Brion Bailey, case settled and dismissed.

Reverse Mortgage Solutions Inc. vs. the unknown heirs of Carol J. Smith, et al., property on Chester Avenue, Wellsville, sold to the plaintiff for $24,000.

Huntington National Bank vs. Andrew E. Martin, et al., foreclosure ordered for property on Chester Avenue, Wellsville.

Court News

LISBON — Clinton M. Hodge, 31, Allen Avenue, Columbiana, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; OVI and driving under suspension for his actions behind the wheel on June 5. Sentencing is scheduled for June 14, when Hodge faces up to four years in prison, a lifetime license suspension and $12,075 in fines.

Daniel Lee Wilcox, 24, Ambrose Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to failure to fulfill violent offender database duties, a fifth-degree felony. Wilcox requested immediate sentencing and was placed on three-years community control. As an out-of-state offender of a violent crime, Wilcox is required to notify the sheriff of his address.

Joah Tandai Leffler, 37, Sherwood Drive, Wellsville, who was recently sentenced to 18 months in prison for abduction, domestic violence and intimidation of a victim, has had his case appealed by defense attorney Colleen Hall Dailey. The case will be forwarded to the Seventh District Court of Appeals in Youngstown. The charges involved an incident over a two-day period in June of 2020, when Leffler was accused of beating, knocking down and dragging his very pregnant girlfriend, Tiffany Allen. Leffler denied it was him who harmed Allen during his sentencing hearing in Common Pleas Court in early February.

Municipal Court

LISBON — Dexter O. Brand, 30, Danville, Ky., was bound over to the grand jury on a charge of improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle for allegedly having a semi-automatic pistol in the vehicle when he was stopped on state Route 11 when he had left from an East Washington Street, Lisbon, home just prior to the execution of a search warrant by the Columbiana County Drug Task Force on Feb. 23.

Jerrid Kotsch, 35, Elkton Road, Lisbon, was bound over to the grand jury on a charge of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; obstructing official business, possession of drug abuse instrument, failure to reinstate a license and improper registration. Kotsch is accused of throwing a hypodermic needle out of the window and placing suspected drugs into his mouth to hide them during a traffic stop on Feb. 13.

Michael W. Gunn, 49, Benton Road, Salem, was bound over to the grand jury on a charge of failure to verify his residence, which he is reportedly required to do every 180 days for 25 years as a Tier II sex offender following his conviction for gross sexual imposition in 2010.

Patrick Moore, 45, state Route 213, Hammondsville, was bound over to the grand jury on a charge of receiving stolen property for allegedly having a stolen U-Haul truck on Feb. 19.

Jesus Juan Gonzalez, 36, Union Street, Columbiana, was fined $1,800, had his license suspended for three years, sentenced to 30 days in jail and required 40 hours community service for OVI third offense, left of center and speeding.

A March 15 pretrial was set for Paul J. Kern, 41, Wood Street, East Palestine and a March 30 pretrial was set for Irina Marie Sprankle, 23, Wood Street, East Palestine. Both are charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia after six syringes and two cut straws with residue were reportedly found inside the home on Tuesday when a search warrant was executed by East Palestine police. Kern also has a pretrial on March 15 for a permitting drug abuse charge for allegedly allowing Logan Winters and others to use his home for drug use.

March 15 preliminary hearings were set for Edward H. Sprouse II, 34, Applegate Road, Lisbon, and Christian J. Francis, 30, Midland, Pa., each charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly entering a vacant home in Sprouse’s neighborhood to take items on Wednesday.

An April 20 pretrial was set for Tonia Louann Hays, 76, Jimtown Road, East Palestine, cited with OVI first offense and failure to control.

An April 22 pretrial was set for Roger J. Fitzsimmons, 49, Edgewood Drive, Salem, cited with OVI first offense and traffic control devices.

An April 27 pretrial was set for Katherine S. Tsilimos, 37, Pompano Beach, Fla., cited with OVI first offense and marked lanes.

Rafael L. Patterson, 31, Warren, was fined $350, had his license suspended for 180 days, required to attend a three-day counseling program and ordered 40 hours community service for speeding and reckless operation amended from OVI first offense.

An April 26 pretrial was set for William Hebron, 28, Macklin Road, New Waterford, cited with driving under suspension, driving under FRA suspension and traffic control device violation.

An April 8 pretrial was set for Rebecca Ann Byers, 39, Elm Avenue, Salem, charged with theft and telecommunications harassment. One charge was for allegedly shoplifting about $300 in merchandise from the Walmart in Salem on Feb. 1. The other is for allegedly attempting to call and text Douglass Moffett on Feb. 11 from a spoof number after she has been told on numerous occasions to cease contact.

Nicole L. Wolford, 28, Youngstown, was credited with 16 days in jail and sentenced to another four days in jail for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for taking Dennis Strawser’s vehicle without permission in August.

A March 15 pretrial was set for Brandon E. Hacker, 28, Grafton, charged with assault for allegedly kneeing Jacob Martin in the butt on Sept. 7 when both were incarcerated at the county jail.

An April 12 pretrial was set for Patrick W. White, 53, New Buffalo Road, Columbiana, charged with criminal trespassing for allegedly going into a Union Street home on Oct. 12 after he had been informed by the court he needed to vacate the premises on Oct. 10.

An April 22 pretrial was set for Mariah L. Vickroy, 22, North Market Street, Lisbon, charged with theft for allegedly shoplifting $93 in merchandise from the Salem Walmart on Feb. 13.

William David Reed, 39, East Third Street, Salem, was fined $350 for driving under suspension. A failure to display a valid sticker citation was dismissed.

Bristen Z. Lavant, 25, Smithfield Street, East Liverpool, was fined $430 for a red-light violation and two counts of driving under suspension.

Tony A. Dillinger, 40, Fair Avenue, Salem, was fined $300, credited with two days served in jail and ordered 40 hours community service for driving under suspension and theft for failing to scan $123 in merchandise at the Salem Walmart on Sept. 9.

Trey Ashton Mango, 20, Gills Lane, Hanoverton, was fined $100 for speeding.

An April 29 pretrial was set for Christopher M. Barnes, 33, Calcutta Smithferry Road, East Liverpool, cited with driving under suspension and a head light violation.

Harry Ehrhart, 49, West Lincoln Way, Lisbon, was fined $150 for two counts of public intoxication. A third citation of public intoxication was dismissed.

Shalonda Seaira Foster, 27, Akron, was fined $135 for driving under suspension and speeding.

Harper Farish, 31, Steubenville Pike, Salineville, was fined $100 for failure to control.

William Robert Swagger, 26, Park Court Columbiana, was fined $150 for driving under suspension.

East Liverpool Municipal

— Crystal L. Keys, of Bloomfield Road, was sentenced to a $350 fine, 30-day suspended jail sentence and 40 community service sanction hours on a theft charge. She is set for a review hearing at 1 p.m. May 7.

— A pretrial has been set at 2 p.m. April 22 for Brandy L. Reynolds, of Michigan Avenue, on charges of criminal trespass, criminal mischief and criminal damaging.

— Emily L. Smith, of Lisbon Street, is set for a pretrial at 1045 a.m. March 18 on a domestic violence charge.

— Jerry E. Riley, of Fenton Street, was sentenced to a $550 fine plus costs and 45 days in jail on a probation violation charge.

— Timothy Lasure, of West Ninth Street, had his status hearing continued to 1:30 p.m. March 12 on a domestic violence charge and is currently scheduled to stand trial at 9:30 a.. March 25.

— Ryan L. Pritt, of Lisbon Street, is set at 1 p.m. March 12 for a preliminary hearing on a felony domestic violence charge.

— Sheldon C. McDowell, of Fairview Street, was sentenced to 90 days in jail (credit for time served) on a probation violation charge and is set for review at 1 p.m. June 25.

— Harry A. Baum, of St. George Street, was sentenced to a $350 fine plus 120 days in jail (12 days imposed) and 40 community service sanction hours on a domestic violence charge. He is set to return for review at 1 p.m. May 7.

— Caleb A. Hoggard, of McKinnon Avenue, waived a preliminary hearing on a robbery charge to head straight to the Columbiana County grand jury and is set for a second pretrial at 10 a.m. April 12 on a no operator’s license charge.

— Jonathan R. Easterday, of Ravine Street, was bound over to the Columbiana County grand jury on a charge of felony domestic violence. He is set at 11 a.m. March 18 for a probable cause hearing for a probation violation.

— Michael A. Russell, of Riverside Avenue in Wellsville, is set for a status hearing at 11:50 a.m. March 18 on violating a protection order and criminal trespass charges.

— Taylor M. Greathouse, of Riley Avenue, was sentenced to a $250 fine plus a 30-day suspended jail sentence and 20 community service sanction hours on a disorderly conduct charge reduced from a first-degree misdemeanor theft charge.

Juvenile Court

— A 16-year-old boy was cited in juvenile court for allegedly violating the terms of his probation on Jan. 14 by choking his mother and striking her multiple times.

— A 13-year-old girl was cited after allegedly striking an employee of the Tobin Attention Center multiple times while she was housed at the facility on Feb. 11.

— A 16-year-old Wellsville girl was cited after leaving home Feb. 28 and failing to return home or let her parents or guardians know where she was.

— A 16-year-old Perry Township girl was cited for allegedly striking her mother and for screaming at and shoving another family member on Feb. 22.

— A 13-year-old Salineville girl was cited on Feb. 18 for allegedly refusing to follow household rules and being habitually disobedient.

— A 16-year-old Wellsville boy was cited for allegedly violating the terms of his probation by leaving Safehouse without permission on Feb. 10 and failing to return.

— Three Carrolton teenagers, ages 13, 14 and 16, were cited for allegedly damaging property at Walmart in Salem by throwing paint and other substances on the floor in the restroom on Jan. 9. The 16-year-old was also cited for breaking an object in the store.

— A 17-year-old Salem child was cited for allegedly stealing merchandise from Walmart, totaling $217 on Jan. 17.

— A 16-year-old Beaver Township boy was cited for allegedly violating the terms of his probation by pushing his step-mother down the stairs and striking her on Jan. 31.

— A 14-year-old Columbiana boy was cited for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl in July 2019. The boy was 12 years old the time the incident reportedly took place.

— A 16-year-old Salem boy was cited for allegedly threatening in a video to physically harm someone on Feb. 8. He was holding what appears to be a handgun in the video. The boy was also cited for yelling at and threatening to strike a woman.

— A 14-year-old Wellsville child was cited for allegedly damaging and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent on Jan. 12.

— A 14-year-old Wellsville girl was cited for allegedly stealing $3,000 from her grandparents on Aug. 8.

— A 17-year-old boy was cited for allegedly violating terms of his probation by posting a story on Snapchat of him claiming to be in possession of crystal meth while holding a ziploc bag of crystals. He also threatened to kill and maim “everyone he knows.” The boy is in recovery and admitted to relapsing and using fentanyl.

— A 19-year-old East Liverpool man was cited for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in May 2019. He was 17 years old at the time the incident reportedly took place.

A 16-year-old East Liverpool boy was cited for allegedly threatening to kill a dog, busting out the window of a vehicle owned by a family member, and testing positive for marijuana and alcohol on Jan. 6.

— A 14-year-old East Liverpool girl was cited for allegedly assaulting her mother on Jan. 25. She reportedly pulled her down by her hair and kicked her multiple times in the ribs.

A 14-year-old boy was cited for luring another boy into a doorway where he and another boy were waiting and threw paint in the victim’s face and struck him multiple times on Jan. 9.

— A 14-year-old Salem girl was cited for allegedly assaulting a girl by dragging her outside by the hair and hitting her several times on Jan. 1.

— A 12-year-old Salineville boy was cited for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with his 6-year-old sister in November 2020.

— A 14-year-old Lisbon boy was cited for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a child while she was sleeping in May 2020.

— A 16-year-old East Liverpool boy was cited on Jan. 7 for allegedly violating his probation by consuming alcohol, lighting a sweatshirt on fire, smashing out a window of his grandmother’s vehicle, threatening to strike everyone in the home if they allowed officers to enter, threatening to harm the neighbor’s dog and fleeing from his home several times.

— A 15-year-old Salem child was cited for allegedly blocking officers from entering the bathroom where the child’s father had overdosed on Oct. 31. The child was also cited for yelling and screaming at the officers.

— A 14-year-old Beaver Township boy was cited for allegedly video taping himself engaging in sexual conduct with a 6-year-old child on Aug. 14.

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