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LISBON — A Leetonia man accused of holding a woman against her will for three days in December is among 36 people indicted by the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury, which met for two days this week. The grand jury chose not to indict in two cases, issued 23 open indictments and 13 secret indictments. Jurors then toured the county jail virtually, due to the pandemic, including recent cases at the county jail.

The secret indictments will be released as they are served. The following are the open indictments:

Jonathan Paul Cunning, 29, Somer Street, Leetonia, is charged with abduction, a third-degree felony, and unlawful restraint, a third-degree misdemeanor. On Dec. 23, Cunning allegedly held a 29-year-old woman against her will in an upstairs bedroom of his Somer Street, Leetonia home, assaulting her, starving her and threatening both her and her child.

Mark Brewer, 44, Main Street, Wellsville, is charged with assault, a fourth-degree felony, and a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge. On Dec. 16, Brewer allegedly bit Wellsville police officer Danny Wallace while attempting to avoid being arrested.

Michael T. Boggs, 50, New Garden Avenue, Salem, is charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony; and illegal manufacturing of drugs, a second-degree felony; along with a firearm specification and a specification for the forfeiture of money in a drug related case. On Feb. 26, Boggs allegedly had the ingredients and several one-pot methamphetamine labs inside his home, along with a firearm and $437 in drug-related proceeds.

Jamie P. Tice Jr., 20, last known address East Sixth Street, Salem, is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, for allegedly striking his mother, Kristie Tice, in the face on March 9, which caused her to seek medical attention for suspected broken bones around her eye socket and nose.

Caleb A. Hoggard, 18, McKinnon Avenue, East Liverpool, is charged with two counts of robbery, both third-degree felonies. On March 2, Hoggard allegedly robbed both the Mainland Gas Station and the A-1 Drive Thru.

Chastin C. Hobley, 27, Steubenville, is charged with improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle for allegedly transporting a loaded FN 9-millimeter pistol in a way that made it accessible to the driver or passenger without leaving the vehicle on Dec. 21.

Justin B. Schroeder, 34, Zenith Court, East Liverpool, is charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and theft, a misdemeanor charge. On Oct. 15, Schroeder allegedly broke into the Wellsville Schools at night and stole mini PC.

Dexter O. Brand, 30, Danville, Ky., is charged with improper handling firearms in a motor vehicle and having weapons while under a disability. On Feb. 23, Brand allegedly had an accessible loaded Smith and Wesson MP-40 firearm in the vehicle when he has a prior burglary conviction in Kentucky in 2013, which prohibits him from having a firearm.

Jerrid A. Kotsch, 35, Riffle Road, New Waterford, is charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and obstructing official business and possessing drug abuse instruments both misdemeanor charges. Kotsch allegedly had a syringe and a paper fold of suspected drugs, which he attempted to hide from authorities on Feb. 13.

Bradley M. McKenzie, 40, Westfield Road, East Liverpool, is charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and possession of drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor. On Feb. 2, McKenzie allegedly had attempted to hide a folded paper containing suspected drugs from authorities and had a syringe.

Diego B. Gonzalez, 32, Youngstown, is charged with receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly having a 2020 Ford Fusion on Feb. 9, which had been obtained through a theft offense.

Robert Allen Ford, 34, Harker Avenue, East Liverpool, is charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, for alleged harming Amanda Marie Boyd on Jan. 1, when he had a prior conviction for domestic violence in East Liverpool Municipal Court in 2017.

Johnathon Raymond Easterday, 30, Ravine Street, East Liverpool, is charged with domestic violence, a third-degree felony, for allegedly harming Blakely Cooper on March 1, when Easterday already has two prior convictions for domestic violence in 2019 and 2020.

Samuel F. Masters Jr., 44, Waterloo Street, East Liverpool, is charged with failure to provide notice of a change of address, a third-degree felony. On March 18, Masters allegedly did not provide the sheriff with his new address, which he is reportedly required to do after a 2011 sexual battery conviction.

Patrick Moore, 45, Corydon, Ind., is charged with receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly having a 2019 Ford 20-foot box truck on Feb. 23, after it had been stolen.

Christopher Ryan Steele, 34, Grove Alley, East Liverpool, is charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony; theft, a fifth-degree felony; and criminal damaging, a misdemeanor. On Feb. 27, Steele allegedly harmed Emily Nicole Lawson by choking her, dragging her and punching her numerous times in the back of the head, when he has a prior conviction for domestic violence in 2014. Additionally, he is accused of slashing her tires, breaking a door jam and stealing her bank card.

Jenny L. Olmstead, 44, Lincoln Avenue, East Liverpool, is charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly harming Delbert Hall on Feb. 18, when she had been previously convicted of a domestic violence charge on Aug. 15, 2019 in East Liverpool Municipal Court.

Mark A. Walton, 55, East Main Street, East Palestine, is charged with having weapons while under a disability, a third-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a misdemeanor. On March 4, Walton allegedly had a Hi-Point, .40-caliber pistol, while he was under indictment for a domestic violence offense and when he was threatening to harm Cinthia Hannan.

Jesse Steven McVey, 20, Center Avenue, Lisbon, is charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly harming Angel Jean Anna Myers, his fiance, by dragging her by the hair, hitting her in the face and slamming her off a table on Dec. 14, when McVey has a prior conviction for domestic violence in 2019.

Jeffrey Wayne Miller, 40, Dresden Avenue, East Liverpool, is charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony; and violating a protection order, a third-degree felony. On March 10, Miller allegedly violated a protection order and harmed Leeza Edge, when he has a prior domestic violence conviction in 2004.

John K. Olenik, 53, state Route 172, Minerva, is charged with domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor for allegedly harming Heather Jean Olenik on Oct. 1, 2020.

Brian G. McCullough, 55, Sebring, is charged with three counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them, each a third-degree felony, for driving on Jan. 23, when he had a prior felony conviction for OVI in 2007.

Caleb Daniel Kountz, 24, Nicolaus Avenue, Wellsville, is charged with criminal mischief and aggravated menacing, both misdemeanor charges. On Jan. 31, Kountz allegedly threatened Abby Louis Louis and damaged two of her televisions.

Common Pleas

Docket Entries

Salem Community Hospital vs. Heather M. Semeraro, Niles, defendant ordered to pay plaintiff $25,035.

Imperial Valley Properties LLC vs. Susan E. Stone-May, et al., property on state Route 170, East Liverpool, sold to Matthew Haught for $20,500.

Jack Marchbanks, director of Ohio Department of Transportation vs. Christopher N. Austin, et al., $28,500 ordered released to defendant.

JPMorgan Chase Bank vs. Jeffrey A. Doolin, et al., case reactivated, foreclosure dismissed.

Wendy Frantz vs. Robert Frantz, divorce granted.

County Treasurer vs. Heidi J. Smith, now known as Russell, et al., foreclosure ordered for property on Main Street, Wellsville.

County Treasurer vs. Stephenie J. Clasen, foreclosure ordered for property on 13th Street, Wellsville.

Grand Jury

LISBON — Patrick S. Murphy, 36, Maplewood Avenue, East Liverpool, was served a secret indictment charging him with aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. On Oct. 8, 2020, Murphy allegedly had methamphetamines. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in February.

Court News

LISBON — One of the Operation Big Oak defendants, Brandon M. Diddle, 40, Hammondsville Road, Wellsville, appeared in Common Pleas Court for a probation violation hearing, had his community control dishonorably terminated and was sentenced to three years in prison for attempted engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in cocaine, aggravated possession of drugs and two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Diddle was one of the 100 people indicted as part of the Operation Big Oak case in 2017 for a drug ring responsible for bringing cocaine, heroin and fentanyl from the Cleveland area to sell to those in the local area.

The intervention treatment plan was terminated for Robert M. Hoperich, 47, South Lincoln Avenue, Salem, and he was placed on community control for the fifth-degree felony possession of drugs charge to which he previously pleaded guilty.

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