The Courts

Common Pleas

New Cases

Tara Amill, Youngstown, vs. Christopher Amill, Austintown, dissolution sought.

Rita Vennetti, North Lima, vs. Joseph A. Humphries, Poland, order sought dissolving Preferred Care Partners LLC, an Ohio LLC.

Gregory and Brian Beight, co-executors of the estate of Norman and Judith Beight, vs. the state of Ohio’s Department of Taxation, Jobs and Family Services, Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, et al., dissolution of business Unity Foods, Inc.

Docket Entries

Wilmington Savings Fund Society vs. Ruby G. Breneman, et al., loan reinstated, prior order canceled, case dismissed.

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. Jillian L. Parker, et al., foreclosure ordered for property on Woodland Avenue, Salem.

Matthew Altman vs. Bernard William Durant, et al., case settled and dismissed.

Grand Jury

LISBON — Brandon Scot Moore, 26, North West Street, Salem, is charged with two counts of rape, both first-degree felonies, for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a child by force or threat of force on Jan. 1.

Levi A. Shields, 24, Labelle Terrace, East Liverpool, was served a secret indictment charging him with possession of fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony, for drugs he allegedly had on Aug. 3.

Both indictments were issued by the grand jury in April.

Court News

LISBON — In Common Pleas Court, Brandon C. Davis, 45, Poland, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, a fourth-degree felony; and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony. Sentencing is set for July 23. He is facing up to four and a half years in prison, a $15,000 fine and a lifetime license suspension. On July 24, 2019, Davis fled from police and had hidden in the woods. He then failed to come out when ordered to do so by police multiple times, leading to a K-9 being sent in after him.

Adam Brian Valentin Olzak Jr., 23, Alderlick Road, Wellsville, pleaded guilty to domestic violence, criminal damaging, possessing drug abuse instrument and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Sentencing is set for July 23. Olzak faces up to two years and 30 days incarceration, a fine of $6,750 and a license suspension of up to five years. On Sept. 25, Olzak had caused harm to his mother, Lisa Hall, by grabbing her by the wrist and shoving her. He also damaged a television and had a syringe and scales.

Thomas Wilbur Davis, 33, College Street, East Liverpool, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control for a failure to register conviction. The violations were largely financial and community control is terminated. Davis is required to register his address following a 2007 conviction of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, which he failed to comply with in 2017.

Frank L. Spencer, 55, Haessly Road, Hanoverton, stipulated to violating the terms of his intervention in lieu of conviction treatment plan. He is now to continue on community control for a cultivation of marijuana conviction. On Feb. 2, 2017, the Columbiana County Drug Task Force found 2,478 grams of marijuana.

Jasmine Marie Jackson, 25, Youngstown, was placed on four years community control for tampering with evidence, possession of heroin and two counts of possession of fentanyl-related compound. Jackson had attempted to hide drugs inside a body cavity during a traffic stop on Jan. 3, 2019. She was credited with 13 days served in jail.

Sarah L. Hudson, 32, West Pershing Street, Salem, was placed on three years community control while ordered to serve 10 days in jail for trespassing in a habitation. Hudson had walked into the home of Grayson Anderson, Salem-Alliance Road, Salem on June 28, 2019, which she reportedly did after walking many miles after getting away from a bad relationship. While in Anderson’s home, she had made herself something to eat and went to sleep in a bed.

William B. Royal, 23, West Middletown Road, Salem, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and was placed on three years community control. On Sept. 12, Royal had trespassed into a shed belonging to Robert Crawford, stealing several items.

Charles E. Dorff, 60, Jones Drive, Salem, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony and was immediately placed on three years community control. On Nov. 22, 2019, Dorff had been found in possession of methamphetamines.


LISBON — In county Municipal Court, Bergen Mitchell Weyand, 20, Anna Street, East Palestine, was fined $1,475, had his license suspended for a year, required to attend a three-day counseling program and ordered 60 hours community service for OVI first offense, a turn signal violation, endangering children, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and underage consumption for driving while intoxicated with a 17-year-old in the vehicle, along with a vape pen with a green tar substance inside of cartridges and three unopened bottles of grape Smirnoff Ice and three more unopened bottles of Redd’s Hard Apple Strawberry cider.

Raymond Lee Dicross, 44, Apple Street, Salem, was sentenced to 20 days in jail, fined $1,300, had his license suspended for two years and required 40 hours community service for OVI third offense and failure to control.

Stephen J. Semian, 64, Mechanicstown, was fined $925, had his license suspended for a year, required a three-day counseling program and ordered 40 hours community service for OVI first offense and failure to control.

Michael D. Buzulencia, 62, Warren, was fined $925, had his license suspended for 180 days, required three days counseling and ordered 20 hours community service for assured clear distance and physical control amended from OVI.

A June 1 pretrial was set for Cruz Allen Murphy, 29, state Route 39, Wellsville, charged with OVI first offense and failure to control.

An April 29 disposition hearing was set for Charles Louk, 47, Struthers, who pleaded no contest to assault for repeatedly kicking and punching Tom Fitzgerald in the head and face while he was on the ground on Nov. 15 with the help of a co-defendant, Nicholas Martin. Fitzgerald was later transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.

Steven Smith Jr., 30, Aten Avenue, Wellsville, was fined $600 and sentenced to 60 days in jail for endangering children and possession of a drug abuse instrument having a child about 4 years old in the back seat of the car without a car seat and when Smith was found to have a needle in his back pocket.

An April 26 pretrial was set for Michael S. Smith, 39, McCracken Road, Salem, charged with resisting arrest and domestic violence for allegedly threatening to beat his live-in girlfriend Grace Roessler to death, slit her throat and burn the house down on April 9. He also reportedly was holding a butane torch when deputies arrived, resisted going into handcuffs and placed his feet in such a way to make it more difficult to place him into the cruiser.

Corey S. Barnes, 31, Seigler Road, Salineville, was fined $150 for disorderly conduct amended from violating a temporary protection order for sending a text message to Cylee J. Barnes three and a half hours after he was served with his protection order on Nov. 17.

James J. Thorne, 27, state Route 45, Lisbon, waived his rights to an extradition hearing so he can be returned to Pennsylvania where he allegedly has a warrant for theft by deception-false impression.

Michelle L. Shingleton, 32, Ohio Avenue, Salem, was fined $250 and required 40 hours community service for theft for shoplifting from the Salem Walmart by failing to scan items and then placing them into bags on July 23.

Ronald F. Clemens, 38, West Main Street, Salineville, was fined $250, credited with a day in jail and required 40 hours community service for obstructing official business for denying Shane Hart was at his home, when he was inside and locked the door while Clemens was speaking to Salineville police on May 26.


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