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Dedra A. Ours, East Liverpool, vs. Dennie J. Ours IV, East Liverpool, divorce sought.

Docket Entries

Huntington National Bank vs. Timothy Frederick, et al., case dismissed.

Dawnn M. Davis, Salem, and Christopher B. Davis, Salem, dissolution granted.

Grand Jury

Ashley House, 33, Hilltop Drive, Lisbon, was served a secret indictment charging her with aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly having methamphetamines on Sept. 17, 2020. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in April.

Megan Behnke, 33, Cleveland, was served a secret indictment charging her with possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony, for drugs she allegedly had on Sept. 26, 2020. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in March.

Court News

LISBON — In Common Pleas Court, David Leroy Coulter, 39, Steubenville Pike, Lisbon, pleaded guilty to falsification and two counts of failure to provide notice of change of address. He was placed on six months community control, credited with 71 days served in jail and required to serve an additional 19 days in jail. A registered sex offender with a conviction in 2001 for gross sexual imposition, Coulter misled authorities and failed to provide his address on both May 7, 2019 and March 1, 2021.

Samuel J. Lapin II, 33, South Range Road, North Lima, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony for allegedly having methamphetamines on July 2, 2018. Lapin faces up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine. Sentencing is set for Sept. 20.

Brandi Cope, also known as Brandi McVay, 27, Ohio Avenue Salem, stipulated to violating the terms of her community control on prior convictions of receiving stolen property, breaking and entering, attempted breaking and entering and four counts of possession of drugs. She was sentenced to 21 months in prison for those charges which stemmed from her actions on Feb. 9, 2018 when she was in a stolen Jeep Liberty, broke into The Stagecoach Inn in North Georgetown taking about $200 in cash, attempted to break into Thomas’ Market on state Route 9 and was caught with suboxone, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl in her wallet.


LISBON — An April 29 preliminary hearing was set in county Municipal Court for Benjamin R. Phillips, 46, West Fourth Street, Salem, charged with two counts of burglary. On Thursday morning, Phillips allegedly forced his way past the owner of one Bayard Road home and had to be pushed out of the house, as well as forced the front door open of another Bayard Road home where the owner then pushed him out the door. He then reportedly took off running toward a stopped school bus. Bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety and he remained in custody.

A May 6 pretrial was set for Lance J. Steffel, 66, East Main Street, Washingtonville, charged with OVI fourth offense, OVI refusal with prior within 20 years, driving under suspension and resisting arrest for allegedly refusing to get out of the truck when deputies were arresting him on a warrant, attempting to cling onto the steering wheel while he was being physically removed from the vehicle.

A May 6 pretrial was set for Andre Sloan, 21, Wood Street, Wellsville, charged with domestic violence for allegedly harming Kelsee Chafins by ripping her shirt and leaving visible bruises on her neck on Tuesday.

Angela G. Wright, 24, Salem-Alliance Road, Salem, was fined $450 for use of an unauthorized plate, invalid sticker and two counts of driving under suspension.

A June 10 pretrial was set for Jessica A. Buschagen, 33, Warren, cited with illegal drug paraphernalia for allegedly having a glass crack pipe in her purse during a traffic stop in Columbiana on Friday.

A June 17 pretrial was set for Nigel J. Reynolds, 26, Warren, cited with illegal drug paraphernalia for allegedly having a black digital scale and a paper fold containing suspected cocaine on Friday.

Richard Vecchio, 58, state Route 164, Lisbon, was fined $300 for two counts of public intoxication – one for being intoxicated outside of Numbers on April 17 and one for being intoxicated near Subway on March 19.

Austin R. Lemasters, 23, West Main Street, Salineville, was fined $100 for driving under suspension.

A driving under FRA suspension citation was dismissed against Morgan Marie Kaser, 19, West Main Street, Salineville.

A littering from a vehicle citation against Willard R. Miller, 71, New Springfield, was dismissed after it was wrongly cited as a traffic offense instead of a criminal one. Miller was accused of discarding litter at the East Palestine recycling center on March 29.


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