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Village of Wellsville, care of Regional Income Tax Agency, vs. Mark S. Croskey, Wellsville, $6,150 plus interest sought for alleged unpaid municipal taxes from 2015 through 2019.

Premier Bank vs. Gloria J. Van Etten, et al., foreclosure sought for property on Parkway, East Liverpool.

Docket Entries

Kent State University vs. Candice L. Smith, also known as Candice Shepard, defendant ordered to pay plaintiff $3,338 plus interest.

Sarah L. Giron vs. Sean M. Giron, divorce granted.

Shawn A. Hawk, Lisbon, and Maeggan L. Hawk, Lisbon, dissolution granted.

Patrick M. Davis, East Palestine, and Kerri C. Davis, Lisbon, divorce granted.

Marriage Licenses

Robert G. Carr, 87, Nicholas, S.C., retired, and Norma A. Hylton, 79, East Palestine, retired.

Riccardo Dion Lewis Sr., 52, Salem, assistant mechanic, and Tanishia Deann Lewis, 38, Salem, state tested nurse aide.

Christopher A. Anderson, 37, Columbiana, sanitation supervisor, and Nicolle Reanea Smith, 32, Columbiana, unemployed.

Justin Adrian Byler, 23, Minerva, roofer, and Heather Rebecca Weaver, 24, Minerva, artist.

Court News

LISBON – In Common Pleas Court, Tavares J. Bell, 39, Willowick, pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal conveyance of a drug of abuse onto the grounds of a detention facility, along with a forfeiture specification. Bell faces up to six years in prison and a $20,000 fine for the two third-degree felony charges. Sentencing is set for July 23. Bell had been found with cocaine and fentanyl inside his sock when he was booked into the county jail on Aug. 31, 2017. The forfeiture specification involved $135 in drug proceeds.

Tyler Austin, 27, Steubenville, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, possession of drug abuse instruments, illegal drug paraphernalia and three counts of aggravated possession of drugs. He faces up to four years in prison and a fine of $11,000, as well as a five-year license suspension. Sentencing is set for May 27. One charge is for having oxycodone on Aug. 12. The other charges are for having amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, a syringe and other paraphernalia on Nov. 19, 2019.

Angelina M. Carosella, 46, Beard Road, New Springfield, was found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction. She pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs for having oxycodone on May 29 and was placed on a three-year treatment program.

David W. Fonner, 31, Carlisle Road, Lisbon, was found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction and pleaded guilty to improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. He was placed on a three-year treatment program. On Feb. 17, 2020, Fonner was found to have a loaded Taurus Judge pistol inside his vehicle when he was stopped in East Liverpool.

Justin A. Green, 30, Cross Street, Columbiana, stipulated to violating the terms of his community service for a breaking and entering charge. He was sentenced to 242 days in jail with credit for 202 already served. The breaking and entering charge was from 2016, when he trespassed into Angel Enterprises, state Route 14, New Waterford, which was owned by Jerry Angel.

Brandi Lee Cope, also known as Brandi Lee McVay, 27, Cleveland, stipulated to violating the terms of her community control on a possession of a fentanyl-related compound charge. She was sentenced to an additional six months in prison consecutive to time she is serving in another case from 2018. In this matter, Cope had been found with a fentanyl-related compound on Nov. 21, 2018.

Brandon D. Savin, 26, Oakland Avenue, East Liverpool, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control. He was sentenced to serve 60 days in the county jail with credit for 35 days already served for a receiving stolen property conviction. The charge had been for having a 1998 Jeep Cherokee belonging to Gregory Norman Paff on June 7, 2016.


LISBON — A May 24 preliminary hearing was set in county Municipal Court for Christy A. Harpold, 42, Sherwood Avenue, East Liverpool, charged with obstructing official business after being accused of lying about not knowing the identity of the driver of the vehicle she was riding in when it crashed on April 18, when it was later determined the driver had been her boyfriend, Eric Jordan, who fled after the crash.

A May 25 pretrial was set for Patrick Stephen Murphy, 36, Clark Avenue, Wellsville, charged with OVI, driving under FRA suspension and failure to stop after an accident.

Jenna Marie Eileen Dickson, 25, Akron, was fined $1,025, had her license suspended for a year, required to attend a three-day counseling program and ordered 40 hours community service for failure to control and physical control amended from OVI first offense.

Timothy R. Boggs, 28, Butler, Pa., was fined $650, credited with 12 days in jail sentenced to an additional 18 days in jail and required 40 hours community service for disorderly conduct, assault and aggravated menacing for throwing a jug of milk at Janeen Hostetter at a North Pleasant Drive, East Palestine, home and threatening to harm her on Jan. 16, including saying he would get a gun. The disorderly conduct was for fighting on Sept. 23.

Jeremy A. Robb, 34, Seigler Road, Lisbon, was fined $500 for breaking the sprinkler head in the county jail booking area, causing a flood, and the wall fire horn and strobe inside another cell at the county jail on March 13. Robb was ordered to pay $357 in restitution to Correctional Solutions.

Nika-Lya Lewis, 18, Green Valley Drive, Salem, was sentenced to a day in jail, fined $600 and required 40 hours community service for theft for failing to scan $481 in merchandise at the Salem Walmart on Jan. 25.

A May 6 pretrial was set for Eric L. Jordan, 43, East Pidgeon Road, Salem, charged with two counts of driving under FRA suspension, two counts of use of an unauthorized plate, as well as one count each of a stop sign violation and possession of drug abuse instruments for allegedly having a syringe in his pocket on Friday.

Rick J. Willis, 30, West Washington Street, Lisbon, was credited with 11 days in jail, sentenced to an additional 39 days in jail, fined $1,100 and required 60 hours community service for two counts of driving under suspension, theft, failure to control, left of center, leaving the scene and criminal tools for using a small, long metal bar to attempt to open a window at a home on March 19. The theft charge was for replacing the pricing stickers on merchandise at the Salem Walmart on Dec. 24 while scanning $77 in merchandise. A criminal damaging charge was dismissed.

A June 8 pretrial was set for Phillip Michael Kelley, 33, North Lincoln Avenue, Salem, cited with driving under suspension and improper passing.

A June 10 pretrial was set for Jeffrey M. Skidmore, 41, Gromley Road, Salem, cited with driving under OVI suspension.

A June 17 pretrial was set for Edward Landsberger, 63, Brushville Road, East Palestine, cited with OVI first offense, failure to control and possession of marijuana.

A June 15 pretrial was set for David C. Wilson, 36, last known address Beard Road, New Springfield, cited with illegal drug paraphernalia.

A June 21 pretrial was set for Anitia Marie Hickle, 37, Lower Elkton Road, Lisbon, cited with driving under suspension and speeding.

A May 3 pretrial was set for Lance J. Steffel, 66, East Main Street, Washingtonville, charged with theft for allegedly taking Dexter Dennis’ 1995 Chevy S-10 truck without his permission on Thursday.

Robert Lee Vandyke, 26, Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, was fined $150 for driving under suspension.

A June 8 pretrial was set for Todd R. Ritchie, 43, last known address old state Route 558, Salem, charged with illegal drug paraphernalia for allegedly having a glass pipe with residue hidden inside his belt line on Friday.

A May 17 pretrial was set for Danny J. Shultz, 24, Franklin Avenue, Salem, cited with drug paraphernalia for allegedly having a small, wrapped piece of paper containing suspected white crystalized drugs in the center console of a vehicle he was jumping around on to roof of in the Super USA Foods parking lot in Salem on Sunday.

A June 8 pretrial was set for Scott W. Knight, 22, West Salem Street, Columbiana, cited with two counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly causing a disturbance, yelling and swearing loudly outside the Manor Apartments on Saturday and another for his allegedly loud actions April 9.

Mikayla A. Richards, 22, state Route 644, Salineville, was fined $395 for expired license, speeding and two counts of driving under suspension.

A June 7 pretrial was set for Andrew J. Barker, 29, Hubbard, cited with driving under suspension.

George E. Killin, 35, Mineral Ridge, was fined $150 for speeding.

Dorlene E. Kelly, 74, Hatcher Road, New Waterford, was fined $150 for speeding.

ELO Muni

EAST LIVERPOOL — In East Liverpool Municipal Court, Judge Dominic Frank found Aaron Stevens guilty of violating East Liverpool’s high weeds ordinance at two of this properties on Denver Street. Sentencing is May 10. The maximum sentence is a $500 fine and 60 days in jail.

Two additional charges concerning property at 332 E. Eighth St., were dismissed. Frank ruled the prosecution failed to prove Stevens had committed the offenses. They had been filed after police responded numerous times to find occupants residing them without either water service or a valid rental permit. Stevens alleged that they were squatters, who had a valid rental agreement at one of his other properties.

In other court action, Sarah E. Kidder, Morton Street, was fined $150 and given 30 days in jail (two imposed) for theft.

Devonte J. Pullie, Brightview Drive, was fined $160 for possession of marijuana and no tail light.

Nicolas P. Smith, South Hollywood Drive,was fined $150 for possession of marijuana.

Cathy S. Weber, Weber Lane, was fined $65 for speeding.

Noah Hetherington, Fourteenth Street, Wellsville, was fined $50 for speeding.

Alexandria R. Mason, Independence, Wellsville, was fined $50 for speeding.

Justin C. Buck, Crestview Drive, was fined $100 for passing a school bus.

Ray P. Collins III, St. Clair Avenue, was fined $200 for driving under suspension.

Caleb A. Hoggard, McKinnon Avenue, was fined $100 for no license.

Dawnyelle E. Dennis, St. Clair Avenue, was fined $50 for failure to file a city income tax return.

Nichole K. Morrison, East Third Street, was set June 17 on a pretrial on housing code building and notice dangerous dwelling.

Blake A. Harpold, Main Street in Wellsville, was set May 12 on OVI and failure to control charges.

Dewey W. Bunnell, Riverside Avenue, was set Thursday for a pretrial on charges of assault, criminal damaging and aggravated menacing (two counts).

Leslie P. Snyder, Scottsville Road in Rogers, was set May 13 for pretrial on a criminal trespass charge.

Allen N. Tisdale, Laurel Lane, was set July 1 for a probable cause on a probation violation charge.

A bench trial has been set May 17 for Curtis D. Holland, Dewey Avenue, on a possession of marijuana charge.

A bench trial has been set Thursday for Dion D. McMillan, Palissey Street, on charges of possession of marijuana, window tint and an obstructed plate.

Indiah M. Pullie, Brightview Drive, was set Thursday for a pretrial on a speeding charge.

Estela Montoya, Hookstown, Pa., was set May 11 for a pretrial on a theft charge.

Deeann R. Tice, Monaca, Pa., was set May 12 for a pretrial on a speeding charge.


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