The Courts

Common Pleas

New Cases

Chase Perkins, Salem, vs. Faith Plummer, Salem, divorce sought.

County Treasurer vs. Michael Daniel Merriman, Wellsville, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on First Street, Wellsville.

County Treasurer vs. Marcia Clark, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on South Ellsworth, Salem.

County Treasurer vs. Gene and Linda Karcher, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Park Place Avenue, East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Larry F. Long Jr., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on St. Clair Avenue, East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. LJM Rentals of Ohio LLC, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on East Fourth Street, East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Elsie E. Cross, deceased, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on state Route 344, Leetonia.

Huntington Bank vs. Douglas and Cheryl Mills, et al., foreclosure sought for property on North Howard Avenue, Salem.

Debby Hibbs, East Liverpool, vs. Sara Nicholas, D.O., Columbiana, et al., excess of $25,000 sought for alleged medical malpractice.

Ameriflight, LLC, vs. Animal Enterprise Worldwide LLC, doing business as MYPETSCHIP.com, Leetonia, $107,520 plus interest sought.

Docket Entries

Rochelle Winter, Salem, and Ryan Schuck, Atwater, dissolution granted.

Court News

LISBON — An East Liverpool woman pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to charges involving a large amount of drugs she was reportedly selling in the fall of 2019. Sonya Shasteen, 45, Cadmius Street, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree felony, and aggravated trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony. Court documents indicate Shasteen had at least 100 times the bulk amount of methamphetamines prepared for resale or shipment on Oct. 1, 2019. She faces a maximum of between 22 years and 33 years in prison, fines of $40,000 and a 10-year license suspension. Sentencing is set for Aug. 26.

David L. Morrison, 44, Lisbon Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. He faces up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Aug. 26. Morrison harmed Jennie Kay Horner on Nov. 5, 2020, when he has a prior domestic violence conviction in 2016 in East Liverpool Municipal Court.

Ayvree L. Spratley, 23, Bedford, was sentenced to three years community control for failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer and possession of heroin. Spratley was ordered to serve 60 days in the county jail with credit for 12 days already served. His license was suspended for three years. Charges of obstructing official business and possession of cocaine were dismissed. On Dec. 5, 2019, Spratley had failed to stop for highway patrol Sgt. Benjamin Dennison, driving at speeds of 86 mph on state Route 11 where the speed limit is 70 mph, passing vehicles without signaling in the snowy weather and then driving without headlights on at 90 mph.

Courtney R. Wilms, 32, state Route 7, New Waterford, was found to have violated her community control and was sentence to spend 90 days in the county jail. Wilms was on community control on charges of Medicaid eligibility fraud and three counts of theft for allegedly stealing from the department of jobs and family services in 2015 through 2018.

Grand Jury

LISBON — A man who traveled from outside the area seeking sex with a teenager was one of 31 indictments issued by the grand jury this week. The grand jury issued 18 secret indictments, which will be released later, and chose not to indict in one case presented to them. Most of the remaining open indictments are listed below.

Chad Robert Ryan, 44, Dover, is charged with compelling prostitution, a third-degree felony; attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony; importuning, a fifth-degree felony; possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; and a misdemeanor charge of soliciting. Between May 4 and May 8, Ryan allegedly attempted to get someone he believed to be the 40-year-old mother of a 14-year-old child named Angie to engage in sexual activity. The mother and child were actually a law enforcement official online. Ryan allegedly used a cell phone as a tool to contact and travel to East Palestine in an attempt to engage the child in sex in exchange for other items of value.

Robert B. Stein, 18, Industry, Pa., is charged with improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly having a loaded firearm in a vehicle accessible to the driver or passenger without leaving the vehicle on March 4.

Elizabeth A. Taylor, 24, Summit Street, Salem, is charged with trespassing in a habitation, a fourth-degree felony, for her alleged actions on March 18, when she is accused of forcing her way into the back of Franklin Avenue, Salem, home.

Kelly J. Koons, 42, Homestead Avenue, Alliance, is charged with receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; and a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them. She allegedly was driving a stolen vehicle owned by Steven M. Durenda, a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 at the time of the alleged OVI violation on March 27.

Anthony J. Antonas, 40, Latta Road, East Palestine, is charged with domestic violence and trespassing in a habitation, both fourth-degree felonies. Antonas allegedly harmed Cheyenne Cooper and broke into the home of Esther Blue, both on May 18, 2020.

George Criswell, 37, West Fourth Street, East Liverpool, is charged with two counts of felonious assault, each second-degree felonies, and each including a firearms specification. On April 22, Criswell allegedly while intoxicated threatened to shoot James Doychak, firing a gun in his direction at a Jackson Street, East Liverpool, location. Additionally, he allegedly threatened to harm Clyde Hunt by pointing the 9-mm semi-automatic pistol at him and telling him to keep his mouth shut.

Dillon T. Dellapenna, 24, Bank Street, East Liverpool, is charged with assault, a fourth-degree felony; harassment with a bodily substance, a fifth-degree felony; and two misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. On April 23, Dellapenna allegedly was not taking his medication and breaking windows in his home before picking up an end table and throwing it at Captain Chad Tatgenhorst hitting him in the arm. Additionally, after being subdued with a taser, Dellapenna reportedly spit and kicked at Tatgenhorst and another officer, Jake Talbott.

Benjamin R. Phillips Jr., 46, West Fourth Street, Salem, is charged with disrupting a public service and two counts of trespassing into a habitation, all fourth-degree felonies. On April 22, Phillips allegedly attempted to enter two homes on Bayard Road in West Township before chasing down a school bus and attempting to board it.

Daniel J. Common II, 21, Quaker Church Road, East Rochester, is charged with trespass in a habitation, a fourth-degree felony, after allegedly entering a Walker Road, Minerva, home of James and Joyce Falconer on May 1, when he was found sleeping in a recliner chair.

Danny Jay Shultz Jr., 24, Franklin Avenue, Salem, is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. On May 4, Schultz allegedly harmed Keelie Lane Wright, shoving her down, punching her and choking her until she nearly lost consciousness and required treatment at the Salem Regional Medical Center.

Richard R. Vecchio, 59, state Route 164, Lisbon, is charged with assault, a fourth-degree felony; and two misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. On May 1, Vecchio allegedly was heavily intoxicated near the Rogers Post Office, causing a disturbance and when approached by deputies, he allegedly refused to calm down, was taken into custody and kicked Deputy Kevin Shulas in the chest.

Sean Ray Lodge, 37, Farr Street, Rogers, is charged with domestic violence, a third-degree felony. On March 24, Lodge allegedly at grabbed Billie Thompson, his live-in girlfriend, by the face, breaking her glasses, throwing her to the floor and punching her multiple times in the face. Lodge additionally has at least three prior convictions for domestic violence in Mahoning County in 2006, 2007 and 2009.


LISBON — A June 21 pretrial was set in county Municipal Court for Kolton J. Smith, 23, Salem-Unity Road, Salem, charged with domestic violence for allegedly pointing a gun at Charity Todd during an argument on June 2, then chasing her and choking her. Smith also allegedly threatened Todd on June 3, then followed her before pulling his vehicle in front of her vehicle and grabbing her wrist on June 4.

A July 22 pretrial was set for Mark E. Jarvis, 57, West Main Street, Salineville, cited with disorderly conduct for allegedly overdosing on drugs, which required two doses of Narcan to awaken him and he was transported to a local hospital. Police issued a drug rehab letter in lieu of charges, but Jarvis reportedly failed to follow through with rehab.

Andrew P. Taylor, 39, Henry Avenue, East Liverpool, was fined $1,325, required to attend a three-day counseling and required 40 hours community service for aggravated menacing, endangering children, OVI and driving under suspension. The aggravated menacing charge was for threatening to kill Deputy Hartley Malone. The other charges were for causing a Jeep to overturn by grabbing the steering wheel while intoxicated and causing it to crash with a 13-year-old in the back seat on March 27.

Paul Eugene Miller, 40, Monaca, Pa., was fined $150 for an equipment violation amended from failure to control.


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