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County Treasurer vs. Thomas and Lynn Hissam, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on St. Clair Avenue, East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Brian and Angela Bates, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Center Road, Homeworth.

County Treasurer vs. Roxanne D. Hebb, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Huston Avenue, East Liverpool.

Brian S. Millikin, Salem, vs. Lisa Ann Regal, Salem, et al., vacation of alley off Superior Avenue sought.

Justis Edge, East Liverpool, and Leeza Edge, East Liverpool, dissolution sought.

Docket Entries

Karen S. Steed vs. Boston Scientific Corp., et al., case settled and dismissed.

Tara Amill, Youngstown, and Christopher Amill, Austintown, dissolution granted.

Tara Black vs. James Black, divorce granted.

County Treasurer vs. Casey Christofaris, et al., delinquent taxes and penalties paid, case dismissed.

County Treasurer vs. Robert M. Estell, et al., delinquent taxes and penalties paid, case dismissed.


LISBON – Anthony C. Smith, 23, South Howard Avenue, Salem, was bound over in county Municipal Court to the grand jury on felony charges of possessing criminal tools, attempted, importuning and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, as well as misdemeanor charges of driving under suspension, driving under FRA suspension and drug paraphernalia for allegedly having a digital scale for weighing illegal narcotics in his belongings.

Accusations alleged against Smith include contacting an undercover detective with the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force whom he believed was a 15-year-old girl and requesting various types of sex with the girl, as well as sending the girl three obscene images of himself and a video of him engaging in self-gratification. Because he has no license, Smith reportedly had his 83-year-old father drive him to meet the girl in East Palestine with the plan to pick her up and take her back to his home in Salem for sex.

Additionally, Smith allegedly had images on his phone that appeared to have come from a 13-year-old girl he was involved with in April and also had sent this girl obscene images of himself.

A June 17 preliminary hearing and pretrial was set for Kenneth James Smart, 44, Ellwood City, Pa., charged with importuning, possessing criminal tools, obstructing official business and criminal trespassing for allegedly sending a message to an undercover officer he believed to be a 15-year-old girl, offering her methamphetamines to use while he was having sex with her. He allegedly drove to meet the girl, then fled on foot from police, leaving his vehicle at an address on Park Avenue in East Palestine where he did not have permission to be and fleeing across the yard. Suspected meth was found in his wallet.

Andre L. Owens Jr., 23, Warren, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of tampering with evidence and resisting arrest when a search warrant was being served at a Clark Avenue home. Owens was charged after he allegedly refused to place his hands behind his back after he was ordered to do so by Wellsville police, who dry stunned him twice to get him to comply. At that point, Owens reportedly pulled a back of a white substance form his pants there and another similar bag from between his butt cheeks at the police station.

Jonathan D. Carnes, 25, Fairfield Avenue, Columbiana, was bound over to the grand jury charged with improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle for allegedly having a concealed, loaded firearm under the driver’s seat on May 11.

Stephen T. Vishak, 27, state Route 518, Lisbon, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of assault on a peace officer, domestic violence, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct. While living in Salem on June 3, Vishak allegedly assaulted Austin Smith at his home, refused to stop for police and took a swing at a police officer before he was eventually tasered.

A July 29 pretrial was set for Daniel A. Marks, 62, Portersville, Pa., charged with soliciting and possessing criminal tools for allegedly trying to set up a female escort, which were actually undercover officers, utilizing his Apple iPhone device on May 19.

A July 22 pretrial was set for Dain W. Bancroft, 58, Mineral Ridge, charged with possession of criminal tools, carrying a concealed weapon and soliciting for allegedly offering $150 in exchange for sexual activity on May 21 while speaking to an undercover officer he believed to be a prostitute and then traveling to meet the escort in East Palestine. Bancroft reportedly had a wooden handled Bowie-style knife with about an eight-inch blade concealed next to the driver’s seat and the door when he was taken into custody.

An Aug. 3 pretrial was set for Joseph J. Patrisian, 50, Rochester, Pa., cited with possession of criminal tools and soliciting for allegedly offering an undercover officer $150 for sex with two women and traveling to meet them for sex.

Dwayne Lee Stokes, 59, state Route 644, Kensington, was fined $1,000, had his license suspended for five years and sentenced to 120 days in jail for failure to control and OVI second offense.

William A. Curtis, 29, 14th Street, Wellsville, was fined $1,100, credited with 10 days in jail, sentenced to an additional 50 hours in jail and required 40 hours community service for making false alarms, obstructing official business, assault, failure to comply amended from escape and two counts of resisting arrest. Curtis ran from Wellsville police, down the street in handcuffs and began fighting with police when they found him again about 11 minutes later.

Antonio D. Deleon, 27, Market Street, Columbiana, was credited with 18 days in jail, sentenced to an additional 22 days in jail and fined $750 for resisting arrest, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct amended from domestic violence. Deleon, who had been drinking, was reportedly yelling at children in the home making them believe he was going to harm them, throwing things and repeatedly pulled away from police.

An Aug. 23 pretrial was set for Joleen L. Lacey, 33, West Main Street, New Waterford, cited with OVI first offense, child restraint, left of center, endangering children, possession of marijuana and littering from a vehicle. She reportedly had a 5-year-old child in a booster seat with the seatbelt behind her back during the traffic stop on Tuesday.

A July 27 pretrial was set for Angela F. Omran, 32, West Main Street, Washingtonville, charged with OVI first offense, OVI refusal first offense and a headlights violation.

Matthew J. Crowl, 42, Olive Street, Salem, was credited with 11 days served in jail, sentenced to an additional nine days in jail and fined $250 for possession of drug abuse instrument for a syringe and two small baggies containing suspected meth in his front pocket at the Highlander Laundromat in Salem on March 19.

A July 27 pretrial was set for Bristen Zachery Lavant, 25, Glasgow Road, Wellsville, cited with OVI first offense, use of an unauthorized plate, driving under FRA suspension, speeding and a seat belt violation.

Michael C. Riley, 41, East Euclid Street, Salem, was fined $500, credited with 17 days in jail and required 40 hours community service for domestic violence for allegedly getting an argument, which led to him pushing Gloria Gocher to the ground on April 9.

Irina M. Sprankle, 23, North Lima, was fined $350 and required 20 hours community service for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and illegal use of drug paraphernalia for taking a 2005 Acura belonging to Mark and Kali Sprankle on March 27 and a clear glass smoking device.

A June 17 pretrial was set for Justin L. Burr, 27, 12th Street, Wellsville, charged with domestic violence for allegedly pushing Amber Cataldo to the ground during an argument while she was holding their child and then jumping into her vehicle to flee the scene without permission to drive it on May 26.

Christian J. Francis, 30, Lincoln, N.C., was fined $350, credited with two days in jail and required 20 hours community service for failure to control, possession of marijuana and aggravated trespassing amended from breaking and entering. A marijuana paraphernalia citation was dismissed.

A July 19 pretrial was set for Charnette J. Sellers, 50, Graham Street, Lisbon, charged with obstructing official business for allegedly attempting to block deputies from serving Jeffrey Vickroy court documents at a Glasgow Road home on June 8.

A June 17 pretrial was set for Rachel E. Garnes, 42, East Taggart Street, East Palestine, charged with domestic violence and resisting arrest. While having some mental issues, Garnes allegedly was throwing items out the door of the apartment and struck her brother in the face and in the back of the head before pushing him down although he recently had surgery. She then allegedly threw a laundry basket full of items into the face of a police officer, then pulling away and kicking when she was being placed into handcuffs on Tuesday.

Dennis D. Dabney II, 49, Newton Falls, was fined $250, credited with a day in jail and required 20 hours community service for obstructing official business for giving police a false name after refusing to come to the door for more than 40 minutes when police in Salem were checking on a child at the home on April 17.

Rusty Ray Altman, 48, Cream Ridge Road, Lisbon, was credited with two days in jail, sentenced to an additional three days in jail and fined $250 for disorderly conduct after he was intoxicated and causing a disturbance on Highland Avenue, Rogers, on March 13.

Aaron McDaniel Paige, 38, Warren, was fined $345 for possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, speeding and a booster seat violation.

A July 26 pretrial was set for Mia N. Sheets, 31, Carbon Hill Road, East Palestine, cited with driving under suspension and left of center and charged with theft for allegedly taking three sandwiches totaling $11 from the Rogers Food and Fuel on April 21.

Ashton Gene Wright, 20, Steubenville Pike, Lisbon, was fined $165 for driving under suspension and speeding.

Rosy J. Faulkner, 33, West Main Street, East Palestine, was fined $100 for public intoxication.

Talina Loretta Ward, 38, West Clark Street, East Palestine, was fined $30 for a headlight violation. A driving under suspension citation was dismissed.

Myah N. Turner, 25, Oklahoma City, Okla., was fined $100 for theft for failing to scan $72 in merchandise at the Salem Walmart on Oct. 11.

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EAST LIVERPOOL — Brian S. Allen, David W. Allen and Daniel H. Allen, all co-defendants in a domestic violence case with the same defense attorney, are all still set for a jury trial at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 4.

Ronald P. Sluss, of Ridge Avenue in Wellsville, was set July 28 for pretrial on a disorderly conduct while intoxicated charge.

Nicholas J. Johnston, of North Shadylane, was set July 28 for a pretrial on an assault charge.

Alyssa M. Gomez, of Steubenville, was set July 28 for a fictitious plates’ pretrial.


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