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LISBON — Mary Beth Shuman, 38, Lowellville, was sentenced in Common Pleas Court to a year in prison with credit for 14 days already served for possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of drugs and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs. Shuman was part of 14-defendant indictment involving the sale of drugs in the north part of the county in 2018.

Theft related charges against Henry Lee Robinson, 29, Lisbon, will no longer be pursued by the prosecutor’s office following his death.

Common Pleas

New Cases

Wilmington Savings Fund Society vs. the unknown heirs of Richard D. Lowe, foreclosure sought for property on Applegate Road, Lisbon.

Joshua D. Vuletich, Berlin Center, vs. Alyssa, Melissa and Timothy Newton, Columbiana, fair division of in excess of $25,000, real estate and jewelry sought following end of long-term engagement.

Jonathan E. Esenwein, East Palestine, et al., vs. Rex L. Meyer, Jeromesville, et al., excess of $25,000 sought for alleged injuries and damages from a traffic crash on U.S. Route 30 in Erie County on Aug. 30, 2019.

Edward E. Murphy, Louisville, vs. J.A. Mehl Restoration Inc., et al., appeal sought of workers’ compensation claim.

Docket Entries

County Treasurer vs. the unknown heirs of Gene R. Karcher, deceased, foreclosure ordered for properties on Park Place and First Avenue on East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. the unknown heirs of David W. Huffman, deceased, foreclosure ordered for property on Maple Street, Kensington.

County Treasurer vs. Eugene J. Rogers Jr., et al., foreclosure ordered for property on Center Street, East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Quent Landsberger, et al., delinquent taxes and penalties paid, case dismissed.

Leah Geiselman vs. William Geiselman, dissolution sought.

Matthew J. Walker, Columbiana, and Courtney Walker, Salem, dissolution granted.

Salem Community Hospital vs. Leslie and Eric Tranovich, Salem, defendants ordered to pay plaintiff $18,675 plus interest.

Grand Jury

LISBON — Shawn D. Mahon, 43, Maplewood Avenue, East Liverpool, was served a secret indictment charging him with aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony, for allegedly having at least the bulk amount of methamphetamines on May 16, 2020. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in February.

Samantha L. Fickle, 27, Pennsylvania Avenue, East Liverpool, was served a secret indictment charging her with illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits, a third-degree felony, for benefits allegedly stolen when she was not entitled to them between Jan. 1, 2018 and Jan. 31, 2019. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in September.


LISBON – In county Municipal Court, Zackary D. Scott, 18, Tallmadge, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of rape with an age specification and obstructing official business after he allegedly was found in the bedroom of a 12-year-old girl in Hanover Township, whom he reportedly later confessed to involving in sexual conduct. At the time, Scott allegedly lied to the girl’s parents and police by telling them he was 16-years-old. He was released from jail after posting a $200,000 cash or surety bond.

A Sept. 7 preliminary hearing and pretrial was set for Steven W. Watters II, 43, Elk Avenue, Lisbon, charged with receiving stolen property, possession of drug abuse instruments and obstructing official business for allegedly taking off on his motorcycle following an argument with a woman on New Garden Avenue near West Pidgeon Road in Salem on July 30 and then after he was located on Overlook Drive, for running from police, leaving the stolen motorcycle and his bag containing five syringes, narcotics and other narcotics devices.

Richard A. Monigold, 41, Ocelot Road N.E., Salineville, was bound over to the grand jury on a charge of failure to comply for traveling toward Carroll County at a high rate of speed after Salineville police attempted to stop him while he was driving faster than 64 mph in a 35-mph zone on Aug. 2. The chase was called off after police reportedly saw Monigold passing vehicle over a double yellow line without regard for other motorists’ safety. A Dec. 2 pretrial was set for a driving under suspension citation.

Journey Mykal Wayts, 29, New Middletown, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of compelling prostitution and possession of criminal tools for allegedly setting up a quick meet up with an undercover officer he believed to be a 16-year-old prostitute, agreeing to pay $80 for 20 minutes.

A Sept. 7 preliminary hearing and pretrial was set for Matthew Kyle Koziorynsky, 26, South Middle Street, Columbiana, charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and cited with misdemeanor charges of possession of drug abuse instruments, driving under FRA suspension and a seat belt violation.On Monday, Koziorynsky allegedly concealed a syringe inside a body cavity during a traffic stop with a Columbiana K-9 involved.

Two dogs belonging Nikki Welsh, Knox School Road, Beloit, were declared to belong to the Columbiana County Humane Society after Welsh reportedly failed to appear for a hearing on Thursday. The Humane Society had confiscated the animals on Aug. 19 after it believed the dogs were abandoned and living in unsanitary conditions without water.

An Oct. 18 pretrial was set for James S. Davis, 43, Washington Avenue, Wellsville, cited with OVI first offense and failure to control.

An Oct. 5 pretrial was set for Zion Sophiah Figley, 18, Muscovy Drive, East Palestine, cited with OVI first offense, failure to control, possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.

Rusty R. Altman, 48, Cream Ridge Road, Lisbon, was fined $350, required 40 hours community service and credited with 12 days in jail for domestic violence and criminal trespassing. Altman went onto two properties startling the occupants of two homes in the 11000 block of state Route 45, Elkrun Township on July 20. On Aug. 14, Altman struck Lisa Clark, his live-in roommate, and pushed her to the ground.

A Sept. 7 pretrial was set for Klarysa R. Green, 24, West Perry Street, Salem, cited with resisting arrest and possession of drug abuse instrument. On Aug. 8, Green allegedly had a syringe in her front pants pocket and attempted to interfere with the work of Perry Township police attempting to take her into custody and a cruiser.

An Oct. 4 pretrial was set for Sara Christine Noling, 34, East Taggart Street, East Palestine, cited with drug paraphernalia.

A Sept. 13 pretrial was set for Robert W. Farkas, 44, Hawley Avenue, Salem, charged with driving under OVI suspension, obstructing official business and possession of controlled substances. Farkas allegedly had a THC cartridge he had hidden inside a bodily cavity when police in Columbiana stopped him on Tuesday and K-9 Csuti indicated a narcotics odor.

A Sept. 7 pretrial was set for Amanda J. Speigle, 31, Union Avenue, Salem, charged with assault for allegedly striking Joseph Hill in the face several times while she was riding in his vehicle on Wednesday.

A theft charge was dismissed against Stacey A. Shaw, 47, Goshen Road, Salem. The charge had accused her of misscanning items at the Salem Walmart totaling $217 on Jan. 17.

A Sept. 9 pretrial was set for Nathan J. Knight, 37, North Market Street, Lisbon, cited with driving under suspension and expired plate.

Dale A. Britton, 68, Youngstown, was fined $510 for two counts of maximum axle load.

Sydney Fairbanks, 18, Columbia Street, Leetonia, was fined $250 and required 10 hours community service for speeding.

Benjamin J. Kenney, 29, Kirk Road, Columbiana, was fined $175 improper passing and an equipment violation amended from failure to stop after an accident.

Joshua M. Garris, 45, Mineral Ridge, was fined $150 for an equipment violation amended from speeding.

Adam G. Phillips, 25, North Lima, was fined $150 for an equipment violation amended from speeding.

Gary Michael, 26, Moore Street, Lisbon, was fined $100 for speeding.

EL Muni

EAST LIVERPOOL — In East Liverpool Municipal Court, Tina M. George, of Harvey Avenue, is set for trial Sept. 30 on a domestic violence charge.

Samuel F. Masters Jr., of state Route 154 in Elkton, is set Sept. 23 for a status hearing on a leaving the scene of a crash charge.

Devonta Oates, of Palissey Street, is set Oct. 21 for a trial on a domestic violence charge.

Andrea G. Banfield, of Sprucevale Road, was sentenced to $350 plus costs, a 30-day suspended jail sentence and 20 community service hours on disorderly conduct while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Justin L. Vasquez, of Allen Avenue in Columbiana, waived a preliminary hearing on a domestic violence charge to go straight to the county grand jury.

Taylor M. Foster, of Sophia Street, was sentenced to $250 plus costs and 30 days in jail (three imposed) on a charge of domestic violence.

Sean J. McCarthy, of Commerce Street in Wellsville, was sentenced to $250 plus costs and 50 days in jail on possessing drug abuse instruments, theft and probation violation charges.

Edward B. Bailey, of Allison Street, was sentenced to $400 plus costs, 120 days in jail (15 imposed) and 40 community service hours.

Victoria A. Featherton, of Midland, Pa., was set Sept. 2 for trial on a domestic violence charge.

Merle C. Schreffler, of Fairway Road, was set Sept. 29 on a driving under FRA suspension charge.

Joseph A. Miles, of Bradshaw Avenue, was sentenced to $350 plus costs, a 30-day suspended jail sentence and 20 community service hours on no operator’s license, improper registration and public intoxication charges.

Norman D. Sleper, of Ravine Street, was set Sept. 1 for a pretrial on no operator’s license and drug paraphernalia charges.


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