The Courts

Grand Jury

LISBON — Defendants served over the weekend with secret indictments recently issued by the Columbiana County grand jury included:

— Dakota Gage Baker, 26, Dutchtown School Road, Rogers, domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, and felonious assault, a second-degree felony, for allegedly knowingly causing serious physical harm to a woman he knows in Columbiana County on Aug. 1 and trying to cause harm to her on Aug. 1 after being previously convicted of domestic violence in 2018.

— Nicole Smith, 48, Ohio Alley, East Liverpool, theft, a fourth-degree felony for allegedly stealing U.S. currency, lottery tickets and miscellaneous merchandise from Four Seasons Mini Mart in Calcutta from Sept. 1, 2019 to July 23, 2020.

— Amber Cox, 39, Lincoln Avenue, East Liverpool, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly possessing methamphetamine on June 22, 2020 in Columbiana County.

Common Pleas

New Cases

Danielle Brown, Salem, vs. Merlin Brown III, Lisbon; divorce sought.

Jed Witmer, Salem, and Kathleen Witmer, Salem; dissolution sought.

Columbiana County Treasurer vs. David Blosser, Wellsville, et al.; $3,378 delinquent tax foreclosure sought for Fife Coal Road, Wellsville property.

Columbiana County Treasurer vs. F. Wade Shank, Triangle, Va., et al.; $5,214 delinquent tax foreclosure sought for Carmel Achor Road, Rogers property.

Docket Entries

Stacey Dawson, East Liverpool, vs. William Barrett Jr., Salem; child support terminated.

Elizabeth Ann Gwin, Salem, vs. John Gwin, Alliance; divorce granted.

Amanda Davis, East Liverpool, vs. Logan Davis, Salem; divorce granted.

Yvonne McMichael, Washingtonville, vs. Douglas McMichael, Washingtonville; divorce granted.

Shelby Stowers, Wellsville, and Dylan Stowers, East Liverpool; dissolution granted.

Kathy Serig, et al. vs. Vincent Schultz; case settled and dismissed.

Abigail Schors vs. Jacob Polen, et al.; plaintiff claim against Polen dismissed with prejudice, Westfield Insurance Company crossclaim against Polen dismissed, all other claims pending.

ABL Wholesale Distribution Inc vs. Abdul Raouf Mourra, et al., doing business as JJ’s Gas; $9,791 judgment granted to plaintiff.

Premier Bank vs. Gloria Van Etten; foreclosure granted to Premier for Parkman, East Liverpool property.

Stacey Patrick vs. James Patrick; case dismissed.

UMB Bank vs. unknown beneficiaries of Patricia Schlundt; case dismissed.

State of Ohio vs. Mary Beth Shuman; $2,028 ordered forfeited to state.

State of Ohio vs. Bryan Scott Feezle; $944 ordered forfeited to state.

Columbiana County Treasurer vs. unknown heirs David Huffman, deceased, et al.; foreclosure ordered for Newgarden Avenue, Salem property for $10,904 delinquent taxes.

Columbiana County Treasurer vs. Tom Pintal; foreclosure ordered for Trentvale, East Liverpool property for $6,389 delinquent taxes.

Columbiana County Treasurer vs. Greg Mays, et al.; case dismissed.

Court News

LISBON — Jury trials remain set next month in two separate cases against Christopher Shiflett, 33, of Niles, after defense motions for continuances were denied in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Shiflett is scheduled to face trial Oct. 12 for three counts of receiving stolen property, a tampering with evidence charge, breaking and entering, aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs.

The charges stem from Shiflett allegedly possessing a Kubota tractor and a homemade utility trailer belonging to Burton Hartley, a carry-on utility trailer belonging to Charles Houshour and at least five times the bulk amount of methamphetamines prepared for distribution along with possessing buprenorphine in April last year . He also is accused of attempting to remove or impair the availability of evidence while trespassing at the impound lot of the county sheriff’s office, also in April.

On Oct. 19, he is set to face trial for grand theft of a motor vehicle for allegedly taking a 4-wheeler belonging to Theodore Cassinger on March 27 last year.

Shiflett’s jury trial in a 2019 case for receiving stolen property and aggravated possession of drugs has been continued, with a status hearing on Oct. 12. He’s accused of allegedly having the drug hydromorphone and a Diamond C dump trailer owned by Lincoln Way Sales.

A jury trial has been scheduled Nov. 8 for Timothy Johnson, 40, Roller Coaster Road, Lisbon, for numerous charges from two separate cases. Some of those charges, from indictments in 2020, include having firearms despite a felony conviction, carrying a concealed weapon, vandalism, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, possessing drug abuse instruments, illegal use/or possession of drug paraphernalia. A final status hearing is set Nov. 5.

A status hearing is set Friday for Chloe L. Sorgman, 20, Black Road, Lisbon, charged with failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; OVI and driving under suspension. On Nov. 28, she allegedly fled from police while under the influence and without a license. She’s also charged with two counts of aggravated possession of drugs.

Sentencing is set Dec. 3 for Michael Beaver, 33, Avondale Street, East Liverpool, for felony domestic violence for attempting to harm a woman known to him on Jan. 29 this year, with a previous conviction for domestic violence on his record.

Jerrid Kotsch, 35, Elkton Road, Lisbon, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, with sentencing set Dec. 6, related to his handling of a syringe and paper fold of suspected drugs on Feb. 21 this year.

Caleb Hoggard, 18, McKinnon Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to felony robbery, with sentencing set Dec. 16, for a theft at Mainland gas station in East Liverpool on March 2 this year.

Jordan McMillan, 27, Morris Road, Lisbon, had a status hearing set Nov. 15 after pleading innocent to aggravated possession of drugs for allegedly possessing methamphetamine on June 27, 2020.

A case against Cheyanna Garvis, 20, Maine Boulevard, East Liverpool, for obstructing official business, was dismissed after the grand jury chose not to indict. The charge stemmed from her allegedly allowing a fugitive to stay at her residence in July this year.


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