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The Courts

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New Cases

Jessica L. Gilbey, Salem, and Dominic J. Gilbey, Salem, dissolution sought.

Jocilyn Manzini, Lisbon, vs. Stephen Manzini, Burgettstown, Pa., child support sought.

Docket Entries

Judith J. Shaffer-Smith vs. Renal Care Group, Inc./Fresenius Medical Care, et al., dismissed.

Credit Acceptance Corp. vs. Jeffrey Willson, defendant ordered to pay plaintiff $18,575 plus interest.

Johnna K. Parke, Salem, vs. Jeffrey A. Parke, Port Orange, Fla., divorce granted.

Sara L. Dearth, East Liverpool, and James R. Dearth, Lisbon, dissolution granted.

Grand Jury

LISBON – Whitney J. Barnes, 35, U.S. Route 30, Lisbon, was served a secret indictment charging her with theft of drugs, a fourth-degree felony. Barnes allegedly had clonazepam and lacosamide belonging to Opportunity Homes Inc. without their consent on May 10, 2019. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in May.

Court News

LISBON – In Common Pleas Court, Jordan L. Gainer, 33, Moore Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, for failing to stop for authorities on Oct. 7, 2020. Gainer faces up to three years in prison, a $7,500 fine and a five-year license suspension. Sentencing is set for Jan. 24.

Anthony J. Salem, 35, Fairfield School Road, Columbiana, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control for prior convictions of possession of heroin, possession of a fentanyl-related compound and two counts of trafficking in drugs. Salem was sentenced to nine months in prison. The charges were for selling or offering to sell buprenorphine to an undercover agent on Feb. 7, 2017, and Feb. 15, 2017, as well as diacetylmorphine heroin and a compound mixture containing heroin in his possession on Sept. 10, 2019.

Travis A. Swinehart, 27, Pittsburgh Street, Columbiana, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and possession of a fentanyl-related compound. He was immediately sentenced to a year in prison. The charges were for trying to hide a syringe from authorities on April 21, 2020, when Swinehart also had a compound containing fentanyl.

Timothy N. Thompson, 34, Austintown, was sentenced to a year in prison for theft and possessing criminal tools, each fifth-degree felonies. On June 27, 2020, Thompson had two screwdrivers and was using them to steal a license plate from a vehicle owned by Salem Regional Medical Center, which were found thrown into bushes wrapped in his shirt at Burger King in Salem.

Municipal

LISBON – A Nov. 1 preliminary hearing was set in county Municipal Court for Ryan J. McCullough, 22, King Road, Salem, charged with domestic violence for allegedly assaulting Erin McCullough by spitting on her and throwing her to the ground. He then allegedly slapped his son instead when she was holding the child before hitting her in the back of the head several times.

A Nov. 1 preliminary hearing was set for John W. Kelly, 56, state Route 154, Lisbon, charged with assault on a corrections officer for rushing at a county jail corrections officer and putting his hand on him, before Kelly was taken to the ground on Oct. 20.

A Dec. 7 pretrial was set for Sheila L. Johnson, 61, West Washington Street, Lisbon, charged with OVI first offense and endangering children for allegedly crashing on state Route 154 at Fairfield School Road while intoxicated on Thursday with children ages 2 and 4 in the vehicle.

A Dec. 28 pretrial was set for Triston Gaven Dean Higgins, 23, Y and O Road, Wellsville, cited with OVI first offense, left of center and improper registration.

A Dec. 13 pretrial was set for Breontez Young, 28, Hawley Avenue, Salem, charged with OVI first offense, driving under suspension and parking on the highway.

A Dec. 27 pretrial was set for Julie Petcovic, 59, Scotts Mill Road, Rogers, cited with OVI first offense.

A Dec. 16 pretrial was set for Peggy J. Boardman, 68, Vine Street, Columbiana, charged with domestic violence for allegedly hitting her sister Virginia Davis while they were sitting in a car on Monday.

Justin R. Crooms, 30, Monroeville Heights, Salineville, was fined $600 and required 20 hours community service for speeding, driving under suspension and providing false information to avoid a citation.

A Dec. 13 pretrial was set for David M. Mezerkor, 55 Andover, charged with engaging in prostitution and possessing criminal tools. Mezerkor allegedly offered to pay $170 to someone he believed to be a transexual male escort for sexual acts, using his phone to set up the encounter and going to meet the person on Aug. 13, finding instead undercover agents from the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force.

Cody Hutton, 25, John Street, Salineville, was fined $250 and required 20 hours community service for disorderly conduct for his involvement in a fight on Sept. 9.

Jerry L. Beadle, 57, State Street, Salineville, was fined $200 for driving under suspension.

Antwane Genee McMeans Jr., Youngstown, was fined $130 for speeding and a seat belt violation. A driving under suspension citation was dismissed.

Leonard Joshua Massey, 28, Canton, was fined $150 for an equipment violation amended from a traffic control device.

Phillip S. Stephan, 58, McCann Road, East Rochester, was fined $230 for driving under suspension and marked lanes.

Leah Lynn Wolfe, 44, East Grant Street, East Palestine, was fined $230 for driving under suspension and a taillights violation.

A Dec. 16 pretrial was set for Wilbert E. Faulk Jr., 36, Church Street, Salineville, charged with permit unclean habitation for allegedly allowing couches and trash to sit in front of his home.

Nyeree Jasmine Bunn, 21, Youngstown, was fined $245 for driving under suspension and speeding.

A Dec. 6 pretrial was set for Chelsea Dae Yarwood, 30, Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, cited with driving under suspension.

Bradley A. Eltringham, 35, Church Street, Salineville, was fined $250, credited with a day in jail and required 30 hours community service for criminal trespass for forcing his way into the home of Karissa Cloud, Leslie Road, Lisbon, through the bathroom window on Aug. 24.

Andrew J. Shafer, 42, Shady Lane, Lisbon, was fined $180 for driving under suspension and a seat belt violation.

A Jan. 4 pretrial was set for Heather Rochelle Hurst, 49, Brookfield Avenue, Lisbon, cited with speeding, no license and improper registration.

Jason E. Joy, 46, state Route 45, Wellsville, was fined $150 for an equipment violation amended from speeding.

EL Muni

EAST LIVERPOOL – In East Liverpool Municipal Court, a pretrial has been set Nov. 16 for Joshua D. Newlun, of Artistic Drive, on a theft charge.

Kathleen Townsend, of Lincoln Avenue, has had her case continued to Nov. 9 on property maintenance, storage of tires and littering charges.

Emma J. George, of McClain Road in Wellsville, is scheduled Nov. 16 for a pretrial on a theft charge.

Tami L. Kolodziej, of Lisbon Street, is set Nov. 16 for a pretrial on OVI, left of center and weapons while intoxicated charges.

Thomas E. Gough, of Annesley Road, is set Nov. 16 for a pretrial on a domestic violence charge.

Samantha M. Souders, of Elkton Road in Lisbon, is set Nov. 9 for a pretrial on a theft charge.

James G. Spencer, of Sherwood Avenue, will have a pretrial Dec. 16 on a theft charge.

Thomas C. Wolfe, of Cartwright Avenue, will have a Dec. 16 pretrial on a theft charge.

Ryan Malcomb, of Bell School Road, will have a Dec. 16 pretrial on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and theft.

Joseph J. DeSarro II, of Duke Vodrey Road, will have a motion hearing Dec. 14 for a request to return $2,640 in money confiscated by the East Liverpool Police Department, after a 2019 criminal case was dismissed.

Joshua J. Taylor, of Erie Street, is set for a pretrial Nov. 16 for a stop sign violation.

Timothy M. Halfhill, of Rankin Street, was set for a motion hearing Nov. 30 on OVI and failure to control charges.

Christopher L. Lanning, of Fairview Street, was set for a probable cause hearing Oct. 28.

Gloria B. Sosack, of Michigan Avenue, is set for a status hearing Oct. 28 on a receiving stolen property hearing.

Aaron Oakes, of Michigan Avenue, is set for a pretrial Oct. 28 on littering, storage of tires, obstructing, driving under suspension, fictitious plates, and aggravated menacing.

Gannon C. Irvine, of Oakland Avenue, is set for a pretrial Oct. 28 on a driving under suspension charge.

Courtney L. Jones, of Ohio Avenue, was sentenced to $150 plus costs on a driving under FRA suspension charge.

Jordan M. Stoakes, of Opal Road in Wellsville, was sentenced to $170 plus costs on charges of driving under suspension, speeding and expired plates.

Christopher M. Kiley, of Cranberry, Pa., was sentenced to $500 plus costs, 60 community service hours and a 180-day suspended jail sentence on charges of engaging in prostitution and possessing criminal tools.

Antwane G. McMeans Jr., of Youngstown, was sentenced to $250 plus costs on charges of failure to control, illegal U-turn, reckless operation, one-way traffic and failure to display sticker.

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