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New Cases

County Treasurer vs. Cindy Thomas, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on First Avenue, East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Cindy Catlett, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Kelly Park Road, Leetonia.

County Treasurer vs. Carl and Shannon Pearson, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for properties on Johnson Place and 13th Street, Wellsville.

Susan M. Gorby, Negley, vs. Marjory J. Gorby, Negley, et al., division or sale of jointly owned property on Darlington Road, Negley, sought.

Docket Entries

Aaron J. Stevens, et al., vs. the City of East Liverpool department of planning and development, et al., appeal denied.

Christy Morgan, New Waterford, vs. Anthony J. Lopshansky, New Waterford, et al., case dismissed.

Court News

LISBON – In Common Pleas Court, Alexzander C. Jones, 23, North Howard Avenue, Salem, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a fifth-degree felony; two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, each a fourth-degree felony; and two counts of importuning, a fifth-degree felony. Jones engaged in sexual conduct between Nov. 1, 2020, through Jan. 12, 2021, with a 13-year-old at the time and provided obscene materials to a second teenager, who was 15 years old at the time on Nov. 24, 2020. Then on Jan. 12, 2021, Jones attempted to conceal evidence from investigators.

Brian K. French, 33, North Walnut Avenue, Alliance, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control from a third-degree felony, possession of drugs charge. His community control was terminated.

Raymond D. Byler Jr., 42, Middlefield, pleaded guilty to attempted compelling prostitution, a fourth-degree felony and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony. Sentencing is set for Aug. 12. He faces up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

David C. Wilson, 37, Warren, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs with a forfeiture specification, for having methamphetamines and $2,088 in drug-related funds on Feb. 7, 2021. A sentencing hearing is set for June 3, when he faces up to a year in prison, a $2,500 fine and a five-year license suspension.

John J. Brock, 32, Warren, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control he had been placed on for an aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was ordered to serve 60 days in jail and credited with 24 already served.

EL Municipal

EAST LIVERPOOL – In East Liverpool Municipal Court, William A. DeJesus, 26, Middletown, Pa., waived his rights to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the grand jury on a charge of improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle and drug peraphernalia. DeJesus allegedly had a loaded handgun on the passenger floorboard during a traffic stop on May 4. A pretrial was set for Aug. 25 on an improper registration citation.

Amanda E. Rowley, 34, Vine Street, was fined $1,200, sentenced to 20 days in jail, required 40 hours community service and had her license suspended for two years for OVI above .17, failure to control, resisting arrest and no license.

Christine D. Norris, 56, Moundsville, W.Va., was fined $550, sentenced to 40 days in jail and required 40 hours community service for disorderly conduct and two counts of assault for allegedly being intoxicated in the Burger King in Calcutta and assaulting both the ambulance employee and police officer on May 9.

Mark E. Foden, 52, Steubenville Pike, Lisbon, was fined $250 and sentenced to 15 days in jail for theft for shoplifting from the Walmart in Calcutta by failing to scan and pay for two items at the self-checkout totaling $130.

Katherine E. Flowers, 54, Carmel Achor Road, Rogers, was fined $250 and sentenced to three days in jail for theft for allegedly failing to scan 34 items totaling $170 at the Calcutta Walmart on Feb. 13.

Jeffrey D. Meredith II, 28, Riverside Avenue, Wellsville, was fined $200 for no license and expired plate.

A motion as filed for an evaluation for Kevin S. Neely, 40, South Surry Road, charged with assault for allegedly harming a security guard at the East Liverpool City Hospital Emergency Room on April 6.

A May 19 status conference was set for David J. Haught Jr., 36, Florence Street, charged with assault for allegedly striking both Kristina Williamson and George Workman on April 27.

Richard H. Stoddard, 52, Lincoln Avenue, was fined $425, sentenced to 120 days in jail and required 20 hours community service with tampering with evidence, endangering children and drug abuse instruments. Stoddard had syringes and containers of drugs in his vehicle on May 6 along with a 5-year-old child in the front of the vehicle.

Jason L. McEldowney, 35, Lincoln Avenue, was fined $300 for no license and loud exhaust.

A July 7 pretrial was set for Jamie L. Nicholson, 42, Vista Motel, charged with fictitious plates domestic violence for allegedly harming Megan M. McBride, his girlfriend, on Dec. 27.

A June 7 pretrial was set for Laura M. Bach, 33, Ivan Court, charged with domestic violence for allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old child during an incident involving a vape pen on May 5.

Municipal

LISBON — In Columbiana County Municipal Court, Daniel Keller, 31, Spaite Drive, East Palestine, had his case bound over to the county grand jury on a a third-degree felony charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

Keller allegedly fled from troopers who approached his vehicle at Beaver Creek State Park campground regarding an active warrant on May 3, reaching speeds reported at 90 mph with a female passenger and passing several other vehicles before crashing into an embankment and surrendering. The female passenger sustained minor injuries and declined treatment.

A pretrial was set May 19 for Cheyenne Moore, 22, East Taggart Street, East Palestine, charged with sexual imposition for an alleged case involving a 12-year-old girl over the course of several months up until April this year. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety and she was ordered to have no contact with minors.

A burglary charge against Justin Bell, 32, East Third Street, Salem, was dismissed at the state’s request without prejudice. Bell had been accused of being in a residence on Ziegler Road, Hanoverton on April 11.

A pretrial was set July 26 for Jeffrey Hoffman, 47, Buffalo, N.Y., charged with engaging in prostitution and possession of criminal tools for allegedly driving to Salem on April 16 after soliciting three acts of sexual conduct from an undercover agent with the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force in exchange for $140.

A pretrial was set July 19 for Ryan M. Johnson, 42, Friedens, Pa., charged with engaging in prostitution and possession of criminal tools, for allegedly requesting sexual conduct with a female in exchange for $140 after responding to an ad placed by a Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force agent on a known escort website and then showing up in East Palestine on May 11 for the arranged meeting.

Randall Culler, 42, Bell Road, Lisbon, was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with credit for 59 days served, after violating his probation for charges of violation of a protection order and temporary protection order. Culler didn’t comply with the terms of house arrest. The protection order violations stemmed from him calling a woman on April 19, 2021 and being at a residence in Salem on April 27, 2021.

Kathryn Ratliff, 53, Youngstown, was fined $300 and sentenced to 14 days in jail, with credit for eight days already served, for two counts of drug paraphernalia. Ratliff possessed a crack cocaine pipe and a pink straw with residue during an incident in New Waterford on May 4.

Wade Hilderbrand, 34, East North Avenue, East Palestine, was fined $250 and ordered to complete 40 hours community service for disorderly conduct, amended from domestic violence, for pushing a woman down during an argument twice resulting in injury on Dec. 16, 2021 in East Palestine.

A pretrial was set June 30 for James F. Miller, 43, Harper Avenue, East Liverpool, charged with domestic violence, for allegedly punching a female victim in the face during a domestic on May 4 on Y & O Road, East Liverpool.

Fred Jordan, 35, West Wilson Street, Salem, was fined $100 and received credit for one day served in jail for disorderly conduct, amended from obstruction of official business, for refusing to give police his identification after being asked multiple times during an incident May 2 in Salem in which he reported being struck by his live-in girlfriend’s juvenile son.

A pretrial was set May 19 for Richard Vecchio, 59, state Route 164, Lisbon, charged with criminal mischief for a May 11 incident in Lisbon when he allegedly walked into the automatic car wash and knocked on a man’s window. The man rolled down the window and told him to leave, but then Vecchio allegedly placed his land on the window to prevent it from being rolled up. Vecchio also was fined $450 for three separate counts of public intoxication for incidents at Columbiana County Municipal Court, the Valley View gas station and the Numbers Brewing Co.

Sentencing was set June 7 for Denis Palacios Jr., 19, North Howard Avenue, Salem, charged with underage consumption for an incident in June 2021. He had been placed in a diversion program, but failed to appear for the diversion review in December, with a warrant issued for his arrest. He was terminated from the program.

A pretrial was set Aug. 1 for Jenna Speziale, 32, Howell Avenue, East Palestine, charged with domestic violence for allegedly shoving her live-in boyfriend several times while intoxicated on May 10 at their residence in East Palestine.

Rhiannon Ikirt, 22, Mattix Road, Lisbon, was fined $150 and sentenced to 15 days in jail, with credit for 10 days served, for illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia for having a glass pipe with white residue and burn marks commonly used for smoking methamphetamine in Salem on May 2.

A charge of failure to register against Jonathan Oglesby, 40, Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, was dismissed since the case was presented directly to the Columbiana County grand jury and an indictment was issued.

Terry Call, 46, College Street, East Liverpool, was fined $1,300 and sentencing to 180 days in jail, with 160 days suspended, for operating a vehicle under the influence, no valid license and speeding. His license was suspended and he was ordered to complete 40 hours community service.

Matthew Jordan, 37, East Fourth Street, East Liverpool, was fined $975 and sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended and credit for three days at driver intervention for OVI first offense and speeding. His license was suspended for one year with driving privileges and he was ordered to complete 20 hours community service.

Jordan Wilson, 33, Bull Creek Road, New Waterford, was fined $975 and sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended and credit for three days at driver intervention for OVI first offense, amended from a second offense, and failure to control. Wilson’s license was suspended for one year with driving privileges granted and an order for 40 hours community service was issued.

A pretrial was set July 5 for Charles Harrison, 25, Rose Drive, Lisbon, charged with OVI first offense and driving under suspension.

A pretrial was set July 11 for Larry Warner, 61, North Madison Avenue, Salem, charged with driving under suspension and child restraint.

Andrew Clark, 30, Columbus, was fined $250 for driving under suspension.

James Little, 50, North Ellsworth Avenue, Salem, was fined $75 for one-way traffic and had a charge of driving under suspension dismissed.

Chason McClish, 19, Quaker Church Road, East Rochester, was fined $400 for use of unauthorized plate, no valid license and loud exhaust.

Angel Lopez, 49, Youngstown, was fined $250 for driving under suspension.

Grand Jury

LISBON –Michael Lukan, 65, Georgetown, Pa., the man accused in the Nov. 12, 2019 robbery of the Buckeye Pharmacy in Calcutta, was among indictments issued by the grand jury this week. Lukan is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; and a firearm specification.

Court documents allege he had a Glock 26 semi-automatic handgun which he used in the robbery of the store and after he had a rape conviction in 1983 in Washington County, Pa., that forbade him from carrying or owning firearms.

The Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury issued 46 indictments this week, including one superseding indictment and 19 open indictments. The 26 additional secret indictments will be released as they are served.

The following indictments have been released for the month of May:

A superseding indictment was issued for James Merino, 64, Benton Road, Salem, charged with having weapons while under a disability and tampering with evidence, each a third-degree felony; possession of cocaine, aggravated possession of drugs and two counts of possession of drugs, each a fifth-degree felony; and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. The superseding indictment added the drug-related charges to the initial indictment against him from January. Merino allegedly attempted to hide a nine-millimeter handgun with a loaded magazine by placing it in a metal furnace in the basement when the Columbiana County Drug Task Force and Special Response Team came to the home with a search warrant on Aug. 12. At the home, authorities allegedly found cocaine, methamphetamines, buprenorphine and alprazolam.

Haley Taylor, 29, Newton Falls, is charged with possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony, for a substance Taylor allegedly had in her possession on July 17.

Dennis R. Byers, 36, Chester Avenue, Wellsville, is charged with having weapons while under a disability, a third-degree felony, and no license. On April 3, Byers allegedly had a firearm in the center console of his vehicle after he was previously convicted of a trafficking in drugs crime in 2012.

Brigham L. Young, 34, Dorwood Drive, Alliance, is charged with two counts of OVI, each a third-degree felony; and a misdemeanor driving under suspension. The charges allegedly on March 3, Young was driving under the influence of alcohol when he has a prior felony conviction for OVI in 2014.

Shaun Clark, 43, Steubenville Pike, Lisbon, is charged with failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, after allegedly fleeing from police on April 14 at speeds surpassing 110 miles an hour in the areas of Miller Road, Teegarden Road and state Route 45 before wrecking the vehicle and fleeing on foot for nearly half a mile.

Katie L. Wadlow, 35, West Fourth Street, Salem, is charged with failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor charges of driving under suspension and obstructing official business. On Feb. 22, Wadlow allegedly fled from a traffic stop and hid in the basement of her home.

Samson A. Crowl, 38, Cherry Street, Salem, is charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor charges of obstructing official business and possession of drug abuse instruments. On April 13, Crowl allegedly refused to walk to the cruiser, walking away and reaching into his pocket when he was ordered to keep his hands visible and then tossing a hypodermic syringe.

George E. Faulkner, 35, state Route 14, East Palestine, is charged with receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly having a 1998 Jeep Wrangler belonging to Benjamin Simpson without his permission on March 28.

Romen K. Bashline, 32, Richardson Avenue, Negley, is charged with intimidation, a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor charges of making false allegations of peace officer misconduct and two counts of falsification. Beginning on Jan. 6 and continuing through Jan. 20, Bashline allegedly made false allegations and attempted to intimidate a public servant in the course of their duties.

Anthony M. Gregory, 35, Plymouth Place, Salem, is charged with two counts of OVI, each a fourth-degree felony. On March 12, Gregory was allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol after he has three prior OVI convictions in either Municipal Court or Common Pleas Court in 20116, 2017 and 2018.

Tyler E. Wells, 33, Chestnut Street, Leetonia, is charged with domestic violence, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly harming Nancy E. Piper, a family or household member, on April 16, when he reportedly knew Piper was pregnant.

Brahimi Yousef, 35, Main Street, Leetonia, is charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly harming Sheryl Summers, a family or household member, on April 7, when he reportedly had a prior domestic violence conviction in municipal court on March 15, 2021.

Jontay J. Johnson, 27, Franklin Avenue, Salem, is charged with domestic violence, a third-degree felony, and obstructing official business, a misdemeanor. Johnson allegedly attempted to harm Tiffany A. Clarkson, on April 5, when he had prior domestic violence convictions from 2015 in Warren and 2013 in Akron. Additionally, Johnson allegedly impeded authorities investigating his latest alleged domestic violence offense.

John Robert Wolfe Jr., 39, state Route 172, East Rochester, is charged with two counts of domestic violence — one a third-degree felony and the other a misdemeanor charge. On Feb. 20, Wolfe allegedly harmed Nicole M. Russell, when he has prior convictions of domestic violence from 2021, 2012, 2005 and 2004.

Jeremy D. McMahan, 43, Youngstown, is charged with compelling prostitution, a third-degree felony; possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony; and a misdemeanor illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia with specifications for forfeiture of money in a drug-related case. On Jan. 7, McMahan allegedly offered to hire a 16-year-old girl for sexual acts in exchange for $30 and methamphetamines, before arriving at a designated meeting location with more than five grams of methamphetamines, glass pipes, a digital scale and $271 in drug-related proceeds.

Justin M. Ginsburg, 40, Austintown, is charged with compelling prostitution, a third-degree felony; attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony; and possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. Ginsburg allegedly solicited numerous acts of sexual conduct from an agent who was a part of the undercover operation of the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force posing as an adult female and a 15-year-old girl. Ginsburg reportedly followed up by arriving in Salem on West State Street on Feb. 18.

Louis Rosensteel, 55, Greensburg, Pa., is charged with compelling prostitution, a third-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a fourth-degree felony; obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony; and possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. On Jan. 5 Rosensteel allegedly responded to an advertisement, offering to purchase sex from a 16-year-old prostitute for $100. Rosensteel reportedly drove to East Palestine and messaged the girl he was there, asking her to come outside to meet him. When a member of the MVHTTF approached, Rosensteel reportedly began deleting messages from his phone and refused to turn off the engine or step out of the vehicle. Rosensteel drove off and allegedly nearly dragged the officer, Dan Haueter, who had his arm inside the vehicle attempting to remove him.

Arif E. Koesarie, 62, Bulger, Pa., is charged with improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and both engaging in prostitution and possession of criminal tools, each a misdemeanor charge. Koesarie was charged for allegedly having a load firearm in his vehicle when meeting an undercover agent posing as a prostitute in Columbiana April 1.

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