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New Cases

County Treasurer, Lisbon, vs. Chad Bickel, Steubenville Pike Road, Lisbon, et al.; delinquent tax foreclosure sought for Steubenville Pike Road, Lisbon property.

County Treasurer, Lisbon, vs. James M. Davis, Clark Street, East Liverpool, et al.; delinquent tax foreclosure sought for Hillsdale Street, East Liverpool property.

Zackary Jackson, Buck Road, Alliance, vs. Karlie Jackson, Brayton Avenue, Alliance; divorce sought.

Jeremy Blosser, Green Beaver Road, Salem, and Amanda Blosser, East Pine Lake Road, Salem; dissolution sought.

Robyn Muschweck and Thomas Muschweck, both McKinnon Avenue, East Liverpool, vs. Andrew Ice, Park Avenue, East Liverpool, and Allstate Insurance, Hudson; personal injury claim over 2021 East Liverpool accident.

Docket Entries

Mariner Finance LLV vs. Misty Mathna, et al.; $5,484 judgment granted to plaintiff.

William Tomlin vs. Angela Tomlin; divorce granted.

County Treasurer vs. Michael G. Post, et al.; payment plan entered, foreclosure held in abeyance.

County Treasurer vs. Nicholas Dalonzo, et al.; delinquent taxes paid, case dismissed.

County Treasurer vs. unknown heirs of Josephine Radeschi; delinquent taxes paid, case dismissed.

County Treasurer vs. David Howell, et al.; delinquent tax foreclosure ordered for Wellsville properties on Aten Avenue, Long Street and West Street.

Industrial Containment Solutions LLC vs. Brennon Rail Services LLC; $30,931 judgment granted to plaintiff.

Grand Jury

LISBON — A Salem man accused of selling and possessing drugs was served in Columbus with a secret indictment for multiple felony counts issued by the Columbiana County grand jury.

David E. Boggs, 31, East Perry Street, was indicted for two counts aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony, for allegedly selling or offering to sell an amount of methamphetamine that exceeds the bulk amount, but was less than five times the bulk amount on June 29, 2021 and July 16, 2021. He was also charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony, for possessing methamphetamine, two counts of possession of cocaine and a single count of possession of drugs, all fifth-degree felonies, related to cocaine and methamphetamine on July 16, 2021. The charges also carry a specification for forfeiture of money in a drug case.

Court News

LISBON — Attorneys for an East Palestine man accused of threatening police officers this spring and fleeing from troopers in 2020 want to have his competence to stand trial tested.

Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Megan Bickerton already granted a motion for a psychological evaluation to determine Christopher Wallace’s sanity at the time of the 2020 car chase and his competency to stand trial and plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

She ordered an evaluation by the Forensic Psychiatric Center of Northeast Ohio. Wallace, 37, was charged for failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer for allegedly fleeing in a vehicle from the highway patrol on Nov. 7, 2020, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph on state Routes 154 and 170.

In the other case, defense attorney Paul Conn filed a motion for a competency evaluation and the ability to plead not guilty by reason of insanity for a 2022 case. Wallace was recently indicted for intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness and retaliation, both third-degree felonies, for allegedly threatening to kill East Palestine Police Lt. Don Johnson and his family while being served with a charge of aggravated menacing at the county jail on April 15.

Also in Common Pleas Court:

— William Doran, 48, Girard, pleaded guilty to importuning, a fifth-degree felony, and two fourth-degree felonies for attempted compelling prostitution and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, with sentencing set Sept. 23. A charge for possessing criminal tools will be dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Doran answered an ad placed on a known escort website by a Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force agent and agreed to pay $150 for sex with a 15-year-old foster child runaway. He was taken into custody after arriving at a predetermined meeting place in East Palestine on Sept. 30, 2021.

— Austin M. Carter, 23, Ambrose Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to burglary, domestic violence, and criminal damaging or endangering. He was placed on four years community control and credited for 90 days served in jail. Carter broke into the home of the mother of his children and assaulted her on Dec. 3, 2021.

— Kerry A. Vance, 44, West 16th Street, Salem, was found in violation of the terms of her probation for aggravated possession of drugs and was sentenced to 60 days in Columbiana County Jail with 4 days credited for jail time served. She possessed methamphetamine on March 25, 2019.

— Tiffany M. Michalak, 40, Canfield, was found in violation of the terms of her probation and was sentenced to 50 days in jail with 25 days credit for time served for tampering with evidence, possession of drugs and illegal conveyance of a drug of abuse onto the grounds of a detention facility on July 5, 2017. Michalak had tried to conceal a clear baggie containing an unknown substance, had methamphetamines and attempted to bring them into the county jail.

— Brandon K. Sanor, 36, Sebring, who pleaded guilty in April to two counts of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, trespass in a habitation, and failure to stop after an accident was sentenced to 36 months in prison for both counts of failure to comply, six months for trespassing, and 180 days in county jail for failure to stop, which will be served concurrently with the trespassing charge. Additionally, he was given 190 days jail credit for days served and is entitled to receive credit for each future day of custody while waiting to be transported to prison. The court also imposed a lifetime suspension of Sanor’s driver’s license. A charge of drug possession was dismissed and the trespassing charge was amended from assault, a first-degree felony. Sanor had broken into a property of Shawna Blake on Aug. 30 last year and had fled from police on both Aug. 22 and Aug. 31 last year.

— Tyler E. Wells, 33, Chestnut Street, Leetonia, pleaded guilty to domestic violence and was sentenced to 180 days in county jail, with 90 days suspended and 73 days jail credit for time served for attempting to cause harm to Nancy Piper on April 16, 2022.

— David M. Kane, 36, West 9 Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs and was sentenced to three years community control for possessing methamphetamine on July 20, 2020.

— Lawrence Norton, 57, Rochester Road, East Rochester, pleaded guilty to violation of a protection order, with sentencing set for Aug. 19. Norton violated a protection order on June 12, 2021 in the county.

— Kierra Raynes, 25, East Main Street, East Palestine, pleaded guilty to two counts endangering children, a fourth-degree felony, and two counts endangering children, one a third-degree felony and one a fourth-degree felony, with sentencing set for Aug. 19. The charges stemmed from her two young children being found outside while she and her husband slept in their Grant Street, Lisbon home on Jan. 10, 2021 and for a separate, similar incident in East Palestine on April 1, 2021 when her two children, ages 2 and 3 years old at the time, were found outside unsupervised.

— Dustin Schau, 26, county jail, was sentenced to eight months in prison, with credit for 80 days served, after his probation for possessing drugs was dishonorably terminated for violations. The indictment dated back to 2018.

— Ashley Messenger, 32, Cunningham Road, Salem, was placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, for possessing methamphetamine on June 27, 2020.

— Katie Wadlow, 35, East Third Street, Salem, was ordered to serve a term at the Eastern Ohio Corrections Center after violating the terms of her probation for aggravated possession of drugs, for possessing methamphetamine on July 21, 2019.

Municipal

LISBON — In Columbiana County Municipal Court, a case against Dominic Stacey, 36, North Market Street, Lisbon, was bound over to the county grand jury on a fourth-degree felony charge of domestic violence after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

Stacey was accused of allegedly punching victim Brittany Trimble in the head multiple times and pushing her to the ground on June 23 in Lisbon. He had a previous domestic violence conviction in the county, making the most recent charge a felony.

Patrick Murphy, 37, Clark Avenue, Wellsville, was fined $250 and sentenced to 20 days in jail, with credit for 14 days previously served, for aggravated menacing for threatening to kill a woman and anyone who touched his truck and telling her he would burn her house down with the kids in it on April 10 in Wellsville.

A pretrial was set July 14 for Stephanie Barnes, 34, Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, charged with assault and obstructing official business for allegedly hitting Leona Reed in the face and throwing her around on June 30 in Wellsville, then claiming no one else was inside the residence when deputies arrived to arrest her. Another suspect was inside and came out after several announcements by deputies.

Jay Troyer, 29, McCracken Road, Salem, was fined $1,400 and sentenced to 30 days in jail for violating a protection order, operating a vehicle under the influence and marked lanes, along with violating his probation for failure to comply, obstructing official business and possession of drug paraphernalia. His driver’s license was suspended for 18 months, with credit from a pretrial suspension, and he was ordered to complete 40 hours community service. The traffic charges stemmed from an Aug. 20, 2021 traffic stop on Depot Road near Teegarden Road in Center Township and the protection order violation occurred on May 30 on West Perry Street, Salem, when he contacted the victim through social media. The probation violation involved charges from a May 28, 2019 incident in Salem when he lied about his identity and fled from officers taking him into custody on a warrant when he also possessed plastic pipes with burnt residue used for smoking crack.

A pretrial was set Sept. 15 for Gregory Henderson, 66, Metz Road, New Waterford, charged with engaging in prostitution and possessing criminal tools for allegedly arriving in Salem on June 30 to meet with an undercover Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force agent posing as an adult female after requesting sexual acts for $80. Money and the phone used to make the arrangements were in his possession.

A pretrial was set Sept. 8 for Edwin Samuel Wells, Cadiz, 53, charged with engaging in prostitution and possessing criminal tools for allegedly requesting sexual acts in exchange for $160 from an undercover Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force agent, then driving to Salem on June 30 for the meeting with the money and the phone used to make the arrangements in his possession.

A pretrial was set July 11 for Michael Gargano Jr., 51, West Railroad Street, Columbiana, charged with assault for allegedly punching Richard Morgan in the face five or six times after an argument on June 30 on South Vine Street, Columbiana. Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

A pretrial was set July 7 for Jesus Davis, 49, Southeast Boulevard, Salem, charged with assault for allegedly attempting to harm Dennis Crider during a domestic dispute on Friday morning when Crider reported Davis kicked in the door at his residence and they started fighting

A pretrial was set Sept. 12 for William Bell, 49, charged with endangering children, open container, operating a vehicle under the influence, park on highway and two counts driving under suspension for allegedly operating a vehicle impaired with two 4-year-old children and one 8-year-old child in the vehicle on state Route 154 in Elkrun Township on June 30 when their vehicle ran out of fuel.

A pretrial was set July 11 for Kevin Kirk, 21, Salem-Alliance Road, Salem, charged with domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend, Erin Miller, by grabbing her, throwing her down on the ground, getting on top of her and choking her on June 30 on Salem-Alliance Road, Salem. Bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

James Mackim, 29, Cape Canaveral, Fla., was fined $770 and sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 168 days suspended and credit for 12 days already served, with his driver’s license suspended for one year, for failure to comply, driving under suspension, a turn signal violation and failure to display valid sticker related to an incident June 18 in Lisbon. Mackim failed to pull his motorcycle over when police initiated a traffic stop and fled from police until he wrecked on West Lincoln Way.

A charge of drug abuse instrument against Johnathan Post, 34, Taylor Road, Negley, was dismissed without prejudice due to the charge not being filed properly. Post had been accused of possessing a hypodermic needle on June 28 in Columbiana.

A pretrial was set Sept. 8 for Sam Detoro, 29, Poland, charged with physical control.

Grace McCarty, 18, Youngstown, was fined $150 for an equipment violation, amended from a turn signal violation.

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