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Grand Jury

LISBON — A man indicted by two different Columbiana County grand juries for possessing methamphetamine was served Wednesday with a secret indictment for both counts.

Donald Riggs, 45, who had two different addresses listed, one in Salineville and one in East Liverpool, was indicted for two separate fifth-degree felony charges of aggravated possession of drugs. The indictment issued in November 2021 stemmed from possessing methamphetamine on June 4, 2020. The indictment issued in January 2022 stemmed from possessing methamphetamine on Aug. 21, 2020.

Common Pleas

New Cases

County Treasurer, Lisbon, vs. Raymond Scott, Grant Street, East Liverpool, et al; delinquent tax foreclosure sought for Grant Street, East Liverpool property.

Siobhan Goodwin, Alliance, vs. Community Action Agency of Columbiana County Inc., Lincole Place, Lisbon, et al.; damages sought over claims related to incident at CAA-run housing.

Docket Entries

St. Polly’s Transportation Inc., et al. vs Michael Martin Distributing, Inc.; case dismissed.

County Treasurer vs. Ronald Arter, et al.; delinquent tax foreclosure ordered for Apples Way Drive, Columbiana property.

Municipal

LISBON — In Columbiana County Municipal Court Thursday James W. Strait, 42, South Lincoln Avenue, Salem, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of failure to comply with an order, a third-degree felony, and obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly leading a Columbiana police officer on a high speed chase March 25. The officer observed Strait commit a traffic violation, then Strait reportedly fled the officer at a high rate of speed across the northeast area of Columbiana County until the chase was ended by the officer due to Strait’s disregard for public safety. Officers in other jurisdictions also reportedly saw Strait traveling at a high rate of speed with no lights on.

A pretrial and preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 29 for Richard D. McCurdy, 20, Youngstown, charged with aggravated (drug) trafficking, a second-degree felony, and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop in East Palestine July 27 in which he and his passenger, Abby Jo Corson, 19, Rome, Ohio, were found with 79.76 grams of methamphetamine in three separate baggies as well as a two digital scales and ziplock baggies common in drug trafficking. Corson was bound over to the grand jury for permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony, obstructing official business and drug paraphernalia for allegedly telling the officer they had gotten lost and accidentally arrived at the location despite the location being displayed on McCurdy’s phone in her lap.

A pretrial and preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 11 for Shanika S. Simmons, 38, Youngstown, charged with promoting prostitution/supervise or managing prostitution, a fourth-degree felony; promoting prostitution/transporting across state lines for sex for hire, a fourth-degree felony; possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; and soliciting after traveling with another female to East Palestine Aug. 2 where a Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force agent had arranged a meeting after seeing an ad she posted on a website and knew her to have previously been involved in a sex for hire case. Simmons allegedly agreed to bring the other woman and they would both have sex with the client for $450. The passenger claimed to be there against her will.

A pretrial was scheduled for Oct. 20 for Tamara Lynn Freeze, 43, East Taggert Street, East Palestine, charged with OVI first offense, OVI urine .238 grams first offense and traffic control device violation.

Kolton J. Smith, 24, Winona Road, Salem, was fined $650, placed on two years probation and ordered to complete 50 hours community service, anger management class and a parenting course for disorderly conduct amended from domestic violence and two counts of menacing amended from endangering children.

Calvin Gene Taylor, 45, Youngstown, was fined $100 for a transfer registration of a vehicle violation. A charge of driving under suspension was dismissed.

Billy Earl Jackson, 29, Sharon, Pa., was fined $750, placed on two years probation and ordered to complete 40 hours community service and an online education course for engaging in prostitution, possession of criminal tools and possession of drugs.

Ryan Carte, 44, Hartley Road, Alliance, was fined $500, placed on two years probation and ordered to complete 40 hours of community service for disorderly conduct amended from a protection order violation and improper discharge of a firearm amended from a protection order violation.

Matthew Efaw Sr., 56, Monaca, Pa., was fined $750, placed on two years probation and ordered to complete 40 hours community service and an online education course for engaging in prostitution and possession of criminal tools.

Cheyenne E. Moore, 22, West Clark Street, East Palestine, was fined $250, placed on two years probation and ordered to have no contact with the juvenile victim for gross sexual imposition in which he had inappropriately touched a 12-year-old female.

Elizabeth A. Adkins, 28, South Lincoln Avenue, Lisbon, was fined $200 and ordered to complete 20 hours community service and anger management for disorderly conduct amended from domestic violence.

Chantel M. Shuman, 30, Orchard Court, Salem, was fined $150 for illegal use/possession paraphernalia.

Dakota Ray Robinson, 22, Lee Avenue, Lisbon, was fined $150 for possession of marijuana.

Edward W. McCoy, 22, Newton Falls, was sentenced to three days in jail, fined $1,350 and had his license suspended for one year for OVI, OVI first offense, OVI breath .17+ first offense, improper turn and misdemeanor improper handling in a motor vehicle amended from a fifth-degree felony.

Samuel Ross Wenger, 39, Darlington, Pa., was fined $55 for a taillight violation amended from speed.

Ernest F. Cameron, 29, Cedar Street, Salem, was fined $50 for expired license. A charge of failure to stop at a railroad crossing was dismissed.

Nicholas J. Hays, 20, East Pershing Street, Salem, was fined $250 for discarding litter.

Calvin Gene Taylor, 45, Youngstown, was fined $750, placed on probation for two years and ordered to complete 20 hours community service and an education course for engaging in prostitution and possession of criminal tools.

Collan McClain Craig, 22, state Route 534, Salem, was sentenced to three days in jail, fined $955, had his license suspended for one year, placed on two years probation and ordered to complete 40 hours community service and an alcohol abuse course for OVI first offense, OVI breath .08 grams first offense, failure to control and a seatbelt violation. A charge of OVI merge was dismissed.

Steven A. Chestnut, 55, Newgarden Avenue, Salem, was fined $400 for driving under suspension and no motorcycle endorsement.

EL Municipal

EAST LIVERPOOL — A woman who had 56 cats removed from her Baum Street home for neglect last month is now permanently prohibited from owning, possessing or living with companion animals.

Barbara Spicer, 79, now of Clayburn Street, pleaded guilty Thursday in East Liverpool Municipal Court to two counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals related to confining them without sufficient food and water. Two additional counts were dismissed.

She was ordered to pay court costs and a 90-day jail term was suspended. She was placed on probation for five years and ordered to have a mental health evaluation.

As part of the agreement barring her from owning, possessing or living with companion animals, she must consent to regular inspections of her residence to ensure compliance.

The charges covered the time period from June 1 through July 5 with two counts related to 37 kittens and two counts related to 19 adult cats. At the time the animals were seized from her home, she surrendered ownership. An affidavit by Columbiana County Humane Society Humane Agent Erica Rice said that a veterinarian examined the animals and concluded that their conditions, including being kept in filthy conditions, insect infestation, emaciation and untreated medical issues, would have caused suffering.

Also in East Liverpool Municipal Court, a status hearing and jury trial will be scheduled sometime this fall in Columbiana County Municipal Court after a case was transferred for Mark Mills, 41, Chester, W.Va., charged with menacing by stalking. Mills was accused of leaving a voice message for Christopher Haney on May 31 telling him he was going to blow his head off with a gun and also sending a written message on social media that he was going to run him over.

Bettina Williams, 42, Commerce Street, Wellsville, was fined $150, ordered to complete 20 hours community service and placed on three days electronically monitored house arrest for theft for stealing $93 worth of merchandise from Walmart on Dresden Avenue on May 20. She was also ordered to have no contact with Walmart.

A review hearing was set Sept. 8 for Alonna Adkins, 22, Campground Road, Wellsville to set the report date for jail after a five-day jail term was imposed for violating her probation for possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stemmed from 2021 when she was a passenger during a traffic stop and possessed a syringe and a burnt pipe with residue.

Daniel Barker, 37, Chester, W.Va., was fined $150, ordered to complete 20 hours community service and make restitution of $29.98 to Shoe Department for theft for allegedly stealing a pair of shoes from the store on June 23, 2017.

A bench warrant was issued and bond set at $5,000 cash or surety for Brandon Hoschar, 27, Lincoln Avenue, East Liverpool, who failed to appear for a hearing on possession of drug abuse instruments. Hoschar was accused of possessing hypodermic needles during a traffic stop June 3 when he was a passenger.

A bench warrant was issued and bond set at $5,000 cash or surety for Steven Cunningham, 32, Erie Street, East Liverpool, who failed to appear for a hearing on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possessing drug instruments. Cunningham was a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop on May 28 in St. Clair Township and had needles in his pocket and had a gun tucked in his underwear.

John Swiger, 48, Oak Street, East Liverpool, was fined $150 and sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 88 days suspended and credit for two days served for assault, amended from domestic violence. Swiger was accused of pushing a 14-year-old boy twice, slamming the juvenile to the ground and striking him in the face on March 5 in East Liverpool.

A status hearing was set Aug. 18 for Christopher Nixon, 43, New Cumberland, W.Va., charged with possessing drug instruments, no license and speeding.

A disposition hearing was set Sept. 1 for Dianna Haney, 63, Boyd Street, East Liverpool, who failed to appear for trial on a theft charge. Haney allegedly failed to scan and pay for five items totaling $52 at Walmart on Dresden Avenue on April 2.

A probation revocation hearing was set Aug. 11 for Christina Reed, 39, St. Clair Avenue, East Liverpool, for allegedly violating her probation for assault. Reed struck Gary Woolmaker in the eye with a can of pop on Aug. 5, 2021 in East Liverpool.

A case against Lindsay Buzzard, 34, Fisher Avenue, East Liverpool, was continued to Sept. 15 for charges of possession of drug abuse instrument and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stemmed from a June 29 incident outside Walmart when drug paraphernalia, loaded syringes, unidentified pills and fake U.S. currency were found in Buzzard’s purse.

A probable cause hearing on a probation violation was rescheduled to Sept. 15 for Kayla Ketchum, 31, Maple Avenue, Wellsville, for a domestic violence charge from Sept. 8, 2021 when she kicked Michael Thrasher in the arm in East Liverpool.

A status hearing was set Sept. 15 for Chris Wooley, 35, Vine Street, East Liverpool, charged with domestic violence for allegedly holding a woman down on a couch, punching her in the face and choking her on July 27 in East Liverpool.

Angel Hartley, 49, Palissey Street, East Liverpool, was fined $150 and ordered to complete 20 hours community service for no license.

Bryan Jeffries, 33, Cannons Mill Road, East Liverpool, was fined $150 for driving under suspension.

Steven Boggs, 38, Youngstown, had his probation dishonorably terminated with fines and costs sent for collection for charges of physical control, amended from OVI, and failure to control.

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