Common Pleas

New Cases

Loyd Hendershott III, Princeton Avenue, East Liverpool, and Dannielle Hendershot, Princeton Avenue, East Liverpool; dissolution sought.

Susan Sowers, Mountz Road, East Rochester, and Ronald Sowers, Jennings Avenue, Salem; dissolution sought.

State of Ohio, David Yost, Ohio Attorney General, Columbus, vs. Shawn Watson, Georgetown Road, Homeworth; enforcement action over failure to properly plug and abandon four gas wells in Knox Township.

Docket Entries

County Treasurer vs. Ronald Chambers, et al.; delinquent tax foreclosure complaint dismissed.

County Treasurer vs. Elio Lerussi, et al.; delinquent tax foreclosure complaint dismissed.

County Treasurer vs. Renee Lamp, et al.; Chesapeake dismissed as defendant.

Court News

LISBON — A Lisbon woman accused of using a Dodge Ram pickup to cause serious physical harm to Bradley Heckathorn on Aug. 9, 2021 pleaded guilty Monday to vehicular assault.

Melinda Peterson, 30, Steubenville Pike Road, entered the plea in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to prosecutor’s information for the fourth-degree felony charge.

Sentencing was set Oct. 28. The maximum possible penalty for the offense was listed as 18 months in prison.

Peterson was originally indicted for felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Joshua Lapin, 33, whose address was listed as Heartland Behavioral Healthcare, was found incompetent to stand trial for trespassing in a habitation, a fourth-degree felony, based on evaluations done by the Forensic Psychiatric Center of Northeast Ohio Inc. and Heartland Behavioral Healthcare. He was ordered to undergo an evaluation for the least restrictive placement and was ordered held at the county jail until further order of the court. Lapin had been charged for allegedly entering a Lisbon apartment on May 8, 2021.

Craig Coffman, 40, last known address Salem, pleaded guilty to drug charges from four separate indictments for four counts of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of LSD and specifications for forfeiture of money in drug cases. Sentencing was set Oct. 28. Coffman possessed methamphetamine on June 23, 2020, July 16, 2021, Aug. 11, 2021 and Sept. 22, 2021. He also possessed LSD on Sept. 22, 2021. Amounts of cash to be forfeited included $23, $197 and $99.

Michael P. Gandy Jr., 29, Rochester, Pa., was found competent to stand trial based on a recent evaluation, with his jury trial set for Dec. 19 on charges of intimidation, a third-degree felony; and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, obstructing official business, disorderly conduct and making false alarms. A status hearing was set for Dec. 15. On Dec. 30, 2021, Gandy allegedly threatened or made false statements in an attempt to hinder a public servant or witness, used unwarranted language, hampered the arrest of himself and others and falsely warned of an impending crime, fire or explosion in Columbiana County.

Taylor Shupp, 23, Fort Benning, Ga., pleaded guilty to illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits or WIC program benefits, a fifth-degree felony, with sentencing set Oct. 2. The charge stemmed from illegal use of benefits from March 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.

Kathryn Sims, 33, West 14th Street, Salem, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, possession of fentanyl-related compound, possession of drugs, receiving stolen property and four counts of forgery, with sentencing set for Oct. 21. Sims possessed heroin, fentanyl and the drug tramadol on April 13, 2021, received four stolen checks on Aug. 31, 2021 that belonged to Terri Sims and then forged Terri Sims’ signature on the checks and used them at Giant Eagle for $83.16 on Aug. 31, 2021, $84.52 on Sept. 1, 2021, $87.23 on Sept. 6 and $55.23 on Sept. 8, 2021.

Charles McCanna Jr., 40, Darlington Road, Negley, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, with sentencing set for Oct. 21 for possessing methamphetamine on March 25, 2021.

Levi Shields, 26, formerly of East Liverpool, was ordered to spend 200 days in the county jail, with credit for 133 days already served, leaving 67 days to actually serve, for violating his probation on charges of aggravated possession of drugs and possession of fentanyl-related compound for offenses dating back to January and August of 2020. His probation was dishonorably terminated.

EL Municipal

EAST LIVERPOOL — In East Liverpool Municipal Court, Jordan Belan, 24, East Liverpool Road, was fined $900 and sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 27 days suspended, for physical control, amended from operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and failure to yield.

Belan will receive credit for $450 of the fine and credit for three days jail for attending a driver intervention program. An order was also issued for 40 hours community service.

A bench warrant was issued for Eric McQueen Jr., 30, Youngstown, charged with two counts of drug paraphernalia offenses, driving under suspension, tinted glass, and possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety, with a bond hearing set for Sept. 13.

Joshua Rutter, 28, Morton Street, was fined $300 for reckless operation, amended from OVI, and failure to control. A jail term of 30 days was issued, with 27 days suspended, and he was ordered to complete 40 hours community service.

A domestic violence charge was dismissed without prejudice against Jeremie Landfried, 38, Sprucevale Road. Probable cause was found by stipulation with agreement of the victim.

A status hearing was set Sept. 13 for Ryan Ammon, 38, state Route 267, charged with domestic violence.

Abbigail Swinehart, 19, Pittsburgh Street, Columbiana, was fined $180 and sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 29 days suspended, for offenses involving underage persons and disorderly conduct.

A pretrial was set Sept. 6 for Cassandra Manley, 34, Township Line Road, Wellsville, charged with driving under suspension.

Cases transferred to Columbiana County Municipal Court for hearings to be set this fall included: Louis Ehlenbach, 63, Vale Street, charged with OVI breath, OVI second offense and assured clear distance ahead; Dennis Byers, 36, Chester Avenue, Wellsville, charged with no license and marked lanes; and Antwane McMeans Jr., 22, Youngstown, charged with possession of marijuana, driving under suspension and failure to use turn signal.

Christopher Yanda, 28, Erie Street, waived the try-by time after pleading not guilty to charges of obstructing justice, possession of marijuana, no license and failure to display plates or valid sticker. The case remains pending.

Josiah Swayngim, 39, Chester, W.Va., failed to appear on a charge of failure to display valid sticker or plate.

Raschelle Casto, 42, Walker Road, was fined $50 for no license.

Matthew Sullivan, 31, Glenn Street, was fined $50 for no license.


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