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Former ELO mayor pleads in tax case

EAST LIVERPOOL — The city’s former mayor was convicted Monday morning of failure to file city income tax returns.

Ryan Stovall and his wife Melissa, of Orchard Grove Avenue, were accompanied by legal counsel when they changed their pleas to no contest during a pretrial before East Liverpool Municipal Court Judge Dominic Frank. Each were charged with a count of failure to file city income tax return, a third-degree misdemeanor.

Assistant city law director John Gamble appeared for the city income tax department.

Each Stovall was fined $500 plus costs; $450 of the fine will be waived upon the filing of their tax returns and an agreement to make payments on any money the city remains owed.

Stovall’s former safety-service director, Brian Allen, and his wife Kimberly, of Shady Lane Drive, are set for a bench trial at 10 a.m. Wednesday each on a count of failure to file a city income tax return. The Allen charges are filed as unclassified misdemeanors.

Stovall served as East Liverpool mayor from January 2016 to November 2019, when he was defeated by write-in candidate Greg Bricker. Previously he had served seven years as a city councilman, according to his Linked In page. Currently, Stovall is employed as a patrolman for the Leetonia Police Department.

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