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West Branch school bus driver Kimberly Fink placed third at the Ohio School Bus Road-E-O. She will advance to the Ohio School Bus Road-E-O State Competition, which will take place Oct. 26 in Grove City. The Ohio School Bus Road-E-O brings together school bus drivers from across Ohio to test ...

Cold case arrest: Arrest in Melinda Todd slaying

LISBON — Nearly seven years after Melinda Todd was beaten to death with an object in her Salem Township home, Kevin E. Kirby has been charged with aggravated murder in connection to it. Chief Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said the prosecutor’s office investigators teamed up with ...

Social Concern

EAST PALESTINE— When Evelyn Stonemetz created the East Palestine Social Concern in 1966, she wanted to provide aid for those in need beyond just the holiday seasons. Over 50 years later, chairwoman Barb Lynch and the rest of the Social Concern board has stuck with the same game plan: ...

Big Oak dealer gets 10 years in prison

LISBON — One of the major Operation Big Oak defendants, Antonio C. Fleming of Cleveland, was sentenced to serve a decade in prison on Friday in Common Pleas Court. Fleming, 34, also known as Yayo and Ya-O, was responsible for 1,208 of the known drug deals in Columbiana County, according to ...

EP sets hearing for vacant property law

EAST PALESTINE— The village planning commission reported to council that the vacant structure registration and maintenance code has been laid out, so council set a date for a public hearing for the ordinance at this week’s meeting. The public hearing for the proposed vacant property ...

Salem man pleads guilty to jobless pay theft

LISBON — A Salem man who unfairly collected unemployment compensation benefits for five months in 2017 will be given the opportunity to pay the money back as a part of his community control. Chad L. Gower, 48, East Sixth Street, Salem, pleaded guilty to theft and falsification in August for ...

EL man gets 6 months for stolen property, drug charge

LISBON — Mark E. Foden, 49, Park Place, East Liverpool, was sentenced to six months in prison after he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and possession of cocaine on Thursday morning. Court records indicate Foden had personal checks belonging to Patricia Wolfe on March 4 and ...

Brass knuckles do not elude scrutiny of court security

LISBON — A Guilford Lake area man is facing a felony charge after he allegedly attempted to smuggle a heavy pair of brass knuckles in his back pants pocket into county Municipal Court. An Oct. 24 preliminary hearing was set for Dustin M. Dorff, 29, East Lake Road, who is charged with a ...

Developer pitches new plan for Lake Front property

COLUMBIANA — After Rob Struharik of Master Plan Builders pitched a development opportunity for the old Lake Front Golf Course, all of council approved the concept of the idea except councilman Dan Bekar, who abstained. Lake Front is a 58-acre parcel that is up for sale. Master Plan’s ...