County Sheriff

— The county sheriff and a deputy were called to the Rogers Community Auction at 9:35 a.m. Friday for a report of an assault. They spoke with John F. Gilbert III, West State Street, Salem, who reported that while walking past lot no. 1430 he saw veteran’s grave markers on a table for sale, two of which were from the Grand Army of the Republic, two from World War II, and one from the Korean War. Gilbert reported that he is a member of an organization that takes care of veteran graves and that he told the seller that he could not legally sell the markers and that the ends of the rods still had dirt on them. The seller, identified as James D. Phillips, said that he bought the markers at an auction in Pennsylvania and there was no corrosion on them and no identifying marks to indicate they might possibly have been stolen. He also said that a man, allegedly Gilbert, came up to him yelling and calling him a thief and then shoved him, at which point he told the man to leave. Phillips did not report any injuries but did wish to press assault charges. The sheriff and deputy also spoke with a vendor next to Phillips, who corroborated Phillips’ account of being yelled at and shoved and also said that Phillips did not raise his voice one time during the incident and remained calm.

— Heather Graffius, Woodsdale Road, Salem, reported at 12:39 p.m. Friday her neighbor Jessica Wolfe has been texting her repeatedly and accusing her 13-year-old daughter of breaking her daughter’s hoverboard. A deputy spoke with Wolfe, who reported that Graffius’ daughter entered their garage while they were away and took the hoverboard for a ride and while she had it out it was damaged. No charges were filed and the women were encouraged to leave each other alone.

— A deputy was called to the 9000 block of Plymouth Street in Hanoverton at 6:18 p.m. Friday for a report of suspicious activity. The deputy checked the area but found nothing suspicious.

— Monte Mackall, Sell Road, Lisbon, reported at 9:22 p.m. Friday he wanted to be arrested for breaking some dishes. A deputy spoke with Mackall and found he appeared to be intoxicated. No charges were filed.

— A Heck Road, Unity Township woman reported at 4:32 p.m. Friday that while she was at work someone took her grill and mini refrigerator from her home.

Highway Patrol

— Drew Allen Van Scoy, 20, Eagleton Road, Lisbon, and Bryce Andrew Walker, 18, Brittany Lane, Salem, were southbound on state Route 45 in Center Township at 12:10 p.m. Thursday and Van Scoy slowed for traffic and was struck by Walker. Walker was cited for assured clear distance.

— Rebecca A. Miller, 22, New Market, Md., was stopped eastbound on U.S. 62 in Knox Township at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday and was waiting to make a left turn and was struck by Katie Sue Taylor, 23, West Calla Road, Canfield, who was eastbound on U.S. 62 and failed to stop in time. Taylor was cited for assured clear distance.

— Russell Bowles, 54, East Lincoln Way, Lisbon, was westbound on state Route 517 in Elkrun Township at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday and went off the right side into a ditch and a warning sign. He was cited to failure to control and taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

— Randal D. Jarrett, 47, Dairy Lane, East Liverpool, was southbound on state Route 7 in Yellow Creek Township at 5:56 p.m. July 1 and was struck by Dylan Zane Coghe, 16, Toronto, who was also southbound and attempting to change lanes. Coghe was cited for turn and stop signals and excessive passengers. His passengers, Leah R. Tice, 21, Empire, and Kaelynn N. Patrick, 16, 9th Street, Wellsville, were taken to Trinity West Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

East Palestine

– Austin M. Boots, 19, address not listed, was charged with OVI following a traffic stop on Park Drive at 9:54 p.m. Tuesday after traveling the wrong way on a one way street just before the fireworks display at the park. He was cited for wrong way and also charged with open container. Zachary W. Martin, 19, who was a passenger in the vehicle was also cited for underage consumption.

— Jack Bennage, 44, address not listed, was cited for driving under suspension following a traffic stop on North Market Street at 9:19 a.m. Monday.


— Police responded Saturday to the 1800 block of Cleveland Street for a domestic dispute. A woman said nothing physical occurred, just verbal. She wanted the male to leave, but due to him having established residency, she was told officers could not make him leave. Officers did recommend that he leave for the evening to relieve the current situation and he said he would.

— A reckless vehicle was reported Saturday in the 900 block of Fair Avenue. Officers located the vehicle in the 1400 block of East Pershing Street and advised the driver of the complaint. No violations were seen.

— Suspected drug paraphernalia was reported in the 100 block of North Broadway Avenue at 4:03 a.m. Saturday. Officers located a baggie with white powder, but it was found that the powder was a crushed mint.

— A 911 hang up call was reported at 2:49 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of Franklin Avenue. The property owner said everything was OK and that she did not call 911. After that, her juvenile son admitted to calling 911 and hanging up. He was told 911 was for emergency calls only. The mother said she would handle the punishment.

— Officers on patrol at 2:02 a.m. Saturday located two people in Centennial Park off of Maple Street after park hours. Both had metal detectors and said they were out checking to see what they could find. They were told the park hours and to leave. The parks close at 10 p.m. nightly.

— Richard Masterson Jr., 28, of East School Street, was cited for driving under suspension after a traffic stop at 1:16 a.m. Saturday on East School Street at Fourth Street. K-9 Simon was deployed and indicated to the presence of a narcotic odor, but no contraband was recovered.

— A suspicious vehicle was reported at 12:09 a.m. Saturday in the Giant Eagle parking lot on East State Street. The vehicle was unoccupied and secure and believed to belong to an employee.

— An alarm was reported at 11:47 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of East Fifth Street, where the house was found secure. Officers attempted contact, but there was no response. A neighbor said a male and female left before police arrived.

— An officer at 11:11 p.m. Friday saw an Ohio State Highway Patrol unit on a traffic stop in the city and stopped to assist. The post unit located marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the glove box of the vehicle.

— Cody Ely, 24, of North 15th Street, Sebring, was cited with failure to reinstate after a traffic stop at 10:40 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of West State Street. K-9 Simon was deployed and did alert to the presence of a narcotic odor. A probable cause search of the vehicle did not yield anything significant. A license driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

— A man in the 100 block of Jennings Avenue called at 10:25 p.m. Friday with a question about a prior incident and was told to contact the officer who handled the call.

— A resident in the 500 block of East Perry Street called at 9:30 p.m. Friday to report seeing a male looking in the window, then fleeing on foot. No one was found.

— An officer responded at 9:19 p.m. Friday to the 400 block of Ohio Avenue for a possible dispute, finding a female talking loudly on a phone.

— A suspicious vehicle was reported at 8:59 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of West State Street, but left before police arrived.

— Police checked on a fireworks complaint at 8:26 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of Cherry Street, but the source wasn’t found.

— A caller at 7:14 p.m. Friday reported a female possibly passed out in her vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Officers made contact with the female, who was an employee taking a nap while on break.

— A possible scam was reported at 6 p.m. Friday by a woman on Continental Drive who said a company called her about forging documents and said she needed to send money to fix it. Officers told her it’s a scam and to not give out personal information. An officer attempted to contact the company, but they hung up.

— A woman on South Union Avenue reported at 5:59 p.m. Friday that her husband moved out several months ago and would not return the garage door opener. An officer will attempt to contact him and retrieve the garage door opener.

— A broken crossing gate was reported at 5:36 p.m. Friday on West Pershing Street at the railroad tracks. Police found the gate and had dispatch contact the railroad to advise them.

— A possible intoxicated driver was reported at 4:41 p.m. Friday in the 1800 block of East State Street, but was not found.

— A reckless operator was reported at 4:10 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of North Ellsworth Avenue, but was not found.

— A parking ticket was issued after police were called to the 500 block of Franklin for a parking complaint. The driver was not found.

— Brittany Neely, 22, of Cedar Ridge Drive, was cited for reasonable control after her vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Brandon Kitts, 19, of Fifth Street, while pulling into a parking space. No injuries were reported and both vehicles were driven from the scene.

— Michael Shane Smith, 35, 4653 McCracken Road, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, driving under suspension, no turn signal and open container after police received a call at 3:47 p.m. Friday about an intoxicated male getting into a blue Ford at Tractor Supply on East State Street. Officers located the vehicle and followed it, seeing several violations and initiating a traffic stop. An officer could detect a moderate odor of alcohol and also secured an open container, taking Smith into custody after conducting field sobriety tests.

— An officer at 3:10 p.m. Friday spoke to store personnel at Dollar General, 516 E. State St., where a male juvenile had been drinking a beverage while in the store then refused to pay for it. A staff member provided the juvenile’s name to police. On Saturday, the juvenile came to the police station and was charged with theft and released to his mother.

— A man on East Sixth Street reported at 1:39 p.m. Friday that a no contact order was put in place by a Columbiana County judge on his ex-girlfriend and she was texting him. He wanted a report done. An officer called the court to see if such an order was in place and was told there was not. The man was told to contact the court to file a no contact order.

— A resident in the 1500 block of Southeast Boulevard reported solicitors at 12:46 p.m. Friday, saying they had been at her door attempting to sell sweepers. Officers were unable to find anyone initially, but found the vehicle later in the shift and told the occupants they would need a solicitor’s permit to continue.

— Low-hanging wires were reported at 10:50 a.m. Friday in the 500 block of Washington Avenue. The fire department determined the lines were phone and cable lines.

— A woman on Depot Road reported at 9:31 a.m. Friday that she left an item sitting on one of the self checkouts at Walmart and it was taken by an unknown person. Video will be reviewed.

— Officers at 7:11 a.m. Friday checked on a report of three juvenile males walking from the area of a possible car crash on West Wilson Street. Officers located the males, who denied knowledge of any vehicle crash and claimed to be out for a walk and visiting a friend. A 2001 Dodge Stratus registered by a Salem resident was found crashed and parked illegally on West Wilson Street. The vehicle was towed and a hold placed on it pending an investigation.

— Police spoke with a person at Salem Regional Medical Center at 6:54 a.m. Friday and spoke with staff members. The person decided to cooperate with staff after speaking with officers.