County Sheriff

— Deputies were called to the area of 23316 Buck Road in Knox Township at 9:27 p.m. Thursday for a report from the resident that someone was breaking into her home. Deputies found the garage man door kicked in with the wood door broken. Deputies spoke with the resident, who was hiding in the basement, and after looking around the home with the deputies, said a number of items were in disarray. Her mother also came to the home and found that her upstairs bedroom was rummaged through but they were not sure if anything was actually taken.

— Deputies were called to the area of state Route 14 in Salem Township at 9:14 p.m. Thursday for a report of a man laying in the road. The deputy was met at the scene by Washingtonville police and two ambulance crews. Washingtonville police said they would handle the call since it was their jurisdiction.

— Deputies were called to the area of 32180 Gurlea Street, Hanover Township at 8:03 p.m. Thursday for a report of three loose pigs. After failed attempts to catch the pigs a deputy was able to speak to neighbors and found where the animals belonged. The owners came out and got the pigs.

— A deputy was called to the 2800 block of McCann Road in Butler Township at 10:02 p.m. Thursday for a report of a suspicious silver SUV vehicle. The deputy checked the area but did not find the vehicle.

— A Georgetown, Pa., woman reported at 2:17 p.m. Wednesday she had concerns about a Lisbon woman living with a man in East Liverpool and selling drugs out of the home with the Lisbon woman’s children present. The caller reported that the two children are both under three years old and that she has seen white powder laying in plain sight in the home and was also worried that the man mistreats the woman and her children, but the woman never calls the police on him. A deputy told the caller that the woman should call police when she is assaulted so that the proper charges can be filed. As far as the children being mistreated, the deputy referred the caller to Children Services to express her concerns. The matter was also forwarded to the county drug task force.

— Deputies were called to 50600 state Route 14 in Unity Township at 5:18 p.m. Thursday for a report that a man keeps calling the sheriff’s office yelling and cursing and then threatened the dispatcher. A deputy sergeant spoke with the man, identified as Steven M. Pinciaro, state Route 14, East Palestine, who started yelling and cursing about a girlfriend that he gave a car to and he wanted it back. He said that his girlfriend is now with another man and he wants her arrested for stealing his car now. The man then began threatening the sergeant, who then hung up the phone at that point. Pinciaro called back and then made threats to the dispatcher, at which point deputies went to his home to discuss the matter with him and found that he was very intoxicated. Pinciaro started cursing at both deputies and was then placed under arrest for aggravated menacing. Pinciaro continued to make threats en route to the jail, according to the report.


— John Meyer, 25, of Niles, was cited for driving under suspension following a traffic stop in the city at 1 a.m. Thursday.

East Palestine

— A woman, name and address not listed, reported at 9:16 a.m. Friday her Huntington Bank account was compromised and she lost funds. An investigation is pending.

— Police were called to a home on Ellis Road at 5:13 p.m. Wednesday for a report of ATVs being driven on the road. Police contacted the person and told them ATVs cannot be driving on the road.

— The manager of the McDonald’s on South Market Street reported at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday a group of kids were causing problems at the business.

— A West Clark Street man reported at 12:31 a.m. Thursday he believes someone was tampering with his vehicle while it was parked on East Clark Street.

— An East Taggart Street man reported at 3:47 p.m. Tuesday a man he lives with was making physical threats toward him. He told police that he originally lived in another state and planed to go back to live with family the next day and already made arrangements for a bus ticket. To avoid any further problems police transported him to a facility in Youngstown.

— A West Clark Street man reported at 5:43 p.m. Tuesday he was having problems with a neighbor over a shared driveway. Police told him it was a civil matter and to contact his landlord.

— Chad James Schnarrenberger reported at 8:09 p.m. Tuesday he was assaulted by a co-worker on Monday on East Grant Street.

— Several village residents reported around 3:21 p.m. Wednesday they were receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be the police and stating that they did not call back within a specified amount of time they would be arrested at their homes. Police told them that the calls are part of an ongoing scam and strongly suggested they not call the number back or give out any personal information over the phone, or send any money.

St. Clair Township

— While on patrol, an officer was dispatched to the recycling receptacles behind Giant Eagle, state Route 170, where an eyewitness reported watching a man dump garbage into one of the containers. The witness gave the officer a license plate number from the vehicle allegedly used in the dumping. The officer reported what appeared to be straw mixed with dirt outside the dumpster, with a large pile of the same mixture inside, along with beer and pop cans and a large syringe used for animals. He reported the dirt appeared to be manure. He contacted the owner of the vehicle, Larry Mellott, 50, Glasgow Road, Wellsville, who reportedly admitted dumping some dirt and straw, but primarily pop cans, saying he hauls hay, not dirt. He was charged with depositing litter in a public place.


— Officers responded to a 200 block Vine Avenue home at 9:26 a.m. Thursday where a neighbor reported the resident was outside on the back deck yelling. The resident said she was going through some medical issues while being pregnant, but declined medical treatment. Her fiance returned home to be with her.

— A 900 block Liberty Street resident reported at 12:11 p.m. Thursday several items had been taken from his home while he was away for a couple days. He said his nephew and his nephew’s girlfriend had been staying at the home during the time in question. The matter is under investigation.

— Officers responded to a 100 block South Howard Avenue home at 12:56 p.m. Thursday where the resident said she was moving out and her roommate threw all her belongings onto the sidewalk. She collected her property and voluntarily moved out.

— Officers responded to Waterworth Memorial Park at 3:03 p.m. Thursday in reference to a vehicle with a male individual on the roof being driven on the walking trail. The officers observed the vehicle coming out from the back side of the walking trail with a male individual riding on the trunk. The juvenile driver was cited for not having a license.

— A patrolling officer was flagged down in the area of Franklin Street and Ohio Avenue at 5:43 p.m. Thursday in reference to a domestic dispute and spoke with a woman who said she had been in a physical altercation with her boyfriend the prior night, and that he was now at the residence where she had gone to be away from him. Neither wished to press charges and the boyfriend left voluntarily.

— An officer on parking detail in the 800 block of East State Street at 5:44 p.m. Thursday observed several juveniles with a vape pen. The officer identified the juveniles and advised their father of the situation. The vape pen was taken to the police station and destroyed.

— Brandi L. McVay, 25, Ohio Avenue, Salem, was arrested on an active warrant out of the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear after an officer observed her walking in an 800 block East State Street parking lot at 6:29 p.m. Thursday and knew her to have the warrant for her arrest.

— A Jennings Avenue resident reported at 6:38 p.m. Thursday an unknown person had been using her name and phone number to call people. She was advised to monitor her personal accounts.

— Officers responded to a 300 block East Fourth Street home at 9:31 p.m. Thursday where the resident reported a neighbor had been evicted, but that someone might still be in the home. Officers observed an open door, but found no one inside. Officers secured the door and left.

— Officers responded to the 800 block of South Lincoln Avenue at 11:12 p.m. Thursday in reference to a man and woman arguing outside a vehicle that was stopped along the roadway with its flashers on. The man had left prior to officers’ arrival, but the woman said that had been in a verbal altercation regarding a career choice and he threw her phone out the window. The man was found shortly after and gave the same account of the incident. The woman did not wish to press charges and officers stood by while she found her phone and left.

— An Austintown resident reported at 1:07 a.m. Friday that his truck was stolen while he was visiting a friend in the 600 block of North Howard Avenue. He said that the doors were locked and he had the keys. He also provided the name of a possible suspect.

— Patrolling officers observed a man operating a motorized wheelchair in the roadway in the 1100 block of East State Street at 1:27 a.m. Friday. He was advised that he posed a possible traffic hazard and advised to stay on the sidewalk.

— An officer responded to a gas station in the 700 block of West State Street at 3:54 a.m. Friday where drug paraphernalia was found in the bathroom. The matter is under investigation.

— Officers responded to the area of East Pershing Street and South Union Avenue at 4:32 a.m. Friday in reference to a shirtless man punching himself in the face. He was determined to be under the influence of a narcotic and was voluntarily transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Perry Township

— A Michigan Boulevard resident reported at 8:22 p.m. Wednesday receiving harassing messages.

— Officers responded to the 2000 block of Countryside Drive at 9:09 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a possible lightning strike to a residence. They stood by until the fire department arrived.

— An officer responded to a South Lincoln Avenue business at 9:57 p.m. Wednesday in reference to suspicious persons sitting outside, but found nothing out of the ordinary after speaking with the suspects.

— A patrolling officer observed a male individual walking along the roadway on state Route 45 between Georgetown and Newgarden roads at 3:45 a.m. Thursday. The man said he was walking to Alliance and was given a courtesy ride to the township limits.

— Police responded to the 1400 block North Lincoln Avenue home at 7:31 p.m. Thursday in reference to an elderly woman who had fallen. She was found lying on the kitchen floor unconscious but breathing and was transported by ambulance to the Salem hospital.


— Alice L. Bivens, 41, Washington Street, Leetonia, was cited for driving under suspension following a traffic stop after observing her driving from the village hall to Hazel Street at 4:10 p.m. Thursday and knew her to have a suspended license.