County Sheriff

— Robyn L. Parrish, 23, Shady Lane Road, Center Township, reported she and her boyfriend, Gary Ramsey, were in possesion of a safe and office equipment that were being thrown out The trailer used to haul the items broke down, so they left it in yard for the time being. While gone they learned Ramsey’s relative took the items to HMF Recycling in Lisbon, where they were scrapped for $125. Parrish said she had the safe sold to her landlord for $200. Deputies intend to contact the relative.

–A man from Steubenville Pike Road, Wayne Township, reported someone posted an ad on Craigslist about being gay and proud and now he is getting texts from people discussing sex and cross dressing. The man believes he knows who is responsible.

–Tom P. Trevor, Fife Coal Road, Yellow Creek Township, reported at 6:26 p.m. Tuesday that he and his girlfriend were being shoved around by her adult son, who did not like the fact Trevor was living there. Neither one wished to press charges, and Trevor agreed to leave for a while until things cooled down.

— A clerk at the B & S Carryout, state Route 39, Highlandtown, reported at 7:42 p.m. Tuesday to say a man and woman had entered the convenience store several times in the past hour and made small purchases each time.

Highway Patrol

–A Waste Management garbage truck driven by Harry M. Crossland, 45, Frostburg, Md., backed into the stopped car behind him, driven by Darline J. Shaffer, 75, Lisbon. The accident occurred on Saltwell Road in Lisbon at 1:52 p.m. Monday, and the impact resulted in the truck and Shaffer’s Focus becoming hooked together. Crossland was cited for improper backing, while Shaffer was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with possible injuries.

–Sea Joy, 66, Salem, was turning from U.S. Route 30 onto County Road Home in Center Township when her vehicle was struck in the rear by a semi-truck driven by Christopher J. Fontaine, 34, of Belchertown, Mass. The accident occurred at 4 p.m. Monday, and Fontaine was cited for failure to stop an assured cleared distance.

–Matthew L. Harper, 22, Wellsville, was cited for making an illegal turn when he tried to make a U turn on state Route 9 in Hanover Township and went off the road into the yard of John Kosko. The accident occurred at 8:07 p.m. Saturday.

–Paul D. Trotter, 57, East Liverpool, struck a deer while driving on state Route 11 in Elkrun Township at 5:23 p.m. Monday.

–Edward A. Derringer, 71, Rogers, struck a deer while driving on state Route 170 in Middleton Township at 7:16 p.m. Sunday.

–Debra J. Danks, 53, New Waterford, struck a deer while driving on Columbiana-Waterford Road in Fairfield Township at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday.

–Jamie L. Smith, 35, East Liverpool, was turning from U.S. Route 30 onto state Route 7 in Madison Township at noon Monday when her vehicle caught fire.

–Dominic F. Cicozi, 29, Youngstown, was driving on state Route 14 in Unity Township at 8:21 p.m. Nov. 25 when a vehicle coming the other way crossed the center line, forcing Cicozi to drive off the road and into a fence to avoid a collision. The other drive, identified as Raul A. Bautista, 25, East Palestine, reportedly kept going before being stopped by Pennsylvania State Police and charged with OVI. Bautista tested .301 on the BAC machine.


–Marlea R. Hacker, East Palestine, failed to yield the right of way when she pulled out and struck a vehicle driven by Jeffrey G. Adams, East Chestnut Street, at the intersection of state route 164 and 517 at 1:26 p.m. Tuesday.

–Richard A. Arbuckle, 32, Saltwell Road, was charged with theft for allegedly trying to shoplift a bag of donuts and a Monster power drink from the Dollar General on Sunday.

East Palestine

— Police responded to a burglar alarm at a home on East Clark Street at 10:34 p.m. Nov. 24 The owner was contacted and reported that a painter set it off accidentally.

— Police received a complaint at 11:18 a.m. Nov. 24 from 75 W. Main St. about a bad check being passed. Police determined the check to be fraudulent and told the caller to be cautious when giving out personal information to unknown businesses, advertisements or websites.

— Police received information at 12:55 p.m. Nov. 24 about an ongoing neighbor dispute on Bacon Avenue.

— Police responded to the 1200 block of Bacon Avenue at 6:06 p.m. Nov. 24 for a report of some type of disturbance. Police told everyone to stay away from each other and that any further issues would likely result in an arrest being made.

— Police responded to a call on East Clark Street at 10:20 p.m. Nov. 24 where a person reported they heard an argument and saw a woman drag her daughter out of the home by her hair. Police went to the home and spoke with the woman who said that her daughter was being disrespectful and refused to go home. The girl would not talk to police but did not have any injuries or marks on her.

— A man, name and address not listed, reported at 3:33 a.m. Nov. 25 someone had been menacing him for a long time and he wanted police go to pick the man up for aggravated menacing.

— A Newton Falls resident reported at 10:16 a.m. Nov. 25 they wanted charges filed against an East Palestine resident for harassment on Neely Manor.

— Police responded to a home in the 1100 block of Bacon Avenue at 6:08 p.m. Nov. 26 for a breaking and entering report.

— Patricia Craven, East Taggart Street, reported at 12:31 p.m. Nov. 27 one of her foster children brought drugs into her home.

— Police were called to the 70 block of South Market Street at 3:58 p.m. Nov. 27 for an open 911 call. Police spoke with the resident and there were no problems.

— Police were called to an Oak Street home at 11:09 p.m. Nov. 27 for a report of a domestic disturbance. Jenna Pugh reported that her boyfriend, Wayne Gorby, got into a verbal altercation which led to mild physical contact between the two. No charges are being filed in the matter and Gorby left the home for the night.

— Darleen Shaffer, Park Avenue, reported at 11:08 a.m. Nov. 28 she thought a man had stolen money from her purse. Police later arrested Richard D. Simons, 18, address not listed, for the theft.

— An East Taggart Street resident reported telecommunications harassment at 5:39 p.m. Nov. 28.

— Richard D. Simons reported at 7:42 p.m. Nov. 28 someone had stolen his bicycle. The bicycle was later returned by the parent of a child.

— Police responded to a domestic dispute between Marie Scheufele and her daughter at 10:08 p.m. Nov. 28 on East Clark Street. The child was taken to the juvenile detention center for domestic violence.

— Police and the county Drug Task Force investigated a complaint of drug activity involving marijuana at an East Clark Street home at 1:20 p.m. Nov. 29. Drug paraphernalia related to marijuana was seized and charges are pending.

— Police were called to 1005 W. Main St. at 8:33 p.m. Nov. 29 for a report of a dog that had been barking and approached a resident at one of the lots. Police spoke with the dog’s owner, Rebecca Dugan, and she was warned for the dog being off her property unleashed and unsupervised.

— Hannah Pierce, 18, address not listed, reported at 3:01 a.m. Saturday she was receiving unwanted phone calls from a girl she knows. Police contacted the girl and warned her to stop all forms of contact.

–Heather Monteleone, East Martin Street, reported at 8:18 a.m. Saturday someone stole her car from her driveway during the night. An investigation is pending.

— Don Marchak, East Grant Street, reported at 12:21 p.m. Saturday his house was broken into during the night and items were stolen. An investigation is pending.

— Police were asked to assist a county sheriff’s deputy at 5:23 p.m. Saturday with removing property from a home. Police stood by while the property was removed.

— Erin J. Plunkett, East Martin Street, reported at 9:28 p.m. Saturday her home was broken into and there was property at the home that did not belong to her. An investigation is pending.

— Shawn Bower, North Pleasant Drive, reported at 11:47 a.m. Sunday sometime during the night someone ran into the stone wall in front of his home and knocked several stones out of the wall.

— Craig Hart, East Taggart Street, reported at 12:56 p.m. Sunday his girlfriend had taken a bunch of pills and ran out of the back door of their apartment. Police searched for her for a considerable amount of time and only found her when she returned home. She was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

— Diana Adams, McClure Avenue, reported at 3:29 p.m. Sunday Paul Kern had slashed her tires. Police went to the home and found that her vehicle had not been damaged at all.

— James Mackall, Eaton Drive, reported at 7:39 a.m. Monday someone had stolen his recycling bin. He later reported the bin had not been stolen and that the wind has blown it across the street into the woods.

— Thomas Lipp, East Main Street, reported at 8:18 a.m. Monday his son was refusing to go to school and had shoved him and ran out of the house. Police found the boy and spoke with him and then took him to school.

— Police responded to the 600 block of Neely Manor at 5:27 p.m. Monday to assist the Portage County Sheriff’s Office with a complaint.

— Police were called to the area of North Market Street near Dollar General at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday for a report of a man slumped over the steering wheel and his vehicle running. Police made contact with the driver, Scott A. Meyer, New Waterford, who said he had fallen asleep prior to getting some groceries. Police sent Meyer on his way.

— Shirley Prater reported at 5:54 p.m. Tuesday there was an apparently abandoned stoller behind her business on North Market Street.

— A woman reported at 7:46 p.m. Tuesday that Ryan Theodore, Glenwood Avenue, had overdosed. Police and EMTs went to the home and Theodore was taken to the hospital.

East Liverpool

— Officers received a complaint about a male entering a vacant building at 671 St. Clair Ave. where no one was permitted on the property. They reported finding Norman W. Bender, 45, Commerce Street, Wellsville, sleeping on a couch on the first floor. They said he told them he was there to do construction but Bender could not recall who hired him or why he was sleeping instead of remodeling. He was charged with criminal trespass and transported to the county jail.

— Notified by an undercover officer of a person known to police for selling drugs that the man was seen conducting a hand-to-hand transaction at his house on East Fifth Street, officers began watching the known drug house. They reported the man came out and walked to another known drug house on East Fifth Street. Moments later, the man, identified as Kevin W. Hutto, 28, reportedly walked toward officers and reached into his mouth, throwing something over a hillside into thick weeds. Officers reported being able to smell alcohol on Hutton, who told them he had been drinking throughout the day. He was charged with public intoxication. K-9 Officer Nero was sent into the thicket to try and locate the item Hutto reportedly threw but, due to weather conditions and the landscape, he was unable to locate what officers reported was suspected drugs.

Liverpool Township

— An officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle with a loud exhaust on state Route 267 Tuesday evening and learned that the driver, Mary Sears, 50, Ceramic Street, had an active warrant out of Georgia. She was charged as a fugitive from justice.

Perry Township

— William Alesi III, 34, of Salem, was taken into custody in the 1100 block of Liberty Street on a warrant out of Columbiana County for domestic violence at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday and taken to the county jail. Salem Police assisted at the scene. Police had originally been called to a disturbance in the 1100 block of Prospect Street for a male with a knife threatening to harm himself. Before police arrived, he fled to another apartment in the complex then fled again when confronted by another male living at the residence. Police were aware of the male’s name and responded to his father’s residence on Liberty, finding him and making the arrest on the warrant. Additional charges are pending after a review of the incident.

— Shelley Carlson, of Salem, was traveling north on the U.S. Route 62/state Route 45 bypass at 7:13 a.m. Wednesday when she struck a deer just south of the four-lane, damaging her vehicle.

— Police responded at 7:36 p.m. Tuesday to the 400 block of Benton Road for a welfare check on a juvenile. Officers found that she was fine and was with her mother.

— Police were called at 6:44 p.m. Tuesday to the 200 block of Apple Street for a report of a man with a gun making threats. The man’s wife had gone to the Salem Police department to say her husband had a gun and was threatening to shoot someone. Officers made contact and detained the man at the Apple Street residence. While speaking with him, the man said he was not threatening anyone with a gun, while the wife said he stated he was going to shoot a known male. She said he didn’t threaten her or himself. The call was found to have been blown out of proportion, according to the report.

— A report of unsafe shooting was made at 3:29 p.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of West State Street. The homeowner said he was shooting at a metal target plate in the back yard. The officer found no backstop behind the target and advised him that was not safe. He removed the target and said he would make a safe target to shoot at in the near future.

— A missing/runaway female juvenile was reported at 9:18 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of West Pidgeon Road. The mother said she dropped off her 13-year-old daughter at Salem High School in the morning and she didn’t come home. She and relatives were out searching for her and she said she had been unruly in the past. A residence in Salem was checked with no contact. The juvenile was later located in the 100 block of West 16th Street and returned to her mother.


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