Police Reports

County Sheriff

— Tammy S. Stout, Roseland Commons Apartment, Center Township, reported someone broke into her ground floor apartment by pushing out the AC window unit between 1 and 3 p.m. Monday. The only items missing were a vapor pen and vapor juices. She said a white male in his 20s and wearing a blue jacket and blue hat was seen lingering around the apartment building earlier.

— Natalie Dillon, Kibler Road, Unity Township, reported Monday a man drove through her yard in a red 2004 Jeep that is registered to Bruce Markell, who left heading toward state Route 14. Deputies found that someone had also driven through the yard of Mary J. Weaver.

— A woman who lives on Metz Road, Fairfield Township, reported Monday getting a call from an unknown man who greeted her by saying, “Hello, gorgeous. How are you?” The caller also indicated he knew her husband had left for work and that she just woke up. The woman hung up but the man called back upset. The deputy called the number several times but no one answered. She was advised to call her phone provider to determine if the caller could be blocked.

— Deputies were called to a home on Dunn Road, Madison Township, at 5:46 p.m. Monday to remove someone, but the person was gone by the time they arrived.

— Deputies responding to a burglary alarm at a home at 37096 Butcher Road, Salem Township, at 10:46 a.m. Friday found the owner’s father-in-law there, and he told them he found the back door open. The owner, Christina J. Bulford, 49, arrived and she said the back door was left unlocked for her father-in-law to take care of the dog, which was on the sun porch. The deputy searched the residence but no one was inside.

— Deputies were called to a domestic dispute on Winona Road, Butler Township, at 2:15 a.m. Monday. Tammy Richards said George Taylor would not take his medication, and Taylor accused Richards of yelling at him continuously. Richards said she had to yell at Taylor because he did not have his hearing aids in. Taylor said he could go to there other bedroom for the night.


— Barb McKim called for an officer to come to the high school gym at 3 p.m. Saturday because she believed her ex-husband, John Yerkey, was in violation of a protection order by attending their son’s basketball game. Police determined the protection order stipulated that Yerkey is allowed to attend the games even if McKim is present as long as he sits on the opposite side of the basketball court. McKim disagreed, as did her brother, who said he is an attorney. They said the police were misinterpreting the protection order and the brother began to raise his voice, at which point the one officer said he was done talking to him. The brother then asked for the officer’s supervisor, and he told the brother the same thing. McKim then said she was going to sit wherever she pleased just to make it as difficult for Yerkey as possible. Police then asked Yerkey to sit in the visiting team bleachers and as far away from McKim as possible. McKim had called police to the gym the night before with the same complaint. Police spoke with Yerkey at that time, which is when he advised them about the clause in the protection order and that he was trying to comply by sitting as far away as possible.

— Police stopped a vehicle driven by Joseph L. Wounaris, 34, Berlin Center, because there were while lights emitting from the rear while he was driving on Jackson Street at 8:33 p.m. Friday. Wounaris gave police permission to search his car, and at this point his passenger — identified as Amber E. Greathouse, 26, same address — made a motion as if she was was tossing something from her hand. Police then found a small baggie on the rear floorboard behind the driver’s seat containing an unknown powdery substance Wounaris said was snack crumbs. A second baggie containing suspected crystal meth was found on the floorboard behind the passenger seat. Greathouse was charged with obstructing police business for allegedly throwing the baggie on the rear floorboard behind her, while Wounaris was cited for having white lights in the rear of his vehicle and driving under suspension.

— Christopher J. Perry, 44, of Suffolk, Va., was cited for OVI following a traffic stop for allegedly driving left of center on state Route 154 at 12:28 a.m. Saturday. Perry said he had one beer with dinner earlier in the evening and tested 0.099 on the BAC machine.

— Police stopped a vehicle with a loud exhaust being driven by Briana L. Decost on East Lincoln Way at 1:41 a.m. Monday. After seeing empty Keystone Light beer cans on the floorboards, police were given permission to search the vehicle. Police found a partially smoked marijuana cigarette that passenger Abigail L. White admitted was hers. Police searched White’s purse and found a pipe used to smoke marijuana. Decost was cited for driving with a loud exhaust, while White, 37, Canton and another passenger, Christopher Giddens, 34, Navarre, were charged with having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. White was also charged with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

— While on patrol an officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a passing vehicle and initiated a traffic stop near the county fairgrounds at 11:29 p.m. Sunday. The driver, Gary V. Lovett Jr., 36, denied there was any marijuana in the vehicle, and a sheriff’s deputy who arrived to assist also smelled the strong odor of marijuana. Two small marijuana leaves were found on the floorboards, but nothing else. Police searched the purse of Lovett’s passenger, Megan G. Wilson, 29, Wellsville, and found two food stamp cards that did not belong to her. Wilson said they belonged to friends but no longer worked. Lovett was cited for a turn signal violation.

— Sherri Burton, West Lincoln Way, reportedly backed into a vehicle driven by Ben H. Stryffeler, Lisbon, at the intersection of West Lincoln Way and Beaver Street at 4:43 p.m. Monday.

— Albert J. Beal, Salineville, struck a vehicle driven by Rolline Bryarley, 57, Lisbon, at the intersection of the Rite Aid store at 5:49 p.m. Monday. Beal then drove over the front bumper and hood of Bryarley’s Sunfire.

— Sierra Cottrill, West Washington Street, reported coming home at 2 p.m. Monday to find an open door. Police checked the house but did not find anyone inside, but it did appear the door had not latched.

East Liverpool

— While on patrol, an officer initiated a traffic stop on St. Clair Avenue of a vehicle for no license plate light. One of two passengers, Mark A. Brewer, 41, Main Street, Wellsville, reportedly exited the vehicle and began running, with the officer pursuing him on foot. The officer reported Brewer was reaching into the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt as he ran, despite being ordered to stop and show his hands. As Brewer ran into Armstrong Lane, the officer reported seeing something dark in his hand and deployed his Taser into Brewer’s back. When Brewer was taken into custody, he was found to have been reaching for his phone so it didn’t fall out of his pocket, according to reports. He was charged with obstructing official business and had an active warrant. ASI ambulance was called to remove the Taser probes from his back.

St. Clair Township

— An ELHS senior, Benjamin R. Cunningham, 18, Parkway, was charged Monday with violating a protection order after the mother of his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend said she wanted the charge filed. According to reports, officers spoke to the mother on Sunday, and she said they wanted to go to Cunningham’s residence so her daughter could collect her belongings. An officer escorted them to the residence and was shown by the mother a protection order issued by a judge the previous day. The girl and her mother told officers Cunningham was controlling and has beaten the girl. On Monday, the school resource officer reported that the girl had received text messages from Cunningham and she said she felt threatened by those messages, saying she felt he would do more. After consulting the law director, school resource officer and the girl’s mother, the officer went to Cunningham’s home and arrested him for violating the protection order.


— Police, fire department first responders and EMT ambulance responded at 11:49 p.m. Monday to the 300 block of West Wilson Street for a juvenile who attempted to harm himself. The juvenile was transported to Akron Children’s in Boardman for evaluation.

— Police were called at 10:58 p.m. Monday to the 200 block of West Pershing Street for a theft, with several items taken from a residence when several people were moving out. Officers were able to locate one of the people at a different residence and asked him about the incident. He didn’t have any of the stolen items. Officers were unable to find the other person involved. The incident is under investigation.

— Officers saw an alleged intoxicated man walking in the 100 block of West Pershing Street at 10:49 p.m. Monday who was staggering and yelling. He told police he was in front of his residence when they made contact. He was told to go inside for the evening due to his condition.

— Police were called at 9:27 p.m. Monday to the 600 block of Continental Drive for a dispute between a mother and daughter. Both were separated by police who learned the daughter had let the mother live at the residence. The mother had started a dispute with the adult daughter over her lifestyle. The daughter left for the evening to de-escalate the situation. Both said no physical violence took place.

— A mother in the 300 block of West Wilson Street reported at 9:15 p.m. Monday that her 16-year-old son left at 6 p.m. and had not returned. A missing person report was filled out, then later in the evening an officer was flagged down by the mother who said her son returned home. An officer went and spoke with the teen.

— An unknown person was reported knocking on a door at a residence in the 200 block of Fair at 8:27 p.m. Monday, but was not found.

— A female from the 1300 block of South Lincoln Avenue came to the station at 7:22 p.m. Monday to report receiving threatening phone calls. She said the caller spoke to her about her bank accounts and possible warrants. She was advised it was a scam call and the process to go about if the person called back.

— Dawn Johnson, 47, of 458 Washington Ave., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments after a traffic stop at 6:49 p.m. Monday on North Howard Avenue near West Third Street. Johnson was a passenger in the vehicle. K-9 Argo gave a positive indication to the presence of a narcotic odor coming from the vehicle. The female passenger, later identified as Johnson, admitted to having a drug abuse instrument on her person and produced the item. During a search at the time of arrest, more contraband was located among her belongings. She was arrested and taken to the Columbiana County jail. The male driver was issued a written warning for an equipment violation.


— Firefighters responded to the 200 block of Vine Avenue after receiving a call at 3:52 a.m. Tuesday from police who said a tenant reported smelling smoke coming from a downstairs apartment. Nothing was showing on arrival. Police made contact with the caller who said it was a brick apartment building at an unknown address on Vine. All of Vine was checked and nothing was found.

— A fire alarm was reported at 2:27 a.m. Tuesday at Ventra, 800 Pennsylvania Ave., with nothing showing on arrival. An employee advised that a robot in the paint booth arced, causing the alarm to sound. No problem was found after an investigation. The alarm was reset and employees were allowed back in the building.


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