Highway Patrol

–Dante F. Pelino, 17, of New Waterford, was cited for failure to stop an assured cleared distance after he struck the rear of the vehicle in front of him, driven by Gretchen M. Emch, 46, of New Waterford. The minor accident occurred on Crestview Road in Fairfield Township at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday.

–Ian P. Penix, 29, of Salem, was cited for failure to control after he went off road and rolled over twice before his vehicle came to rest on its roof while driving on state Route 45 in Salem Township at 1:36 a.m. Thursday. He and his passenger, Joshua R. Keith, 37, of Lisbon, were treated at the scene by EMTs. Penix said he lost control after swerving to miss a vehicle.

–Maria Bautista, 22, of East Palestine, was cited for failure to control after she went off the road and struck a utility pole while driving on state Route 45 in Madison Township at 5 p.m. Wednesday.


–Responding to a man possibly in distress, police found Anthony Delmont near the Smith Oil station at 8:39 p.m. Wednesday. Delmont said someone was in distress and started pointing toward the laundromat off East Lincoln Way. Police did not find anyone in the laundromat and went back to Delmont, who was not making much sense. Police eventually figured out he meant the nearby apartment of Nicole Hilton, with whom Delmont is involved. Police contacted Hilton and gave her back the cigarettes Delmont had in his possession. The parties were then told to stay away from each other.

–Police were called to an apartment on East Washington Street 8 p.m. Wednesday and then called for an ambulance upon learning Zak Rudder had thrown up twice after drinking a bottle of vodka and followed that up with some Crown Royal. He was taken to a local hospital to be examined.

–Raymond Smith, state Route 517, was working at the Continuing Healthcare facility on Vista Drive on Wednesday night when he believes his vehicle was struck by a snowplow truck. Police spoke with the snowplow driver and he said he did not strike any vehicles in he parking lot.

— Responding to a report a motorist driving erratically, police came across a 79-year-old man on North Market Street at 9:07 a.m. Thursday. The man, who had run over some road signs at the Jerome Street intersection before stopping, was unable to answer basic questions and appeared confused. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital to be examined, while his son arrived to take possession of his truck keys.

— Dustin Blair reported having problems picking his children up for visitation at their mother’s apartment on Moore Street at 5:10 p.m. Monday and that her boyfriend came at him wanting to start a fight. The mother, Erin Lake, called later to accuse Blair of threatening her.

–An official at the Save-A-Lot reported Tuesday that Nicole Hilton was there asking customers to borrow their cellphones and pulling on car doors to talk to people. Hilton was told she was not allowed on the property. Hilton called the police department later to say a soda pop vending machine outside Save A Lot robbed her of $25 or more.

–Police were called to 387 E. Lincoln Way at 11:32 a.m. Tuesday to remove someone, but the person left before their arrival.

–Charges were filed after Julie Gatrell, 47, of Wellsville, reportedly wrote a bad check for $461 to Scullion Vision Clinic. This was after Scullion made several attempts to contact Gatrell about payment but was unsuccessful and then sent her a certified letter, but still no response was received.

East Liverpool

— Responding at 4:50 a.m. Friday to a 911 call, officers went to a Reynold Street residence for reports of people arguing and were waved in by a man in an upstairs window. He was advised to come down and answer the door, where officers determined his identity as Matthew S. Rudder, 29, who had been trespassed from Columbiana-Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) properties. The property to which they had responded is a CMHA-owned property, according to reports. Officers spoke to the woman inside, whose conversation was “scattered,” they reported, saying they were unable to make heads or tails of what was going on from what she said. She wanted Rudder and his 5- and 7-year-old children to leave, and officers stood by as he gathered his children. They were taken to the police department, where Rudder was cited for criminal trespass.

— Scott Helton Jr., Alton Street, reported allowing a person he thought was his friend to stay at his apartment. While Helton was taking a shower, his friend took his Playstation 4, a controller and four games from the apartment.

St. Clair Township

— Elijah W. Adkins, 89, Lynn Street, Chester, W.Va., was walking across the parking lot at Tractor Supply when he was struck by a vehicle driven by David A. Barron, 71, New Cumberland, W.Va. According to Barron, he was pulling from a parking spot when he saw a Tractor Supply employee chasing someone from the store. He looked to the left where they were running and didn’t see Adkins, who was struck, stumbled and fell face-first to the ground. Adkins was transported to East Liverpool City Hospital by North Star Critical Care ambulance. There was no robbery at the store as some have been posting on social media, according to police officials.

— Ray Griffin, 22, Dayton, was making a left turn into Sheetz off state Route 170 with the yellow arrow when he struck a vehicle driven by Julie M. Wilson, 22, Enon Valley, Pa. Although not cited, Griffin was marked at fault on reports for failing to yield.


— Officers responded Thursday afternoon to Save-A-Lot for reports of a man and woman shoplifting. Employees said this was the second time this couple has been seen shoplifting in the store, saying the man walks around with a shopping cart, grabbing food while workers are busy, stuffing items into his coat and the woman’s purse before walking out without paying. They reported the man was wearing a black coat, blue jeans and a winter hat with a ball on top, while the woman was wearing a black coat and black and gray pants. An employee followed them from the store and saw them heading down an alley and, although he lost sight of them, was able to recover items taken between two houses. Officers checked the area but did not find the two people.


— Police responded to the 1000 block of Buckeye Avenue for a domestic in progress call. It was verbal only and over family issues.

— Police responded to the 2800 block of East State Street at 9:04 a.m. Thursday for a shoplifting complaint where unknown persons had taken $6,000 in merchandise without paying for it.

— At 10:15 a.m Thursday, police responded to the 400 block of Continental Drive for a reported sexual assault. The victim recovered evidence and had shared visitation with the subject of interest. Officers advised her, due to the seriousness of the assault on her, that she would probably be able to deny the male visitation and entry onto the property. She was advised how to obtain protection orders that would be gone over at the police department when she arrived. The incident is under investigation.

— Police responded to South Ellsworth Avenue at 12:44 p.m. Thursday for a possible missing manhole cover and were unable to locate it.

— At 2:09 p.m. Thursday, police responded to the 700 block of East Fifth Street where the complainant advised that between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. Thursday her vehicle was broken in to.

— At 5:39 p.m. Thursday, police responded to the 1000 block of Newgarden Avenue where the complainant advised her ex-boyfriend opened a credit card account in her name in another jurisdiction. She was advised to contact police in that jurisdiction.

— Police responded to the 2500 block of East State Street at 6:41 p.m. Thursday where the complainant believed a bag was taken from her vehicle.

— At 10:17 p.m. Thursday, police responded to the area of South Madison Avenue and Oak Street where a male was riding a bike the wrong way on the side of the street without lights. During the stop an officer conducted a consent search and nothing was found.

New Waterford

— Officers responded to the 46000 block of Taylor Avenue at approximately 8:09 p.m. Thursday to check a vacant home due to lights being on inside. Officers found the residence secure and no tracks were found in the snow around the residence.


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