Special to the Journal/WKBN First News A semi-truck slid off the road and overturned on its side while traveling on snow-covered U.S. Route 172 in Hanover Township. The accident occurred about 11 a.m. Monday across from the Robert Bycroft School. The driver was uninjured, according to the highway patrol.

Highway Patrol

— Walker J. Trayes, 22, of Columbiana, was cited for failure to control after he slid off the road and into a tree while rounding a bend on Carbon Hill Road in Middleton Township at 1:50 a.m. Saturday.


–Police were called to a North Market Street home at 11:33 p.m. Thursday to remove Nathan Knight, whose mother wanted him to leave because he keeps arguing with his wife. Knight gathered his belongings and had someone pick him up.

–An officer on patrol at 1:16 a.m. Friday ran a license-plate check on a vehicle that came back to David Wright, 24, of East Liverpool, and there was a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court on a charge of possessing a controlled substance. The officer initiated a traffic stop and saw two women in the front seat and a man in the back who identified himself as Johnathan Stover. The man later admitted that he was, in fact, Wright. He was taken into custody and charged with obstructing police business.

–Pary Raley reported Friday her ex-boyfriend, who lived on South Beaver Street, has been taking money from her checking account. She needed a police report to file with the bank and that she is going to open a new account.

–Jessica Herman was driving south on Pritchard Avenue at 3 p.m. Thursday when she clipped the mirror of a vehicle parked at the McKinley Elementary School. The other vehicle belongs to Selinsky Force Inc.

–Police were called to Apple Grove apartments at 4 p.m. Saturday in regard to a man walking around outside without any shirt, shoes or pants. Police came across Richard Arball, who stated he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend, so he walked outside to calm down. Police told him the next time to wear clothes.

–A 911 hangup call was received from an East Chestnut Street residence at 3:34 p.m. Friday. Police arrived, but no one there admitted to dialing the emergency number.

–Police were asked to check on the welfare of a man’s daughter at 7:09 p.m. Sunday and found the woman sitting on the front porch of a West Lincoln Way home talking on the phone. The woman said she had been slapped in the face by her boyfriend following an argument. She was placed in the cruiser to keep warm until her father arrived to take her home.


— Fred G. Sevier, 57, East Palestine, was cited for expired license following a traffic stop on state Routes 7 and 14 at 6:54 a.m. Wednesday.

— Paul Kepp, 36, Columbiana, was cited for driving under suspension after police noticed him driving through the park after hours at 1:01 a.m. Sunday.

— K-9 Csuti was deployed on a traffic stop for a vehicle sniff for the highway patrol at 11:51 p.m. Friday on West Park Avenue near Unions Street.

–Police investigated a report of a suspicious person at 5:55 p.m. Saturday in the area of Beechwood Drive. No criminal activity was found to have taken place.

East Liverpool

— Officers received a call Sunday night that a vehicle involved in a suspected drug transaction was headed toward Louise Street in the city. Officers reported passing the vehicle as it turned into Wyoming Street and saw it fail to stop at a stop sign. A traffic stop was initiated on Ceramic Street where the driver, John Lyle II, reportedly admitted sliding through the stop sign. His passenger, Roxanne Westerman, 44, was the registered owner of the vehicle, according to reports. Both denied having anything illegal in the vehicle, and St. Clair Township K-9 officers Josh Jackson and his partner Noras were called to the scene. While Jackson explained the process Noras was to undertake, Westerman reportedly handed over a small clear container of marijuana, which led to a search of the vehicle, where a clear baggie of marijuana was reportedly found in her purse. Westerman was charged with possession of marijuana. The report did not include an age for Lyle or addresses for either him or Westerman.

— Responding Saturday to reports of a dispute during which a woman wanted to harm herself, officers spoke to the woman, who said she did make such comments but didn’t mean them. She told officers she had been going through a difficult time and, at an officer’s suggestion, she agreed to go to the hospital so she could speak with someone about this. The officer transported her to the emergency room.

— Officers were called to the area of Northside Church at 1:09 a.m. Saturday for complaints of four people lurking around a home. Two of the people, thought to be juveniles, were spotted by officers. The juveniles ran behind the church when they saw the police cruiser then ran toward McKinnon Avenue. Officers searched yards and alleys but could not locate the four people.

— David A. Zubay, Avondale Street, reported Sunday he was sleeping when his back door alarm activated. He checked his surveillance cameras and everything seemed fine, he told officers who responded.

— Officers were asked to perform a welfare check on a man’s niece on Green Lane, and she was found to be fine.

— A panic alarm was activated at Bricker’s on Sixth Street at 2:12 a.m. Sunday. Officers checked the building and found everything secure.


— Brandon Rawson was cited for drug abuse for having pot during a traffic stop on state Route 7 at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

— John G. Barnhart was cited for a license plate light violation, expired plates and expired license after a traffic stop at Route 7 and Clark at 7:18 p.m. Saturday.

— Clark Avenue resident Kim Martian reported at 5:45 p.m. Sunday that Patrick Murphy was in her home and she wanted him removed. She was advised that an officer would come down and remove him for the day, but because he has set up a residence there, she would have to get him evicted through the courts for this to be permanent. Martian advised an officer that they “better do our jobs and arrest him,” as she was in fear for her safety. She was advised an extra watch would be provided and she should file for protection and eviction orders through the courts. About half an hour later, Martian called back and said her stained glass window was broken sometime between 2 and 5:30 p.m.

Perry Township

— Police responded to an address on Countryside Drive to check on a male who said he was going to harm himself. Police spoke with the male’s stepdad who said he no longer lives there but lives with his mother in the Washingtonville area. Contact was made with the mother who said her son was fine and she would keep an eye on him.

— Police responded to a number of incidents involving vehicles which slid off of snowy roads and got stuck in ditches or deep snow Saturday and Sunday, including reports at the bypass and Goshen Road and the 1900 block of state Route 9 near the Saxon Club.

— Police were called at 11:03 p.m. Saturday to the four-lane under the Goshen Road overpass for a report of three females walking in the road. No one was located, but footprints were observed in the snow going in several directions. The three females were believed to be runaways from a residence in Goshen Township. Goshen Township was contacted and also responded to look for the females.

— A caller at 9:36 p.m. Saturday reported a domestic in the apartments in the 1100 block of Prospect Street where a woman said she and her boyfriend were yelling at each other over dishes left in the sink. She said her mother called police because they were arguing. The boyfriend said he worked all day and was sorry for not doing the dishes. The woman left for work and he gathered his belongings to go stay with a friend.

— Police responded at 10:05 a.m. Saturday to the 1300 block of Johnson Avenue for a report of a possible stray bullet striking a window. The homeowner said the bullet hole was found in a window leading to the master bedroom. Police saw what appeared to be a bullet hole in the front window, but it did not go into the second window. A projectile could not be located.

— Mary Fitch, 38, of Salem, was taken into custody at 11:44 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Grant Street on an active warrant out of Columbiana County. She was handed over to a sheriff’s deputy who took her to jail.

— A neighbor dispute was reported at 6:20 p.m. Friday in the 1200 block of Depot Road where a resident alleged a neighbor was stealing mail from their mailbox. The neighbor said they did not steal any mail from the neighbor’s mailbox and said the neighbor is always trying to cause issues between them. Both parties were told to stay away from each other.


— Police handled numerous calls of vehicles getting stuck in snow, some while trying to get in and out of businesses, and needing a push or assistance Saturday and Sunday, including a taxi in the Flying Pig parking lot on Ellsworth, and vehicles on West Perry Street, West State Street, East State Street, East Pershing Street and Continental Drive. Police were also called Sunday morning to Jennings Avenue for a mailbox struck during snow removal efforts and found a neighbor’s mailbox also struck.

— Officers checked a residence on Ohio Avenue at 9:51 p.m. Sunday for wanted people, locating them inside the residence in the 100 block. Steven Colian, 39, of 180 Ohio Ave., was taken into custody on a warrant for aggravated trafficking in drugs. Brandi Cope-McVay, 25, of 180 Ohio Ave., was taken into custody on a warrant for drug paraphernalia.

— A possible scam was reported at 8:58 p.m. Sunday when a woman said she was getting possible fraudulent charges from a gas station in town. She advised her bank statements showed extra fees and the business was unable to provide answers for the charges. The incident is under investigation.

— Officers checked on a person in the 100 block of West State Street at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, finding the person was a victim of assault. Officers attempted to locate suspects at a residence and had no cooperation from them. An investigation is pending.

— Police were called at 7:13 p.m. Sunday to the 900 block of South Lundy Avenue for a distraught person. A female said she was having anger issues and wanted to go to the hospital. She was voluntarily transported to Salem Regional Medical Center by KLG.

— Officers called to a dispute at 4:50 p.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of East State Street located two males who were arguing over a female. Both were told to cease all further contact and they left.

— A domestic dispute was reported at 4:21 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of North Ellsworth Avenue where a woman attempted to get into her son’s vehicle and he allegedly dragged her out of the car. Due to conflicting stories, the matter is being sent to the prosecutor for review.

— A parking complaint was reported at 1:51 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Penn Avenue for vehicles parked on the road during a parking ban. Officers made contact with the drivers in a local business and all vehicles were moved.

— An open door was reported on a unoccupied home on Franklin at 11:33 a.m. Sunday and was resecured.

— An audible alarm was reported at a closed business in the 2300 block of East State Street at 9 a.m. Sunday. The exterior of the building was secure.

— A reckless driver was reported at 8:33 a.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of South Lincoln Avenue where officers located the vehicle parked at a business. A store employee said the driver asked to park there after he blew a tire and had a friend pick him up.

— Officers responded at 4:54 a.m. Sunday to the 400 block of Ohio Avenue for a a report of a car accident. A vehicle was found unoccupied and stuck in a curb lawn. The vehicle was towed due to being a traffic hazard. Officers were attempting to locate the owner.


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