Police Reports

County Sheriff

— Lisa Burke, state Route 7, Rogers, reported at 3:17 p.m. Tuesday someone shot her cat last week. The cat died and when she went to bury it, she noticed it had a broken leg, which appeared to be from a gunshot. Burke said she heard the neighbors behind her on Sprucevale Road shooting last week.

— Daryl Holt, Cherry Street, Knox Township, reported at 8:59 a.m. Tuesday an excavating company was trespassing on her property, causing damage to her yard and creek area. The excavating company dug up the creek, making a 6-foot deep trench in the creek bed. She believed either the township or a local farmer had contracted the company to work on a ditch due to some excessive flooding.

— Ivan Snyder, Buffalo Road, Hanover Township, reported at 9:23 a.m. Tuesday someone’s mailbox post was in his driveway and the mailbox from that post was laying on the other side of the road and badly damaged. The mailbox belonged to a neighbor. Snyder also reported his Kimble trash can had been taken and it was found about 300 yards down the road with some minor scuffs on it.

— James M. Coffy, Camp Boulevard, Hanover Township, reported at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday for the past four months someone has been harassing him, making numerous calls to him from different numbers.

— A Salem-Alliance Road, Butler Township, resident reported at 12:01 p.m. Tuesday he is receiving harassing calls. On Tuesday he received an automated call from American Funding Group and when he pressed one to speak to a person, he explained to the person who answered it is illegal to solicit with automated phone calls. The man on the other end reportedly responded he hopes the fleas of a 1,000 camels attacks his crotch and then hung up. He then received a two calls from someone from a financing company, which came up Illinois and Alabama, but the caller stated he was from Manhattan.

— A Westville Lake Road, Knox Township, woman reported at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday her granddaughter was not listening to her. Deputies explained how to file unruly charges.

— Opal Andric, state Route 644, Franklin Township, reported that her 9 and 10-year-old daughters are with their father and he is passed out intoxicated. Andric said one of the girls contacted her about how to make food and one of the girls is on medication, so she explained to her when and how to take it in case they could not wake their father up. The father’s live-in partner reportedly became upset due to him being intoxicated and left with her own children. Andric contacted the live-in partner, who agreed to go back and pick up Andric’s children and meet her.

— An alarm was reported at a Buck Road, Knox Township, home at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday. Deputies checked the inside of the home with the person with the key, but did not find anything out of place.

— Dogs running at large were reported at 9:17 a.m. Dec. 30 on Pritchard Avenue, Lisbon. Deputies spoke to Amanda Wilson, who said her dogs are always tied up. However, one of the two dogs were not tied up when deputies arrived. She noted one of the children may have let the dog out.

— Michael Hover, East Third Street, reported at 2:45 p.m. Monday while he was incarcerated between Oct. 10 and Jan. 7, someone stole his cell phone out of the property in booking. On Dec. 14 Hover was transferred from the county jail to Lorain Correctional and the following day Hover had someone go to the jail to retrieve his property. On Dec. 15 it was discovered his cell phone was not there. Other inmates have filed numerous other complaints about their items being stolen while in the secured property room.

Highway Patrol

— Mike Polack, 37, of Atwater, struck and killed a deer while driving on Depot Road in Butler Township at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday.

East Liverpool

— While on patrol, an officer reported seeing a vehicle on Williams Avenue with a loud exhaust with a large crack nearly covering the windshield. The driver, Zak Birkhimer, 18 Etruria Street, was asked if he had anything illegal and appeared extremely nervous, according to reports. K-9 Officer Nero was used to sniff the vehicle and reportedly alerted positively on the driver’s side door, after which Birkhimer reportedly pulled from his pocket a cellophane baggie containing marijuana roaches he said he was going to smoke. He was cited for no operator’s license, loud exhaust, unsafe vehicle and possession of marijuana. He and his 14-year-old passenger were released to the other boy’s mother, and his vehicle was towed by First Class Towing.

— Officers were called to Giant Eagle for a cashier being harassed by a customer who had left prior to their arrival. An officer went to the customer’s home and served a criminal trespass notice to Jenny Stanley, no age or address listed.

— An officer on patrol reported seeing a man with a known criminal history approach a vehicle which then backed out of the parking lot and turned without signaling. He reported seeing the same man standing beside the same Jeep but said the occupants denied knowing the man or being able to explain why they — residents of Toronto and Wellsville — were in East Liverpool. The driver, Bernard A. Hoover, 52, no address listed, was charged with driving under suspension and no turn signal. St. Clair Township K-9 Officer Axel was brought to conduct a sniff search of the vehicle, which was towed from the scene.

— Caressa Godocsik, Ohio Avenue, asked for a welfare check of her children’s father after reporting they had an argument at his house during which he punched a shelf, threw something and told her to get out. Officers spoke with the man and deemed him able to properly care for the children, who said they wanted to stay with their dad and go bowling.

— Responding to Hazel Alley for a reported breaking and entering, officers found the back door kicked in. The resident, Kimberly Washington, reported being called at work by a neighbor who noticed her door kicked in. She said 55-inch and 42-inch televisions were missing.

— Officers responded to a possible domestic dispute on Monroe Street where a woman and a man identified as Derek D. Davis, 37, reported there was just a verbal argument, nothing physical. Davis was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant and transported to the county jail. The woman was not identified in reports.

— Officers responded to a custody dispute at Wilbert Avenue for which neither the father nor mother had legal paperwork regarding custody nor visitation and the mother’s boyfriend wanted to retrieve the child because the mother has been arrested.

St. Clair Township

— Employees of the Quality Inn Motel in Calcutta complained of suspicious activity in a room in which a male and female were staying, saying a car had been in and out multiple times and a staff member saw the male place a bag inside the brim of his hat then leave. Officers saw the man and woman get into a vehicle, which was stopped in the McDonald’s parking lot. The man, Thomas W. Akers, 29, Saint George Street, East Liverpool, was pulled from the vehicle and his hat removed, which was found to contain a clear bag containing a white powder. A search of the vehicle reportedly turned up a marijuana pipe and grinder, which Akers said were his. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and the white powder will be sent for testing which possible additional charges to follow.

— Officers were dispatched to King’s Jewelry for a sales associated being cursed at for attempting to help a customer. No other details were reported.

— A KMart employee reported two racks containing three propane tanks were stolen.

— Maria Douglass, Belmont Avenue, reported arriving home from work to find her window broken and swing tipped over. A safe was removed from its normal place and had pry marks on it, with a hammer and screwdriver nearby. She told officers she had had problems with a daughter who recently moved out.


— Phillip D. Goerig, 27, Leetonia, was arrested for OVI following a traffic stop on North Main Street at 1:08 a.m Monday.

— Kayla Brian, West Park Avenue, reported telephone harassment by a Leetonia man she knows at 9:14 p.m. Monday.

— Dale Coppock, 52, Rogers, was cited for driving under suspension following a traffic stop on state Route 14 at 9:29 a.m. Tuesday.

— Michael Brian, West Park Avenue, reported telephone harassment by a Leetonia man he knows at 5:56 p.m. Tuesday


— An officer on patrol at 3:25 a.m. Wednesday saw a vehicle parked inside Waterworth Memorial Park after closing hours. Contact was made with the occupants, they were advised of park hours and left without incident.

— Police spoke with a female from North Ellsworth Avenue at 11:37 p.m. Tuesday about a possible child abuse case regarding her juvenile son and an adult male. She was advised to have her son looked at by a medical professional. She said the incident would have occurred a month prior to the report. The report will be sent to Children Services. An attempt was made to contact the adult male, but no contact was made.

— An officer on patrol at the Salem Community Center at 10:51 p.m. Tuesday saw an open door leading to the soccer field. The officer and K-9 Argo checked the interior soccer and basketball doors, finding both secure. The officer secured the outside door and the alarm went off. The keyholder arrived and was advised of the issue.

— Suspicious activity was reported at 7:31 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of South Lincoln Avenue where a woman said the garage door to the house next door was open and she had not seen anyone on the property in a few days. She said garbage was piling up. The exterior of the residence was found secure and the garage door was shut.

— Police responded at 5:24 p.m. Tuesday to the 900 block of East State Street for an alarm drop, finding the exterior secure. A keyholder responded and the interior was checked and found in order.

— Police were called at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday to the 1000 block of North Ellsworth Avenue for a civil dispute between a male and female couple. They were told their options. A short while later, police were dispatched back to the same residence where the male said things got physical. Officers did not observe any physical injury to either person nor see any evidence of an altercation. The female agreed to leave for the night.

— Police were called at 2:43 p.m. Tuesday to the 1500 block of East State Street for a report of a male wandering around the street in a hospital gown. Officers made contact with the male and discovered he had been discharged from the hospital. Officers attempted to make arrangements for the male to get a ride home with negative results and transported him to the city limits.

— An officer responded to the 600 block of Olive Street at 1:56 p.m. Tuesday to assist a Children’s Services agent on scene and stood by while the agent conducted an investigation and awaited a family member to respond to take custody of several children at the location. The agency also spoke to the mother.

— A woman reported finding a broken window at a business in the 900 block of North Ellsworth Avenue at 1:38 p.m. Tuesday. It appeared a marble was shot through the window causing it to break.

— A caller at 11:34 a.m. Tuesday reported a suspicious vehicle parked on the street in the 300 block of West Eighth Street. Officers spoke to the male passenger who said the truck ran out of gas and the driver went to go get some. The truck belonged to the passenger’s mother.

— A possible scam was reported at 10:44 a.m. Tuesday in the 1300 block of South Lincoln Avenue where a man reported a solicitor had seen a copy of his electric bill and the current electric provider suggested he call the police for a report in case any fraudulent charges appear on his account.

— Police were called at 10:33 a.m. Tuesday to the 500 block of Continental Drive to check the well-being of a female who allegedly mentioned having suicidal thoughts to the person who called. The female agreed to go the hospital and was taken by KLG.

— A suspicious object was reported at 6:08 a.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of East Sixth Street. The object was located and found to be ok.

Goshen Police District

— Jeffrey R. Bentley, 44, West Pine Lake Road, Salem, was charged with OVI, open container, left of center and marked lanes after a traffic stop at Pine Lake and Duck Creek roads at 3:41 p.m. Tuesday.


— Firefighters responded to Southeast School on Merle Road for a fire alarm at 11:52 a.m. Wednesday where it was believed the alarm sounded due to a popcorn machine. Students and staff were evacuated and the popcorn machine was taken outside. The area where the machine had been located was checked and the rest of the school was checked and students were allowed to re-enter the school. One student was given a hot pack for their hands which were abnormally cold. The principal was advised to check with the students throughout the rest of the day to make sure no one was experiencing any cold weather issues from being outside.

— A transformer was reported sparking at North Lundy Avenue and East Fourth Street at 8:58 p.m. Tuesday, but nothing was located.

— A fire alarm was reported at 8:37 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Howard Avenue at a laundromat. A worker inside said the power to the building had gone out and when it came back on, the alarm started going off. The entire building was checked with the thermal imaging camera and nothing was located. The alarm was reset.


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