County Sheriff

— A woman was reportedly locked out of her house on Second Street, Hanoverton, by her 31-year-old daughter at 5:44 p.m. Tuesday. When deputies arrived the woman had gotten back inside. Deputies spoke to everyone involved.

Highway Patrol

— Jenyia L. Anderson, 23, New Castle, Pa., was eastbound on state Route 517 in Fairfield Township at 7:57 p.m. Sunday and went off the left side into an embankment. She was cited for failure to control.

— Zackery J. Strub, 25, Lisbon, was eastbound on Miller Road in Center Township at 2:39 p.m. Monday and Steven Benematti, 48, Leetonia, was westbound and they sideswiped mirrors. No citation was issued.

— Nathan Christopher Dettmer, 18, East Palestine, was southbound on state Route 165 in Unity Township at 10 p.m. Sunday and went off the right side into a ditch, an embankment and overturned. He was cited for failure to control.

— Joseph Eric Davis, 33, East Liverpool, was northbound on state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township at 11:35 a.m. Monday and went off the right side into an embankment. He was cited for failure to control.


— Police were called to a West Lincoln Way home at midnight Monday for a report that an elderly woman wanted to harm herself. The woman’s grandson showed police a video he took of the woman saying that she no longer wanted to live and wanted to go to her old house in East Liverpool to die alone with her dog. Her previous home has no electric or running water. Her grandson told police that she needs to be in a senior living facility where someone is able to help take care of her as she is unable to on her own, but the woman said she did not want to go to a home and does not want or need to go to a hospital. Police requested an ambulance arrive to take her to a hospital to be evaluated. North Star EMS were familiar with the woman after having dealt with her on other occasions and convinced her to be evaluated at a hospital for her health and safety. The woman then went willingly.

— Susan Mullen reported Tuesday that sometime before her husband Jay Mullen left the area in December he used her notary stamp on a title for a Polaris Slingshot that was in the name of the business, Elkton Auto Corral, to transfer it to himself. She also reported that he forged her signature on the same title and that the vehicle was worth more than $20,000 in value and he stated the value as $2,000 on the title. She told police that the stamp is on her desk now but that he either used it at the business or took the stamp elsewhere and forged the title.


— While sitting stationary in the Dairy Queen parking lot, officers reported seeing a vehicle turn right onto Broadway without using a turn signal and initiated a traffic stop. While approaching the vehicle, officers reported seeing a passenger in the back seat making furtive movements, saying he kept putting his hands into his pockets after told to keep them out of his pockets. The driver, David Straka, no age or address listed, was asked if he had anything illegal in the vehicle, and he reportedly said he had some marijuana and was asked to step out and was searched, with nothing found. A search of the vehicle reportedly turned up a pipe in the driver’s side door along with suspected marijuana. In a compartment underneath the driver’s seat was a metal bowl with a white substance Straka said he believed to be cocaine. Officers reported finding two straws in Straka’s wallet that were cut, which officers reported is common for use in snorting substances. The two passengers were released, and Straka was taken into custody, although reports did not specify the charges. His vehicle was towed by T&T Towing.

— Officers responded to Independence Square to remove a person and spoke with Amanda Ogle, who said she had called to have a man removed but he had already gone out the back door. She said they had had an argument but refused to elaborate or write a statement, also declining to press charges. She said the man does not have a key to her apartment and was told to call if he returned. Officers checked the area but did not locate the man.

— Officers responded to a Commerce Street residence to perform a welfare check on Mark Johnson, whose neighbors were concerned, saying he has multiple health issues and had not been seen or heard from in five days. Officers circled the house, knocking on doors and windows with no success, noting that a television was on inside. Neighbors said a van parked outside was Johnson’s and that he normally contacts them daily but had failed to do so in recent days. Lieutenant Marsha Eisenhart suggested officers begin contacting area hospitals, but Johnson was not listed as a patient in several that were called. Fearing he might be dead inside, officers kicked in the door and, while searching the house, Johnson walked in, saying he had been out of town visiting in Cincinnati for several days. While officers were leaving, they reported Johnson became upset that his door had been kicked in, demanding to know who was going to pay for the damage.


— Sarah Robinson, 21, of 157 Sherman St., Lisbon, was cited for speeding, no license, fictitious plates and expired plates after a traffic stop at 1 a.m. Wednesday on East State Street near Park Drive. The report said the driver had a suspended license out of North Carolina and did not have a valid license in Ohio. The plates on the Mitsubishi Galant came back to a 1988 Dodge Dakota registered to the driver’s cousin in North Carolina and expired in 2017. The vehicle was towed by Sinsley’s and the driver and her passenger were given a ride to Circle K East.

— Kayla Brian, 27, of 328 W. Park Ave., Columbiana, was taken into custody at 11:48 p.m. Tuesday at an address in the 200 block of West Pershing Street on a warrant for drug paraphernalia.

— A driver came to the police station at 11:14 p.m. Tuesday to report being followed by a white Ford with pinstripes. The female said the other car made a u-turn in the intersection of Third and North Lincoln and began to follow her all around the city for 15 to 20 minutes. She also said the other driver was pulling up beside her car at every stop she made.

— Perry Township requested mutual aid at 9:11 p.m. Tuesday for a possible intoxicated driver who drove through the dead-end of West Wilson Street and got his vehicle stuck in a yard. Officers stood by while Perry Township conducted field sobriety tests. The male was taken into custody by Perry Township for operating a vehicle impaired. A township report said Paul McHugh II, 33, of Salem, was cited for OVI, failure to control, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

— A woman reported at 6:28 p.m. Tuesday that a man was walking in traffic at North Lincoln and East 11th Street wearing dark clothing. Police searched the area and did not find anyone.

— Police were asked at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday to check the well-being of a man sitting in a blue vehicle possibly impaired in the 500 block of East State Street. Police located the vehicle and followed it for several blocks, but saw no violations.

— A woman in the 500 block of Walnut Street reported at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday that while walking to her car, she noticed someone broke off her driver’s side mirror. She was unsure when the incident took place.

— A neighbor dispute was reported at 5:34 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of South Howard where all parties were told to stay away from each other to avoid further problems.

— Police were called at 4:56 p.m. Tuesday to the Walmart parking lot for a report of juveniles left unattended in a vehicle. The vehicle in question was located and an officer spoke with the juveniles, determining they were fine.

— Kathy Williams, 55, of 374 Pearl St., Leetonia, was cited for operating a vehicle under the influence and left of center after a traffic stop at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday on East State Street near Park Drive at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday. She was released to a friend who picked up her vehicle.

— An officer was approached at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday by a male behind the police department regarding an SUV parked near BB Rooners on the street with the back of the vehicle way out into the street. An officer located the SUV and issued a parking citation. The owner arrived and apologized and was told the reason for the ticket.

— An alarm was reported at 6:07 a.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of East Third, but employees said it was an accident.

Perry Township

— Cassandra Burke, 22, of Salem, was cited for failure to control after police were called at 6:38 a.m. Wednesday to a one-vehicle accident with no injuries on Egypt Road near Painter Road. Burke said she was traveling northbound on Egypt when she lost control, doing a 360-degree turn and ending up on the east side of Egypt Road facing southbound in a ditch. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Kaiser Towing and sustained significant damage to the rear and front driver side bumper.

— Police were called at 9:11 p.m. Tuesday to the 1000 block of West Wilson Street for a report of a vehicle stuck in a yard. Officers found that the driver of a Dodge Ram 2500 drove into the driveway, struck the gate and became stuck in the yard. The driver, Paul McHugh, was found to be intoxicated and an officer found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle during an inventory. McHugh was cited for OVI, failure to control, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. The vehicle was towed by Kaiser Towing.

— High water was reported at 8:23 p.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of Stewart Road, with an officer finding a quarter of the eastbound lane had water on it. The road was found passable.

— A woman in the 1100 block of Prospect Street at Salem Acres talked to police at 8:44 a.m. Tuesday regarding a possible school bus violation involving a neighbor pulling out of a private drive away from the bus. The school bus driver reported no violation was made by the vehicle pulling out of the drive.

— Police responded to a minor one-vehicle accident at 8:57 p.m. Monday in the median of the U.S. Route 62/45 four-lane where a vehicle driven by Trudy Ehrhart, 68, of Salem, went off the left side of the road into the grass median while approaching the traffic signal at North Ellsworth Avenue in the left turning lane. There was damage to the front bumper due to ice formed in the median. No citation was listed.

— No citation was issued and no injuries were reported after a minor two-vehicle accident in the 200 block of West Pidgeon at 1:15 p.m. Monday. A vehicle driven by Cynthia Davis, 44, of East Palestine, was stopping for a UPS truck that stopped to make a delivery when another vehicle driven by Benjamin Borton, 20, of Louisville, who was also slowing down for the UPS truck, struck the Davis vehicle. Neither vehicle received damage with the exception of a small scuff mark on the Davis vehicle.

Goshen Police District

— Walter William Welsh, 20, Main Street, Beloit, was cited for driving under suspension following a traffic stop in the 18000 block of Fifth Street at 1:40 p.m. Feb. 8.

— Michael Joseph Spencer, 31, Haessly Road, Hanoverton, was arrested on an active warrant out of Columbiana County after officers responded to a motel on U.S. Route 62 where he was staying at 4:45 p.m. Sunday.


— Firefighters were called at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to Holiday Inn Express, 240 N. Cunningham Road, for a commercial fire alarm, finding that smoke from burnt food in a contained oven caused the alarm. The alarm company called after the fire department arrived to cancel the alarm.

— Firefighters were dispatched at 11:03 p.m. Tuesday to American Standard, 605 S. Ellsworth Ave., for an arcing electrical box with smoke coming off the box. Upon arrival, the electrical box already had power shut down by an electrician on site. Firefighters checked the electrical box and immediate area with a thermal imaging camera. The transformer house outside the main building was also checked. The shift supervisor was told to leave the power off to that area until qualified personnel could make repairs.


— Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at 8498 Beacon Light Road at 5:18 p.m. Tuesday.

West Point

— The county sheriff’s office reported at 8:47 p.m. Tuesday there was a large tree across U.S. 30 north of Campbell’s.


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