County Sheriff

— Deputies were asked to check on a few animals at a property on state Route 14 in Salem Township at 4:45 p.m. Sunday. The animals were found to have food, water and heated shelter.

— A Lusk Lock Road, Elkrun Township, man was reported to be attempting to harm himself, but when deputies arrived at 10:31 p.m. Saturday that was not the case. There had been an argument, which was a misunderstanding between the father and the mother.

— A possible domestic dispute was reported at a Longs Crossing Road, Salem Township, home at 9:44 p.m. Sunday. Richard Phillips and the other person reportedly involved did not wish to pursue any charges.

Highway Patrol

— Deborah Boyd, 63, Steubenville Pike, Hammondsville, was westbound on U.S. Route 30 in Madison Township at 8:46 p.m. Feb. 12, when she struck a tree, which had fallen into the road. She was not injured.

— Anne M. Grande, 41, South Lincoln Avenue, Salem, was northbound on state Route 45 in Salem Township at 6:54 p.m. Saturday when she was struck by a deer running into the road. She was not injured.

— Matthew D. Cole, 20, Wooddale Drive, Lisbon, was eastbound on Teegarden Road in Salem Township at 2:44 p.m. Saturday when he drove off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned. He was not injured, but was cited with failure to control.


— Sheriff’s deputies asked police to check on a woman, possibly lying on the side of the road on U.S. Route 30 west, at 3:18 p.m. Saturday. She was described as having a backpack, a hat and possibly pink hair. Police found Ruth Brooks, walking along the side of the road and matching the description given. A Highway patrol unit assisted getting her home due to her “at risk” pregnancy.

— A broken window was reported at Lewton’s Garage, Nelson Street, at 7:41 a.m. Monday. There was a rock inside the business, which appeared to be how the window was broken.

— Police and a highway patrol trooper responded to a North Market Street apartment at 3:11 a.m., Sunday. Eli Ruffner had both eyes black and blue, apparently assaulted in the face. Ethan Ruffner, his brother, told the police no one was assault and denied anyone else was there. Eli Ruffner stated his attacker was white with long red hair before admitting it was his brother who hit him. Ethan Ruffner, 28, Union Ridge Road, Negley, was charged with domestic violence.

— A possible domestic was reported at 5:38 p.m. Friday at a Sherman Street home between a mother, Christina Garver, and her adult daughter, Cambra Kauffman. Both stated it was an argument and they were separating for the night.

— Georgia Smith of Lisbon reported at 5:50 p.m. Friday there was a woman lying on the side of state Route 154 near the BP gas station. Police did not find anyone lying near the road nor walking in the area matching the description given.

— Miller Crawford of Lisbon reported a woman having possible health issues in the Save A Lot parking lot at 6:53 p.m. Friday. Destany Stevens told police she was having a panic attack and chest pains due to her ex-boyfriend overdosing in Salineville, which she believed was her fault. EMT arrived and transported her to a local hospital.

— Jeffrey L. Arter, 61, North Market Street, was stopped at 8:07 p.m. Friday after police saw him turn right from High Street onto North Market Street, directly into the left of the two lanes, then down the middle of the two lanes straddling them. Arter did not appear able to form sentences, had a strong odor of alcohol and was charged with OVI and marked lanes. At the highway patrol, Arter reportedly registered with a .195 breath sample.

— Police saw Harold R. Frederick, 58, Eastlake Road, Lisbon, on North Jefferson Street weaving into the center and left area of the road, then pulling into the Eagle’s parking lot. He then left the parking lot without dropping anyone off or picking them up. Police stopped him for a loud exhaust and the weaving at the Circle K parking lot. He was cited for OVI, no license and weaving after registering a .100 on a breath test at the highway patrol post.


— Alex M. Caldwell, 18, Niles, was stopped at 4:51 p.m. Sunday when he had no front plate on the car he was driving. A search of the vehicle produced a foil pouch with labeling for THC, an empty vape cartridge inside and a vape pen with an identical cartridge attached. Caldwell admitted the cartridge had THC in the cartridge and was cited with drug possession.

— Police assisted with a medical call at the Camelot Apartments at 4:04 a.m. Sunday.

East Palestine

— Police responded to Rite Aid at 7:52 p.m. Sunday where there was a problem with a customer. The woman involved was later served with a letter informing her she will be charged with trespassing if she returns to the store.

— Shannon and David Jones, North Pleasant Drive, reported at 10:06 a.m. Sunday someone backed into their driveway to turn around in the alley near their home and they wished to file charges. The Jones said the people had been previously warned to stay off their property. Police informed them, what they described is not a crime, but a report will be on file.

— Renee Jones, no address listed, reported at 11:47 a.m. Saturday someone used her identity to open two T-Mobile accounts.

— An East Clark Street mother reported at 3:52 p.m. Friday she is having problems with her 14-year-old son.

East Liverpool

— While on patrol Saturday night near Boyce Street, an officer reported seeing a vehicle with its engine running, parked against the flow of traffic and with no license plate light. As the officer approached, the vehicle began moving, turning onto Elmwood where a traffic stop was initiated. The driver, Angela D. Nalley, 40, North Shady Lane, told officers she planned to get her light fixed with her tax return proceeds. K-9 Officer Nero was brought to the scene and reportedly alerted on the vehicle, with a bottle of pills labeled to another person and a small case containing loose pills recovered. The passenger, Lawrence C. Nardini, 52, Saint George Street, had an outstanding warrant and was taken into custody, and Nalley was cited for failure to reinstate her license.

— Officers initiated a traffic stop after reportedly seeing a vehicle eastbound on state Route 39 without a license plate light. The driver was identified as Laura Rudrick, 33, Saint George Street, and her passenger as Joseph Koffel, 24, Sprucevale Road. Officers reported smelling the odor of marijuana coming from the rear seat and said Koffel told them he had just smoked but had nothing else on him. Told that the K-9 officer was on the scene, Koffel reportedly pulled out a small bag of marijuana and handed it to officers. Koffel was charged with possession of marijuana, and Rudrick was given a warning for the plate light infraction.

— Called to the laundromat on St. Clair Avenue for a female needing help, officers arrived to find Alexis Steele, 26, Lisbon Street, and Christopher Hightower, 36, Wilbert Avenue, sitting in chairs outside the business. Steele was reportedly sitting slumped over and not responsive to officers’ questions. Hightower reportedly told officers she had had a fight with her dad and was upset, but she reportedly told them she had just shot up heroin. She was struggling to stay awake and maintain her balance, according to reports. Hightower told officers Steele had taken a bottle of pills he called “boost bars,” and she was transported to the hospital by ASI ambulance. Steele was cited for public intoxication.

— City police were notified Friday night a vehicle involved in the city in a hit and run accident had been stopped by Wellsville police. City officers spoke with the driver Ronald A. Thrasher, 48, Wood Street, Wellsville, who initially said someone rear-ended his vehicle and took off then said he had hit another vehicle and fled. East Liverpool police charged him with failure to control and leaving the scene of an accident. He was charged with Wellsville police with failure to reinstate and physical control.

— Responding Sunday to reports of loud banging coming from the other side of a duplex home, officers arrived to hear people yelling upstairs and said Mitzi Stoddard, no age or address listed, answered the door. She told them Nicki Derby was fighting with her boyfriend over the phone. Derby and Christopher Hightower came to the door and both said they had been arguing. They were advised to stop for the night.

— In response to an alarm drop at Stevens Jewelers, 215 East Fifth Street, officers checked all the doors and windows and looked through the window where they said the safe appeared to be closed. All appeared secure, they reported.

— Stephen M. Lara, address not listed, reported 10 to 12 people he did not know were at his home. Officers went to the house and spoke with Lara and determined the incident had not occurred and he had been drinking.

— Kathleen S. Burson, Henry Avenue, reported from her Ring doorbell seeing a male in a black hoodie trying her door then her bathroom window. When she spoke to him over the doorbell, he ran toward the water tower. Officers checked the area with no contact.

— Officers responded to an alarm drop at Westgate School on West Eighth Street for an alarm drop and found everything secure.

— Teresa A. Ward, 52, Parshall Road, Wellsville, stopped her vehicle at the traffic light on state Route 39 exit ramp when Shartrece M. Taylor, 22, Erie Street, stopped her vehicle behind Ward. Taylor’s vehicle drifted into Ward’s vehicle, causing minor damage to both There were not injuries or citations reported.

— While westbound on Pennsylvania Avenue, Melissa J. Wymer, 43, Shadyside Road, stopped for a light at Virginia Avenue when a vehicle coming from the same direction failed to stop and struck hers, then fled. Officers checked the area but could not locate the vehicle, which Wymer described as a black Chrysler.

— Officers found a wrecked vehicle in the middle of state Route 39 against the center median. The owner reported it stolen from Chester, W.Va., after the wreck was discovered. A known associate of the owner was found about two blocks away from the accident minutes after it occurred, but it could not be proven he was driving, according to reports. The owner said he was in Weirton, W.Va. at a medical clinic at the time of the accident. Neither the owner nor associate were identified in reports.


— Indya Spann, Commerce Street, reported she was hanging around after church with her friend and and another person they went to her house to get phone chargers. When Spann came out of the house, her friend and the other person had left, taking with them Spann’s purse and phone.

— Tabitha Dillow, Washington Street, reported her neighbor Gloria Hughes threw trash in her yard. Dillow did not see Hughes do it but told officers she heard Hughes going to her trash, looked out a short time later to find trash in her yard. Hughes denied throwing the trash in Dillow’s yard.

— Scott Wisniewsle, address not listed, called to say he had found the trailer that had been stolen from him between six and nine months ago. The trailer was parked on Main Street in front of Nick’s Pizza, where officers spoke with Robert Osborn, Oak Grove Road, Wellsville, who said he bought it from someone in the Bargain Hunter, although he did not have any paperwork. Wisniewsle told officers there was a report on file with the police department, but officers looked through all 2018 reports and could not locate one for the trailer. He also could not provide proof of ownership. Officers contacted the prosecutor, who advised them to seize the trailer until either man can prove ownership. Soon afterward, Wisniewsle returned to the police station with a title for a trailer, which officers confirmed through the county. The investigation is pending.

— Called to Nevada Street for a domestic violence incident, officers spoke with Melissa Moore, who said she and her ex-boyfriend Tracy Bell had been in a verbal dispute only and he had left. She had no physical marks on her, and Moore told officers he had not hit her that day, although he did punch a hole in the wall. Officers located Bell walking north on the railroad tracks and he confirmed punching the hole in the wall, saying he left because he did not want to violate his probation by being in a physical altercation with Moore. He told officers he was headed to East Liverpool to stay with his new girlfriend and would not return home to retrieve his belongings unless accompanied by an officer.

St. Clair Township

— While on patrol, an officer reported seeing a vehicle leaving a known drug house at the Echo Dell Mobile Home Park and saw it had no front license plate. He initiated a traffic stop on Bell School Road, where the driver was identified as Mark Foden, 48, Park Place, and his passenger as Reva McCullough, no age or address listed. While speaking with Foden, the officer reported, he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked if there were anything illegal inside. Foden said there was not but they had smoked some at the residence they had just left. The officer searched the vehicle and reported finding in the glove compartment a bent spoon burned on the bottom. Although he denied it being his, Foden said he would take the blame. The officer placed Foden under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia and continued to search the vehicle, reporting that he discovered a plastic container of unknown white powder residue and a pinch off bag with white powder residue. Foden was also charged with improper display, and the officer reported the items containing residue will be sent for testing with additional charges pending.

Perry Township

— A man at 8:22 p.m. Sunday reported illegal drug activity at a home in the 400 block of Michigan Avenue where he said there are people in and out and he has seen illegal drug activity occur. Information was gathered.

— Joseph Messenger, 26, of Woodsdale Road, Hanoverton, was cited for driving under suspension after a traffic stop at 12:50 a.m. Sunday on South Lincoln Avenue in the 1700 block. Sinsley’s Towing removed the vehicle and Messenger was taken to Circle K South to be picked up by a family member.

— A woman on Bethel Drive called police at 8:20 p.m. Saturday regarding a complaint filed earlier in the day from her husband. She told police he was drunk and was texting his children that she still had his ammo from a gun he retrieved earlier in the day and was going to go to her house and retrieve it. She did not want him over while he was drunk because she was afraid he might start an argument. She was told police could not stop him from going to the residence but if there were any issues to call. Police spoke to him earlier when he called at 8:36 a.m. Saturday regarding an issue with his soon-to-be ex-spouse. He said when he went to the residence to retrieve a firearm, she pointed it at him. He didn’t want to pursue charges but wanted a report on file.

— Police responded to the area of Egypt Road at East Pine Lake Road for a report of live wires down across the road at 4:05 p.m. Friday. Police found no wires were down and the area of concern had already been found and handled a week earlier.


— Police were dispatched at 2:15 a.m. Monday to the 700 block of West Wilson Street for a well-being check after a man reported several males showed up at the residence but were not supposed to be there according to the resident, who was not there. Nothing occurred between the man and the others. The report said a male gathered some belongings and left.

— A man in the 400 block of West Fifth Street reported at 12:22 a.m. Monday that his landlord was harassing him through text messages. An officer made contact with the landlord who said they would stop the text messages. Both parties were told their issues were civil.

— D’asia Hubbert, 25, of Youngstown was cited for open container and given a written warning for a moving violation after a traffic stop on East State Street and Park Avenue at 12:23 a.m. Monday. K-9 Argo indicated to the odor of a narcotic during an open air sniff of the vehicle, which was searched. Nothing drug-related was found, but a flask containing liquor was found in the back seat.

— A domestic in progress was reported at 9:50 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Fair Avenue where an ex-boyfriend and ex-girlfriend who used to reside together and have a child in common had an argument. She said he broke her cell phone and cable modem. She didn’t want to press charges, but just wanted him gone. Offficers sent him on his way.

— A wallet found in the middle of Fairview at 9:49 p.m. Sunday was turned over to police on Carole Drive.

— A clerk at Smith Oil on East State Street called at 8:21 p.m. Sunday to report someone in a blue F-150 pickup left without paying for $26.88 in gasoline.

— Daniel Johnson, 31, of East Pine Lake Road, was cited for a red light violation in the 1200 block of East State Street after a traffic stop at 5:14 p.m. Sunday. An officer saw a vehicle traveling northbound on South Union Avenue, then saw the vehicle turn left onto East State Street while the traffic light was red. During the investigation, officers noticed a narcotics odor coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted, but no contraband was recovered.

— Police were called at 3:21 p.m. Sunday to the 700 block of East Fifth Street regarding several illegally parked vehicles. Officers made contact with the owners and the vehicles were moved.

— Merari Espada, 39, of North Benton, was cited for passing on the right after a two-vehicle accident at 2:18 p.m. Sunday at East State Street and Vine Avenue when an eastbound vehicle driven by Richard Roloff, 61, of Canfield, attempted to turn right into a private drive and was struck by the Espada vehicle which was trying to pass on the right.

— An officer was aware of a situation occurring just outside the city limits at 2:13 p.m. Sunday and drove by to check on a Goshen Township officer, to assist with checking on a male inside the residence on state Route 14.

— Police responded at 1:11 p.m. Sunday to the 800 block of West Pershing Street for a civil matter. A man said he was at the residence attempting to get some of his property. He was told his options.

— A well-being check was requested at 12:31 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of South Broadway, but nobody was located.

— Criminal damaging was reported at 10:40 a.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of East Third Street where a man said he started his car in the morning and noticed his back window had been broken. Nothing appeared to be missing.

— A parking violation was reported at 8:34 a.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of Cleveland Street. After contact was made, the vehicle was moved.

— A man in the 1300 block of Jefferson Avenue reported at 7:59 a.m. Sunday that someone put a hole in the gas tank of his truck.

— Jordan Strabala, 28, of 1248 Westview Drive, was cited for operating a vehicle under the influence, a turn signal violation and a minor misdemeanor for possession of marijuana after a traffic stop at 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of South Ellsworth Avenue.


— Steven L. Martin, 31, Main Street, Leetonia, was charged with driving under suspension after an officer observed him drive to and from a Columbia Street business at 1:12 p.m. Friday, knowing him to have a suspended license.

— Officers responded to a 300 block Somer Street home at 9:56 p.m. Sunday where the window of a vehicle had been broken and witnesses inside the home reportedly saw another vehicle pull away. The witnesses and vehicle’s owner said that they had been threatened by phone and on social media. During the investigation, officers discovered the smell of methamphetamine and observed physical indicators on the witnesses suggesting use of methamphetamine. An investigation into the possible drug abuse is pending.

— An officer responded to a 100 block Mill Street home at 9:50 a.m. Monday in reference to an adult resident refusing to come out of his bedroom. The officer spoke with the resident who confirmed an issue with medications being changed. He was voluntarily transported by ambulance to the Salem hospital.

— An officer responded to a 400 block Columbia Street home at 11:27 p.m. Monday where the resident reported her husband had come home from the bar and started a fight with her, and struck her on the arm. The husband appeared to intoxicated and claimed that his wife had struck him. Neither had visible injuries nor wished to press charges against the other. The husband agreed to walk to a friend’s house to stay for the night.

Fire Calls


— A chimney was reported on fire at a Brookfield Avenue home at 8:49 p.m. Saturday.

— East Liverpool police reported a car accident on state Route 7 about two miles north of Beaver Local High School toward Rogers at 4:03 p.m. Sunday. A vehicle was on its side and the woman was unresponsive. Lifeteam was en route.

— Firefighters assisted at 8:38 p.m. Sunday at the Apple Grove Apartments Care Center where a 60-year-old woman needed a lift assist.

West Point

— A car accident was reported on state Route 11 by the West Point exit at 4:36 p.m. Sunday. The vehicle had flipped and the women inside reported she was not hurt, but she was bleeding and could not get out of the vehicle.


— A burning complaint was reported at 3:03 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Newgarden Avenue where firefighters found an unauthorized outside fire and extinguished it with tank water. The burning laws were explained to the homeowner.


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