County Sheriff

— Brenda Williams, Depot Street, Rogers, reported a suspicious man in her yard at 2:33 p.m. Monday. The man, later identified as Robert Ross, Bell Road, Lisbon, had told Williams there was a leprechaun in the creek beside her yard, then stood in her yard for a bit, looking at the creek. He moved across the street and was looking around there, before he left walking southbound on state Route 7. Deputies had passed a man matching the description, who was walking westbound on state Route 154 matching the description given and he was found on the western edge of Rogers. Ross told deputies he wrecked his vehicle in Pennsylvania that morning and was walking to his father-in-law’s house on Bell Road. He had no warrants and he was given a ride there. Deputies also contacted Williams telling her they found the man and he is harmless.

— Jeremy J. Howell, Ridge Road, West Township, reported a suspicious truck in the neighbor’s driveway at 6:51 a.m. Monday. People came running out of the field, jumped in the truck and sped away.

— Anita M. Benvenuti, Buck Road, Knox Township, reported at 4:39 p.m. Monday someone opened a fraudulent Verizon account in her mother’s name.

— While investigating a possible suspicious vehicle at 5:27 p.m. Monday on Woodville Road, deputies found people working for the pipelines.

— Jeffrey Allison, Heck Road, Unity Township, reported at 4:44 p.m. Monday someone shattered the bay window on the front of his home, possibly with a pellet gun.

— A possible protection order violation was reported at 6:44 p.m. Monday on Kelly Park Road, Fairfield Township. Deputies met with everyone involved and checked on a child.

— A possible breaking and entering was reported on Depot Road, Butler Road, at 8:49 a.m. Monday. Deputies met with Burt Perkins, the son-in-law of the owner, Jean McQuilkin, and with a friend of the family. McQuilkin has been away, but Perkins came to the home on Sunday and found the shed door standing open. It appears two chain saws were missing from the shed. A garage door had been entered by someone pushing the bars loose from the wall. A truck parked inside was ransacked. The sliding doors of the barn were also forced open, but nothing appeared to be missing from the barn. There is a friend allowed to hunt on the property, who had a camera up and found images of someone on the property on Jan. 15. The SD card is being forwarded so it can be examined.

Highway Patrol

— Shane C. Nevling, 45, Southington, Ohio, and Sadie Post, 23, Youngstown, were stopped at a stop sign south on state Route 165 at state Route 14 in Unity Township at 11:04 a.m. Sunday and Post struck Nevling from behind. Post was cited for assured clear distance.

— Pamela A. Risbeck, 43, Lisbon, was westbound on U.S. 30 in Center Township at 2:14 a.m. Friday and went left of center off the left side into a ditch, a pole and overturned into a field. She was cited for failure to control, possession of drug abuse instruments, OVI and seat belt and taken to the St. Elizabeth Hospital with minor injuries.

New Waterford

— Police were called to 66 S. Washington St. apartment no. 11 in East Palestine at 6:06 a.m. Saturday for mutual aid with East Palestine police for a domestic violence incident.

— Leah Wolfe, 41, East Palestine, was cited for driving under suspension following a traffic stop on Crestview Road at 1:12 p.m. Sunday.

— Police were called to the 3800 block of Boardman Street at 2:08 p.m. Sunday for a report of telecommunications harassment involving a former friend that has been harassing the caller through Facebook.

— Police were called to the 46000 block of North State Street at 3:17 p.m. Monday for an animal complaint involving a brown and white bulldog running loose. The owner was contacted to retrieve his dog and was warned for dogs running at large.

— Police were called to the 46000 block of Crestview Road at 7:33 p.m. Monday for a report that children were shooting pellet guns. The children were identified and told to move off the property.


— Rebeka Lynn Kelly, 21, Alliance, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and charged with possession of dangerous drugs after officers responded to a report of an unresponsive male individual at a 15000 block West South Range Road home at 10:18 p.m. Saturday. Damascus EMS also responded and transported the male individual to the Salem hospital. A search of the Kelly’s bookbag revealed three muscle relaxers not prescribed to her.


— A Lodge Road resident reported at 12:09 p.m. Friday the East Liverpool VA hospital was attempting the past year to contact someone who does not reside at the home. An officer found that the individual resides at an East Liverpool address, but was unable to make contact with the individual.

— An officer responded to a suspicious vehicle report at a Cherry Fork Road business at 6:27 p.m. Saturday. The driver said he was having trouble with the engine and that someone was coming to help him.

— An officer responded to the area of Ridge and Madison streets at 10:54 p.m. Saturday in reference to loud voices and doors slamming. The officer found an individual sitting in his vehicle who said the someone at the residence called him about his dog a few minutes before the officer arrived. The officer was unable to find any loud noises in the area.

— An officer responded at 1:22 a.m. Sunday to the area of the Leetonia Community Public Library in where an individual reported he had been robbed at knife point within the past 45 minutes. He said he returned to the area with a woman he met at an Austintown motel to perform sexual acts at her Salem home and that he drove the woman to area where the woman’s boyfriend confronted him with a curved knife. He said he that he threw $70 at the man then fled on foot before being able to gain reception on his cell phone at the library after failing to gain help by knocking at doors in the neighborhood. The officer later determined the area where attack occurred was in Washingtonville and discovered a plastic bag on sidewalk containing narcotic paraphernalia. The bag was confiscated for testing.

— An officer responded to a 300 block Ridge Street home at 10:05 a.m. Sunday in reference to a suicidal person after a Pine Street resident reported her husband had sent her text messages indicating he was going to harm himself after an argument between the two. Officers were ultimately able to locate the husband, who was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

— An officer responded to a 300 block Ridge Street home at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in reference to a vehicle break-in and found damage to the right front non-opening vent window of the vehicle. The glass was on the outside of the vehicle and the left door key entry was damaged. It is unknown the people who would have attempted entering the vehicle since the door lock could not be reached from that location.

— An officer responded to a 300 block Somer Street home at 2:15 p.m. Sunday in reference to an open door. The homeowner entered the residence and noticed the front door was unlocked. The officer found clothing items littered about in the first and second floor as well as the basement. The officer also found three small kittens in one of the bedroom closets. The homeowner agreed to care for the kittens until someone came for them. The officer then secured the home as best as possible.

Perry Township

–A representative of Entact in the 1200 block of Benton Road reported at 7:47 a.m. Tuesday that a generator was stolen from the property sometime during the night Sunday.

— A car vs. deer accident was reported at 5:48 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Route 62 at Country Club Lane. The accident caused heavy damage to the passenger side front bumper and headlight of a vehicle owned and operated by Mike Ayers, 51, of Salem.

— A man in the 1200 block of Depot Road reported a noise complaint at 9:36 p.m. Monday, stating his neighbor was playing music too loud. The neighbor was told to turn his radio down.

— A woman in the 400 block of Benton Road reported at 2:17 p.m. Monday that her 15-year-old daughter ran away from home during the evening hours on Sunday. The juvenile then returned home.


— An officer at 2:07 a.m. Tuesday saw a vehicle behind the high school off of Lincoln and due to the time, stopped the vehicle. The people were practicing driver’s ed with a permit holder. The officer made sure there was a valid driver before leaving.

— Loud music was reported at 10:35 p.m. Monday in the 800 block of East Fifth Street. Residents were told to turn it down.

— A caller at 10:34 p.m. Monday reported two suspicious people walking in the road at North Lincoln and 10th Street. Nobody was found.

— An officer at 10:21 p.m. Monday saw a vehicle in Centennial Park after hours and made contact with a male standing next to the vehicle, standing by while the male contacted someone who could translate for him. Due to him not being a valid driver, he was contacting someone to get the vehicle for him. The vehicle was secured and he returned to his residence on Maple Street.

— Police responded at 8:37 p.m. Monday to the area of the post office on Penn Avenue for a dispute. A man was standing in the road yelling at several other people on the sidewalk, saying that while several juveniles were walking by his residence, they made false statements about him. He followed them home to speak with their mother. Juveniles at the scene denied making any statements. Nothing physical occurred and all parties were told to go home.

— Robert M. Greenisen, 53, of King Road, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence after officers were called to the intersection of North Cunningham Road and East State Street at 7:59 p.m. Monday for a well-being check on a male inside a vehicle. The caller said the male was possibly unresponsive sitting inside the vehicle sitting at the green traffic light. Officers made contact with the male and found he was impaired. Field sobriety tests were administered and he was taken into custody, processed and later released and given a ride home by a family member. The vehicle was towed.

— A driver was given a warning for a traffic violation after a traffic stop at 7:32 p.m. Monday on East Pershing and South Lundy for an equipment violation. K-9 Simon indicated to the presence of a narcotic odor. A small amount of contraband was located.

— Jessica Szelazek, 27, of 1264 E. Third St., was charged with theft and taken to the Columbiana County jail after police were called to Walmart on East State Street for a shoplifter. A female failed to scan several items at the self checkout and passed all points of purchase. She was stopped by asset protection personnel trying to exit the store, with items recovered.

— An officer at 5:16 p.m. Monday at Second Street near North Broadway saw a box of nails in the middle of the road. It appeared a vehicle had run the box over. The fire department responded with a broom to assist cleaning up before reopening the street.

— Solicitors were reported at 5:14 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of Fair Ave., but were not found.

— A domestic was reported at 5:08 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of North Ellsworth Avenue. The people involved told police it was an argument over relationship issues, with nothing physical occurring. Both left the scene together and walked back to their home.

— An officer at 2:37 p.m. Monday saw a male walking on railroad property in the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, made contact and told him he’ll be charged if there’s a future violation.

— A domestic was reported at 2:01 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of West Second Street where police found two people walking. They said it was a verbal dispute only. No physical marks were observed or reported.

— A man reported at 9:24 a.m. Monday that two work vans were broken into in the 900 block of South Ellsworth Avenue.

— A 17-year-old Salem boy was cited for failure to yield after a two-vehicle accident at 7:36 a.m. Monday at West 10th Street and Jennings Avenue. The report said he failed to yield after stopping in the westbound lane on West 10th and attempted to turn south onto Jennings, striking a southbound vehicle driven by a 16-year-old Salem boy.

— Manuel Gutierrez, 24, of Franklin Avenue, was cited for no operator’s license, leaving the scene and failure to control after a hit/skip investigation early Monday. Luke Evert, of Penn Avenue, reported at 6:45 a.m. that his Jeep was parked on the street overnight in front of his home and an unknown vehicle struck it and left the scene. He found damage to the rear of the Jeep in the morning and called police, noting part of the Jeep’s rear bumper/fender was missing. Officers saw a black car, a Nissan Sentra, parked at the rear of a Franklin Avenue residence about a block away and noted that major front-end damage was visible from the street. Police checked the car and found part of a Jeep embedded in the right front end of the car that matched the victim’s Jeep. The owner of the car spoke broken English and an interpreter responded to the scene. Officers established probable cause to charge with driver/owner of the car, identified as Gutierrez, with three violations.

Fire Calls


— Fire department personnel responded at 3:10 p.m. Sunday to the 100 block of Benton Road for a citizen complaint about a building that was starting to collapse. The structure was found to be uninhabited with no immediate threats to other people. The incident was referred to the city housing department.

— Firefighters responded to a fire alarm activation at 1:35 a.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn Express on North Cunningham Road and found several people outside and an odor of burnt food and the alarm sounding inside. A hotel employee said while cleaning the crumbs from the toaster, she pushed the lever down causing the toaster to heat and burn the remaining crumbs. No permanent damage was caused. The alarm was silenced and a fan used to ventilate the area.


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