County Sheriff

— Scott Durr, Depot Road, Hanover Township, reported at 2:30 a.m. Sunday he awoke to hear someone knocking on his window. Deputies checked the area, but was unable to locate anyone.

— Sarah A. Wutrick, Speidel Road, Hanover Township, reported at 2:58 a.m. Sunday her boyfriend, Mike Wilson assaulted her at the home of his brother, Tim Wilson, on Rochester Road in West Township. Wutrick filed a refusal to prosecute Wilson.

— Deputies checked all three buildings at Damascus Hardware on U.S. Route 62, Damascus, after an alarm activated at the east storage building. Everything was found to be secure.

— A child was reported with a medical problem on Mountz Road in Knox Township at 3:03 p.m. Saturday. Deputies arrived in Beloit and assisted with the child, who was then transported to Akron Children’s Hospital.

— Sgt. Jeff Haugh was traveling to begin his shift and stopped behind a Lisbon school bus on state Route 45 near J.P. Industries at 8:05 a.m. Thursday when he saw a white Cadillac go through the bus driver’s red lights. After stopping the vehicle the driver, Daniel Vrable, 69, state Route 45, Lisbon, said he did not believe the lights were red, but the bus driver told Haugh the lights were absolutely red and the father of the children being picked up at the time was irate. Vrable was cited with failing to stop for a school bus with red lights flashing.

— A man was reported at the Garwood Arena, Middleton Road, Columbiana, where there was a woman he is not allowed to be around. Sierra Higby told deputies her ex boyfriend, Joseph Bender is not allowed to be there due to previous assaults. However, she said the court order is from a case in Pennsylvania after dispatchers could not find the protection order on file. Higby said she was there with her horse to race and did not want any problems. Deputies spoke to Bender, who denied there is any order in place and said he is there with his current girlfriend, who was racing at the event. Deputies told them both to stay away from each other to avoid any possible problems.

— Jeffrey G. Messenger, Cunningham Road, Salem Township, reported at 10:17 a.m. Saturday his green 2009 Honda Rubicon 500 was stolen.

— Deputies were called to a home on U.S. Route 30 in Center Township where a woman was moving out of her ex-boyfriend’s house. The woman wanted to look through the home to see if she had left any belongings, but the ex-boyfriend did not wish to let her back in. Deputies explained it was a civil issue.

— Deputies investigated possible e-mail fraud at a Virginia Avenue home in Fairfield Township at 6:32 p.m. Sunday.

— Deputies checked on an elderly person on Whinnery Road, Butler Township, at 9:10 p.m. Sunday and found them to be fine.


— Police were called to a the area of South Main Street at 7:37 p.m. Saturday for a report of a reckless driver. Linda Haefke, 58, Columbiana, was cited for driving under suspension.

— Elizabeth Taggart, Negley, reported at 11:26 a.m. Saturday her car was damaged while at the Arsuffi Car Wash on state Route 14.

— Mark and Diane Sarver, Royal Birkdale Drive, reported at 3:50 p.m. Friday they were victims of fraudulent activity on one of their bank accounts.

— Michael Lawrence McCoy reported at 7:18 p.m. Saturday a power drill and accessories were stolen from his shed at Southern Terrace.

East Palestine

— Police were called to the 1200 block of Bacon Avenue at 10:01 p.m. Saturday for a report of a man playing his music loud. Police did not find any loud music.

— Police were called to the 100 block of West Martin Street at 5:07 p.m. Saturday for a report that a man was riding a motorcycle down the sidewalk. Police did not find the man.

— Police were called to the car port at the rear of 105 E. Main St. at 6:24 p.m. Saturday for a report of car tires being slashed. Police found one vehicle that had a slashed tire and later in the evening found a second vehicle that had its tire cut. Cody Davis, 19, and Tyler Sadler, 19, were each charged with criminal damaging and taken to the county jail. Sadler also had a felony warrant out of Stark County for a drug charge.

— A South Market Street man reported at 6:35 p.m. Saturday there were unauthorized charges on his credit card.

— Police responded to a call of a barking dog on Garfield Avenue at 6:24 a.m. Saturday.

— Police responded to the area of West Martin and Frank Street at 9:44 p.m. Friday for a report of three boys in the yard. The caller reported that as they drove past the boys pulled down their pants and showed their genitals. Police were unable to find the boys.

— Police were called to the area of Moore Lane at 9:01 p.m. Friday for a report of an argument taking place between two men, one of which was on a four-wheeler. When police arrived the men were gone, but the four-wheeler was located in an East Grant Street driveway. Police made contact with the owner who said that he was assaulted on Moore Lane while at the stop sign on his four-wheeler. He did not wish to press charges. The man was checked out by East Palestine Fire Department EMS.


— Jonathon Phillips, South Beaver Street, called for police at 1:09 p.m. Thursday about a domestic dispute, and officers arrived to find him and Allycia Cross yelling at each other in the back yard. The couple had been arguing because, she said, because Phillips keeps hallucinating and seeing things that are not there. He said it Cross who has been flipping out and imagining things. Phillips agreed to leave until things calmed down.

–Police pulled over motorist Jessica Vitullo for sticker violation while she was driving on West Washington Street at 6:53 p.m. Friday. Vitullo admitted she did not have a valid driver’s license, and while being issued a citation police smell marijuana in the vehicle. Her husband, Shaun M. Vitullo, said they did not have any marijuana in the vehicle but handed the officer a glass marijuana pipe, and a search of the vehicle turned up a second pipe. Mr. Vitullo, 37, Wet Washington Street, was cited for possessing drug paraphernalia.

— A burglar alarm went off at 135 Jerome St. at 6:48 p.m. Sunday. No one was home but the house was found to be secure. ADT called later to cancel the alarm.


— Police in the 200 block of West Pershing Street at 2:40 a.m. Monday saw a male in the back of an SUV. He said he was just grabbing some of his clothes to take inside.

— Police responded at 6:57 p.m. Sunday to the 2300 block of Merle Road for a custody dispute, speaking with a father who was attempting to take his children with him. He was not married to the mother and was told he had no legal rights to the children. Until he had proper documentation from the courts, the children would stay at the Merle Road location. His mother responded to give him a ride home.

— Police and fire department personnel responded to 50 calls for service related to the storm, along with the city streets and traffic-safety departments who assisted throughout the incident. Numerous other calls were also handled by police and fire personnel.

— A domestic was reported at 6:10 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of East Fifth Street where an anonymous caller reported hearing yelling coming from a neighboring apartment. Both parties in the apartment in question said they had an argument over relationship issues. Nothing physical occurred and no threats were made. Neither wanted to leave the residence and were advised about domestic violence laws.

— A woman on Superior Avenue reported at 3:46 p.m. Sunday that she has a no contact order involving her ex and he had been contacting her via social media.

— An officer at 3:15 p.m. Sunday did a stop with a vehicle in the Speedway parking lot on West State Street. Due to conflicting stories, K-9 Simon was deployed and did indicate to the odor of narcotics during an open air sniff. Contraband was located in a female’s purse and was taken to be sent for testing. Charges are pending the lab results.

— A man at Morgan Court reported at 1:40 p.m. Sunday that his neighbor’s dogs entered his yard and were aggressive towards his dog. The neighbor was contacted and advised of the consequences of further violations.

Perry Township

— Police were dispatched at 7:13 p.m. Sunday to the 1000 block of West Perry Street for a tree that had fallen on a house and vehicle. Police spoke with the homeowner who said the neighbor’s tree had fallen and caused minor damage to the house, specifically to the gutter and her window screen. She said that she and the neighbor were going to handle the situation civilly and did not need to contact their insurance.

— A tree was reported on the road on West Pine Lake Road at 6:59 p.m. Sunday was later removed by the road department. Police had been able to get one lane of traffic open.

— Police were called to the area of state Route 45 near the substation at 4:18 p.m. Saturday for a vehicle and occupants who had thrown beer bottles out of the vehicle which shattered on the road. Police were unable to find the broken bottles or make contact with the vehicle described as a blue Dodge Ram.

— A woman on Grant Street reported at 1:47 p.m. Saturday that she lent her vehicle to a friend on Friday and they haven’t returned it. She only wanted the vehicle returned and did not want the friend charged. She was told the matter was civil and she should attempt to contact the friend to have the car returned. The owner of the vehicle called back later to report the car was recovered.

— Police were called to the area of West State Street near Georgetown Road to conduct a welfare check on a female who appeared odd leaving the Dollar General on West State Street at 9:28 a.m. Saturday, but no one was found.


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