County Sheriff

— Landpro, state Route 14, East Palestine, reported at 11:25 a.m. Saturday sometime overnight someone stole a tractor from the parking lot. It was apparent where someone had pulled in, loaded the tractor onto a trailer and took off with it. The tractor had a front end loader and a finish mower on the back.

— Matthew Custer reported at 6:24 a.m. Tuesday his brother, Donald Custer Jr. is taking items from his father’s property on South Egypt Road in Salem Township. The father passed away in November. Deputies told Matthew Custer it is a civil matter and he should contact an attorney.

— Thomas J. Kerner, Desellem Road, Madison Township, reported at 5:57 p.m. Monday the neighbors are leaning items against his new fence and he is worried over time this will damage the fence. Deputies went to the neighbor’s home and the items were removed from the fence.

— An assault was reported at the Rodgers Mobile Home Park, U.S. Route 62, Knox Township, at 6:04 p.m. Monday. Deputies spoke to Joyce Oldfield and Sandra White, who said they were arguing about property that neither of them owned. Oldfield claimed White choked her, but she had no noticeable marks. Oldfield said she then threw White down. White told deputies Oldfield came after her and she put her hand up to prevent her from getting any closer, but Oldfield kept coming, struck her hand and fell to the ground. Both refused to prosecute the other.

— Deputies went to the Geary Bable home on Pioneer Road, Middleton Township, at 9:42 a.m. Monday with arrest warrants for three people they believed may be there. Terry Hughes II, 38, was found attempting to get out of the back door, ran back in and was taken into custody at the front door. Michael Paul Murphy, 43, was found inside the trailer and taken into custody. Larissa Ritteger was not found immediately, but eventually was found hiding under the trailer, where she was taken into custody. Hughes gave deputies the false name of Scott Wise while he was being handcuffed and an additional charge of resisting arrest was filed against Hughes and Ritteger.

— A Waterford Road, Unity Township, man reported Saturday he has not heard from his son since the previous Monday, April 8. He had found his car in Youngstown and the person who had the car said the son had called him and told him to pick up the car at the Canton Akron Airport. A missing persons report was taken.

— Deputies were called to the post office in East Rochester for an unresponsive reported at 7:58 a.m. Saturday. The man had been transported to the Alliance Hospital by Minerva EMS before deputies arrived. Looking up the license plate on the truck, deputies found the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Youngstown. Deputies informed Youngstown PD and they sent Ludt’s Towing to get the vehicle.

— Deputies responded to Rogers Sale for an alarm at 6:23 a.m. Sunday and after speaking to the staff at the restaurant, determined it was a false alarm.


— An officer responded to a Wilson Street home at 3:36 p.m. April 6 where the resident reported being harassed by someone she knows. Due to the confused nature of the report, the officer spoke with the woman’s adult son, who said that his mother was probably imagining the harassment and that her claims were false at that time. The son said he takes care of his mother, so the officer cleared the scene.

— Officers assisted a Walnut Street resident retrieve property from a Pearl Street home at 5:30 p.m. April 11 after the Walnut Street resident said she was in fear of her safety from the Pearl Street resident.

— An officer responded to a Front Street business at 10:47 p.m. Friday in reference to a dispute. The officer found that the female individual involved had already left.

— An officer responded at 6:48 a.m. Saturday to report of a male resident who had walked away from the group home on High Street and could not find his way back. The resident was found near the K-12 campus and given a ride back to the home.

— An officer responded to a Pine Street home at 2:04 p.m. Saturday to advise the resident to return a vehicle to its owner, but was unable to make contact with the resident. An officer later located the vehicle at 10:07 p.m. and stood by until the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office retrieved it.

— An Elm Street resident reported at 4:55 p.m. Saturday that a woman she knows threatened to break out the windows on her vehicle on April 2, and that while her father was driving the vehicle of the complaint he noticed the paint chipped above the driver’s door and a mark on the door below the window. The damage was documented and the complainant advised to contact the department if anything happens in the future.

— A Front Street resident reported at 9:48 p.m. Monday receiving two voicemails from an unknown private number in which the caller said “someone was going to die.” She said the calls may have been made by her uncle. She was advised to warn the person to cease contact if they call again.

Salem Township

— Jeffrey Osterling, Old Route 344, reported someone entered his home between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and stole several appliances and multiple household items, among them a 55-inch flat screen TV, sweeper, a vintage 1800s mantel clock, DVD player, DVDs, an electric razoer, paper towels and toilet paper.

Goshen Police district

— Charles Esenwein, 85, Lisbon Road, Leetonia, was cited for driving under suspension following a traffic stop at state Route 165 and Beaver Creek Road at 8:18 p.m. Wednesday.

— Tina M. Unkefer, 48, Stratton Road, Salem, was cited for failure to control following a one-vehicle crash in the 9000 block of Salem-Warren Road at 7:33 a.m. Friday in which she was northbound when she lost control and traveled off the left side of the roadway, striking a ditch and then a culvert. The vehicle continued through the ditch and into the yard, damaging a fence. No injuries were reported.

— Martin McGuire, 53, Calla Road, Salem, was charged with operating a vehicle intoxicated after police responded to the area of Calla and Duck Creek roads at 3:47 p.m. Saturday where a motorist observed him riding a lawnmower along the side of the road leaning heavily to the side, then turned around and found him lying in the ditch. Green Township EMS responded to the scene to evaluate him. He was ultimately transported to the Mahoning County Justice Center.


— David L. Greier, 52, of Salmar Drive, was cited for expired driver’s license after a traffic stop at 3:06 a.m. Tuesday on South Lincoln near Franklin. During the stop, Greir said he was suffering from chest pain, but declined treatment. A valid driver responded to drive his vehicle and give him a ride.

— Kevin Kitzmiller, 26, of 15074 Salem Alliance Road, was charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, marked lanes and operating a vehicle under the influence after a traffic stop at 10:40 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of West State Street for equipment and moving violations. Police learned the driver had an active conceal carry and had a firearm on a holster on his waist. The firearm was seized and officers continued the investigation, finding the driver under the influence of alcohol. He was given a warning for white light to the rear and two brake lights required and taken to the Columbiana County jail for the other charges.

— An officer was flagged down in the 900 block of East Fourth Street at 7:32 p.m. Monday for a dog at large. A person reported a puppy had almost been struck by a vehicle and was just across the street. The dog had a collar but no tags. The dog was placed in a patrol car until the humane officer responded to retrieve it.

— Police responded to the 1100 block of Cedar Ridge Drive for a report of animal cruelty which became a domestic while officers were enroute. A woman said her husband was choking her dog and then slapped her. Police made contact with both parties. The woman said her husband was being rough with her dog and smacked the dogs head off of a coffee table. Officers examined the dog, who appeared to be happy and in good health. The woman said her husband grabbed her wrist while she was calling 911, but she did not have an injury. They were told to call back if they need anything further.

— Police were dispatched to Hunt Valve, 1913 E. State St., for a complaint of weather damage at 4:46 p.m. Monday. An employee said a large tree fell during the storm Sunday, explaining that a large pine tree belonging to a South Madison Avenue property had broken off and landed on the black metal fence at the rear of the business on the East Pershing southwest corner, damaging an electric sliding gate.

— A man came to the station at 8:38 a.m. Monday to report a child custody dispute, saying he went to pick up his daughter at a residence on Merle Road and was advised by the grandmother and mother of his child that he was not allowed to have her. They’re not married, but he said he and the mother of the child live together. No custody paperwork was in place, but he did provide a court document regarding child support he was receiving. He was told he needed a document regarding custody and was told the same by the Department of Job and Family Services. He was told to speak to the mother or contact the courts.

Perry Township

— Police responded at 8:45 a.m. Saturday to the 1100 block of West Perry Street for one to be removed. Police spoke with both parties involved and found the male half was asked to leave and he willingly agreed to leave to avoid anymore problems.

— Police were dispatched at 12:53 a.m. Saturday to the 1800 block of Countryside Drive for a report of two vehicles going up and down the road with multiple people in each vehicle yelling at each other. Police didn’t find any vehicles or hear anyone screaming. While searching the area, an officer saw a young male juvenile standing by a vehicle and asked him if he heard any screaming. He advised that he and his friends were outside in the back yard playing basketball when a group of older men were discovered on the property and they started a fight, leaving three of the juveniles with non-threatening injuries. While the officer spoke with all seven juveniles involved and the owner of the residence, statements were obtained. The juvenile said they didn’t know any of the older men or their names. They were told if they come back to call police.

— A suspicious male wearing a black hoody and sweat pants was reported running around the drive-thru of Taco Bell on East State Street at 9:18 p.m. Friday. Police did not find anyone and employees at the window said they never saw anyone matching the description.


— Police, along with fire department first responders and EMT ambulance, responded to the 100 block of West Sixth Street for a juvenile having medical issues at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. The juvenile was voluntarily transported to Salem Regional Medical Ccnter by EMT.

— Police at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday responded to the 900 block of Summit Street to assist the fire department at a residence where an elderly female had fallen but the residence was locked. Fire department personnel forced entry and were able to tend to the female.

— A business alarm was going off at 3:21 a.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of Quaker Court, but the building was secure.

— A driver received a verbal warning for a license plate light violation after a traffic stop in the city at 2:52 a.m. Tuesday. The owner consented to a search, but no contraband was located.

— A male was given a verbal warning for marked lanes after a traffic stop at 1:44 a.m. Tuesday on South Lincoln Avenue near Columbia. He gave consent for a search of the vehicle, but no contraband was located.

— A 911 hangup call was reported at 11:18 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of East State Street. The address came back to a business, with police unable to make contact with anyone.

— Several vehicles with loud exhaust were reported at 7:23 p.m. Monday on East Third at Roosevelt, but were not found.

— Police were called at 6:47 p.m. Monday for a suspicious person at Smith Oil on East State Street where a man was soliciting money from patrons in exchange for a gift card. He was gone when police arrived.

— Police assisted fire department first responders and KLG on a medical call in the 2700 block of East State Street at 12:41 p.m. Monday.

— A landlord in the 100 block of West Pershing Street reported at 11:58 a.m. Monday that a prior tenant previously evicted was there and they did not want him there. An officer relayed this to the person and assisted him in obtaining transportation to East Third Street.


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