County Sheriff

–Deputies responded to a domestic dispute at 2080 McCloskey Road, Unity Township, at 10:33 p.m. Thursday. The man there said his girlfriend punched him in the side of the face but he declined to press charges. The girlfriend was gone by the time a deputy arrived.

–Deputies responded to a domestic dispute at 46369 Grant St., Rogers, at 6:29 a.m. Tuesday, but the boyfriend and girlfriend both declined to press charges.

–A deputy was called to 43970 Bell Road, Elkrun Township, at 11:11 a.m. Thursday after a truck was found parked in the field and no one was around. The truck was registered to James Davis of New Waterford, and Davis then came walking through the field. Davis said he had been hunting mushrooms and had the property owner’s permission.

Highway Patrol

–Clinton W. Barnhart, 37, of East Liverpool, struck a deer while driving on state Route 11 in Fairfield Township at 9 p.m. Thursday.

–Austin R. Smith, 21, of Salem, was cited for striking the vehicle in front of him, triggering a chain-reaction accident involving four other vehicles stopped in front of him on U.S. Route 62 at state Route 534 in Butler Township, at 7:45 a.m. Thursday. Smith, driving a Smith Landscaping pickup truck, struck the pickup truck in front of him, driven by Barbara M. Miller, 31, of Damascus. The force of the impact shoved Miller’s truck into the pickup truck in front of her, driven by Jennifer L. Austin, 43, of Sebring. The force of the impact shoved Austin’s truck into the SUV in stopped front of her, driven by Jenna L. Amabeli, 30, of Sebring. Miller was taken to a local hospital with some neck, back and leg pain and was treated and released. Her two children – age 9 and 6 – sustained seat belt bruises across their chests. Austin was taken to a local hospital also with a sore back and neck.


–Police were called to a East Washington Street home at 1:23 a.m. Thursday because she needed help getting her drunken husband into bed and she was worried he would stumble and fall down the stairs. Police helped get the man into bed.

–Police responded to a 911 hang up call that came from the government services building on Dickey Drive at 1:11 p.m. Thursday. Police arrived and spoke with the receptionist, who said there was no emergency and did not know if anyone called.

–Harley Gill, 25, Y & O Road, Wellsville, was cited for having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle following a traffic stop for a turn signal violation on state Route 154 at 11:43 p.m. Thursday. Gill was a passenger in the vehicle, which was driven by Austin Gill, Lower Elkton Road, Leetonia, who said they were taking food to Harley Gill’s girlfriend, who worked at the Days Inn. Police noticed an open bottle of Budweiser bottle of beer sitting next to Harley Gill, who said he thought it was legal as longer as you are in the back seat. The officer advised him that was not the case and Harley Gill handed over the half full Budweiser. The officer noticed several full Budweisers on the back seat, and Harley Gill said the case of beer had ripped apart once they left the store≥

–A caller reported there was a disoriented man at the Personal Touch Retirement Home on East Lincoln Way at 10:51 p.m. Thursday. The man was sitting at the dining room table but thought it was daylight, so an ambulance was called to transport him a local hospital to be evaluated.

–Police assisted an ambulance crew called to the town square at 10:22 p.m. Wednesday after a woman reportedly had a seizure inside of a truck driven by her boyfriend. The woman agreed to be transported to a local hospital to be examined.

–A caller reported someone was possibly hurt outside the Episcopal Church on East Lincoln Way at 6:07 p.m. Monday. Police arrived and learned it was Richard Vecchio, who had crashed on his bicycle. Vecchio was just sitting there waiting for a friend to bring back some cigarettes from Smith Oil. He left about 10 minutes later.


–Cody M. Byler, 20, of Alliance, was cited for improper backing after he backed up into a vehicle driven by Daniel L. Owen, 61, of Salem, on New Garden Avenue at 6:45 p.m. Friday.

–Norman D. Sleper, 52, of Salem, was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia on West State Street at 7:53 p.m. Friday. An officer on patrol found the contraband on Sleper after speaking with him.

–Wendy S. Alexander, 58, of Salem, was cited for failure to stop an assured cleared distance after striking a vehicle in front of her, driven by Sheila A. Adsit, 62, of Youngstown, on East State Street and Roosevelt Avenue at 2:07 p.m. Friday. The impact resulted in Adsit’s Saab striking the vehicle in front of her, a Blazer driven by Robert J. Unkefer. 47, of Salem. Alexander was driving a Paul’s Taxi Trans Med vehicle at the time.

–A clerk at the Family Dollar store reported at 9:07 p.m. Friday there was a suspicious man in the store who would not leave, even after being asked to do so. The man told police he never heard the clerk ask him to leave because he had his ear buds in. The man paid for his purchase and left.

–Police were called to the Smith Oil on East State Street at 10:37 p.m. Friday, where a man said he punched another man in the face to protect his wife. The injured man declined to press charges.

–Two juveniles — the driver and passenger –were arrested after being found to be under the influence of alcohol following a traffic stop on East School Street 10:50 p.m. Friday.

–A motor vehicle was found stopped in the road on Franklin Street at 11:24 p.m. Friday, and the officer on patrol could hear people in the vehicle arguing with the man on the front porch at 572 Franklin St. The argument was over a custody dispute and the parties were told to move along.

–Charges are pending against a Franklin Avenue man after he reportedly slapped his girlfriend while at the hospital at 11:48 p.m. Friday. She brought the boyfriend to the hospital to be checked, and while there he became upset and slapped her.

— Police were called to a civil dispute at 980 Jones Drive at 12:24 a.m. Saturday, and the caller was advised of his options.

–Police were called to the vicinity of DeRienzo’s Italian restaurant in response to a fight at 2:21 a.m. Saturday. The officer learned it was an argument only, and no fight occurred. The parties were told to go their separate ways.

–A West Seventh resident reported being followed home while walking on Jennings Avenue at 3:10 a.m. Saturday. The alleged stalker said the West Seventh man and another person had been involved in a fight outside his home, and he and another person were following him to make sure he made it home safely. The two men were told to move along.

–Police were called to 980 Jones Drive at 5:16 a.m. Saturday after a man reported his girlfriend broke a window. The girlfriend said she only did this after he would not let her in. The parties were advised this was a civil matter.

–A woman at 825 E. Sixth St., reported someone poured sugar in her vehicle’s fuel tank Thursday night.


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