County Sheriff

— Deputies responded to the area of Mountz and Bayard roads, Knox Township, at 8:28 a.m. Wednesday where an elderly man was reported found lying on the ground near the road in his robe. EMS and deputies arrived to learn the elderly patient had walled away from his home across the road and has dementia. He had been lying on the ground a while because his clothes were frozen.

— A Lowmiller Road, West Township, woman reported her ex-boyfriend would not give her her dog. Deputies spoke to him over the phone and he agreed to give her the dog.

— While southbound on Depot Road approaching Pidgeon Road, a deputy heard a siren behind him at 8:52 p.m. Tuesday and saw a police vehicle with its emergency lights activated traveling toward him. The deputy pulled over to allow the vehicle to pass, but saw a vehicle behind him was not pulling over for the patrol vehicle. The deputy put on his emergency lights and blocked the other vehicle from getting around him. The police cruiser was from Salem and assisted Sgt. Brandon Smith to get the uncooperative and apparently intoxicated woman, Erin Hiles, out of the vehicle and into handcuffs.

— A domestic dispute was reported at a Maple Street, Rogers, home at 10:43 a.m. Tuesday. Both sides decided they did not want to pursue charges.

— A Gavers Road, Hanoverton, man reported at 10:41 a.m. Tuesday his dog broke out of his home and ran away sometime the week before. He saw a woman on Buy, Sell, Trade, who was looking to purchase a large dog cage and he believed she has his dog. He wanted deputies to investigate, who she was and if the dog she has was his. Deputies explained the dog ran away and was not stolen, so there was no theft to report. He became irate and hung up the phone.


— Christopher Humphrey was cited for driving without a license following a traffic stop on Columbiana-Waterford Road at 1:26 a.m. Tuesday.

— A Hawkins Lane resident filed a report over a threatening message she had received at 12:11 p.m. Tuesday.

— Police attempted to stop a vehicle for a speeding violation on state Route 14 when the vehicle accelerated and fled from the police at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday. Police lost sight of the vehicle, and the incident is under investigation.

East Liverpool

— Officers responded to two alarm drops Tuesday: 5:45 a.m. at Dawson Family Center and 6:10 a.m. at Westgate Middle School.

— A motorist reported at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday that he was traveling state Route 7 and struck a deer.

Perry Township

— A man from Pennsylvania reported at 1:37 p.m. Tuesday that he sold a vehicle to a Perry Township resident and let the resident use his license plates to get the vehicle home. He wants his license plates back. He was told his legal options.

— A reckless driver was reported at 7:26 p.m. Tuesday traveling northbound on South Lincoln Avenue. The vehicle was not found.

— Police spoke with a resident on Prospect Street about a protection order in place for her ex and were told he’s been lurking in the area. Police checked the area but didn’t find anyone.


— A suspicious person was reported walking in a yard with a flashlight in the 600 block of Prospect Street at 2:39 a.m. Wednesday. Police made contact with a person who said he was walking home and cut through a parking lot and ended up in the yard.

— A woman who had just been at the police station after bringing an employee with her regarding domestic issues asked police to check on the other female at 11 p.m. Tuesday. She had dropped the female off at the female’s Salem residence and the female’s boyfriend was there possibly causing a dispute. Officers didn’t hear or observe any dispute and neither person was in the area at the time. According to reports, the female had reported at 10:14 p.m. that her current boyfriend became aggressive with her and made harmful comments. He also made claims of removing her from her employment and showing up at her work. Due to her working in another jurisdiction, she was told to contact that agency. She was told to call police immediately if he shows up at her residence.

— Erin Hiles, 50, of 34348 Gromley Road, was charged with OVI, driving under suspension, failure to comply and obstruction of official business after a traffic stop which began in Salem when an officer noticed no taillights lit on her vehicle at 8:52 p.m. Tuesday while southbound on South Ellsworth after the railroad tracks. The officer activated his lights to initiate a traffic stop and the vehicle continued without stopping. As the vehicle approached the state Route 45 bypass at Depot Road, a sheriff’s deputy from the saw the officer attempting the stop and activated his lights in front of the vehicle. The vehicle stopped, but the driver refused to exit and had to be removed from the vehicle. She was also found to have an active warrant out of the sheriff’s office for failure to appear on an OVI charge. An open container of alcohol was found. Hiles was taken to the county jail.

— Police were asked at 7:48 p.m. Tuesday to check on a male in the 600 block of South Lundy Avenue, but no one was there.

— An officer responded to the area of the 200 block of South Broadway Avenue at 6:56 p.m. Tuesday after hearing yelling. Two juveniles said they were just playing around.

— Police responded at 6:36 p.m. Tuesday to the 900 block of Newgarden Avenue where a man reported he and his wife went to a residence on Franklin earlier in the day and a neighbor began yelling obscenities and remarks at him. He was told his options.

— Police were called at 4:56 p.m. Tuesday to the 500 block of East Third Street for a report of drug paraphernalia found on the ground. A syringe was collected and disposed of at the police station.

— A shoplifter was reported in the 2300 block of East State Street at a store in the Salem Plaza at 2:58 p.m. Tuesday. The female left in a vehicle westbound on East State Street. The vehicle was not found.

— Kerri Steffel, 31, of 913 Barclay Ave., was charged with domestic violence and taken to jail after police returned to her residence for a domestic in progress Tuesday morning after already having been there just before that. A man on the front porch had visible injuries to his nose and blood on his face and said he was struck by his girlfriend and she admitted to striking him, resulting in the charge. The first time around, the man said she hit him in the face, but police did not see any physical marks on him or her that would indicate a physical altercation. He became upset with officers at the time after they advised him they could not arrest her based on his report alone, a lack of injuries and conflicting stories.

— Police were asked to check the welfare of a man inside a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday. The man said he was fine.

— A parking citation was issued on a vehicle illegally parked on Morris Avenue after police received a parking complaint at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday. Police were called back to the area at 8:46 a.m. for a report of a disabled vehicle on Barclay and learned it was the same vehicle from Morris Avenue. Contact was made with the owner and she was told to have the vehicle moved.

— Loud persons were reported at 1:31 a.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of Vine Avenue. No loud disturbance was found.