Route 644 chase ends in arrest

Minerva police attempted to stop a white Chevrolet pickup traveling south on state Route 644 toward Carroll County at 5:15 a.m. Saturday. At one point in Salineville, the pickup intentionally struck the Minerva police cruiser, then continued to flee. Eventually, county sheriff’s deputies and the patrol were able to assist in getting the vehicle stopped, after stop sticks disabled the front tires. The vehicle continued to flee until coming to a stop against a guardrail on state Route 164 north of Endley Road near D.W. Dickey and Sons’ garage. The driver, Lester D. Lovett Jr., 27, and another person fled from the vehicle. Lovett was caught on a hillside behind Dickey’s. The other person remains at large. Jamilyn M. Hutson, 35, stayed in the vehicle, and was charged with obstructing justice for refusing to tell deputies the names of the people with whom she was riding.

County Sheriff

— Deputies assisted at a home of a state Route 154, Middleton Township, home where a woman was threatening to harm herself at 2:14 a.m. Saturday. She was transported to East Liverpool City Hospital for evaluation.

–A woman reported at 9:54 a.m. Saturday she wanted to pick up her motorcycle in a man’s box trailer at a Scroggs Road, Elkrun Township, address, but there was a protection order issued to him. Deputies spoke to the man, who agreed the motorcycle belongs to the woman. He opened the box trailer, removed the motorcycle and went back into the home so she could retrieve it.

Highway Patrol

— Devin M. Lopez, 18, of New Waterford, swerved to avoid a deer and lost control on state Route 164 in Washington Township at 8:47 a.m. Saturday. The vehicle struck a guardrail, crossed the centerline and went off the side of the road into a ditch.

— An unknown driver turned right onto Murray Road in Hanover Township and struck Leslie A. Gall, 47, of East Rochester, who was stopped at a stop sign at 5 p.m. Jan. 7. The unknown driver fled the scene. The crash will be supplemented if any further leads become available to identify the driver.

— April Curfman, 42, of Lisbon, struck a deer while traveling on state Route 154 in Elkrun Township at 6:50 p.m. Sunday.


— A caller reported a man was walking on the roadway in front of cars on East Washington Street at 1:38 p.m. Saturday and punching a tree and yelling at it. Police did not find the person but thought they knew who it was based on the description. They went to the man’s house and found him doing some painting on the inside of his house. The man smelled of alcohol but denied drinking or doing any of the things reported.

— A caller reported seeing flashlights inside the house at 234 W. Lincoln Way at 12:49 a.m. Sunday. Police found an open door and entered but did not find anyone in the house, although there were signs of people being inside recently.

— Nicole Zernich, East Washington Street, reported two packages were stolen from her porch — one on Thursday and the other on Friday. One was a modem for Steve Logston and the other was a body wash and shower gel stolen from the box, which was left behind.

— A caller reported seeing a possibly drunken man stumbling about on East Washington Street at 4:18 a.m. Sunday and slamming his truck doors. Police were unable to locate the man.

— Richard R. Vecchio, 57, state Route 164, was cited for disorderly conduct and open container after police responded to the Circle K about a man bothering customers. Police found Vecchio sitting on the sidewalk outside the store enjoying a Labatt Ice. Vecchio became frustrated with police questioning him and was arrested after refusing to calm down.


— Kimberly Beck, of Warren, was cited for failure to reinstate her license following a traffic stop on state Route 14 at 7:37 p.m. Thursday.

— A boy was taken home and released to his father after he was found out after curfew at 1:28 a.m. Sunday.

— K-9 Csuti assisted the highway patrol with a vehicle sniff during a traffic stop on state Route 14 at 11:47 p.m. Thursday.

St. Clair Township

— A resident from the 46000 block of Mary Street reported that someone fired a bullet through their window sometime before 3:53 p.m. Jan. 11.

— A woman reported at 8:17 a.m. Jan. 10 that her ex-husband made threats against her while she was at an area eatery and asked that police document the issues so she can pursue a restraining order.

— Rodney A. Grace, 22, no address provided, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Jan. 11 on charges of OVI (.17 BAC or higher) and no operator’s license at 1:18 a.m. Jan. 11.

— Skyla N. Bredeck, 20, of Anderson Boulevard was cited at 11:36 a.m. Jan. 10 with failure to maintain an assured clear distance, after allegedly rear-ending another vehicle in the 16000 block of St. Clair Avenue.

— Matthew Young, no address provided, was cited at 7:03 p.m. Jan. 10 on Lisbon Street with driving under suspension.

East Liverpool

— A subject was transported at 2:25 a.m. Jan. 26 to East Liverpool City Hospital, after sustaining a gun shot would at a Globe Street residence. He allegedly was highly intoxicated and was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital for followup treatment.

— Police initiated an investigation into allegedly child abuse, after becoming aware of a video of a woman allegedly physically assaulting a child’s brother while another unknown juvenile sat on her brother’s lap.

— A motorcycle without valid plates that was parked on Railroad Street was towed shortly after 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8.

— Natasha Riley, of Putnam Street, was arrested at 3:07 a.m. Jan. 10 on charges of OVI and failure to control, after rear-ending a disabled tractor trailer near Pennsylvania Avenue and Price Street. Police said she admitted to drinking several beers at a local bar and a friend’s house prior to the crash. Officers were unable to do any field sobriety tests due to her injuries.

— Rodney A. Ripley, of Hazel Run Road in Salineville, was arrested at 4 p.m. Jan. 11 in the area of Lincoln and St. Clair avenue for driving under suspension, after striking a utility pole.

— Police investigated a report at 8:11 p.m. Jan. 10 in the 600 block of Walnut Street that a male was attempting to break into vehicles in the vicinity of Dollar Tree. He eventually was found near the Oasis, taken back to the station where he confessed and was released to his mother.

— A woman in need of evaluation was transported shortly after 1 a.m. Jan. 13 to East Liverpool City Hospital from Denver Street, where she was walking down the street and screaming at herself.

— Michael Morris, no address provided, was cited at 12:58 a.m. Jan. 13 in the first block of St. Clair Avenue for failure to signal.

— Amanda Ogle, no address provided, was cited at 8:12 a.m. Jan. 8 for going 28 mph in a school zone.

— An elderly woman called 911 at 7:05 a.m. Jan. 8 and reported that someone was possibly breaking in her home. Nothing was found.

— A disabled vehicle was blocking a driveway at 6:05 a.m. Jan. 8 on Market Street.

— An unwanted subject was asked to be removed at 10:42 p.m. Jan. 8 in the 800 block of Louise Avenue.

— Jarrod B. Starkey and Travis L. Neely, of Michigan Street, were arrested at 12:22 a.m. Jan. 8 in the first block of Michigan Street on open container charges.

— Officers responded at 10:53 a.m. Jan. 12 in the 1100 block of Oliver Street for a domestic dispute.

— An unidentified subject was transported at 5:58 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 900 block of St. George Street to East Liverpool City Hospital, alleging that someone had spiked his drink. A known methamphetamine user, he was cited for public intoxication, as he hadn’t left the house and no one else had been there, according to his grandmother.

— Police answered alarm drops shortly after midnight Jan. 11 at Convenient Food Mart, at 11:22 p.m. at a medical office in the 100 block of West 6th Street, and at 4:41 p.m. Jan. 12 at PNC Bank downtown.

— ASI-ELFD transported a suicidal female to East Liverpool City Hospital at 11:21 p.m. Jan. 11.

— Officers responded at 9:42 p.m. to the 500 block of Wilbert Avenue to a dispute between a boyfriend and a girlfriend.

— A local pizza delivery driver reported that sometime on Jan. 11 that his car had been struck.

— A resident of the 300 block of Market Street reported sometime at 4:34 a.m. Jan. 11 that an unknown subject tried to enter her apartment through a window.

— A vehicle driver was given a verbal warning at 1:44 a.m. Jan. 11 in the first block of state Route 39 for left of center and no plate decal.

— Officers responded to East Liverpool City Hospital at 9:32 a.m. Jan. 11 for an unruly subject. Possible charges may be pending against the subject, who allegedly assaulted security.

— A female resident of the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue contacted police regarding threats via text and phone that she had been receiving from an ex over custody of their dog. She was advised to file for a protection order.

— Police performed a welfare check on a male subject at 2:08 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 800 block of Louise Street.

— A caller reported a breaking and entering at 5:14 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 200 block of Baum Street by two children. It turns out that the children’s mother owns the property.

— A man reported at 12:26 p.m. Jan. 11 on Globe Street that he sold a truck to a subject, who never completed the transaction, and had possiblly used the vehicle in several theft that had made it to the news and social media before being cut into pieces at a local recycling operation. The complainant provided the title and said he was unsure how Six’s could have scrapped the truck, a gray Dodge Dakota with light gray trim and a distinctive sticker in the back window and tailgate, without the title. The claim was forwarded to the detective bureau.

— Disabled vehicles were reported in the roadway on West Eighth Street at 5:59 p.m. Jan. 10, on Webber Way near the on-ramp to state Route 11 at 8:25 p.m. Jan. 10, and to be blocking Lisbon Street at 5:01 p.m. Jan. 11.

— Quads were reported in the 400 block of Ray Street at 4:17 p.m. Jan. 11.

— City police officers provided a death notification to a resident on West Eighth Street at 4:14 p.m. Jan. 10 at the request of Clearwater, Fla. police department.

— Johnathon Tanner, no address provided, was arrested at 12:44 a.m. Jan. 10 in the first block of West Ninth Street on charges of possession of marijuana and an expired plate decal, after a traffic stop.


— Loud music was reported at 2:41 a.m. Monday in the 700 block of North Lincoln Avenue where a resident agreed to turn it down.

— A dispute was reported at 2:31 a.m. Monday in the 700 block of Newgarden Avenue. The incident was verbal only between a father and son, with no crime reported.

— Police responded to the 200 block of West State Street at 9:28 p.m. Sunday for an alarm activation. Doors were secure.

— A caller at 8:21 p.m. Sunday reported a residence with flashing lights out front that the caller believed may be some type of distress call. Officers checked and found the lights were just decorative.

— Police in the 1500 block of South Lincoln Avenue stopped at 5:23 p.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of South Lincoln Avenue to check the well-being of an elderly female walking along the road possibly in need of assistance. She was located near Homestead Lane and said she didn’t need medical attention but she was out of breath and needed to sit down. Officers affirmed that she lived nearby and assisted her with transportation to her residence.

— Jarrett Martin, 24, of Youngstown, was cited for possession of marijuana after a traffic stop at 3:13 p.m. Sunday for several violations in the 1200 block of East Third Street. K-9 Argo indicated to a narcotics odor and marijuana was found on the driver, who was then cited.

— A dispute was reported at 1:20 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of Buckeye Avenue. Both sides were told to stay separated until they could get along.

— A 911 hangup call was reported at 12:21 p.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of East Pershing Street. The homeowner said nobody from the residence called 911.

— An anonymous person came to the police station at 9:27 a.m. Sunday to report a suspicious male entered a local church during morning service, wasn’t known to other church members and had demonstrated some strange behavior which raised some concerns. The person left on his own without creating further disturbance, but out of concern for safety, a picture of the person was brought to police. Officers were familiar with the person as a local resident. The anonymous complainant was told to call police in the future if the person returned and caused any sort of disturbance and officers would respond.

— Police were called for debris in the road at 8:22 a.m. Sunday at Aetna near South Ellsworth Avenue. The debris appeared to have come off a nearby roof. The road was cleared and the fire department and keyholder were notified.


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