Officer faces OVI charge

LISBON — A Wellsville police officer accused of OVI was in county Municipal Court on Friday.

An April 2 pretrial was set for Steven K. Rodgers, 41, Wellsville, cited with OVI first offense and speeding. According to court documents, Rodgers was stopped by highway patrol Trooper Sgt. Adam Shonk on U.S. Route 30 in Center Township at 10:31 p.m. Feb. 15.

He reportedly refused when asked to test for an alcohol level and his license has been suspended.

County Sheriff

— A suspicious vehicle was reported parked in the driveway at a cemetery Carmel Achor Road, Middleton Township, at 11:03 p.m. Sunday. Deputies checked the entire cemetery and all the driveway from Sprucevale to Lake Tomahawk, but no vehicle was located.

— A 17-year-old Waterford Road, Unity Township, boy was reportedly being unruly and a missing person report was filed. The child was in contact, but said he would not be home until 10 p.m., Sunday. Deputies went to a home on Beaver Circle, but was not able to located the teen.

— A Rock Camp Road, Madison Township, man reported at 12:51 a.m. Sunday someone was flying a drone over his house and were on his property. Deputies checked the area, but did not find any drone or people there.

— Deputies checked a King Road, Butler Township, home at 3:08 p.m. Thursday looking for a Lincoln reportedly involved in an accident in Massillon, which left the scene. The vehicle was not found at the house.

— A neighbor to a Whinnery Road, Butler Township, man reported at 1:32 p.m. Thursday, she had gone to the neighbors to tell him one of his dogs, the mean one, was running loose in the neighborhood and found her neighbor, Thomas Cox Sr., 57, dead at the bottom of the steps leading into his home. First responders and EMS responded and covered the man before his dog came and chased them away. The dog warden and coroner responded to assist. The dog warden got five of the Chihuahua from inside the home and another one was caught later, but the reported mean dog would not come near the house. The dog warden reported it was caught the next day.

— Charles E. McCanna, 38, Depot Street, Rogers, was charged with breaking and entering after he reportedly entered the T&J Storage on state Route 7, Middleton Township, at 6:14 a.m. Feb. 18. The owner had spotted McCanna and another person on the property and when confronted, McCanna had stayed, while the other person ran toward the post office. Charges are pending against the other person.

— A Westview Lake Road, Beloit, man reported at 10:31 a.m. Friday, his mother was there attempting to take his grandmother from the house. His mother had a paper from Probate Court, which stated there is a hearing on the upcoming Monday to establish her as the guardian of her mother. Deputies spoke to both the son, the mother and the 77-year-old grandmother. They suggested the grandmother go with her daughter for the weekend and see what the judge does on Monday, but the grandmother told deputies she was not going. Deputies explained to the others that the particular paperwork does not force the sheriff to get involved and if there is a court order, they will help them enforce it.

Highway Patrol

— Joseph A. Ebert, 18, of Lisbon, was cited for failure to yield from a stop sign when he turned left onto state Route 172 in Hanover Township and struck the side of William Grindle, 73, of Lisbon, who was turning left onto Spillway Road at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

— Jacob S. Vantilburg, 21, of East Liverpool, was cited for failure to control when he drove off the side of Cameron Road in Madison Township and struck a utility pole at 8:40 p.m. Saturday.


–Police were called to the VFW about a woman bleeding from the head at 10:47 p.m. Saturday. Police learned it happened 20 minutes before their arrival and she had been transported by ambulance to an area hospital.


— Nicholas Baird, 19, of Beaver Falls, was cited for open container following a traffic stop at 12:13 a.m. Sunday.

St. Clair Township

— Police responded at 8:16 p.m. Thursday to Calcutta Giant Eagle to a complaint about a possible violation of a protection order.

East Liverpool

— Thomas G. Reed, no address listed, was arrested at 6:50 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of Grant Street on a charge of obstructing official business business and served him with an active warrant through the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office. Police responded to the residence to investigate a possible disturbance.

— Officers responded at 11:45 p.m. Friday to Berdine’s Bar, where a female subject alleged that she had been struck in the face by another female. The alleged victim appeared intoxicated and patrons said that they couldn’t confirm her story. She was transported home.

— Police were dispatched at 3:25 a.m. Saturday to the 600 block of Ambrose Avenue for a possible domestic. The parties separated for the night.

— A verbal warning was given at 1:48 a.m. Saturday in the first block of Minerva Street for a loud exhaust.

— Officers made contact with a driver in a black pickup at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the first block of Palissey Street for loud music.


— Michael Brown, 28, of Depot Road, Lisbon, was cited for driving under suspension after a traffic stop at 12:06 a.m. Monday on Jennings.

— A driver received a verbal warning for a turn signal violation after a traffic stop at 11:31 p.m. Sunday on East State Street near Highland Avenue. A consent to search the vehicle was granted, but nothing illegal was found.

— Police responded at 10:34 p.m. Sunday to the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue to speak with a man persistently calling the police station about a non-police matter. He wanted to file a complaint and was told due to his intoxication, to stop by in the morning.

— An officer on patrol at 9:22 p.m. Sunday was flagged down in the 600 block of East Fifth Street by a male in a truck who said a man wearing baseball shorts fell in the road in front of his vehicle in the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue. Officers were aware of a man who lived in the area fitting the description. Contact was made with the man, who was belligerently drunk but was on his own property. He denied needing any medical treatment and did not have any visible injuries. He was given multiple warnings for disorderly conduct and told if he went out in public in his intoxicated state, he would be arrested.

— A woman on Southeast Boulevard reported at 8:31 p.m. Sunday that she believed someone was walking outside her apartment and she was concerned. No one was located.

— Joshua Seeley, 35, of Prospect Street, was charged with theft and taken to the Columbiana County jail after police investigated a shoplifting complaint at Walmart on East State Street at 6:50 p.m. Sunday. A man was reported running from the store with stolen items. Officers located the male in question, later identified as Seeley, in the Maurice’s parking lot and took him into custody, finding him in possession of multiple stolen items from the store totaling almost $300. All items were returned to store employees.

— Police were called for a juvenile in the road in the 600 block of Washington at 6:11 p.m. Sunday. The father told police the 2-year-old was playing in the living room and opened the front door. He didn’t make it out of the front yard before the father reached him and got him back inside. He was currently at a store with the mother.

— Dustin Petersen, 26, of Vine Street, was cited for open container after police were called at 4:32 p.m. Sunday to Hawley Avenue and Cleveland Street for a suspicious male in a black coat and work books acting strange. Citizens said he was near a building at Hawley and Rose. When found, the male told police he had an argument with his girlfriend and left to get away from her. He was holding a closed container of beer and other cans were lying in the area around the building. He said they weren’t all from that day. He was cited and told to pick up the cans that belonged to him.

— A well-being check was requested at 4:29 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of West 10th Street. Police were unable to make contact but spoke with a relative who said the person was not home but the message would be relayed to contact police to affirm being ok.

— Police checked the area of East State Street and Burger King for a report at 3:57 p.m. Sunday of a male who was removing his pants on the sidewalk. Officers located a male who had pants on and was told about the complaint.

— A reckless operator was reported on state Route 344 at 3:34 p.m. Sunday, last seen turning onto East State Street from South Lincoln Avenue. The vehicle was not found.

— Police responded at 12:19 p.m. Sunday to the 200 block of East Fourth Street for a syringe discarded on the ground. The item was taken for proper disposal.

— Police were called at 12:05 p.m. Sunday to the 900 block of South Lundy for a male acting suspicious. Police made contact with the man who appeared to be under the influence of an illegal drug, but advised he didn’t take anything illegal. He was told his options and wanted medical attention. Fire department first responders arrived and he was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center by Damascus fire personnel. He was told if he left the hospital without being properly discharged, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

— Police were called at 11:23 a.m. Sunday for a male urinating behind a building in an alleyway in the 600 block of East State Street. Police found a man matching the description, but he denied it.

— Police were called at 9:07 a.m. Sunday to South Ellsworth Avenue near the railroad crossing for a blue vehicle parked near the tracks with the front of the vehicle over the tracks. Police located the vehicle not parked in a hazardous manner. The owner was taking pictures of trains. Officers were familiar with him being in the same location multiple other times.

— Brian Niznik, 47, of Struthers, was cited for physical control and released to a friend after police responded to the 1200 block of Buckeye Avenue at 3:05 p.m. Friday for a report of a possible intoxicated driver. Police located the vehicle in the parking lot of Buckeye School and found the driver allegedly under the influence.

Perry Township

— Police were called to state Route 344 for a report of a reckless driver at 3:43 p.m. Sunday. A vehicle matching the description was located and no reckless operation was observed, but a records check showed the registration expired. The owner was given a verbal warning for expired registration.


— An officer responded to the car wash on Columbia Street at 4:24 p.m. Friday where a motorist reported his vehicle had been damaged while going through the wash. The owner said the bristles may have caused the scratches and the two people exchanged insurance information.

— Officers responded to the Eagles Club at 4:36 p.m. Friday to check for a vehicle that had been involved in a possible hit-skip at a Salem business. The vehicle was located in the Eagles parking lot and officers spoke with the driver inside who admitted he may have struck a vehicle while in Salem. His information was forwarded to the Salem Police Department.

— An officer responded to state Route 11 southbound at 10:33 p.m. Saturday to assist the highway patrol on a traffic stop with multiple passengers. The driver was found to be under the influence of a drug and was transported by Columbiana EMS to a local hospital for evaluation.

— An officer responded with medical personnel to a High Street home at 5:19 p.m. Sunday in reference to a resident with chest pains. The resident was able to walk out to the ambulance and was transported to the Salem hospital for evaluation.

— A Columbia Street resident reported at 7:02 p.m. Sunday she had left her dog with a friend to watch and that the friend now refused to return it. She said the friend claimed she had given it away, but a neighbor said she had seen it outside the previous day. The resident was advised to contact an attorney.

Franklin Township

–The fire department was asked to provide mutual aid for the Highlandtown Fire Department, which was responding to a brush on state Route 164 and Seigler Road at 11:41 a.m. Monday.


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