County Sheriff

— A Hamilton Road, Unity Township, woman reported at 9:47 p.m. Monday her daughter had dropped her children off and left for several days without contacting her. Then her daughter showed up wanting her children back. She was concerned about her daughter’s mental status and felt it was unsafe to send her grandchildren back with her. Deputies gave the grandmother options.

— A state Route 14, Unity Township, man reported at 8:53 a.m. Wednesday his father’s .45-caliber Taurus pistol was stolen from his vehicle sometime on Sunday. He had driven with it in the vehicle all over the Rogers and Negley area and it was left unlocked at numerous locations. The gun is black with a stainless steel slide and no known serial number.

— A Bye Road, Unity Township, man reported at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday someone is dumping garbage on his property.

— A Pleasant View Drive, Center Township, man reported at 10:34 a.m. Wednesday someone stole a 2003 tan Jeep Liberty from his home. His daughter drives the vehicle. It had been there at 6:30 a.m. and when the daughter noticed it was missing she told her father.

Highway Patrol

— Dimitri S. Gregory, 26, of New Waterford, was arrested for OVI when he drove off the side of McCloskey Road in Unity Township, struck a pipe and rocks and overturned at 9:48 p.m. Sept. 3.

— Travis J. Benner, 17, of Homeworth, was cited for OVI, driving without a license, failure to wear a seat belt and failure to control when he drove off the side of 12th Street in Knox Township and struck a ditch at 3:45 a.m. Sunday. Benner allegedly took his mother’s truck without her knowing and admitted to consuming 16 beers prior to the crash.


— A woman reported that someone stole her keys at 9:25 a.m. Wednesday. She was advised that a report would be on file. The woman then went to the station to file another report. She advised that someone was coming into her apartment while she was sleeping and raping her. The officer asked when the man was in her apartment last, and the woman didn’t know. The officer then asked how she knew it was happening, and the woman said she was not sure, but she knew it was happening. The woman allegedly has a shirt on with large holes and no bra, and the officer told her that it was inappropriate to wear that shirt in public. She stormed out of the station and told the officer that she would be filing charges against him.


– An officer responded with Columbina police to a Pine Street home at 4:13 a.m. Sept. 4 where the resident reported someone was in the basement. The officers searched the home and found no one.

– An anonymous complainant reported possible drug activity at 5:47 p.m. Sept. 4.

– Stephen Daniel Fish, 27, Howard Avenue, Salem, was cited for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop at Columbia and Lisbon streets at 9:17 p.m. Sept. 4.

– An officer responded to a High Street home at 8:23 p.m. Sept. 5 where a resident reported a missing child who had been upstairs with his sisters but was gone when she checked on them. Columbiana police assisted with the search and the child was eventually found in a vehicle in the driveway.

– An officer responded to the 300 block of Somer Street at 9:06 p.m. Sept. 5 where a resident reported the neighbor using power tools while his children were trying to sleep. The officer spoke with the neighbor who said she was attempting to secure a shed door because there were valuables inside. She was advised to finish before curfew.

– An officer responded to a 200 block State Street home at 9:54 a.m. Sunday where the resident reported hearing people at her door overnight and believed they were attempting to gain entry. She said she did not call the police when it was happening because she was scared. She was advised officers would keep an extra watch at her residence.

– An officer responded to a Madison Street location at 11:15 a.m. Sunday where a Washington Street resident reported someone had stolen the catalytic converter off her motorhome that she keeps at the Madison Street location.

– John Mark Simonds, 57, West Main Street, Leetonia, was cited for driving under suspension and a marked lanes violation following a traffic stop on Hazel Street at 8:04 p.m. Sunday after an officer responded to the area in reference to a reckless driver and observed him driving in the opposite lane of travel. Simonds said he was playing with the radio and wasn’t paying attention.

— An officer responded to Walnut Street at 11:17 a.m. Wednesday in reference to an Aarow Disposal truck leaking fluid on the streets. Upon inspecting the truck, the officer found raw trash liquid running out under the trash unit and the driver’s side front brake rotor was cracked in several places. The officer also observed the diesel fuel tanks on each side of the vehicle had fuel on the outside of the tanks. The driver was advised to leave the village and not return until the repairs had been taken care of.


— Firefighters were dispatched at 8:46 a.m. Thursday to the 2100 block of Monroe for an odor of gasoline in a common area of the apartment building, finding the odor present on the second and third floor common areas. All apartments were checked with assistance from the police department and maintenance personnel with no odors found inside. The thermal imaging camera was then used to check the carpet for a spill and drops of gasoline were found on the carpet from the second floor to the third floor. A tenant on the third floor said he had a visitor the previous evening who stored his gasoline-powered bicycle in the common area while visiting. The tenant was told not to let guests bring gasoline-powered equipment inside the building. Front doors and a window were opened to ventilate the area.

— At noon Tuesday, firefighters were called to Home Depot on East State Street for a fire alarm, finding a sprinkler was accidentally broken by employees while they were moving material. The sprinkler system was shut down prior to the fire department’s arrival and the water was being cleaned up by employees. The manager was advised to have the sprinkler head replaced.


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