Highway Patrol

— Nacdaniel J. Flanigan, 29, of Youngstown, struck a deer carcass in the middle of the road while driving on state Route 11 in Fairfield Township at 2:36 a.m. Dec. 30. The deer had apparently been struck and killed by another vehicle.

— Victoria Milliken, 20, of East Palestine, was cited for failure to control and a seat belt violation after she went off the left side of the road and struck some rocks while rounding a sharp bend on Latta Road in Unity Township 10:35 p.m. Thursday.

— Jeremy S. Klippenstein, 18, of Columbiana, was cited for failure to control and distracted driving after going off the right side of the road, striking a ditch and culvert, while driving on state Route 164 at 5:14 p.m. Thursday. Klippenstein said he was distracted by a bonfire when he drove off the road.

— Raymond DiCross, 44, of Salem, was cited for OVI and failure to control after he went off the left side of the road and his pickup truck overturned in a field while he was driving on state Route 45 in Salem Township at 2:33 p.m. Dec. 25. A witness reportedly saw the driver climb out of the truck with an empty six pack of beer. DiCross was located a half mile away and had an odor of alcohol about him.

— Anthony J. Zucco, 26, of Niles, was cited for making an improper turn after he went left of center and struck a vehicle operated by Jason Hartsough, 42, of New Waterford. This occurred at the intersection of Hazel Street and state Route 344 in Leetonia at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 24.

— Hugh R. Ward, 59, of Negley, was cited for failure to control after he went off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail while driving on state Route 7 in Madison Township at 8:13 p.m. Dec. 24.

— Felicia Newman, 24, of Columbiana, was cited for failure to control after she went off the left side of the road and struck a tree while rounding a bend on state Route 170 in Middleton Township at 5:20 p.m. Dec. 25.

— Michael W. McLaughlin, 49, of Canton, was cited for failure to control after he went off the right side of the road and struck a traffic sign while driving on state Route 172 in West Township at 12:30 a.m. Dec. 26.

— Adrienna M. Jackson, 29, of Wellsville, was cited for failure to control after she slid off the right side of the road and her vehicle overturned on its side while she was driving on U.S. Route 30 at 11:55 a.m. Dec. 25. Jackson, and her passengers — ages, 1, 7 and 10 — were uninjured.

— Jessica L. Lasater, 33, of Salem, was cited for OVI, leaving the scene and driving under suspension after she struck a stopped vehicle in the rear operated by Barbara J. Hostetter, 48, of Columbiana, at the intersection of Lisbon Road and state Route 558 in Salem Township at 12:40 p.m. Thursday. Lasater, who was fleeing from Leetonia police at the time, left the scene but was later taken into custody by police. She reportedly admitted to taking heroin earlier in the day, and additional charges are expected to be filed.

— Nikki L. Fleming, 28, of Homeworth, was cited for failure to control after she went off the left side of the road and struck a tree stump while driving on state Route 558 in Salem Township at 3:12 p.m. Dec. 26. Fleming was taken to an area hospital with suspected minor injuries, while her passenger, Robert E. Fleming, 33, was taken to an area hospital with suspected serious injuries to the head.

— Garrett D. Rice, 18, of Paris, was cited for failure to control and a seat belt violation after he went off the left side of the road and his vehicle overturned while driving on Georgetown Road in Knox Township at 7:14 p.m. Dec. 26. Rice was taken to a local hospital with suspected serious injuries, while three passengers– ages 13, 14 and 16 — were also taken to a local hospital.

— Jesica P. Principe, 29, of Alliance, was cited for failure to yield after she struck a vehicle operated by Olivia Brunner, 23, of Alliance, with Brunner’s vehicle sideswiping a vehicle driven by Richard M. Pow, 35, of Alliance. This occurred at the intersection of Homeworth and Hartley roads in Knox Township at 4 p.m. Dec. 25.

— Debra Loos, 65, of Minerva, was cited for failure to control after she went off the left side of the road and her vehicle overturned on its side while she was driving on Rochester Road in West Township at 5:37 p.m. Dec. 24. A passing motorist helped Loos from her SUV.

County Sheriff

— Deputies went to a home on U.S. Route 62 to attempt a warrant at 4:46 p.m. Friday, but there was no contact with anyone at the home.

— A Quay Road, Middleton Township, woman reported a man was on her porch and trying to get inside her home at 2:34 a.m. Saturday. He left walking. Deputies checked the area, but were unable to find him.

— A Pancake-Clarkson Road, Middleton Township, resident reported at 6:04 p.m. Friday there was a woman going door to door looking for a ride to Steubenville. Arrangements were made with the Jefferson County sheriff’s office to meet at the county line and she was transported there.

— Deputies responded to a home on state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township at 3:34 p.m. Saturday to assist Wellsville police regarding stolen property.


— A woman at 252 W. Washington St. reported someone vandalized her outside Christmas decorations on Dec. 28.

— Police were called to a domestic dispute at 353 W. Pine St. at 5 p.m. Dec. 23. The dispute was over a woman wanting to retrieve items from her aunt’s home.

— An officer on patrol turned onto East Washington Street to see a tire rolling toward her cruiser at 2 p.m. Dec. 23. The tire had fallen off a passing car, and the owner advised the officer he just had some work done on the vehicle and it may have fallen off as a result. After the tire was put back on the officer escorted the owner home.

— An officer parked near Carter Lumber at 1:31 a.m. Dec. 23 reported a man walked up and told him he just saw someone at his car with a flashlight in the alley across the street. The man said the suspect fled as he approached him, and the officer was unable to locate the person.

— A woman at 510 W. Washington St, reported Wednesday her dog was in the back yard when it was attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull. Police went to the neighbor’s home and saw the dog. The mother was not home and her son gave the officer her phone number but she did not answer.

— Gary W. Michael, 25, Moore Street Apartments, was arrested for domestic violence at 9 a.m. Dec. 26 after grabbing Amanda Kozma by the shirt, and she had bruises on her arm and neck from where the shirt had ripped. Michael admitted pinning her down but said he did not assault her.

East Palestine

— An East North Avenue woman reported at 8:16 p.m. Saturday her 14-year-old daughter left home without permission and was went to the father’s house, who has no legal custody.

— Two boys were reported tampering with the windows of a Taggart Street business at 7:42 p.m. Saturday. Police found the building secure.

— A disturbance was reported in the 200 block of East Taggart Street at 7:10 p.m. Saturday. Police spoke to some of the people involved, who said it was just an argument, and the others involved had left.

— Several fireworks were reported at about 10 p.m. Thursday north of the railroad tracks.

— A Leake Street woman reported at 7:55 p.m. Thursday an issue of theft by someone she knew.

— Someone reported children jumping in and out of a clothing drop off bin at 6:19 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of West Taggart Street. Police checked the area, but did not locate anyone.

— Vehicles were reported parked in a “No Parking” zone at 1:53 p.m. Thursday. When police arrived, the illegally parked vehicles were being moved.

— A man reported at 11:36 a.m. Thursday he had been involved in a private property crash on Wood Street on Dec. 11. He and the person responsible had agreed to work it out, but she was now refusing to give him her insurance information. Police spoke to both of them and obtained the insurance information, urging them both to call the police the next time there is a crash.

— Police stopped two out-of-state vehicles on Bacon Avenue at 9:52 a.m. Thursday leading the seizure of about 16 grams of marijuana, two digital scales and other drug paraphernalia. Tyler D. Austin, 22, New York, was cited with driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sasha R. Johnson, 21, New York, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

— Someone spoke to police at 3:08 a.m. Thursday wanting to retrieve their belongings from a friend’s home on Wood Street.


— A Market Street woman asked Thursday a criminal trespassing warning be issued against another woman.


— Police were at the scene of an accident on Southeast Boulevard at Fairview at 9:55 p.m. Sunday when flagged down by a pedestrian for a medical emergency in the 1300 block of Carole Drive. Fire first responders and KLG arrived after an officer started CPR and continued treatment, taking a male to SRMC. No citation was issued for the accident which occurred when a driver swerved to miss another vehicle in his lane and struck a light pole.

— Police responded at 6:34 p.m. Sunday to South Lundy and Aetna Street for a person allegedly chasing others with a stun gun. Officers heard conflicting stories upon arrival and parties involved agreed to separate.

— A woman in the 200 block of Vine reported at 3:49 a.m. Monday that she was locked out of her residence and alleged her son threatened to kill her. She gained entry and the person inside voluntarily agreed to being taken to the hospital.

— Officers responded at 2:20 a.m. Monday to the 2200 block of Southeast Boulevard for a verbal dispute after being at the same residence earlier and telling the people to stay separated for the evening. While officers were there, the female hid the male’s wallet and allegedly was not truthful with officers about the wallet’s whereabouts. The wallet was eventually found and the female was told she’ll face charges for the incident. She was released to her son for the evening.

— Police were called at 12:52 p.m. Sunday to the 1500 block of Southeast Boulevard where a dog owner said the dog bit him on Saturday night and he was trying to get in touch with the humane society. Police called the city humane agent who said the dog would be retrieved for the time being.

— A domestic was reported at 1:40 a.m. Monday in the 2200 block of Southeast Boulevard where a woman who was found in her vehicle in the driveway told officers her boyfriend/fiance took her phone during an argument and wasn’t giving it back. He told police the phone is his, that he bought it and is making payments on it. No physical violence occurred. They were told it’s a civil issue.

— Suspicious activity was reported at 1:35 a.m. Monday in the 2200 block of Pearce Street where a woman said an unknown person called and said they were watching her. Nothing suspicious was found when police checked the area. She was told to call back if there are more suspicious calls.

— A juvenile problem was reported at 10:56 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of East Sixth Street and turned over to the juvenile officer.

— Police learned a domestic dispute reported at 11:16 a.m. Monday in the 2200 block of Southeast Boulevard was just a misunderstanding.

— An officer at 10:22 p.m. Sunday noticed an open trunk on a vehicle on Park Drive off of State Street and secured it.

— Officers at 6:12 p.m. Sunday found an illegally parked vehicle in the 600 block of East State Street and contacted the owner to move it.

— A caller at 6:04 p.m. Sunday reported a suspicious male approaching multiple people in the 100 block of South Ellsworth Avenue asking for money. No one was found.

— A noise complaint was reported at 5:24 p.m. Sunday in the 2300 block of Southeast Boulevard, coming from the back of the building from the central air. Attempts were made to contact the owner regarding the malfunctioning unit.

— An animal complaint was reported at 4:59 p.m. Sunday near Reilly, but the people involved were leaving when police arrived.

— Fire department personnel had a person put out a fire after being called at 4:40 p.m. Sunday for a burning complaint in the 1000 block of Cleveland Street.

— A resident in the 300 block of East Sixth Street reported at 3:16 p.m. Sunday that someone took his vehicle without permission and then gave the vehicle to someone else to use. While there, officers were told about a medical emergency involving a female. Fire department first responders and an ambulance were called and she was taken to a hospital.

— Police were called at 11:30 a.m. Monday to the 900 block of East Fifth Street for a well-being check after Children Services was unable to make contact with someone. Police learned there was a phone issue.

— A woman on Continental Drive at 10:35 a.m. Sunday said she had concerns about an unknown person possibly driving her vehicle. She was told her options.

— A well-being check was requested at 8:05 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Vine where a woman said her son was having issues, but had already left. He could not be found.

10 deaths reported over holiday

The highway patrol reported 10 deaths on Ohio’s roadways during the 2020-2021 New Year’s holiday according to provisional statistics. Two fatalities were the result of not wearing a safety belt when available, four were OVI-related and five were pedestrians. The four-day reporting period ran from midnight Thursday to midnight Sunday. This is higher than the two-day reporting period last year, when four fatalities were reported. Troopers made 3,979 traffic enforcement contacts; including 303 OVI arrests, 115 distracted driving and 478 safety belt citations.


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