Highway Patrol

— Vonda K. Wright, 54, of Wellsville, was cited for assured cleared distance violation after she struck the rear of a stopped vehicle operated by Rozita K. Daugherty, 57, of Steubenville, at the intersection of state Route 39 and Fife Coal Road in Yellow Creek Township at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday. Daugherty and a passenger, Kevin J. Daugherty, 61, of Steubenville, were taken to a local hospital with suspected minor injuries.

— Matthew R. McGuire, 27, of Lisbon, was cited for failured to stop an assured cleared distance after he struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Randy L. Garretson, 35, of Lisbon at the intersection of state routes 7 and 558 in Fairfield Township at 3:31 p.m. Wednesday. McGuire said he was reaching for his phone at the time and was also charged with distracted driving.

— Trucker Michael R. Franklin 62, of Canton, was cited for assured cleared distance violation after the semi he was driving struck the bottom of railroad bridge on Georgetown Road in Knox Township at noon Tuesday.

— Samara L. King, 20, of East Liverpool, struck a deer while driving on state Route 45 in Salem Township at 1 p.m. Monday.

— Dustin Mellon, 19, of Hammondsville, was cited for assured clear distance after he struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Giovanna Pucci, 16, of Wellsville, while attempting to pass on state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township at 9:33 p.m. Mellon’s vehicle overturned after striking the other vehicle. Pucci was stopped in the roadway after striking a deer. Mellon was taken to a local hospital with suspected minor injuries.

County Sheriff

— A woman reported at 10:41 a.m. Friday her vehicle was keyed by a co-worker at a Hibbetts Mill Road location.

— A Crestview Road man was reported in possession of a gun and suicidal at 12:48 p.m. Tuesday. He was patted down for weapons and found to have a 30-30 rifle, ammo and a glass pipe commonly used for smoking drugs in his pocket. Deputies learned he had fired the rifle after telling his mother he intended to kill himself. He was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

— A 66-year-old Kings Road, Butler Township, man was reported dead at 11:03 a.m. Wednesday. It was determined he had passed away from medical complications and nothing suspicious.

East Palestine

— An officer was dispatched to the East Clark Street area on Wednesday at 11:33 p.m. after a resident reported hearing a possible gunshot.


— An officer responded to the area of Dairy Queen on Columbia Street at 5:58 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a semi striking a manhole cover and breaking it. The officer found the manhole cover on the side of the road with severe damage to the cement slab it was on and the item itself. The officer stood by and assisted a street department employee to rope off the area.

— An officer responded to the 100 block of Chris Avenue in Washingtonville at 7:31 p.m. Wednesday to assist a Washingtonville officer on a traffic stop in which he stopped the driver for fictitious plates then learned the driver was suspended. The officer said the driver would not stay in his vehicle. The Leetonia officer stood by while the Washingtonville officer completed the investigation.

— An officer responded to the 900 block of West Main Street in Washingtonville at 10:33 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a Washingtonville officer not responding to the radio. While en route, the Leetonia officer was called off, but noticed the Washingtonville officer conducting a traffic stop and motioning for assistance. The Washingtonville officer said the vehicle was suspicious and asked for the Leetonia officer to stand by with the driver during a search of the vehicle. The Leetonia officer stood by until the investigation was complete.

Perry Township

— Police were called at 1:28 p.m. Thursday to Heritage Lane for a 911 call with no one on the line. The phone rang busy so officers made contact with the owner who said he got a new cell phone and kept bumping the SOS button.

— A woman from Creston reported at 12:45 p.m. Thursday that she was stopped at the stop sign on Georgetown Road waiting to turn north onto the state Route 45 bypass when a truck pulling a trailer turned west onto Georgetown, with the trailer striking her front bumper and fender and continuing west without stopping.

— A resident in the 1200 block of Hampton Place reported at 10:44 a.m. Thursday that someone attempted to file for unemployment using his information. His employer had contacted him about the unemployment attempt.

— Police were called at 7:20 a.m. Thursday to help KLG with a female who was having a medical issue in the 1700 block of South Lincoln Avenue. Police stood by until she was transported to the hospital.

— A deer vs. vehicle accident was reported at 6:31 a.m. Thursday on state Route 45 near Benton Road.

— A female who called at 6:34 p.m. Wednesday for removal of an unwanted male she was afraid of in the 1100 block of Prospect Street ended up being the one removed by police. The male told police he was asked to stay there by the resident, who left for some paperwork. The female arrived and acted like she was under the influence of a narcotic. The resident returned and advised the female was giving her problems and she did not want her there. Police told the female to gather her belongings and gave her a ride to a residence on Benton Road. Police removed her for the resident’s safety due to the woman being assaulted by the female in the past. The female was told not to return.


— Police initiated a traffic stop on Arch Street near Sharp Street at 5:58 p.m. Wednesday after observing a male driving who had a suspended license. The driver, Harold G. Bell Jr., 58, of Grant Street, was cited for driving under suspension. The owner of the vehicle, Mary Fitch, 40, also of Grant Street, was a passenger and was cited for wrongful entrustment. Nothing illegal was found during a search of the vehicle.


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