Six people arrested in W.Va. meth raid

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — The Hancock County sheriff’s office is declining to identify six subjects arrested as part of a countywide drug sting as the investigation continues.

According to Sheriff Scott Gittings, his office, New Cumberland police and the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Violent Crimes Task Crimes Task Force completed a month-long investigation regarding the trafficking of crystal meth in the New Cumberland area, which led to the execution of multiple search warrants on Commerce Street in New Cumberland.

During the warrants, officers seized a substantial amount of suspected crystal meth and a sawed-off shotgun as well as arrested six people for felony offenses of both distribution and possession of crystal meth. Police did not identify those arrested.

Police agencies are seizing an increasing amount of crystal meth made in Mexico by drug cartels rather than the homemade ones made by dealers and users made in small, clandestine one-pot labs.

Officials also seen more mixed with fentanyl.

East Palestine

— A West Clark Street resident reported Thursday she was recently alerted someone was using her identity to become employed by the State of Georgia.

— Police found a village building had been left unsecured at 7:01 p.m. Thursday.

— A woman reported at 2:03 p.m. Thursday, there had been some suspicious activity on the part of a company with which she had been seeking employment.

— An East Clark Street woman reported at 10:16 a.m. Thursday her ex-boyfriend was attempting to get inside her home. When police arrived, Jordan Isaac Hebron, 18, fled from them on foot. He was caught and charged with criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and obstructing official business.

— Police checked an East Taggart Street home at 8:59 p.m. Wednesday after a neighbor reported finding the front door open. It appeared to have been neglect.

— A vehicle struck a fire hydrant in the 700 block of East Main Street and then fled the scene at 7:56 p.m. Wednesday. Police checked the hydrant and found no damage. The vehicle was not located.

— A suspicious man was reported near a home on Pine Tree Circle at 5:14 p.m. Wednesday.

— An open door was reported at the Park Drive village garage at 3:39 p.m. Wednesday. The lights were on and the door was open, but no one was found inside. Police shut the door.

— An East Martin Street woman reported at 12:44 p.m. Wednesday someone had tried to file for unemployment in the state of Kentucky using her deceased husband’s personal information.

— On Wednesday morning, someone reported an incident from a high school sporting event on Feb. 4.

— Someone was reported going door-to-door in the 300 block of East Martin Street at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday. Police explained the procedure for checking in at the police department prior to commencing sales activities and the gentleman complied.

— A Pepsi truck was found broken down on North Market Street at Rebecca Street at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday. The driver said the battery died. The police officer used a portable jump pack to help get the truck started.

— A West Martin Street woman reported at 6:18 p.m. Monday she was concerned about a possible scam from someone claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House. She had not given the man any personal or banking information and did not lose any money, but wanted others to be aware.

— On Sunday a village employee reported someone had broken into a building in the Glenview Cemetery.

— A vehicle traveling northbound on Walnut Street near West Taggart Street at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 6 struck the railroad tracks. Police notified Norfolk Southern and a crew responded to check the tracks for damage. Dylan E. Falk, 24, was charged with OVI, reckless operation and reasonable control.

— Police stopped a vehicle on Lincoln Alley near Walnut Street at 11:10 p.m. Feb. 6 and charged the driver, Elijah Kaufman, 24, with two counts of OVI and a one-way street citation.


— Emma Norman, East Liverpool, was cited for driving under suspension and expired registration following a traffic stop on North Main at 6:47 p.m. Thursday.


— A woman asked police at 10:10 a.m. Friday how to obtain a protection order and reported possible telephone harassment, saying her ex-husband has been contacting her and she wanted him to stop. Officers made contact with him and told him if he continues, he’ll face criminal charges.

— Police were called at 5:15 a.m. Friday to the 800 block of East Sixth Street where a woman reported possibly hearing someone in her basement. Officers checked the basement and the interior of the residence, but no one was found.

— Telephone communications harassment was reported at 12:39 a.m. Friday in the 1300 block of South Lincoln Avenue where a man said his brother was leaving unwanted voicemails. He also said he was receiving threats. The incident was under investigation.

— An officer parked in the 100 block of West State Street at 10:22 p.m. Thursday saw a dispute in the parking lot across the street where a female was seen reaching into a male’s vehicle. The two were separated and the male said he had paid for the female’s gas and she became angry, demanding more money. Money was observed on the passenger side of the vehicle where she was reaching inside. The male didn’t want anything done. The female received a verbal warning for disorderly conduct and was sent on her way.

— Police responded at 10:20 p.m. Thursday to the 300 block of Newgarden Avenue to speak with a male regarding mental health. Officers were advised of his self-harm intentions and was taken by KLG to Salem Regional Medical Center. Fire department medics also responded.

— A man on Southeast Boulevard reported at 9:07 p.m. Thursday seeing footprints around his vehicle. He said someone entered his vehicle last week and he suspected again on Thursday after seeing the footprints in the snow. Nothing was reported missing.

— Police were called to South Broadway at 8:52 p.m. Thursday after an intoxicated male dialed 911 to say he was walking along the road. Police learned he was taken home by a sober driver.

— A suspicious person was reported at 7:31 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of East Second Street where a caller said the person was walking into several businesses acting very suspicious. Officers located the person in the nail salon. He said he has not been in the area for awhile and was just checking things out while waiting on his girlfriend.

— Police located suspected narcotics after a probable cause search during a traffic stop for moving and equipment violations at 7:26 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of East State Street. The driver and passenger were set free and the suspected narcotics will be sent for testing. Charges are pending lab results.

— A domestic in progress was reported at 7 p.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of Westview Drive. Officers learned a juvenile dialed 911 because the mother took the child’s video games away so the juvenile would work on school work. Officers spoke to the boy who agreed to go to his bedroom to do his school work.

— Officers at 6:06 p.m. Thursday found two males walking along the railroad tracks near South Ellsworth Avenue. Both were identified and one had an active warrant but was outside the pickup radius. They were told to find an alternate way home.

— A woman on Fifth Street reported harassment at 3:39 p.m. Thursday. Police attempted to contact the alleged person doing the harassing, but couldn’t reach them. The woman was given her options.

— Police were called at 3:06 p.m. Thursday to the 2400 block of East State Street for someone on a motorized scooter creating a potential traffic hazard being on the street with heavy traffic. The scooter was no longer in the area.

— Police were called at 1:19 p.m. Thursday to the 700 block of West Wilson Street for a possible overdose. A woman said she responded to the residence to check on her brother, who she had not heard from in a few days, looked through a window and saw him lying on the couch unresponsive. Officers responded along with fire department first responders and EMT ambulance and found the 62-year-old man deceased. The Drug Task Force was investigating.

— A well-being check was requested at 10:32 a.m. Thursday on West 14th by a person who had not been heard from in a while. The person said everything was ok and nothing was needed.

— A prowler was reported at 6:36 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of East Euclid Street where a man said someone walked through his driveway to a wooded area behind his residence around 5 a.m. Since he didn’t call right away, officers were unable to find anyone.

— Kimberly McCormick, 59, of Somer Street, Leetonia, was injured after a two-vehicle accident at 10:57 a.m. Jan. 30 in the 900 block of West State Street. The report said McCormick was in the westbound lane on West Street when she said her foot slipped off of the brake of her vehicle and proceeded through the red light at Benton Road, striking a vehicle driven by Michael Tolson, 39, of Liberty Street, who was proceeding through a green light from Benton Road onto West State Street eastbound. Both vehicles were towed. McCormick was transported to Mercy Health main in Youngstown by KLG. The report did not list a citation.

Perry Township

— Police were called to Cliff Drive at 7:40 p.m. Thursday for a civil matter between a male and female. The female had come to pick up personal belongings. The male said she then left after retrieving her stuff.


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