Highway Patrol

— George E. Heaton, 78, East Palestine, was attempting to pass another vehicle while traveling on state Route 154 in Middleton Township at 2:04 p.m. March 23 when another vehicle attempted to pass him, sideswiping him in the process. The driver of the other vehicle was not able to be identified.

— Jerrid Kotsch, 35, Lisbon, was cited with failure to control, driving under suspension and hit-skip after he drove off the road and up an embankment, striking small trees before rolling back down the embankment and striking a utility pole off of state Route 7 in Madison Township at 8:55 p.m. March 23. Kotsch left the scene and was later cited and arrested for suspected drug use.

— Austin J. Adams, 23, Lisbon, was cited with failure to control, suspended license and OVI after he drove off the road and struck a road sign and mailbox while traveling on state Route 7 in Elkrun Township at 12:30 a.m. March 24. Adams did not report the crash or remain at the scene but an anonymous caller witnessed the crash and called the highway patrol post.

— Steven L. Vandal, 44, East Rochester, was cited with failure to control and OVI after he drove off the road while traveling on state Route 172 in West Township at 4:27 p.m. March 24 and struck a guardrail and ditch before overturning. Vandal was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.

— Jacen G. Howell, 18, Lisbon, was cited with failure to control after he failed to negotiate a curve on Trinity Church Road in Hanover Township and went off the road, driving into a creek before overturning at 10:20 a.m. Thursday. Howell was not injured.

— Jackson D. Zepernick, 17, Kensington, was cited with failure to control, juvenile traffic offender and failure to wear seatbelt after he drove off the road while traveling on Buffalo Road and overturned into a creek at 5:32 p.m. Thursday. Zepernick sustained a possible injury and was transported to a local hospital by his parent.


— Officers spoke with a high school student and his mother Friday afternoon after a report of his answers on a survey which indicated he wanted to harm people. After speaking with school officials, the mother agreed to take her son to a hospital for evaluation.

— An officer responded to the 100 block of Summit Street at 4:32 p.m. Friday in reference to a suspcious man watching children play at the park. The officer checked the area around the park but could not find anyone sitting there.

— An officer responded to a Main Street business at 7:01 p.m. Saturday in reference to individuals fishing at a pond on the property. The officer spoke with the man and his kids, who said he did not know it was private property and agreed to leave.

— An officer responded to the area of Columbia and Cherry streets at 9:56 p.m. Saturday in reference to juveniles running around. The officer could not find any juveniles in the area.

Liverpool Township

— A police officer tried to initiate a traffic stop for a speeding vehicle (traveling 75 mph) around 3a.m. Friday and followed it to the East Liverpool City Hospital for an unconscious passenger who had been involved in a rollover crash. The information was forwarded to the Wintersville highway patrol post where she had made the initial 911 call.

— Paul Coma was cited at 11:20 a.m. Saturday on a driving under suspension charge, after a traffic stop near Armstrong Lane and Parkway. He is under multiple suspensions for OVI and hadn’t had a valid license for years and told the officer that he figured he was too old to get pulled over. Coma so had no insurance on his vehicle and was given a written warning for the loud exhaust. His vehicle was towed.

— An officer was dispatched at 6:18 p.m. Monday to the Boyd Road and Zenith Court area about mouthy juveniles riding an ATV on private property.

— A suspicious person was reported shortly after midnight Wednesday sitting on a state Route 7 north guardrail. After attempting to make contact, East Liverpool police called to advise that the person had been taken to the ELCH emergency room, where she was being transported via air ambulance to another facility. The woman advised that she had been smoking marijuana and drinking with friends in Steubenville, when she decided that she wanted to go home. At one point, when it got “heated” in the vehicle, the woman jumped out of the car, breaking her leg and suffering other injuries. She declined to identify the other occupants of the vehicle; but she did say it was either a burgundy truck or a Traverse.


— Zachary Wilson and Shenika Reynolds were arrested at 5 a.m. March 20 in the 1000 block of Commerce Street on charges of disorderly conduct, after allegedly ignoring officer commands to stop screaming.

— No charges were noted against two men involved in a 11:32 a.m. March 19 traffic stop at Commerce and 12th Street. The driver was found to possess a needle in his back right pocket and the passenger a plastic bag of white powder in his right hip pocket as well as a needle in his sock. A juvenile was sitting unrestrained in the back seat of the vehicle, which had been stopped for going 36 mph in a 25 mph zone. Both men allegedly admitted to having the white powder. No other information was available.

— Police responded at 7:29 p.m. Thursday at My Bar, where an employee said that someone had entered the building after she left at 2 am and stole $200 for a lock box. Surveillance is being examined.

— A man reported Wednesday a catalytic converter had been stolen off an inoperable parked vehicle. The report included no location, but did say that video footage showed the suspect entering a beige Buick but his face was no visible.


— A report of unauthorized use of a vehicle was filed at 12:42 a.m. Tuesday. A woman residing on East Fifth Street said she located a mechanic online and left keys for the mechanic to retrieve the vehicle from her residence. After the mechanic was contacted for a followup, the woman was advised her vehicle was impounded in Salem. Due to dispatch not having any logs of the vehicle being towed, the Youngstown Police Department was contacted with a possible address for the vehicle’s current location. The incident is under investigation with possible charges.

— A man Monday reported a private property accident that occurred a week ago involving his fiance’s vehicle at Goodwill. They knew the other driver and verbally agreed to handle it amongst themselves. Now he said the other driver is refusing to call them back and pay for the damages. The other driver arrived at the station and said she filed a claim with her insurance agency and provided the claim number, which police gave to the man.

— A verbal domestic dispute was reported at 3:41 p.m. Monday in the 1200 block of East State Street. A female said she just wanted to leave with her daughter due to the male half being intoxicated. She said nothing physical occurred. She just did not want her daughter around him at this time. They left without incident. The male told police he has been drinking more due to not having a job. Officers provided him with multiple places in the surrounding area that may be hiring.

— A woman at 8:06 p.m. Monday reported a burglary at her apartment in the 900 block of South Lundy Avenue, saying her eviction date isn’t until Wednesday and her landlord entered her residence on Monday. Police made contact with the landlord. The incident is under investigation, with possible charges pending.

— A domestic was reported at 12:49 a.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of North Lincoln Avenue. The call was made by a man whose girlfriend resides in the area and told him about the incident on the phone. Police were unable to make contact with anyone.

— A driver received a written warning for offenses after a traffic stop at 11:22 p.m. Monday on North Lincoln Avenue at East Fourth Street for a moving violation. K-9 Argo indicated to the presence of a narcotic odor, but during a probable cause search, no contraband was found.

— Police at 11:10 p.m. Monday checked on a female who appeared to be asleep in a parking lot at Newgarden Avenue near Arch Street. She told police she wasn’t sleeping, but was waiting for her mother to come home so she could park her vehicle in the drive behind her.

— A driver received a verbal warning after a traffic stop at 9 p.m. Monday on West State Street near Georgetown Road. During a consented search, police found a small amount of contraband which was then properly destroyed.

— Police were called at 7:09 p.m. Monday to the Walmart Auto Center for accidental damage to a vehicle. A customer said an employee caused damage to three lug nuts on the front passenger side tire. Police also spoke to the manager and told both sides their options.

— A man from East Eighth Street reported at 6:18 p.m. Monday that his son lost his AirPod pros and the location was showing up near the high school, where his son possibly lost them.

— A driver received a written warning after police conducted a traffic stop at 6:09 p.m. Monday at Third Street and Vine Avenue for multiple moving violations. K-9 Argo indicated to the presence of a narcotic odor. A probable cause search yielded paraphernalia, which was then destroyed.

— A 4-wheeler was reported on the road in the 100 block of South Ellsworth Avenue at 4:42 p.m. Monday. Police made contact with the rider, who was told to stay in his yard.

— A man reported at 10:03 a.m. Monday that he was at a party in the city Saturday night when someone approached him and punched him. The alleged assault is under investigation.

— An audible alarm was reported at 4:57 a.m. Tuesday at a business in the 2300 block of East State Street, but the building was secure.


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