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Lori A. Ridgley, Lisbon, vs. Brock D. Menough, Salem, et al., excess of $25,000 sought for alleged damages and injuries from a traffic crash on July 15, 2019, on East State Street, Salem.

Government Loan Securitization Trust vs. R. Allen Hodge, et al., foreclosure sought for property on foreclosure sought for property on state Route 558, New Waterford.

Evan McMullen, Carrollton, vs. Olivia McMullen, Minerva, divorce sought.

Emily R. Bernstein, Salem, and Bobby A. Bernstein, Salem, dissolution sought.

Ratchel L. Chapman, Riverview, Fla., vs. Phillip Alan Jordan, Salineville, child support sought.

Docket Entries

CitiMortgage, Inc., vs. Sharon I. Morrison, et al., property on Cleveland Street, Salem, sold to Struthers Suway LLC for $43,960.

Court News

LISBON — Charles E. McCanna, 39, Depot Road, Rogers, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, for having methamphetamines on July 30, 2020, and he was immediately sentenced to eight months in prison. In April, McCanna also had pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering for trespassing into storage units at T&J Storage, state Route 7, Rogers. McCanna was sentenced last week to eight months in prison on those charges as well, to be served at the same time as the drug case.

Sara M. Bowser, 38, Hillsville, Pa., was found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction and pleaded guilty to grand theft of a motor vehicle, petty theft and violating a rule or order of the department of health. Bowser was immediately placed on a three-year treatment plan. On March 28, 2020, Bowser was involved in a plan to order two 12-inch pizzas and a liter of Pepsi from Papa Joe’s, steal the vehicle belonging to the delivery driver, Michael Rosenbaum, when he went to the door and drive to Youngstown during the “stay at home” lock down ordered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Debra L. Waltz, 52, East Oxford Street, Alliance, was found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction. Waltz pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, for having methamphetamine on July 4, 2020. Waltz was placed on a three-year intervention plan.


LISBON — In county Municipal Court, Ashley V. Russell, 32, West Wilson Street, Salem, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of endangering children and breaking and entering for allegedly entering a fenced in area, entering a wooden structure building, then exiting through a side door at a vacant building on state Route 14 in New Waterford on July 10, while her 14-year-old daughter was with her, and two other children waited for her inside her vehicle parked down the street.

A July 26 preliminary hearing was set for Timothy R. Boggs, North Pleasant Drive, East Palestine, charged with escape for allegedly jerking away from police who were walking him to the patrol car in handcuffs as they had taken him into custody on a warrant for failure to appear on Sunday. Boggs reportedly ran, then fell and gave up.

An Oct. 4 pretrial was set for Clay Aric Benedict, 49, Beaver Falls, Pa., charged with engaging in prostitution and possession of criminal tools for allegedly offering $70 to procure a sexual encounter with an undercover female escort, making the arrangements utilizing his Apple iPhone on June 21.

An Aug. 12 sentencing hearing was set for Larry A. Smith, 70, Painesville, who pleaded guilty to possessing criminal tools, advertising of massage services and soliciting. On July 14, Smith advertised for a massage technique that included the suggestion or promise of sexual activity, using his iPhone 7 in order to propose the criminal act to an agent from the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force.

An Oct. 5 pretrial was set for Mark David Ramun, 48, Canfield, cited with OVI second offense, OVI refusal with prior within 20 years, driving under OVI suspension and parking on a highway.

An Oct. 4 pretrial was set for Robert Borg, 56, Jefferson Avenue, Salem, cited with OVI first offense and left of center.

Cameron Michael Marshal, 18, state Route 9, Hanoverton, was fined $330, had his license suspended for 90 days, required to attend a three-day counseling program and ordered 30 hours community service for OVI underage and left of center.

Harold Lamont Green, 27, Pittsburgh, Pa., was fined $380 for driving under suspension, speeding, possession of marijuana and a seat belt violation.

A July 29 pretrial was set for Justin Matthew Martin, 38, Riffle Road, New Waterford, charged with disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing for allegedly threatening to shoot Kirsten Burbick, beat up Kenneth Kleinknecht and return with a gun to kill everyone on the property on Monday, as well as engaging in turbulent behavior on July 6, spraying Burbick with spray paint during a dispute.

A July 29 pretrial was set for Richard Vecchio, 59, state Route 164, Lisbon, charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, four counts of open container, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, public intoxication and two counts of menacing. Vecchio allegedly threatened to assault two Lisbon police officers raising his fists toward them while intoxicated on Monday, while in possession of an open Bud Ice and then attempted to pull away from police as they took him into custody. One count of open container was for allegedly having a Natural Light beer near Smith’s Gas Station on the sidewalk on July 29, 2019. Another charge accuses Vecchio of having Natural Light beer on the sidewalk on August 5, 2019. Yet another charge was for an open container of vodka on July 3. A public intoxication charge alleges he was intoxicated at Subway on July 9.

Tony J. Wilson, 35, Youngstown, was fined $250, credited with three days in jail and required 40 hours community service for disorderly conduct amended from domestic violence for broke a large glass vase containing coins, knocked a clock to the floor, grabbed her, threw her to the couch and took her phone and car keys to keep her from leaving or calling for help on May 20.

A Sept. 2 pretrial was set for Michael A. Westover, 34, Clarkson Road, Rogers, cited with possession of drug abuse instruments for allegedly having a syringe on Friday.

Alicia M. Bell Jackson, 30, Sewickley, Pa., was fined $250, credited with a day in jail and required 10 hours community service for disorderly conduct amended from domestic violence for biting Mary Jackson in the neck during an argument on March 20.

Justin S. Linley, 37, Joshua, Texas, was fined $150 for an equipment violation amended from speeding.

Craig B. Colson, 45, Oak Forest, Ill., was fined $150 for an equipment violation amended from speeding.

Rachel L. Jenkins, 37, Lighthouse Court, East Liverpool, was fined $100 for speeding. A driving under suspension citation was dismissed.

Raymond R. Yeater, 27, Prospect Street, Salem, was fined $100 for driving under FRA suspension.

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EAST LIVERPOOL — In East Liverpool Municipal Court, a pretrial has been set Sept. 7 for Tyler Smith, of Old Lincoln Highway, on a weapons while intoxicated charge.

Emily Nelms, of Highland Drive, is set for a show cause hearing Sept. 7 on prohibitions and open container charges.

Jody Campbell, of Commerce Street in Wellsville, is set July 20 for a motion hearing on OVI and failure to control charges.

Robert Thayer, of state Route 267, is scheduled for a status hearing and jury trial Sept. 8 on a domestic violence charge.

Mitzi Stoddard, of Lincoln Avenue, is set for a pretrial Aug. 31 on expired plates and a status hearing on leaving the scene, failure to control, theft and criminal trespass charges.

Tony J. Wilson, of state Route 154 in Rogers, is set Sept. 7 for a revocation hearing.

Jamie L. Nicolson, of Lincoln Avenue, had his bond forfeiture hearing continued Sept. 21 on an assault charge.

Robert L. Byrd, of Harker Avenue, has a show cause hearing set Sept. 7 on no operator’s license and fictitious plates charges.

Joseph Jackson IV, of Campbell, is set Thursday for a probable cause and pretrial hearing on probation violation and obstructing official business charges.

Megan McDonald was set Monday for a pretrial on window tint.

Michael A. Conzett, of Rigby Street, was sentenced to $100 plus costs on a failure to control charge.


WELLSVILLE — In Wellsville Magistrate Court, Deborah Long, of 15th Street, was sentenced to $50 plus costs on a stop sign amended to a license plate violation.

John Skeens, of Empire, was sentenced to $150 plus costs on charges of physical control and no operator’s license. No jail time was noted on the disposition.

Cynthia Wilson, of 14th Street, was sentenced to $50 plus costs on a stop sign amended to a license plate violation.

Malik Pullie, of Commerce Street, was sentenced to $100 plus costs on charges of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license, which was amended to a rear brake light.


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