County Sheriff

— Deputies responded to a Mountz Road, Knox Township, home after a resident reported hearing noises outside his home and seeing someone on the camera. Deputies checked around the property and saw no footprints in the deep snow.

Highway Patrol

— David Allen Monte, 61, of Minerva, was driving westbound on Ridge Road in West Township Sunday at 12:59 a.m. and drove off the left side of the roadway striking an embankment. Monte continued into a field and came to a final rest on the roadway. Monte’s 2017 Ford Explorer Sport was towed from the scene and Monte was issued a citation for failure to control

— Thursday Amanda Linkous, 58, of Wellsville, was driving southbound on Cannons Mills Road in Madison Township and drove off the right side of the roadway striking a fence and proceeding down an embankment before coming to a rest. Linkous’s vehicle was towed from the scene.

— George Arthur Kress, 55, of Beloit, was traveling eastbound and Michael Porter, 49, of Alliance, was traveling westbound on Hartley Road in Knox Township Friday at 6:07 p.m. when Kress went left of center sideswiping Porter. After detecting an alcoholic odor Sergeant D. Morrison conducted a field sobriety test before determining Kress to be intoxicated and transporting him to the Sebring Police Department for further tests. Kress later admitted drinking prior to the crash. Kress had one passenger in the front left side of the car.

— On Jan. 12 Jeremy R. McElroy, 43, of East Palestine, was northbound on State Route 170 in Middleton Township and struck a deer that entered the travel lane. Negley Fire Department assisted on scene and side airbags in the vehicle were deployed.

— At 3:49 p.m. Jan. 9 Kathy Lee Wilson, 70, of Grove City was driving southwest on State Route 164 in Salem Township. Wilson traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a mailbox. Wilson stated she did not remember much of the crash and was diabetic.

— Jason L. Rowand, 51, of Wellsville, was eastbound on State Route 39 in Washington Township at 4:17 p.m. Jan. 12 and failed to maintain control. Rowand went off the right side of the road striking a ditch, cement curb, and sign. The Highlandtown Fire Department and Life Team EMS assisted on scene. Rowan told the officer he suspected he had fallen asleep before the crash. Rowand was cite for not wearing a seatbelt and no driver’s license.

— Christopher Wade Sensing, 45, of Hanoverton, was northbound on State Route 9 in Hanoverton at 6:07 p.m. Jan. 6. Sensing drove off the left side of the roadway striking a small tree, boat, and trailer. The trailer struck another boat during the collision. Sensing was cited for failure to control during snowy conditions.

St. Clair Township

— Officers were dispatched to Old Fredericktown Road Jan. 11 at 12:35 a.m. to take a report on an incident that happened during a child’s custody exchange. The caller wanted the documentation in case of any further incidents.

— Eric Graham was pulled over for fictitious plates at McDonald’s on state Route 170 at 7:23 p.m. on Jan. 11. Graham told officers he didn’t have a license. He was cited for driving under financial responsibility law suspension and fictitious plates and given his court date. The vehicle was towed.

— Police arrived at Dresden Ave. near Walmart after a call about an accident Jan. 12 at 8:42 a.m. where they spoke with Alex Sean Fluharty, 31. He said he was a federal officer for the CIA; however, Fluharty had no documentation to prove his claim. Police did find several loaded firearms in the bed of his truck, a large amount of ammunition and, in the cab of the truck, a large amount of marijuana and mushrooms. Fluharty was transported to the police department where he was processed and charged with falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was later transported to the county jail.

— Officers sitting near state Route 267 saw a Jeep pass by at 1:05 p.m. Jan. 12 and they ran the plates, which came back expired. They pulled the driver over who said he had forgotten to renew the plates which had expired in July 2020. He was cited for expired plates and the vehicle was towed.

— Erika L. Acevedo-Contreras, 33, was observed by loss prevention at Walmart on Dresden Ave. shoplifting at self-checkout Jan. 12 at 1:49 p.m. She selected multiple items from several different departments but used incorrect bar codes when she checked out. She failed to scan and pay for 30 items at a total of $186.31. She was arrested and transported to St. Clair Township Police Department where she was processed and charged with petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. Her court date is set for Thursday at 9 a.m. at East Liverpool Municipal Court.

— Emere Mykel Mason, 23, is charged with petty theft after an incident at Walmart on Dresden Ave. on Jan. 12 at 5:10 p.m. Loss prevention saw Mason select multiple items from several departments then go to self-checkout where he used different bar codes to alter prices. He was placed under arrest, transported to the police department and charged with petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. His court date is set for Thursday at 9 a.m. at the East Liverpool Municipal Court.

— A Calcutta Smithferry Rd. resident called officers after he said a neighbor threatened him and his dog just before 10 p.m. on Jan. 13. When police arrived, the caller told police the neighbor was upset that his dog got loose and may have gone into his yard when the neighbor made the threat to shoot him and his dog both. The neighbor denied threatening the caller but did say he would indeed shoot the dog if it came back into his yard. Next he told officers he was unhappy the caller was making his building into apartments and the neighbor said he felt it would disrupt the neighborhood. There was also mention of a security light shining into the neighbor’s property at night. The caller said the lights were needed after some theft had occurred at the construction site. He told officers his dog wouldn’t get loose again and police told his neighbor to call if there are any other issues.

— Ronald Allen Greathouse, 53, is mandated to appear in court on Thursday, on a petty theft charge. On Jan. 13 at 3:05 p.m., loss prevention at the Dresden Ave. Walmart saw Greathouse, at self-checkout, fail to scan and pay for 24 items totalling $274.48. He was taken to the police department and charged. Petty theft is a misdemeanor of the first degree.

— Leroy McEldowney was driving on Cannon Mills Rd. at 4:29 p.m. Jan. 13 when police ran his plate and realized the plates were fictitious. When officers pulled him over, McEldowney said he didn’t have a valid license and that it was his sister’s car which he had recently put the plates on. Dispatch advised officers that there were active warrants out for McEldowney but they were outside of the pickup radius. They confirmed his license was suspended. He was cited for fictitious plates and ordered to appear at court Thursday. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

— Two people were arrested just after midnight Jan. 14 after a traffic stop turned into more. Police spotted the car on Crestview Pl. with a dim license plate bulb and pulled it over. They identified the four passengers and realized that the driver, Travis Shane Rhodes, 30, had a suspended license. Another passenger, Megan Marie McBride had a warrant through East Liverpool Municipal Court. McBride, 37, was found to be in possession of a baggie of white powder and various unknown pills. A search of the vehicle turned up more concerning material: a bag with multiple hypodermic needles and a scale with white powdery residue. Rhodes was placed under arrest then both parties were taken to the police department, fingerprinted and processed. McBride was transported to county jail under her warrant. Rhodes was cited for driving under suspension and illumination of rear license plate and he was issued a summons to court for possessing drug abuse instruments.

— Police took a report of threats made in Echo Dell Mobile Park on Jan. 14 shortly after noon. They are on file for possible charges.

— Police were dispatched to state Route 267 for reported harassment. The complainant advised officers that someone they knew had been coming to their home and harassing them for the past few years. Officers advised the caller of possible courses of action and then cleared the call with no further incidents.

— A report of a male making threats at the Marathon Station in Glenmoor around 10 p.m. Saturday brought police to the scene. The report stated a man in the parking lot had been threatening to rob the gas station then shoot himself; however, an employee there told officers that no man of that description was there. Police checked the area and found nothing.

— A Summit Dr. resident said she heard a loud bang outside her home and felt the ground shake at 8:18 Saturday night. When she opened her front door she found a truck had hit her home. The owner of the truck said he had parked across the street in a friend’s driveway when the parking brake must have malfunctioned, allowing the car to coast into the house. No injuries were reported.

— Police on patrol ran a plate while traveling southbound on St. Clair Ave. 9:38 a.m. Jan. 11 and realized the driver’s license and the plates were expired. The car was stopped and the driver was cited for expired driver’s license and expired plates.

— Police were called to the Shoe Department on Dresden Ave. for a reported theft around noon Jan. 11. The clerk said the person took the shoes then the clerk confronted them. Next, the clerk said the person returned the shoes and left before officers arrived. The report was filed.

— A resident of a state Route170 home filed a police report about an earlier incident on Jan. 1 shortly before 2 a.m.

— A Maple Dr. resident filed a report with officers Jan. 3 just before 6 a.m. regarding some missing luggage from a recent trip.The information will be forwarded to a detective for further investigation.

— A neighborhood dispute on Annesley Rd. the morning of Jan. 3 brought police to the scene. Officers spoke to the caller who said the person across the street had pulled in and started threatening him. The man across the street said the caller had pulled in and started fighting with him. A witness was not able to hear the men. No further incidents were reported.

— Officers met a caller at Sheetz on St. Clair Ave. right before 10 p.m. Jan 4. He told officers he was on state Route 170 when a woman threw a cup of frozen coffee all over him and his car. He said he tried to follow her but she got away. The incident was documented.

— Officers responded to a McDonald St. resident’s harassment call Jan. 4 at 11:59 p.m. and a report was taken.

— January 5, a caller on S. Meadowbrook Circle told officers she had lent her car to a man in October, but when she wanted it back he told her the engine had blown up and he scrapped it without her permission. She was not able to provide documentation proving ownership of the vehicle. Police told her she needed that documentation to complete the report.

— Loss prevention at the Dresden Ave. Walmart called officers Jan. 5 at 1:16 p.m. and said there had been a report of a shooting threat. Officers spoke to the person who said they had overheard talk by a worker of a possible threat back on Dec. 30. When police asked about the threat, the worker said they made no such statement nor had any information concerning any shooting threat.

— Joshua Adam Boyle, 36, faces theft charges after loss prevention reported seeing him attempt to defraud the self-checkout on Jan. 6. Boyle failed to scan and pay for 25 items at a total of $220.87. He was arrested and transported to the police department and charged with a first-degree misdemeanor charge of petty theft. He was ordered to appear in court and released.

— Officers responded to a disabled vehicle call Jan. 6 at 7:15 p.m. on Tuscarawas Rd. They arrived at the scene where the driver got back in his vehicle, put it into four-wheel-drive, freed the vehicle from the ditch and was on his way.

Perry Township

— Police responded at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday to the 1400 block of Andrew Avenue after a caller said a suspicious minivan had been sitting in front of her house for awhile and someone had knocked on her door multiple times. Police spoke with the people who said they were given that address to purchase a dog. They had been in contact with someone through Craigslist and were supposed to pick up a Yorkie. The caller said she doesn’t have any dogs. Police advised the people in the van and asked if they had paid any money for the dog, which they had not. They were told not to give any money until they had better contact with the seller and to beware of scams.

— No citation was issued after a northbound vehicle driven by Richard Creese, 77, Lisbon, on the U.S. Route 62/state Route 45 bypass near Benton Road traveled off of the road in the snow, lost control, hit a guardrail and came to rest on the vehicle driver side at 11:27 a.m. Tuesday. The driver was extracted from the vehicle and refused treatment from EMT. Perry Township and Salem fire departments were on scene. Sinsley Towing removed the vehicle.

— A well-being check on a 5-year-old child was requested at 11:18 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Prospect Street at Salem Acres. The juvenile was found in another apartment, asleep and in good health.

— A domestic was reported at 9:29 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Prospect Street at Salem Acres where residents said there was a verbal altercation over a civil matter. Officers saw no indication of physical violence and told all parties to separate for the night.

— Police were called at 8:48 p.m. Monday to the 1200 block of Depot Road for a neighbor dispute. The caller alleged there was a trail of footprints in the front yard from the neighbor’s residence that led to the front window of her house. She had a protection order against the neighbor. Officers learned from the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office that there was an active warrant against the subject of the protection order. Contact was made with his father who said his son was living out of state and had not been home for several months.


— Officers responded at 8:13 p.m. Tuesday to the Walmart parking lot for a domestic involving two people inside a white vehicle. The vehicle left the parking lot westbound and had no working headlights but had an LED light placed on the front of the vehicle. Officers located the vehicle exiting the Circle K parking lot and conducted a traffic stop. Both parties said the altercation was verbal only. The female, Tai Kotas, 41, Pine Street, Leetonia, was taken into custody on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and turned over to a Columbiana County sheriff’s deputy. She was found to have warrants out of both Columbiana and Mahoning counties. Due to the nature of the warrants, police secured permission from the owner/driver to search the vehicle and found marijuana contraband, which was then destroyed. The driver was sent on his way.

— A driver received a verbal warning for headlights required after a traffic stop at 8:14 p.m. Tuesday on South Cunningham Road at the Walmart entrance.

— A man from East 12th Street reported at 7:43 p.m. Tuesday that he returned to his parked vehicle and located a note under the windshield wiper and the wiper was damaged. The incident was under investigation.

— Noah McIntosh, 23, West Perry Street, was cited for failure to transfer after a traffic stop at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday on Newgarden Avenue for a registration violation. An odor of marijuana emanated from the vehicle, the vehicle was searched and a small amount of contraband was found and later destroyed. License plates to the vehicle were expired and the passenger said she bought the car from a friend in June, however, the vehicle had not been transferred to her name through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The driver was cited but they were permitted to drive home and park the vehicle until the issue can be corrected.

— A woman on Bank Street reported at 4:52 p.m. Tuesday that her juvenile daughter has been getting harassed by an older female juvenile over property. Police spoke with the other girl and told her to stop sending harassing messages via phone. She said she wouldn’t send anymore messages.

— An officer at 1:58 p.m. Tuesday found a dog at large in the 1000 block of West State Street, but called the phone number on the collar, contacted the owner and returned the dog. The owner was given a verbal warning for dog at large.

— A hit/skip was reported at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday in the emergency room parking lot at Salem Regional Medical Center where a hospital employee saw a blue four-door sedan back into a maroon GMC SUV. The vehicle left the scene. A note was left for the GMC owner to contact police for information.

East Liverpool

— Cody Ryan Payne, 29, faces charges for felony domestic violence and criminal damaging after police were dispatched to St. Clair Avenue shortly after midnight New Year’s Day. A woman called 911 and told them he had choked her and thrown beer on her. Police arrived and found Payne packing a suitcase and saying he was leaving for California in the morning; however, police took him into custody. While officers transported and booked Payne, he became combative repeatedly and banged his head off the cage in the police car and again off the plexi glass divider. He then reported to officers that the complainant was responsible for his head injury, but officers reported that he had not had any head injury prior to him hitting his head around the cruiser. He was transported to county jail to await his court appearance.

— A reported disturbance brought officers to Smithfield St. at 8:19 a.m. New Year’s Day. The caller told officers they heard a man and woman yelling and the man said he would hit the woman. Upon arriving police found a man who said he and his brother were having an argument but nothing physical had occurred. Police cleared the call with no further incident.

— A custody dispute brought officers to Oakwood St. on the morning of Jan. 1. Both parents involved called police at the same time to mediate. The father was reluctant to turn the pair’s children over to their mom due to COVID issues, but officers convinced him to follow the court order and stay in good standing and the children were given to their mother without further incident.

— A resident of Fawcett Apartments on Moore St. was reportedly banging on people’s doors, upset after a second calendar was stolen from the door of his apartment. The call came in just before noon on Jan. 1. Police advised the man to let management review video footage and handle the thief.

— A caller advised officers that he was southbound on St. Clair Ave. just before 3 p.m. Jan. 1 when a broken chunk of concrete near the laundromat had damaged the underside of his wife’s car that he was driving.

— Officers mediated a family dispute on Jackman St. at 3 p.m. Jan 1. The minor child told officers her mother had threatened her with a taser. The child left and went to a home on Ambrose St. where a woman had called police. Officers brought the child back to the Jackman St. home and advised the mother of legal options to handle her unruly child. Another child at the home told officers the mother never threatened the daughter with the taser.

— Officers assisted the East Liverpool Fire Department with a medical emergency Jan. 1 at 4:36 p.m. on Minerva St. The victim was transported to East Liverpool hospital.

— Police were sent to West Second St. Jan 1 at 6:53 p.m. after a resident told officers she had seen a flashlight reflecting off her garage and her dog was barking. Officers found no one in the area and all of the woman’s doors and windows were secure on the garage.

— An argument over rent money brought police to Grant St. on New Year’s Day just before 7:30 p.m. A man was trying to collect rent money from a resident, but she said while the man had been in jail, a woman had come and collected the money. Officers told both that this is a civil issue and advised the two to not contact each other again for the rest of the evening.

— A domestic dispute on Blakely St. Jan. 1 just before 8 p.m. brought officers to the scene, but the complainant declined to press charges. She said her son was drinking heavily for the last three days and she wanted to check on him. When she arrived she said he was angry and pushed her off the porch which made her glasses fall off and she said she needed them back to see. She found the glasses and signed a domestic charge refusal.

— Officers responded to a possible domestic dispute on West Fourth St. on Jan. 1 at 9:23 p.m. A woman there told officers that her boyfriend had been drinking and they were joking around loudly on the porch. No other incidents were reported.

— A report of a woman in her car at the Dollar General on Pennsylvania Ave. brought officers to the scene Jan. 1 at 10:31 p.m. Officers were not able to locate her there. An officer was then at a traffic accident at the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. when a car crashed into the guardrail behind the cruiser. Dispatchers told officers the car was registered to the same woman who had called from Dollar General just prior. Officers identified the driver who told officers she was homeless and had been driving around for hours “running lights, driving reckless and stalking people.” A Lifeteam ambulance arrived and the woman willingly went to the East Liverpool hospital to be evaluated.

— Officers sent a report to the prosecutor’s office to review on a possible domestic violence charge after a Jan. 2 call for help at a Cleveland Ave. residence after a man made threats to break into the home to speak to his childrens’ mother. He denied any threatening behavior and told officers calmly that he was only trying to speak with his wife after she left with the kids and she refused. He said he had only knocked once. Cell phone video sent to officers captured him coming to the door and trying to open it then knocking one time. Next, he is seen asking the children’s mother to talk to him on the porch and then walking away while threatening to set a car on fire.

— Officers noticed a man in dark clothing near the entrance to Dollar General on Penn Ave. at 5:35 a.m. Jan. 2. The man told officers he was out of cigarettes and collecting used butts to smoke. He asked when the store would open. Officers told him the store opened in a few hours but he needed to move along and he complied.

— An unattended fire in a backyard on Woodlawn brought officers and the fire department on Jan. 2 shortly after 6 a.m. Firefighters extinguished the small fire with a water can and spoke with the homeowner about fires within city limits. The scene was cleared without any further incident.

— A caller told officers she saw people sitting in and hanging around her car at Fawcett Apartments on Moore Street Jan. 2 just after 11 p.m. When officers arrived they found no one in the parking lot. Next, the caller yelled down from her apartment that she saw them behind the dumpster against the building. Police found no one again and they told the resident to call back if anything else happened.

— Police noticed a truck exiting Heights Manor on Lisbon Street with no proper plate light at 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 2. When they ran the plate number they found it was registered to a deceased owner and they pulled the vehicle over. The owner had a valid license and she showed officers the vehicle registration, telling them she was in the process of getting the title transferred through probate court to her boyfriend’s name. Officers let her go with a warning for the plate light.

— Officers responded to a report of an assault in the Vista Motel on Edwards Street on Jan. 3 just before 1:30 a.m. The report was sent to the prosecutor’s office for review and possible charges.

— A caller on Lisbon Street advised officers that someone had left two bags of feces on her windshield. There were also feces on her back windshield. The caller said they parked the car around 7 p.m. on Jan. 2 then came out in the morning to find the vandalism had taken place.

— Police were dispatched to Erie Street at 10:29 a.m. Jan. 3 for a domestic dispute. A neighbor told police they saw a man and a woman fighting in the yard and said the man had slammed the woman’s face into the ground as she was holding a small child. When police spoke to the man he said it was just an argument and told officers the woman was in the house undressed. Officers told him they needed to speak with her. She said there had been an argument but said a wound on her head happened when she was walking and fell. She signed a domestic charge refusal and police left without any further incident.

— Gary J. Barrios, 34, came in to turn himself in on a local warrant at 11:25 p.m. Jan. 3. He was issued his paperwork and directed to the court.

— Police were dispatched to Maryland Street on Jan. 3 just before 1 p.m. on a criminal trespassing call when a caller told police there was a vehicle in the backyard belonging to a man with an unserved protection order. The man was gone when police arrived. Police told the caller to call back immediately if he returned.


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