County Sheriff

— Deputies responded at 2:33 a.m. Friday to the Heck Road, Unity area for a suspicious white Ford F-150 with Florida license plates. Deputies checked the area with Springfield Township police, but the vehicle was not found.

— A possible overdose was reported at 12:41 a.m. Friday in the area of Pritchard Avenue and when deputies arrived, they learned the person had taken off running upon waking. He was found and detained to be checked by KLG, then was cleared and released to family. He had accidentally taken too many pills, but said he was only sleeping. Lisbon police assisted at the scene.

— A domestic dispute was reported at 6:53 p.m. Aug. 11 on State Line Road, Middleton Township, between a mother and daughter. Both signed a refusal to prosecute.

Highway Patrol

— No injuries were reported after a Dodge Ram pickup driven by Jerald Jarman, 23, Martins Ferry, caught fire while northbound on state Route 11 in Fairfield Township at 2:59 p.m. Aug 12. The Columbiana Fire Department extinguished the fire in the engine compartment. A small trail of oil was found northbound on state Route 11 and on the exit ramp to state Route 344.

— Jeffrey Spence, 64, Beaver Falls, was cited for improper starting/backing, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and OVI refusal after the eastbound vehicle he was driving on South Front Street in Middleton Township ran out of gas and he started backing up, with the vehicle going off of the right side of the road and striking a guardrail at 1:58 p.m. Aug. 11. No injury was reported.

— Donald Freeman, 74, Omaha, Neb., was cited for improper turn after he said he turned the westbound semi he was driving too short while attempting a right turn from Columbia Street (state Route 344) onto Chestnut Street, going off the right side of the road striking a yield sign and railroad crossing gate at 6:21 p.m. Aug. 8. The truck continued northbound onto Chestnut Street, dragging the railroad crossing gate across the intersecting railroad tracks. Norfolk Southern replaced the damaged gate mechanism and the Leetonia street department replaced the yield sign and had the section of damaged road closed temporarily.


— Officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of Franklin Avenue at 5:33 a.m. Monday to deliver a message. The Salem Hospital requested a family member to contact them.

— Officers responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Cleveland Street at 1:45 a.m. Monday for a civil matter. The caller advised that her mother was throwing food out the back door into the yard. It was determined the mother lived at the residence and nothing criminal had occurred.

— Officers responded to the 800 block of East State Street at 10:29 p.m. Sunday for reports of an occupied suspicious vehicle, finding nothing criminal occurring. The driver was advised to leave per the property owner’s request.

— Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 900 block of West Wilson Street at 9:27 p.m. Sunday. None of the people officers spoke to heard any shots fired, only children playing and a firework.

— Officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of Cedar Street at 8:48 p.m. Sunday for reports of a disturbed person. The caller had advised his friend was acting strangely. When officers arrived, the friend advised he was having some mental health issues and needed to go to the hospital for medical attention. KLG transported them to Salem Regional Medical Center without incident.

— Officers spoke to a woman at the Police Station at 7:36 p.m. Sunday for a hit and skip report. The woman advised that the night before her vehicle was parked in the 100 block of East State Street in the parking lot and that in the morning, she had observed slight damage to the rear bumper.

— Officer responded to a residence in the 1400 block of East State Street at 7:06 Sunday for a civil property dispute. When officers arrived, the dispute had been resolved for the time being and one party, Jeremy Fristik, of East Palestine was found to have an active arrest warrant. The Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the warrant and responded to take Fristik into custody.

— Officers responded to a residence in the 500 block of South Ellsworth Avenue at 6:51 p.m. Sunday to assist the Salem Fire Department. The caller advised that she had used an outlet and smoke had begun coming out. Officers stood by until no longer needed.

— Officers responded to a residence in the 500 block of Bank Street at 5:23 p.m. Sunday for a wellness check. The caller advised his girlfriend had returned home and made concerning statements. When officers arrived, the girlfriend denied making any such statement and denied needing medical attention, and advised officers she was going to leave the residence again. The caller was advised not to call when she leaves unless there is an emergency due to the girlfriend being an adult and she is allowed to leave the residence.

— Officers responded to the 200 block of Hawley Avenue at 4:53 p.m. Sunday for reports of an intoxicated woman growling at people. The woman was having medical issues due to an apparent drug overdose. The Salem Fire Department and EMT responded and transported the woman to the Salem Regional Medical Center Emergency Room.

— Officers responded to the 2600 block of East State Street at 1:33 p.m. Sunday for a two-vehicle accident Sharon Karnofel was traveling eastbound when they stopped for oncoming traffic. Donald Krebs Jr. Was also traveling eastbound, and failed to stop for traffic, striking the rear of Karnofel’s vehicle. Krebs’ vehicle was removed by Sinsley Towing, and he was cited for assured clear distance ahead. No injuries were reported.

Perry Township

— Officers responded to a business in the 600 block of Benton Road at 10:45 p.m. Sunday for a medical alarm. Officers checked the building, which was secured, and were unable to locate any subjects.

— Officers responded to the 1800 block of South Lincoln Avenue at 1:45 p.m. Sunday for a report of an intoxicated man. Officers made contact with the man and after a brief conversation it was determined he was intoxicated and needed a ride to his residence for his own safety. While attempting to organize a ride the man’s wife arrived on scene and transported the man to his residence.

— Officers spoke to a woman from the 1100 block of Jones Drive by phone at 1:23 p.m. Sunday in regards to a civil issue. The caller advised her daughter and her live-in boyfriend had broken up and her daughter asked the boyfriend to move out of the residence but the boyfriend refused unless her daughter paid a certain amount of money, and stated that if he didn’t receive the money “there would be problems”. Officers advised them not to pay any money to the boyfriend and to contact the landlord of the property to begin the eviction process.

— Officers responded to state Route 344 at 6:43 a.m. Sunday to be on the lookout for a vehicle involved in a private property hit and skip accident in Leetonia. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate it. Sometime later officers observed a vehicle at Circle K that matched the description, and after further investigation confirmed it matched the registration. The Salem Police Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office responded shortly after. The Sheriff’s Office obtained the information about the accident.

— Officers observed a vehicle parking on the side of the road in the 1400 block of Egypt Road at 1:34 a.m. Sunday. Officers spoke with four people who advised they were in the area taking pictures of paranormal objects and left at police request.


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