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Sides meet in Soldano theft case

Police & Courts

LISBON — A pretrial hearing in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court for former Leetonia police chief John Soldano became an informal meeting between visiting Judge Virgil Lee Sinclair Jr., Assistant County Prosecutor Megan Bickerton, and defense attorney Bruce Williams. Bickerton had ...

Action by CIC board advances proposed business within city

Local News

EAST LIVERPOOL — Decisions approved Tuesday by the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) board of trustees should pave the way for new businesses to open in the city. Acting on a recommendation by its finance committee, the board approved a $20,000 loan to local banker Michael Palmer, ...

School janitor charged on sex charges

Police & Courts

LISBON — A former Leetonia schools custodian has been charged after an alleged sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. Kevin Daniel Taylor, 32, Walnut Street, Leetonia, was served a secret indictment for charges of sexual battery, interference with custody and falsification. Taylor ...

Mayor, city officials clash

Local News

CHESTER — One city councilman expressed dissatisfaction during Monday’s council meeting after an executive session was called with two councilmen excluded from that discussion. Councilman Mike Dotson voiced disapproval of a brief executive session called by Mayor Larry Forsythe, which was ...

EL man pleads guilty to assault on corrections officer

Police & Courts

LISBON — An East Liverpool area man pleaded guilty to assault on Tuesday for assaulting a corrections officer at the county jail last December. Richard V. Wagner, 33, Calcutta Smith Ferry Road, appeared in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court where he agreed to plead guilty as part of a ...

Man charged with aggravated burglary apologizes to victim

Local News

LISBON — A Pennsylvania man responsible for injuring a Cannons Mill Road man in his own home during a burglary apologized to the man prior to sentencing Tuesday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. Johnathan T. Diegdio, 35, of Ambridge, Pa., had been scheduled for a jury trial starting ...

EL Municipal Court

Police & Courts

In Municipal Court Tuesday, Jeffery M. Porto, 48, Avondale Street, was fined $100 for driving under suspension, second offense, and $30 for unsafe vehicle. * Harold W. George Jr., 72, Pa., was found guilty of failure to display plate but was assessed only court costs. * Lucas H. Davis, 34, ...