Area man arrested for domestic violence

CALCUTTA — A 54-year-old St. Clair Township man was arrested Thursday night after a woman called 911 to report being stabbed and beaten at his home on East Liverpool Road.

Township Detective Troy Walker reported that as he responded up the long driveway to the house, he saw someone in the kitchen window who fled to the other end of the house and he went to the door and began beating on it, but no one answered.

Meanwhile, township Patrolman Jasper Cannon was beating on another door of the home, trying to get a response, to no avail, Walker said.

Looking into the windows, the officers said it was apparent some type of struggle had taken place, with items turned upside down.

“We’ve had a history of domestic violence at this house; we’ve had to fight him and (deploy the taser on him), so we didn’t know what we had,” Walker said, referring to home owner Frank Bursick Jr.

For this reason, assistance was sought from Liverpool Township police, the county sheriff’s office and its special response team (SRT).

“We were treating it as a more serious event,” Walker said.

As officers ringed the perimeter of the house to await arrival of the SRT, the female called the dispatcher at the East Liverpool police station to say she was coming out of the house.

Walker said she had minor injuries and did not want to file any charges against Bursick because she is homeless and has no place else to go.

Bursick was still inside, and officers used a loudspeaker in an attempt to get him to come out, also trying to call him on his phone, but he failed to respond.

About an hour after officers first arrived on the scene, as darkness fell, Bursick sneaked out the back door in an apparent attempt to run into the nearby woods but was apprehended by Liverpool Township officers and sheriff’s deputies, Walker said.

He was taken into custody and charged with domestic violence, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

The alleged victim refused medical treatment and also refused to cooperate in filing charges, according to Walker.

Bursick appeared Friday in East Liverpool Municipal Court where he indicated he will hire his own attorney, and a second arraignment was scheduled Nov. 22, with $30,000 cash/surety bond set.

He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, identified in court records as Kerry McKinley, or the East Liverpool Road residence. He was also ordered not to possess firearms or ammunition.

Court records show Bursick appeared in 2006 for receiving stolen property, twice in 2014 for domestic violence, both of which were dismissed, and resisting arrest, and in 2015 for illegal conveyance of a drug of abuse onto the grounds of a detention facility, which was amended to possession of a dangerous drug, for which he received four years of community control.