East Liverpool Police Reports 1-29

Officers responded Sunday night to the Dollar General store on Walnut Street for a report that Todd A. Hawthorne, 31, Boring Lane, was shoplifting. They reported arriving to find a vehicle sliding around the bend out of the store parking lot, where they blocked the vehicle to prevent it from leaving. Hawthorne, a passenger in the vehicle, reportedly was seen reaching into his pants and underneath the seat and both he and the driver were told several times to put their hands in the air. When they failed to do so, the officer drew his weapon, and they complied. The store manager told police the vehicle nearly backed over her and an employee. Surveillance video reportedly showed Hawthorne taking a bottle of lotion and concealing it prior to him paying for a package of toilet paper. He was also found with an air freshener from the store, according to reports. Hawthorne was charged with petty theft, and the driver was told not to return to Dollar General property at the manager’s request. He was not charged.

The Gudenkauf Corp. reported a company trailer broken into while parked on the former Giant Eagle lot on Walnut Street, with a water pump, manhole blower and torpedo heater taken. An attempt was made to enter the locked cargo compartments of two company trucks, which were damaged in the attempt.

Christina Barz, 44, address not listed, reported her boyfriend, Charles Rearley, had hit her. Rearley told police that Barz is not his girlfriend, nor does she live at his Huston Street home. He said when he asked Barz to leave, she “freaked out” and began hitting him so he pushed her out the door. Both were advised how to file charges with the law director.

Wesley Kelly, East Ninth Street, reported his apartment broken into and a television and PlayStation system taken.

Called to the area near the Pioneer Pottery for a man assaulted, officers spoke with Tri-State Cab driver Clarence Morris, who said he was stopped at the light at Ninth Street when two men pulled him from his cab and assaulted him, taking his money. He was taken by Lifeteam ambulance to the emergency room.

Crystal Shreeve, Ravine Street, reported a PlayStation 3 system taken from her home, possibly by a person she knows.

Kim Baker, Oak Street, reported a truck had damaged her fence and was stuck in her yard. The driver, Wade Weyand, told officers he was backing his vehicle and went off the roadway. The fence had minor damage.

A Dollar General manager reported seeing a woman open a toy and give it to a child before leaving the store without paying for it. The action was captured on surveillance video.

Herman Potts, West Ninth Street, reported finding his Ford Explorer gone from the lot across from his residence, and a witness reported seeing it being hauled away on a flatbed. Potts had been approached by a person wanting to buy the vehicle, which was not for sale. It was later recovered in Chester, W.Va.

James E. McKahan, Dresden Avenue, reported someone entered his apartment and took several items. He told officers he had recently broken off a relationship with a woman who still has a key to the apartment and he suspected she took his belongings as well as a basketful of clothing that belonged to her.