Warning shots intended to scare trespassers

LISBON – Columbiana County sheriff’s deputies and the Wellsville police responded to the Hillcrest neighborhood Saturday night after someone reported hearing gunshots.

Sheila Welch, Hillcrest Road, Wellsville, reported at 10:08 p.m. Saturday she heard shots fired behind the former Fairview School, which is located on Oakdale Avenue.

One of the residents next to the school yard, Rodney Golden, Oakdale Avenue, told deputies he saw two people walking toward his home and believed there was a weapon in hand, so he fired five shots into the ground from his Smith and Wesson 38-caliber gun to scare them away.

Deputies and the Wellsville K-9 unit checked the area, but did not find the two people, although numerous residents in the area reported seeing them running through yards.

It was not the first time Golden had reported trouble in the neighborhood in recent weeks. Golden had reported to the sheriff a week earlier hearing his dog barking and finding someone had opened the storm door to his basement.

In late April, Golden had reported vandalism at the former school next door, where deputies had then found two doors and two windows open. There were also three windows broken. Nobody was inside.

Another Hillcrest Road resident, Alisa Webb, reported on May 3 someone had recently stolen change and a pair of sunglasses from her vehicle while it was parked at her home.