Columbiana County Common Pleas

A Salem resident was sent to prison for operating a methamphetamine lab out of a home near Hanoverton.

Tristan A. Apinis, 31, was sentenced to five years in prison last week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court after previously pleading guilty to illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal possession of chemicals used to manufacture drugs, and drug possession. Apinis was given mandatory credit for 505 days spent in the county jail.

The charges stem from a July 1, 2015, raid at a home at Queen’s Garden on U.S. Route 30 in Hanover Township, where the county Drug Task Force officers found a meth lab consisting of seven soda pop liters in the process OF being used to cook meth. Also confiscated were material and equipment used to manufacture meth, such as lithium batteries, paint thinner and two acid gas generators.

Also confiscated were 4.5 pounds of already prepared meth.

In other court news, Melanie R. Sobek, 43, East State Street, Salem, was sentenced by Judge Scott Washam to four years probation after pleading guilty to two counts of selling drugs and one count of permitting drug abuse. She is to spend the first three to six months of her probation at the prison alternative facility in Lisbon.

Sobek sold cocaine and heroin from a Salem home to an informant working with the DTF on July 15, 2014. On Feb. 5, 2014, Sobek allowed heroin to be sold in another Salem residence where she was living at the time, with the activity occurring in the presence of children.

George R. House, 22, North Street, Lisbon, is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 19 after pleading guilty to two counts of selling drugs. He sold suboxone to an DTF informant on April 1, 2014, and May 5, 2014.

Jarrell L. Sloan, 41, 14th Street, Wellsville, was sentenced to four years probation by Judge Washam for failing to pay child support between 2012 and 2015.

New Cases

Heather Zinz of Salem and Robert Zinz of Salem; dissolution sought.

Tina R. Baumgarner of Lisbon v. Samuel R. Baumgarner of Wellsville; divorce sought.

Estate of Allen C. Coe v. Judith A. Anderson of Lisbon; wrongful death lawsuit over traffic accident that occurred in November 2014 in Madison Township. Coe, 77, was crossing the road in a wheelchair when hit by Anderson in her vehicle; $25,000-plus in damages sought.

Docket Entries

Glenda Mike, et al, v. Logan K. Gaskill, et al; lawsuit settled and dismissed.