Columbiana County Sheriff

Deputies were asked to check on an elderly person living on Old Monroeville Road, Washington Township at 6:34 p.m. Thursday. The person appeared normal.

Jeffrey G. Messenger, Cunningham Road, Salem, reported at 5:01 a.m. Thursday someone stole two tarps off his truck overnight while it was parked at Geary’s Towing, state Route 344, Leetonia.

Shooting was reported at 8:15 p.m. Thursday near state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township. Deputies checked the area, but did not find anyone shooting.

Deputies checked at a Fredricktown-Clarkson Road home in Middleton Township at 5:09 p.m. Thursday after someone possibly hung up on the 911 dispatcher. The homeowner stated they have been having problems with the home telephone line and have plans to fix it later.

An assault was reported on Wilderson Avenue in Unity Township at 11:59 a.m. Thursday. Robert Luketic reportedly purchased a vehicle from George Hammel in July, making a $1,500 down payment at the time the vehicle was shipped to Ohio. Luketic has reportedly not paid anything further, so Hammel, his father and a friend flew from Arizona to get the vehicle back. Then they found Luketic had installed some equipment of the vehicle. George Hammel Sr. was walking through the office door when Justin Luketic attempted to shut it and Hammel claimed he was assaulted. Robert Luketic told deputies he just spoke to some of his financial people on the internet and was arranging to send $21,500 to an account Hammel has set up. Because of concerns about the transaction, the deputy agreed to hold the title until the middle of next week to allow for the transfer to be completed and the money to be secured by Hammel. The elder Hammel said as long as the deal goes through he will not pursue charges.

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