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Obstructing justice trial set for county woman

LISBON — A Salineville woman accused of obstructing justice for her actions the day after a fatal accident allegedly caused by her husband is scheduled to face a jury trial on Feb. 7.

Ruth White, 62, state Route 164, appeared briefly in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court before Judge Megan Bickerton with her defense attorney, Chris Amato. The state was represented by county Chief Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Weikart.

She remains out of jail with her recognizance bond continued. A final status conference was set for 9 a.m. Jan. 30.

Ruth White was indicted in June for the two fifth-degree felony obstructing justice charges. The case against her husband, Donald E. White, 65, remains pending. He was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony; and two charges of failure to stop after an accident, one a second-degree felony and the other a third-degree felony, all related to the Oct. 23, 2021 crash, along with an additional charge of possession of cocaine from a superseding indictment. A 13-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle on state Route 164 died after being struck by a vehicle allegedly driven by Donald E. White.

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