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Columbiana County Common Pleas

LISBON — Brandon R. Russell, 28, Garner Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a lesser included offense to the sexual battery, third-degree felony, charge he was initially facing. He faces up to an 18-month prison sentence and a $5,000 fine at sentencing, which was scheduled for Jan. 15. He also will be required to register as a Tier II sexual offender, required to verify his address every six months for 25 years.

Russell was accused of engaging in sexual conduct between June 1, 2011 through June 1, 2014 with a teenage member of a congregation where he served as a cleric.

Jason R.S. Gish, 24, Sherman Street, Lisbon, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control, which was dishonorably terminated. Gish had sold marijuana to a confidential informant in both June and July of 2015 and was convicted of two counts of trafficking in drugs.

Murdo D. Urquhart, 43, Youngstown, pleaded guilty to three count of non-support of dependents for failing to provide adequate support to three children, currently 17, 19 and 24, during a period between March 1, 2014 and Feb. 7, 2020. Sentencing is set for Jan. 7. He faces up to three years in prison and a $7,500 fine.

Chad V. Lang Jr., 26, Lincoln Street, East Liverpool, was placed on four years community control for two counts of harassment with bodily substances. On Oct. 25, 2019, Lang had expelled a bodily substance onto correction officers Sgt. David Schialdone and Jessica Gillingham.

Shawn P. Warren, 45, Grant Street, East Liverpool, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control and was sentenced to 45 days in jail for the possession of drugs and attempted tampering with evidence charges. The charges were for having cocaine and concealing evidence on Jan. 29, 2018.

Thomas W. Akers, 31, Saint George Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, for having the substance on Jan. 2, 2019. He was found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction and was placed on a four-year intervention treatment plan.

Patrick James Scafide, 30, Thompson Avenue, East Liverpool, stipulated to violating the terms of his intervention treatment plan, which was dishonorably terminated. Scafide was placed at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center for the two counts of aggravated possession of drugs charges for having methamphetamines and oxycodone on May 10, 2019. After his release, Scafide will remain on community control.

Billie J. Thompson, 38, West Middletown Road, Canfield, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated possession of drugs and five counts of possession of drugs. On Aug. 1, 2019, Thompson had methamphetamine, buprenorphine and amphetamine. Then on June 11, 2019, Thompson had methamphetamine, tramadol, lorazepam and clonazepam. Thompson was placed on a three-year intervention treatment plan.

New Cases

Rochelle R. Wright, executrix of the estate of Frederick E. Welshhans, Salem, vs. Noralee McCaskey, Columbiana, excess of $25,000 sought for alleged damages and injuries from a crash on June 13, 2017 on Lisbon Street, Columbiana.

Joseph and Julie Rinko, Salem, vs. Antonio F. Papale, Salem, excess of $25,000 sought for alleged damages and injuries from a crash on state Route 9 in Salem on Nov. 12, 2019.

Patrick M. Davis, East Palestine, vs. Kerri C. Davis, Lisbon, divorce sought.

Nora Lee Wright, Austintown, and Gregory T. Wright, Lisbon, dissolution sought.

Brandi A. Cook, Salem, and Lonnie J. Cook, Salem, dissolution sought.

Docket Entries

County Treasurer vs. Jeffrey A. Nesselrode, property on Anderson Boulevard forfeited to East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Tommy O’Rourke, et al., property on Prospect Street forfeited to East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Mark VanKirk, properties on West Ninth and Burford Streets forfeited to East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Shawn McKinnon, et al., property on Sophia Street forfeited to East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Joy Norman, et al., property on Cadmus Street forfeited to East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Mary R. Sisely, properties on Avondale Street forfeited to East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Larry A Keener, property on Ray Street forfeited to East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. unknown heirs of Edward Woodrow Campbell, et al., delinquent taxes and penalties paid, case dismissed.

County Treasurer vs. East Palestine China Decorating, LLC, et al., delinquent taxes and penalties paid, case dismissed.

County Treasurer vs. the unknown heirs of Charlotte E. Gorby, property on Pleasant Drive, East Palestine, sold to Mark C. Richard for $36,000.

County Treasurer vs. Kyle A. McCloud, et al., property on Montana Avenue, East Liverpool, sold to Patrick L. King Jr., for $4,000.

County Treasurer vs. Jeffery A. Nally, property on Ravine Street, East Liverpool, sold to Greg Bricker for $2,107.

County Treasurer vs. Robert Michael Dyer, et al., foreclosure ordered for property on Haywood Street, East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Kathryn L. Brown, et al., foreclosure ordered for properties on Avondale Street, East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Joseph E. Pastore, et al., foreclosure ordered for property on North Street, Salineville.

County Treasurer vs. Helen Duffield, foreclosure ordered for property on Dyke Road, Negley.

Wilmington Savings Fund Society vs. Cheryl Hinton-Byerly, et al., foreclosure dismissed.

Ditech Financial LLC vs. Terry L. Riggs, et al., property withdrawn from sheriff’s sale, foreclosure on hold.

Martha Metzler, surviving spouse of James E. Metzler, vs. Insul Co. Inc., et al, case settled and dismissed.

Salem Building Rentals LLC vs. Eric G. Cunningham, defendant ordered to pay plaintiff $6,454 plus interest.

Michael Sullivan, East Liverpool, vs. Jodi L. Sullivan, East Liverpool, divorce granted.

John Winters, Negley, vs. Kody Winters, Columbiana, dissolution granted.

Marriage Licenses

Jacob Lee Roush, 19, East Liverpool, construction carpenter, and Morgan Nicole Kestner, 19, East Liverpool, student.

Ian Richard Hall, 24, Columbiana, delivery driver, and Elyse Ann Beckwith, 24, Columbiana, phlebotomist.

Jonathan Andrew Reader, 41, East Palestine, investigator, and Christina M. Briceland, 40, East Palestine, paraprofessional.

Brian Anthony Yorlano, 38, East Liverpool, IT specialist, and Malia L. Wright, 39, East Liverpool, teacher.

Christopher Samuel Kinnear, 34, Wellsville, physician, and Kathryn A. Chastant, 32, Wellsville, RN.

Kayla A. Winters, 26, East Liverpool, case manager, and Tyler Anne Buckius, 23, Salem, student.

Jerome William Mettenberger Jr., 34, Wellsville, gas utility worker, and Josephine Nicole Lee, 24, Wellsville, USPS clerk.

Jonathan Wayne Willis, 28, East Liverpool, laborer, and Amanda Marie Smearman, 30, East Liverpool, deli clerk.

Samuel D. Beaver, 28, Negley, supervisor for MPW, and Tiffany Jo Muraco, 30, Negley, assistant business manager at Threshold.

James Allen Boston Jr., 39, Leetonia, carpenter, and Jessica Lynne Duncil, 37, Leetonia, none.

Austin Obryan Smith, 23, Salineville, Safelite tech, and Hailee Katherine Polen, 22, Salineville, nail technician.

Ronald J. Dixon, 54, East Palestine, laborer, and Lisa Elizabeth Toner, 55, East Palestine, LPN.

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