In the courts:


LISBON — An Aug. 9 preliminary hearing was set in county Municipal Court for Patrick Stephen Cassidy, 57, Hubbard, charged with tampering with evidence, compelling prostitution, attempted sexual conduct with a minor and possessing criminal tools. Cassidy allegedly agreed to have sex with someone he believed to be a mother and her 15-year-old daughter, arriving at a meeting location on July 3 and then deleted text messages from his phone used to set up the meeting. Court documents indicate Cassidy was similarly charged with soliciting and criminal tools in 2018.

Joseph T. Whittingham, 55, Woodworth Road, North Lima, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of attempted illegal assembly, importuning, possessing criminal tools and disseminating matters harmful to juveniles. On July 14, Whittingham allegedly initiated contact with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old child and solicited sexual activity from the teen on July 25, sending obscene images of himself and offering to sell the girl’s driver marijuana for $35.

An Oct. 7 pretrial was set for Lionel S. Ackerman, 32, Poland, cited with OVI second offense and two traffic control violation.

Kirk A. Leek, 45, New Garden Avenue, Salem, was fined $1,175, had his license suspended for a year, required to attend a three-day counseling program and ordered 40 hours community service for OVI first offense, left of center and carrying a concealed weapon for a firearm found in the center console with two loaded magazines in the glove box when he was intoxicated on May 30.

Teela K. Sonday, 36, Y and O Road, Wellsville, was fined $1,175, had her license suspended for a year, required to attend a three-day counseling program and required 40 hours community service for OVI first offense, no license, a turn signal violation and distracted driving.

An Oct. 12 pretrial was set for Shelly L. Logan, 59, South Bayshore Drive, Columbiana, cited with OVI first offense, OVI refusal with prior within 20 years and headlights required.

Shawna M. Blake, 35, Yates Road, Salem, was fined $430 for driving under suspension, failure to control and a seat belt violation. An OVI second offense charge was dismissed.

An Aug. 9 pretrial was set for Reagan M. Duck, 24, Depot Road, Salem, cited with possession of drug abuse instrument and obstructing official business for allegedly hiding a case containing five syringes and suspected narcotics in her underwear on July 30.

Sara Christine Noling, 34, East Taggart Street, East Palestine, signed a waiver of extradition so she can return to Pennsylvania where she reportedly failed to appear on a probation violation in 2019.

A Sept. 20 pretrial was set for Michael S. Thompson, 31, Canton, cited with driving under FRA suspension and loud exhaust.

A Sept. 13 pretrial was set for Robert W. Farkas, 44, Hawley Avenue, Salem, cited with driving under OVI suspension.

Kyle Andrew Luketic, 25, state Route 558, Leetonia, was fined $300 for two counts of equipment violations amended from speeding and reckless operation.

Christopher Slasor, 49, Sprucevale Road, East Liverpool, was fined $250 for driving under suspension and expired plate.

Alan W. Murphy III, 28, Creek Road, New Waterford, was fined $200 for driving under suspension.

An Oct. 25 pretrial was set for Jesus Ramos Alvarez, 23, Goshen Road, Salem, cited with speeding, no motorcycle endorsement and no license.


New Cases

County Treasurer vs. Bob Victor Pierce, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Calcutta Smith Ferry Road, East Liverpool.

County Treasurer vs. Henry Ward, et al, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on St. George Street, East Liverpool.

Teresa Dawes, Salem, vs. Christopher Dawes, Youngstown, divorce sought.

Stephanie Rhodes, Canfield, and Philip Rhodes, Salem, dissolution sought.

County Treasurer vs. Alan Bowers, appeal filed regarding delinquent tax ruling.

Docket Entries

County Treasurer vs. Quynnis L. Branham, property on Ninth Street, Wellsville, sold to Cressy Belden for $4,282.

County Treasurer vs. Wendy Baker, now known as Zocolo, et al., property on Glenwood Avenue, East Palestine, sold to Gorby’s Holdings III LLC for $4,040.

County Treasurer vs. Pete Gardner, et al., property on Clover Street, Wellsville, sold to Heather Snedden for $9,905.

Fifth Third Bank vs. Robert Howard, et al., property on Blakely Street, East Liverpool, sold to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. for $30,451.

Citibank vs. Jacqueline R. Wilson, defendant ordered to pay plaintiff $8,856 plus interest.

David Wayne Gosnell, Salem, vs. Maria Amber Gosnell, Salem, dissolution granted.


LISBON – In Common Pleas Court, Brandon L. Richardson, 33, Columbus, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs for having fentanyl on Oct. 5, 2018. He was ordered to serve 44 remaining days of a 45-day sentence in the county jail as part of his community control.

Brandon Lee Speece, 27, West Washington Street, Lisbon, pleaded guilty to an arson registration violation and was placed on three years community control. Speece failed to register after he was convicted in an arson case in Hancock County in 2014.

Destyne D. Carner, 32, Chardon, was found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction and pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs and possession of drugs. She was placed on a three-year intervention treatment plan. Carner had both oxycodone and alprazolam on July 12, 2020.

George A. Giffin, 27, Belmont Correctional Institution, has appealed the 54-month prison sentence imposed by Judge Megan Bickerton in April after he was found guilty of gross sexual imposition by a Common Pleas Court jury.


EAST LIVERPOOL — In East Liverpool Municipal Court, Jessica K. Bourne, of Haywood Street, was set Thursday for a pretrial and probable cause hearings on charges of domestic violence, criminal damaging and probation violations.

Desiree L. Pastore, of Teegarden Road in Lisbon, was set Sept. 30 on charges of theft and criminal trespass.

Isaiah M. Matthews, of St. George Street, was set for pretrial Sept. 30 on charges of no operator license and a stop sign violation.

Rebecca S. Dyke, of West Fourth Street, was sentenced to $100 plus costs on a charge of driving under suspension (FTR).

Linda L. Conrad, of Rural Lane, was sentenced to $250 plus costs and a 60-day suspended jail sentence and 40 community service hours on a theft charge.

Donald R. Cramer Jr., of Azalea Avenue, was sentenced to $225 plus costs, 20 community service hours and a 30-day suspended jail sentence on charges of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and illegal manufacture of marijuana.


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