In the courts


LISBON — In county Municipal Court, Mitchell A. Baker, 26, Haiti Road, Salineville, was bound over to the grand jury on a felonious assault charge, a second-degree felony. On the night of Oct. 15 into the early hours of Oct. 16, Baker allegedly punched Abigail Rudder multiple times in the head, choked her into unconsciousness, revived her and choked her again. His bond is set at $100,000 cash or surety. Baker waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

A Nov. 1 preliminary hearing and pretrial was set for Stephanie E. Herstine, 26, England Drive, East Palestine, charged with possessing criminal tools and cited with driving under FRA suspension, for allegedly using her phone to arrange to have 1 gram of methamphetamines to be delivered to East Palestine to an undercover narcotics investigator so it could be sold.

Rachel Lawson, 31, Aten Avenue, Wellsville, was bound over to the grand jury, charged with aggravated vehicular assault, a fifth-degree felony, and with five counts of endangering children for allegedly sideswiping Sadie Allen’s van, hitting her and dragging her onto the sidewalk and grass. There were five children in Allen’s vehicle at the time of the incident on Oct. 10.

A Nov. 1 preliminary hearing was set for Mitzi Sue Stoddard, 32, East Eighth Street, East Liverpool, charged with illegal conveyance of a prohibited items on the grounds of a detention facility. On Sunday, Stoddard was found to have two buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual films inside her bra.

Quint A. Witherow, 40, Steubenville Pike, Salineville, $1,725, had his license suspended for a year, required to attend a three-day counseling program and ordered 40 hours community service for driving under a court-ordered suspension, illegal plates, physical control amended from OVI third offense and two counts of driving under suspension.

A Nov. 8 pretrial was set for Ronald E. Harper, 33, Foxwood Lane, New Waterford, charged with endangering children, possession of a drug abuse instrument and drug paraphernalia. On Friday, Harper allegedly had a methamphetamine pipe and a syringe within 10 feet of sleeping children in his bedroom. Harper was fined $30 for an unrelated seat belt violation from 2019.

A Dec. 14 pretrial was set for Mark Randall Moyer, 60, Coalton, W.Va., cited with OVI first offense and refuse to submit to a test with a commercial license. Moyer was allegedly driving a semi truck while intoxicated on Monday.

A Nov. 8 pretrial was set for Antonio P. Papale, 36, East Third Street, Salem, charged with domestic violence for allegedly throwing Rebecca Papale to the ground after blocking her from leaving during an altercation on Sunday.

Brookelynn Ann Frantz, 26, Berry Road N.E., Kensington, was fined $600, credited with 20 days served and sentenced to an additional 90 days in jail for cruelty to companion animals and obstructing official business. Frantz left a 5-month-old Great Dane inside a Grand Am in a vehicle where temperatures reached over 100 degrees and without food and water on July 18. On Aug. 14, Frantz deleted text messages from her phone during an investigation involving sex for hire. Charges of possessing criminal tools and soliciting were dismissed.

A Dec. 16 pretrial was set for Michael Hanlon, 41, Dakota Street, East Liverpool, cited with OVI first offense.

A Dec. 7 pretrial Donna J. Partlow, 61, Boardman, cited with OVI first offense, two lights displayed and possession of drug paraphernalia for allegedly having chore boy and a crack pipe in her vehicle, along with suspected crack cocaine in Columbiana on Friday.

Frank Carelli, 63, Jimtown Road, East Palestine, was fined $650, sentenced to three days in jail and required 40 hours community service for failure to stop, driving under suspension and theft. Carelli drove a 2012 Dodge Ram truck on Jimtown Road, went off the left side of the road, crashed into a garage, took the car and house keys out of a vehicle of someone who had stopped and left the scene on March 20, 2020.

Randy Eric Tooch, 52, Darlington, Pa., was fined $500 and required 30 hours community service for possessing criminal tools and disorderly conduct amended from soliciting and engaging in prostitution.

Tyreese Anderson, 26, Austintown, was fined $400 and required 40 hours community service for improper handling of a firearm and possession of marijuana. Anderson had a black and silver 9-mm Taurus semi-automatic pistol with a magazine inserted and a round in the chamber during a traffic stop in early September.

Joseph W. Potts, 26, Winona Road, Salem, was fined $350 for traffic control device violation, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Jerry Welce, 65, Blueberry Drive, Columbiana, was credited with a day in jail, fined $300 and required 40 hours community service for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for allegedly being intoxicated lying in the front yard of an East Friend Street address on Sept. 9, refused to sign the summons, continued to yell and then refused to get out of the police cruiser to be handcuffed.

Dustin S. Andric, Foundry Hill Road, Hanoverton, was credited with 18 days in jail, sentenced to an addition 42 days in jail, fined $250 and required 40 hours community service for domestic violence for shooting a bow and arrow at his live-in girlfriend, Bree Jackson, putting his hands around her neck and striking her in the face with him hand on Oct. 6.

Michael C. Riley, 42, East Euclid Street, Salem, was fined $250 and required 40 hours community service for assault for striking Heather Downs in the face when she tried to break up an argument between Riley and his girlfriend on Aug. 20.

Stephen P. McKimmie, 30, Canton, was fined $250 and required 20 hours community service for disorderly conduct amended from criminal damaging for allegedly punching a windshield, cracking it, and breaking a rear-view mirror off of his mother’s 2017 Ford Fusion on June 20.

Jesus Ramos Alvarez, 23, Goshen Road, Salem, was fined $345 for no motorcycle endorsement, no license and speeding.

James L. McGee, 38, Quincy Avenue, Columbiana, was fined $250 for driving under suspension and failure to yield the right of way.

James Jones, 41, Youngstown, was fined $200 for driving under suspension and reasonable control.

A Dec. 14 pretrial was set for Richard R. Snyder Jr., 62, Lowellville, cited with OVI first offense and driving under suspension.

A Dec. 20 pretrial was set for Ethan F. Romito, 18, Pueblo Lane, Columbiana, cited with reckless operation.

Brianna T. Hollie, 20, Matteson, Ill., was fined $100 for speeding.

Bradly A. Hilliard, 20, Carrollton, was fined $150 for equipment violation amended from traffic control devices.


New Cases

County Treasurer vs. the unknown heirs of Priscilla K. Brycroft, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Carbon Hill Road, East Palestine.

County Treasurer vs. Robert and Lucille Patterson, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on West Martin Street, East Palestine.

County Treasurer vs. David E. Spencer, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Oakland Avenue, East Liverpool.

Nathaniel McCluskey, Lisbon, vs. Amber McCluskey, Stonington, Maine, divorce sought.

Laura M. Scott, Homeworth, vs. Michael R.C. Ashington, Willowick, divorce sought.

Kathyleen Yankle, Austintown, vs. Frencor, Inc., Salem, et al., appeal sought of workers’ compensation claim.

Docket Entries

Wells Fargo Bank vs. Christopher L. Miller, et al., foreclosure ordered for property on Annesley Road, East Liverpool.

Michael K. Castellucci Jr. Sebring, vs. Charlene K. McGuire, not known as Castellucci, case dismissed.

Marriage Licenses

Al D. Holenchick, 42, Kensington, self-employed/contractor, and Ashlee Nickole Davis-Cyders, 34, Kensington, unemployed.

Dylan Travis Davin, 24, Salem, Goshen Police District, and Hailey Elaine Cleek, 26, Salem, assistant manager.

Dustan Lee Seese, 36, Beloit, installer, and Ashley Rose Mutchler, 34, Beloit, bank teller/supervisor.

Jeffrey L. Salem, 54, New Waterford, aircraft maintenance, and Heidi Jo Delehanty, 53, Sharon, Pa., rural mail carrier.

Alex Robert Leighton, 25, Salem, sales specialist, and Lena Nicole Hartman, 22, Salem, unemployed.

Bryan Vinson Weyant, 25, Salem, wildlife and forestry specialist, and Kristen Nicole Swords, 28, Salem, registered nurse.

Jacob Daniel Sada, 34, Louisville, Ky., financial analyst, and Elyse Madeline Mongillo, 32, Louisville, Ky., accountant.

Santie D. Lofaro, 36, Salem, powder coater, and Starlet Marie Deas, 35, Salem, unemployed.

Robert Allen Garwick, 33, Salem, cashier, and Elizabeth Renee Chestnut, 32, Salem, operator.

Zachary T. Obrien, 31, Salem, machinist, and Amy Lauren Sutherin, 29, Lisbon, LPN.

Clifford James Price Jr., 35, Salem, receiver, and Brittney Nicholle Davis, 24, Salem, crew member.

Andrew Zachary Green, 29, East Liverpool, Walmart seasonal associate, and Amy Lynn Godwin, 37, East Liverpool, Walmart team lead.

Alec Trevor Zarbaugh, 22, Youngstown, carpenter, and Vanessa D. Lane, 27, East Palestine, housekeeper.

Michael Allen Kauffman, 29, Columbiana, realtor, and Chelsea Rae Elser, 30, Columbiana, teacher.

Richard Wellington Newton II, 42, Leetonia, unemployed, and Kelly Leigh Jester, 44, Leetonia, unemployed.

Leslie Eugene Jones, 50, East Palestine, equipment operator, and Jennifer Lynn Hiltbrand, 43, East Palestine, school bus driver.

Francisco Miguel Jose, 22, Salem, crew leader, and Juana Matias Miguel, 23, Salem, production.

Christopher James Mellott, 29, Salineville, welder, and Heaven Marie Vey, 22, Salineville, unemployed.

Jerry Scott Holben, 46, Salem, laborer, and Erica L. Raymond, 40, Salem, manager/cook/server.

Shawn D. Fiffick, 27, East Liverpool, firefighter, and Abby L. Fiore-Miller, 28, East Liverpool, nanny.

Tyler James Combs, 30, Bettendorf, Iowa, warehouser, and Catherine Dawn Ward, 28, Bettendorf, Iowa, unemployed.

Derrick Shannon Heavener, 28, East Liverpool, truck driver, and Melissa Lynn Stoffel, 24, East Liverpool, unemployed.


LISBON — In Common Pleas Court, Christopher A. Shiflett, 33, Niles, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; breaking and entering, fifth-degree felony; grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; and three counts of fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property. He is facing up to 33 and a half years in prison, $57,500 in fines and a five-year license suspension. Sentencing is set for Nov. 1.

On April 29, 2020, Shiflett had methamphetamine. On March 27, 2020, Shiflett had a 1995 Honda EX ATV belonging to Theodore Cassinger. On April 18, 2020, Shiflett was found to have a Kubota tractor and a homemade utility trailer belonging to Burton Hartley, as well as a carry-on utility trailer belonging to Charles Houshour. On the same date, he was also found to have methamphetamines for sale exceeding five times the bulk amount and buprenorphine. On April 28, 2020, Shiflett broke into the county sheriff’s impound lot to tamper with evidence.

Jordan Thurmond, 30, Elmside Street, Alliance, pleaded guilty to illegal conveyance of drug of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony; and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Thurmond faces up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Jan. 28. On Oct. 15, 2021, Thurmond had brought amphetamines and oxycodone into the county jail, where he worked as a corrections officer at the time.

Heather M. Reed, 37, Chester, W.Va., pleaded guilty to misuse of credit cards and receiving stolen property, both fifth-degree felonies, punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and two years in prison if served consecutively. A sentencing hearing was set for Dec. 3. Between Sept. 21 and Sept. 24, 2019, Reed had a Home Savings Bank Visa debit card, a Visa credit card and a J.C. Penney credit card all belonging to Tammy J. Ballerstein, which she used at least once fraudulently.


LISBON – David Coulter, 39, Water Street, Salineville, was served a secret indictment charging him with aggravated possession of drugs and possession of drugs, each a fifth-degree felony. On Oct. 21, 2020, Coulter allegedly had both methamphetamines and buprenorphine. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in July.

Dennis R. Byers, 35, Chester Avenue, Wellsville, was served an indictment charging him two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies. On June 5, and Nov. 2, 2019, Byers allegedly had hydrocodone. The secret indictment was issued by the grand jury in March of 2020.


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