In the courts:


New Cases

County Treasurer vs. Jessica L. Williams, now known as McEldowney, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Pennsylvania Avenue, East Liverpool.

Shelby Elaine Ghrist, Lisbon, vs. Jeremy L. Christ, Brilliant, divorce sought.

Shelley Marie VanTuinen, Salem, vs. Erik Jan VanTuinen, divorce sought.

CFBank vs. Paul and Dawn Howard, et al., foreclosure sought for property on Clark Avenue, Wellsville.

Huntington National Bank vs. Edward and Cynthia Kane, et al., foreclosure sought for property on North Ellsworth Avenue, Salem.

Docket Entries

Wendy Robin Bailey, Sebring, vs. Joe John Bailey, Sebring, dissolution granted.

Brian J. McCulley, Leetonia, and Joy A. McCulley, Austintown, dissolution granted.

Kyle Hiscox, Lisbon, and Victoria Hiscox, Warren, dissolution granted.

Evan McMullen, Carrollton, vs. Olivia McMullen, Minerva, divorce granted.

U.S. Bank Trust National Association vs. Jay S. Fraser, et al., case dismissed.

Huntington National Bank vs. Donna K. Newlun, et al., foreclosure ordered for property on Garner Avenue, East Liverpool.


LISBON — Cheyanne Paige Mixon, 27, New Garden Avenue, Salem, pleaded guilty to illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits or WIC program benefits for money Mixon had unfairly collected between Sept. 1, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2020. She was placed on five years community control and ordered to repay pay $10,434 to Jobs and Family Services.

Jesse D. Schisler, 36, Franklin Avenue, Salem, vandalism, a fifth-degree felony; and receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony. He was placed on three years community control, which will include up to six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,065. The vandalism charge was for breaking a window at the county jail, while there on Oct. 15, while the receiving stolen property charge was for a 2014 GMC Yukon belonging to James Howard Miller on Aug. 5.


LISBON — Deborah A. Lamey, 61, Chain School Road, East Palestine, was served a secret indictment charging her with grand theft and forgery, both fourth-degree felonies. Between Sept. 16, 2013, and Aug. 16, 2021, Lamey is accused of stealing $142,000 from Cardinal Welding, by writing 165 checks payable to herself. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in January.


LISBON — A Feb. 7 preliminary hearing was set in county Municipal Court for Erin A. Taggart, 27, West Perry Street, Salem, charged with vehicular assault, failure to comply for allegedly, OVI first offense, expired license, failure to control and a turn signal violation. Taggart allegedly was fleeing from police at a high rate of speed on Franklin Avenue and attempted to turn onto South Union Avenue when she struck a person walking in the curb lawn, seriously injuring them and sending them to St. Elizabeth’s Main Hospital in Youngstown on Wednesday.

A Feb. 7 preliminary hearing was set for David A. Heddleston, 47, North Walnut Street, East Palestine, charged with theft for allegedly selling his mother’s jewelry to Cashland in East Liverpool, for $232 in 2016.

A March 10 pretrial was set for David J. Felger, 33, New Middleton, charged with domestic violence for allegedly knocking a candle off the table in the living room, flipping the dining room table, knocking over the chairs and threatening to harm Ruby Reesh in Columbiana on Tuesday.

Robert Lutman, 45, Leetonia Road, Leetonia, was fined $3,200, had his license suspended for two years and sentenced to 60 days in jail for OVI second offense, failure to display a valid plate, speeding, use of an unauthorized plate, reckless operation, five counts of driving under suspension, engaging in prostitution and possession of criminal tools for making arrangements offering methamphetamines in exchange for sex with someone with the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force on Nov. 27.

A March 22 pretrial was set for Janel M. Fitzgerald, 52, Old Coach Lane, Salem, cited with OVI first offense and left of center.

A March 22 pretrial was set for Michael J. Landgraff, 58, Youngstown, charged with possession of criminal tools and engaging in prostitution for allegedly offering $50 to an undercover agent with the MVHTTF in exchange for sex and being allowed to wear her underwear as well as look through her underwear drawer, before driving to East Palestine to meet the agent.

A Feb. 10 pretrial was set for Ronald Gene Kaiser, 52, Warren, cited with engaging in prostitution and possessing criminal tools for allegedly offering an agent through the MVHTTF $120 in exchange for sexual activity, when Kaiser has previously been charged with solicitation in February 2021 and it was amended to disorderly conduct.

James K. Stratton, 46, Pancake-Clarkson Road, Rogers, was fined $600 and required 20 hours community service for engaging in prostitution and possession of criminal tools for offering an undercover agent with the MVHTTF $100 for “good ole sex” before driving Salem on Nov. 4.

Gary Alfred Taylor Jr., 53, McDonald, was fined $600 and required 20 hours community service for possession of criminal tools and attempted engaging in prostitution amended from engaging in prostitution. Taylor drove to Butler Township to meet an undercover agent with the MVHTTF on Nov. 5 after making arrangements for sex for $60.

A March 8 pretrial was set for Jeffrey B. Weddell, 64, Camp Boulevard, Hanoverton, charged with two counts of domestic violence for allegedly backhanding his former spouse in the face, pulling her hair and trying to hit her with a chair, then threw a partially full 20-ounce pop bottle at her as deputies were removing him from the home on Wednesday.

A March 1 pretrial was set for Dawnita M. Wright, 33, Louise Avenue, East Liverpool, charged with domestic violence and aggravated trespassing. Wright allegedly pushed Jarrit D. Manley into a wall and TV stand on Nov. 17 after going into his home without permission.

Joshua M. Fortunato, 19, Sunnyside Street, East Liverpool, was fined $150 for speeding.

Daitzel a. Moore, 28, Warren, was fined $150 for driving under suspension.

A March 21 pretrial was set for Joseph M. White, 45, Monaca, Pa., cited with driving under suspension, two lights displayed and drug paraphernalia for allegedly having a meth pipe on Tuesday.

An open container citation against Larry White, 65, East Fifth Street, Salem, was dismissed.

A Feb. 7 pretrial Matthew Kyle Koziorynsky, 27, Union Ridge Road, Rogers, cited with possession of drug abuse instrument and drug paraphernalia for allegedly having a glass pipe and other items during a traffic stop on Nov. 15.

Kasey M. Cavanaugh, 26, McKeesport, Pa., was fined $200 and had her license suspended for 180 days for drug paraphernalia for allegedly having a straw for snorting cocaine.


EAST LIVERPOOL — In East Liverpool Municipal Court, Jena M. Smith, 33, Midland, Pa., was fined $300, required 10 hours community service and credited with a day in jail for theft and aggravated menacing for threatening to kill or do serious harm to Lisa Marie Crouse in a recording of a voicemail in October 2020. The theft charge was for failing to scan 27 items totaling $96 at the Calcutta Walmart the same month.

Joseph H. Halaka, 28, Peace Valley Road, Rogers, was fined $150, a fine he intends to pay by spending three days served in jail for petty theft. Halaka failed to scan 26 items totaling $98 at Walmart in Calcutta on Sept. 13, 2020.

Joseph Harley Hakala, 28, Kelly Park Road, Columbiana, was fined $100 for no license.

A Feb. 24 pretrial was set for Davon M. Whitson, 31, Smithfield Street, for domestic violence and obstructing official business. Whitson allegedly fled on Jan. 20 after biting Kayla Blystone and threatening her.

Reno M. Loera, 23, Plymouth, had a jury trial set for Feb. 3 on a charge of criminal trespassing, for allegedly entering the East End Laundromat on Jan. 20.

Denise S. Mountz, 38, Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, was credited with 15 days in jail and sentenced to 15 days for leaving the scene, driving under suspension and assured clear distance.

Nicholas J. O’Hanlon, 23, Crestview Drive, East Liverpool, was fined $175 and sentenced to serve 30 days of previously suspended jail time for criminal mischief, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana for threatening to harm law enforcement, attempting to bite officers and flailing his arms and feet toward police.

A Feb. 3 second pretrial was set for Nicole M. Reed, charged with three counts of making false alarms.

Shawn M. Cunningham, Columbia Street, Leetonia, was fined $150 and sentence to serve 55 days in jail for drug abuse instruments, obstructing official business, criminal trespassing, as well as violating his probation in several other cases where he was convicted of five counts of theft.


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