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IN THE COURTS:

COLUMBIANA COUNTY COMMON PLEAS

New Cases

Huntington National Bank vs. Harold Curtis Raffle, Jr., foreclosure sought for property on Walnut Ridge, Salineville.

Huntington National Bank vs. William and Deborah Bowersock, et al., foreclosure sought for property on Oak Street, Wellsville.

County Treasurer vs. Francine Burlingame, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Franklin Avenue, Salem.

County Treasurer vs. the unknown heirs of Bruce C. Wicker, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on 10th Street, Wellsville.

County Treasurer vs. Jason W. Brown, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Cunningham Road, Salem.

County Treasurer vs. Merle E. Shaw, New Castle, Pa., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on state Route 170, East Palestine.

Chelsea Toot, Leetonia, vs. Shane Toot, Salem, divorce sought.

Christina Koren, East Liverpool, and Eric Koren, East Liverpool, dissolution sought.

William A. Tomlin, Salem, vs. Angela Lynn Lake Tomlin, Salem, divorce sought.

Docket Entries

Diane Bingham, New Waterford, vs. John Bingham, Follansbee, W.Va., divorce granted.

County Treasurer vs. the unknown heirs of David W. Huffman, et al., township of Hanover, the school and the land bank notified of their rights to forfeited property.

County Treasurer vs. George A. Rowley, et al., the city of East Liverpool, the school and the land bank notified of their rights to forfeited property.

County Treasurer vs. Brent R. Robison, et al., the city of East Palestine, the school and the land bank notified of their rights to forfeited property.

County Treasurer vs. Donald E. Boyd, et al., the city of East Liverpool, the school and the land bank notified of their rights to forfeited property.

County Treasurer vs. Angela M. Huff, et al., the city of East Liverpool, the school and the land bank notified of their rights to forfeited property.

County Treasurer vs. George J. Stoffel, et al., the city of East Liverpool, the school and the land bank notified of their rights to forfeited property.

County Treasurer vs. Tom Pintal, the city of East Liverpool, the school and the land bank notified of their rights to forfeited property.

County Treasurer vs. William I. Renner, et al., the city of East Liverpool, the school and the land bank notified of their rights to forfeited property.

County Treasurer vs. Barbara L. Davis, et al., Liverpool Township, the school and the land bank notified of their rights to forfeited property.

County Treasurer vs. E. Martin Hergenrother, et al., payment plan entered, foreclosure on hold.

County Treasurer vs. M2C2 LLC, an Ohio Limited Liability Co., et al., delinquent taxes paid, case dismissed.

County Treasurer vs. Jeffrey Lee Hardgrove, et al., payment plan entered, foreclosure on hold.

County Treasurer vs. G. Kirk Miller, et al., payment plan entered and foreclosure on hold on one parcel, foreclosure dismissed on another after delinquent taxes paid in full.

County Treasurer vs. MBH Capital LLC, et al., delinquent taxes and penalties paid, case dismissed.

County Treasurer vs. Thomas P. Van Pelt, et al., delinquent taxes and penalties paid, case dismissed.

Joseph Kidder, et al., vs. Ben Rudick & Son, Inc., claims settled and dismissed.

U.S. Bank National Association vs. Nathaniel L. Railing, case dismissed.

Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. vs. Marla Ann Zema, defendant ordered to pay plaintiff $2,806 plus interest.

Galaxy International Purchasing LLC vs. Lana Ferguson, defendant ordered to pay plaintiff $15,981 plus interest.

State of Ohio vs. Jeffrey B. Miller, forfeiture granted of $100 of drug-related money.

State of Ohio vs. Jona M. French, forfeiture grant of $1,048 of drug-related money.

COLUMBIANA COUNTY COURT NEWS

LISBON — In Common Pleas Court, Anthony Christopher Smith, 24, South Howard Street, Salem, one of the men charged by the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force for having child pornography and attempting to solicit sexual conduct with minors was sentenced to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 24 charges against him — importuning, six counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, attempted unlawful sexual conduct with minor, 10 countos of pandering obscenities involving a minor or impaired person, five counts of illegal use of a minor or impaired person in nudity oriented material or performans and aggravated possession of drugs. Smith also will be ordered to register as a Tier II sex offender, required to verify his residence every 90 days for life.

Cagney A. Springer, 32, Center Road, East Liverpool, was sentenced to a year in prison for possession of drugs and attempted tampering with evidence. On Dec. 18, 2017, Springer had crack cocaine, which he attempted to hide from investigators by putting into his mouth and swallowing it.

Jeffrey W. Miller, 40, Dresden Avenue, East Liverpool, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for domestic violence and violating a protection order. On March 10, 2021, Miller harmed Leeza Edge, during a time when there was a protection order in place.

Eric L. Jordan, 43, East Pidgeon Road, Salem, was sentenced to seven months in prison with credit for 28 days already served for possession of a fentanyl-related compound.

Mark Fraser Jr., 48, Youngstown, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for assault, a fourth-degree felony, and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. Fraser had caused physical harm to Officer Justin Hays on Dec. 16, 2021. Fraser’s sentence is to run concurrently with any sentence he is currently serving. A resisting arrest charge was dismissed.

Travis B. Ferguson, 34, 10th Street Extension, Wellsville, was placed on one year community control for a misdemeanor theft charge, a lesser included offense to the fifth-degree felony he originally faced for taking concrete finisher on Dec. 30, 2020. He was ordered to pay $4,900 in restitution.

Todd R. Ritchie, 34, Walnut Street, Salem, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for attempted having weapons while under a disability, a fourth-degree felony and lesser-included offense to the third-degree felony having weapons while under a disability he was initially charged with for a loaded .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun on Aug. 12, 2020.

Shane J. Linden, 42, Crestview Road, Leetonia, pleaded guilty to grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and was sentenced to six months in addition to time he is already serving in another case. Linden had taken a 2008 Chevy Silverado from Harold Feezle on May 15, 2021.

Dylan M. Landers, 24, Massillon, was found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction, pleaded guilty to theft of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and was placed on a three-year intervention treatment program. Landers had seven oxycodone tablets that he stole from a Marc’s Store on Nov. 19, 2020.

Jesse D. Schisler, 36, Franklin Avenue, Salem, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, and vandalism, a fifth-degree felony and was immediately placed on three years community control, which will include spending up to time successfully completing the program at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. The vandalism charge was for breaking a window at the county jail on Oct. 15. The receiving stolen property charge was for driving a 2014 GMC Yukon, which belonged to James Howard Miller, on Aug. 5 in Perry Township.

William P. Bartholomew II, 42, North Bloomfield, was placed on three years community control for non support of dependants for not paying adequate support for a child who was 10 years old starting on Aug. 1, 2011 and continuing through July of 2017.

Kaleb J. Farnsworth, 27, Garfield Street, East Liverpool, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control from prior convictions of assault and escape, as well as in a separate case for two counts of aggravated possession of drugs. His community control was dishonorably terminated and he was sentenced to two years in prison with credit for 303 days already served. The assault charge involved causing harm to Deputy Willie Coleman, while attempting to break free from confinement on Oct. 6, 2020. The drug-related charges are for having amphetamines and hydrocodone on June 14, 2019.

Nicholas J. Ohanlon, 24, Peace Valley Road, Rogers, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control from three aggravated possession of drugs convictions. One was for having methamphetamines and $196 in drug-related proceeds on Jan. 6, 2020, while another was for meth on Feb. 3, 2020 and the third for meth on March 15, 2020. Ohanlon was sentenced to 27 months in prison with credit for 232 days served.

David Gasior, 48, North Beaver Street, Lisbon, pleaded guilty with harassment with a bodily substance, a fifth-degree felony. Gasior was responsible for a bodily substance expelled at Officer Rob Smith on March 25, 2021. His sentencing hearing is set for June 3 when he faces up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Jack R. Veon, 43, Teegarden Road, Salem, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control, which was dishonorably terminated. Veon was sentenced to eight months in prison with credit for 129 days already served for the aggravated possession of drugs offense for having methamphetamines on May 24, 2019.

Jenny L. Olmstead, 45, Lincoln Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to domestic violence and was placed on three years community control, including a term at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. Olmstead was credited with 116 days served in jail. On Feb. 18, 2021, Olmstead harmed Delbert Hall, a family member, when she already had a domestic violence conviction in East Liverpool Municipal Court in 2019.

Chasity Taresa Buckius, 25, Southeast Boulevard, Salem, was placed on four years community control with up to six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center for endangering children. Buckius was charged after failing to protect the safety of a 5-month-old baby on Sept. 7, 2020.

Kimberly I. Edie, 29, was placed on three years community control with up to six months at the Eastern Ohio Corrections Center for misuse of credit card and theft. Edie used her mother’s credit card for multiple transactions totaling $1,372. She and her defense attorney Paul Conn promised Judge Scott Washam she was ready to turn her life around and asked to be incarcerated before to keep her from using drugs until a bed is available at the EOCC.

“I’m going to get a job and I’m going to pay my mom back,” Edie said. “I feel horrible… Give me a chance to prove I’m not a lost cause to my family and to the court.”

Norman Bender, 48, Aten Avenue, Wellsville, was sentenced to a year in prison with credit for 92 days already served for attempted burglary, a fourth-degree felony, for breaking into a structure on Feb. 9, 2021.

Douglas Y. Cochran, 43, Bellaire, pleaded guilty to having a weapon while under disability, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence. On Oct. 30, 2017, Cochran had a loaded Smith and Wesson 40-caliber semi-automatic pistol under his passenger seat when he had federal charges for drug distribution and then while he was in the patrol car, he had a co-defendant hide a baggy of a controlled substance down the front of her pants. He was sentenced to a year in prison concurrent with the 10-year sentence he is serving for his federal case.

COLUMBIANA COUNTY MUNICIPAL

LISBON – In county Municipal Court, Robert L. Byrd II, 23, Valley Avenue, East Liverpool, was bound over to the grand jury on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon for allegedly having metal knuckles in his rear pocket when he was arrested in Wellsville on a warrant from Pennsylvania on Jan. 22, 2021.

Austin M. Carter, 23, Ambrose Avenue, East Liverpool, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of domestic violence and burglary. On Dec. 3, Carter allegedly pushed the back door in at the Independence Square home of Kearia Bailey, causing Bailey to fall onto the floor, then assaulted her and broke her phone and other possessions. About a year earlier, Carter had been told he was no longer permitted to be on any property belonging to the Columbiana Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Guy J. Dastolfo, 61, Youngstown, was fined $1,240, had his license suspended for three years, required 40 days of electronically monitored sober tracking and ordered 40 hours community service for OVI first offense and marked lanes.

An April 25 pretrial was set for Bruce L. Wilson Jr., 40, Uniontown, charged with engaging in prostitution and possessing criminal tools for allegedly offering $160 for sexual conduct and then driving to Salem in order to meet the person he believed he had hired, which turned out to be an agent with the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force. Wilson is reportedly already a Tier II registered sex offender.

A March 8 pretrial was set for Jason L. Shaw, 44, Clintonville, Pa., charged with engaging in prostitution and possessing criminal tools for allegedly attempting to hire a prostitution for sexual conduct in exchange for $60 on Feb. 6, when he was met by an agent with the MVHTTF.

A March 14 pretrial was set for Eric W. Tullis, 41, Morton Street, East Liverpool, charged with engaging in prostitution and possessing criminal tools for allegedly offering an undercover agent in East Palestine with the MVHTTF $140 in exchange for sex on Thursday.

James V. Weibe, 52, North Walnut Street, East Palestine, was fined $350 and credited with 21 days served in jail for obstructing official business and disorderly conduct amended from assault. On Oct. 13 Weibe continued to pound on the window of a police cruiser while another man was being arrested, distracting police and giving the other man a chance to flee. The assault charge was for shoving Robin Rickman backwards, causing him to fall down onto a chair on Oct. 12.

Ashley Lyn Sekely, 38, East Fourth Street, Salem, was credited with three days in jail, fined $250 and required 20 hours community service for drug paraphernalia and prohibitions against filth and offensive odors for allowing junk, food containers, appliances and clothing to pile up outside the home where she lived in Washingtonville on Aug. 24, 2020. The drug paraphernalia charge was for a glass pipe on her dresser on Feb. 8.

Craig Coffman, 39, East Fourth Street, Salem, was fined $150, credited with four days in jail and required 40 hours community service for possession of drug paraphernalia.

A May 2 pretrial was set for Ada R. Zimmerman, 68, state Route 517, Lisbon, charged with criminal damaging for driving her truck through a yard causing damage on Feb. 10.

EAST LIVERPOOL MUNICIPAL

EAST LIVERPOOL – A March 3 pretrial was set in East Liverpool Municipal Court for Jeffrey A. Nalley, 30, Carter Street, East Liverpool, charged with domestic violence and cited with hunting without a license, four counts of hunting deer or turkey without a permit and 10 counts of wildlife violations.

A March 3 pretrial was set for Kendrick Power, 33, Etruria Street, charged with assault.

A March 30 pretrial was set for Thomas E. Gough, 25, Lisbon Street, cited with failure to reinstate a license.

An April 14 pretrial was set for Garret Morris, 21, Louise Avenue, cited with no license.

The following failed to appear: Tia R. Miller, 32, Martin Avenue, cited with driving under suspension, fictitious plates and failure to file application; John J. Swagger IV, 26, Holiday, Fla., speeding.

Randolph L. Slager, 33, Louise Street, was found not guilty of failure to file application.

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