In the courts:


LISBON — A Washingtonville man was served Wednesday with a secret indictment for multiple drug charges issued through the Columbiana County grand jury.

Charges against Malcolm Gilford, 35, Main Street, include aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony, three counts of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. The charges included a specification for forfeiting $180 from a drug case. Charges stem from July 16, 2021 when Gilford allegedly possession methamphetamine and cocaine and had $180 in his possession.

Also served with secret indictments were:

— Kenneth Taylor, 43, Avondale Street, East Liverpool, charged with having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, and using weapons while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, for allegedly having a firearm in his possession while under the influence of drugs or alcohol on March 27. Taylor was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a previous robbery conviction.

— Arthur Brown III, 62, West Washington Street, Lisbon, charged with gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony, and sexual imposition, a misdemeanor, for allegations of improperly touching a 10-year-old child from birth in 2010 to May 21, 2020 and for having sexual contact with a second child starting when the child was 8 years old in October 2014 and continuing through May 21, 2020.


New Cases

County Treasurer vs. E.P. Management, foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Lincoln Avenue, East Palestine.

County Treasurer vs. Eric Lee Davis, et al., foreclosure sought for alleged delinquent taxes for property on Maple Street, Kensington.

William Betz, Lisbon, vs. Beverly Betz, Salem, divorce sought.

Wells Fargo Bank vs. Michael and Megan Ehlenbach, et al., foreclosure sought for property on Vale Street, East Liverpool.

Docket Entries

Jonathan Esenwein, et al. vs. Rex Meyer, et al; case settled and dismissed.

JPMorgan Chase Bank vs. James Adcock, et al.; foreclosure ordered for West School Street, East Rochester property.

U.S. Bank Trust National Association vs. Paul Mozzochi; foreclosure ordered for Mountz Road, Minerva property.

Jennifer Lanza-Linn, Salem, vs. Jason Linn, Chagrin Falls; divorce complaint dismissed.

Owen Grafton, East Liverpool, vs. Montana Grafton, Cuyahoga Falls; divorce granted.

Emily Orr vs. Jason Orr; divorce granted.

Columbiana County Treasurer vs. Kylee Corbin, et al.; complaint dismissed.


EAST LIVERPOOL – In East Liverpool Municipal Court, Michael Greathouse, 39, Valley Avenue, was fined $210, sentenced to 180 days in jail with 60 days suspended for two counts of petty theft and obstructing official business amended from escape. Charges of possession of criminal tools and resisting arrest were dismissed.

Travis L. Keener, 35, Avondale Avenue, was fined $300 and sentenced to 40 hours in jail for petty theft and two counts of possession of drug abuse instruments. Citations of driving under FRA suspension and failure to display valid sticker or plates was dismissed.

Ashley M. Wedgwood, 22, Chester, W.Va, was fined $200 and required 40 hours community service for domestic violence.

A July 14 pretrial was set for Christopher Mumford, 41, Lebanon, Pa., cited with falsification and obstructing official business.

Trey Shields, 22, Youngstown, was fined $100 and credited with 90 days served in jail for theft without consent.

A May 26 pretrial was set for John P. Powell Jr., 31, Florence Street, charged with falsification.

A May 26 pretrial was set for Sean J. McCarthy, 26, Commerce Street, Wellsville, cited with two counts of petty theft.

A July 14 pretrial was set for Megan M. McBride, 37, Lincoln Avenue, East Liverpool, cited with possession of marijuana, left of center and two counts of drug paraphernalia.

A May 26 trial was set for David J. Haught Jr., 36, Florence Street, East Liverpool, cited with drug paraphernalia and assault.

David A. Kent, 37, Minerva Street, was fined $200 and required 80 hours community service for marked lanes and drug paraphernalia.

Debbie L. Hall, 62, Chester, W.Va., was fined $250 and required 40 hours community service for driving under suspension and failure to signal.

Janel Cvengros, 36, Avondale Street, was fined $250, sentenced to 30 days house arrest and ordered 20 hours community service for petty theft.

Joseph Mason, 38, Y and O Road, East Liverpool, was fined $100 for public intoxication.


LISBON — A Columbiana High School student accused of bringing a large butcher knife to school is facing a preliminary hearing/pretrial hearing June 13 for a fifth-degree felony charge of illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone and aggravated menacing, a misdemeanor.

Ryleigh Zohnd, 18, Metz Road, Columbiana, appeared in Columbiana County Municipal Court for arraignment Thursday and was ordered to have no contact with Columbiana High School. School staff contacted police on May 9 for a student in possession of a large butcher knife in her back pack in the high school. A staff member was able to retrieve the knife off of her and was told by another student who alleged she was afraid she was going to get stabbed by Zohnd and believed Zohnd intended to harm herself.

Also in Municipal Court, a case against Andrew Shafer, 43, Shady Lane, Lisbon, was bound over to the county grand jury on two felony counts of violation of a protection order after he waived a preliminary hearing. He allegedly called the victim, who had a protection order against him, four times and sent her four text messages on May 10 and then was standing in her back yard less than 50 feet from her residence in Lisbon on May 11. A status conference on a charge of telecommunication harassment was set for June 2 related to him continuing to contact her March 30 with at least 10 text messages after she blocked his number and was told not to contact her. While she was writing out her statement for police, he was allegedly sending her photos of himself.

A pretrial was set July 26 for Kai Nelson, 39, Chagrin Falls, charged with engaging in prostitution and possession of criminal tools for allegedly showing up in East Palestine on May 13 after responding to an ad posted on a known escort website by a Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force agent and requesting sexual activity in exchange for $130 with a female.

Tommy Gilbert, 37, Osbourne Road, Wellsville, was fined $350, given credit for two days served in jail and ordered to complete 40 hours community service for domestic violence. He was ordered to have no contact with the juvenile victim except per court order. Gilbert backhanded the boy in the mouth on April 2 during a visit to his home on Osbourne Road. He was also fined $100 for speeding.

A pretrial was set Aug. 2 for Shaun Uscianowski, 43, West 16th Street, charged with carrying concealed weapon and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia. He was ordered to have no weapons. Uscianowski was a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop in Salem on May 17 and allegedly had a plastic bag for storage of dangerous drugs in his pants and had a hatchet concealed in the small of his back and another concealed edge weapon.

A pretrial was set Aug. 9 for Edward Pittman, Granite Street, Salem, charged with endangering children, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle under the influence, first offense, OVI refusal with prior in 20 years, driving under suspension, no seat belt and distracted driving, all related to a traffic stop May 13 in Perry Township when he was found to be under the influence and had two small children, a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old, in the vehicle with him.

Maurice Hasley, 33, Youngstown, was fined $400 and received credit for seven days served in jail for illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia for having an open container and a digital scale with residue in his possession during a traffic stop in Salem on Feb. 25, 2020.

Terry Sonntag, 46, Etruria Street, East Liverpool, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, with credit for three days served, for a probation violation for a previous OVI case. He was fined $150 for illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia for possessing a digital scale, metal spoon with burnt residue and hypodermic needle during a traffic stop on March 4.

Megan McBride, 37, Lincoln Avenue, East Liverpool, was fined $100 for possession of marijuana during a traffic stop April 13

Rene Siderich, 60, Grant Street, Lisbon, was fined $100 for disorderly conduct amended from obstructing official business for an incident March 7 in Lisbon when she ran from a deputy and locked herself in her trailer with a loaded firearm and had to be coaxed out.

Richard Vecchio, 60, state Route 164, Lisbon, was fined $150 and sentenced to 30 days in jail with eight days suspended for criminal mischief for walking into the automatic car wash in Lisbon on May 11 and knocking on the victim’s car window. The victim rolled down the window and told him to leave and he placed his hand on the window to prevent it from rolling up.

A preliminary hearing was set May 26 for Davon Moats, 19, Aten Avenue Extension, Wellsville, charged with failure to verify change of address, a third-degree felony for allegedly failing on May 17 to tell the sheriff’s office that he moved, which is required for registered sex offenders.

Paul McHugh II, 36, New Castle, Pa., was fined $500, sentenced to 10 days in jail and ordered to complete 40 hours community service for violating a protection order on Aug. 29, 2021 when he came to the victim’s property on West Pidgeon Road in Salem.

A pretrial was set Aug. 4 for Tamara Freeze, 43, Taggart Street, East Palestine, charged with OVI first offense and traffic control devices.

A status conference was set June 23 and a trial July 13 for Joshua Williams, 38, Alliance, charged with OVI third offense, driving under suspension and failure to control.

Andres Pastor, 21, Canton, was fined $625 and sentenced to three days in jail for OVI first offense, no valid license, left of center and open container. His license was suspended for one year and a charge of no seat belt was dismissed.

Melissa Moore, 37, Niles, was fined $150 for possessing marijuana during a traffic stop on March 14 in Columbiana and speeding.

Elizabeth Morris, 30, Main Street, Columbiana, was fined $150 for driving under suspension and failure to display valid sticker.

A theft charge against Timothy Cameron, 35, Uhrichsville, was dismissed at the prosecutor’s request. Cameron had been accused of using someone else’s account to pay for services on Nov. 8.

Josiah Goins, 21, Canton, was fined $250 for passing bad checks for a check written to Columbiana Dodge for $883 on July 30, 2020.

A charge of operating a vehicle without proof of financial responsibility against Kevin Kisner, 42, Newgarden Avenue, Salem, was dismissed.

Ciara White, 22, Campbell Road, Hanoverton, was fined $250 for driving under suspension and a tail light violation.

Jerrold Marshall, 39, Canton, was fined $150 for driving under suspension.

A pretrial was set Aug. 4 for Ernest Cameron, 29, Cedar Street, Salem, charged with failure to stop at a railroad crossing and expired license.


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