Highway Patrol

Yerman Berdaly, 29, Los Angeles, Calif., was cited with operating a vehicle without reasonable control after allegedly driving his truck off the right side of state Route 172 and striking a guardrail at 8:06 p.m. Friday. Berdaly claimed that he saw a small animal in the road and swerved, although a witness driving in the opposite direction claimed they saw no animals in the roadway. Berdaly sustained no injuries and his vehicle sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Claudette D. Miller, 56, New Cumberland, W. Va., was cited with divided roadways and a seatbelt violation after allegedly driving in the wrong lane on U.S. Route 30 and forcing a vehicle driven by John P. Ewing, 44, Cusick Road, Lisbon, off of the road at 4:27 p.m. Aug. 1. When troopers arrived, they stated that Miller seemed to be in mental distress, and had her transported to East Liverpool Hospital for a physical and mental evaluation. Ewing suffered a possible injury, and Miller suffered suspected minor injuries. Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene.

A Salem resident was transported to Salem Hospital at 3:43 p.m. August 2 after an unknown vehicle allegedly passed her, forcing her vehicle off of the right side of the road and causing her to strike two mailboxes, two street signs, and a utility pole. She sustained suspected minor injuries, and her vehicle sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Charges are pending for an East Palestine resident after he allegedly drove through a red light and struck a semi-truck driving through a green light. The semi-truck driver stated that his dashboard camera documented the incident, which showed the resident driving directly through the red light and striking the truck. Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene, and the resident suffered a suspected minor injury. The truck driver sustained no injuries.

Dana M. Swartz, 26, Canfield, was cited with operating a vehicle without reasonable control, failure to control, and suspended no license after allegedly driving off the right side of Clarkson Road, striking a ditch and utility pole before overturning at 9:30 p.m. August 1. He suffered no injuries, but his vehicle sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene.

An East Liverpool teen was transported to UPMC Children’s Hospital with suspected serious injuries after allegedly overturning his motorcycle and going left of center, causing him to be struck by another vehicle traveling the opposite direction and striking a fixed pole after that at 3:07 p.m. He was transported via STAT MedEvac and was hospitalized for his injuries. His motorcycle sustained disabling damage and had to be towed. The other driver and passenger sustained no injuries, but their vehicle sustained functional damage and was driven from the scene.

Collan M. Craig, 22, state Route 534, Salem, was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control, OVI, and no seatbelt after allegedly driving his vehicle off the left side of Homeworth Road into a ditch and striking a utility pole before the vehicle turned on its side at 12:30 a.m. July 30.

Brookelynn A. Frantz, 26, Kensington, was cited with lanes of travel, left of center and no seatbelt after allegedly driving left of center on state Route 39 and striking another vehicle at 2:24 a.m. July 29. When troopers arrived, they observed Frantz to be in pain from suspected minor injuries and upset. When asked what happened, she stated that she had blacked out, and had been blacking out lately and her mother told her not to drive. She was transported to East Liverpool Hospital for her injuries as was the other driver, Rebecca S. Dyke, 32, West Fourth Street, East Liverpool. Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Charges are pending against a Homeworth resident who allegedly drove off the right side of Westville Lake Road and struck a cement retaining wall at 3:15 p.m. July 28. She sustained a suspected minor injury, but the child in the vehicle sustained a suspected serious injury and was transported to University Hospital Portage. The driver was also found to be under the influence of narcotics at the time of the crash.


— Officers were dispatched to West Washington Street for a domestic at 2:38 p.m. Friday. Upon arrival, they learned that the caller had been arguing with her husband the night before and that he was still angry the next morning. She stated that they ended up having a verbal altercation later, during which he grabbed her by the arms and was pushing and throwing her around. He allegedly retrieved his pistol and waved it around the back window before saying he was leaving for work. He then came back a while later and stated that he had called off work. The woman stated that she was afraid he would either kill himself or come back and kill her. Officers did not observe any marks on her arms at the time of the call, but she said they usually took a day to appear. She informed police that his medication had been changed recently and that she believed it was making him act this way. She was told how to obtain a protection order before officers cleared, but called back the next day to advise that she wanted to recant and just wants him to get counseling. She was informed that the charges could not be dropped and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

— A woman called to file a fraud report at 3:18 p.m. Monday. She stated that she had received an email from River Bend Armory advising her to call them if she had a dispute with her purchase of a gun and ammo. Since she had not purchased a gun and ammo, she called the number, which advised her to give them the EIN number for her phone, and then to get an app that could send them a $400 gift card. She immediately said no and called the police. After checking to make sure that her phone could not be hacked with the EIN number, police informed her of the results and filed a report.

— Patrick White, 55, North Jefferson Street, was arrested for criminal trespassing at 6 p.m. Thursday after allegedly entering his brother’s residence without permission on Wednesday evening. When he was arrested, White stated that he was only staying there to protect his brother’s belongings while he was in the hospital. White was later released on a summons for criminal trespass.

— Officers were called to Apple Grove Apartments at 3:51 a.m. Saturday for report of a suspicious person sleeping in his car. Upon arrival, they spoke with the man and learned that he had just gotten into town to visit someone in the apartments and did not want to wake them up. Officers then cleared.

— Police were advised of a suspicious person near a business on South Market Street at11:35 p.m. Friday. They searched for signs of forced entry, but did not find any.

— Officers were dispatched to the fairgrounds at 10:57 p.m. Friday for report of a woman who said that her license plates had been stolen off her vehicle. Upon arrival, they obtained a report from the woman and entered the plate in the system as stolen.

— Police received a parking complaint call from Valley View at 7:44 a.m. Saturday. Upon arrival, they found a man who was asleep in his vehicle, who bought a drink from Valley View and left.

— A woman called the police at 4:10 p.m. Aug. 1 to report harassment. Before an officer left to speak with her, a man came on station to report that he had given the woman a car seat and she had not given it back. He stated that he was not harassing her, but just wanted the car seat back. When the officer spoke with the woman, she stated that she just wanted the man to leave her alone. When the officer asked about the car seat, the woman stated that she had used it and then set it on top of her Jeep for him to come and get. She never saw him him get it, but it disappeared. The man was informed of what had happened to the car seat and was advised to stop texting the woman.

— Officers responded to an Apple Grove apartment at 9:14 p.m. Aug. 1 for report of a possible overdose. Upon arrival, they found a man sitting on the couch, struggling to speak and not making much sense while talking. The caller stated that he had come over to her boyfriend’s apartment to visit and had still been there when she left for work. When she returned, her boyfriend was gone, but the man was unresponsive on the floor. Officers found an empty prescription bottle, two empty boxes of H&P cold medication, and 2 empty cans of Four Loko. The man stated later that he had taken all of the medication. All the information was given to KLG who transported the man to the hospital.

— Police were contacted at 2:40 p.m. Thursday about solicitors in the area of West Washington Street, but could not make contact with anyone.

— Officers were dispatched at 10:24 p.m. Aug. 1 about a reckless driver. After initiating a traffic on the vehicle on Rose Drive, they spoke with the driver, who admitted to rarely driving at night and having trouble seeing. Officers did not detect the odor of alcohol around her and conducted a field sobriety test, which she passed. She was told to try to stick to daylight driving, after which officers cleared.

— Two individuals called police at 11:00 p.m. Aug. 1 to ask for assistance in having a 35-foot RV towed. They stated that it had broken down at the Circle K gas pumps and had called AAA, but it had been almost eight hours. Police notified Baker’s Towing and cleared.

— Police took a missing person report at 4:31 p.m. Aug. 3, after which the missing person was located at a hospital.

— Officers responded to Canton Hill at 4:42 p.m. Aug. 3 for report of a disabled tractor trailer and directed traffic until Highway Patrol arrived.

— A man called the police at 2:52 p.m. Aug. 2 to report a stolen gun. He stated that he had moved recently and must have lost it in the move. Officers took a report and the gun was entered into the national database.

— Police received a call at 1:29 a.m. Aug. 2 from a Maple Street resident who stated that her neighbor had been threatening her. She said that she had awoke and was drinking coffee, and that the threats were made in person thirty minutes prior. She also stated that she had started drinking alcohol, and sounded possibly intoxicated. Officers advised they would keep an extra watch.

— A man contacted the police at 6:33 p.m. July 28 to report that he was being harassed by a man on Facebook who would create a new account with a fake ID every time the man blocked him. He stated that the harasser would communicate random things and videos, and was told to email the videos and screenshots of messages to the police and give a phone number for the harasser so police could tell him to stop harassing the man.

— Officers noticed a light on in the hallway of a vacant building for sale at 1:49 a.m. Aug. 1. They checked the building and found all doors to be secure. Nothing could be seen through the windows.

— Police were called to East Washington Street at 10:31 p.m. July 31 for report of a woman who would not let a man into her house to retrieve his belongings. Upon arrival, they stood by as the man gathered his things and left.

— Officer received a report of a reckless driver coming down state Route 154 towards town at 3:35 a.m. July 31, but had negative contact.

County Sheriff

— Deputies were called at 1:53 a.m. Tuesday to a residential alarm activation on Fife Coal Road, Wellsville in Yellow Creek Township which targeted the sun porch with glass breakage. Deputies checked the sun porch, residence and two separate unattached buildings, finding all secure.

— Deputies responded to a report of a robbery in progress at Hull’s Super Duper on state Route 172 in the New Garden area where a male was demanding money be put in a bag at 7:40 a.m. Monday. Upon arrival, the male was taken into custody and appeared to be having some type of mental health crisis. He was transported to a hospital for evaluation and a referral to mental health. He had no weapons or a bag and no charges were filed, according to the chief deputy.

— A deputy at 10:59 p.m. Sunday returned a call to a woman in Wayne Township regarding a custody issue.

— A deputy responded to the Middleton Ace Hardware on Crestview Road, Columbiana, for an alarm activation at 12:46 a.m. Sunday in the lawn care area. The building was secure, but it appeared the grass was disturbed in the fenced-in lawn care area and the top of the fence was mashed down somewhat as if someone climbed over it. Nothing was observed out of place or disturbed in the area inside the fence.

— A resident on Church Street, Salineville reported at 5:37 a.m. Friday that he noticed his 2019 Chevy Sonic was sitting funny and upon checking, he found his front and rear driver’s side tires had been sliced. He said his son had seen a white truck sitting at the end of the driveway around midnight or after but never thought anything of it.


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