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Salem man charged with assault with bat

LISBON — A Salem man accused of hitting a woman over the head with a baseball bat and using the bat to damage a car was indicted by the Columbiana County Grand Jury this week.

Grant Goodballet, 23, Bank Street, East Liverpool, was charged through an open indictment with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and a misdemeanor criminal damaging count for allegedly striking Christine Ross on top of the head with a baseball bat after an argument on July 2 on East Sixth Street in Salem and also damaging a 2012 Chevy Cruze belonging to Austin Smith with the bat.

The second-degree felony charge carries a possible maximum penalty of eight to 12 years in prison.

The indictment against Goodballet was one of 10 open indictments issued by the grand jury after a two-day session covering 74 cases. Beside the 10 open indictments, there was one superseding indictment issued and the remaining 63 were secret indictments. The secret indictments will be published as they are served.

The superseding indictment issued against Jordan Myers, 27, West Vine Street, Alliance, included the original two third-degree felony counts of tampering with evidence, and misdemeanor charges of obstructing official business and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, plus an additional new charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

The charges all relate to a traffic stop March 8 in Columbiana when Myers allegedly identified himself with someone else’s name and information and later admitted to lying about who he was and also possessed a broken glass pipe. The tampering with evidence felonies stemmed from him allegedly admitting to placing the pipe behind a side panel in the vehicle along with placing methamphetamine in his sock after the traffic stop was initiated, removing the methamphetamine from his sock in the patrol vehicle and leaving a container that had contained methamphetamine in the holding cell at the Columbiana police department.

Other open indictments included:

— James Calvin Craig III, 38, Buzzard Road, Wellsville, two fourth-degree felonies of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them for allegedly blowing a .243 blood alcohol content during a traffic stop Oct. 12, 2021 in Lisbon, within 10 years of being previously convicted or pleading guilty to three OVIs, from 2014, 2018 and 2019.

— Ryan Thompson, 40, state Route 154, Lisbon (homeless), a fourth-degree felony assault and misdemeanors of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass for allegedly attempting to gain access to the Call Sign Alpha gun store in Salem on May 27, showing signs of impairment and trying to walk away from officers. After being detained, he allegedly made multiple threats towards officers, fire department medics and EMT personnel, then when being taken out of the cruiser, he flung both legs out and kicked Patrolman John Brooks.

— Peggy Kimes, 68, Main Street Homeworth, a third-degree felony of obstructing justice for allegedly telling a county sheriff’s office detective on June 2 that she had no knowledge of a shooting from March on Bandy Road in Knox Township and that she witnessed the window of her PT Cruiser being shot out with an air rifle in her garage. Detectives learned that a juvenile confessed to shooting at the residence on Bandy Road while Kimes drove him, damaging the window in her car, but said Kimes didn’t know ahead of time that he planned to shoot. She later allegedly admitted to lying because she didn’t want the juvenile to be in trouble.

— Timothy Wirtz, 46, Lowellville, a third-degree felony of compelling prostitution, fourth-degree felony attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, fifth-degree felony possession criminal tools and misdemeanor engaging in prostitution for allegedly soliciting sexual conduct from an undercover Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force agent posing as an adult female in exchange for $80 and also soliciting sexual conduct from a 15-year-old female friend of the adult, expecting to meet both of them when he arrived in Salem on May 30 with money and his cell phone.

— Jeffrey Pressler, 46, Columbus, a third-degree felony of compelling prostitution, fourth-degree felony attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, fifth-degree felony possession criminal tools and importuning for allegedly requesting sexual conduct from a Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force agent posing as a 15-year-old female online in exchange for $160 and wanting the teen’s mother to watch and verbally degrade him for another $20. Pressler traveled to Salem on June 12 with cash and his cell phone for the arranged meeting.

— Dominic Stacey, 36, North Market Street, Lisbon, a fourth-degree felony domestic violence for allegedly punching victim Brittany Trimble in the head multiple times and pushing her to the ground on June 23 in Lisbon. He had a previous domestic violence conviction in the county, making the most recent charge a felony.

— Matthew Hormel, 39, Poland, fourth-degree felony domestic violence and misdemeanors of endangering children and intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness in a criminal case for allegedly punching Jody Schantz in the nose, grabbing her by the throat and forcing her to the ground during a domestic incident on July 5 on Union Street, Columbiana, and also creating a substantial risk to an infant, then trying to threaten a witness on July 18.

— Adam Saunders, 34, Mercer, Pa., a third-degree felony of compelling prostitution, fourth-degree felony attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, fifth-degree felony possession criminal tools and misdemeanor engaging in prostitution for allegedly answering an undercover ad placed by a Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force agent on a known escort website and arranging Aug. 20, 2021 for sexual conduct with an adult female and a 14-year-old female in exchange for $400, then traveling to East Palestine on Sept. 24, 2021 for the meeting.

— Juston Buskirk, 43, West Martin Street, East Palestine, fourth-degree felony domestic violence for allegedly punching Johnna Cozza in the face, strangling her, kicking her in the ribs, holding her down and squeezing hot pepper juice in her eyes during a domestic in June in East Palestine. She suffered bruising to her eyes and burns to her eyes from the hot pepper juice.

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