NW man accused of attack on corrections officer at jail

LISBON – A New Waterford man accused in an attack of a corrections officer at the county jail over the weekend appeared Tuesday in Columbiana County Municipal Court.

A March 25 preliminary hearing was set for Alex Cook, 19, Crestview Road, New Waterford, charged with assault of a corrections officer, a fifth degree felony.

According to court documents, while incarcerated in the county jail on Saturday, Cook asked a corrections officer, Anthony Travers, for a roll of toilet paper. When Travers opened the cell door Cook reportedly grabbed Travers’ radio communications device and threw it.

Travers tried to restrain Cook, but Cook got behind him and choked him until he lost consciousness. Sgt. Bryant Douglas, a supervisor at the jail, reportedly found Cook in the act of choking Travers.

In an additional case in Municipal Court on Tuesday, Cook was sentenced to 90 days in jail for underage consumption. He is to begin serving time on that charge immediately.

Cook was already in the county jail awaiting court after he was indicted by the county grand jury in February on several charges. Cook is charged with theft, misuse of credit cards, receiving stolen property and five counts each of burglary and safecracking.

According to court documents, those charges are due to Cook allegedly taking a Discover card belonging to Dale Hill on Sept. 23 and using it in one or more transactions. Additionally in June through July last year, Cook allegedly broke into Hill’s home on Millrock Road, New Waterford, on five separate occasions, and forced his way into a vault, safe or strong box on the property during those times. Finally, Cook is accused of having possession of a stolen pickup belonging to Bobby Blair on Feb. 5.