Salem man found not guilty by reason of insanity

LISBON – Following an evaluation, Andrew Swetye, 49, East State Street, Salem, was found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of failure to comply with the order of a police officer and assault. In a decision signed by Judge C. Ashley Pike, as a result of his paranoid schizophrenia it is believed Swetye did not know the wrongfulness of his actions.

It was ordered he will be evaluated by the Forensic Psychiatric Center of Northeast Ohio to determine if he will needs to be subjected to hospitalization by the court or a less restrictive treatment plan. A hearing is set for Monday.

According to court documents, Swetye on Jan. 3 fled police in a motor vehicle and attempted to harm Lt. Don Beeson of the Salem Police Department.

Zac M. Graham, 28, Kendall House, Lisbon, pleaded guilty to domestic violence for attempting to harm his wife, Ashley Graham by grabbing her by the neck and choking her while holding a knife. Additionally, court documents state he ordered her to leave the apartment, shoved her into a mirror, pushed her into a bathtub causing her to strike her head on the wall and choked her a second time. He faces up 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 1.

Dirk S. Weston, 50, state Route 164, Lisbon, pleaded guilty to assault. According to court documents, last Dec. 12, Weston made several verbal threats toward Salineville Patrolman Steven Thomas and then attacked him by attempting to choke him when Thomas was preparing both criminal and traffic charges against Weston. He faces up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing is set for July 11.