Salem man pleads guilty to 2 armed robberies with knife

LISBON -Shane M. Blake, the Salem man accused of robbing five people at knifepoint on two separate occasions, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to two counts of aggravated robbery.

According to court documents on March 20, Blake approached Mary and Garry Shasteen near the intersection of West Ninth Street and North Howard Avenue in Salem. He demanded Mr. Shasteen’s wallet, assaulted him and threatened to stab them both with a knife.

Less than a week later on March 27, Blake blocked a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier at the intersection of Apple Street and Marion Avenue in Perry Township. With a knife in his hand, he approached the vehicle, which was driven by Kaitlyn Dillon with occupants Shane Alesi and Katie Niswonger. Blake then demanded any money the occupants had in the vehicle.

Blake, 25, East Fifth Street, Salem, now faces up to 22 years in prison and fines up to $40,000. Sentencing is set for Nov. 21.

In another case heard on Monday, Judge C. Ashley Pike sentenced Megan Cameron, 28, Youngstown, to five years probation, acknowledging her attempts to be a functioning citizen. Cameron was charged with assault for causing repeated harm to Samantha Works, by biting, kicking and spitting at her. Works was an EMS worker called to a New Waterford house on June 17, 2012 to help Cameron at a time she was off her medication.

Defense attorney Charley Kidder said Cameron had no previous charges nor any since. She is now on her medication, voluntarily sought counseling and has been working at a part-time job.