Columbiana police: Domestic violence cases up in February

COLUMBIANA – Domestic violence cases are on the rise in the city according to the police department’s activity report.

Police Chief Tim Gladis provided the report to council last week for the month of February. According to the information the department handled eight domestic violence calls, which he said is “on the high side.”

He did not know what contributed to the increase.

There were no domestic violence calls in January and with the exception of 911 calls, overall calls were down that month compared to February.

The department processed 141 911 calls in January and 118 in February.

Police made six criminal arrests each month, according to the reports.

A breakdown for February activity showed police handled nine cases of theft, two burglaries, three frauds, three vandalism, one drug violation, one juvenile violation, one driving under suspension, one attempted suicide and two telecommunications harassment.

Police investigated 15 traffic crashes, down from the 23 investigated in January, and issued 25 traffic citations, down from the 31 issued in January.

There were only nine parking tickets issued last month compared to 29 in January.

Auxiliary police donated 205 hours, with 87 hours spent on patrol with officers last month.

Meanwhile, Gladis said in the report union negotiations are ongoing and tentative agreements have been reached on several sections of the collective bargaining agreement.

Also, the department is continuing to search for a vehicle reported stolen from Cornerstone Motors on North Main Street earlier this month.

A dispatcher and two officers confirmed Friday the vehicle remains missing and the suspect has not been found.

Gladis had posted on the department’s Facebook page earlier this week they are requesting public assistance with locating the 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck.

According to the post the truck was last seen on March 8 and reported missing early March 10. It was parked in the northwest corner of the lost and possibly exited south on Main Street.

“If you know anything about the theft or spot the truck, please give us a call or you can submit an anonymous tip via our website at,” he wrote.

The department has investigated several vehicle thefts over the last year, with most resulting in arrests.