Reward offered in rape case

LISBON – A reward is being offered for someone with information which leads to the arrest of Lisbon man recently charged with sexually related crimes.

Richard C. Short, 46, last known address East Washington Street, Lisbon, is being sought by the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office as well as the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

He has been charged with rape and sexual battery, two charges recently issued by the grand jury. According to Assistant County Prosecutor Timothy McNicol, Short is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Lisbon home in recent months on an occasion when she was unconscious. The rape charge is a first-degree felony, which could mean up to 11 years in prison if Short is convicted.

Short is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall with brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information about Short is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 424-7255 or the U.S. Marshals Tip Line at 866-4wanted. Tips will be kept confidential.