Siblings sue for control of home of man facing felony charges

LISBON – The siblings of Leonard Coursin, who is currently undergoing mental counseling and facing felony charges, have filed a civil lawsuit in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Monday attempting to gain full control of Coursin’s home.

M. Viola Adkins, Hill Street, East Liverpool; Betty V. Haring, Maryville, Tenn.; and Rebecca E. Peterson, Vine Street, East Liverpool, have filed a civil lawsuit against their brother, Coursin of East Liverpool, asking the property the four of them own on Henry Avenue, East Liverpool, be split three ways or court ordered to be sold.

According to the lawsuit, the home was inherited from their mother, Kathleen Coursin, also known as Viola Kathleen Coursin, who died on April 25, 2009. The lawsuit claims Coursin, who was living on the property prior to his incarceration, has allowed the property to severely deteriorate.

Coursin is charged with breaking and entering and having weapons under disability. A rifle, a flare gun modified to shoot shotgun shells and a spear created from a kitchen knife, duct tape and a wooden pole were reportedly found in Coursin’s home.

He is currently at Heartland Behavioral Healthcare after Judge C. Ashley Pike determined him incompetent to stand trial.