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Salem man also charged in break-in

June 6, 2008
LISBON — A Salem man already charged in two other criminal cases, including arson for five vehicle fires, was served Wednesday with a secret indictment for another felony count for allegedly breaking into a convenience store.

Jacob Arkwright, 19, of 1020 Homewood Ave., was charged by the Columbiana County grand jury last week with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony.

Court documents alleged Arkwright trespassed in Sami Quick Stop on West Second Street in Salem on Jan. 20.

Arkwright was indicted by the last grand jury at the beginning of May for one count of burglary, a second-degree felony, and theft, a fourth-degree felony. Documents alleged that he and a co-defendant trespassed on the property of Jan Liston on North Union Avenue in Salem on March 28 and stole an all-terrain vehicle belonging to Liston.

He was indicted earlier this year for five counts of arson, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly setting five vehicles on fire during the early morning hours of Dec. 20 on Woodland Avenue, Pershing Street and East State Street in Salem. His trial in that case remains set for Oct. 14, with a status hearing set for Sept. 26.

Also served with secret indictments were:

¯ Anthony Mehno, 42, of 1750 Merle St., Salem, illegal conveyance of a drug of abuse onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony. Documents alleged Mehno brought marijuana onto the grounds of the Columbiana County Jail in Lisbon on Dec. 27, 2007.

¯ Alpino Raneri Jr., 29, of 264 N. Ellsworth Ave., Salem, using a weapon while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor, and improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. Documents alleged Raneri had a firearm in his vehicle during a traffic stop on April 14 while he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

¯ William Merritt, 40, of 2332 Dresden Ave., East Liverpool, two counts each of receiving stolen property and forgery, both fifth-degree felonies. Documents alleged Merritt forged two stolen checks on the account of Kenneth Johnson on May 19.

¯ Ronald Davie, 26, of 47496 Calcutta Smith-Ferry Road, East Liverpool, domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor. Documents alleged that Davie attempted to cause physical harm to a woman he knows on April 24.



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