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November 17, 2012
Salem News

LISBON - A preliminary hearing date of Nov. 20 was scheduled in Columbiana County Municipal Court in the case of the East Palestine-area man facing multiple criminal charges.

Cody L. Harmon, 24, of Neeld Road, was first charged with criminal damaging for reportedly vandalizing a car owned by William Cooper, Metz Road, Columbiana, on Nov. 11. County sheriff's deputies were called to the residence in regard to a trespassing complaint and learned Harmon allegedly struck the car fender with a shovel.

Harmon was then charged with resisting arrest, trafficking in marijuana, and possessing drug equipment. These charges occurred after police tried to serve an arrest warrant on him at a home on North Main Street, Columbiana, on Nov. 14.

Harmon reportedly pulled the basement door back when the officers attempted to open it and held it closed until the officers kicked the door in. Confiscated were scales, baggies, and rolling paper used to package marijuana.

In other court action, Thomas C. Summers, Haiti Road, Salineville, pleaded innocent to domestic violence charges. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 20.

Timothy W. Flowers, 46, Carmel Achor Road, Negley, pleaded innocent to two counts of domestic violence. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17.

Joseph M. Petro, 24, of Berlin Center, pleaded innocent to OVI, traffic control device violation and marked lanes violation. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Dec. 4.

Laura D. Mason, 39, Clark Avenue, Wellsville, pleaded innocent to OVI and a tail light violation, and a pretrial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 6. Mason was cited following a traffic stop on state Route 7 near Wellsville at 1:55 a.m. Nov. 14.

Joseph M. Smith, 26, North Ellsworth Avenue, Salem, pleaded no contest to a theft charge and was found guilty. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 4. Smith is accused of stealing a $78 blue ray player from the Salem Walmart on Nov. 12.

Kenneth G. Krecken, 49, of Youngstown, pleaded innocent to OVI and speeding, and a pretrial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11. Krecken was cited following a traffic stop on state Route 11 in Fairfield Township at 6 a.m. Nov. 11.

Tiffany B. Michalak, 31, Short Road, Columbiana, pleaded no contest to falsification and was sentenced to 15 days in the county jail and fined $150. A second charge of obstructing police business was dismissed. Michalak gave Leetonia police a different person's name and birth date when officers were investigating a domestic dispute in the Leetonia Dairy Queen parking lot on Oct. 26.

Kayla A. Shasteen, 19, Continental Drive, Salem, pleaded no contest to theft and was found guilty. She was fined $100, sentenced to 30 days in the county jail, with credit granted for seven days already served, and ordered to make restitution to Matt Bailey in the amount of $345. Shasteen was staying at Bailey's residence in Salem when she reportedly stole the money from him on Sept. 9.

Kenneth P. Weber, 54, West Garfield Road, Columbiana, pleaded innocent to passing bad checks, and a pretrial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11. Webber reportedly wrote two bad checks totaling $93 to Doyle's Fresh Meats in East Palestine in late 2011 and he has yet to make good on the checks.



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