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Hot time in the old town

A Jeep burst into flames in downtown Lisbon at about dusk Friday, drawing a crowd that included village firefighters who extinguished the impressive blaze. The occupants were able to get out of the Jeep without injury. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

Salem man held in stabbing of former tenants

LISBON — An Aug. 29 preliminary hearing was set in county Municipal Court for a Salem man charged with allegedly stabbing two people on Thursday. Ryan Wilson, 29, Barclay Avenue, Salem, is charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and two counts of felonious assault, ...

Official charged in fatal accident

BOARDMAN — A Columbiana County woman will be charged in connection with a Monday traffic accident in Mahoning County that claimed the life of a 69-year-old California man. Lt. Brad Bucey of the Canfield post of the Ohio Highway Patrol reported Friday that charges of vehicular manslaughter, ...

BL students charged with inducing panic for video

CALCUTTA — Inducing panic charges were filed Friday against two Beaver Local students, ages 10 and 11, for posting a threatening video online. Copies of the charges will be mailed to the parents of two boys telling them when they have to report to Columbiana County Juvenile Court, according ...

Drugs seized in Salem raid

Staff Reports SALEM — Various drugs valued at about $700 were taken from a West Pershing Street home by members of Columbiana County Drug Task Force and the Salem City Police Department. According to Detective Lt. Brian McLaughlin, the search warrant was served at a 285 W. Pershing St. ...

Prosecutor recognizes Drug Task Force director as outstanding officer of year

LISBON — Det. Lt. Brian McLaughlin of the County Sheriff’s Department, who has served as Director of the Columbiana County Drug Task Force for 14 years, has been recognized as the 2019 Columbiana County Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer by County Prosecutor Robert L. Herron. The annual ...

WB grading scale won’t change for now

BELOIT — The grading scale at West Branch High School will not be changing this year. School Board President Mikki Kanagy reported on Thursday that although the administration continues to investigate the possibility of changing to a 10-point grading scale, it will not happen for the ...

COMMON PLEAS COURT

New Cases Wells Fargo Bank vs. Larry and Kristy Wallace, et al., foreclosure sought for property on Mattix Road, Lisbon. Lauren E. Hilbert, Wellsville, vs. Burle and Janet Anderson, Wellsville, request to have land installment contact forfeited and canceled for property on Buckeye Road, ...

Hair repair

Leetonia’s Kody Sanders gets his hair fixed by teammate Brett Davis during photo day last Friday. Looking on is Marco Ferry. (Salem News photo by Ron Firth)

Columbiana residents plead for help with rats

COLUMBIANA — A home on East Duquesne Street is posing a health hazard, with an infestation of rats taking over the area. Clarissa Goehring of Fairfield Avenue and surrounding neighbors visited city council on Tuesday to plead with the city to intervene on their behalf. “We are finding ...

EL man pleads guilty in beating death of veteran

LISBON — An East Liverpool man who beat an 89-year-old veteran while robbing him in his own home more than a year ago pleaded guilty to murder Thursday morning in Common Pleas Court. Robert E. Stevens, 50, Fox Chase Road, also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, aggravated robbery ...

Former jail inmate sues over injury to pinky finger

LISBON — Antuan Parker, a former inmate at the Columbiana County Jail, has filed a lawsuit in county Common Pleas Court against the warden and a corrections officer, claiming permanent damage to his pinky finger. The civil lawsuit filed this week claims on Jan. 18, 2018, a guard at the ...

Salem BOE honors maintenance staff for many summer projects

SALEM — The Salem school board this week honored the building and grounds department for completing multiple facility renovation projects this summer in time for the start of this school year. The school presented the members of Maintenance Supervisor Jason Austin's staff with Salem Quaker ...

Time passes at hospital for deputies and inmate

Staff Reports LISBON — A Columbiana County Jail inmate who claimed to have swallowed eight razor blades on Sunday remained hospitalized on Thursday. According to a jail report provided to Sheriff Ray Stone, Brandon Huff told guards at 11:36 p.m. Sunday he had swallowed the razor blades. ...

United OKs deal for deputy at schools

HANOVERTON—The United Local school board this week approved an agreement to continue with a school resource officer for the 2019-2020 school year. The board approved an agreement with the county sheriff’s office for a full-time school resource officer at $70,000, which is no increase from ...

Garage, camper lost in fire

NEW WATERFORD — A Unity Township man lost his garage and a camper in a fire on Wednesday evening. New Waterford Fire Chief Greg Van Pelt said his department was notified at 7:15 p.m. after a neighbor reported the fire at 46557 state Route 14. Van Pelt said the garage is owned by Eric ...

Leetonia plans hydrant flushing in September

LEETONIA—The water/sewer department will conduct hydrant flushing in September. Village administrators announced at village council’s meeting Wednesday night that flushing will begin Sept. 9 on the northside (north of High Street). He said the north side will likely take two weeks to ...

Plug pulled on 3rd Lordstown power plant

LORDSTOWN — A developer of two natural gas-fired power plants is blaming “political tampering” with Ohio’s electricity generation markets for the decision to abort plans for a third billion-dollar plant in the village. Bill Siderewicz, president of Clean Energy Future LLC, said ...

Donation to Salem schools

Quaker City Castings representatives on Wednesday presented monetary donations to the Salem City Schools on behalf of the company and Gezo’s to help teachers, parents and students in need of school supplies at the request of company owner Joe Korff. Quaker city Castings donated $5,000 and ...

Business owner: DORA events hurt shop

The city’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) implementation has become so popular that city council continues fielding requests for new events — but that doesn’t mean the events are the best for everyone. A DORA allows for the open carry of alcohol within a designated area ...