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LISBON – In Common Pleas Court, Jordan L. Gainer, 33, Moore Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, for failing to stop for authorities on Oct. 7, 2020. Gainer faces up to three years in prison, a $7,500 fine and a five-year license suspension. Sentencing is set for Jan. 24.

Anthony J. Salem, 35, Fairfield School Road, Columbiana, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control for prior convictions of possession of heroin, possession of a fentanyl-related compound and two counts of trafficking in drugs. Salem was sentenced to nine months in prison. The charges were for selling or offering to sell buprenorphine to an undercover agent on Feb. 7, 2017, and Feb. 15, 2017, as well as diacetylmorphine heroin and a compound mixture containing heroin in his possession on Sept. 10, 2019.

Travis A. Swinehart, 27, Pittsburgh Street, Columbiana, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and possession of a fentanyl-related compound. He was immediately sentenced to a year in prison. The charges were for trying to hide a syringe from authorities on April 21, 2020, when Swinehart also had a compound containing fentanyl.

Timothy N. Thompson, 34, Austintown, was sentenced to a year in prison for theft and possessing criminal tools, each fifth-degree felonies. On June 27, 2020, Thompson had two screwdrivers and was using them to steal a license plate from a vehicle owned by Salem Regional Medical Center, which were found thrown into bushes wrapped in his shirt at Burger King in Salem.

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