LISBON — In Columbiana County Municipal Court, a case against Christopher Laux, 33, New Castle, Pa., was bound over to the county grand jury for compelling prostitution, a third-degree felony, and possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Laux allegedly responded to an ad placed on a known website used for prostitution and human trafficking and arranged to meet with an undercover agent posing as a 16-year-old female for sexual conduct in exchange for money, then showed up in East Palestine on June 12 for the meeting, with his phone and money.

A charge of menacing by stalking against Richard May, 45, state Route 170, East Liverpool, was dismissed with prejudice. May had been accused of stalking a woman in 2021 in New Waterford, allegedly following her to her residence, to her workplace in North Lima and calling her and texting her.

A preliminary/pretrial hearing was set July 5 for Devon Bragg, 23, Chester, W.Va., charged with improper handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and misdemeanors of falsification, obstructing official business, driving under suspension, license plate light, left of center and failure to display valid sticker. The charges all relate to a traffic stop on June 23 on Columbia Street in Leetonia when Bragg allegedly had a loaded rifle with multiple rounds and a round in the chamber in his vehicle and did not disclose he had the rifle or a pistol. During the stop, Bragg allegedly misled police to believe he was someone else when asked multiple times to produce his identification and also refused to answer questions truthfully about himself or give an accurate address for himself.

A domestic violence charge against Sarah Graham, 19, Pinewood Drive, New Waterford, was dismissed without prejudice due to the police officer’s failure to file the appropriate affidavit. The victim also requested dismissal. Graham had been accused of causing physical harm to her parents at a Union Street address in Washingtonville on Dec. 6, 2002.

Taylor Christian, 26, West Calla Road, Salem, was fined $955, and sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, with 3 days credited for a driver intervention program, and had his license suspended for one year for OVI first offense, marked lanes, and no seat belt.

John Andrews III, 35, Bacon Avenue, East Palestine, was fined $250 and sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 164 days suspended and credit for 16 days served for assault, amended from domestic violence, for assaulting a woman he knows on March 30 at the Bacon Avenue residence.

A pretrial was set June 30 for Clint Wern, 43, East State Street, Salem, charged with domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend by grabbing her and pushing her to the ground on June 22 at the East State Street residence.

Raul Bautista, 28, West Clark Street, East Palestine, was fined $250 and sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 26 days suspended and credit for four days served, for menacing, amended from aggravated menacing. He was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service. Bautista made threats against his live-in girlfriend on March 14 after being dropped off at a Grant Street residence in Lisbon.

A pretrial was set July 5 for Earl Hall, West Main Street, New Waterford, charged with having weapons while intoxicated for allegedly discharging one round of ammunition from a handgun while under the influence of alcohol, causing damage to the ceiling of his bedroom while others were in the New Waterford residence.

A pretrial was set July 5 for Jacob Lanoux, 29, Minerva, charged with domestic violence, criminal damaging, OVI first offense, and failure to control for allegedly slashing his ex-girlfriend’s tires, pushing her into the side of her vehicle, injuring her June 21. The traffic charges stem from a traffic stop on June 22, state Route 172, Columbiana. Bond was set for $10,000 cash or surety.

A pretrial was set Aug. 1 for Thomas Larkins Jr., 39, North Lincoln Avenue, Salem, charged with Illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia for allegedly possessing drug paraphernalia, during a traffic stop on May 29 in Salem. Suspected heroin was also allegedly found in the vehicle.

A pretrial was set Sept. 1 for Mitchell Soules, 32, Elberon Avenue, Salem, for OVI first offense, OVI breath .08 gram first offense, and left of center.

Ada Zimmerman, 68, state Route 517, Lisbon, was fined $50 for disorderly conduct, amended from criminal damaging. Zimmerman was also ordered to pay $575 restitution to Karen Finch, for driving her truck into Finch’s yard causing damage Feb. 10 in Lisbon.

A pretrial was set Aug. 18 for Tiffany Cox, 31, New Galilee, Pa., charged with driving under suspension and speeding.

A pretrial was set Sept. 6 for Brendan Rhodes, 21, Pine Lake Road, Beloit, charged with operating a vehicle under the influence first offense, OVI controlled substance and headlights.

Arora Collins, 40, San Diego, Calif., was fined $100 for speeding, with a charge of expired registration dismissed.

A pretrial was set July 12 for Aaron Sugar, 25, Poland, charged with unauthorized plate.

Sarah Little, 24, Continental Drive, Salem, was fined $100 for no operators license amended from driving under suspension

Justin Zarnosky, 23, state Route 518, Lisbon, was fined $150 for tail lights and illumination of rear license plate, amended from speeding.

Brian Noel, 48, Freeport, was fined $250 for driving under suspension, expired registration, and speeding.

Deandra Newcomer, 19, Louisville, was fined $180 for expired license and speeding.

A pretrial was set Aug. 16 for Kharl Schrode, 52, Amsterdam, for OVI second offense, and left of center.


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