The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

February 14, 2013

ASHTABULA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT


Star Beacon

— • A traffic stop in Ashtabula Township Sunday evening resulted in a drug charge for a passenger who had hypodermic needles in her wallet, according to an Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department report.

The 22-year-old Ashtabula woman admitted to being addicted to heroin. A deputy stopped the car because it was missing a rear license plate and its tail lights were not functioning. The driver and one of the three passengers were found to be wanted on warrants, as well.

• A traffic stop on Saturday resulted in drug charges for a driver that had a quantity of loose medications in a pants pocket and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, a report stated. The 48-year-old man also had failed to reinstate his driver’s license and was driving on expired plates.

• A 26-year-old woman was charged with obstruction in the discovery and apprehension of a suspect in a bad-check passing crime.

On Thursday, a deputy assisted three Ashtabula City Police officers in the attempt to arrest the suspect at the Glover Drive apartment of the suspect’s girlfriend. The door was locked and no one would answer, although it was evident there were occupants. A housing authority maintenance worker unlocked the door for the officers, who spoke with the 26-year-old woman. She denied that the suspect was in the apartment, but police found him hiding in the bathtub.

• A Williamsfield Township man who was sleeping on his girlfriend’s couch told a deputy that he was assaulted by the woman’s former boyfriend Monday morning.

According to a report, the 25-year-old was awakened by the former boyfriend who refused to leave the house and, after 20 minutes, punched the 25-year-old in the face. The victim suffered a bloody lip.

The suspect left on a red bicycle, heading toward Pennsylvania, according to the report. He faces assault and criminal trespassing charges.

• The department used a canine officer to corner a New Brighton, Pa. man wanted on a felony warrant.

The operation was carried out at a Gate Street, Andover, home Monday. The 26-year-old subject was reported to be armed and suspected of hiding in a dark basement of the house. After issuing several warnings, the canine officer was given the order to search for the subject.

A scream from a dark corner of the crawl space led deputies to the suspect, who was attempting to hide from the dog behind a piece of foam.

• Charges are pending against a 28-year-old Ashtabula woman who last week reportedly took a debit card from her father’s Route 193 home in Kingsville Township, according to the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman admitted to the crime, which was reported on Feb. 7, on Tuesday, deputies said. Friends of the woman used the car at a local bank ATM, and surveillance cameras provided a description of the vehicle that was stopped by a deputy in the area of Route 20 and North Bend Road, according to a report.

• Charges are pending against a 31-year-old Ashtabula man suspected of taking cash from a co-worker at the Applebee’s Restaurant in Ashtabula Township, deputies said.

Deputies were contacted around 8:30 p.m. Monday after the victim change purse, which contained the cash, turned up empty in the women’s rest room, according to a report.

• A 15-year-old Lakeside High School student faces charges after he reportedly threatened to shoot fellow students, deputies said. The boy lives in Ashtabula, according to a report.

• A burglar forced open a door and took a electronic notepad device from an Ashtabula Township residence Sunday morning while an occupant was sleeping with earphones in place, deputies said.

The Columbus Avenue resident told deputies he didn’t hear a thing, according to a report. The man’s wife discovered the theft around 10 a.m., upon returning home from a visit, deputies said.