The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Police Blotter

January 16, 2013


• Communications cabling strung between six poles along Route 193 in Dorset Township was removed sometime early Friday morning.

According an Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department report, a computer system that monitor’s Windstream’s transmission system, detected the break around 2 a.m. Upon investigation at the site, it was discovered that 375 feet of cabling was missing.

The loss on the cable alone was estimated at $5,000.

• A 53-year-old Rock Creek man faces three counts of domestic violence for allegedly threatening his wife, daughter and granddaughter.

The incident occurred Friday evening, when the man became drunk and threatened to shoot his family. According to a report, the man grabbed two shotguns and told the family members “these are for you,” before replacing the guns in a closet and running barefoot out the back door.

A deputy confiscated six shotguns from the house because the man had threatened to return. Charges are pending in Western County Court.

• A 25-year-old Leetonia man claimed he was assaulted by several other men in an Orwell Township bar Saturday evening.

According to the report, several persons were throwing beer bottles at each other during the ruckus.

• Two tractors and related equipment were reported stolen from a summer-home property in Harpersfield Township.

According to a report, a 1960 Massey Ferguson No. 35 tractor, with a value of $2,000, and 1981/82 John Deere No. 410 tractor, worth $7,500, were missing from a garage. Also reported missing was a rototiller attachment and box scraper, worth $1800. The items belonged to an Eastlake man.

• A 30-year-old Geneva Township man reported being assaulted by his 32-year-old brother on Saturday.

According to a report, the suspect used a tire iron and inflicted a laceration above the victim’s left eyebrow.

• A green, industrial-quality tool box weighing about 250 pounds was found along East Morgan Road in Jefferson Township. The item was believed to have been stolen and dumped along the road.

• Three Cleveland residents face drug-related charges in Ashtabula Municipal Court as a result of a traffic stop near the intersection of West Avenue and Bunker Hill on Saturday.

According to the report, the driver was operating under suspension and various items related to illegal drug use were found in the vehicle. A drug-sniffing canine officer was pressed into service for the investigation.

• A 44-year-old Geneva Township man was arrested early Sunday morning after he ran a stop sign and nearly caused a collision with a deputy’s cruiser.

According to a report, the motorist continued on East Maple and Austin Road to his residence even after the officer signaled him to stop. A pat-down of the man revealed a quantity of a substance suspected to be marijuana, plus two folding lock blades. Two large knives were seized from the vehicle. The man faces motor vehicle operation charges, as well as a drug charge and carrying a concealed weapon charge.

• A 25-year-old Geneva Township man, the live-in boyfriend of a 23-year-old woman, faces a domestic violence charge as a result of assaulting her in the process of destroying furniture in their home.

According to the report, a 4-year-old, 1-year-old and 2-month-old twins were placed in harm’s way by the man’s actions. The report noted that “unhealthy conditions” existed in the home.

The man was arrested and jailed.

• A Conneaut Lakeside Primary student who told a school employee that “mommy is making soup again in the basement” and “mommy is sniffing things through a straw” led deputies and a Children Services Board worker to two Conneaut homes where chemicals and equipment used to manufacture meth were discovered last week.

Citizens also tipped off law enforcement officials about high intensity traffic in a short period of time at the West Main Road location, but the one-pot meth labs were located at a Maple Avenue home. The father was charged with child endangering and drug-related offenses, the report showed.

• The online pawn shop database LEADSonline led the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department to a 34-year-old Jefferson Village man suspected of stealing and selling tools belonging to his former employer.

According to a report, the Jefferson Township employer gave the part-time worker access to power tools for use on the job. When two saws and a drill came up missing, the department was asked to investigate. A check with the LEADS system showed that a drill matching the one that was missing was sold to a pawn shop on  Dec. 31. A saw was sold Jan. 3 to the same shop and by the same man.

The suspect sold a second saw to his uncle, according to the report.

The thefts have been forwarded to Eastern County Court for review.

• A State Road South, Plymouth Township, man reported several holes in his siding and a broken window from BBs shot at the residence sometime between Dec. 25 and Monday.

• A Williamsfield man was arrested for disorderly conduct Sunday morning after he refused a ride home by a deputy.

The deputy came upon the 27-year-old man as he was walking east on Route 6 in Cherry Valley Township. The man was about three feet to the right of the fog line and displayed tweeking behavior, which is associated with a high induced by meth, according to a report.

• A security camera documented the theft of two chicken wrap sandwiches by a 30-year-old Talmadge woman.

The theft occurred early Sunday morning at a gas station in Ashtabula Township. According to the report, the woman put the sandwiches, worth $8, in her purse and exited the store.

• Suspicious activity in the parking lot of the Economy Inn in Ashtabula Township led to the arrest of a Geneva man and Ashtabula man and woman over the weekend.

The deputy located 16 grams of a substance that appeared to meth, as well as various drug use and manufacturing paraphernalia, in a car and room rented by one of the suspects.

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