A Youngstown man accused of smothering his stepfather in Salem in 2009 has now been reported to be competent to stand trial. In March, Judge C. Ashley Pike ordered Adkins to undergo treatment at the Heartland Behavioral Health Center.

A man assaulted in an East Liverpool establishment has filed a lawsuit in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court against the bar and its owner. Jason Jackson, East Liverpool, claims on Nov. 24, 2012 he was at Legends Bar on Mulberry Street when he said he was assaulted and battered.

Robert A. Donaldson, 45, Carey Road, Salem, was southbound on Depot Road in Salem at 6:15 a.m. Nov. 17 and was struck by James G. Rozeski, 53, Spillway Road, Lisbon, who was northbound and lost control on snow. He was cited for failure to control.

A deputy responded to a report of several vehicles sliding off Depot Road south of Coffee School Road in Butler Township due to freezing rain at 11 a.m. Saturday. The deputy arrived to find the following motorists had slid off the road: Jeffrey Heffinger, Carey Road; Dustin Dorff, Continental Drive, Salem; and Duane Culler of Youngstown.

Herbert Jones, 27, last known address state Route 7, Lisbon, was served an indictment for charged of safe cracking and theft. Jones is accused of taking money after entering the cash box at Burger King in Calcutta on May 13. The indictment was issued by the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury in August.

In Columbiana County and the surrounding area there is much to be thankful for again this Thanksgiving season. Among our many blessings are the generous community-minded people who make sure the less fortunate among us are able to have a bountiful holiday meal.

Roger H. Roe, 50, Milford, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to passing bad checks. Roe reportedly wrote an $8,500 check to Performance Trucks when he purchased a 2006 Ford F-350 on May 15, 2013.

Combining some 45 years of driver's education teaching experience from one end of Columbiana County to the other, Debbie Bowersock and Judy Bonfert formed Fastrack Driving School, LLC in October. Just licensed, the company is located at 11988 state Route 45 in Lisbon in the JPI Industrial building.

In Columbiana County Municipal Court Jerrid A. Kotsch, 28, Riffle Road, Rogers, was bound over to the grand jury on a charge of possession of a drug abuse instrument, burglary and assaulting a peace officer. Kotsch allegedly was caught in the process of carrying a TV from a Carmel Achor Road home on Nov. 7. He then is accused of grabbing a Columbiana County Drug Task Force by the neck and the collar before he was taken into custody and two syringes were found in his pocket.

Even while maintaining his innocence, Christopher Miller was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the brutal murder of Matthew Bailey. The sentence was issued on Thursday by Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike, who pointed out Miller has shown no signs of remorse and killed Bailey by delivering no fewer than 30 blows mostly to Bailey's head.

Some area health instructors and professionals joined forces Monday to spread the word on the Ebola virus - what it is, what it isn't and preparations for dealing with it. A registered nurse, Ph.D. and member of the Kent State University faculty, Ferranto organized the forum which included KSU faculty members Cheryl Brady and Dr. Ernest Freeman, Ph.D., Columbiana County Health Commissioner Wesley Vins, and Salem Regional Medical Center staff members Lyn Pethtel and Deanna Danner.

Two people accused of stealing money from a Salineville area Girl Scouts troop were among the eight open indictments issued by Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury this week. The grand jury also issued 16 secret indictments, which will be released as they are served.

Around 13,000 years ago, people in these parts did not need a zoo in order to see large animals with long trunks. They only had to look outside.

Detective Brad Davis posted Colon's mugshot and some information about the charges against him on the Salem Police Department Facebook page on Wednesday, garnering nearly 400 shares and 50 comments within the first six hours. Davis asked anyone with information that could lead to Colon's arrest to call the police department at 330-337-7811 or call the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office at 330-424-7255 or the U.S. Marshal's Office at 866-4WANTED.

Council agreed to provide a requested easement that would allow the trail to be extended along state Route 154, from Moore Street to the BP station, a distance of about one mile. The easement was sought by the Columbiana County Park District, which oversees the popular bicycle/walking trail that currently extends from downtown Lisbon north to Washingtonville.

A natural gas pipeline was spewing gas for at least two days before it was fixed by company officials on Wednesday, according to a man who lives on state Route 172. Josh Kupka said he called the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office on Monday after hearing a loud noise coming from a natural gas pipeline not far from Furnace Road.

Donald Duncan, 66, Haiti Road, Salineville, was fined $500 and required 50 hours community service for theft for jumping a pipe where the Buckeye Water District meter had been removed. Eugene Anthony Pineda, 22, West Pershing Street, Salem, was fined $350, had his license suspended for six months, required 30 hours community service and sentenced to three days in jail for driving under OVI suspension and no license.