In Columbiana County Municipal Court, a Sept. 22 preliminary hearing and pretrial was set for Justin Earl Crowl, 22, U.S. Route 30, Lisbon, charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia for allegedly having two generic Vicodin pills, a handmade water bong, an unopened Swisher Cigarillo and two open packages of rolling papers on Friday.

Columbiana County commissioners have asked for a dispute with judicial software company, American Cadastre, LLC, , to be assigned for arbitration. In a civil lawsuit filed by Prosecuting Attorney Robert Herron and Assistant County Prosecutor Andrew Beech, the county has requested an arbitrator be assigned to deal with issues regarding the county courts' new software package.

For the third time in three years, the Columbiana County Port Authority voted to extend the contract of its chief executive officer, Tracy Drake. Following a lengthy executive session to discuss personnel issues, the board voted in favor of extending Drake's contract for another year.

Leonard King, 40, Newark, N.J., pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to three counts of possession of drugs and was immediately sentenced to four years in prison and fined $17,500. His license was also suspended for five years.

A man accused of aggravated robbery after using a knife to try to rob a Guatemalan couple in April was sentenced to three years in prison Monday by Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike. Matthew W. Juillerat, 23, North Lincoln Avenue, Salem, was facing up to 11 years after he pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery in July.

One player hit a sizable Ohio Lottery jackpot over the weekend, but the top prizes in the lottery's three biggest games continue to soar. Saturday, one person won the $493,000 Rolling Cash 5 jackpot after 10 straight drawings with no one picking all the correct numbers.

Deputies responded Friday to Lotze Drive in East Palestine for a domestic dispute where Heather Compton, 27, reported Matthew Runkles, 28, same address, had come home and began to go through her cell phone. She reported he found some messages he didn't like and became upset, grabbing her by the throat and trying to remove her from the car in which they were seated.

The Help Me Grow Playgroup will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at St. Paul's Parish Office; 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Robert Bycroft School, Lisbon; and 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Westgate Elementary, East Liverpool. For information, call 330-424-0288.

An Oct. 9 pretrial was set for Tina M. Taylor, 42, East Third Street, Salem, cited with driving under FRA suspension. An Oct. 21 pretrial was set for Trent A. Marcum, 18, South Range Road, Salem, cited with driving under suspension and lighted lights required.

William R. Beesler Jr., 34, West Lincoln Way, Lisbon, was served a secret indictment for an illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs charge.

The village passed emergency legislation last week to recover more than $6,100 in unpaid residential water bills and $2,000 for unkempt properties. The average unpaid water bill was around $200 for a majority of the 19 people, with the highest at $810 and the lowest at $71, according to the legislation.

The Banquet in Salem will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. The meal will be sponsored by the Giant Eagle in Salem.

It may be a half-scale, but the impact the Moving Wall replica made when it was finally in place Friday was larger than life. Gathered around the 254-foot-wall bearing more than 58,000 names, friends and family members of those killed in action in Vietnam paid their respects.

Dr. Stephen Nameth's job at Friday's kickoff of the 2015 United Way campaign was to talk about the numbers without losing sight of the people. "You never know when you're going to be hit with hard times, so these agencies are a bit of a safety net," said Nameth, chairman of the 2015 campaign.

The new committee trying to revive the U.S. Route 30 project welcomed two new attendees to its meeting this week and hopes to be joined in the future by a third. Retired banker Charles Lang and Columbiana County Port Authority CEO Tracy Drake both attended the meeting of the county transportation improvement district board after being invited to do so at the August meeting.

Another new drilling site permit is being sought for the Firestone Farms property outside Columbiana, the first new permit in three months in Columbiana County. The permit is being sought by Atlas Noble LLC, which also has another permitted drilling site on the Firestone property, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

L:ISBON - A former Wellsville man who narrowly missed shooting local police nearly two years ago pleaded guilty Thursday in Columbiana County Common Pleas court to discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises. Joel Possage, 35, of Boardman, had been charged initially with felonious assault with a firearm specification, a first-degree felony.

Wellsville residents, area politicians and local law enforcement came together Wednesday night, taking the first steps toward reclaiming their community from the heroin epidemic that has hit the village hard in recent years The community improvement group "Eyes on Wellsville" used its monthly meeting Wednesday to host a townhall-style meeting in which all were invited to share experiences and make suggestions as to how the village can combat the drug problem. State Rep. Nick Barborak, who recently hosted a similar event at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center in Lisbon, was the evening's featured speaker.

Danny Miller and friends will have a "jam session" 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Newell Lions Club. Concessions available.

Village officials were encouraged to act with a sense of urgency in addressing a drainage problem near the Fleming House because it will only grow worse with the commercial development going on in the area. That was the message delivered at this week's Village Council meeting by Eloise Traina, director of the Family Recovery Center, which operates the Fleming House, a place where mothers undergoing drug/alcohol rehabilitation can stay with their children.