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Steubenville police

Paper tigers: A Cunningham Avenue resident told police two juveniles toilet papered her yard, Friday. The homeowner provided surveillance footage of the kids papering her property and told them she wanted the kids to clean up their mess and not to return. She and two neighbors were able to tell police where the kids lived, and officers said when they talked to them and told there was video, the kids admitted they’d made the mess. Their mom sent them back to clean it.

Charges filed: Police took two Wildon Avenue residents into custody after they gave conflicting stories about a domestic incident, both had injuries and both said they wanted to pursue charges, Saturday. Christopher J. Bottegal, 57, and Helen M. Freeman, 29, both of 129 Wildon Ave., were charged with domestic violence Saturday. Police said Freeman told them her boyfriend started throwing items at her, then threw her to the ground and began choking her, but Bottegal claimed it was Freeman who’d started throwing things, and said she’d hit him in the face with a tape measure so to protect himself, he held her to the ground. Police said by the time they arrived at the jail, neither of them wanted to pursue charges so they filed the charges themselves.

Cited: Austin W. Bennington, 24, 2567 State Route 152, Bloomingdale, was cited for open container, driving under suspension, failure to control a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly ran his car off the road in the 1500 block of Sinclair Avenue then fled the scene, leaving his vehicle in the creek, Saturday. Police reported the vehicle was unoccupied when they arrived on scene, and two wreckers were needed to extricate it. During a vehicle inventory, police allege they found “numerous empty, full and open cans of Budweiser beer scattered about the vehicle.”

Unhappy camper: Officers tried to do a welfare check on a man hanging out at the Market Street Bridge, Friday. Police observed the man standing on the stairwell with clothing draped across the railing and multiple bags on the stairs. They said he was making erratic movements, “such as walking down the stairs, touching the grass and then immediately running up the stairs and spinning around in circles.” Due to his behavior, they felt they needed to check on him but as they approached, he grabbed what items he could and took off toward the West Virginia side. The officer said it appeared the man had been camping out under the stair well.

Disturbed: A North Fourth Street resident told police someone is sending her harassing emails, Friday.

Disturbance: Residents in the 900 block of North Sixth Avenue said a man was running down the street, beating on doors and windows at multiples residents, Friday. Officers were unable to locate the offender.

All’s well: Police were asked to check on a Rockdale Road resident who had been drinking since 2 p.m. and was irritable and in a bad mood about something that had happened at work, Sunday. Officers said the woman was obviously intoxicated but advised them everything was okay and she didn’t need assistance.

Bad driving: A female driving a gold Chevy Malibu allegedly struck another vehicle while merging lanes on John Scott Highway then left the scene, Friday. The left rear wheel well and rim on the other vehicle were damaged.

Good friend: A man fell asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Washington Street, Sunday. The man told them he was waiting for his friend to come out of the bar so he could give him a ride home. The vehicle was off and the keys weren’t in the ignition, nor did officers detect any sign of impairment or the smell of alcohol from him or the vehicle.

Wasting time: A Florida man told police he was concerned about a woman being held against her will at a residence on Bryden Road, Sunday. Police went to the residence, only to find out that the man has been harassing the female since she returned home from Florida.

Booked: Cara Crabtree, 37, 421 Union Ave., Steubenville, F5 possession and a bench warrant for a probation violation, Friday; Amber R. Long, 35, 421 Union Ave., Steubenville, possession of drugs, possession of a drug abuse instrument, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Friday.

Found: A Wells Township man reported he found his stolen car parked near the loading ramps at Walmart, Friday. He told police he’d reported the theft to township police, then set out to see if he could find the vehicle. He believes his now ex-girlfriend and her ex-boyfriend took the vehicle.

Accident: A Hollywood Boulevard resident backed his pickup into his own retaining wall, Friday. Officers detected an aroma of alcohol and warned the man to stay off the road.

Concerned: A caller reported seeing a male passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle parked in the 1100 block of Maryland Avenue, Saturday. Firefighters arrived on scene first and were speaking with the male, who said he’s working midnights and fell asleep before he got inside his residence. Minutes later a second caller reported another man passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle, parked in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue. Police said that man was awake and alert, and told them he was using the Wi-Fi on his phone.

Suspicious: A call was placed to the police department because three subjects were sitting in a green minivan near Murphy Field for about 30 minutes and the caller said it looked suspicious, Saturday. The caller believed the three were involved in some drug activity. Police said the vehicle was unoccupied when they arrived on scene and they were unable to locate the trio.

Fore: A female driving north on Lovers Lane said her rear window was broken by a golf ball, Saturday. She said the golfer apologized and gave her his name and number, but said he needed to finish playing his round.

Booked: Robert L. Smith, 30, 205 South Fourth St., Apt. 1, Steubenville, was charged with criminal mischief, Friday. Smith allegedly threw a brick through the window of the Nutcracker Shoppe earlier in the week. Police said he was pacing in front of Leonardo’s when they took him into custody.

Booked: Trinity A. Lewis, 18, 436 Spring Ave., Steubenville, was charged with petit theft and contempt of court, Saturday. Lewis allegedly tried to remove 61 items from Walmart valued at nearly $394 without paying for them, police said. Store personnel said Lewis had previously been banned from the store.

Served: Mazey Hearn, 22, 3825 Main St., Weirton, came on station to be served with a warrant from municipal court for failure to appear, Friday.

Code issues: Notices of violation were sent to the owners of properties at 1000 Lincoln Ave., high grass; 736 Lincoln Aven, 815 Lincoln Ave., 328 Lovers Lane, 1402 Belleview Blvd., 145 Lovers Lane, 1339 Pennsylvania Ave., all for high grass.

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