Accident: A Steubenville Fire Department ladder truck on its way to a fire call Friday was unable to stop and struck an SUV pulled over on Market Street hill, then clipped a dumpster before coming to rest at the corner of the Martin Luther King Recreational Center, Friday. The operator told police he was pressing the brake to the floor but the firetruck didn’t respond. Neither of the firefighters were injured, but the driver of the SUV was taken to Trinity West. Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi said the truck was driven back to station.
Charged: A female who was already out on bond after being charged with shoplifting from Walmart is back in jail after being charged with trying to walk out of Kroger with food and alcohol she didn’t pay for Friday, police report. Jessica L. Pinkerton, 30, 1112 Oakgrove Ave., Steubenville, was charged with petit theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kroger employees told police they watched Pinkerton pretend to scan items before she bagged them. In addition to the items in the shopping cart, police say when they searched her purse, they found it “packed to capacity” with beer, liquor and bottles of wine as well as a glass crack pipe and a broken marijuana bowl. Kroger employees reported the 55 items in her cart and purse were valued at $240, police said.
Surprise guest: Officers were flagged down by several individuals in the 400 block of North Sixth Street who advised a woman wearing a hospital gown had walked up and sat down on their back porch, Saturday. They said they had no idea who the woman was, and police said the woman initially wasn’t sure, either. Eventually they were able to identify her, though she continued to have difficulty answering questions. She was returned to the hospital for further evaluation.
Purse snatched: A Sinclair Avenue man told police a female known to him had stolen a purse belonging to his girlfriend containing “$500 worth of expensive lotions, perfumes, wrinkle cream and an expensive hair straightener,” Saturday. He said his girlfriend couldn’t file the complaint herself because there is a warrant out for her arrest.
Stocking up: A Highland Avenue resident said she allowed two people she knew into her home to use the restroom but found them in her kitchen helping themselves to items from her freezer, Saturday. The woman said they were stuffing things into a backpack, and when she grabbed the backpack to see what they were taking they knocked her to the floor and began hitting her. She told police one of them hit her in the back of her head with what felt like a hammer, so she let go of the backpack and they took off running. She said some meat and a small hammer were missing. Police said she had no visible injuries, but a woman on the victim’s porch confirmed she’d been hit on the back of her head.
Concerns: A city resident told police she was fearful that an intoxicated family member would harm her unborn baby or others in the household, Saturday. She said the individual had shoved her and kicked her in the belly. Police said the individual was very intoxicated and difficult to understand, but they did hear her say “the next time they came in the house there was going to be bloody murder.”
Booked: Brett I. Rutherford, 40, 1217 Plum St., Steubenville, public intoxication, Saturday. Rutherford had complained of being assaulted, but police said he showed no visible signs of injuries nor could they locate his alleged assailants. Rutherford allegedly told them he’d been beaten because he wouldn’t let his attackers have his book bag, and claimed his father was after him because he found out he was using. He eventually told police he’d used methamphetamine, according to the report.
Altercation: A woman in an altercation with her boyfriend said he hit her in the face so she threw a cell phone at him and hit a window instead, Sunday. Her boyfriend denied hitting her and said she just threw the phone and missed. The woman had a small laceration on her face and initially said she wanted to pursue charges, but police said she quickly changed her mind.
Disturbance: Callers reported a disturbance in the 600 block of Prospect Avenue, Sunday. The two men living there each accused the other of throwing things all over the residence. Both were advised of the process for eviction.
Big splash: Callers reported two juveniles jumped a fence and took a swim in a private pool, Friday. Witnesses said the boys were in their teens, one with blond hair and the other brown. Police were unable to locate them.
Pushy: A Union Avenue resident said her ex-boyfriend shoved her during an argument when he was gathering his belongings to vacate her apartment, Friday. He denied it.
Walk-in: A North Fourth Street resident said a man walked into her apartment when she took her dog out and pocketed two $50 bills and her food stamp card, Saturday.
Booked: Annie M. Hope, 31, 340 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, petit theft, Saturday. Walmart employees told police they saw Hope skip-scan and switch tags on merchandise valued at $121.
Booked: Della M. King, 65, 803 Rosswell Ave, Steubenville, domestic violence, Saturday; Treyvon Wise, 26, 1321 Wellesley Ave., Steubenville, bench warrant, Saturday; Darryl G. Williams II, 33, 2508 Crabbe Blvd., Steubenville, warrants out of Jefferson and Belmont counties, Saturday; Ryan Gooch, 30, no fixed address, petty theft and possession of a drug abuse instrument, Saturday. Gooch allegedly opened a package of socks at JC Penney, donning a pair of clean socks and leaving his dirty ones in a tied-up shopping bag in a shoe box. Police said they also found a hypodermic needle in his pocket. Gooch also was served with two bench warrants.
Cited: Lamontea Nashae Whatley, 29, 731 Oakmont Ave., Steubenville, no operator’s license and a child restraint violation; Jean M. Baker, 64, Saratoga Springs, UT, red light violation.
Cell fraud: A North Sixth Avenue woman told police she was notified by AT&T that she has multiple cell phones in her name even though she doesn’t use AT&T, Saturday. Police told her to have the phones shut off and removed from her name.