Bird watching: A man driving a white SUV with a Virginia license plate screamed obscenities and gave an obscene gesture at Walmart employees when they refused to refund the $175 he’d spent on a Google Play card because he’d scratched the security film off the back, Tuesday. The man was seen on surveillance video scratching off the security film and taking a picture of the activation code, employees said, and when they wouldn’t give him his money back became hostile and aggressive with employees, recording them on his cell phone and shoving the phone in their faces. When he was told to leave the store he refused, claiming it was “public domain” and that Ohio was a “stand your ground” state. Employees advised the man tried to provoke a physical altercation with them several times and made vague threats, and when he was told he was banned for life and that police had been called, he walked into the parking lot where he continued to yell obscenities. Employees advised he stormed off without his Google Play card, returning an hour later demanding it be returned to him and causing another disturbance. They said he continued harassing workers and shoving his phone in their face. The store manager told police he’d told the man during the original incident he was no longer allowed on any Walmart property, particularly the Steubenville store, and wants to pursue criminal trespass charges against him.
Gawking: A city police cruiser was struck by a passing motorist while the officer was assisting a disabled motorist in the 200 block of John Scott Highway, Tuesday. There were no injuries, but another officer was called to the scene to assist, and OHP was dispatched to handle the accident report.
Brazen: A Wintersville resident followed two men he believed stole his gun from his vehicle while it was parked in the Kroger lot, Monday. He said he saw the men standing around his vehicle and told them to step away, and when he got in his car realized his gun had been stolen. He said he saw them get in a silver Chevy Trail Blazer so he followed them onto Railroad Avenue where he positioned himself in front of their car so he could get a good look at them and the other car struck the passenger side of his vehicle before heading south on State Route 7. He followed the pair to Brilliant before giving up the chase and returning to Steubenville to file a theft report. He was able to provide police with the license plate of the vehicle that struck his.
Pointed: A woman in the 700 block of North Seventh Street suffered superficial stab wounds after an argument with two other women erupted over missing cash, Sunday. The victim said she was trying to help the woman whose money was taken get it back when the other woman assaulted her, hitting her in the face and stabbing her multiple times with a pair of scissors. She refused medical treatment but did tell police she wants to pursue charges.
Grinched: A Langley Avenue resident told police someone stole two inflatable Christmas decorations from her front yard overnight, Sunday. She said the decorations — one was Santa on a sleigh, the other Santa in a helicopter — were valued at $300.
Kid stuff: A Sherman Avenue resident reported a juvenile problem, Monday. He told police the problem was with his neighbor’s children. Officers advised all parties to stay away from each other.
Booked: Destiny Mullins, 36, 1533 Euclid Ave., Apt. B, Steubenville, and Deidre Elias, 37, 1405 Madison Ave., Toronto, warrants for failure to appear, Tuesday. The two were served following a traffic stop on State Route 7 at Washington Street. Police said the driver failed to signal two left turns and was issued a warning for the violation.
A vehicle parked in the 1700 block of Oregon Avenue was struck by a hit-skip driver, Tuesday. Police said the driver side mirror was severely damaged.
Loud and proud: Two people causing a disturbance in the 400 block of South Fifth Street told police they were arguing loudly but everything was OK, Tuesday. Police told them their neighbors wanted to sleep so they needed to keep the noise down.
Problems: A couple causing a disturbance in the 400 block of North Sixth Street blamed it on relationship issues, Monday. Both told police the disagreement was strictly verbal.
Code issues: The owner/occupant of a property at 413 South Seventh St. was advised to remove bags of trash piled on the front porch and in the side and back yards, Monday.
Pilfered: Catalytic converters were stolen from at least eight vehicles parked at a car lot at 200 North Third St., Monday. Employees said they “still had others to look at” before a final count could be submitted.
Juveniles: Callers reported juveniles were throwing things at homes in the 1200 block of Jefferson Street, Sunday. They were gone when police arrived.