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Bellaire police arrest six

December 9, 2009
By MICHAEL SCHULER, Times Leader Staff Writer

BELLAIRE - Monday proved to be a busy day for the Bellaire Police Department which made six arrests and four trips to the Belmont County Jail in just a few hours for several separate incidents.

Among those arrested Monday were three people who are suspected of allegedly breaking into a Trumbull Street home.

According to Police Chief Michael P. Kovalyk, he and Patrolman Jason Weekley responded to the alleged break-in call after the brother of the homeowner reported seeing three men entering a vacant house and taking wire.

Police got a description of the car and stopped the vehicle at 37th and Jefferson streets where they found the three suspects, Justin Hall, 19, of P.O. Box 393, Neffs; Cody Amus, 19, of 4154 Trumbull St., Bellaire; and Zachary Tottka, 19 of 4339 Franklin St.

Kovalyk said the three men cooperated with the police.

"They pretty much gave us the information, and we brought them to the (police station)," Kovalyk said. "Upon further checking, other items were found to be missing."

It was later learned that two electric guitars and possibly other items also were stolen from the home. Police recovered the guitars at another location on Trumbull Street. Kovalyk said the guitars were found in the vehicle.

Hall and Amus were taken to jail on charges of breaking and entering and felony theft, according to Kovalyk. Bond has been set at $5,000 each. Tottka was taken on charges of breaking and entering and felony theft and possession of drugs, the police chief said. His bond was set at $5,250.

The alleged thefts remain under investigation.

In unrelated incidents, two separate acts that were thought to involve shopping yielded more arrests.

Around 4 p.m., Police were called to Kroger at Imperial Plaza by the store's crime prevention unit, who reported two men were acting suspiciously and allegedly took a buggy filled with groceries out of the store without paying.

A clerk from the store followed them and yelled at them, and one of the men fled on foot while the other man, David B. McElroy, retrieved the buggy and paid for the groceries. While questioning David B. McElroy, 45, 2209 Belmont St., Bellaire, police discovered he had an active warrant for disorderly conduct and transported him to Belmont County Jail.

About four hours later, police were called back to Kroger for another incident after the store's loss prevention officer reported a man was in the store who he believed was going to steal groceries. Kovalyk and Patrolman Greg Clark responded to that call and located the suspect, Bradley Kosky, 27, 54390 Margie Ave., Bellaire.

Kosky left the buggy inside the store but was also found to have a warrant for failure to appear and child support and was transported to Belmont County Jail.

Police also arrested a woman at Belmont County Hospital for alleged persistent disorderly conduct and transported her to jail. The woman, Elizabeth A. Merola, 40, Hyde St., Niles, Ohio, had been staying at the Belmont County Salvation Army Building in Bellaire,

The woman allegedly refused to leave after being released by a doctor. Police were called and Kovalyk said they had offered to give her a ride to the Salvation Army, but she continued to refuse to leave. She had to be carried out of the hospital and placed in the cruiser, Kovalyk said. After getting to the Belmont County Jail, she reportedly was very cooperative with police.

Schuler can be reached at shoe@timesleaderonline.com.

 
 

 

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