LISBON - Arthur J. Gingher, 43, West Clark Street, was bound over to the county grand jury on a burglary charge, after East Palestine police reportedly caught him coming out of a neighbor's apartment with an unopened four-pack of Valu-Option toilet paper.
After testimony was given by both East Palestine Patrolman Jordan Reynolds and the apartment's resident, Brennan Baker, Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Mark Frost found there was enough evidence for the matter to be forwarded to grand jury.
Reynolds testified police were called to the apartment on West Clark Avenue after someone reported multiple people attempting to break into an upstairs apartment. While Reynolds was climbing the outside stairs to the upstairs apartment, he claims Gingher came out of a downstairs apartment carrying a four-pack of toilet paper. When asked what he was doing, Gingher reportedly told police he had permission to be in the apartment.
However Baker denied that anyone had permission to be inside his apartment. Additionally, Baker said one of the three packs of generic toilet paper he bought at Dollar General was missing from a cabinet in the bathroom. He also found a window curtain was moved and his 7-month-old pit bull/boxer puppy was running loose around the apartment instead of confined in the bedroom where he had left it when he went to work. A dead bolt lock Baker was certain he had locked, was found to be unlocked when he came back after police informed him someone had broken into the apartment.
Baker also testified this was not the first time someone has broken into his apartment, noting it has happened at least twice before in the past month.
When the discussion of bond came up, Assistant County Prosecutor Don Humphrey Jr. informed Frost he has heard from East Palestine police to expect additional felony charges from them against Gingher.
Frost noted since the 1990s, Gingher has been in municipal court nearly 30 different times on criminal charges of varying degrees of seriousness.
"I was hoping this defendant was at a point where I wouldn't see him anymore," Frost said, before setting bond at $100,000 cash or surety in that case.
Gingher should be back for another preliminary hearing next week. Frost set a Feb. 20 preliminary hearing for Gingher for the unrelated theft charge for allegedly taking two brass bushings from Reichard Industries in Columbiana and selling them at Solomen's Scrap Yard on April 6, 2013.
Court documents filed with the court by Columbiana police on Wednesday state Gingher had been employed at Reichard Industries at the time of the alleged theft and his time card reportedly showed he left the business at 10:30 a.m., while the items were sold to Solomen's at 11:13 a.m. the same day. Bond was set at $75,000 cash or surety in the second case.
Two probation violation hearings on previous charges of menacing for making threats on Shari A. Matthews' phone on June 11, 2010 and theft for taking an air compressor on Dec. 11, 2010 were also both reset for Feb. 20.