Possible homicide investigated

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State and local investigators are looking for clues in an apparent early Friday morning homicide in a section of rural Columbiana County.

It happened inside a rundown house at 10375 Steubenville-Pike Road in Center Township, south of Lisbon, around 5:30 a.m, where deputies found a man shot. He died a short time later.

Hours later, detectives with both the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio BCI were still on the scene taking pictures and collecting possible evidence.

A pile of what appeared to be marijuana plants sat on the trunk of a Sheriff’s car and neighbors said the house saw a lot of what they believe was drug activity ever since the residents moved in three or four weeks ago.

“Something was going to happen soon enough. You got that kind of activity with those kind of people, it’s inevitable that either a.) there’s gonna be a shootout b.) there’s gonna be a huge bust, or c.) it’s just gonna all explode all at one time. And now you have the situation you have,” said neighbor Karen Wolford. “This is a very nice area. There are many children on this road that parents, and even the seniors on this road, should not have to worry about a day in their lives. This is an older community.”

Investigators are not yet releasing the victim’s name and aren’t commenting on any possible suspects or a motive, but detectives said they are familiar with the victim and the house.

Lt. Alan Young said even though the current residents have not been living there long, deputies have been called to the house for problems with previous residents.

Police did question someone who was inside the home at the time of the shooting.

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