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Sisters arrested following fight

Both plead to reduced charges; eldest gets 10-day jail sentence

NILES — Sisters were arrested shortly after midnight Monday after officers found them inside an apartment fighting.

Jenna Saleh, 27, of Warren, and Lena Saleh, 26, of Niles, were arrested on domestic violence charges, according to a police report.

The report states officers were called to 1535 Hiram Ave., Apt. 4, Niles, just after midnight. The sisters could be heard yelling, and when police got inside, the two were found wrestling with each other on the ground, screaming and “being hysterical,” the report states.

Lena said Jenna was pounding at the door, wanting to get into the apartment, but “stated that it was clear she was under the influence of drugs,” the report states. Jenna and her mother then began arguing about bringing drugs or drug instruments into the apartment, and Lena then came to see what was going on.

The report states Lena attempted to look through items on the ground and said Jenna was going to leave. Then, Lena grabbed Jenna to stop her from leaving, and this led to the fight.

When officers spoke with Jenna, however, the story was different. She said she was trying to go to sleep and was being harassed by her sister and mother. The harassment is what Jenna said started the fight.

According to the report, officers then turned to the mother to see who instigated the fight, but said she didn’t know.

“Based on the facts presented at the scene, both parties having physical injuries, conflicting stories and witnessing both females on the ground tangled up, Jenna and Lena were both arrested for domestic violence and taken to Trumbull County jail,” the report states.

Both sisters appeared in Niles Municipal Court on Monday. Lena pleaded to a reduced charge from a first degree misdemeanor domestic violence to a fourth degree disorderly conduct charge. She will be on probation until August and had to pay a $250 fine.

Jenna, however, was in court Feb. 12 for an OVI where she pleaded guilty and was put on probation. The domestic violence incident was a violation of her probation terms, and she was ordered a $500 fine, 10 days in jail and additional probation after pleading guilty to a reduced charge. She will be released from jail March 4.

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