Grand jury returns indictments

STEUBENVILLE – A former Smithfield water and sewer clerk was indicted Wednesday by the Jefferson County grand jury on a charge of theft in office.

Katherine L. Staten, 71, of 102 township Road 115, Rayland, was named in a state auditor’s office finding for recovery issued in December 2011.

Staten was responsible for billing, collecting and depositing water and sewer money. From September 2008 through April 12, 2010, some of the revenue collected for water and sewer services was not deposited into the village account, the audit report stated. Findings for recovery in the total amount of $37,855 were issued against Staten. On April 26, 2010, Staten repaid $30,000 to the village, leaving an unpaid amount of $7,855, the state auditor’s office reported.

The grand jury also returned an indictment against Bruce S. Teater Sr., 75, of 2044 Mount Pleasant Township Road 113, Dillonvale. Teater was charged with one count of rape involving a female who was 5 years old.

The county sheriff’s department reported the rape continued for seven to eight years.

Dino Suriano Sr. 55, of 100 Powells Lane, Wintersville, and Duan Harris, 28, of Apartment 8, 900 Market St., were indicted in connection with raids by the county drug task force at their residences.

Suriano was indicted on four counts of possession of drugs, and Harris was indicted on two counts each of drug trafficking and possession of drugs.

Police reported marijuana, digital scales and items for packaging narcotics were found in Harris’ apartment.

According to the task force, officers searching Suriano’s residence found cocaine, a firearm and more than 300 prescription pills.

Kenneth E. Shepard, 28, of 820 Rosswell Ave. was indicted on single counts of receiving stolen property and obstructing official business.

City Police on Dec. 17 were investigating an accident involving a reported stolen vehicle. Officers saw Shepard and told him to stop but he went into the house at 820 Rosswell Ave.

City officers, a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy and an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper surrounded the home. A female there, who was the same person who called in the report of the stolen car, allowed law enforcement to enter the home, police reported.

Officers went to an upstairs bedroom, where another woman said Shepard told her to lock him inside a closet. The lock and clasp on the door were removed, police reported. The door was opened and officers found 24 stolen rifles, police reported.

There was evidence that Shepard had climbed through an attic access in the ceiling of the closet. Not knowing if Shepard was armed, an officer opened the access door and sprayed pepper spray into the attic, police reported.

Shepard came down from the attic a couple minutes later, an officer said.

The grand jury also returned the following indictments:

Virgie D. Breeden, 34, of 1570 Island Creek Township Road 378, Steubenville, single counts of aggravated possession of drugs and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Christopher M. Paesani, 35, of 856 Virginia Ave., Follansbee, three counts possession of drugs and single counts of attempted tampering with evidence and obstructing official business.

Eugene D. Hopkins, 22, of 1609 Moreland Drive, two counts each of possession of drugs and corrupting another with drugs.

Jeffrey L. Hawkins, 38, of 1515 Ridge Ave., possession of drugs.

Brian W. Owens, 34, of 2895 Wilson Ave., single counts of carrying a concealed weapon improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle.

Wade L. Manns, 19, of 1632 Oregon Ave., single counts of possession of drugs, tampering with evidence, theft, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.

Alex C. Evans, 27, of 1240 Oregon Ave., improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.