Man who alleged lit house on fire indicted
STEUBENVILLE – A man who twice allegedly lit his house on fire and a man who is charged with breaking into a pharmacy to steal hundreds of pain pills were among those indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday.
Ronald L. Trenner, 46, of Cambridge was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated possession of drugs and single counts of breaking and entering, grand theft and theft of drugs.
County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said Trenner is charged with breaking into the A&B Pharmacy, 4201 Sunset Blvd., on Dec. 5 and taking hundreds of pain pills. Hanlin said a City Police detective was able to retrieve a small amount of blood on broken glass and it matched Trenner’s DNA.
John E. Adams, 48, of 181 Talbott Drive, Wintersville, was indicted on a charge of aggravated arson.
Hanlin said Adams lit two fires inside his home on Bantam Ridge Road on Jan. 11.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported the state fire marshal’s office investigated and found the fire was lit in two places. Gasoline cans also were found inside, the sheriff’s department reported.
Hanlin said Adams lit a fire in the basement near a hot water tank and a water pipe burst, putting out the fire. She said Adams then lit a recliner on fire.
Adams was arrested at the scene of the fire and charged with interfering with emergency personnel and menacing. Adams pleaded guilty to those charges in Toronto county court and was fined $350 and served seven days in jail.
Harry W. Richard, 24, of 500 Wallace St., Brilliant, and Ronald R. Hawthorne Jr., 30, of 3102 county Road 25, Rayland, were each indicted on single counts of burglary, complicity to burglary, theft, complicity to theft, receiving stolen property and complicity to receiving stolen property in connection with the burglary of a home on Nov. 14 in the 100 block of Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported a neighbor on Vireo Drive saw two men opening a window at a house next door around 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 14. The neighbor got a gun and confronted the men, who took off running.
The sheriff’s department reported an elderly man was asleep in his bed inside the home that the burglars were trying to enter.
Several police agencies. including Cross Creek, Wintersville and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, searched the area and found Richard and Hawthorne hiding behind a business on Bantam Ridge Road.
Deputies searched the men and found gift cards, cash, a Kindle Fire and a couple of iPhones. The deputies were able to determine the owner of the Kindle Fire and contacted that person at work. That person, who lives in the 100 block of Bantam Ridge Road, went home and discovered the house was broken into.
A TV and jewelry also were taken. A deputy said those items were found in the woods behind the home.
The men previously were indicted in connection with the Vireo Drive break-in.
The grand jury also returned the following indictments:
Misty S. Rice, 33, of 519 N. Fourth St., Toronto, single counts of burglary and theft.
Dallas Fleshman, 19, of 424 S. Sixth St., single counts of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and obstructing official business.
Hanlin said City Police investigated a report of shots fired in January and a description of a car involved was obtained. Police saw the vehicle on Jan. 13 and Fleshman, a passenger, got out and took off running, Hanlin said. Police were able to retrieve a loaded firearm and apprehended Fleshman, she said.
Daniel C. Rippee, 32, of 127 Euclid St., Amsterdam, single counts of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor domestic violence. Hanlin said Rippee was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife on Jan. 8 and pushed her down the steps, resulting in a serious head injury.
Dyani A. Gregory, 27, 431 Henry Ave., single counts of drug trafficking, with a forfeiture specification, and possession of drugs.
Tyler T. Eisnaugle, 37, of 55 Nancy St., single counts of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property in two separate cases.
Charles B. Ward, 44, of 1416 Madison Ave., Toronto, drug trafficking, with school and two forfeiture specifications.
Raymond C. Franklin, 20, of Chicago, one count of possession of heroin. Hanlin said a large amount of heroin was discovered in his underwear at the county jail on Oct. 23.