Area man will face reduced charges in stabbing

STEUBENVILLE – Dallas Crokie of Brilliant was arraigned Wednesday on manslaughter charges along with two counts of tampering with evidence and remains in the Jefferson County jail on a $500,000 bond.

He entered a not guilty plea during court proceedings at the Jefferson County Justice Center.

Crokie originally was indicted by the grand jury in November on murder charges for allegedly stabbing Terry Shust of Steubenville 93 times in his upper torso, arms and back and beating his head during a Sept. 15 encounter at Cathedral Apartments on South Fifth Street.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said the grand jury amended the original indictment from murder to manslaughter. after additional forensic evidence showed the stabbing was done in a sudden fit of rage as opposed to premeditated murder.

The murder charge carries a 15-years-to-life sentence while the manslaughter charge calls for a three-to-11-year prison term.

Rockwell S. Good, 73, of 208 Buckeye Drive, Bloomingdale, entered a not guilty plea to one count of felonious assault in connection with a Sept. 25 shooting.

John Hartsouk, 36, was at a house he owns on county Road 39B when he had an altercation with two men – Randy Ewing, 52, and Good, 72, according to the sheriff’s department.

There were conflicting statements given as to what led up to the shooting.

Ewing and Good said Hartsouk came at them and assaulted Ewing and then went after Good, who fired the shots, said Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla.

Hartsouk is claiming Ewing and Good came at him, Abdalla said.

Hartsouk was shot in the arm and abdomen. He was able to drive himself to the Unionport fire department, where he was transported to the county airport to be taken by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital.

Shawn A. Rood, 28, of 32 Debbie Lane, Toronto and Dustin L. Phelps, 30, 6662 state Route 213, Toronto entered not guilty pleas to charges they were involved in a series of break-ins in Steubenville and Toronto.

Rood is facing four counts of breaking and entering, three counts of criminal damaging, one count of felony theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft, and Phelps is charged with four counts of breaking and entering, three counts of criminal damaging and two counts of misdemeanor theft.

Brian K. Boone, 49, of Imperial, Pa., entered a not guilty plea to one count of importuning.

He is accused of traveling to Jefferson County to have sexual relations with a 13-year old boy on Oct. 6.

Abdalla said Boone contacted the 13-year-old a week prior to his arrest, and the teen immediately told his father who brought him to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Duane E. Harris, 28, of Apartment A, 719 Market St., told the court he is not guilty of two counts of possession of drugs and one count of drug trafficking in one case and four counts of drug possession and three counts of drug trafficking in another case.

Lydia Spragin was appointed to represent Harris.

Dustin S. Schockow, 21, of 3953 county Road 16, Rayland, pleaded not guilty to two count indictment charging him with complicity to burglary and one count of obstructing official business.

Robert King, 44, of Apartment D6, 720 N. Seventh St. is facing one count of failure to comply with the order of a police office and entered a not guilty plea on Wednesday

King allegedly was involved in a high-speed chase in the city on Oct. 14 after a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart.

David A. Hawthorne, 35, of 732 N. Sixth St., entered a not guilty plea to single counts of theft and receiving stolen property.

Steve Lamatrice was appointed to represent Hawthorne.

Matthew J. Sanders, 40, of 155 Stardust Drive, Wintersville, entered a not guilty plea to one count of theft.

Ronald Trenner pleaded not guilty Wednesday to several criminal charges in connection with a December 2012 breaking and entering at the A & B Pharmacy on Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville.

Trenner originally was indicted nearly a year ago and was arrested in Guernsey County this month.

Trenner pleaded not guilty to breaking and entering, grand theft by control, 10 counts of aggravated possession of drugs and one count of theft of drugs.

His bond was set at $100,000.