Gunfire, robbery, fatal wreck top jury

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County grand jury returned indictments Wednesday against a city man charged in shots being fired in a neighbor dispute, a Mingo Junction man arrested in connection with the robbery of a pizza delivery person and a man charged with driving drunk and wrecking, causing a death.

Alterik Rogers, also known as Brian MacNeil, 39, of 1308 Park St. was indicted on charges of felonious assault, with a gun specification, having a weapon as a convicted felon and menacing by stalking.

City Police were called to the 1400 block of State Street on Jan. 4 after six shots were fired at a vehicle, occupied by a former neighbor of Rogers. One of the bullets penetrated the car and struck the victim in the leg, police reported.

City Police Chief William McCafferty said Rogers and the victim, who was a former Park Street neighbor, had a disagreement that had been going on for more than a year.

McCafferty said Rogers was arrested based on statements of witnesses and the victim.

The menacing by stalking charge was in connection with Rogers allegedly making threats to a corrections officer at the county jail, said county Prosecutor Jane Hanlin.

Sharon Smith, 30, of 1308 Park St., the girlfriend of Rogers, was indicted on a charge of obstructing justice. Hanlin said Smith moved the gun used in the shooting.

Tyler A. Gregg, 18, of 115 Grandview Ave., Mingo Junction, was indicted on charges of aggravated robbery and misdemeanor theft in connection with the robbery of a pizza delivery driver in Mingo Junction on Jan. 14.

Mingo Junction Police said the driver was called to deliver a pizza to a house on Edwards Street. Police said the house was vacant and the driver was jumped, beaten about the head and robbed of $8.

Two juveniles also were arrested and face charges in juvenile court.

Robert W. Hall, 22, of 17401 state Route 152, Toronto, was indicted on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and single counts of failure to stop after an accident and operating a vehicle under the influence following a fatal accident on Dec. 18.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported Hall was driving a 2002 Subaru westbound on county Road 47 at approximately 2:20 a.m. on Dec. 18 when he failed to maintain control and slid off the road hitting a tree.

The Subaru overturned after it hit the tree and Adam D. Matthews, 22, 1108 Midway St., Empire, was ejected from the vehicle. Hall and a second passenger in the Subaru, Zachary T. Michael, 21 of Steubenville fled the scene in the Subaru for a short distance, the patrol reported.

About five minutes later, a 1998 Fort Escort driven by William J. Warren, 22 of 1271 Jewett Road, Toronto, was westbound on county Road 47 when he struck Matthews who was laying in the road, the patrol reported. Matthews died from blunt force trauma, according to the patrol.

Robert M. Lollathin Jr., 27, of 4896 state Route 150, Dillonvale, was indicted on a charge of arson.

The county prosecutor’s office reported Lollathin and a female went to a home in Mount Pleasant on Dec. 15. The female threw a rock through a vehicle window and Lollathin threw a bottle filled with gasoline into the vehicle, causing the vehicle to be destroyed by fire, the prosecutor’s office reported.

Dustin Phelps, 30, of 6662 state Route 213, Toronto, and Shawn A. Rood, 28, of 32 Debbie Lane, Toronto, were indicted in connection with the break-ins of three business in November. The pair were previously indicted in December with the break-ins of four other businesses.

Both were indicted Wednesday on three counts of complicity to breaking and entering and felony theft.

Two men charged in connection with the Dec. 26 theft of batteries from a mine outside Brilliant were indicted.

Grant Bastia, 39, of East Palestine and Christopher Rice, 36, of 170 township Road 394, Toronto, each were indicted on charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

City Police were notified about a vehicle headed north on state Route 7 and the occupants allegedly were involved in a theft at the mine. Officers began pursuit of the car near South Street, when a man jumped out of the vehicle. The man was identified as Rice, according to police. A bag Rice was carrying was found nearby and contained bolt cutters, pliers and wire cutters, police reported.

The car was found on North Seventh Street and two men, one of whom was Bastia, were walking in the 800 block of North Seventh Street and taken into custody, police reported. Officers reported finding 12 large batteries inside the car and more tools.

The grand jury also returned the following indictments:

– Devon J. Bellum, 26, of 263 Commercial Ave., Mingo Junction, possession of drugs.

– Johntrell R. Terry, 18, of 107 Frank St., two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

– Roy B. Norris, 33, of 2235 Sunset Blvd., carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon under disability.

– Anthony L. Thorne, 23, of 234 Murphy Ave., four counts of possession of drugs, two counts of tampering with evidence and one count of illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility. Hanlin said Thorne tried to smuggle drugs into the county jail on Dec. 27.

– Thomas Kurko, 41, of 5156 county Road 1, Rayland, two counts of receiving stolen property.

– Willis H. Stackhouse, 24, of 604 S. Sixth St., possession of drugs and illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility. Hanlin said Stackhouse attempted to conceal heroin on his body at the county jail after his arrest on Dec. 20.

– Derrick R. Fletcher, 42, of Apartment A-12, 601 Two Ridge Road, Wintersville, two counts of drug trafficking and one count of possession of drugs.

– Jerry L. Francis, 42, of 1289 Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville, two counts of drug trafficking and one count of possession of drugs.

– Sarandos N. Tsouris, 26, of 1421 Maryland Ave., two counts of drug possession.