Chicago men, others indicted by grand jury

STEUBENVILLE – Three Chicago men who were arrested following drug raids, two men who were accused of passing fake $10 bills and a business owner who reportedly failed to pay workers’ compensation bills were among those indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday.

Leon D. Jordan, 26, Darrion N. Jackson, 33, and Ronald A. Leftridge, 34, all of Chicago were arrested by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force on Feb. 25 following two raids at 825 Rosswell Ave. and 433 S. Fifth St. Heroin and about $17,000 in cash were seized during the raids. The drug task force reported four stolen guns were found during the raids.

Jordan was charged with three counts of drug trafficking, with one school specification. Jackson was charged with four counts each of having a weapon under disability and receiving stolen property and one count of drug trafficking, with a cash forfeiture specification. Leftridge was charged with five counts of drug trafficking, with a cash forfeiture, and possession of drugs.

Kenneth A. Lowe, 43, of 91 township Road 431, Toronto, and Francisco Ortiz, 33, of Jersey City, N.J., were each indicted on two counts of misdemeanor criminal simulation and one count of felony receiving stolen property for allegedly passing fake counterfeit bills.

City Police reported several instances of fake $10 bills being passed at city businesses in December, January and February. Police were called to Speedway on North Third Street about counterfeit money and got a license plate number from a Speedway employee. The vehicle was stopped in the downtown area on Jan. 23. Lowe and Ortiz were caught with fake money and gift cards, which were purchased with the counterfeit money, police reported.

Jeffrey Bonecutter, 50, of 6089 county Road 22A, Bloomingdale, was indicted on a charge of workers’ compensation fraud.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said Bonecutter failed to make $17,500 in workers’ compensation payments to the state as a business owner from 2007 through 2013.

William E. Reed, 38, of Martins Ferry was indicted on single counts of assault on a police officer and failure to comply with the order of a police officer.

Hanlin said Reed entered a store in Tiltonsville on Jan. 25 highly intoxicated and purchased a 30 pack of beer. A store worker notified police when Reed got into a vehicle to drive away, Hanlin said. A Tiltonsville police officer opened the door to the vehicle but Reed began to drive away, dragging the office a short distance, Hanlin said. Reed was involved in a police chase and abandoned the vehicle, took the 30 pack of beer and tried to hide in a roadside ditch before he was arrested, she said.

Rernard A. Ellis, 33, of 520 S. Fifth St. was indicted on charges of robbery and theft.

Police reported a man was getting ready to pay for gas at Speedway, 201 N. Third St., around 7:10 p.m. on Jan. 12 when Ellis grabbed the money. The man chased and confronted Ellis, when Ellis punched the man in the face, police reported. The man and Ellis wrestled, with Ellis being subdued until police arrived, an officer reported.

The grand jury also returned the following indictments:

– Aaron Hickle, 34, of 606 Logan Ave., Mingo Junction, two counts each of receiving stolen property and theft and a separate case charging theft.

– Robert W. Schleicher, 46, of Jewett, single counts of theft and receiving stolen property.

– Margo L. Creech, also known as Margo Thorton, 50, of 1426 Belleview Blvd., theft.

– William G. Holt, 44, of 203 Cleveland Ave., Mingo Junction, receiving stolen property.

– Taniesha Jones, 30, of Apartment 2, 601 Two Ridge Road, Wintersville, five counts of identity theft and four counts of theft.

– Joshua E. Morris, 29, of Rear 836 Lincoln Ave., possession of drugs.