Man charged in Yorkville shooting

STEUBENVILLE – Donald Mims, 29, of Elyria faces five felony charges in connection with an incident early Tuesday morning in which a shot was fired inside a residence at 628 Public Road, Yorkville.

The county prosecutor’s office filed charges of attempted murder, felonious assault, rape, kidnapping and tampering with evidence on Thursday in Dillonvale county court against Mims.

Village Police Chief John Morelli said Mims held his girlfriend hostage and would let her leave her home early Tuesday morning.

Morelli said Mims and the woman got on a bus around 11 a.m. Tuesday and went to Martins Ferry. The woman then contacted Martins Ferry Police, who called Yorkville Police.

Morelli said the woman claimed a shot was fired into a wall in the house by Mims. Mims later was arrested by Martins Ferry Police in that city. Morelli said a bullet was recovered from the wall at the Public Road residence, and a shell casing was found in the home.

Morelli said three children, ages 8 months and 2 and 4 years old, were in the house when the incident occurred.

Mims was arraigned at the county justice center by David Scarpone, Dillonvale county court judge, on Friday. Scarpone set Mims’ bond at $750,000. Attorney Stephen Lamatrice was appointed to represent Mims.

A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday in Dillonvale county court.

“What? You’ve got to be kidding me,” Mims said as he read the charges against him for the first time prior to court starting on Friday.