13 indicted by Jefferson grand jury
STEUBENVILLE – A Pittsburgh man who allegedly fired gunshots at another person Sunday morning and a man already facing armed robbery charges and is now charged in series of business break-ins were among 13 people indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday.
Mychal L. Matthews, 24, of Pittsburgh was indicted on one count of felonious assault, with a firearm specification and a specification the shots were fired from a vehicle, in connection with an incident around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.
A city man trying to see his children at a home at 442 S. Sixth St. entered the home after seeing drugs inside, City Police reported. The man got into an altercation with Matthews. Matthews went outside to his vehicle and got a handgun and began firing shots at the man, police reported.
Brittany Moore, 24, of Pittsburgh and Cherelle Feaster, 22, of 442 S. Sixth St. got into Matthews’ vehicle, with two 2-year-old children, police reported. Matthews then began chasing the man and was firing shots out the passenger window, police reported. The man being chased was in contact with police and gave a description of Matthews’ vehicle.
Officers searched the surrounding area and stopped the car in the 100 block of South Eighth Street. Drugs and a handgun were found inside, police reported. Moore and Feaster each were charged with possession of drugs, child endangerment and possession of a drug abuse instrument. Their cases are pending in municipal court.
Brett L. Isler, 19, of 104 Ellsworth St., Wintersville, was charged with three counts each of breaking and entering and vandalism and two counts of theft.
Isler was charged with breaking into Pizza Hut at 1987 Sunset Blvd. and Vocelli Pizza of 2600 Sunset Blvd. and attempting to break into Walgreens, 2001 Sunset Blvd., on Feb. 9.
Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said blood samples taken from the businesses were tested and the DNA results came back to Isler.
Isler also has been indicted in connection with the Feb. 14 armed robbery of Burger King on Main Street, Wintersville. The manager came outside to dispose of the garbage, when the robber fired a shot into the air, assaulted the manager and forced her back into the restaurant, Wintersville Police reported. Another employee inside also was assaulted, police reported.
The robber then forced the manager to open the safe, took money and fled, police reported.
Isler is set to stand trial in that case on Tuesday in common pleas court.
Donald D. Mims, 29, of Elyria was indicted on two counts of having a weapon as a convicted felon and menacing by stalking in connection with a shot being fired inside a Yorkville apartment on March 18.
Village Police Chief John Morelli said Mims held his girlfriend hostage and wouldn’t let her leave her home.
Morelli said Mims and the woman got on a bus after the incident 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.
Donnell I. Turner, 20, of 1223 Wellesley Ave. was indicted on single counts of obstructing official business, receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon, improperly handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence.
Turner was arrested by police on March 16 after officers said Turner fled officers on foot and threw a loaded handgun away.
Police pulled Turner’s vehicle over during a traffic stop in the 300 block of South Fifth Street. Turner got out of the vehicle and took off running, police reported. An officer stayed with a passenger in the car and watched Turner running away, police reported. The officer saw Turner pause at shrubs near a business in the 300 block of South Fourth Street. Turner was caught by other officers a short distance away hiding next to a house, police reported.
Officers searched the shrubs and found a loaded 9mm handgun. The handgun was reported stolen from a business in Weirton, police reported.
Devon Brandon, 17, of 1319 1/2 Maryland Ave. was indicted on a charge of possession of drugs.
Brandon was bound over to adult court from juvenile court because of his lengthy record, Hanlin said.
The grand jury also returned the following indictments:
David L. Wright Jr., 31, of 137 S. Main St., Amsterdam, attempted rape and gross sexual imposition.
Demetrius D. Harrison, 37, of 119 Brondos Ave., possession of drugs and failure to comply with the order of a police officer.
Adam D. Taylor, 45, of 244 township Road 157, Rayland, was indicted on two counts each of sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and rape.
Wells Township Police Capt. Sean Norman said the incidents involved a 14-year-old female. He said the victim came to police to report the alleged incidents in March, and police obtained warrants for Taylor’s arrest. Taylor turned himself into the county sheriff’s department on March 29.
James W. Linn, 41, of 1411 Oak Grove Ave., possession of drugs.
Deanna Jo McCain, 46, of Youngstown, one count of theft and three counts of theft of a firearm.
Michael R. Parks, 23, of Steuebnville, two counts drug trafficking and one count possession of drugs.
Paul D. Roe, 34, of 460 Canton Road, Wintersville, three counts of burglary.
Mario C. Allen, 24. of 1042 Main St., single counts of possession of drugs and obstructing official business.