Indictment returned in shooting of mother and child
STEUBENVILLE — Brylee West, 18, of Steubenville was indicted on Wednesday by the Jefferson County grand jury in connection with the shooting of a mother and her daughter on Sept. 24.
West was indicted on two counts each of attempted murder and felonious assault, each with a firearm specification, and one count of having a firearm while under disability.
West was arrested on Friday in North Fayette Township, Pa., and is awaiting extradition from Pennsylvania.
Mahogany A. Luke, 27, of Steubenville was driving with her daughter inside the vehicle in the 1400 block of Ridge Avenue around 4:46 p.m. on Sept. 24 when City Police said West opened fire on the vehicle. Luke and her daughter were hit with bullets. The vehicle was hit with more than 10 bullets.
Police reported images taken from crime cameras in the area show the vehicle Luke was driving going past Maryland Market on Maryland Avenue. West, who was talking to another male who was identified as Cameron Frazier, 18, of 959 Sherman Ave., is seen running in between houses. West is then seen cutting Luke’s vehicle off in the 1400 block of Ridge Avenue, police reported.
Frazier was arrested on Sept. 25 on warrants charging tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice. Police believe Frazier met up with West shortly after the shooting.
Frazier was not indicted by the grand jury.
West faces 31 years in prison if convicted as charged.
Tyriq M. Bush, 18, of Steubenville was indicted on charges of felonious assault, with a firearm specification, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.
Police were called around 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 about the shots fired. The investigation led officers to the 400 block of Dresden Avenue. Police reported Bush and a 14-year-old male took off running from a vehicle. The pair ran into the woods but were apprehended by officers. The pair were escorted to Beatty Park. Bush was taken to the county jail, and the juvenile was taken to the juvenile detention center.
Police reported a stolen gun was found in the vehicle.
Robert E. Norman III, 36, of 325 Logan Ave., Mingo Junction, was indicted on two counts each of burglary and theft and one count of misdemeanor criminal damaging.
Wells Township Police reported Norman broke a window at an elderly couple’s house off county Road 15 and stole a purse. The couple were inside the house, police reported. Township police were alerted of the break-in by an alarm at the house, but Norman had fled the scene by the time an officer arrived.
Police said they were able to recover fingerprints and blood at the house, which led police to identify Norman.
Ryann E. Geary, 28, of Apartment H4, 801 Market St., was indicted on charges in connection with an incident in which two pedestrians were hit by a vehicle on state Route 213 on Sept. 28.
Geary was indicted on two counts each of felony aggravated vehicular assault and felony failure to stop after an accident and one count of felony drug possession.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported the vehicle Geary was driving went off the side of the road near New Somerset around 2:14 p.m. on Sept. 28 and struck two pedestrians and a parked vehicle.
A trooper said the pedestrians were Jamie Reeves, 42, of Toronto and Beth Klink, 59, of Irondale. Reeves was taken by ambulance to Trinity Medical Center West, and Klink was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital, the patrol reported.
The patrol reported Geary ran away after the accident and wasn’t able to be located that day.
Geary’s passenger, Sean Householder, 40, of Toronto, remained at the scene, a trooper reported.
Geary was arrested by Steubenville Police a day after the accident on unrelated charges.
The grand jury also returned the following indictments:
¯ Amanda P. O’Hara, 38, of 722 Highland Ave., felony escape for not reporting to her parole officer.
¯Ronald Hawthorne, 36, of 3102 county Road 25, Rayland, felony escape and tampering with evidence for not reporting to his parole officer.
¯ Celicia M. Wilson, 29, of 133 1/2 Euclid Ave., felony escape for not reporting to her parole officer.
¯ John R. Lucas, 41, McMinnville, Tenn., felony operating a vehicle under the influence and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
¯ Kelle Sue Blount, 39, of Martins Ferry, felony theft of a credit card and felony theft for allegedly using a company credit card for personal expenses.