By MARK LAW
STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County grand jury returned 22 indictments Wednesday, including a Mingo Junction man who is charged with pointing a shotgun at a police officer.
Glenn D. Chaffee, 54, of 615 Logan Ave., Mingo Junction, was indicted on two counts of felonious assault and single counts of felonious assault on a police officer and attempted murder.
The county prosecutor's office reported Chaffee was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife on Sept. 3 at their home. Chaffee beat on his wife for several hours, the prosecutor's office reported. Chaffee pointed a shotgun at his wife but the gun misfired, so he broke the shotgun into pieces, the prosecutor's office reported.
Around 7 a.m. on Sept. 4, the wife was able to call 911 but was unable to speak because her husband was nearby. Mingo Junction Police responded to the home and found Chaffee sitting on the front porch, the prosecutor's office reported. The officer said he needed to speak to the wife and went inside, while Chaffee went into another room, the prosecutor's office reported.
Chaffee came out of the room with a shotgun and told the officer "not to do it," the prosecutor's office reported. The officer, according to the prosecutor's office, determined he was unable to draw his service weapon in time so he charged Chaffee, tackled him and removed the shotgun.
Stacy Champagne, 34, of 117 Weirview Ave., Weirton, was indicted on a charge of illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility.
A codefendant, Samuel A. Osborne, 59, of 116 Weir View St., Weirton, pleaded guilty Friday to illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility. Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. sentenced Osborne to two years of probation.
City Police received a tip about near the end of July about drugs hidden in the women's bathroom at the old city building, where the police station and municipal courtroom are located.
Champagne, who was a prisoner at the county jail, allegedly made arrangements for Osborne to hide a hypodermic needle and bags of heroin under a sink in the women's bathroom outside the municipal courtroom, police reported.
Champagne allegedly promised $100 would be put on a prisoner's commissary account at the county jail if the drugs were smuggled to her, police reported.
A corrections officers at the county jail received the information about the drug smuggling plan, and he passed it onto the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.
The drug task force obtained a recorded telephone conversation between Champagne and Osborne concerning the placement of the drugs in the women's bathroom, police reported.
The drug task force investigator confronted Champagne at the county jail about the drug smuggling allegation. She initially denied the allegation, but, when shown the evidence, admitted to the smuggling plan, police reported.
Robert Lee Miller, 33, of 943 Sherman Ave. was indicted on two counts of having a weapon under disability.
Miller was arrested by City Police on Jan. 30 after a domestic incident in which officers said he pointed a gun at his girlfriend's head and then fired a shot into the ceiling.
Police were called to a house in the 600 block of Highland Avenue. A woman inside said she was involved in a dispute with Miller when Miller pushed her onto the bed and was hitting her, police reported. The woman said Miller pulled out a revolver, pointed it at her head and threatened to killer her, police reported. Miller then put the gun to his head and threatened suicide before firing a shot into the ceiling, police reported.
Miller left the house but was found inside an apartment building in the 700 block of North Seventh, police reported. An officer said Miller turned the revolver over to police.
Three people were indicted in connection with stealing about $100,000 from an elderly woman in the city.
Amber Baker, 21, of 418 Spring Ave., Kenneth W. Baker Jr., 25, of 349 Reserve Ave. and Terry A. Blue II, 22, of 2614 Sunset Blvd. were each indicted on single counts of aggravated theft, with an elderly victim specification, and complicity to burglary.
County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said the three were doing work for the woman and realized she kept a large amount of cash in the home. About $40,000 of the $100,000 stolen was recovered, Hanlin said.
Thomas G. Fancalski, 45, of 194 24th St., Weirton, was indicted on single counts of attempted rape and compelling prostitution.
City Police and the Jefferson County Drug Task Force arrested Fancalski on Aug. 21 after he tried to make arrangements to be provided a young girl for sex, City Police reported.
Fancalski solicited a woman, who also is a police informant, on North Street, police reported. Fancalski told the woman he was looking to have sex with a girl between the ages of 8 and 13, police reported. Fancalski said he was going to take the girl to a house in Weirton.
He provided a cell phone number to the informant, who contacted police.
The police department's juvenile division, the drug task force and Weirton Police were contacted, who made arrangements for Fancalski to come into the city to get the girl.
Fancalski drove into Steubenville and was arrested, police said.
Donald L. Moore, 52, of 707 Market St. was indicted on two counts of breaking and entering.
Moore was arrested by City Police on Aug. 7 after he allegedly broke into the Pleasant Food Market on Maxwell Street.
Police were called about an incident around 2 a.m. on Aug. 7 in the area but were redirected because a man was using a large object to break the glass at the store. Officers reported pulling into the parking lot and finding Moore with several stolen items.
He also is charged with the June 12 break-in of the Convenient Food Mart on North Fourth Street.
Robert Preston Turner, 22, of 1223 Wellesley Ave. was indicted on a charge of having a weapon as a convicted felon. Lloyd B. Williams Jr., 32, of 314 Highland Ave. was indicted on two counts of drug trafficking.
The men were arrested by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the Ohio Adult Parole Authority on Aug. 16.
Williams was on parole when the drug task force and the parole authority raided his home and found packages of marijuana and heroin.
The drug task force and parole officers later that same evening arrested Turner in the area of the 100 block of North Seventh Street on a charge of having a weapon as a convicted felon. Turner was convicted in 2007 of felonious assault and drug possession and served time in state prison.
Kristy L. McDonald, 31, of 250 E. Warren St., Cadiz, was indicted on a charge of felonious assault.
Donald Carpenter, 38, of 1096 Wayne Township Road 195 was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital on Aug. 17 after the stabbing, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department reported.
Donald Carpenter and his wife, Heather, had met Kristy McDonald, 31, and her mother, Diane McDonald, in Cadiz, and all four went back to the McDonald residence, a deputy reported.
There was some type of altercation between Donald Carpenter and Kristy McDonald around 3:30 a.m. that day, the deputy reported. Donald Carpenter told Kristy McDonald to leave but she went into the kitchen, grabbed a knife and stabbed Carpenter several times, the sheriff's department reported.
The grand jury also returned the following indictments:
Carlston Dudley Jr., also known as Carlston McGhee Jr., 31, of 612 N. Fifth St., two counts of drug trafficking, each with a school specification.
Holly M. Alba, 30, of 15 Capital Ave., single counts of receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence.
Floyd R. Beall, 19, of 718 W. Fernwood Drive, Toronto, receiving stolen property.
Robert Beall, 26, of Minerva, complicity to receiving stolen property.
Lamar D. Johnson, 21, of Apartment 3, 1323 N. Fourth St., two counts drug trafficking.
Curtis W. Smith, 31, of 559 N. Fifth St., Toronto, drug trafficking.
Travis D. Cain, 42, of 1312 N. River Ave., Toronto, two counts drug trafficking.
Timothy A. Lawrence, 29, of 1528 Ridge Ave., single counts of having a weapon under disability and carrying a concealed weapon.
Thomas A. Winland III, 40, of 1981 township Road 134, Piney Fork, gross sexual imposition.
Steven E. McCain Jr., 35, of Homestead, Pa., drug trafficking.
Robert G. Beall, 26, of Minerva, single counts of burglary and receiving stolen property.