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Man indicted in March shooting

December 6, 2012
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Jerek Q. Wesley, 23, of 118 Garfield Ave. was indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday on murder charges in connection with the March 26 shooting death of a man outside a downtown bar.

Quentin R. Nelson, 24. and Leroy Benjamin, 23, were shot around 2:05 a.m. on March 26 outside Pee Dee's at 160 S. Fourth St. Nelson died two days later in a Pittsburgh hospital.

A silver or light blue car drove by with two men, both wearing black masks, and shots were fired, City Police reported.

Benjamin was hit in the leg near the knee, and Nelson was hit in the lower back, police reported.

Wesley was indicted on single counts of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault.

Four Chicago men and a city man were indicted on drug charges in connection with a Oct. 23 raid on a home at 1401 State St.

The Jefferson County Drug Task Force along with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force, federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation participated in the drug raid.

Authorities said 50 grams of heroin, an ounce of marijuana and $12,500 in cash, along with various drug paraphernalia and other evidence were seized during the raid.

Indicted in that case were Grant C. Coleman III, 31, of Chicago, one count of drug trafficking, one count of possession of drugs and one count of tampering with evidence; Terrance "Crunchy" Jones, 20, of Chicago, drug possession; Raymond C. Franklin, 20, of Chicago, drug trafficking and possession of drugs; Jovan A. Poe, 21, of Chicago, drug trafficking, possession of drugs and tampering with evidence; and Tracy J. McGowan, 31, of 1401 State St., three counts of permitting drug abuse and one count of drug trafficking.

Three people were indicted in connection with the burglary of a house in the 300 block of Braybarton Boulevard that occurred around Aug. 30. Indicted on single counts of burglary, complicity to burglary, theft and receiving stolen property were Lloyd M. Hayes, 25, of 2612 Sunset Blvd., Alex C. Evans, 27, of 120 Wildon Ave. and Perry Jones, 25, of 1308 Pennsylvania Ave.

Two men were indicted in connection with the Nov. 14 burglary of a house in the 100 block of Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville.

Harry W. Richard, 24, of 500 Wallace St., Brilliant, and Ronald R. Hawthorne Jr., 30, of 3102 county Road 25, Rayland, were each indicted on charges of burglary and complicity to burglary.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department reported a neighbor on Vireo Drive, outside Wintersville, saw two men opening a window at a house next door. The neighbor got a gun and confronted the men, who took off running.

The sheriff's department reported an elderly man was asleep in his bed inside the home that the burglars were trying to enter.

Several police agencies. including Cross Creek, Wintersville and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, searched the area and found Richard and Hawthorne hiding behind a business on Bantam Ridge Road.

Deputies searched the men and found gift cards, cash, a Kindle Fire and a couple of iPhones. The deputies were able to determine the owner of the Kindle Fire and contacted that person at work. That person went to his home in the 100 block of Bantam Ridge Road and discovered the house was broken into.

A television and jewelry also were taken. A deputy said those items were found in the woods behind the home.

The grand jury also returned the following indictments:

Ashley N. Zrinyi, 23, of 2202 township Road 378, Steubenville, theft from an elderly person and misuse of a credit card.

Michael K. Greathouse, 21, 517 Highland Ave., two counts possession of drugs.

Davon Jones, also known as Davon Parker, 33, of Medford, N.Y., having a weapon as a convicted felon.

Billie Jo Pudder, 29, of 1341 Madison Ave., Toronto, receiving stolen property.

Jerry A. Crossland II, 18, of Apartment 5, 726 Brady Ave., carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm with defaced identification marks.

Grady L. Franklin Jr., 32, of 709 Pine St., two counts of rape.

Julia N. Jones, 32, of 1204 Pennsylvania Ave., two counts of theft and three counts of forgery.

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