Juvenile charged in shooting
STEUBENVILLE – Charges were filed Monday in juvenile court against a 17-year-old female who allegedly was driving the getaway vehicle following a shooting Thursday in Mingo Junction.
County Assistant Prosecutor Samuel Pate said charges of complicity to aggravated burglary and complicity to felonious assault, each with a firearm specification, were filed with juvenile court on Monday.
Also on Monday, Drake A. Burton, 20, of Steubenville appeared before Wintersville county court Judge Michael Bednar for an arraignment on four counts of felonious assault – one with a firearms specification – and having a weapon as a convicted felon.
Bednar set Burton’s bond at $500,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said three men, dressed like utility workers with vests, knocked on a door at a house at 122 Union Ave., Mingo Junction, around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. A 2-year-old girl answered the door and the men came inside and demanded money they claim was owed to them, Abdalla said.
The men forced Mike Gray, 27, to open a safe, Abdalla said.
The three men then used duct tape to tie up a woman, Yolanda Cronin, 23, of the residence, the 2-year-old and a 13-year-old. Gray also was secured with the tape, Abdalla said.
The two children and Cronin then were struck with a gun about the head, Abdalla said. Gray was shot in the thigh area, the sheriff said.
The three left the house, got into a vehicle allegedly driven by the 17-year-old and drove to Steubenville, where the men got out in the area of Dock and North Fourth streets. City Police stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of South Fourth Street and took the juvenile into custody.
Abdalla said Gray has been released from a Pittsburgh hospital. He said the 2-year-old suffered a concussion and also has been released from a Pittsburgh hospital.
“The girl is doing OK,” the sheriff said.
Abdalla said the sheriff’s department has been working around the clock to catch the other two suspects.
“We are going to get them, sooner or later,” he said.
Burton pleaded guilty in April 2012 to possession of drugs and having a weapon under disability. He was sentenced by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center, followed by two years of probation. He still faces up to 18 months in prison on the charges.