Man indicted for threating police chief

STEUBENVILLE — A man who left a voicemail message threatening harm to a local police chief was among those indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday.

Robert A. Kopras, 57, of 1238 Ridge Ave. was indicted on a felony charge of intimidation and a misdemeanor count of telecommunication harassment.

Wells Township Police reported Kopras called township police Chief John Ingram, identified himself and left a cell phone message threatening harm.

Kopras pleaded guilty in March 2016 to extortion.

According to information released by Wells Township Police, Kopras was in a relationship with a woman and they had a child together. Police reported Kopras taped them having sex. Kopras threatened the woman that he was going to post the sex tape on the Internet if she didn’t let him see their child, police reported.

Kopras initially was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center and placed on probation. He was ordered not to contact the victim using Facebook.

He continued to use Facebook to contact the victim and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction reported Kopras still is on parole.

Two people were indicted in cases involving sex with children.

Charlotte A. Kerns, 46, of Shadyside was indicted on two counts each of gross sexual imposition, sexual battery and rape for incidents dating back to 2010.

Shawn A. Narveleit, 37, of 497 county Road 54, was indicted on two counts each of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of sexual battery for incidents in October and November.

Joshua H. Zook, 33, of 1165 township Road 204, Bloomingdale, was indicted on single counts of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon. County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said Zook was stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Sept. 3 driving a motorcycle. The trooper noticed Zook had a holster and was carrying a gun with a revoked concealed carry permit, Hanlin said.

James C. Pruitt, 27, of 732 N. Sixth St. was indicted on misdemeanor counts of theft, resisting arrest, two counts of misdemeanor aggravated menacing and felony retaliation. Hanlin said Pruitt made threats to law enforcement officers after his arrest on Nov. 25.

Johnny Douglas IV, 28, of 519 Grandview Ave. was indicted on two counts of drug possession.

Quintae L. Stubbs, 27, of Columbus was indicted on charges of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and having a weapon under disability. Hanlin said Stubbs was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by the patrol on Nov. 11 and had a firearm in his possession. She said Stubbs had just been released from prison.

Christopher J. Mugnaini, 48, of 124 Ward Drive, Wintersville, was charged with felony operating a vehicle under the influence. Hanlin said Mugnaini had three OVI charges alone in 2015.

Lawrence R. Luke, 53, of 732 N. Sixth St. was indicted on charges of possession of drugs and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Carol Altomare, 48, of 347 Bell Blvd., Weirton, was indicted on two counts of theft of drugs. Hanlin said Altomare was a nurse at a hospital and admitted to stealing pain medication from April through May.

(Law can be contacted at mlaw@heraldstaronline.com.)

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