STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County grand jury returned several indictments Wednesday in connection with shots-fired incidents in the city that have occurred during the past several months.
Three men were indicted in connection with a shots-fired incident on July 2 in the 1500 block of Orchard Street.
Stedmund C. Creech, 23, of 1305 Wellesley Ave. and Rolland K. Owens, 22, of 453 Canton Road, Wintersville, were in a vehicle that had pulled over in front of a house on Orchard Street, according to the Jefferson County Prosecutor's office. Antonio Johnson, 23, of 1410 Pennsylvania Ave. pulled up in another vehicle and began firing shots at Creech and Owens with an AK-47 assault rifle, the prosecutor's office reported.
Shots were returned at Owens, who left the scene in a vehicle but wrecked it and left it abandoned in the 1500 block of Plum Street, City Police reported. The AK-47 was found by police on the ground a short distance from the vehicle, police reported. The windshield of that vehicle was damaged by returned gunfire.
The prosecutor's office reported a woman and another man, both unidentified, also were getting out of the vehicle with Creech and Owens. Owens was arrested later that day by police.
Creech and Johnson are still wanted by police.
Creech was indicted on three counts of having a weapon as a convicted felon and single counts of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon.
Owens was indicted on single counts of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon.
Johnson was indicted on single counts of attempted murder and felonious assault, with gun specifications, having a weapon as a convicted felon and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.
Police were looking for Johnson and believed he was at at home at 1309 Oak Grove Ave. on Tuesday evening. A search warrant was obtained but Johnson wasn't inside the house. The prosecutor's office reported a large amount of ammunition and Johnson's personal papers were found inside the home.
Steubenville Police put out a notice to area police agencies to be looking for a vehicle Johnson was believed to be in.
Weirton Police located the vehicle and searched a house at 3732 Orchard St., Weirton, Weirton Police reported finding 35 grams of marijuana and a 9 mm handgun. Jerek Quinn-Maurice Wesley, 23, of Mingo Junction, was arrested on charges of possession of drugs with intent to deliver and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Weirton Police reported additional charges are pending against a man who transported Wesley to West Virginia.
In another shots-fired case, Jaquin R. Boston, 22, of 441 S. Fourth St. and Jevante L. Childs, 20, of 1218 Pennsylvania Ave. were indicted in connection with shots fired in the 700 block of Dock Street on June 8.
Officers responding found about nine shell casings on the ground.
Police said witnesses reported seeing three men run from a vehicle toward North Seventh Street after the shots were fired. The vehicle, which belonged to Boston, was towed by police to be processed for evidence.
Boston and Childs were each charged with single counts of having a weapon as a convicted felon and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.
Three men arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in two separate traffic stops in the city in which guns were found indicted.
Childs was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Dominique O. Shafer, 21, of Clarksville, Ind., on June 8. A loaded handgun was found by a state trooper. Childs was charged with single counts of having a weapon as a convicted felon and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. Shafer was charged with improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle.
Leroy D. Benjamin, 23, of 329 S. Fifth St. was indicted on single counts of having a weapon as a convicted felon and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle after a highway patrol stop on June 11 in which a loaded firearm was found in a vehicle.
Also, Benjamin M. Goffoli, 57, of Apartment 412, 180 N. Fourth St. was indicted on three counts of robbery and single counts of theft of drugs and aggravated possession of drugs. Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said Goffoli was arrested by City Police detectives in connection with the robbery of the Rite Aid Pharmacy on North Fifth Street on April 27.
Police reported a white male wearing glasses and a multicolored hoodie walked into the pharmacy and demanded Opana.
After the pharmacy clerk told the man the store didn't have Opana, the man walked to the next employee and demanded pills, police reported.
He was handed 1,100 oxycodone pills, police reported.
Brittany S. Turner, 24, of 104 McLister Ave., Mingo Junction, was indicted on a charge of felonious assault in connection with shots fired in what police said was a drug deal gone bad.
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said a Moundsville woman went to a house at 104 McLister Ave. around 9:30 p.m. on April 23 to buy heroin. The woman handed another woman inside the home $65. The woman inside came back to the window and said there was no heroin to buy and shut the window, Abdalla said. The Moundsville woman pushed the window back open and the woman inside came into the room with a gun and fired a shot, the sheriff said.
The bullet hit the window frame, shattering the glass, Abdalla said. The bullet went up to the ceiling and ended up in a sink, he said.
Abdalla said the Moundsville woman went to the Mingo Junction Municipal Building to report the shot being fired.
Abdalla said the woman was cut with the broken glass and was treated by medics at the municipal building.
Two woman were indicted in connection with a drug raid in Toronto on April 30.
Victoria D. Webb, 24, of Apartment 55, 901 Bank St., Toronto, and Tia N. Pardell, 18, of East Liverpool were each indicted on three counts of drug possession and single counts of aggravated drug trafficking, with a juvenile specification, tampering with evidence, unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance and endangering children.
A search warrant was executed at Webb's apartment, and Toronto Police and the county drug task force reported a seizure of five pounds of marijuana, a large amount of crack cocaine, cash, three loaded firearms and a vehicle.
The grand jury also returned the following indictments:
Selwyn F. Ellis Jr., 21, of 2023 Oregon Ave., improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
Shawna D. Bellum, 20, of 517 Highland Ave., four counts possession of drugs.
Stephan N. Byrd, 21, of 825 Rosswell Ave., one count drug possession.
Steven A. Coleman, 34, of 312 E. High St., Hopedale, single counts of burglary and theft.
Robin L. Locasio, 55, of Apartment 5, 2612 Sunset Blvd., single counts of theft and breaking and entering.
Jeffrey L. Hawkins Jr., 37, of 1515 Ridge Ave., single counts of aggravated robbery and felonious assault, each with a gun specification, theft, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and drug trafficking.
Daniel L. Shepard Jr., 22, of 733 South St., single counts of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drugs.
Willis H. Stackhouse, 23, of 104 Wilma Ave., single counts of drug trafficking and possession of drugs.
Leonard E. Mercer, 52, of Alliance, two counts of misdemeanor assault.