Jefferson County grand jury returns reckless homicide indictment
STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County grand jury on Tuesday returned a reckless homicide indictment in a fatal shooting at Club 106 on May 24.
Tyrelle Gilbert, 36, of Steubenville was indicted on charges of reckless homicide, possession of drugs and two counts of having a weapon as a convicted felon.
City Police reported Dylan Bittinger, 19, of Steubenville was pronounced dead at the club, located at 601 South St. Gilbert was shot in the chest and flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital, police reported. Monte Lyles, 20, of Steubenville was shot in the knee area, according to police.
County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said circumstances surrounding the shooting made the reckless homicide more appropriate than a charge of murder or aggravated murder.
Police at the time said Gilbert and Bittinger had guns drawn and fired shots at each other.
Hanlin said evidence shows Gilbert was the aggressor in the shooting.
Gilbert is in prison on a parole violation. State parole officers went to Gilbert’s home after the shooting and found three guns, and Gilbert was not allowed to be in possession of a firearm because of a prior conviction.
Mark Miller-Crawford, 35, of 1302 Hukill St., Brilliant, was indicted on one count of arson and two counts of aggravated arson in connection with a suspected arson fire on Oct. 19, which destroyed a neighbor’s house.
Wells Township Police reported Miller-Crawford, who claims he was drinking all night, set fire to mattresses in the rear of a house at 1304 1/2 Hukill St. around 6 a.m. on Oct. 19. Police reported accelerant also was detected at the front of the house.
Police reported an eyewitness and a separate video from a security camera show Miller-Crawford in the area around the time of the fire.
Tristan J. McDonald, 20, of 125 Valuska Drive, Mingo Junction, was indicted on single counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, importuning, attempted sexual conduct with a minor and possession of criminal tools.
Wintersville Police investigated the case, which they say involved McDonald contacting a 13-year-old girl on social media in October. The girl’s mother became aware of the contact and notified police. Police were able to carry on the social media contact with McDonald posing as the girl and then arrested McDonald.
The grand jury returned indictments on eight drug-related cases:
• Roneal Buford, 25, of 478 S. Sixth St., two counts of drug possession.
• James J. Saffell, 45, of 409 Jones Ave., Yorkville, single counts of drug trafficking, with forfeiture specification, possession of drugs and having a weapon under disability.
• Stephen M. Stock, 46, of 937 Broadway Blvd., illegal processing of drug documents.
• Justus M. Gordon Fuller, 37, of 615 Ross St., three counts trafficking in fentanyl, five counts trafficking in heroin and one count of trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance.
• Ryan J. Antigo, 40, of 862 county Road 20, Dillonvale, nine counts of having a weapon under disability, one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, seven counts of illegal assemble or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of methamphetamine and single counts of illegal manufacture of drugs and permitting drug abuse.
• Amber L. Garlinger, 37, of 862 county Road 20, Dillonvale, aggravated possession of methamphetamine, seven counts of illegal assemble or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of methamphetamine and single counts of illegal manufacture of drugs, permitting drug abuse and unlawful transaction in weapons.
• Heidi J. Magnone, 48, of 145 Sinclair Ave., Yorkville, one count of possession of drugs and two counts of illegal manufacture of drugs, each involving steroids.
• James J. Magnone Jr., 55, of 145 Sinclair Ave., Yorkville, single counts trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, two counts of illegal manufacture of drugs, each involving steroids, and one count illegal administration or distribution of steroids.
The grand jury also returned the following indictments:
• Richard K. Furmanski, 29, of Bellaire, two counts receiving stolen property and one count of theft of a motor vehicle.
• Jeffrey M. Frattini Sr., 63, of 2422 Commercial Ave., Mingo Junction, two counts sexual imposition, both misdemeanors, and single counts of felony importuning and gross sexual imposition.
• Morgan R. Nash, 36, of 301 Frostview Drive, Wintersville, two counts of felony theft and single counts of misuse of a credit card and receiving stolen property.
• Charlotte A. Kerns, 47, of 360 Maplewood Drive, four counts each of gross sexual imposition, sexual battery and rape.