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Murder, rape, arson among indictments

STEUBENVILLE — A 28-year-old city resident will be tried for a June 1 murder outside the American Legion Post 274.

William M. Grimes, 28, 908 Pittsburgh St., Steubenville, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury this week on charges of murder with a firearm specification, having weapons under disability and tampering with evidence June 1.

The victim, 32-year-old Ja’ron Williams, was fatally shot in the 600 block of Franklin Street.

The grand jury returned true bills Wednesday against more than a dozen defendants, including an Amsterdam man facing six counts of rape and two others accused of trying to set fire to a house on Oregon Avenue.

Scott A. Morrow, 38, 1204 Township road 267, Amsterdam, allegedly forced a woman to have sex on June 2. The indictment also alleges Morrow was aware the woman was substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition and that he assaulted a Carollton K-9 officer.

The grand jury returned separate true bills against two individuals on charges stemming from an attempted arson May 2 at 1344 Oregon St., Steubenville.

Dascia N. Redman, 22, 600 Northwood Court, Wheeling, and Andrew Dajuan Whitsett, 23, 4647 Horton road, Garfield Heights, were each indicted on charges of aggravated arson, felonious assault with a firearm specification and discharging a firearm on or over a roadway, again with a firearm specification.

Whitsett also was charged with having weapons under disability because he had a firearm in his possession even though he’d previously been adjudicated as a delinquent child for a burglary offense.

Authorities allege the pair set fire to a gas can left on the porch of the residence.

Others indicted were:

≤ Andrew H. Kish, 460 Canton Road, Apt. C, Wintersville, aggravated menacing, tampering with evidence and having a weapon under disability, June 7. The indictment alleges Kish, 65, threatened a woman, tried to dispose of evidence and had possession of a firearm when he was under indictment for or convicted of rape.

≤ Quintae L. Stubbs, 29, 1948 Joyce Ave., Columbus, two counts of drug possession, cocaine and methadone hydrochloride, and one county of conveying the drugs into the jail.

≤ Joshua David Smith, 1030 Cadiz Road, Lot 13, Wintersville, receiving stolen property, a felony. The grand jury alleges Smith, 43, had possession of someone else’s Navy Federal Credit Union card from Nov. 5 through Dec. 19.

≤ Travis Stacey Gray Jr., 28, 1441 Belleview Blvd., Steubenville, possession of drugs and tampering with evidence. The indictment alleges Smith had 136 milligrams of Xanax in his possession when police took him into custody April 25.

≤ Donald A. McPherron, 303 Cedar Ave., Steubenville, two counts of failing to appear for a May 28 hearing before Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzeze.

≤ McPherron, 44, had been indicted in March on two felony counts of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer and misdemeanor counts of theft, obstructing official business, criminal trespass and receiving stolen property. He was released on his own recognizance March 28, and when he allegedly failed to appear in court in May a warrant was issued for his arrest.

≤ Duren O. Thornton, 21, 2060 Eve Drive, Steubenville, felonious assault with a firearm specification; discharging a firearm on or over a roadway, also with a firearm specification; and improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle on May 15 in Steubenville.

≤ Michon G. Walker, 34, 1209 Gilchrist St., Brilliant, failure to comply with the order or signal of police officer, tampering with evidence and possession of cocaine, June 2.

≤ Shane Shakur Small, 21, 501 Mifflin Ave., Pittsburgh, felonious assault with a firearm specification, discharging a firearm on or over a road, also with a firearm specification, and improperly handing a firearm in a motor vehicle, May 15.

≤ Sadiyq N. Holloway, 28, 2831 Augustus St., Grove City, Ohio, receiving stolen property, a Glock 9 mm; improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle; possession of cocaine, a felony, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, June 18. Holloway also was charged with having a weapon under disability because he had a firearm in his possession while he was under indictment for or had been convicted of felony robbery.

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