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22 are indicted by grand jury

August 2, 2012
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County grand jury indicted 22 people on Wednesday, including four people charged with putting three children in a plastic container and taping the lid shut as a form of punishment.

James A. Taylor, 29, Samantha M. Taylor, 26, Glenn A. Adams, 27, all of 1321 Oregon Ave., and Daniel A. McKenney, 22, of 201 Bartleyville Road, Burgettstown, were indicted on charges in which Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said they put three children, ages 8, 6 and 5, inside plastic storage containers as punishment on June 16 in the city.

City Police reported holes were cut in the lids, At some point, water was poured on the children inside the containers, police reported. At some point, the holes were covered with a T-shirt, police reported.

A call was made to county children services about the incident and a city officer investigated and interviewed the children. Police reported the children are in the care of children services.

Police reported the children were playing inside the containers in the basement when the Taylors, the parents, become angry and decided to punish the children.

The Taylors each were indicted on two counts of child endangering and one count of unlawful restraint. Adams and McKenney each were indicted on single counts of endangering children and unlawful restraint.

The grand jury also returned escape warrants against four people who didn't meet with their state parole officer.

Stedmund C. Creech, 23, of 1305 Wellesley Ave., Geary Harper, 24, of 514 S. Labelle Court, Antonio Johnson, 23, and Montyel L. Barnes, 30, of 1241 Ridge Ave. each were indicted on an escape charge.

Police are searching for Creech and Johnson, who were both indicted by the grand jury in July in connection with a shots fired incident on July 2 in the 1500 block of Orchard Street.

Creech 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. Johnson 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 one of the returned gunfire.

Owens was arrested later that day by police.

Harper pleaded guilty to drug possession in November 2010. Barnes was scheduled to plead guilty in February to four counts of drug trafficking but failed to appear in common pleas court.

Also, James K. Bishop, 41, of 671 county Road 47, Toronto, was indicted on single counts of vehicular assault, failure to comply with the order of a police officer and endangering children after allegedly running over his girlfriend while his children were in the vehicle on June 29.

County sheriff's deputies arrived at the residence to find Jonni Lyn Zook, also of 671 county Road 46, lying on the ground with facial injuries, cuts to her body and tire tracks on her back. According to reports, Zook and Bishop got into an argument over his driving with his children in the car while being intoxicated. Bishop reportedly gathered his three children in the vehicle, with Zook hanging onto the vehicle as Bishop left the property.

Zook was dragged for some time before Bishop eventually ran over her and left the scene, according to reports. The sheriff's department then issued a bulletin, and Bishop's vehicle was seen by a Saline Township patrolman traveling on state Route 7 near state Route 213. Police gave chase, and Bishop allegedly entered Yellow Creek campground after running into the Saline Township officer's vehicle, according to reports. Jefferson County deputies then used a Humvee to track Bishop into a wooded area. According to reports, Bishop resisted and had to be Tasered and forcibly taken from the vehicle into custody.

David McShan, 33, of 530 N. Sixth St. was indicted on two counts each of having a gun as a convicted felon and possession of drugs and a single count of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle.

An officer was inside Speedway on North Third Street on June 29 when he saw McShan, who was wearing a shoulder holster without a gun. Police reported the officer took McShan into custody on a bench warrant out of municipal court. The officer searched the vehicle McShan was in at the store and found a gun under the seat and crack cocaine and pills were found inside the vehicle, police reported.

Dennis R. McClelland, 34, of 9203 state Route 164, Amsterdam, was indicted on single counts of felonious assault and having a weapon as a convicted felon.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department was called on June 13 about shots fired into a vehicle at a camping area at Lake George.

A man told a deputy he was standing outside his vehicle when another vehicle pulled up and shots were fired into his vehicle.

The sheriff's department reported the vehicle was hit three times with bullets. Three shell casings were found at the scene, a deputy reported.

The grand jury also returned the following indictments:

John T. Wise, 24, of Apartment C, 725 Market St., one count of having a gun as a convicted felon following a traffic stop by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on June 3.

Zachary M. George, 25, of 1617 Moreland Drive, burglary. Hanlin reported George broke into a home on Ridge Avenue and was caught inside by the owner, who called police, on June 21.

Jeromy R. Brewer, 32, of 715 Front St., Empire, misdemeanor count of aggravated menacing.

Myron D. Gibson, 29, of 1036 Cherry Valley Road, Hopedale, two counts of robbery. Hanlin said Gibson was attempting to remove items from Wal-Mart without paying on June 28 when he was stopped by loss prevention officers at the store. He fought with the Wal-Mart security and attempted to gouge their eyes during the struggle.

Dino A. Suriano Jr., 33, of 100 Powells Lane, Wintersville, felony domestic violence.

Tiffany N. Leroy, 25, of 308 Cherie Ave., Richmond, felony theft. Hanlin said Leory borrowed a firearm from a person and refused to return it in February.

Jeffrey J. Drazic, 56, of 26 state Route 151, Mingo Junction, one count unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. Hanlin said Drazic used Facebook to meet a juvenile male and had a sexual encounter in January 2011.

Brandi R. Blanton, 33, 710 Trenton Ave., Toronto, felony theft.

Joyce M. Firm, 72, of 310 Forest Drive, Toronto, felony theft.

Michelle DiCola-Parks, 52, of 213 Rockdale Road, Follansbee, felony theft and felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Xavier M. Brown, 18, of 634 Garrett Ave., one count robbery. Hanlin said Brown used a BB gun to rob a person in the city on May 26.

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