STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday returned indictments against a man who jumped off the Market Street Bridge to avoid police capture and a woman who was driving a vehicle allegedly under the influence of drugs and wrecked, causing serious injuries to her daughter.
Shawn F. Birkhimer, 37, of 142 N. Sixth St. was indicted on charges of possession of drugs, escape, theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply with the order of a police officer.
Birkhimer was arrested by City Police on July 20 in possession of a hypodermic needle, a crack pipe and several pills stamped Clonazepam in his pockets. He was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments and taken to the Jefferson County jail.
Birkhimer at the jail the next day complained and showed signs of having a seizure. He was transported to the hospital but left the hospital and broke into a vehicle, police reported. The stolen vehicle was seen by an officer on Market Street.
The officer began to pursue the vehicle onto the Market Street bridge when Birkhimer stopped the car in the center of the bridge and jumped off the north side of the bridge into the Ohio River, police reported. The officer saw people in a boat and called to them to assist the individual. They were able to pull Birkhimer into their boat and brought him to the shore where a crew from ASI took him back to Trinity Medical Center West. He then was transported in serious condition to a Pittsburgh hospital.
Crystal M. Ross, 29, of 118 Holly St., Mingo Junction, was indicted on charges of aggravated vehicular assault and endangering children.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported Ross was involved in a one-vehicle wreck on state Route 150, Mount Pleasant, on July 25. County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said Ross' 7-year-old daughter was yelling at her mother for crossing the center line. Hanlin said Ross was intoxicated on several different types of drugs.
Ross and her daughter were transported to Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling. The patrol reported Ross removed her intravenous needle and left the hospital, while her daughter was being prepared to be flown by a medical helicopter to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh with serious injuries.
Daniel A. Winland, 21, of 307 county Road 15A, Rayland, was indicted on charges of failure to comply with the orders of a police officer, possession of a drug abuse instrument and possession of heroin.
Hanlin said Winland was involved with a chase involving Wells Township Police and was found in possession of the hypodermic needle. Seven days later, Winland almost struck a Steubenville officer and was found in possession of heroin, Hanlin said.
Jonaka D. Wallace, 18, of 328 Hill Ave. was charged with aggravated assault. Hanlin said Wallace struck a juvenile with a tire iron during a fight between the juvenile and a relative of Wallace on Aug. 30.
The grand jury also returned the following indictments:
Matthew A. Crossley, 20, of 532 Westwood Drive, single counts of drug trafficking, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Darnell Johnson, 50, of 2333 Chestnut St., three counts of identity fraud.
Nicholas J. Pickford, 28, of 631 Buena Vista Blvd., possession of drugs.
John S. Cebula, 58, of Bloomingdale, single counts of breaking and entering and theft.
Larry T. Graham, 51, of 1497 state Route 213, Mingo Junction, felony operating a vehicle under the influence and driving with a suspended license.
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