Jefferson County grand jury indicts 15 people

STEUBENVILLE — A Jewett man who escaped from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center and a city woman who escaped police custody while being treated at Trinity Medical Center West were among the 15 people indicted Wednesday by the Jefferson County grand jury.

Richard C. Graham, 43, of Jewett was indicted on a charge of escape.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported being notified on April 13 by the correction center that Graham had escaped. The correction center reported Graham wasn’t in his room during a head count. Graham was seen on security tapes climbing the fence in the recreation yard and going on to a roof. He was last seen running toward the county water tank off Ohio 43.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department was notified, and deputies went to the residence of Graham’s girlfriend about 2 a.m. on April 14. A deputy there said the girlfriend let the deputies into the house. Graham was found naked hiding in a bedroom closet, a deputy said.

Deputies hit Graham a couple times with a Taser, but he managed to get out of the house and run naked down West Main Street in Jewett. A deputy deployed a Taser again, and another deputy was able to take Graham to the ground and place him under arrest.

Julia N. Jones, 38, of 2076 Eve Drive was indicted on charges of escape, theft and forgery.

City Police were called at 2:11 p.m. on May 12 about a man being chased by a vehicle with several people inside. The officer met with the person who had been chased in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue, who gave the officer a description of the vehicle. Police reported the vehicle was stopped by officers at Lawson Avenue and Orchard Street. Jones ran from the vehicle but she was quickly caught, police reported.

Jones, who was charged with a felony theft warrant, bench warrant and obstructing official business, suffered a seizure at the scene and was taken to Trinity Medical Center West, police reported. A police hold was placed on Jones at the hospital.

Police reported officers were called later that day to the hospital about Jones leaving the hospital. Officers reported finding Jones on St. Charles Drive, dressed in a hospital gown with an IV still attached.

She was discharged from the hospital and taken to the county jail.

Nyzaire King, 19, of Steubenville was indicted on charges of having a weapon under disability, drug trafficking and two counts of drug possession.

Police reported King has been the target of several shootings.

Police detectives executed a search warrant at a home at 1507 Maryland Ave. on May 2. They reported finding King sleeping on the floor. Officers reported finding a handgun, cash, various ammunition and gun accessories. Police reported finding bags of cocaine.

King had been shot on April 5 in the city’s South End. Torrance Lyda, 26, of Steubenville and Quinchaya L. Thompson, 24, of Wintersville were both indicted in connection with the shooting, with each facing attempted murder and felonious assault charges.

Police reported King also was shot at on several other occasions.

Three people from Warren, Brittany R. Hudson, 25, Dominque L. Rose, 25, and Jason A. Kirksey, 40, were indicted on first-degree felony drug possession.

Their vehicle was stopped in the city on April 17. Sheriff Fred Abdalla said a sizable amount of cocaine was found.

Marcus A. Ford, 22, of Amsterdam was indicted on a charge of failure to comply with the order of a police officer stemming from a 90-minute chase on Sept. 12 in the northern part of the county involving the sheriff’s department and several other police agencies.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol put out spike strips at the intersection of Ohio 213 and county Road 72, but Ford drove through a yard around the spike strips, a deputy said.

The vehicle eventually drove onto Saline Township Road 307 and became stuck in the mud, a deputy said. Ford got out and ran away, with the female staying inside. She was questioned by the sheriff’s department before being released, a deputy said.

The deputy said the vehicle hit two deer during the chase. Ford also was indicted on charges of burglary and theft.

A man wanted by the FBI who was arrested by City Police and the sheriff’s department on April 2 also was indicted.

Terrance C. Jones, 27, of Chicago was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence, drug possession and obstructing official business.

An officer pulled over a vehicle for a traffic stop at Belleview Boulevard and Euclid Avenue. Jones, a passenger, jumped out of the vehicle and took off on foot.

Officers stayed with the vehicle because there were two passengers inside. Other officers surrounded the area around the Washington Street hill and took Jones into custody.

The sheriff’s department K-9 handler and his dog, Kilo, were called to search the area where Jones had run. The deputy and the dog located a plastic bag, which inside had three smaller bags of suspected cocaine. The coat Jones was wearing when he fled also was discovered.

The grand jury also returned the following indictments:

∫ Joshua A. Brown, 30, of Amsterdam, misdemeanor assault.

∫ Amber M. Blancato, 28, of 4341 state Route 646, Bloomingdale, drug possession.

∫ Charles R. Fox, 27, of Steubenville, receiving stolen property.

∫ David E. Boston, 53, of 1309 county Road 3, Rayland, felony operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to comply with the order of a police officer, drug possession and misdemeanor counts of falsification, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.

∫ Anthony J. Palombizio, 37, of 1426 Belleview Blvd., two counts of felony theft in connection with him allegedly embezzling $25,700 from a city business.

∫ Scott A. Keras, 31, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., drug possession.

∫ Steven F. Roberts II, 31, of Apartment B, 718 Dock St., two counts of intimidation of a victim, stemming from a domestic violence case.

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