The Jefferson County grand jury returned 11 indictments
STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County grand jury returned Wednesday 11 indictments, including a Toronto murder case and a theft of cemetery vases worth more than $100,000 in Wintersville.
Logan J. Cain, 20, of 716 Daniels St., Toronto, was indicted on charges of murder and aggravated robbery, each with a firearm specification, and tampering with evidence in connection with the Aug. 18 shooting death of Dylan Monroe, 18, of Toronto.
Ka’Saun Carlock, 15, of Steubenville and Jacob A. Gill, 16, of Toronto also have been charged in juvenile court in the case. Juvenile Judge Joseph Corabi has found probable cause that the juveniles participated in the shooting death and ordered evaluations to determine if their case should remain in juvenile court or be bound over to the adult division.
Carlock was charged with murder and aggravated robbery, each with a firearm specification, and tampering with evidence. Gill was charged with complicity to murder and complicity to aggravated robbery, each with a firearm specification.
Monroe was riding in a vehicle stopped Aug. 18 in the 500 block of North Seventh Street in Toronto when he was shot twice. Testimony during the juvenile court probable cause hearing showed the three defendants planned to rob Monroe of about $60 in marijuana.
Ronald K. Workman of Toronto, the fiance of Monroe’s mother, testified in juvenile court that Carlock was the shooter. Workman said Monroe was a passenger in his vehicle and held up a bag of marijuana prior to the shooting.
Jason D. Bias, 43, of 36 Murphy Ave., Wintersville, and Rojack A. Matyas, 40, of 1259 Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville, were indicted on two felony counts each of desecration and theft.
Wintersville Police Chief Art Fowler said Matyas and Bias stole and scrapped more than $100,000 in bronze vases that had been taken from Fort Steuben Burial Estate in July.
Franklin Littlejohn III, 29, of 1010 Adams St. and Brooke E. Jones, 25, of 602 Kerr Ave., Cadiz, were indicted in connection with a July 18 armed robbery in Steubenville.
Officers were called to the 400 block of Maxwell Avenue about a man claiming Littlejohn pointed a handgun at his head and demanded money. Jones took the money from the victim, police reported.
Police searched for Littlejohn, but he was not immediately found. Officers were called back to the area about Littlejohn returning, police reported. Police reported they were attempting to take Littlejohn into custody when he fled. An officer Tasered Littlejohn as officers were attempting to get handcuffs on him, police reported.
Two officers were injured in the scuffle, and were treated and released at Trinity Medical Center West, police reported.
Littlejohn was indicted on two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of robbery, each with a firearm specification, having a weapon under disability, two counts of assault on a police office and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Jones was charged with robbery and complicity to aggravated robbery.
Diane R. Walker, 45, of 696 township Road 218, Richmond, was indicted on two counts of felonious assault.
The sheriff’s department was called to 693 township Road 218, Richmond, around 8:13 a.m. Aug. 19. Patrick A. Howell, 47, of the residence said he went to the garage to get a motorcycle when his wife, Diane R. Walker, came into the garage with a rifle. The sheriff’s department had recently been at the house concerning domestic disputes between the married couple.
Howell’s brother and his wife were in a vehicle videotaping Patrick Howell removing the motorcycle in case there were any problems with Diane Walker, a deputy said.
A deputy said Diane Walker fired a shot at the brother’s vehicle, hitting the tire. She then went to the porch of the house and fired another shot, a deputy said.
The grand jury also returned the following indictments:
∫ Patrick T. Johnson, 20, of 418 Spring Ave., unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
∫ James N. May, 40, of 1919 county Road 2, Rayland, felony domestic violence and misdemeanor assault.
∫ Stephen M. Stock, 46, of 937 Broadway Blvd., receiving stolen property.
∫ Allan R. Lease Jr., 47, of 529 county Road 53, Irondale, possession of drugs and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
∫ Matthew G. Snyder, 38, of Alliance, failure to comply with the order of a police officer involving a chase with Saline Township Police on Aug. 25.