Newton Falls man charged with break ins

LISBON — A Newton Falls man who allegedly stopped on the way home to break into an East Liverpool business in an attempt to recoup money he lost at Mountaineer, was among those indicted by the Columbiana County grand jury this week.

The grand jury heard 51 cases, issued 45 indictments and declined to indict in six cases. Following are the open indictments and one superseding indictment. An additional 34 secret indictments will be released as the defendants are served.

Alex L. VanGalder, 23, Newton Falls, is charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and two counts of vandalism. On July 15, VanGalder allegedly trespassed in the Quaker Digital Academy, East Fifth Street, East Liverpool, ransacked the building, disconnected the server from the fiber optic network damaging it and attempted to steal computer equipment. Additionally, he allegedly punched a window at L and B Donuts and had an Apple iPod belonging to Brandon Muscheck.

Dwaine E. Steed, 45, Campbell Road, Hanoverton, is charged with improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and two counts of driving while intoxicated. Steed allegedly had a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in the vehicle he was driving while intoxicated on July 3.

A superseding indictment was issued for Megan G. Wilson, 28, Diamond Street, Irondale, charged with assault, tampering with evidence, illegal conveyance of a drug of abuse onto the grounds of a detention facility and three counts of possession of drugs. On April 28, Wilson allegedly wrestled with Sgt. Tangee Rambis for drugs at the county jail and attempted to swallow a baggie of drugs. Wilson reportedly brought fentanyl, oxycodone and hydrocodone to the jail.

Donald C. Fiore, 51, Madison Avenue, Salem, is charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated and a single count of driving under suspension for his alleged actions on June 8. Fiore has three prior convictions for driving while intoxicated.

Joseph R. Urgitus, 33, last known address North Liberty Street, East Palestine, is charged with four counts of possession of drugs for allegedly having heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and tramadol on March 17.

Kevin S. Neely, 36, South Surry Road, East Liverpool, is charged with burglary and obstructing official business. Neely allegedly trespassed in the home of Paula Sheets, Crawford Avenue, Wellsville and then giving police a false name when he was arrested.

Kenneth R. Jordan, 45, West Pidgeon Road, Salem, is charged with receiving stolen property and driving under suspension. Jordan allegedly had a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier belonging to David Courtwright on June 28, when Jordan’s license was suspended.

John D. Yerkey, 44, West Middleton Road, Salem, is charged with violating a protection order for allegedly going to the house, sending two items through the mail and numerous e-mail messages to Jamie Dattilio around June 30.

Nicholas J. Edwards, 28, last known address West Eighth Street, Salem, is charged with burglary, obstructing official business, disorderly conduct and two counts of intimidation. On July 11, an intoxicated Edwards allegedly trespassed in Kayla VanHorn’s home, refused to come out when police entered the home and was eventually found hiding in a shower. He additionally is accused of threatening Salem police officers David Miller and John Brooks.

Rickierra N. Fisher, 22, Cleveland, is charged with tampering with evidence after she allegedly attempted to hide marijuana from a highway patrol trooper by removing it from where she had it hidden in her pants and eating it on June 6.

Charles W. Rhoads IV, 24, state Route 45, Salem, is charged with failure to verify residence address for allegedly failing to tell the sheriff where he was living on June 9 when he is required to do so following a 2015 conviction for unlawful sexual conduct.


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