Columbus man who jumped into creek in escape attempt indicted

LISBON — A Columbus man who plunged into freezing creek to hide himself and evidence from police and an East Liverpool woman who took an infant from the mother’s home without permission were among those indicted this week by the county Common Pleas Court grand jury. The grand jury heard 38 cases, issuing 37 indictments including the following indictments — one superceding and 11 open. The remaining 25 secret indictments will be released as they are served.

Aaron M. Holt, 41, Columbus, is charged with tampering with evidence, assault, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia. On Dec. 22, Holt allegedly attempted to hide evidence; harmed Lisbon Patrolman Anthony Konders; impeded the ability of police to arrest him, while putting them at risk of physical harm; and had a glass smoking device.

Kira Elaine Dunn, 32, Weber Lane, East Liverpool, is charged with kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and interference with custody. On Dec. 27, Dunn is alleged to have taken a nearly 6-week-old baby away from the mother, Maria A. Pugliano, who did not give Dunn permission to take the child. The baby reportedly was taken to Walmart and Dunn’s mother’s home late at night before returning the child to the police.

A superceding indictment was issued for Rebecca S. Lucas, 49, state Route 7, New Waterford, charged with tampering with evidence, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and possession of cocaine. Lucas is accused of having and trying to hide a metal crack pipe on Oct. 4, 2018, when she was pulled over while driving under suspension and had less than five grams of cocaine in the vehicle.

Robert E. Chester, 48, East Wilson Street, Salem, is charged with trespassing in a habitation for allegedly going into the home of Elizabeth Chappell, Bethel Drive, Salem, on Jan. 2, 2019.

Melissa L. Mills, 35, Warren, is charged with burglary, a second-degree felony, and theft of drugs. On Dec. 11, Mills allegedly trespassed into the home of Melinda Merino, Grant Street, Salem, and took one and a half tablets of alprazolam, belonging to Linda Merino.

Robert E. Burge, 54, last known address South Union Avenue, Salem, is charged with obstructing official business for allegedly concealing himself in a room at a North Ellsworth Avenue home after he was asked to peacefully surrender, leading to Salem K-9 Simon to apprehend him.

Matthew Jason Crowl, also known as Chewey, 40, Olive Street, Salem, is charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing official business, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia. On Jan. 4, Crowl allegedly concealed a loaded hypodermic needle from police by pushing it into his front pocket, uncapped, when Salem police approached the van where he was a front seat passenger.

Marquise Wilkins, 26, Youngstown, is charged with tampering with evidence, two counts of possession of fentanyl-related compound, possession of heroin, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia and three specifications for forfeiture of money in a drug case. On Jan. 3, Wilkins allegedly asked his passenger if she had shoved the drugs inside her vaginal cavity. Additionally, the was allegedly found with acetyl fentanyl, fentanyl and heroin, as well as $162 believed derived from a drug-related offense.

Wilkins’ passenger, Jasmine Marie Jackson, 22, Youngstown, is similarly charged with tampering with evidence, possession of heroin and two counts of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, stemming from the same traffic stop.

Matthew Edward Marshall, 18, Somer Street, Leetonia, is charged with burglary, petty theft and obstructing official business. On Aug. 23, Marshall allegedly trespassed in the home of Rebecca and Kaleb Brown, Columbia Street, Leetonia, then stealing an X-box gaming system and a cell phone. Then Marshall allegedly gave a false police report to the Leetonia police claiming someone else had stolen his X-box, when it was found Marshall had pawned the item in Salem.

Justin M. Lamp, 40, Foundry Hill Road, Summitville, was cited with failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer. On Jan. 7, Lamp allegedly refused to stop his vehicle, fleeing at a high rate of speed and endangering others with his actions, which continued for 5.5 miles.

Jeremy Howard Johnson, 32, Sunset Drive, Alliance, is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and domestic violence. On Nov. 21, Johnson is alleged to have harmed Danny Lee Johnson, his father, and stole his 2001 Chevrolet Blazer.


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