LISBON — An East Liverpool man accused of several burglaries in East Liverpool and Wellsville was served Thursday with a secret indictment for nine felony counts.
Wiley Bates, 24, of 728 Bradshaw Ave., was charged by the Columbiana County grand jury with single counts of receiving stolen property and safecracking, both fourth-degree felonies, two counts of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and five counts of burglary. Three of the burglary counts were second-degree felonies, with the two remaining counts third-degree felonies.
Court documents alleged Bates trespassed on the property of Gregory Cress on Gavers Road, Hanoverton, on Feb. 16 and had in his possession two all-terrain vehicles belonging to Cress and one belonging to Kelly Niswonger. On Feb. 1, he allegedly trespassed in the residence of Loretta Louk on Susan Drive, East Liverpool, and made entry into a gun safe. On Feb. 3, he allegedly trespassed in the residence of Bruce Smith on Liverpool Road, East Liverpool.
Documents alleged that on March 14, Bates trespassed twice in the residence of Cheryl Rodgers, Fife Coal Road, Wellsville, and once in the residence of Peter Russell, Brandon Road, Wellsville.
Other defendants served with secret indictments were:
¯ Jason Holloway, 27, of 416 Grove Alley, East Liverpool, possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Documents alleged Holloway possessed cocaine on Sept. 30.
¯ Anna Allen, 35, whose last known address was 565 Franklin St., Salem, two counts of failure to appear on own recognizance, a fourth-degree felony. Documents alleged Allen failed to appear for court hearings on Feb. 23, 2007 and March 3, 2008 related to a drug case against her. According to court records, she was sentenced to prison in March for seven months for possession of drugs.
¯ Michael Merriman, 23, whose last known address was 415 Johnson Place, Wellsville, burglary, a forth-degree felony. Documents alleged Merriman trespassed in the residence of Ruth Ensinger on Anderson Avenue in Wellsville on Dec. 28.
¯ Aaron Stevens, 23, of 522 College St., East Liverpool, receiving stolen property and falsification, both fifth-degree felonies. Documents alleged Stevens retained a 1907 twenty dollar gold piece belonging to Bruce Smith on March 3 knowing the property was obtained through a theft offense. He also allegedly made a false statement to St. Clair Township Police Det. Brian McKenzie.