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Columbiana County grand jury returns 14 open indictments

January 30, 2010

LISBON - Defendants named in open indictments issued Friday included a man charged with multiple rape and sex offenses, a woman charged for allegedly stabbing her husband, a man caught out-of-state with a missing teen and two men who abducted and threatened a Washington Township resident in December.

A man who assaulted a police officer and threatened his wife's ex-employer in Lisbon was also listed among the 14 open indictments. The Columbiana County grand jury also issued 15 secret indictments after meeting for three days this week.

Michael Kosonovich, 31, of 1642 Holiday St., East Liverpool, was charged with four counts of rape, all first-degree felonies, two counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony and two counts of gross sexual imposition, one a third-degree felony and one fourth-degree felony.

If convicted and given consecutive maximum sentences on all counts, he could be facing more than 56 years in prison, with a maximum 10 years for each rape count. All but one of the eight charges involved a now 15-year-old girl who was 9 or 10 years old when the sexual conduct began. One of the rape charges from March 21, 2009 involved someone who was impaired because of a physical condition, but it didn't specify the victim's age.

The alleged assaults against the young girl began in 2004 and continued through December 2009, although there were different time sequences listed for some of the charges, such as February 2005 to December 2007 and January 2008 through December 2009, court documents said.

Diana Vulgamore, 49, of 153 N. Surry Road, East Liverpool, was charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum eight years in prison, after allegedly stabbing her husband, Frederick Vulgamore, with a steak knife at their home on New Year's Eve. Police found her sitting on the couch in their living room with the knife still in her hand after Frederick called for help.

Brian Wood Jr., 30, of 451 1/2 Main St., Wellsville, and Patrick Griffith, 30, of 40

Maple Hill Road, Salineville, were each charged with robbery, a second-degree felony, and abduction, a third-degree felony, for allegedly beating David Brown after entering his home on Malone Road, stealing medication from his pocket and then dragging him outside and forcing him into a vehicle on Dec. 17. Documents then said they drove away from the home, threatened to shoot him and terrorized him before releasing him.

Wood was also charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly breaking into the D.W. Dickey building on state Route 164, Lisbon on Oct. 17.

J.C. John Marcum, 37, of 128 Pendleton St., Lisbon, was charged with burglary, a first-degree felony, and assault, a fourth-degree felony, for an alleged incident at Allay Nursing Home on Pendleton Street on Dec. 9. Documents said he trespassed in the facility and attempted to harm Lisbon Police Ptl. Mike Abraham during his arrest. Previous reports alleged he broke the door and was making threats against the facility's owner over his wife losing her job.

Andrew Taormina, 22, of 3403 Court St., New Waterford, was charged with interference with custody, a fifth-degree felony, and sexual imposition, a misdemeanor, for allegedly having sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy who had been reported missing and then was found with him in South Carolina in December. The interference with custody charge alleged he took the boy without permission of the boy's parents on Nov. 18. The sex charge covered a time period from June to November 2009.

Other open indictments were:

Kenneth Jordan, 36, of 312 W. Pidgeon Road, Salem, receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. Documents alleged Jordan possessed a stolen license plate belonging to Alan Buzzard on Nov. 8.

Ricardo Gonzalez Jr., 19, of 393 Bye Road, East Palestine, grand theft, a third-degree felony, and receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony. Documents alleged he stole a rifle belonging to David Cooper on Dec. 3 and possessed another stolen rifle on Dec. 4.

Kaleb Simpson, 20, of 4748 state Route 7, New Waterford, five counts of receiving stolen property, all felonies. Documents alleged Simpson possessed two stolen shotguns on Dec. 4, along with a prepaid credit card belonging to Mary Scott. In November, he was found in possession of stolen credit cards or debit cards belonging to Charles Kornack Jr., Jacob Wright and Dorothy Pollock.

Aaron Dickey, 26, of 40 Maple Hill Road, Salineville, receiving stolen property, a felony, for allegedly possessing a stolen .45-caliber handgun on Aug. 10, documents alleged.

Michael Hicks, 34, of Irondale, failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony. Documents alleged Hicks fled on foot from state troopers after a motor vehicle crash in Madison Township on May 1.

Scott Haney, 22, whose last known address was 360 N. Shady Lane, East Liverpool, domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. Documents alleged Haney tried to harm a woman he knows on Nov. 1, with a previous conviction for domestic violence against him.

Randy Martin, 23, of 336 Broadway Ave., Wellsville, burglary, a fourth-degree felony. Documents alleged Martin trespassed in the residence of Belinda Smith in East Liverpool on Dec. 23.

Shannon Dietz, 37, of Canfield, receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. Documents alleged Dietz sold a stolen wedding ring set belonging to Brandy Brothers at Cashland on Aug. 11 for $226.

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