BY DEANNE JOHNSON
LISBON — Justin Givens, the man authorities have named as a suspect in the murder of Mary Ann McGuire, was indicted by the grand jury this week but at the time only charged with possession of weapons under disability, a third-degree felony and attempted escape, a Fourth degree crime.
The gun charge against Givens, 27, of State Route 644, Salineville, alleges that he possessed a firearm on March 18 while he was a drug addict, drug addict or chronic alcoholic. The charges related to the escape relate to his alleged actions on March 21. During a recent hearing, Assistant District Attorney Alec Beech said Givens was looking for a way to escape incarceration, where he is being held on $1 million bail. Beech said Givens did it “faking an injury” hoping to be taken to hospital during an escape attempt and had “asked for other inmates” to help him with his plans.
Givens was one of 56 defendants on the Common Pleas Court grand jury, which met for two days this week. The grand jury issued two replacement indictments with additional charges against Keith A. McCoy and Benjamin R. Phillips Jr. In addition, the grand jury offered 17 open indictments. The remaining 37 classified indictments will be released as they are served.
McCoy, 53, of Padgett Road, East Palestine, was initially charged with illegally transporting drug abuse onto the premises of a certain government facility, a third-degree felony for allegedly bringing drugs into the prison while serving as a correctional officer on Oct. 7 , 2021. McCoy is also now facing charges of possession of a fentanyl-related compound and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, each a fifth-degree felony, as well as one count of possession of drugs for the various substances he allegedly had with him on October 7, including methamphetamines.
Phillips, 47, West Fourth Street, Salem, was originally charged last June with two counts of trespassing, a fourth-degree felony; and disruption of a public service, a fourth-degree felony. The grand jury added charges of illegally transporting drugs of abuse on the premises of a particular government facility, a third-degree felony, and possessing a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony. Phillips is accused of breaking into two homes in the Minerva area before attempting to board a local Minerva school bus on April 22. The new charges allege he had fentanyl in his possession when he was taken to the county jail.
Open charges were issued for:
Stephanie E. Herstine, 26, England Drive, East Palestine, charged with possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony; and aggravated drug trafficking, a third-degree felony. The charges also included information about the confiscation of money in a drug case. On October 22, Herstine allegedly had more than the large amount of methamphetamines earmarked for resale, $80 in proceeds from drugs, and a Motorola phone that she was reportedly using for her businesses.
Jordan D. Myers, 27, West Vine Street, Alliance, is charged with two counts of tampering with evidence, each a third-degree felony; and both obstructing official business and illegally using drug paraphernalia, each an offence. During a traffic stop on March 8, Myers allegedly identified himself using another person’s name and information and later admitted to lying about who he was and possessing a broken glass pipe. The crime of evidence tampering stemmed from his alleged admission of placing the pipe behind a side panel in the vehicle and placing methamphetamine in his sock after the traffic stop was initiated, removing the methamphetamine from his sock in the squad car and leaving a container for it contained methamphetamine in the Columbiana Police Department holding cell.
Michael C. Riley, 42, of East Euclid Avenue, Salem, is charged with entering an apartment when a person is or likely to be present, a fourth-degree felony, and criminal damage, a misdemeanor. Riley is accused of damaging the door jamb and front door of Edward Little’s home on March 9, where he was reportedly found eating a bowl of cereal in the kitchen.
Justin L. Echols, 44, last known address Dakota Street, East Liverpool, is charged with failing to notify a change of address, a third-degree felony for allegedly failing to provide his address on March 8, 2022, when he had one in 2009 Conviction for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Crystal Michelle Evans, also known as Crystal Hame, 34, of Benton Road, Salem, is charged with failing to notify a change of address, a first-degree felony, after she allegedly failed to provide her address on January 27, when she died in 2008 convicted of statutory rape in Fannin County, Georgia.
William Tyrone Wade, 35, of Youngstown, is charged with evidence tampering, a third-degree felony; and misdemeanor charges of prostitution and possession of criminal tools. On November 26, Wade allegedly solicited sexual conduct with what turned out to be an agent for the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force for $100, then attempted to delete messages from his phone.
Keith Allen Rohland, 31, Warren, is charged with attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony; possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; and two counts of forced prostitution, a third-degree felony, for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with two girls, 15 and 16-year-old foster home runaways, in exchange for $80 before he was hit by members of the MVHTTF in East Palestine on February 19.
Dashmel Jesus Fernandez Rosa, 23, Boardman, charged with two counts of third-degree felonies of forced prostitution; as well as possession of criminal tools and attempted unlawful sexual activity with a minor, both a fifth-degree felony for allegedly attempting to hire girls he believed to be 15 and 16 years old for sexual activity for $160, which turns out turned out agents of the MVHTTF on February 21.
Robert Jay Gainer, 35, of Cuyahoga Falls, charged with forced prostitution, a third-degree felony; prostitution, an offence; attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony; and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. On March 8, Gainer allegedly attempted to get sex from a 15-year-old for $200 by making arrangements with what he believed was the mother and drove to Salem on March 9, where he from was met by an agent of MVHTTF.
John Clyde Moffatt Jr., 65, of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, is charged with forced prostitution, a third-degree felony; Possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, and prostitution, a misdemeanor for allegedly trying to hire a woman and a 16-year-old foster child for $100, the transaction at the 21 meeting point on June 26. In addition, the charges indicate that Moffatt attempted to solicit someone into prostitution between February 26 and 27.
Tina M. Benzing, 48, boardman, charged with evidence tampering, a third-degree felony; and misdemeanor charges of prostitution, possession of criminal tools, and drug paraphernalia. On December 17, Benzing reportedly responded to an ad for someone seeking sex with a woman and agreed to do so in exchange for $200 and narcotics. When she was arrested, she allegedly tried to hide crack cocaine by removing it from a hidden location and eating it.
Jeffrey Allen Nally, 30, Carter Street, East Liverpool, has been charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony; one charge of domestic violence and one charge of assault. Nally allegedly harmed Gerry Lynn Jones and Margaret Jean Haught, damaging a watch and other belongings of Haught on February 2.
Austin Michael Carter, 23, Ambrose Avenue, East Liverpool, charged with burglary, a second-degree felony; domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony; and a misdemeanor charge. On December 3, Carter allegedly pushed open the back door on Kearia Bailey’s Independence Square, causing Bailey to fall to the ground, then attacked her, breaking her phone and other belongings.
Alan R. Summers, West Egypt Road, Minerva, charged with disrupting public service, a fourth-degree felony; obstruction of official business, administrative offence; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. On Jan. 2, Summers allegedly attempted to hide a bag of methamphetamine in his fist and shut off natural gas to an apartment building.
Nicholas J. Edwards, 32, East Ninth Street, Salem, is charged with assault, a fourth-degree felony; and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. On March 11, while allegedly intoxicated, Edwards injured or attempted to harm patrolman Tanor English of the Salem Police Department. Edwards has been convicted of violence or threats against police officers in the past.
David Joseph Haught, 36, Florence Street, East Liverpool, is charged with possession of criminal tools, attempted petty theft and criminal trespassing, all misdemeanors. Haught is accused of using a cordless sawing machine on February 10 when he tried to steal a catalytic converter from Robert Mackall’s property.