Bond set in downtown slaying
YOUNGSTOWN -- At arraignment Tuesday, Municipal Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. set bond at $2 million for Jonah Ortiz, who is accused of murdering a man whose body was found downtown.
Ortiz, 25, of Shirley Road, will be back in court March 9 for a preliminary hearing.
He is accused in the Aug. 8, 2005, shooting death of Michael S. Olenik Jr., 28, of Thalia Avenue. Olenik was shot around 10:45 p.m. in his car at the intersection of East Federal and East Boardman streets downtown.
Atty. Bassil Ally, an assistant city prosecutor, told the judge that Ortiz has an extensive criminal background. Detective Sgt. Ron Rodway said after court that Ortiz sold the gun used in the crime and it turned up during a traffic stop in Boardman.
Rodway said Olenik's house had been broken into and he suspected Ortiz. Olenik's parents, who attended the arraignment, said there had been bad blood between their son and Ortiz.