Boardman pharmacist indicted again — this time on 108 counts


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YOUNGSTOWN — The area pharmacist with reported involvement in a long-distance Internet prescription scheme again has been indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury.

Gary Evankovich, 54, of Devonshire Drive, Boardman, faces 108 counts of illegal processing of drug documents. The grand jury handed up indictments Thursday. He will be arraigned later in common pleas court.

Evankovich had been indicted in January on 24 counts of sale of dangerous drugs, but Judge Lou D’Apolitio of common pleas court dismissed those criminal charges on the grounds the law Evankovich originally was charged with violating does not apply to state-licensed pharmacists.

Martin P. Desmond, a county assistant prosecutor, said new charges were brought against Evankovich, resulting in the second indictment.

Desmond said he could not provide additional details on the new indictment.

According to the original indictment, Evankovich was accused of filling more than 15,000 prescriptions and more than 1 million doses of medication between October 2005 and June 2006.

The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy revoked Evankovich’s pharmacy license last month.

Also indicted were Jesse Hill, 22, of Alliance on one count of aggravated-vehicular homicide and Daniel Hiles, 55, of Newton Falls on charges of safecracking, vandalism and breaking and entering.

According to the indictment, Hill was under “the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or alcohol and a drug or abuse” at the time of a Nov. 2 crash in Smith Township that killed passenger Charles Shreve, 17, also of Alliance.

Hiles is charged with breaking into Jackson-Milton Elementary School on Oct. 26 and attempting to open “a vault, safe or strongbox,” the indictment says.

Others indicted are:

U Don Williams Jr., 27, Hunter Avenue, possession of cocaine.

U Joseph Daviduk, 32, First Street, assault and theft.

U Christopher Little, 22, Brookwood Road, Boardman, aggravated robbery with a firearm specification and trafficking in heroin with a forfeiture specification.

U Jessica Lyn Marker, 20, South Lipkey Road, North Jackson, theft and four counts of forgery.

U Alex Green, 24, Baker Street, felonious assault.

U Jose Vega, 19, Wydesteel Avenue, improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle.

U Mark Myers, 19, Oak Street, two counts of aggravated robbery with firearm specifications.

U Durrell McCall, 22, Ferndale Avenue, aggravated robbery with a firearm specification.

U Damon L. Williams, 21, East Earle Avenue, and Johnathan Tellington, 20, Crescent Street, Struthers, aggravated robbery with a firearm specification.

U James H. Elliott, 20, Cleveland Avenue, receiving stolen property.

U Marcus Lee, 25, Bouquet Avenue, carrying concealed weapons.

U William P. Milano, 40, Guilford Avenue, Canton, possession of cocaine.

U Duaine McDowell, 27, Wirt Street, domestic violence.

U Edmund J. Tapscott, 20, Clyde Street, robbery.

U Dawn R. Gwinn, 35, Enterprise Drive, Warren, possession of heroin and possession of drugs.

U Nicole Reese, 36, Allenwood Drive, Warren, theft of drugs and possession of drugs.

The grand jury declined to indict David W. Smith, Bainbridge Drive, Austintown, on a forgery charge and Larry A. McDonald II, Elberen Street, on an arson charge.

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