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Man pleads not guilty in shooting

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Staff report


A 23-year-old Youngstown man accused of shooting another man appeared Tuesday in Mahoning County Court in Boardman.

Covey K. Salinas of Madison Avenue pleaded not guilty to felonious assault. He has a preliminary hearing Tuesday, which is when the case will be settled or bound over to a grand jury. Salinas is being held on $25,000 bond.

Boardman police arrested Salinas around 10:15 a.m. Saturday after issuing a warrant for his arrest. Salinas was found in Ravenna and told officers he attended a university in Kent, according to reports.

Salinas is accused of shooting Jerome G. Miller, 21, of Youngstown, in the face and abdomen Oct 10. Miller was found semi- conscious at an apartment on Glenwood Avenue and taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he eventually recovered, police said.

In the initial report, a 23-year-old female tenant of that apartment told police that she walked home, entered her apartment and saw two large men in the living room, one of whom had a gun. The woman ran into her bedroom and crawled out the window, hearing a shot after she ran past the two men, according to reports.

Salinas has had prior run-ins with the law at Youngstown State University. He was arrested in June on charges of improperly handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and in April on charges of theft and aggravated menacing.

YSU police reports state that Salinas threatened a man with a box cutter at Beeghly Center and took the man’s book bag April 23. Officers arrested Salinas a short time later on Ohio Avenue.