Houser indicted on gun charge

Staff report


A man who once was charged with murder — in a case that later was dismissed — was indicted on firearm charges Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury.

Jamar Houser, 23, of Volney Road, was indicted on charges of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Houser was arrested July 9 in a driveway in the 3000 block of Hudson Avenue after police were called to the South Side to investigate a report that Houser was firing shots at someone from a car. A handgun was found in the driver’s seat of the car Houser was driving, reports said.

Police were called to the area of Market Street and West Midlothian Boulevard for the shooting report. The car Houser was reported to be driving was not there when officers arrived, but later, someone else spotted it at Hudson and Almyra avenues, reports said. Officers went there and found the car in a driveway on Hudson Avenue.

Reports said a woman was in the car with Houser, and she told police they were just “riding along.” The gun was found on the front driver’s seat, and Houser admitted the gun was his because he needed it for protection, reports said.

Houser had been charged in the Jan. 23, 2010, murder of Angeline Fimognari, 80, of Sheridan Road, in the parking lot of St. Dominic Church on the South Side and could have faced the death penalty if convicted. In May 2012, however, those charges were dropped after a palm print found at the crime scene was matched to another person, who had been shot and killed after Fimognari’s death.

Since then, Houser has been arrested three times, including Wednesday’s incident.

In July 2013, police arrested him on charges of intimidating someone who was to testify against him in the Fimognari case, but those charges also were dismissed.

In April of this year, he was arrested along with his father, John, after the two were accused of getting into an argument that turned physical while they were driving in a car on Oak Hill Avenue. He pleaded guilty to reduced charges in that case.

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