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Five people indicted in kidnapping, assault case

YOUNGSTOWN — Five people were indicted Thursday on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder, felonious assault and possessing criminal tools.

They’re named in a Jan. 23 incident in which a man, 29, was found being held captive in a sport utility vehicle in the 600 block of New Court on the South Side.

Those indicted are Danaisa U. Traylor, 23, of Oak Street, Lowellville; Charles L. Pete Jr., 27, of Plazaview Court; Demario A. Hoyt, 25, of Pasadena Avenue; Victoria M. Lewis, 28, of Ferndale Avenue; and Dione E. Carter, 43, of New Court.

Police originally were called to New Court for a fight. The location is just south of Oak Hill Cemetery. The victim was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for treatment of “injuries to his whole body,” according to a police report.

If convicted, each defendant could get more than 20 years in prison.

Hoyt and Pete are additionally indicted on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Others indicted Thursday in Mahoning County Common Please Court are:

• Jamie L. Gillespie, 37, of Rush Boulevard, superceding indictment alleging tampering with evidence, cocaine possession, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence and single counts of aggravated vehicular assault and vehicular assault.

Gillespie is accused of causing a five-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 224 in late November. According to a police report, at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 25, a 2013 Chrysler Sebring driven by Gillespie was headed west on Route 224 when the driver “failed to provide assured distance” and struck a Chevrolet pickup truck.

While trying to avoid striking more vehicles, the Sebring struck a Honda Civic. The impact caused the pickup to strike a Honda Odyssey, then a Lexus RX.

One person was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, according to Boardman police. The crashes happened between Locust Avenue and Glendale Avenue.

Gillespie was arrested on charges of OVI and felony drug possession after it was determined she was under the influence and drugs were found on her person and in the vehicle, said police Chief Todd Werth.

While she was being booked at the Boardman station, Gillespie displayed signs of having medical issues and was taken to a hospital, Werth said.

• David Johnson, 23, South Avenue, Boardman, cocaine possession;

• Joseph M. Hartline, 37, Columbia Street, Alliance, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle;

• Marcel D. Boatright, 46, Mahoning County jail, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle;

• Eric D. Jones, 46, East Judson Avenue, tampering with evidence;

• Michael A. Faiola Jr., 26, Lynn Avenue, Poland, selling, purchasing, distributing or delivering dangerous drugs, drug possession, possession of drug abuse instruments, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia and petty theft;

• Sherrie A. Simpson, 42, Vermont Avene, Sebring, two counts of domestic violence;

• Austin C. Rowe, 27, Mahoning County jail, attempted burglary and possessing criminal tools;

• Travis L. Donaldson, 50, Shehy Street, operating a motor vehicle impaired;

• Bryson A. Pegram, 22, Columbus, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle;

• Jovaughn Lathern, 42, Washington, D.C., failure to comply with the orders of a police officer, obstructing official business and operating a motor vehicle under the influence;

• Terral J. Miles, 24, Mahoning County jail, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of aggravated menacing;

• Deandre C. Johnson, 26, Como Street, Struthers, being a felon in possession of a firearm, improperly handling firerams in a motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, fentanyl-related compound possession, cocaine possession and aggravated drug possession, all with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case, obstructing official business with a gun specification and tampering with evidence;

• Ryan C. Kemp, 34, Harlem Street, illegal cultivation of marijuna;

• Jane Doe, cocaine possession, marijuana possession and drug possession;

• John Doe, four counts of cocaine trafficking, cocaine possession, drug possession, and aggravated drug possession, all with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case, being a felon in possession of a firearm with two specifications of forfeiture of a weapon.

erunyan@tribtoday.com

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