Grand jury indicts man in meth case

Drugs explode in hotel room

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury has indicted a man whose Boardman hotel room required decontamination after an explosion there was caused by a guest cooking methamphetamine.

Justin Bowman, 39, is at the Mahoning County jail without bond. He’s indicted on charges of illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or manufacture of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, two counts of aggravated arson, tampering with evidence, inducing panic and aggravated possession of drugs.

Officers were dispatched to the Days Inn and Suites on South Avenue in May after the Boardman Fire Department advised there was possible drug activity after they responded to a fire alarm, according to a police report.

As law enforcement arrived, a couple said that someone was “cooking meth inside the hotel.”

Nearby, a member of the fire department pointed to a man, later identified as Bowman, walking toward investigators, who then said he was cooking food on a hot plate, taking it outside when it caught fire.

When asked where the food and hot plate were, the man said he didn’t know.

Bowman was noticeably shaking when asked for his identification, and responded he was “freaking out” when asked why he was nervous.

During their investigation, officers were told by an employee that an employee said Bowman took a bag to his car after the alarm sounded.

It was then police were told the hotel owner and an employee went to the room where Bowman was staying, where they attempted to open the door with a master key. They were unable to make entry, as the door was secured from the inside.

Surveillance footage shows Bowman entering the room, with smoke appearing and the fire alarm sounding after an hour. Bowman was shown running east and north on adjacent property. The black plastic garbage bag was found by officers, discarded in foliage, the report states.

Officers discovered methamphetamine in the bag.

Brandon Brown, meanwhile, was indicted on trafficking in marijuana, having weapons while prohibited, and possession of marijuana.

He is an owner of the All City Sports Bar, which the city of Youngstown wants closed permanently.

The bar at 1692-1698 Mahoning Ave. on the West Side was boarded up last August after Youngstown Law Director Jeff Limbian filed a nuisance complaint.

The indictment alleges some $53,000 police found inside the bar came from drug sales and is subject to seizure.

Others indicted are:

• Charles Antwon Lightning, 28, East Wither Street, Columbus, obstructing justice;

• James Michael Salvatore, 50, Como Street, Struthers, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination;

• Dejon Dawan Rogers, 22, Cameron Avenue, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle;

• Herbert R. Cross, 48, South Raccoon Road, Austintown, disrupting public services, obstruction of official business, disorderly conduct, menacing, criminal trespass;

• Kimberly Ann Kalasky, 40, Cherry Hill Avenue, aggravated robbery with a notice of prior conviction and a repeat violent offender specification, robbery, kidnapping, abduction;

• Jason L. Womack, 36, Mahoning County jail, grand theft of a motor vehicle, petty theft;

• Shawndez Pierre Thompson, vandalism, criminal trespass, petty theft;

• Michael Rivers, 54, Mary Street, possession of cocaine with a specification of forfeiture of money, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia;

• Tyrone Ladell Gordon, Jr., 26, Eleanor Avenue, having weapons while under disability;

• Mark Twaun Colpetro, 39, Mahoning County jail, having weapons while under disability;

• Stanley Hampton, 34, North Richview Avenue, having weapons while under disability, improperly handling firearms;

• Adam Avante Perkins, 27, Logan Arms Drive, Girard, having weapons while under disability, improperly handing firearms in a motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon;

• Sterling Anthony Henry, 22, Rush Boulevard, aggravated possession of drugs, possesion of fentanyl-related compound with a specification for forfeiture of money, possession of cocaine with a specification for forfeiture;

• Leslie Donnell Burke, III, 21, Bonnie Brae Avenue, failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer with a firearm specification, improperly handing firearms in a motor vehicle, obstructing official business;

• Jeffery D. Rox, address unavailable, escape.


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