Man, 54, indicted in city cruiser crash

YOUNGSTOWN — Ramon T. Taylor, 54, of Chalmers Avenue, was indicted on a host of charges related to a May 2 episode in which a Youngstown police officer was hospitalized in a crash.

Taylor was indicted this week on felonious assault with a firearm specification, failure to comply with an order of a police officer with a firearm specification, having weapons while not allowed, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest with a firearm specification, obstructing official business with a firearm specification and failure to stop after an accident.

Youngstown police said Taylor, a passenger in his car and Youngstown police officer Megan Fiedler were taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital after Taylor is alleged to have driven into the officer’s cruiser during a police chase.

A police report states that a Youngstown officer was traveling on Hillman Street on the South Side at 6:15 p.m. when she observed a vehicle with “no running lights as it continuously rained” and possibly a problem with its brake lights. Also, the vehicle’s license plate appeared to be sideways.

The officer tried to make a traffic stop, but the driver fled, nearly causing an accident and ignoring a stop sign.

The vehicle then traveled north, ignoring several traffic signals until it traveled over the curb at Woodland and Oak Hill avenues. In the wet grass, the vehicle spun out, still trying to elude officers. The driver made it back onto the road and drove straight at Fiedler’s marked cruiser, causing heavy damage to the cruiser’s front end, the report states.

The vehicle came to a stop, and another officer pointed his weapon at the driver, but the driver was able to get the car moving again, traveling south on Oak Hill Avenue, reaching speeds of 80 mph.

But the driver lost control near Warren Avenue, and the vehicle became disabled because of damaged rims and tires. Taylor was taken into custody. Officers found a handgun in the car and a bullet magazine on Taylor’s seat.

Others indicted are:

• Airik C. Talbott, 34, Mahoning County jail, felonious assault with a notice of prior conviction and repeat violent offender specification, domestic violence and unlawful restraint;

• Josiah P. Laughlin, 24, Columbiana County jail, aggravated drug possession;

• Brian S. Amon, 52, South State Street, Middlefield, aggravated drug possession and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia;

• Larry A. McHellon, 36, Chalmers Avenue, two counts of receiving stolen property;

• Joseph V. Washington, 20, Atlanta, receiving stolen property;

• James S. Scurry, 53, Rhoda Avenue, cocaine possession;

• Kenneth L. Carter, 32, West Delason Avenue, cocaine possession with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case and tampering with evidence;

• Jessica A. Dean, 43, Salt Springs Road, Warren, aggravated drug trafficking, fentanyl-related compound trafficking, aggravated drug possession and fentanyl-related compound possession;

• Carlos M. Herring, 35, Shadyside Drive, Boardman, fentanyl-related compound trafficking, heroin trafficking, cocaine trafficking, fentanyl-related compound possession, heroin possession, cocaine possession, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia. All have specifications of forfeiture of money in a drug case;

• Elvin Ramirez-Cruz, 44, Hilton Avenue, fentanyl-related compound possession;

• Jaquan M. Weaver, 33, West Evergreen Avenue, obstructing official business with a firearm specification, tampering with evidence and carrying a concealed weapon;

• John A. Garver, 36, Mahoning County jail, two counts of aggravated arson and one count of burglary. The charges relate to an incident on Florence Drive in North Lima Jan. 5, 2021, according to Garver’s indictment;

• Jacob A. McCaman, 22, Mahoning County jail, having weapons while not allowed, falsification and discharge of firearm on or near prohibited premises;

• Quayshaun W. Tubbs, 30, Federal Corrections Institution, Cumberland, Md., attempted murder with a repeat violent offender specification, felonious assault with a repeat violent offender specification and notice of prior conviction specification and domestic violence. The charges relate to allegations that Tubbs tried to cause the death of a woman July 5, 2021;

• Trace R. Elling-Cockerell, 30, of Carter Circle, Boardman, cocaine possession, fentanyl-related compound possession and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.


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