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Boardman window, door company proprietor indicted on 27 charges

YOUNGSTOWN — John P. Bartos, 40, of Valley View Drive in Boardman, and his company, Gridiron Windows & Doors LLC, also of Valley View Drive in Boardman, have been indicted on 27 charges of theft, theft from a person in a protected class, passing bad checks and grand theft.

Bartos and the company are accused of accepting payments from customers for work and materials not provided, in one case, $8,000 worth.

Indictments against Bartos and the company were handed up Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury following numerous theft and passing-bad-check-related charges being filed in the courts in Boardman, Austintown, Canfield, Sebring and Youngstown in recent months.

According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, Bartos created Gridiron Windows & Doors LLC in May 2017 with the Valley View address. It remains an active limited liability corporation. Bartos is named John P. Bartos III in the listing.

Bartos and the company are indicted on 18 counts of theft, fifth-degree felonies punishable by up to one year in prison each. He and the company also are indicted on six counts of theft from a person in a protected class, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison. Bartos and the company are indicted on two counts of passing bad checks, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony.

Some of the alleged thefts occurred as recently as December 2022 through January 2023, and some charges date back as far as December 2021, according to the indictments. Bartos likely is to be arraigned in the next couple of weeks.

He also has several charges pending in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, according to court records. And he was charged in Lawrence County, Pa., with similar charges, the New Castle News reported in February.

The company currently has an “F” rating through the Better Business Bureau of Youngstown with 25 customer complaints filed. Fourteen of those complaints were closed within the last 12 months.

One complaint said a customer signed a contract with Bartos and his company for replacement of 16 windows and put half of the money down in August 2022. The customer called Bartos in November and Bartos said he was behind schedule and the work would be done in December, but the customer called numerous times, and they got no return phone calls, the complaint states.

Another customer said he hired Gridiron Windows & Doors to install a new rear storm door and dog door, but when the windows arrived, they were the wrong size. The customer said after 1 1/2 years of trying to get the issue resolved, the customer gave up.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

In an unrelated case, Dre’Juan M. Cochrane, 22, West Ravenwood Avenue, was indicted on charges of felonious assault and discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, both with a firearm specification, and criminal damaging or endangering.

Cochrane is accused of firing a gun at a car on Ravenwood Avenue, hitting it, on May 5. The driver of the car, a woman, 71, drove to her daughter’s house and called 911. A bullet had caused gasoline to leak from the vehicle.

Cochrane’s story and the story of the woman differ greatly.

The woman told police she was driving to her daughter’s house at 7:45 a.m. and went down Ravenwood because of construction on Glenwood Avenue at Midlothian Boulevard. She said she saw two adults and two children walking in the middle of the street.

She said she honked the horn to let them know she was coming and then drove on the wrong side of the road to avoid them. A man smacked her passenger mirror with his hand, causing the mirror to fold back, police were told.

The woman said she heard popping noises and did not know if it was gunfire or someone throwing rocks at the car. She proceeded to her daughter’s house and called 911. Officers saw the bullet hole in the car and saw fuel leaking from it.

Officers were alerted to the gunfire by the city’s ShotSpotter system on the South Side.

About the same time, Cochrane called 911 to report the episode, saying he was not armed.

When officers arrived at his home, Cochrane had his arms in the air and was cooperative. He was not carrying a firearm.

He told police that he was walking his brother to the bus stop because of gunfire in the area.

At Ravenwood near Hudson Avenue, Cochrane said a car “came out of nowhere and struck him,” then the vehicle continued onward. He fired at the car, he said, to scare the person inside. He said the person in the car got out, so he fired his gun again. The person got in the car and drove away.

Police seized Cochrane’s firearm.

Michael C. Walker, 33, of Plazaview Court, also was indicted on charges of attempted murder, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises and felonious assault, all with a firearm specification, having weapons while not allowed and criminal damaging or endangering.

The charges are related to an incident in mid-June of 2022 in which gunshots were fired by two men in John White Park on Kimmell Street on the East Side. One man, 27, was hit by the gunfire but survived.

Surveillance video released by Youngstown police showed two men shooting guns and about a dozen adults and children running away.

Youngstown police charged Walker with felonious assault in the incident in June of 2022. He was arraigned on that charge at the beginning of last month, and the case was bound over to a grand jury May 8.

Walker was released from the Mahoning County jail May 8 after posting $20,000 bond.

Also indicted are:

• Elias L. Bray, 42, Mahoning County jail, two counts of breaking and entering, one count of theft, one count of vandalism and one count of possessing criminal tools;

• Sean D. St. Thomas, 43, Detroit Avenue, fentanyl- related compound possession with two firearm specifications, using weapons while intoxicated and discharging firearms on or near prohibited premises;

• Kassondra M. White, 42, Allegheny County, Pa., jail, having weapons while not allowed, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and cocaine possession with a firearm specification;

• Traylen J. Smith, 28, Elliott Lane, two counts of felony theft, two counts of misuse of credit cards and single counts of theft from a person in a protected class, vandalism, criminal damaging or endangering and misdemeanor theft;

• Trevann M. Allen, 26, Ashland County (Ohio) jail, two counts of felony theft, two counts of misuse of credit cards and single counts of theft from a person in a protected class, vandalism, criminal damaging or endangering and misdemeanor theft;

• Butler Johnson, 51, North Brockway Avenue, theft, theft from a person in a protected class and misuse of credit cards;

• Willam J. Martin, 41, Lora Avenue, theft and obstructing official business;

• Robyn E. Johnson, 26, Matthews Road, Boardman, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises with two gun specifications; two counts of felonious assault, each with two gun specifications; violating a protection order with two gun specifications and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle;

• James F. Sellers, 54, Mahoning County jail, having weapons while not allowed, carrying a concealed weapon and inducing panic.

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