Jefferson County grand jury indicts 15 | News, Sports, Jobs – The Steubenville Herald-Star

Mar 3, 2022
STEUBENVILLE — A Bergholz man accused of severely injuring a baby, a teacher who allegedly had sex with a student and a prisoner who brutally assaulted a fellow jail inmate were among the 15 people indicted Wednesday by the Jefferson County grand jury.
Matthew Lee Brady, 1009 A Church St., Bergholz, was indicted on two felony counts of endangering a child, both with additional findings.
Brady, 42, allegedly shook a baby violently in January but did not seek medical treatment for that child for two days, instead taking him to a babysitter. Authorities allege it wasn’t until the sitter sounded the alarm two days after the incident that he took the boy to the hospital, where doctors determined his brain was badly swollen and he was diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome.
The child, now in the custody of his maternal grandmother, will have long-term damage, they’ve said. His mother remains under investigation.
The grand jury returned a true bill charging Devin “Devon” Brandon, 25, 78 Township Road 245, Toronto, with felonious assault.
Brandon, currently an inmate at the Jefferson County Jail, allegedly broke a fellow inmate’s orbital eye socket in multiple places Feb. 8 in a jailhouse fight. The inmate has already undergone one surgery and will need additional surgeries to rebuild the socket, authorities said.
Brandon was originally indicted in November 2020 on a voluntary manslaughter charge stemming from the beating death of George Henry Wilson at a Steubenville car wash. Wilson, who worked at the car wash, had asked Brandon and a female to move their cars if they weren’t going to make a purchase when Brandon allegedly attacked him.
Hailee Nicole Hoover, 24, 25 Wells Township Road 162, Mingo Junction, was charged by the grand jury with nine felony counts of sexual battery over a 60-day period beginning Dec. 1.
Hoover, 24, allegedly had sex with a 17-year-old student on nine occasions between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31.
Andre Rashaun Sims, 3241 West St., Weirton, was indicted for aggravated burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor assault that allegedly occurred Jan. 17 in the 100 block of Elm Street, Steubenville.
Sims, 26, allegedly showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s rental, demanding his belongings and when she told him she’d put them on the porch for him to retrieve, started kicking her front door, then walked around the side of the house and pushed the air conditioning unit through the window so he could climb in. Once in her apartment she told police he began “physically fighting” her so she ran into the bathroom and closed the door but he forced it open, knocking her into the tub and onto the floor, then grabbed her and shook her, telling her, “You made me do this.”
Authorities said the female had called a family member who remained on the phone with her while Sims allegedly choked her, adding he previously had a similar incident in West Virginia.
Others indicted include:
• Joseph Terrance Mitchell, 27, 492 S. Fifth St., Steubenville, escape, a felony, and misdemeanor falsification.
Mitchell, 27, jumped the fence at Eastern Ohio Correctional Center Jan. 27 and was on the loose for about an hour before he was located in the backseat of a Chevy Tahoe in downtown Steubenville.
• Lvonne L. Harris, 25 Christopher Ave., Apt. A, Wintersville, weapons under disability, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of using weapons while intoxicated.
Callers had reported seeing Harris, 53, coming out of her apartment and firing a handgun Dec. 14. Deputies had said the woman smelled of alcohol and told them she’d been drinking. Deputies had said Harris denied having a gun because she’s a felon, but a firearm was located in her apartment and shell casings were located in and outside it. A spent round was located in the chamber and a live round was left in the magazine, they reported.
• Brandon Robert Guyer, 33, 103 McLaughlin St., Adena, two felony counts of domestic violence with a specification, obstructing official business, also a felony, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.
Guyer, who has a history of domestic violence, allegedly attacked his live-in girlfriend, then assaulted their teenaged son who stepped in to protect her before fleeing through a window to a family member’s home.
• Anthony Michael Decapito, 37, 373 East St., Mt. Pleasant, and Leslie Jo Hancher-Lamer, 32, 3490 County Road 1, Rayland, theft, complicity to theft, burglary and complicity to burglary.
Decapito and Hancher-Lamer, indicted separately, allegedly were caught on surveillance cameras removing military swords from a farmhouse in Mt. Pleasant township on Sept. 4.
• Michael Coury Pyles, 145 West 45th St., Shadyside, possession of drugs and illegal conveyance. Pyles, 34, allegedly brought drugs into the jail May 17.
• Kenneth Lee Dorsey, 3279 State Route 43, Richmond, possession of drugs with a forfeiture specification, two counts improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, and two counts unlawful transaction in weapons Sept. 23-Jan. 20.
Authorities allege Dorsey, 52, was spotlighting deer to cut their heads off and had methamphetamine in his possession at the time of his arrest. They said he was forbidden to hunt because of prior investigations and was prohibited by the federal government from having a firearm, so he allegedly had someone else buy a weapon for him.
• Ta’shey T. Fuller, 26, 1415 Euclid Ave., Steubenville, possession of drugs with a forfeiture specification and tampering with evidence.
Fuller allegedly called a friend from a jailhouse phone, which is routinely monitored, on Sept. 21 and instructed her to “get the stuff out of my hoodie.”
• Bradley L. Birkhimer, 37, 9637 County Road 53, Bergholz, theft. The charge was amended back to misdemeanor because the value of the merchandise is less than $1,000, authorities said.
• Melissa A. Bell, 51, 2339 Chestnut St., Steubenville, one F5 count trafficking drugs, one F5 count possession of drugs and one F3 count possession of drugs, July 7-Nov. 11 in Steubenville.
• Grand jurors also returned an amended indictment against Quintona Lynnshell Freeman, 24, 255 S. Fifth St., Steubenville, charging her with F2 trafficking drugs with a forfeiture specification; two F3 counts of trafficking drugs; and one F4 count of possession of drugs Sept. 5 in Steubenville. Freeman originally was indicted in October. The amended drug charges update the drugs she allegedly had in her possession when she was taken into custody.
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