Columbiana County Grand Jury for 6-29

A superseding indictment was issued for Elijah J. Taylor, 34, Youngstown, charged with possession of drugs and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer. Taylor is alleged to have first fled police attempting to stop his vehicle at about 3 a.m. on Aug. 18, 2013 and then to have a crack pipe and a small amount of cocaine inside the vehicle after it was seized.

Joseph O. Altenburg, 27, Youngstown, is charged with criminal damaging, a second degree misdemeanor, for allegedly damaging a police cruiser owned by the sheriff’s office on May 26.

A secret indictment was served on Heather R. Boots, 35, last known address Pinetree Circle, East Palestine, charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, for less than a gram heroin allegedly in her possession on Oct. 23, 2012. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in March.

Lauren M. McKinnon, 25, Erie Street, East Liverpool, was served an indictment from 2010 on failure to appear on a recognizance bond.

Sharon M. Mitchell, 38, Woodworth Road, New Springfield, was served an indictment in Alaska for failure to appear on a criminal case on March 24, after she was out on bond awaiting sentencing.

The indictment for the new failure to appear charge was issued by the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury in May.

Facing up to 34 years in prison for 28 counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drugs Mitchell has been released on a $10,000 recognizance bond in March of 2013 and appeared at all of her hearings throughout the legal process right up until her sentencing hearing. In March of 2014, after hearing from her attorney Jennifer Gorby that Mitchell may be in Alaska but planned to possibly return in July, Judge C. Ashley Pike issued a bench warrant.

Sheriff Ray Stone said Friday it cost his department $6,000 to go to Alaska to retrieve Mitchell.

A status conference has been set for July 14.