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Grand jury issues secret indictments

September 29, 2009

LISBON - A Lisbon man whose passenger died when he rolled his pickup in a one-vehicle accident on state Route 558 in May has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

Alex Porter, 24, of 10834 Roller Coaster Road, was served Friday with a secret indictment for the third-degree felony charge. The Columbiana County grand jury issued the indictment last week.

According to the indictment, Porter was accused of recklessly causing the death of Gregory Burda on May 21 while operating a motor vehicle. The charge carries a possible penalty of one to five years in prison.

A published report about the accident said Porter was driving a 1987 Ford Ranger southwest on state Route 558 in Unity Township when the vehicle traveled off of the right side of the road, struck a newspaper box and two mailboxes and flipped over, coming to rest on its roof.

The report, which was based on a report by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said neither Porter nor his passenger, Burda, were wearing seatbelts. Burda, 28, of Concord Drive, East Palestine, was thrown from the vehicle and landed in the roadway. He died later after being transported by helicopter to St. Elizabeth Hospital. Porter became trapped under the pickup after being partially ejected and was also transported to the hospital with injuries.

Other secret indictments served included:

n Andrew N. Hart, 31, of 503 W. Pidgeon Road, Salem, felonious assault, a second-degree felony. Documents alleged Hart knowingly caused serious physical harm to Brian Fattler on June 20. According to Salem police reports, Fattler, a Salem resident, was found lying on the ground unconscious outside the Side Door in Salem.

n Johnny Paroda Jr., 18, of 332 E. Eighth St., East Liverpool, robbery, a second-degree felony. Documents alleged Paroda threatened to inflict or inflicted physical harm on Scott Whitaker on Sept. 10.

n Dameon Lovett, 29, whose last known address was 633 Riley Ave., East Liverpool, two counts of trafficking in drugs and one count of complicity to trafficking in drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, one count of trafficking in drugs and one count of possession of drugs, with a forfeiture specification, both fourth-degree felonies. Court documents alleged Lovett sold cocaine on Dec. 2, 2004 and March 23, 2005, sold crack cocaine exceeding one gram, but measuring less than five grams, on Jan. 6, 2005 and possessed crack cocaine on Dec. 22, 2005 and $1,670 suspected of representing proceeds from a felony drug offense. He was also accused of helping a woman sell drugs on Aug. 18, 2005.

n Nathaniel Pate, 27, formerly of Spillway Road, Lisbon, trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony. Documents said the charge was filed in 2003.



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