Grand jury indicts four for vehicle thefts

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Indictments for those involved in the theft of vehicles and tools from two Carroll County locations were included in the 15 returned by a Carroll County grand jury Oct.13.

Prosecuting Attorney Steven D. Barnett said the grand jury heard testimony from 13 witnesses during the half day session.

Three men and one woman were indicted for the vehicle thefts including Timothy Daniel Sechrist, 37 of North Canton, Kamryn K. Frasier, 18, of Massillon, Justin Lee Rush, 32, of Canton and Bryant W. Martin, 33, of 311 S. Market St. Unit B, Minerva. 

Barnett said Sechrist, Frasier and Martin are charged with stealiing a 1987 Chevy Suburban from a Carrollton business Aug. 9.  Sechrist also attempted to steal another vehicle on the same date but was unsuccessful.  Martin, Frasier and Rush are accused of stealing three motor vehicles and a Harley Davidson motorcycle from a Malvern business in September.  Sheriff’s detectives also recovered a stolen trailer that was found in Martin’s possession.

Sechrist is charged with Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Attempted Grant Theft of a Motor Vehicle; Frasier on five counts of Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle; Rush, four counts of Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle; and Martin, five counts of Grand Theft of A Motor Vehicle and Receiving Stolen Property.

Other indictments include:

PATRICK S. MURPHY, 37 of Wellsville, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Murphy was stopped April 20, 2021, by Carrollton Police officers for a traffic violation.  During a probable cause search of his vehicle, suspected methamphetamine was found.

MICHAEL R. HRYCYK, 29, of Canton, Aggravated Possession of Drugs. On May 6, 2021, Hrycyk was stopped by Carrollton Police officers for a traffic violation.  Prior to searching the vehicle, officers did a pat-down search of Hrycyk, finding suspected methamphetamine in a container in his pocket.

GREG EDWARD VIRTUE, 41, of Hopedale, Aggravated Possession of Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia Offenses. Carrollton Police stopped a vehicle Sept. 18 for a traffic violation in which Virtue was a passenger.  During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered suspected methamphetamine in a bag belonging to Virtue.  Virtue also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from Columbiana County.

ROBERT H. KIRKPATRICK, 54, and CATHERINE JANE ALLEN, 50, both of Canton, Possession of Cocaine and Paraphernalia Offenses. Carroll County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop on Kirkpatrick’s vehicle Sept. 16.  A K-9 alerted to the vehicle and a search of the vehicle found suspected cocaine and several pipes used to smoke cocaine in areas of the vehicle where both Kirkpatrick and Allen had access.

RYAN M. McDONALD, 41, of Canton, Aggravated Possession of Drugs. While on patrol Sept. 24 in Brown Township, Sheriff’s deputies observed McDonald and an unknown female allegedly arguing near a business.  When deputies investigated further, they discovered McDonald had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from Stark County.  After McDonald was taken into custody, suspected methamphetamine was found in his pocket.

EDWARD A. BOLIN, 41, of 504 Water Street, Salineville, and SHAUN M. SHASTEEN, 42, of 14000 Lincoln Highway, Lot #82, Minerva, both indicted on Aggravated Possession of Drugs. Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle operated by Bolin for a traffic offense Sept. 15. A consent search of the vehicle found suspected methamphetamine stuffed in the front seat between both the driver and the passenger, Shasteen.

SCOTT BRIAN SCHWITZGEBEL, 29, of East Sparta, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, and Drug Paraphernalia Offenses. Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop upon a vehicle in which Schwitzgebel was riding Oct. 5.  Schwitzgebel was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant from Stark County.  After being taken into custody, deputies found suspected methamphetamine and some glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine in an area of the vehicle where Schwitzgebel was seated.

ANGELA LYN WILLOCHELL, 47, of 209 West Main Street, Carrollton, Trespass in a Habitation When a Person is Present or Likely to be Present Violating Protection Order. Willochell violated a protection order Sept. 18 that restrained her from having contact with her child and the child’s father by entering the child’s Malvern residence without consent.  Willochell has a prior conviction for violating a protection order.

CODY RICHARD GROVE, 31, of Youngstown, Failure to Comply With Order or Signal of Police Officer and Felonious Assault. On Oct. 9, Carrollton Police officers attempted to stop Grove’s vehicle for a traffic violation when Grove fled at a high rate of speed.  The pursuit proceeded from Carrollton to Dellroy, where sheriff’s deputies took over the pursuit. The pursuit then traveled into Dennison, in Tuscarawas County, where the chase ended in a field, after Grove drove head-on into the Carrollton police vehicle, striking it with the officer inside.  Grove was taken into custody after being tased and taken to the Tuscarawas County jail for other outstanding arrest warrants.

Arraignments are scheduled Oct. 28 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Michael V. Repella, II.

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