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Grand jury indicts 38 people

• Mar 14, 2019 at 10:59 AM

An Erie County grand jury indicted 38 people this week.

Among them are two area residents:

• Charles E. Houghtland, 23, of Grand Avenue, Norwalk, on aggravated robbery, felonious assault, and tampering with evidence. He is accused of trying to rob a Sandusky store clerk at knife point.

• Eugene F. Wilson Jr., 29, of Gallup Avenue, Norwalk, on failure to comply with an order or signal of a police office, and criminal damaging or endangering.

Also indicted was Kenneth E. Karnow Jr., 56, of Vermilion Township, who on Jan. 31 allegedly drove a vehicle into the gas meter of a Darrow Road home, causing an explosion that leveled the house. Karnow fled, deputies said, but later was found hiding inside an area home that he illegally entered.

Karnow was indicted on charges of burglary, assault, possessing criminal tools, failure to stop after an accident involving the property of others, obstructing official business, and operating a motor vehicle or agricultural tractor without being in control of it.

Here are the names and charges of other people indicted by an Erie County grand jury:

• Chase L. Owens, two counts of assault, obstructing official business, and criminal damaging or endangering

• Brandon Arven, four counts of gross sexual imposition

• Kevin M. Welter, having weapons while under disability with specification for forfeiture of a weapon, and carrying a concealed weapon with specification for forfeiture of a weapon

• Ronald William L. Blankenship, assault

• Patrick J. Fox, possession of cocaine

• Shane E. Rhodes, menacing by stalking, and violating a protection order

• Thomas C. Clark, two counts of nonsupport of dependents

• Michael S. Taylor, two counts of nonsupport of dependents

• Taryll A. Tye, domestic violence

• Laura D. Gravenhorst, two counts of possession of heroin, trafficking in heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs, and possession of cocaine

• Robert P. Ewing, Jr., two counts of possession of heroin with specifications for forfeiture of money in a drug case and forfeiture of an automobile in a drug case, trafficking in heroin with specifications for forfeiture of money in a drug case and forfeiture of an automobile in a drug case, aggravated possession of drugs with specifications for forfeiture of money in a drug case and forfeiture of an automobile in a drug case, aggravated trafficking in drugs with specifications for forfeiture of an automobile in a drug case and forfeiture of money in a drug base, and possession criminal tools with specification for forfeiture of money in a drug case

• Kristin M. Gleis, breaking and entering and safecracking

• Stanford D. Morris, two counts of felonious assault with three year firearm specification, and carrying a concealed weapon with specification for forfeiture of a weapon

• Brison J. Holliday, domestic violence

• James L. Brown, Sr., domestic violence

• Darius K. Gorman, aggravated robbery, and felonious assault

• Leroy Butler, aggravated robbery, and felonious assault

• Martai Gamblin, aggravated robbery, and felonious assault

• James R. Codner, having weapons while under disability with specification for forfeiture of a weapon

• Matthew J. Denney, domestic violence

• Jecory D. Wedlow, receiving stolen property with specification for forfeiture of a weapon, trafficking in marijuana with specifications for forfeiture of a gun in a drug case and forfeiture of money in a drug case, and possession of marijuana with specifications for forfeiture of a gun in a drug case and forfeiture of money in a drug case

• Vivian L. Ward, complicity in the commission of an offense with specification for forfeiture of a weapon, trafficking in marihuana with specification for forfeiture of a gun in a drug case, and possession of marihuana with specification for forfeiture of a gun in a drug case

• Ricky A. Boice, attempted burglary

• Floyd M. Johnson, domestic violence

• Michael Velasquez, Jr., violating a protection order

• Shad D. Mills, abduction, disrupting public services, assault, and aggravated burglary with repeat violent offender specification

An additional nine people were secretly indicted, meaning their names and charges won’t be made public until arrests are made or court papers served.

An indictment is a formal charge and does not denote guilt or innocence. 

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