Man agrees to cooperate in case

WARREN – A man who has been in jail since September agreed Tuesday to serve four years behind bars and cooperate against an acquaintance accused of firing off shots near a bar Aug. 4, including one that struck a woman sleeping in her nearby home.

Dwayne Bruce III, 24, who has lived in Baltimore but has an address on Southern Boulevard N.W., pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, discharging a firearm at or into a habitation and having weapons under disability.

Judge Peter Kontos sealed the plea until prosecutors make their case against Antonio Price, 26, of Arthur Drive N.W., who faces indictments on charges of felonious assault and discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, both with firearm specifications, in connection with the shooting outside the Olympic Inn on Parkman Road N.W.

The shooting seriously injured Pamela Dial, 1175 Parkman N.W., who was struck in the head by a stray bullet about 4 a.m. Dial’s home is next to the bar.

Dial has endured numerous surgeries and physical therapy sessions since the bullet penetrated the wall, went through her pillow and into her head.

Police said unspecified evidence was recovered from the scene that morning. Assistant county prosecutor Chris Becker said other evidence recovered at the scene of a similar but unrelated shooting linked Price to the shooting outside the Olympic Inn.

Price also faces charges of aggravated robbery and another charge of discharging a firearm into a house, both with firearm specifications, for incidents on Aug. 17 – the same day Bruce was arrested.

Warren police arrested Price and Bruce together on Willow Street S.W. in connection with the robbery of Jermaine Provitt, 20, of Jackson Street S.W., who told police he was robbed by unknown men who pulled guns on him and then went through his pockets.

About the same time, police said, the home of Alfreda Provitt, 2421 Cranwood S.W., was shot up.

Price also was charged with felonious assault in 2009 after he was accused of shooting another man after an altercation at the Powerhouse Bar on Mahoning Avenue N.W.

Last month, the Olympic Inn’s D-5 liquor permit was not renewed.