2 Amish teens hurt in shooting

JEFFERSON – The two Amish teenagers wounded in a shooting Saturday night in Windsor Township are expected to survive, according to the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office.

The father and son accused of shooting the teens – Kenneth C. Jameson, 61, and Michael C. Jameson, 30, respectively – were arraigned late Monday in Western County Court on four counts each of felonious assault. Bond was set at $250,000 for each of them.

Sheriff William R. Johnson confirmed Tuesday that Daniel Burkholder, 18, of Geauga County, and a 17-year-old female from Ashtabula County were still at the Cleveland MetroHealth ICU Unit after being admitted following the shootings.

According to reports, Burkholder and the girl were among 10 passengers, plus the driver, in an Amish transport van that had gone to the Jameson residence at 6044 Huntley Road to retrieve a radio from a barn. Johnson said the Amish teens were using a storage facility at the residence to store musical equipment, with the owner’s consent.

The Jamesons had noticed the vehicle, which they believed was trespassing on their property, and fired multiple rounds from a handgun and shotgun at the van, striking it and seriously wounding the two teens, sheriff’s reports state.

Deputies were called to the property shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of a shooting.

The victims were transported to the University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center before being transported by helicopter to MetroHealth. The driver and other occupants were not hurt, according to reports.

Johnson, in a written statement, cautioned homeowners that laws pertaining to the use of deadly force are specific.

His statement reads: “In Ohio, deadly force can be used only to prevent serious bodily harm or death. Deadly force can never be used to protect property only. If law enforcement and prosecutors determine that a person’s use of deadly force is not justified, criminal charges may be pursued and the outcome could be life altering.”