House arrest ordered
GIRARD – A second person accused of holding eight people hostage over a vehicle dispute at a Liberty home Sunday afternoon was arraigned Tuesday morning and placed on house arrest after posting $100,000 bond.
Kenneth E. Macek, 68, of 773 Parkside Drive, Youngstown, is due back in Girard Municipal Court at 10 a.m. June 11 for a pretrial and preliminary hearing.
He is facing numerous felony counts, including eight counts of complicity to aggravated burglary, nine counts complicity to kidnapping, six counts complicity to robbery and several counts of complicity to tampering with evidence. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge of inducing panic.
Court officials confirmed that Macek posted the bond set by the court, was released from the Trumbull County Jail and placed on house arrest shortly after his arraignment.
A woman accused of being involved in the hostage situation, Sandra M. Pavelko-Smith, 47, 1670 Everett Ave., Youngstown, was also placed on house arrest after posting her $100,000 bond. She was arraigned on Monday and is due back in municipal court today for a pretrial and preliminary hearing.
She is charged with 18 felony counts and six misdemeanor charges including felonious assault, kidnapping and drug possession.
Liberty police Chief Richard Tisone said Monday that an arrest warrant was being issued for Ralph W. Smith Jr., 35, of 234 Seneca St. Youngstown.
Police were called about 12:30 p.m. Sunday to 3198 Hadley Ave. on reports that eight people, including a 4-year-old, were being held hostage.
The hostages were released around 3:30 p.m., and two of their captors, identified as Pavelko-Smith and Macek, came out of the residence without incident, police said. They were taken into custody, transported to the Liberty Police Department then later taken to the county jail.
A third person – identified as Ralph W. Smith – escaped.
Police said the initial investigation revealed that the incident resulted from a dispute over a car the three intruders claimed had been stolen from them.