Man facing death penalty in shooting
YOUNGSTOWN - A city man accused in the shooting of a woman earlier this week is facing the death penalty.
Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News reported that Willie G. Wilks Jr., 41, of Elm Street, was indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury on charges of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications in the fatal shooting Orora Wilkins, 20, Tuesday on the city's North Side. Wilkins was sitting on a front porch and holding a five-month-old baby at the time.
Wilks was also charged a lesser murder charge and two counts of attempted murder in the shooting of Alexander Morales, 24, and shooting near the baby. He is also facing two counts of felonious assault, improperly discharging a firearm into a home and having weapons despite being prohibited to do so by law.
The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force apprehended Wilks on Wednesday following a short car and foot chase outside the Rockford Village Apartments on Youngstown's East Side. Police found a semiautomatic handgun and $1,680 after the chase.
Police said Wilks shot Wilkins and Morales about 5 p.m. Tuesday while the two were sitting on the front porch at 725 Park Ave. Police said he was seeking Wilkins' brother.
Morales was shot trying to get back into the house, police said. The 5-month-old belongs to Wilkins' best friend, Renea Jenkins.
Three people shot at while inside vehicle
WARREN - A city man told police three men shot at a truck that he and two other people, including a 3-year-old boy, were in Wednesday night.
The vehicle was parked in the driveway at the residence of one of the victims, a 43-year-old Garden Street man, about 10:40 p.m. when three men punched the truck, ordered the occupants out of the vehicle before firing three shots, according to a Warren police report.
No one was injured, and no bullets struck the truck, police said.
Later, three men were identified as the individuals involved. Police took one of the men, a 19-year-old Warren resident, to the police station for a gunshot-residue test after the 43-year-old identified him as the shooter. However, he was released "on investigation," the police report states.
Officers noted they found no gun or shell casings.
Former teacher accused of date-rape
YOUNGSTOWN - A former Boardman Center Middle School teacher now living in Florida was indicted Thursday on rape charges.
Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News reported that Jay Dana, 56, formerly of Columbiana, is accused of using a concoction similar to grain alcohol to impair three women authorities said he eventually date-raped.
A Mahoning County grand jury indicted Dana, now of Fort Myers, Fla., on three first-degree felony rape counts. He is not currently in police custody, authorities said.
Prosecutors claim that Dana raped one woman in July 2006, another in September 2006 and another in May 2011.
He is a former Boardman High School freshman basketball coach.
Dana's wife, Michele Dana, 44, died mysteriously on Christmas Day 2010 from alcohol poisoning from the combined effects of alcohol and pseudoephedrine. The Columbiana police department investigated the case but calls it unsolved.