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Nearly 20 criminal suspects arraigned in Jeff. Co.

Updated: Wednesday, December 11 2013, 01:24 PM EST

By: NEWS9 and Jennifer Black


A Jefferson County judge arraigned nearly 20 people indicted by a grand jury from charges ranging from manslaughter to a pharmacy break-in.


Last week, the grand jury reduced charges against Dallas Crokie in connection to the stabbing death of 40-year-old Terry Shust. Crokie now faces a manslaughter charge in connection with Shust's killing in Steubenville. Crokie's $500,000 bond remains in place.


Another man arraigned was indicted by a grand jury nearly a year ago in connection with a break-in and theft at a Toronto pharmacy. Authorities had been looking for Ronald Trenner for months since he was indicted in March. Trenner was arrested in Guernsey County earlier this month.


Wednesday, he appeared before a judge and was arraigned on numerous charges in connection with the December 2012 breaking and entering at the A & B Pharmacy. Trenner, of Cambridge, pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.


With regard to Trenner's case, Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said, "That is an older case that ends up coming together through the use of some DNA testing and some forensic results that we received well after the crime took place."


Police said Trenner escaped with more than 100 types of prescription drugs. The charges listed against him in the indictment include breaking and entering, grand theft by control, multiple counts of aggravated possession of drugs with additional findings and theft of drugs.


Hanlin said, if Trenner is found guilty, he faces in the range of 10-15 years in prison. Hanlin said Trenner has a previous criminal record including an escape charge, and his bond was set at $100,000. The case was assigned to Judge David Henderson and a trial date will be set at a later time.


Also in court Wednesday was Brian Boone, an Imperial, Pa., man accused of sending sexually explicit messages to a minor in October.


Boone is charged with a fifth-degree felony and his defense asked for a reduced bond of $5,000 because he doesn't have a prior criminal record. Hanlin advised against that.


"We didn't think that was appropriate in this case. He has very few ties to Jefferson County and lives outside of the state, so we think the bond of $25,000 is much more appropriate considering his actions and considering we'll need to have him here for trial," Hanlin said.


Boone told the judge he's lost his job in Pittsburgh, his house and his car since being charged. A judge ultimately decided on a $20,000 bond and Boone remains in jail on that bond.


A shooting suspect also appeared in court during Wednesday's arraignments.


Rockwell Good is accused of shooting John Hartstook in Unionport in September. Good pleaded not guilty to his felonious assault with a gun specification charge. He remains out of jail on a personal recognizance bond on the condition he doesn't' contact the alleged victim and he contacts his attorney weekly.


Hanlin said, “It was a very personal incident between two people who know each other very well, so I think when there were discussions between the special prosecutor and his counsel. There is not a feeling that he is a danger to the community or anything of that sort.”


A pair accused of breaking into seven Jefferson County businesses on Nov. 6 was also arraigned Wednesday.


Shawn A. Rood faces charges of motor vehicle theft, four breaking and entering counts, two counts of theft and criminal damaging charges.  His $15,000 bond was continued on Wednesday.


Meanwhile, Dustin Lee Phelps faces multiple breaking and entering charges, theft and criminal damaging charges.  Judge Joseph Bruzzese continued his $15,000 bond.


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