Hunter indicted; charged after bullet enters North Lima home, hits resident

Charged after bullet enters North Lima home, hits resident


FEB 13, 2021



YOUNGSTOWN — A Sebring man was indicted Thursday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on a felony charge of discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises, accused of firing the weapon in a restricted area of North Lima in December while hunting.

The shot crossed Market Street, entered a home and hit a man in the foot. The man’s wife and baby were in the room at the time, prosecutors said.

The area where Kasen J. Smith, 25, of Lake Park Boulevard, is accused of firing is off limits to discharging a firearm because of its proximity to Market Street and a nursing home, prosecutors said.

Smith also is indicted on misdemeanor “injured persons or property while hunting,” hunting without permission and violating hunting ordinances.

If convicted of some of the charges, Smith could get more than 10 years in prison.

A Mahoning County grand jury also indicted the following:

• Joshua W. Moxley, 21, Darbyshire Drive, Canfield, four counts of rape, five counts of gross sexual imposition and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor;

• John E. Matthews, 48, Cleveland, Ga., three counts of rape, three counts of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition;

• Sam A. Lay, 31, of Rainier Avenue, Boardman, importuning, attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, compelling prostitution and possessing criminal tools;

• Apostolos N. Sisalouis, 40, Gordon Avenue, Campbell, importuning, atttempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, compelling prostitution and three counts of possessing criminal tools;

• Bashar O. Abuzant, 30, Dailey Avenue, Liberty, importuning, attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and possessing criminal tools;

• Kerisha A. Wallace, 30, Murray Avenue, Campbell, receiving stolen property, misuse of a credit card and petty theft;

• Jessica L. Stiner, 36, Logangate Road, Liberty, theft;

• Ramont D Jones, 27, Ridgewood Road, Youngstown, fentanyl-related compound possession with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and cocaine possession with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case;

• Brittney J. Sakmar, 35, Carter Circle, Boardman, receiving stolen property, misuse of credit cards and theft from a person in a protected class;

• Austin C. Rowe, 27, Portland Avenue, Youngstown, failure to provide notice of change of address.

The grand jury refused to indict Jason Hoschar, 41, of South Carolina, on rape and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

Speak Out Against Cormorant Massacre in Ohio!


Double-crested cormorants—once killed so frequently that only 250 birds remained in the Great Lakes area—are again in danger of mass killings, despite federal protections.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is considering a new rule that would authorize lethal control of these majestic and federally protected birds in Ohio. Under this proposal, birds could be shot, their necks could be wrung, or they could be shoved into gas chambers—dark boxes in which severely crowded animals often slowly suffocate while convulsing and desperately trying to escape. Furthermore, lethal control has proved to be ineffective at “managing” wild populations, as more animals simply move in to replace those who were killed.

Click here to urge APHIS to oppose the proposal to allow lethal control and urge it to seek humane alternatives to human-animal conflicts. Comments on this proposed rule will be accepted until Friday, January 15, so please act promptly!

Urgent: Bobcats’ Lives Are on the Line in Ohio!

Although bobcats are native to Ohio, hunting and habitat destruction in the late 1800s and early 1900s nearly caused these majestic animals to disappear from the state. In 1974, their numbers were still so low that the species was added to Ohio’s first endangered species list. Bobcats are a keystone species, meaning that their absence significantly affects the stability of the ecosystem in which they live. Despite this, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is considering a rule change that would allow bobcats to be trapped and hunted. These animals desperately need your help!

The DNR is accepting public comments on this proposed rule change until Monday, March 5. Please visit the comment submission page, scroll down to reach the form, and follow these instructions:

·         Next to “Do you have a comment on a specific rule?” click “Yes.”

·         Next to “Select the proposed rule change you are commenting about,” select “1501:31-15-09 Hunting and trapping regulations for furbearing animals.”

·         Carefully enter your contact information into the form.

·         Write a comment urging the Ohio DNR to eliminate this proposed rule change and keep bobcats protected.

·         Click “Submit.”

Please share this alert with all your friends in Ohio and urge them to take action. Thank you for your compassion for animals!


Kristin Rickman
Emergency Response Division Manager
Cruelty Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals