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Knox Twp. man charged with reckless homicide

August 31, 2013
By DEANNE JOHNSON , Salem News

LISBON - A Knox Township man accused of shooting his neighbor on his front porch was among those indicted by the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury this week.

Frank Gorichky, 54, Kevin Drive, Alliance, was indicted on charges of reckless homicide with a firearm specification, having a weapon while under a disability and tampering with evidence in the death of Michael S. Fisher on July 2.

According to court documents, Gorichky recklessly caused the death of Fisher, while brandishing or displaying a 12-gauge shotgun. He is also accused of altering the gun, the crime scene by changing the placement of the gun and changing the position of Fisher's body to mislead investigators.

In 1990, Gorichky was convicted of drug abuse in Columbiana County and in 1988 he was convicted of possession of cocaine in Hillsborough County, Fla. Both convictions led to him being unable to possess a firearm.

According to earlier reports, Gorichky and Fisher were friends, who had spent the day delivering furniture and a refrigerator and drinking, but an argument had erupted several times that night after Gorichky reportedly became flirtatious with a woman. The two argued on Gorichky's front porch while he had the loaded shotgun and Fisher was shot in the abdomen.

Another open indictment was issued against a Lisbon man accused of kidnapping his girlfriend on June 28.

Jeremy R. Mollenkopf, 27, South Beaver Street, Lisbon, is accused of pointing a handgun at his girlfriend Tabitha Kirtley, outside in her Jeep Wrangler, then restraining her by binding her hands with white zip ties and placing tape across her mouth. He then reportedly drove her vehicle while pointing a gun at her. At one point, he allegedly told her to stop screaming if she ever wanted to see her child again.

Eventually, he reportedly pulled over to get another beer out of the back and she ran to a nearby house on Darner Road, while he drove away.

Mollenkopf is charged with kidnapping and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Additional open indictments were issued against two men, accused of running into a 14th Street home in Wellsville after gunshots were reported to police.

Queysean L. Sallis, 28, Midland, Pa., is charged with burglary, improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation and discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises. All three charges carry a firearm specification.

According to court documents, on July 29, Sallis trespassed into the Cunningham residence on 14th Street, Wellsville; fired a handgun in the direction of the Jackson residence, 16th Street, Wellsville, and shot over a public roadway.

Another man allegedly with Sallis on July 29, Lamar T. Coles, 21, address unknown, is also charged with burglary for allegedly also trespassing into the Cunningham residence on 14th Street.

djohnson@mojonews.com

 
 

 

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