Charge dropped, but not by feds

LISBON – A homeless man accused of robbing the Home Savings and Loan in Glenmoor has been indicted in federal court.

Brian K. Johnston, 41, had initially been bound over to the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury after he appeared in East Liverpool Municipal Court in early June. However, court documents this week noted the robbery charge against Johnston has been dismissed due to an indictment on the same charge in federal court.

According to court documents, Johnston is believed to have gone to the bank on May 29 and slid a note to a teller demanding money. After she complied, he left the bank, got into a white Ford Ranger and fled westbound on Y&O Road.

In an unrelated case, a father and son, also initially bound over from East Liverpool Municipal Court to the grand jury on aggravated burglary charges were not indicted by the grand jury this month.

Richard A. Miles, 57, and Jacob E. Miles, 20, both of Seventh Avenue, East Liverpool, had been accused of entering a Boring Lane home, striking the homeowner, Robert Adkins, and stealing a loaded handgun from the house on May 11. The case was presented to the grand jury in June, which declined to indict the two men.

The cases were dismissed and both men were ordered released on June 30.