The Hopkins County Grand Jury Feb. 1 signed at least 58 indictments against 51 people.
The majority of charges were for drugs and marijuana offenses. The remaining cases were for a wide range of offenses including theft, burglary, endangering a child, engaging in organized criminal activity, evading arrest, credit card abuse, assault and improper relationship between an educator and a student.
A few individuals were indicted on more than one charge, and two women were named in three offenses. In some instances, more than one person was alleged to have participated in an offense, and in other instances, several people were noted to have each been accused of the same type of crime, but not necessarily at the same time.
Sulphur Springs High School teacher Donnie Merle Martin was indicted for allegedly of having an improper relationship with a female student who was actively enrolled at the school by sexual contact on Nov. 14. After the allegations arose, Martin tendered his resignation then confessed to SCU investigators during an interview to having sexual contact with an 18-year-old SSHS student on Nov. 14 on SH 11 east. Officers consulted the district attorney’s office and were advised that despite the fact the student was legally an adult at 18, Martin still committed a felony offense because state law forbids a sexual relationship between a student and at teacher, Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jim Bayuk explained after Martin’s arrest Nov. 20 on the charge.
Mykeya Starlet Payne was indicted for theft of a Sony PlayStation 3 from another woman on Oct. 12. The charge was enhanced to a felony offense due to the fact that she had two prior theft convictions. Payne was also charged with theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Nov. 8; the indictments allege Payne took another woman’s Buick Rendezvous without permission and took gasoline and cigarettes from E-Z Mart on Nov. 8.
Indicted on three drug charges was Amber Nicole Dettman. She is alleged to have delivered 1-4 grams of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of the Boys and girls Club, a drug-free zone, on Jan. 12, 2012; delivery of less than 1 gram of meth within 1,000 feet of Wesley United Methodist Church Day Care, also a drug-free zone, on Jan. 11, 2012; and possessed 1-4 grams of meth near Travis Elementary, another drug-free zone, on Oct. 7, 2011.
Jason Alexter Elizondo was indicted for assault family violence. He is alleged on Dec. 3 to have struck a female family member, knocking her teeth out and threatening to kill her.
Indicted for aggravated assault were Dillon Chase Weems and Curtis Dwight Bluford Jr. Weems was accused on Oct. 27 of holding a knife to a female family member’s throat and threatening to kill her. Bluford is accused on Oct. 22 of threatening a man with imminent bodily injury by discharging a firearm at him during the commission of an assault.
Two people were indicted for endangering a child. Landon Lewis Joslin was alleged to have placed a child in danger of death, bodily injury or physical impairment by striking and pushing the 6-month-old child’s mother while the mother was holding the child in her arms on Oct. 20. Pamela Jean Cotten was alleged to have placed an 10-month child in danger by using narcotics while the child was in her care on Sept. 19, the indictment alleges.
Brandon Heath Wayman was indicted for evading arrest. He is accused on Nov. 28 of using a vehicle to flee from Cumby Police Sgt. Mike Morgan, who was attempting to arrest or detain him.
The three women indicted for credit or debit card abuse included Miranda Nicole Anglin, Victoria Jade Petty and Jheri Leighann Bigham. Anglin and Petty are each alleged to have used or obtained benefit from the same man’s bank debit card without his permission, Anglin on Aug. 8 and Petty on Aug. 18. Bigham is alleged to have used a woman’s credit card at Wal-Mart on Oct. 3.
Kenneth James McPherson was indicted for tampering with physical evidence, by trying to conceal K2 and a pipe to impair its availability as evidence in an investigation, on Oct. 28.
Joseph Juliano Gonzales was indicted for burglary of a habitation and theft. He is alleged on Oct. 20 to have entered a woman’s home in an attempt to steal a television, iPad, gaming system and household goods, and of stealing an assault rifle belonging to the same woman.
Also indicted for burglary of a building were Curtis Wayne Ruhter and Alicia Deann Ruhter. The pair is alleged on Nov. 14 to have entered a man’s building with intent to steal batteries and a floor jack.
Three people were indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity. Ramiro Duran, Jack Anthony Rhodes and Shelby Brooke Cassidy were alleged to have collaborated in the theft of $1,500-$20,000 worth of miscellaneous merchandise from Wal-Mart on Oct. 30.
Indicted for driving while intoxicated, third or more offense, was Lajuana Minty Chester. The defendant is accused of driving while drunk on Oct. 16, and not only of having two prior convictions of offenses “relating to the operating of an motor vehicle while intoxicated,” but the indictment alleges Minty had at least two prior DWI-third or more offense convictions at the time.
Donald James Farris was indicted on two charges of possession of less than 1 gram of the controlled substance meth, one on Jan. 21, 2012, and the other on Feb. 17, 2012.
Christopher Russell Dunham was indicted on two controlled substance charges: possession of less than 1 gram of meth on Feb. 19, 2012, and delivery of less than 1 gram of meth on Jan. 12, 2012.
Also indicted for controlled substance or marijuana charges were:
* Lakeisha Deshanna Austin and James Kevin Harris, 4-200 grams of cocaine, Feb. 20, 2012
* Aisha Chinue Lyle and George Wesley Pope Jr., possession 4 ounces-5 pounds of marijuana, June 10
* Jonathon Lee Farris, possession of 1-4 grams of meth, March 8
* Trederrion Marquise Stephens, possession of less than 1 gram cocaine, March 18
* Vincent Craig Wilcox, delivery of less than 1 gram of meth on Sept. 12
* William Arthur Doty, possession 4-200 grams of meth, Dec. 13, 2011
* Markuis Smith, possession less than 4 ounces of marijuana within 1,000 feet of Douglas Intermediate School, June 25
* Lucas Cade Miller, possession 1-4 grams of meth, Nov. 11, 2011
* Sammi Shea Colley, possession 1-4 grams of meth, Jan. 23, 2012
* Albert Dotie III, possession of 4 ounces-5 pounds of marijuana, May 9
* Quentin Lee Wright, possession 1-4 grams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of Pacific Park, a drug-free zone, April 2
* Davis Maurice Deberry Jr., possession 5-50 pounds of marijuana, April 17
* Raymond Bruce Aaron, possession 4-200 grams of meth, March 2
* John Adam McGinn, possession less than 1 gram of meth, March 2
* James Matthew Kornegay, possession less than 1 gram of meth, Feb. 8, 2012
* Rodney Christopher Millard, possession less than 1 gram of meth, Feb. 2, 2012
* Nethasher Nicole Goodlow and Devontae Labra Jeffery, possession 1-4 grams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of Doodle Bug Lane Daycare, a drug-free zone, March 14
* Amy Colleen Liggett, possession less than 1 gram of meth, Feb. 23, 2012
* Casey Randall Griffith, possession 1-4 grams of meth, Jan. 15, 2012
* Emily Darlene Thomas, possession 28-200 grams of the controlled substance dihydrocodeinone, Jan. 29, 2012
* Bilal Abdul-Ghani Jihad, possession 4-200 grams of meth, Dec. 19, 2011
* Ronnie Earl Hale, possession 4 ounces-5 pounds of marijuana, March 29
* Crystal Leeann Allen, possession less than 1 gram of meth, Feb. 18, 2012
* Zachary Tiofilo Barnett, possession less than 1 gram of meth, Jan. 24, 2012
* Catherine Lavern Ruggly, possession 200-400 grams of dihydrocodeinone, Feb. 15, 2012.
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