Grand jury returns indictments
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Dec. 13, 2006 - A Hopkins County grand jury handed up multiple indictments earlier this month.

Three people account for six indictments alleging multiple counts of neglect, abandonment or sex crimes involving children.

Dana Lynn Attaway and William Lloyd Ragsdale were each indicted on a dozen sexual offense charges involving two children. The offenses, which are alleged to have occurred March 15, involve two girls, one less than 17 years of age, the other less than 14. 

The charges allege two counts each of sexual assault, indecency by contact and indecency by exposure inolving the older girl. The indictments for offenses against the younger girl include aggravated sexual assault, three counts of indecency by sexual contact and two counts of indecency by exposure.

Attaway and another man, Samuel Colton Stidham, were each indicted for abandoning or endangering a male child younger than 15 years of age on March 15.

Also indicted, in an unrelated case, was Benjamin Herta Santiago, who is accused of aggravated sexual assault of a girl younger than 14 years old on May 9.

The Hopkins County grand jury also indicted Jay Daniel Puchtler. He is charged with deadly conduct by discharging a firearm in the direction of a female on June 7, 2005.

David Carl Harvey was indicted for forging a Yantis man's name on a check written for more than $90 at a convenience store on Oct. 9, 2005. 

Amy Nicole Brown and Kyle Daniel Goggans were indicted for possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine on Dec. 12, 2005. Brown was also indicted for delivering less than 28 grams of the controlled substance Diazepam to Goggans, as well as for evading arrest in a vehicle from that same incident on Dec. 12, 2005. Brown was also indicted for delivery of less than a gram of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of Bowie Elementary School, a drug-free zone, on Oct. 12; and for theft of a stereo, hand tools, washer and dryer, chain saw, refrigerator and lawn mower on July 18.

Three other people were indicted for theft. Anthony Wayne Winstead was accused of stealing a four-wheeler valued between $1,500 and $20,000 as well as burglary of a man's residence on Nov. 11. James Hurley Cork was accused of stealing lawn mowers valued between $1,500 and $20,000 from Goodwill on Sept. 30. Ruthie Ann Couch was accused of stealing between $100,000 and $200,000 worth currency from A.K. Gillis on May 2, 2002.

Elizabeth Ann Soto was indicted for possession of less than one gram of cocaine and possession of less than one gram of heroin, both on March 30.

Jeremy Lee Newby and Christopher John Weaver were indicted for possession of between one and four grams of methamphetamine on May 19.

Haywood Cornelius Small, Larry Gene White Jr. and Jerome Rashad Thomas were all indicted for possession of at least 200 grams but less than 400 grams of methamphetamine on April 30, 2005.

Kitney Sharayah Nicole Thomason and Ronald Clinton Robbins were indicted for possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine on Jan. 17.

Fourteen others were indicted for possession of methamphetamine:



- James Wilson Thompson III, less than 1 gram on Dec. 24, 2005

- Marilyn Corlett Shipley, less than 1 gram on March 10

- Larry Wayne Sewell, between 1 gram and 4 grams on Jan. 2.

- Brandon Jett Sabrah, less than 1 gram on April 2

- Jeffery Ray Strickland, less than 1 gram on Aug. 7

- Omar Almanza Martinez, between 4 grams and 200 grams, Sept. 16

- Fred W. Syers, between 4 grams and 200 grams, Nov. 4, 2005

- Brian Douglas Rogers, less than 1 gram, Jan. 26

- Justin Wayne Wood, less than one gram May 3, 2005

- Brett Coleman Speer, less than 1 gram, Dec. 15, 2005

- Troy James Weeden, less than 1 gram, Oct. 21, 2005

- Lloyd Dean Sanders, less than 1 gram, Feb. 25

- Tammy Faye Simmons, less than 1 gram, June 28

- Christopher Randal Tice, less than 1 gram, Feb. 1

Jason Christopher Smith and Aaron Allen Zigler were indicted for possession of more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds of marijuana on Feb. 25.

Adam Lee Rose, Sean Robert Sears and Kyle Campbell Bradley were each indicted for more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds of marijuana on July 17.

Also indicted for possession of marijuana were:

- Christopher Desmond Hawkins, more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds, Aug. 28

- Darrin Eugene Simmons, more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds, June 19

- Joel Ray Webb, more than 1/4 ounce but less than 5 pounds, Sept. 21

- Jesse Lee Watson, more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds, Jan. 18

Jose Erasmo Torres, Delfino Morales Valle and Victor Tijerina Jr. were indicted on one count each of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger less than 15 years old in the vehicle. Tijerina was accused of driving drunk on May 29, 2005; Torres on April 9, 2005; and Valle on April 24, 2005.

Six people were indicted on one count each of possession of less than one gram of cocaine:

- Charlie Thornton Jr., Feb. 3

- Bryson Antonio Shanks, Feb. 11

- Vicki Dawn Szalay, Dec. 6, 2005

- Amanda Ann Tynes, March 3

- Chester Lee Webb, Aug. 16

Also indicted for possession of a controlled substance were Edward Dewayne Dye and Antonio Marquette Washington, both for more than 200 grams but less than 400 grams of the controlled substance dihydrocodeinone, on May 15, 2005; and Cameron Mitchell Stroud for possession of less than one gram of heroin within 1,000 feet of Sulphur Springs High School, a drug free school zone, on Sept. 28. One man, Melvin Jerome Askew Jr., was indicted for delivery of less than one gram of cocaine on Oct. 3.

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