Grand jury returns 45 indictments
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Apr. 5, 2007 - A Hopkins County grand jury last week approved 45 indictments, the majority of which involved controlled substance charges.
Other charges included debit or credit card abuse, driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, criminal mischief, fraud and forgery.
Richard Dale Stockton and Billy Wayne Burden III were both indicted for theft of a .45-cal. Ruger pistol from a man on April 16, 2006, as well as theft of another firearm from another man on April 15, 2006.
Charlie Tillman Johnson was indicted for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon on July 18, 2005. Johnson was convicted on a narcotics charge on June 9, 1977. The law allows individuals who have been convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm after the fifth anniversary of their release on parole. However, they can only have the weapon at their residence. The indictment alleges Johnson violated that provision by having the weapon in a van.
Javier Alvarez Mendez was indicted for burglary of a habitation. He was alleged to have entered another man's home with the intent to commit theft on March 15, 2006.
Brian Patterson Pennington was indicted for allegedly causing more than $1,500 in criminal mischief damage to a residence by breaking out windows, knocking holes in walls and breaking furniture on Jan. 6, 2006.
At least seven individuals were indicted on charges related to financial crimes.
Llewellyn Orlando Williams and Stacy Lynn Gage were both indicted for money laundering. The pair was alleged to have been caught with at least $1,500, believed to be the proceeds of drug trafficking, on Jan. 17, 2006.
Bryan Jermaine Bell was alleged to have used someone else's debit card to purchase a Weed Eater and lawn mower from Lowe's on May 17, 2006. Melissa Ray Hamilton and Jerry Franklin Hamilton Jr. were alleged to have used a woman's credit card on June 6, 2006, to obtain property.
Jessica Calesta Gandy was alleged to have forged a woman's signature on a check written March 13, 2006, to Joe Bob's convenience store for $60 on the other woman's account. Chistopher Michael Rogers was alleged to have fraudulently used or possessed a woman's name, address, bank account information and driver's license number, and to have presented her driver's license while "passing" the victim's check.
The grand jury also indicted Ronnie Ray Hightower Sr. for the aggravated assault of a male family member by striking him on the head with a flashlight on Jan. 29.
Richard Otto Hall Jr. was indicted for felony escape from a correctional facility on April 18, 2006.
Three people were arrested for drunk driving, third or more offense — Lovelle Lee Skaggs Berner, Curtis Lee Cantrell and James Calvin Hilton.
Theodore Allen Rincon and Luke Anthony Macklem were indicted for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger less than 15 year of age.
Kenneth Ray Comer was indicted for allegedly stealing another man's truck-tractor/semi-trailer on March 2, 2006, while Nichole Marie Mambrini was indicted for allegedly stealing a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup on Jan. 7.
Tirrell Robert Grace was indicted for possession of more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds of marijuana on April 1, 2006, and Jesse Eugene Jackson was indicted for possession of more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds of marijuana on May 2, 2006.
Five individuals were indicted on charges related to delivery or manufacture of controlled substances.
Graylon Taraye Ivery was indicted for unlawful delivery of a substance to a woman on May 10, 2006, and for delivery of less than a gram of cocaine on May 1, 2006.
Jay Charles Phillips and Shannon Dewest Allison were both indicted for possession or transport of certain chemicals with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance on Oct. 27, 2006. They were alleged to have "methamphetamine precursors" — Equate Cold Relief, which contained pseudoephedrine, and Diamond fire starter, containing red phosphorus and tincture merthiolate, also known as tincture of iodine. Allison and Phillips were also indicted for possession of less than a gram of methamphetamine on Oct. 27, 2006.
Kedaron Dion Franklin was indicted for possession of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams of the controlled substance cocaine with the intent to deliver or manufacture the substance on Mary 3, 2006.
The grand jury indicted Charlie Albert Hoskinson for unlawful delivery of a simulated controlled substance. Hoskinson was alleged on Dec. 14, 2006, to have delivered rock salt which he was trying to pass off as methamphetamine.
Other individuals indicted during the March grand jury session for possession of cocaine included:
-- Sanjuan Albino Desantiago and Roberto Gonzalez Martinez, less than 1 gram on June 11, 2006
-- Jeffrey Allen Morris, less than one gram on May 5, 2006
-- Donnie Blanchard, less than one gram on March 3, 2006
Among the individuals indicted for possession of methamphetamine were:
-- Jonas Castillo and Rene Alejandro Mendoza, at least 4 grams but less than 200 grams on June 28, 2005
-- Jonathan Carlton Edsel and Rickey Charles Howell, less than one gram on May 12, 2006
-- Michael Lee Grimmett, at least 4 grams but less than 200 grams, May 22, 2006
-- Michael Duane Houghton, less than one gram, April 5, 2006
-- Jeffrey Wayne Rogers, less than one gram, April 24, 2006
-- Ashley Suzanne McGill, less than one gram of methylenedioxy methamphetamine on April 30, 2006
-- Denver Jacques Fender, less than one gram, May 14, 2006