Grand jury indicts 12 this month

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 24, 2008 - A Hopkins County Grand Jury, during its July session, issued at least 21 indictments against 12 people, with charges ranging from controlled substance offenses to forgeries, thefts, evading arrest and escape, and sexual assault of a child.

Indicted for forgery was Lashinda Marie Kidd. She is alleged to have obtained a check for another woman's account, filled out the check and signed the victim's name to it in July 2007. Kidd was also indicted for possession of less than a gram of cocaine on Feb. 6 of this year. She and Sherry Laronda Clayton were both indicted for delivery of less than a gram of cocaine in a drug-free zone. The cocaine was alleged to have been delivered Feb. 11 to a man within 1,000 feet of Douglas Intermediate School. Clayton and Dennis Edward Prox were each indicted for possession of less than a gram of cocaine on Feb. 13.

Indicted for burglary of a building and abandoning or endangering a child was Robert Kent Schepp. He is alleged on Dec. 21, 2007, to have "engaged in conduct that placed [the victim], a child younger than 15 years of age, in imminent danger of death, bodily injury or physical or mental impairment, by recklessly driving a vehicle at a high rate of speed," and not voluntarily delivering the child to a designated emergency infant care provider as defined by Section 262.302 in the Family Code. That same day, Schepp is also alleged to have entered another man's building not then open to the public without the owner's consent, with intent to steal property, according to the indictment.

Also indicted for abandoning or endangering a child was Jayson Glenn Cooke. He was indicted on two charges that on Oct. 30, 2007, he put two children younger than 15 years of age "in imminent danger of death or bodily injury, or physical or metal impairment, by parents using and storing narcotics and drug paraphernalia in the house where children reside," and not taking them to a designated emergency infant care facility.

James Michael Stickley was indicted for possession of a controlled substance and escape. The indictments allege Stickley to have had in his possession in June 2007 less than a gram of methamphetamine. While under arrest on the controlled substance charge, he then escaped from custody of a sheriff's corporal, the indictment alleges.

Everett Van Jennings was indicted for evading arrest and sexual assault of a child. He is alleged on June 6 to have used a motor vehicle to "intentionally flee" from a police officer attempting to arrest or detain the defendant. Jennings is then alleged on June 17 to have sexually assaulted a girl younger than 17 years of age. The latter charge is a two-count indictment, alleging two instances that day of sexual assault of the same girl.

Eddie Quinn Slaton as indicted on three theft allegations. He is accused of unlawfully appropriating from a loca dealership a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado, a 2005 Ford Mustang and a 2004 Trail Blazer. The thefts are alleged to have occurred in March.

Also indicted on a theft allegation was Steven Dewayne Ross. He is alleged to have unlawfully appropriated a trailer with a value of at least $1,500 but less than $20,000 from a business in December 2007.

Indicted for stalking was Steven Karl Waller. He is accused in February to have threatened to harm a female and her family, conduct which "would cause a reasonable person to fear, and did cause" the victim to fear bodily injury.

Rounding out the list of indictments were Patrick Mondrell Hood and Michael Silver. Hood was indicted for possession of less than a gram of cocaine in May. Silver was indicted on a count of bail jumping and failure to appear. He allegedly violated the bond terms of his release from custody on pending felony charges by failure to appear as stipulated in January.

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