May grand jury hands downs 65 indictments; 52 people charged
By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor
June 8, 2008 - A Hopkins County grand jury during its May session approved 65 indictments against 52 people. The charges in the indictments ranged from impersonating a public servant, forgery, theft and possession of controlled substances and marijuana to aggravated assault and aggravated sexual assault of a child.
James Edward Pruitt was indicted for impersonating a public servant and securing execution of a document by decption. He is alleged in March of 2007 to have pretended to be an agent for the EPA to induce an elderly man to submit to his pretended authority by claiming the EPA required additional work be done on the victim's driveway, for which the victim was charged "a greatly inflated price" of $95,000.
Fernando Decoa Montes and Stephen Britt Riley were both indicted for theft. They are alleged in October 2007 to have "unlawfully appropriated, by acquiring or otherwise exercising control over property" specifically a woman's 42-inch wide screen television. Riley was also indicted for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon during the same time period as the alleged theft. He is alleged to have had a firearm before the fifth anniversary of his release from supervision on a felony conviction of credit card abuse from 1999. Also indicted on an unrelated allegation of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon was Paul Mikel Johnson; he is charged with having a weapon in May 2007, before the fifth anniversary of his released from confinement following a June 2000 felony conviction in Waynesboro, Va.
Richard Edward Waldrep was indicted on two aggravated sexual assault of a child charges and one sexual assault of a child charge. All charges involve the same female victim who was less than 14 years old in June 2005 and April 2006 when the aggravated charges are alleged to have occurred, and was less than 17 in December 2007 when the sexual assault allegedly occurred.
Indicted for aggravated assault was Xavier Lejuan Mills. He is alleged in January to have "intentionally, knowingly or recklessly" caused bodily injury to another male, by pinning the victim in with his car while there was another vehicle on the other side of the victim, making the car a deadly weapon.
Tony Ray Fountain was indicted for failure to register as a sex offender in October 2007 and possession less than a gram of the controlled substance cocaine in September 2005. Fountain is required to register as a sex offender with law enforcement authorities in the municipality or county where he lives or intendes to reside for more than seven days because of a 1988 indecency with a child conviction in Franklin County. He moved and didn't report the move within the specified seven days to Sulphur Springs Police Department as required.
Roy Harold Hill, Staci Ann Hill and Sandra Dell Barrett Hill were each indicted for forgery. Each is alleged in April 2007 to have competed "a writing so it purported to be the act of" another person, who did not authorize any of them to write a check on the victim's account. Also indicted for forgery was Charles Edward Jones, for allegedly writing a check for $5 of U.S. currency in September 2006.
Everett Van Jennings and Ernest Valentine Jennnings were indicted for burglary of a building. They are both in February 2006 are alleged to have broken into Como-Pickton school.
Wanda Denise Harris was indicted for possession of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams of the controlled substance dihydrocdeinone and at least one gram but less than 4 grams of the controlled substance cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Boys & Girls Club location in Pacific Park, a drug free zone, in April 2007. Harris was also indicted for delivery of less than one gram of cocaine a drug free zone, in October 2007. She is alleged to have delivered the cocaine to a woman within 1,000 feet of Douglas Intermediate School one day. She was also indicted, along with Anita Faye Wilkerson Johnson for delivery of at least one gram but less than 4 grams of the controlled substance cocaine the next day to the same woman. Harris was also indicted for possession of another 1-4 grams of cocaine withing 1,000 feet of the Boys & Girls Club location in Pacific Park less than a week later.
Angela Gayle Hodges was indicted for evading arrest by fleeing from a sheriff's deputy in a motor vehicle, possession of less than one gram of methadone and possession of less than one gram of cocaine, in April 2007.
Among the individuals indicted for the felony offense driving while intoxicate with a child passenger less than 15 years of age in the vehicle were:
-- Keith Royce Ivery, May 2007, one child
-- Tammy Latrease Clayton, March 2007, a female child
-- John Eric Kelly, November 2007, two female children
-- Francisco Javier Q. Estrada, November 2006, one child passenger
-- Ramon Flores Perea, November 2006, a female child
Indicted for DWI, third or more offense, were Richard Leith Cothran and James Michael Morris. Cothran was convicted in 1989 in Kleberg County, in 1992 in three driving under the influence of liquor in Nueces County in 1992, according to the indictment. The indictment alleged Cothran was again driving while intoxicated in May 2007. Morris is alleged ot have been concuted DWI convictions in Hopkins County in 1987 and 1996. The indictment alleges the incident in May 2007 was the third time he's been charged with drunk driving.
In April 2007, Joshua Lee Kerby is alleged to have broken into a man's property and to have stolen a cooling unit for a milk tank. Kerby was indicted for theft and criminal mischief during the May session. Also inidcted for criminal mischief was Daniel Wayne Coleman; he is alleged in April 2007 to have thrown chunk of concrete at a 1998 Buick belonging to another man.
Jerrett Dakota Hughes was indicted for burglary of a man's building in early March 2007 and of burglary of a woman's home in later March 2007. Also indicted for a May 2007 building burglary charge was Steven Thomas Riffle.
Phyllis Aline Cox was indicted for injury to a male child less than 14 years of age. She is alleged to have kicked the boy with her foot then to have grabbed his arm and threw him, according to to the indictment.
Mike Allen Boyd was indicted for indecency with a child less than 17 years old in October 2007.
Indicted for possession of marijuana were:
-- Heriberto Balderas at least 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds in April 2007
-- Albert Allen Jones, at least 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds, Feb. 2007
-- Donna Lee McCormick and Andres Garcia, at least 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds, June 2007
-- Frederick William Jackson and Chrystal Gayle Merson, more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds, May 2007
Also indicted on controlled substance chages were Stephanie Gayle Davis Taylor, possession less than one gram methamphetamine in Jun 2007; Audrey Latres Gotcher, who is also known as Audrey Latres Blackmon, delivery less than one gram methadone to a woman on March 2007; and Russell Alvin Fikes, possession less than one gram methaphetamine April 2007.
Luis Flores Garcia, Joanna Gosperson and Christopher Graham Coker were indicted for fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. Gasperson is alleged in November 2004 to have used someone's name, driver's license number and Social Security number to open credit card accounts in the victim's name. Garcia is alleged in March 2007 to have used a person's drive'rs license number. Coker is alleged in April 2007 to have used a man's name, date of birthand Social Security cards to pen credit cards in the other man's name.
Dawn Ann McCarty was indicted for credit card abuse. She is alleged in July 2007 to have used another woman's credit card.
Earnest Miller Johnson was indicted for securing execution of documents by deception. He is alleged in March 2007 by deception, "instructed victim that his mother had passed away and he needed money for the funeral," causing an elderly woman to "sign or execute a documentaffected the pecuniar interst of [the elderly woman],the value of sid pecuniary interst being $500 or more but less than $1500" in the form of three checks.
Also indicted for theft were Randy Dale Hargrave, Jeffrey Eugene Dixon II, James Alan Cotton II, Roger Stewart Hurst and Samuel Richard Jones. Hargrave is alleged to have unlawfully appropriated a bumper pull trialer with spoked wheeles, 280 gallon diesel tank with pum, tuff box, diesel fuel and tractor battery in March 2007. Dixon and Cotton are alleged in April 2007 to have unlawfully appropriated a man's antique farm equipment. Hurst is alleged in april 2007 to have unlawfully appropriated another man's John Deere hay bailer. Samuel Jones is alleged to have stolen a skid street load and farm tractor from the city of Houston.
Lawrence Caleb Childers was indicted for theft of copper wire for an elderly woman in May 2007.
David D. Boyd was indicted for theft by check, $1,500 or more but less than $20,000. Boyd is alleged to have written a check to Elliott Electric for equipment in July 2007.
Brian Douglas Rogers was indicted for bail jumping and failure to appear. He is alleged in November 2007, after being released from custody on a pending felony charge on condition that he appear in court and faield to apepar in accordance with the terms of his bond.