Mingo grand jury returns record 81 indictments
CHARLOTTE SANDERS Senior Writer
WILLIAMSON A record 81 felony indictments with all but 12 involving degrees of drug violations were returned late Thursday by the Grand Jury serving the January term of Mingo County Circuit Court.
Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney C. Michael Sparks confirmed that this was a record number of indictments returned by a Mingo County grand jury.
Fifty-nine of the true bills were sealed pending a roundup of the defendants by law enforcement officers except in cases where those charged appear voluntarily for arraignment.
Chief Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury of the 30th Judicial Circuit accepted the report from the Grand Jury, whose foreperson announced the jury had completed its work. The jurist expressed the courts thanks to the jurors for their work and released them from further duty, subject to recall at a later date.
Thornsbury announced that arraignments of the defendants would begin this morning at 9 oclock in the circuit courtroom. Sparks said he would submit a statement regarding the large number of indictments this morning and the fact this continues the past years accomplishments of the prosecutors office in obtaining convictions and sentencings on drug charges.
The sealed indictments contain charges of distributing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school by a person 18 years of age or older; delivery of controlled substances, conspiracy to deliver and possession of controlled substances, manufacture of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance into the state.
Drugs named in the various indictments include hydrocodone, Alprazolam, Oxycodone, Cocaine, Marijuana, Clonazepam, Methylenedioxydiazepam.
The unsealed indictments involve charges of burglary, second degree robbery, grand larceny, conspiracy, destruction of property, entry of a building other than a dwelling, and drug counts such as distribution, delivery and possession of controlled substances.
Because of the lateness of the grand jurys report (5 p.m.), the ages and addresses of the following defendants were not available for publication at presstime.
Genna Rebecca Robinette, also known as Rollyson, and Sherran Ray Justice were separately indicted on two counts of burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, one count of grand larceny and one count of conspiracy to commit grand larceny.
According to the indictments, Robinette and Justice feloniously broke into Rue Clines dwelling house on or about Dec. 19, 2008 with intention to commit a larceny therein. The second count of burglary against each of the two alleged conspirators in-volved felonious breaking and entering of Chassie Clines dwelling house with intent to commit a larceny.
Counts V and VI of each indictment accuses Rob-inette and Justice of grand larceny and conspiracy in feloniously stealing and carrying away assorted jewelry, savings bonds, Andy Griffith Show collector cards, perfume, U.S. currency and coins, a wallet, two fireproof safes and other items. The stolen items, allegedly taken from the Chassie Cline home, had a total value in excess of $3,700.
Stephen Christopher Davidson is charged with feloniously stealing and carrying away copper cable owned by Norfolk Southern Railway Company on April 27, 2008. The cable was valued at $1,124.12. Count II of his indictment charges him with conspiring with another person to steal and take away the cable and permanently depriving the railway company of the cable.
Donald Elkins Jr. was indicted on one count each of grand larceny and conspiracy with another person in feloniously stealing and carrying away items owned by Asplundh Tree Expert Co. on July 13, 2008.
The stolen items and their approximate collective values included: three Husqvarna chainsaws, $1,400; two climber ropes, $120; two pull ropes, $80; two saddles, $200; two safety straps, $120; two handsaws, $60; two sets of spurs, $200, and 50 gallons of gas, $200.
Daniel Edward Vance is charged with one count each of grand larceny and conspiracy with another person to steal and take away a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier owned by Kayla Browning and valued at approximately $1,355. The theft occurred Sept. 7, 2008, according to the indictment.
Nelson Richard Hall is similarly charged with the theft of the vehicle owned by Kayla Browning and conspiring with Daniel Edward Vance to commit grand larceny.
Jordan Seth Hanshaw was indicted on a charge of second degree robbery on Aug. 9, 2006, when he is alleged to have feloniously stolen and carried away $605 in U.S. currency owned by Spences Service Station & Auto Parts Inc. The money was in the lawful custody of Matthew Bandy, an employee of Spences Service Station, who was placed in fear of bodily injury by means of a silver handgun presented by the accused in a threatening manner.
John Randall Collins stands indicted on charges of burglary, destruction of property and manufacture of a Schedule I controlled substance (Marijuana). Col-lins allegedly broke into and entered the dwelling house of Eunice Gooslin on Aug. 21, 2008 with the intention of committing a crime therein. He unlawfully but not feloniously defaced an entry door and laundry room door owned by Eunice Gooslin, according to his indictment.
Wade Lee Bryant is charged with feloniously breaking and entering a shop occupied by and doing business as Tug Valley Supply with intent to commit a larceny therein. A charge of grand larceny stems from the stealing and carrying away of property owned by Tug Valley Supply and valued at approximately $45,398.75. A third count accuses Bryant of conspiring with another person to commit grand larceny. The offenses occurred Nov. 16, 2007.
Carl David Salmons stands indicted on three charges: entry of a building other than a dwelling, grand larceny and conspiracy with another person to commit grand larceny. He allegedly broke into and entered a shop occupied by and doing business as G & V Club Inc., with intent to commit a larceny therein on Sept. 23, 2008. He is accused of feloniously stealing and carrying away $22,746 in U.S. currency owned by the club
Billy Edward Altice is also charged with entering the B & V Club Inc., grand larceny of the clubs currency and with conspiracy with Salmons and Cathy Lynn Altice to commit grand larceny.
Cathy Lynn Altice is charged with grand larceny of the $22,746 in U.S. currency owned by the G & V Club Inc., and with conspiring with Billy Edward Altice and Carl David Sammons to commit grand larceny.
Clarence Ray Maynard is charged with one count of distributing a Schedule I controlled substance (Mari-juana) and Schedule III controlled substance (Hy-drocodone) within 1,000 feet of a school (Kermit K-8) on March 18, 2008.
Deborah Ann Walls is charged with three counts of delivery of Schedule II, I and III controlled substances, respectively (Oxy-codone, Heroin and Hydrocodone, on July 10 and 17, 2008.
Jeffrey Lowell Marcum is accused of three counts of delivering a Schedule I controlled substance (Mari-juana) on Feb. 6 and 8, 2008, and one count of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (Marij-uana) with intent to deliver on March 4, 2008.
Joseph Dwain Jude was indicted on one count of delivering a Schedule III controlled substance (Hy-drocodone) and one count of delivering a Schedule IV controlled substance (Phen-termine) on April 2, 2008.
Buddy Hurley is charged with one count each of delivering a Schedule III controlled substance (Hydrocodone) and with conspiracy to deliver that drug.
Rachel A. Hinkle is also charged with one count each of delivery and conspiracy to deliver Hydro-codone on March 3, 2008.
John Russell Collins stands indicted on one count each of delivery and conspiracy to deliver Hydrocodone.on March 26, 2008.
Gary Lee Collins is charged with two counts of delivery of Hydrocodone on March 26 and April 17, 2008, and one count of conspiracy with another to deliver Hydrocodone.
Darius Emanuel Wright was indicted on one charge of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (Co-caine) on Nov. 7, 2008 within 1,000 feet of Sacred Heart School, a private elementary school in Wil-liamson. A second charge accuses him of possessing Cocaine with intent to deliver on Nov. 7, 2008.
Also charged with two counts of distribution of Schedule II controlled substances (Cocaine and Oxycodone) within 1,000 feet of Sacred Heart School on Nov. 7, 2008 is Tawana Yvonne Hunter. She also is charged with possession of Cocaine and Oxycodone with intent to deliver on that date.
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