Dragging, fatality cases top grand jury list
Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 9:24 pm
By CHRIS MENEES
A Union City man charged in an incident where a police officer was dragged alongside a vehicle and an Obion County man charged in a fatal traffic crash top the list of indictments handed down by the grand jury.
The grand jury convened earlier this week to hear evidence of alleged criminal activity in a variety of cases, with 44 indictments handed down for the October term.
The list of indictments was released this morning by Obion County Circuit Court Clerk Harry Johnson, whose office indicated the list includes three sealed indictments which remain secret pending the arrests of those charged.
Those indicted will be arraigned Monday beginning at 9 a.m. in Obion County Circuit Court.
Nicholis Pierre Dean, 24, was indicted for aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, driving on a suspended license (priors), evading arrest and failure to provide proof of insurance — charges which stem from a Sept. 2 traffic stop involving a Union City Police Department officer.
Police reported the incident began about 11:05 p.m. in the 800 block of East Main Street when police patrol officer PFC Ben Hudson observed a vehicle allegedly swerve into the wrong lane and cross back over into the eastbound lane, then speed up and continue to veer from side to side. The officer said he signaled for the vehicle to pull over and the driver, identified as Dean, stopped in the 100 block of Keller Street.
Hudson reported he requested to see Dean’s driver’s license and insurance, but the driver indicated he did not have either and said he had an identification. A check by police revealed his license had been suspended in March 2005 and that he had five prior convictions for driving on a suspended license, including four from Tipton County and one from Fayette County.
Hudson said he was attempting to place Dean under arrest for sixth offense driving on a suspended license and was attempting to open the driver’s side door when the driver allegedly said “no” and pulled on the door in an attempt to close it, according to the police report.
As Hudson leaned into the vehicle and grabbed the driver’s arm, Dean allegedly put the vehicle into drive and stepped on the accelerator — which resulted in the police officer being dragged alongside the vehicle for about 50 yards, at which point he was able to force the vehicle’s gear shift into park and place Dean under arrest.
In a separate matter from last year, Dennis Ruben Corlew, 60, of Woodland Mills was indicted for vehicular homicide in connection with a single-vehicle accident that occurred Nov. 7, 2009, on Luther Davis Road in rural Obion County.
The mid-morning accident claimed the life of Rick L. Madding, 52, of Hornbeak, identified as a passenger in the vehicle being driven by Corlew.
According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Corlew was driving a 1996 Ford F15 pickup northbound on Luther Davis Road when the vehicle exited the east side of the road with the right side tires. The vehicle overcorrected and went across both lanes in a counterclockwise rotation, then exited the west side of the roadway and struck a tree on the right center before overturning. The vehicle came to a final rest on its left side facing south.
Corlew was airlifted to Regional Medical Center in Memphis, while Madding died at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.
The October list of indictments, with the exception of the three sealed indictments, also includes:
• Jewell Edward Akers — theft.
• Jewell Edward Akers — theft and criminal trespass.
• Joe Anthony Busby — unlawful possession of a weapon (two counts).
• Eric Lynn Choate — theft of property.
• Eric Lynn Choate — contraband in a penal institution, simple possession and drug paraphernalia.
• Eddie Lee Clark Jr. — theft, simple possession and driving on a suspended license.
• Mary Katherine Coble — forgery (120 counts).
• Dennis Ruben Corlew — vehicular homicide.
• Joshua Tyler Dawson, Chad Wade Dawson and Justin Lynn Collins — burglary, theft, burglary and theft.
• Justin Derrick Easley, Bobby James Hunter, Hannah Paige Hunter and Elizabeth Renna Winston — possession of a controlled substance with intent and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture.
• Zachary Wade Fowler — failure to appear.
• Zachary Wade Fowler — driving on a suspended driver’s license.
• Kevin Wayne George Jr. and Robert Maxwell McKnight — aggravated burglary and theft.
• Vernon Edward Harrell — forgery (three counts).
• Vernon Edward Harrell Jr. and Brad Austin Henderson — theft (both) and criminal impersonation (Harrell only).
• Vernon Edward Harrell Jr., Brad Austin Henderson and Virginia Lee Page — theft (all), theft (three counts, Harrell and Henderson only) and theft (Harrell only).
• Charles Eugene Jimerson, Travis Lynn Fraley, Joseph Leon Willyard, Thomas Christopher Morton, Gloria Denise Willyard and Anita Gayle Barner — possession of a controlled substance with intent, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine (all) and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture (Joseph Willyard and Gloria Willyard only).
• Ned Arthur Jones — possession of a controlled substance with intent and safety belt violation.
• Neal Ray Kimmons, Zachary Wade Fowler and Angela Elisabeth Lebron — aggravated burglary and theft (all), false reports and felon in possession of a weapon (Kimmons only).
• Holly Devin Locke — simple possession and unlawful drug paraphernalia.
• Patrick Gene Minnick — aggravated assault.
• Patrick Gene Minnick, (sealed) and Allan Michael Coleman — aggravated assault (two counts).
• Patrick Gene Minnick and James Cecil Powers — burglary, theft, vandalism, burglary, theft, vandalism, theft and vandalism.
• Patrick Gene Minnick and James Cecil Powers — burglary and theft.
• Jeremy Dontay Moore — possession of a controlled substance with intent and drug paraphernalia.
• Joseph Leon Nelson — promotion of methamphetamine manufacture.
• Denny Lee Pinion — failure to appear.
• Caleb Lee Rice — possession of a controlled substance with intent, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and unlawful drug paraphernalia.
• Eric Lynn Richardson — theft.
• Jerome Brandon Richmond, Zachary D. Winters, Crystal Oliver and Brandon Jamal King — aggravated burglary (two counts), theft (two counts, all), aggravated burglary and theft (Richmond and Winters only).
• Kimberly Renee Sexton — forgery (16 counts).
• Noble Steven Simms Jr. — destruction of or interference with certain utility fixtures or appliances.
• Noble Steven Simms Jr. — unlawful drug paraphernalia.
• Buddy Elwood Stroud — aggravated sexual battery (two counts).
• Quentila Taylor — contraband in penal institutions.
• Ronald Patrick Walsh — promotion of methamphetamine and unlawful drug paraphernalia.
• David Lewis Ware Jr. and Shunita Rochette Shields — possession of a controlled substance with intent, drug paraphernalia (both), possession of a controlled substance (Shields only) and possession of a controlled substance and felon carrying a weapon (Ware only).
• Kenneth Lane Webb and Jessica Faye Shaw Heller — possession of a controlled substance with intent, drug paraphernalia (both), unlawful carrying of a weapon (Webb only) and contraband in a penal institution (Heller only).
• Cory Neal Williams — aggravated burglary, theft, employment of a firearm during a dangerous felony and possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony.
• Sean Lucas Williams — aggravated burglary and theft.
• Jency Edward Wright — promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and initiation of process to manufacture methamphetamine.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 10.08.10