Hit-and-run tops grand jury list
Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:09 pm
By CHRIS MENEES
A South Fulton man’s indictment on a charge stemming from a 2009 fatal hit-and-run accident tops a list of indictments handed down this week by the Obion County grand jury.
Dennis Lynn Hutchins was indicted for leaving the scene of an accident, a charge which he waived to the grand jury at a preliminary hearing Dec. 16, 2010, in General Sessions Court.
The charge was filed in connection with a May 16, 2009, hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of George Thomas Dysart, 50, of Fulton.
Authorities said Dysart died following an accident that occurred between 9:30 and 10 p.m. on Harris Road in South Fulton. Police reported Dysart was riding a bicycle in the area of Harris Road beside the football field at the old school when he was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.
Hutchins, 50, was arrested Nov. 2, 2010, following a joint investigation by the South Fulton Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. South Fulton Police Chief Andy Crocker told The Messenger the case was “a cold case” for nearly 18 months when the victim’s family received a tip that ultimately resulted in the arrest.
The Obion County grand jury convened Monday to hear evidence in a number of cases to determine if charges should be levied by indictment. A total of 39 indictments were handed down by the panel during its February term, according to Obion County Circuit Court Clerk Harry Johnson.
Arraignments for those indicted will be held Monday in Obion County Circuit Court.
The indictments include a number of other serious cases which have been reported in The Messenger in recent months — including a trio of assaults, the alleged sexual abuse of two young boys and an armed robbery at a grocery store.
• Danny Mose White of Union City was indicted for aggravated assault as the result of a Dec. 28, 2010, incident in which a local senior citizen allegedly was assaulted with her own walking cane at her home.
According to a Union City Police Department report, police had responded just after 5 p.m. to 601 High St., where officers found the back door open and the 78-year-old resident sitting in her kitchen in her power chair “bleeding profusely” from her head and arm, but conscious.
The woman, who alleged White had attacked her with her walking stick, was taken by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City for treatment.
She told police she was sitting at her kitchen table when White knocked on the door and she allowed him inside. She indicated she sometimes allows him to do yard work for her. She said after talking for a few minutes, White went behind her to the kitchen sink to get a drink of water. She told police her wooden walking cane was hanging from the sink and she claimed White picked it up and started hitting her in the head with it.
The victim told police she tried to grab the stick and was hit in the arm and hand, and she alleged she was hit several times before White left her home, according to the report.
• Michael Jason Pollard of Union City was indicted on charges of aggravated assault and domestic assault in connection with a Nov. 21, 2010, domestic dispute.
Police had originally charged Pollard, 36, with attempted murder after he allegedly placed one bullet into a revolver, placed the gun to a woman’s head and pulled the trigger, according to a Union City Police Department report.
Police said the incident apparently occurred during a dispute over Pollard’s and the victim’s son. Police also reported Pollard allegedly assaulted the woman repeatedly and attempted to strangle her during the incident. He was arrested after police received a 911 call from the victim and officers arrived to find the two struggling.
• Brandon Scott Simpson of Union City was indicted on charges of theft, two counts of vandalism, assault and domestic assault stemming from a Nov. 30, 2010, domestic dispute in which two people were injured.
The Union City Police Department reported officers responded about 1:25 a.m. to a domestic dispute in progress at Simpson’s home and arrived to find that a 57-year-old Union City woman and her 24-year-old daughter had allegedly been assaulted by Simpson, identified as the daughter’s boyfriend. He had fled when police arrived.
According to the police report, the older woman had been hit by a mailbox allegedly thrown by Simpson and her daughter had been “knocked out” by his allegedly hitting her with his fist. He had allegedly knocked the front door and bathroom door open by breaking the door frames and had broken one victim’s cell phone while she was attempting to call police.
Simpson also allegedly took the younger woman’s laptop computer when he left and broke the windshield of a vehicle parked in the driveway.
• Mario Andre McElrath of Union City was indicted for two counts of aggravated sexual battery and two counts of aggravated child abuse, charges which pertain to the alleged abuse of two young boys.
The charges — levied Dec. 3, 2010, by Union City police — stem from incidents that allegedly occurred between Oct. 1, 2009, and Feb. 28, 2010, at a residence on North Third Street in Union City, according to arrest warrants, which identified the victims as a 4-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy.
Authorities alleged McElrath would babysit the children when their mother was at work and, according to the children, would duct tape their mouths so they could not scream and their hands so they could not move. After he duct taped them, he allegedly would pull down their pants and rub their genitals, according to the warrants, which also detailed an allegation of him performing oral sex on the children on at least one occasion.
In addition, according to the warrants, McElrath allegedly beat the children with high-heeled shoes and cut their fingers with kitchen knives.
McElrath was a Union City High School football standout who was named the Class 2A Mr. Football Back of the Year in 2000.
• Michael Devon Eaton and David Lamont Simpson, both of Union City, were indicted on a charge of aggravated robbery in connection with a Dec. 21, 2010, armed robbery at a local Mexican grocery store.
The charge stems from a robbery that allegedly occurred about 9:10 p.m. at La-Michoacana at 1207 East Main St. in Union City, where a clerk told police he had been robbed by two black men dressed in black who then ran down an alley away from the business.
The clerk told police the two suspects had entered the business, with one of them wearing some type of white mask and carrying a long gun and the other holding a thin piece of rope. The gunman allegedly approached the counter and demanded money, pointing the weapon at a clerk, and then grabbed three baggies full of change off the counter and ran. The suspect with the rope reportedly stayed by the back door and ran off with the gunman.
The list of indictments also includes:
• Josh Nathaniel Ballard — theft.
• John David Billingsby — identity theft and fraudulent use of a debit card.
• Montario Devante Bond, Charles Channing Champion, Jalissa Raquell McFall and Keenen Jerel Luellen — robbery, all; simple possession, only Champion; simple possession and criminal trespass, only McFall.
• Derrick Antonia Byrd — evading arrest, reckless endangerment, vandalism, evading arrest, driving on revoked license and priors.
• Brian Ray Culver — theft.
• Cedric Orlando Dennis — possession of a controlled substance with intent.
• James Earl Fitzgerald — aggravated burglary, theft and vandalism, two counts.
• Brian Cooper Goree and David Tyler Basham — burglary and theft.
• Kerry Nathan Gibson — worthless checks, two counts.
• Kerry Nathan Gibson — worthless checks, three counts, and identity theft, two counts.
• Shannon Jessica Gibson — identity theft, two counts, theft, two counts, and worthless check, two counts.
• Dion Antoine Harrison — possession of a controlled substance with intent.
• Dorothy Denise Haynes — aggravated burglary and evading arrest.
• Steven R. Henrion — statutory rape.
• Dennis Lynn Hutchins and Kenneth John Edwards — sale of a controlled substance and unlawful drug paraphernalia.
• Brittany Nicole Johnson, Justin Jay Long and Selena Leilani Binkley — possession of a controlled substance with intent, simple possession and unlawful drug paraphernalia.
• Vicki Lynn Love — theft and identity theft, nine counts.
• Charles Christopher McClure — evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.
• Jack William McKenzie III — contraband in a penal institution and simple possession.
• Heather Marie Maassen — child neglect or endangerment.
• Matthew Allen Mathenia — aggravated burglary and theft.
• John Dustin Morris — false reports.
• Michael Wayne Pride — evading arrest, driving while license revoked, priors and resisting arrest.
• Jerry Sherrill Jr. — theft.
• Leslie Lee Shields — evading arrest and simple possession.
• James Eric Simmons — burglary, theft, burglary, theft, theft and theft.
• Tonia Marie Sims — possession of a controlled substance with intent.
• Michael Glenn Simpson — motor vehicle habitual offense act violation.
• Kurtis O’Shea Smith — possession of a controlled substance with intent, two counts.
• Montrel Thompson Jr. — aggravated burglary and possession of burglary tools.
• Harold Dwayne Ware — possession of a controlled substance with intent, two counts.
• Joseph Brandon Webb — theft.
• Bobby Joe Williams — burglary and theft.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 2.9.11