Robberies, assault top grand jury list

Robberies, assault top grand jury list
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Charges stemming from the assault of a South Fulton man and two recent robberies in Union City top the list of indictments handed down this week by the Obion County grand jury.
The grand jury convened Monday for its February term, resulting in 53 indictments for a variety of alleged criminal offenses.
Steve Johnson of Union City was indicted for aggravated assault (two counts) in connection with the Jan. 10 assault of Michael Prince of South Fulton.
South Fulton police had responded just before 8 p.m. to a report of a man with unknown injuries lying in a roadway. Police Capt. David Lamb reported he found Prince, who was “bleeding badly from his head and face area,” according to a court affidavit.
Upon further investi-gation, police learned Prince and a man later identified as Johnson had allegedly gotten into an argument over an item. Two witnesses told police Johnson struck Prince with a piece of wood.
Prince was taken to Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton and later trans-ferred to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky., in critical condition.
Robberies
Demetris Maurice Shear-er and Michael Marzet Danner, both of Fulton, were indicted for aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence and Shearer was indicted for unlawful possession or carrying a weapon, charges which stem from an Oct. 25, 2011, robbery at Pockets Shell on West Reelfoot Avenue in Union City.
The robbery occurred shortly after 2 a.m., according to Union City police. A store employee told police an unknown man entered the store brandishing a handgun and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.
In a separate incident, Carl Anthony Patton Jr. of South Fulton, David Earl Polk of Hickman, Ky., and Lisa May Luter of South Fulton were indicted on a charge of especially aggravated robbery as the result of the Jan. 8 robbery of a Union City man.
Christopher Yarborough of Union City told a Union City police investigator he was walking in the area of Gibbs and Morgan streets when a white Dodge Durango pulled up next to him. He said two black men exited the vehicle and assaulted him, with one of the men hitting him with a silver-colored pistol. He was knocked to the ground and the men allegedly took his wallet and his cell phone.
After the suspects left, Yarborough ran back to his residence, where he was picked up by a friend and taken to the hospital. A police report noted Yarborough apparently was struck at least four times with the pistol.
Vehicular homicides
The grand jury handed down indictments for vehicular homicide as a result of two separate traffic accidents last year in Obion County.
Ryne Bishop Dunn was indicted for vehicular homicide in connection with a Sept. 10, 2011, traffic accident at Old Rives Road and Walker Tanner Road near Union City.
Bishop was identified as the driver in a one-car collision which was investigated by the Obion County Sheriff’s Department. His passenger, Kwijuan Hunt, 26, of Dyer, was seriously injured and was taken to a Memphis hospital; he subsequently died Nov. 3, 2011.
In a separate crash, Margaret Chantel Harper, 22, of Tulsa, Okla., was indicted for vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, simple possession and unlawful drug paraphernalia following an Aug. 23, 2011, fatal traffic accident near Kenton.
One of Ms. Harper’s passengers, 10-month-old Robert Chew IV, was killed in the crash. He was not in a safety restraint, the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported.
A total of four people were injured in the crash, including Ms. Harper and her other young passenger, 2-year-old Raleigh Chew, who also allegedly was not wearing a safety restraint.
Home burglary case
Nineteen of the indictments on the grand jury’s list named Justin Blake Wiles, 18, of Troy and/or his father, Bradley Dale Wiles, 36, of Ira Barker Road, who were arrested in December 2011 in connection with a series of home burglaries across Obion County.
The father-son duo had waived their cases to the grand jury in January.
Justin Wiles was named in four indictments for aggravated burglary and theft; four indictments for criminal attempt to commit aggravated burglary; and one indictment for burglary and theft.
Both Justin Wiles and Bradley Wiles were listed in nine indictments for aggravated burglary and theft and one indictment for criminal attempt to commit aggravated burglary.
The Obion County Sheriff’s Department reported the two men were arrested in connection with a rash of recent break-ins in the South Fulton area, around the Clayton-Antioch community, around Troy and Rives. They were suspected in the thefts of televisions, computers, computer game systems and other electronic devices and there was also some jewelry and other items stolen.
Arraignments will be held Monday starting at 9 a.m. in Obion County Circuit Court for those indicted by the February term of the grand jury.
The complete list of indictments was disclosed Wednesday afternoon by Obion County Circuit Court Clerk Harry Johnson, with none of them remaining sealed or secret.
Also indicted
The complete list of grand jury indictments also includes:
• Wendy Rachelle Alsup, James Michael Hamra Jr. and Eric Lee Howard — theft.
• Ashley Lynn Bumpus — theft.
• Gemarbhai V. Chaudhari — synthetic methcathinone and salvia divinorum or synthetic cannabinoids, two counts.
• Harold Wayne Clapp — driving under the influence.
• Randall Edwin Cobb and Jaclyn Dawn Simpson — possession of controlled substance with intent.
• Michael William Daniel and Jacob Matthew Gregory — theft of property, evading arrest and evading arrest.
• Arthur Maurice Davis and Victoria Lynn Dyson — unlawful possession of a weapon, simple possession and priors (Davis only); simple possession (Dyson only); and unlawful drug paraphernalia (both).
• Joseph Taylor Ervin and Zachary Alexander Hulpa — aggravated burglary and theft.
• David Alan Greene — burglary and vandalism.
• David Alan Greene — burglary, theft and vandalism.
• Sergio Arturo Hernan-dez, Tammie Renee Smith and Kenneth Lee Moore — manufacturing of a controlled substance (all); promotion of meth manufacturing, two counts (Hernandez only); and promotion of meth manufacturing, three counts (Moore only).
• Robert Earl Hogg — motor vehicle habitual offender act violation.
• Jeremy Ray Hurst — theft of property.
• Nicholas Laray Kenton and Courtney Lavon Kenton — possession of a controlled substance with intent, two counts.
• Matthew Ryan McBroom — theft.
• Anthony Lamont Minnick — theft of property.
• Anthony Lamont Minnick — theft, identity theft, seven counts, and fraudulent use of a credit card, seven counts.
• George Michael Pettie — failure to appear.
• Krystal Dawn Rivers — forgery, two counts.
• Krystal Dawn Rivers — false reports.
• Joseph Edward Sine and Jonathan Edward Vaughn — burglary, theft, burglary, theft and burglary (both); and simple possession (Sine only).
• Jerry Wayne Slayton Jr. — unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, possession of a handgun while under the influence and public intoxication.
• Kaila Beth Stover — promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, two counts.
• Kaila Beth Stover and Laurenda Lee Bruce Wilson — forgery, four counts.
• Willie Louis Taylor — possession of a controlled substance with intent and possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony.
• Denzil Terrella Weatherspoon — theft of property and driving on a suspended license.
• Joseph Shane Whitson and John Edward Cochran — theft, two counts (Whitson only); and theft (Cochran only).
• Laurenda Lee Bruce Wilson — theft.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 2.9.12

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