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Grand jury ends March session

Published: 10:35 AM, 03/04/2010
 

Author: Gilbert Soesbee
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Members of the Cocke County Grand Jury completed their March term on Tuesday after hearing 81 cases during their two-day session.

Grand jurors reported to Circuit Judge Ben W. Hooper II Tuesday afternoon that they had returned 11 indictments, three presentments which were ordered sealed by the court, and five no true bills clearing defendants of charges brought against them.

The 19 cases heard by the grand jury on Tuesday, combined with the 62 cases the panel heard during its Monday session, bring the total number of cases heard this week to 81. In all, the grand jury returned 49 indictments, 21 presentments, and 11 no true bills during its March session.

Both indictments and presentments are means by which criminal charges are brought against defendants. The difference is that charges filed by presentment originate with the grand jury as opposed to criminal warrants and preliminary proceedings in general sessions court. Presentments are routinely sealed from public inspection until the arrest of the accused.

A no true bill is returned when the grand jury finds insufficient evidence or other legal reasons not to continue prosecution of the case.

Arraignments for those accused by the grand jury this week are set for Monday, March 22, beginning at 9 a.m. in criminal court before Judge Hooper.

Bond was set for $100,000 for a local man who was arrested Tuesday on charges contained in sealed presentments handed down by the grand jury on Monday.

Lucas Matthew Allison is charged in separate presentments with two counts of aggravated burglary, theft of property valued at more than $1,000, two counts of theft of property valued at less than $500, and failure to appear in circuit court on January 15 to answer other charges of theft, burglary, and criminal trespassing.

Allison is accused of break-ins of the Ashley Waldroup residence at 176 Watson Street last November 23, in which a lap-top computer, a Wii games system, games, speakers, and jewelry were taken, and of the Libby Humphrey residence at 211 Old Cave Church Road last December 10, in which jewelry, a cellular telephone, and other property were taken.

He is further accused of taking clothing, valuable papers, and other property belonging to Randy and Christy Elliott, of 123 Sequoyah Drive, last December 10.

Here is a list of defendants accused by indictments handed down by the grand jury on Tuesday. Court records do not identify persons by age, address, or occupation, and there may be other people with the same, or similar, names.

Clinton Vance, who is charged with passing worthless checks valued between $10,000 and $60,000 for allegedly writing a bad check to Greene County Land and Auction Company for $40,845 on August 29, 2009.

Nicole Angeline Henry, who is charged with theft of property valued at less than $500 in connection with the November 14 theft of a camera belonging to David Freeman, of 182 North Ridge Drive, Parrottsville.

Glenn Anthony Mantooth, who is charged with vandalism and theft of property valued at less than $500 from the Coin Laundry at 861 West Highway 25/70 on November 14.

Glenn Anthony Mantooth, who is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property valued at more than $500 in connection with the November 17 break-in of the Helen Owens residence at 155 Irish Cut Road and the theft of jewelry, a cellular telephone, and other property.

Theresa Diane Burgess, who is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years old on April 4, 2009.

Brittany Baxter, who is charged with theft of merchandise valued at less than $500 from the Newport Wal-Mart on January 24.

Gerald Burke, who is charged with theft of merchandise and criminal trespassing at the Newport Wal-Mart on December 30.

Ralph Campbell, who is charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly failing to provide proper care for an animal on November 4.

Charlie Dale Antrican, who is charged with violation of the Tennessee Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender Act; driving on a suspended, canceled, or revoked license; and violation of the Tennessee open alcoholic beverage container law on February 2.

Brandi Nicole Roberts, who is charged with theft of merchandise from the Dollar General Store in Cosby on October 29, 2009.

Robbie Lee Evans, who is charged with aggravated assault of Larry Gunter, of 166 Dawson Road, Parrottsville, with a gun on November 27.

The following people were named on no true bills issued by the grand jury on Tuesday.

James "Skip" Fenoff, who had been accused of assault and violation of the Hunter Protection Act on December 6. Fenoff was alleged to have assaulted Terryl Denton, of 237 Dry Fork Road, Del Rio.

Aaron Pete Whitt, who had been accused of simple possession of marijuana last August 4.

Terry Lee Reed, who had been accused of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and deliver on July 29, 2009.

John J. Wiedman, who had been accused of aggravated criminal trespassing by Denneasa Thomas, of 736 Rich Hollow Road, Cosby, on October 14.

Freda Hartsell, who had been accused of aggravated assault of Thomas Lovell, of 148 Park Street, with a knife on August 15.

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