NEWPORT-Members of the Cocke County Grand Jury completed
their March term on Tuesday after hearing 81 cases during their two-day
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
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
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
• 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
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
• Freda Hartsell, who had been accused of aggravated
assault of Thomas Lovell, of 148 Park Street, with a knife on August 15.