The DeKalb County Grand Jury Monday indicted two men in separate rape cases involving children.
23 year old Joshua Cook has been indicted on two counts of rape of a child while 47 year old Walter R. Hartman is indicted on two counts of aggravated rape and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that Cook, who had been staying in Liberty, was arrested on Thursday, October 28th, 2010. At the time of his arrest, Cook was believed to be homeless.
According to Sheriff Ray, Cook allegedly performed sexual acts on a six year old and a ten year old male child on Church Street in Liberty and then he allegedly had the two children perform sexual acts on him. These events allegedly took place on September 15th, 2010.
Hartman, meanwhile allegedly provided beer to two fourteen year old girls and engaged in sexual activity with them at his home on February 26.
Cook and Hartman are among forty four persons indicted by the August term of the Grand Jury including six named in sealed indictments. All those indicted will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, August 15 at 9:00 a.m.
Those indicted and their charges are as follows:
Agustine Munez- driving under the influence and no drivers license
David D. Miller- aggravated assault
David Dennis Miller- resisting arrest
Kenny Stults- theft over $500, theft under $500 (2 charges), and theft over $1,000
Earnest P. Barnwell- theft under $500
Cynthia D. Walls- driving under the influence
Sharon K. Skinner- possession of paraphernalia and criminal impersonation
Janet R. Mayo- possession of a schedule II and VI controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia
Steve A. Hale- possession of a schedule III and IV controlled substance for resale, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, and a third offense of driving under the influence
Ray D. Underwood and Bradley S. Redmon- assault
Edgar Hernandez- driving on a revoked license
Brittany D. Barnes- theft under $500
Elizabeth Ann Chalfant- driving under the influence, possession of paraphernalia, a 4th offense of driving on a suspended license (2 counts), reckless endangerment, violation of the implied consent law
David Graham and Alexandria Rowell- child neglect, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia
Emily F. Fare- aggravated assault
Walter R. Hartman- aggravated rape (2 counts) and contributing to the delinquency of a minor (2 counts)
Stephanie Ann Fagan- aggravated child abuse and possession of a schedule VI and II controlled substance
Courtney Paris- possession of a schedule II controlled substance for resale (2 counts)
Chad Carrier- theft over $1,000 and violation of an order of protection
Melinda Murphy- fraudulent use of a credit card (2 charges) and theft under $500
Angela Howell- fraudulent use of a credit card (2 counts) and theft under $500
Jonathan Eugene Cash- driving on a revoked license (6th offense)
James L. Owen- promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine
Theresa Columbo- driving under the influence
Thomas Joseph Somoza- driving under the influence, possession of a handgun under the influence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, criminal impersonation, no drivers license, and violation of the implied consent law.
Matthew A. Baker- driving on a revoked license (2 charges) , possession of paraphernalia
Brandon K. Thomas- initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine
Rickey Hendrixson- initiation of the manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of a schedule II controlled substance
Rhonda F. Brewer- introduction of contraband into a penal institution
Tammy Jennings- possession of paraphernalia
Charlie Chad Barnes and Terry Ray Barnes- initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine
Nena R. Chapman- theft over $10,000
James Stringer- burglary, theft over $1,000, and theft over $500
Julie Moore- theft under $500 (4 charges), forgery (3 charges)
Joshua Cook- rape of a child (2 counts)
Antonio Cezar Wilford- possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and alteration of an item's distinguishing numbers
The names of those charged in sealed indictments cannot be disclosed until they are arrested.
Smithville Police have charged a 31 year old DeKalb County man with two counts of burglary and one count of auto theft after a couple of incidents early Saturday morning.
Jessie Robert Adcock of Obie Adcock Road is under a $20,000 bond
Chief Randy Caplinger said that on Saturday morning at 4:48 a.m. police were called to Mapco Express where an employee reported seeing a man get into her vehicle in the parking lot. After police were notified, the man got out of the car and walked across the street, where employees of Mapco said it appeared he was trying to get into automobiles parked at Hardees.
Adcock was still in the Hardees parking lot when the officer arrived. He was taken into custody for questioning. Adcock admitted to opening the door to the car at Mapco Express but denied getting in it.
While Adcock was being questioned, police received a call of an auto theft on Woodlawn Street. According to the victim, the vehicle, a black Dodge pickup was stolen sometime between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. that morning. The truck was later found parked at Hardees.
Adcock allegedly admitted to taking the truck from the Woodlawn Street home and driving it to Hardees.
Smithville Police have charged four men in connection with the recent theft of a riding lawn mower.
Chief Caplinger reports that 45 year old Mark Goodson, 42 year old Dickie Bain, and 57 year old Jimmy Peck are each charged with theft of property over $1,000. 29 year old Terrence Martin, along with Goodson and Bain are also charged with filing a false report.
Chief Caplinger reports that just before midnight on July 25 a man called central dispatch to report that his Cub Cadet lawn mower was missing. Someone had apparently stolen it from his yard on Snow Street while he was at work. A witness in the neighborhood later reported to police that he had seen two men stop in a Jeep Cherokee at the victim's home and load the riding lawn mower onto a utility trailer. Earlier in the night police had stopped to check out a couple of vehicles at the city park on Smith Road including the Jeep Cherokee with the utility trailer and lawn mower. Goodson, Bain, Martin, and Peck were present but when questioned told police that the lawn mower belonged to one of them. At that time police were unaware of the theft. Shortly after midnight, police, having learned of the theft, spotted the Jeep Cherokee again while on patrol and stopped it. The small utility trailer was still attached with the Cub Cadet riding lawn mower aboard. The four men in the truck Goodson, Bain, Martin, Peck, were subsequently arrested and charged in the case. They will appear in court August 11.
In another case, David Hill was issued a citation for shoplifting after an incident at Save A Lot on July 18 in which he allegedly tried to steal two packs of meat.
Chief Caplinger reports that the store manager saw Hill put two packs of meat down the front of his pants. Hill was stopped as he exited the store. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on August 4.
Anthony Joe Hamilton was arrested July 20 on two counts of simple possession of a schedule IV drug and one count of simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. Hamilton, who had a warrant against him out of Putnam County, was stopped by Smithville Police at the Mapco convenience market. During the investigation, the officer noticed that Hamilton appeared to be trying to conceal something. Found were fourteen pills including what were believed to be xanax and valium. Hamilton also produced a small bag from his left pocket containing what appeared to be marijuana.
Alicia Chambers is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and filing a false police report. A co-defendant in the case, Christopher Scruggs was charged with filing a false report.
Chief Caplinger reports that police responded to a traffic accident on South Congress Boulevard in front of McDonald's on July 23. One of the vehicles involved in the mishap left the scene, heading south on Congress Boulevard. The vehicle then pulled into the parking lot of the Sonic Drive-In. Chambers, the woman inside the automobile, got out and ran to a residence at 610 Bright Hill Road. She returned to the Sonic shortly thereafter and with her was Christopher Scruggs, who told police that it was he who was driving the vehicle involved in the accident. Chief Caplinger said police later learned, after viewing surveillance video from McDonalds, that it was not Scruggs but Chambers who was the driver. Chambers was picked up by police and charged in the case. At the time of her arrest, police said Chambers was unsteady on her feet and had slurred speech.
Ms. Chambers, in an email to WJLE, wrote that she was "not under the influence of ANY substance and wasn't arrested until 4 hours after the accident occurred and was NEVER given nor offered a field sobriety test or blood test". "Matter of fact", she wrote, "the officers told my colleague I was ok to come back to work, as I was on my lunch break when the accident occurred. I hardly think any employer would allow an employee to work while under the influence."
Vicky Cox was charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and drug paraphernalia on July 28. She will be in court on August 25.
Chief Caplinger reports that an officer was called to Kwik-N-Ezy after someone driving a vehicle had struck the building. There were apparently no injuries or serious damage to the building but the driver, Cox, was charged in the case. Cox told police that she was distracted by a dog she had in the vehicle with her resulting in the accident. Cox gave the officer consent to search and he found some marijuana and rolling papers.
Curtis Jones is charged with driving on a revoked license and possession with intent to resell a schedule II controlled substance. He will be in court on August 18.
Chief Caplinger reports that Jones was recently pulled over on a traffic stop and police discovered that his license were revoked for a prior DUI. While taking inventory of the vehicle, the officer found a bottle containing morphine pills. Police seized the drugs and over five hundred dollars in cash..
Mateo Martin was charged with driving on a revoked license on July 29. Police pulled over Martin's vehicle after spotting it weaving on Congress Boulevard, failing to maintain the proper lane of travel. The officer asked Martin for his driver's license, but he didn't have one. A computer check revealed that his license had been revoked for a previous DUI in Putnam County. Martin will be in court on August 25.
Luis Bartolo Velazquez was charged with driving under the influence on July 18. While running radar in the Miller Road, Short Mountain Street area, police spotted Velazquez's vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The officer pulled over his automobile on South College Street and found that Velazquez was unsteady on his feet.
Amanda Shriver was issued a citation for theft of merchandise in a shoplifting incident at the Dollar General Store on July 22.
Police cited Nathaniel Tippens for simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on July 16.
Jerry Goff was issued a citation on July 28 for simple possession of a schedule III and VI controlled substance and simple possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police cited Sabrina Brown for theft of merchandise in a shoplifting incident at Food Lion on July 23.
Alex Rajas was issued a citation on July 16 for violation of the open container law, violation of the financial responsibility law, and a drivers license violation.