There was a record 168 indictments for the Tipton County Grand Jury last week.
Two dozen arrests in Covington at Broadmeadow Place Apartments and a more than a dozen in Atoka following another eight-month investigation were just the tip of the iceberg.
Just days after his mother was shot and killed by police, Charles Blackwell was indicted on drug possession charges. According to court documents, during a sex offender compliance check on April 26, a deputy found four large bags of marijuana and rolling papers in Blackwell’s bedroom.
He was indicted for possession of schedule VI with intent and is set to stand trial on March 7, 2014.
And after a heartwarming story in The Leader two weeks ago, Ginger Beloit, who owns a pair of bars named Somewhere Else and Someplace Else, was indicted for unlawful sale of alcohol and storage of alcoholic beverages for sale.
Neither bar is licensed to sell or store liquor, but an undercover operation conducted by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission in January found Beloit’s bars selling and storing Ala-bama Slammas and Andre Spumante, according to documents filed in court.
Beloit and her fiancé own the establishments and are in danger of losing them.
Her trial date has been set for March 12, 2014.
School zones were also a hotbed for drug-related indictments, with 31 separate cases involving the sale of everything from marijuana to morphine in a school zone.
On May 1, Mary Kay Hughes was stopped by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and troopers searched her vehicle after noticing what they called “nervous behavior” from both Hughes and her passenger. The women told police they traveled to Memphis that day, went to McDonald’s and were headed home, however shopping bags in the backseat of the Saturn Ion Hughes was driving also made officers suspicious the truth was not being told.
In the spare tire compartment, officers found marijuana, cocaine and rolling papers. Hughes was indicted on four counts of possession of cocaine in a school zone and four counts of possession of marijuana in a school zone. She is set to reappear in court on April 21, 2014.
According to police reports, infidelity caused Joshua Scott Climer to allegedly assault his wife during the early morning on May 2.
An affidavit of complaint states Climer discovered his wife was having an affair with her boss and woke her up by allegedly putting his hands around her neck, then threatening and assaulting her with a tire iron before dragging her across broken asphalt.
The couple’s three children were home at the time of the incident and the Department of Children’s Services was called.
A note on the warrant states the Climers were involved in another domestic violence situation in 2009.
Joshua Climer was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault and is due back in court on March 26, 2014.
• Markedis Deshun Briars was indicted on one count of theft $1,000-$10,000, six counts of burglary of a vehicle, six counts of theft under $500 and one count of burglary. He is due back in court on March 24, 2014.
• Robert Chase Carder is the co-defendant with Daniel Stephen Dougherty on an indictment that includes charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and theft of $1,000. He was also indicted on charges of attempted burglary, burglary, theft under $500, theft $1,000-$10,000 and three counts of vandalism $1,000-$10,000. The court date in both cases is March 24, 2014.
• Jamie Lee Chavez was indicted for the initiation and promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing as well as violating the habitual motor vehicle offender and sex offender registry laws. His next court date is March 25, 2014.
• Bryan Austin DeMeza, who was arrested earlier this year for killing his newborn stepson in December 2012, was indicted on three counts of aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect and first degree mruder. His trial date is set for March 31, 2014.
• Amanda Lea Greathouse and Paul Alexander Greathouse were indicted in two separate cases each for the delivery of schedule III naracotics and cocaine. They are set to reappear in court on April 15, 2014.
• Jennifer Rea McKelvey was indicted in three separate cases on charges relating to the delivery of pills, including doing so in a school zone. Her court date has been set for April 22, 2014.
• Jim Frank Robinson Jr. was indicted in five cases charging him with selling cocaine and marijuana in a school zone. His court date is May 5, 2014.
• Danielle Theresa Vanderpluym was indicted on five counts of obtaining child support by fraudulent means. She is due back in court on May 2, 2014.
• Jeremy Wylie Vickers was named in two separate indictments charging him with a combined three counts of vandalism $1,000-$10,000, two counts of theft $1,000-$10,000, and one count each of theft less than $500, burglary, attempted burglary, aggravated burglary and attempted kidnapping.
• Cody Jarrod Walker was indicted on seven charges of identity theft, five counts of forgery, promotion of meth manufacturing and the attempted promotion of meth manufacturing. He is due back in court on May 13, 2014.