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County Courthouse faced busy Monday

Monday, January 28, 2008

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Smith
It was a busy Monday in the courtrooms of the Clay County Courthouse.

Vance Smith, 38, the alleged suspect in the Poland First Financial Bank robbery Nov. 23 and another in Darlington, Ind., on Oct. 31, 2007, appeared before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout to be formally charged after being extradited from Clay County, Tenn.

James Organ was appointed to represent the defendant on two class C felony charges of robbery and operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life.

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Miles
If convicted, Smith could face 2-8 years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000 for per charge.

During a review of the case and a background check by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, the additional charge of being a habitual offender was added to Smith's charging information.

According to charging information provided by Clay Circuit Court, Smith has accumulated three prior felony convictions for class C felony charges of operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life in Hendrix (April 10, 2007 and Oct. 21, 2002) and in Putnam (Oct. 1, 2004) counties.

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Norris
At a press conference on Jan. 17, Prosecutor Lee Reberger said Smith was also wanted in Hendricks County on warrants for failure to appear for possession of cocaine, criminal reckless with a deadly weapon and carrying a handgun without a permit, as well as operating a vehicle while intoxicated and habitual traffic violator in Putnam County.

Smith is expected to appear in court for a pre-trial conference on April 15 at 1:30 p.m., with a jury trial scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on June 16.

Smith's bond remains set at $25,000 with no 10 percent allowed.

The two suspects alleged to be involved in the Burger King robbery on Jan. 23 also appeared in court.

William J. Miles, 39, Brazil, appeared before Judge Trout to be formally charged on two class B felony charges of armed robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

If convicted, Miles could face 6-20 years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000 for per charge.

During a review of the case and a background check by the CCPO, the additional charge of being a habitual offender was added to Miles' charging information.

According to charging information provided by Clay Circuit Court, Miles has accumulated two prior felony convictions for class C felony robbery charges, one in Noblesville, Ind. (Dec. 25, 1998), the other in Hendrix County (Aug. 28, 1998).

Miles expected to appear in court March 10 at 1 p.m.

Marquita Norris, 22, Terre Haute, appeared before Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers to be formally charged on a class B misdemeanor charge of false informing.

According to the charging information provided by Clay Superior Court, Norris told authorities she and Miles were not at Burger King on Jan. 23.

If convicted, Norris could face up to 180 days and a fine of $1,000.


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Maybe Miles should have held Norris captive, forced her to stay with him, threaten her life for sexual favors, hold officers at bay for hours, shoot out windows, and deny people the use of their homes, et... Then hee might be able to move to North Carolina and get a years probation.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 6:52 AM

Good point.

-- Posted by Boilergirl on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 7:41 PM


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