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Raid suspects go through system

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Clay County Courthouse has been busy processing the suspects arrested during the recent drug sweep by 12 law enforcement agencies on Aug. 5.

The Clay County Prosecutor's Office has reviewed the cases and presented the following formal charges on behalf of the State of Indiana before Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout or Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers.

The following formal charges were filed in court against the 31 suspects arrested and the maximum concurrent sentence and fine potentials are listed as follows:

Steven Bryan, 21, Brazil, appeared before Akers for one class B felony charge of dealing methamphetamine. James Organ was appointed counsel and a jury trial scheduled for Dec. 1. He has bonded out of jail.

If convicted of all charges, Bryan faces 20 years in prison with $10,000 in potential fines.

Misty M. Davis, 30, Harmony, appeared before Akers for one class D felony charge of unlawful sale of legend drug and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. A jury trial was scheduled for Jan. 19.

After reviewing her case, the prosecutor's office also formally charged her with a class D felony charge of legend drug deception, and two class A misdemeanors charges, one for possession of marijuana and another for possession of paraphernalia. A jury trial for the second matter was scheduled Jan. 5. She has bonded out of jail.

Charles Hear was appointed as counsel in both matters.

If convicted of all charges in both matters, Davis faces 11 years in prison with $40,000 in potential fines.

Michelle L. Doyle, 40, Brazil, appeared before Trout for one class C felony charge of dealing in schedule 4 controlled substance and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. A jury trial was scheduled for Dec. 1.

If convicted of all charges, Doyle faces 11 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Doyle also faces allegations filed by the prosecutor's office stemming from a May 1 incident that include a class C felony charge of dealing in a schedule 4 controlled substance. Doyle is still in jail awaiting a jury trial scheduled for Dec. 1.

Organ is the appointed counsel in both matters.

Andrew J. Elkins, 25, Montezuma, appeared before Trout for one class A felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Attorneys Organ and Laura Paul were appointed counsel. Elkins is still in jail awaiting a jury trial scheduled for Dec. 15.

If convicted of all charges, Elkins faces 53 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Daniel R. Francis, 34, Knightsville, appeared before Akers for two felony charges of dealing in methamphetamine (one a class A and the other a class B) and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Geoffrey Creason was appointed counsel. Francis is still in jail awaiting a jury trial scheduled for Jan. 5.

If convicted of all charges, Francis faces 73 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

Francis also faces a petition to revoke his probation for a class D felony conviction on June 2007 filed by the prosecutor's office on Aug. 20.

Bryan M. Hendrickson, 23, Knightsville, appeared before Trout for two class A felony charges of dealing in methamphetamine, one class C felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and one class D felony charge of neglect of a dependant. Jesse Cook was appointed counsel and a jury trial scheduled for Dec. 1. He has bonded out of jail.

If convicted of all charges, Hendrickson faces 111 years in prison and $40,000 in fines.

James W. Hill Jr., 48, Brazil, appeared before Akers for one class A felony charge of dealing methamphetamine, one class B felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Matthew Effner was appointed as defense counsel and a jury trial was scheduled for Jan. 19. He has bonded out of jail.

If convicted of all charges, Hill Jr. faces 73 years in prison with $30,000 in potential fines.

Penny S. Hill, 46, Brazil, appeared before Akers for one class A felony charge of dealing methamphetamine, one class B felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Rowdy Williams was appointed defense counsel and a jury trial scheduled for Jan. 19. She has bonded out of jail.

If convicted of all charges, Hill faces 73 years in prison with $30,000 in potential fines.

Patricia A. Hivner, 34, Clay City, appeared before Trout for one class D felony charge of dealing in schedule 4 controlled substance and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance and an additional class D felony charge of neglect of a dependent. Organ was appointed as defense counsel and Trout scheduled a jury trial for Dec. 1. She has bonded out of jail.

After reviewing her case, the prosecutor's office also charged Hivner with four additional charges on Aug 14. The new allegations include one class D felony charge of possession of methamphetamine, one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance, one class D felony charge of neglect of a dependent and a class A misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.

If convicted of all charges, Hivner faces 24 years in prison and $65,000 in fines.

Glen L. Keltz, 33, Brazil, appeared before Akers for one class B felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine, one class D felony charge of possession of controlled substance, two class D felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, one class A misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and one class B misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia. Effner was appointed counsel and Keltz is still in jail awaiting a jury trial set for Jan. 19.

Coleman Lanham, 19, Brazil, appeared before Akers for one class B felony charge of dealing schedule 2 controlled substance. Creason was appointed counsel and a jury trial set for Jan. 1. He has bonded out of jail.

If convicted of all charges, Lanham faces 20 years in prison with $10,000 in potential fines.

Lanham has since bonded out of jail to await further court proceedings.

Rodney J. Lowe, 38, Rosedale, appeared before Akers for one class B felony charge of dealing in schedule 2 controlled substance. Creason was appointed as counsel and Lowe is still in jail awaiting a jury trial set for Jan. 12. A bond reduction hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8.

If convicted of all charges, Lowe faces 20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Ronny L. Melega, 42, Brazil, appeared before Akers for one class B felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Organ was appointed as counsel and a jury trial set for Dec. 15. Facing a $25,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed, the court scheduled a bond reduction hearing for Sept. 8. He has bonded out of jail.

If convicted of all charges, Melega faces 23 years in prison with $20,000 in potential fines.

Shawn E. Morlan, 41, Brazil, appeared before Akers for two class B felony charges of dealing schedule 2 controlled substance, one class C felony charge of dealing in schedule 4 controlled substance and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Creason was appointed counsel and a jury trial was set for Jan. 12. He has bonded out of jail.

If convicted of all charges, Morlan faces 51 years in prison and $40,000 in fines.

William R. Moss, 24, Brazil, appeared before Akers for two class A felony charges of dealing in methamphetamine and two class B felony charges of Possession of Methamphetamine. Hear was appointed counsel and Moss is still in jail awaiting a jury trial was scheduled for Jan. 12.

If convicted of all charges, Moss faces 140 years in prison and $40,000 in fines.

Moss is also facing allegations from five other open court proceedings with a total of 17 charges ranging from class C traffic infractions to a class D felony battery charge.

Roy L. Mosteller, 46, Brazil, appeared before Akers for one class B felony charge of dealing in a schedule 3 substance and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Creason was appointed counsel and a jury trial was scheduled for Jan. 5. He has bonded out of jail.

If convicted of all charges, Mosteller faces 23 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Justin Myrtle, 25, Brazil, appeared before Akers for two felony charges of dealing in methamphetamine (one a class A the other a class B), one class D felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Hear was appointed counsel and Myrtle is still in jail awaiting a jury trial was scheduled for Jan. 12.

If convicted of all charges, Myrtle faces 93 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

Myrtle also faces allegations in three other open court proceedings with a total of nine charges ranging from a class B misdemeanor criminal mischief to a class D felony possession of methamphetamine.

Eddis L. Raines, 51, Brazil, appeared before Akers for one class A misdemeanor charge of dealing marijuana and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Creason was appointed counsel and a pre-trial conference was scheduled for Oct. 6 and a jury trial set for Dec. 8. He has bonded out of jail.

If convicted of all charges, Raines faces 4 years in prison with $15,000 in potential fines

Donald A. Raines, 53, Brazil, appeared before Akers for one class B felony charge of dealing in schedule 3 controlled substance, charge one class B felony charge of dealing in schedule 4 controlled substance and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Creason was appointed counsel and a jury trial was set for Jan. 5. He has bonded out of jail.

If convicted of all charges, Raines faces 31 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

On Aug. 19, the court issued an additional arrest warrant after accepting a petition to revoke Raines probation on a class D felony Battery conviction in 2006.

Gary K. Shelley, 39, Brazil, appeared before Trout for two class B felony charges of dealing methamphetamine. Shelley is still in jail awaiting a jury trial was scheduled for Oct. 6.

If convicted of all charges, Shelley faces 40 years in prison with $20,000 in potential fines.

Shelley also faces charges filed by the prosecutor's office stemming from a June 29 incident that includes a class D felony charge of possession of marijuana and a class D felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Organ was appointed counsel in both matters.

Laura S. Sproul, 27, Brazil, appeared before Trout for two felony charges of dealing methamphetamine (one a class A the other a class B) and two felony charges of possession of methamphetamine (one a class B and the other a class D). Sproul is still in jail awaiting a jury trial scheduled for Dec. 1.

Organ was appointed counsel in both matters.

If convicted of all charges, Sproul faces 93 years in prison with $40,000 in potential fines.

Sproul also faces charges filed by the prosecutor's office stemming from an April 23 incident that include two class A misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. A jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 24 in the matter.

Timothy J. Steuerwald, 39, Clay City, appeared before Trout for one class B felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine, one class D felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance.

Edward McGlone was appointed counsel and Steuerwald is still in jail awaiting a jury trial set for Jan. 5.

If convicted of all charges, Steuerwald faces 26 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

Steuerwald is also facing allegations that he failed to return to lawful detention, a class D felony charge, in June.

Raymond A. Walters, 40, Brazil, appeared before Akers for one class B felony charge of dealing methamphetamine, one class B felony charge of dealing a schedule 3 substance and one class D felony charge of possession of methamphetamine. Hear was appointed counsel and Walters is still in jail awaiting a jury trial scheduled for Jan. 5.

If convicted of all charges, Walters faces 43 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

William L. Whitaker, 49, Brazil, appeared before Trout for one class B felony charge of dealing methamphetamine. Organ was appointed counsel and a pre-trial conference was scheduled for Oct. 14 and a jury trial was set for Dec. 1. He has bonded out of jail.

If convicted of all charges, Whitaker faces 6 years in prison with $10,000 in potential fines.

Timothy S. Zuel, 35, Brazil, appeared before Trout for two class B felony charges of dealing methamphetamine, two Class D felony charges of maintaining a common nuisance and two class B misdemeanor charges of Visiting a Common Nuisance. Jason Brown was appointed counsel and Zuel is still in jail awaiting a jury trial set for Dec. 15.

If convicted of all charges, Zuel faces 47 years in prison with $42,000 in potential fines

With 31 new inmates being prosecuted through the court system, officials agree the paperwork is backed up. As of Monday, court documentation was not available for six suspects arrested during the drug sweep on Aug. 5.

In instances when court records are unavailable, officials explained to The Brazil Times the individuals involved might have bonded out before the formal court proceedings could be scheduled, their cases are still under review or the individual might be incarcerated on other charges and the new court proceedings can wait until they have served the prior sentence.

Individuals arrested during the drug sweep but have no public information available at this time include:

Jack D. Barnett, 28, Brazil, remains in jail on one class B felony charge of dealing methamphetamine,

Timothy J. Calvert, 47, Stilesville, remains in jail on one class B felony charge of dealing in schedule 2 substance and one class D felony charge of possession of a controlled substance,

Sammy J. Stedman, 35, Brazil, remains in jail on two class B felony charges of dealing methamphetamine, one class D felony charge of possession of methamphetamine, one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance.

Wesley E. Okulovich, 37, Brazil, was arrested for one class B felony charge of dealing methamphetamine and one class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance, but has bonded out of jail,

Bryan J. Frazee, 28, Knightsville, was arrested for two class D felony charges of dealing marijuana and one class D felony charge of maintaining of common nuisance, but has bonded out of jail,

Joseph F. Jones, 28, Brazil, was arrested for one class B felony charge of dealing schedule 1 controlled substance and one class B felony charge of dealing schedule 3 controlled substance, but has bonded out.


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Looks like the "pokeys" will be full for awhile!

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Aug 26, 2008, at 1:09 PM

I wonder, did they really think they would get away with it forever?

-- Posted by TheRider on Tue, Aug 26, 2008, at 3:10 PM

Does any one else notice the same names that were arrested in the last big drug raid (2006 or 2007)

And they are out on bail again!

-- Posted by former Clay Countian on Tue, Aug 26, 2008, at 9:16 PM

ALL I REMEMBER WERE PEOPLE COMPLAINING ABOUT CCSD ARRESTING THE LITTLE FISH, WELL LOOK ABOVE HOW LITTLE ARE THE FISH WHEN THEY FACE 111,140,93,93 etc YEARS IN JAIL, I MEAN PRISON....FOR LIFE. IF THAT IS "SMALL FISH" THEN I HATE TO SEE THE SENTENCE FOR THE "BIG FISH". WAKE UP CLAY COUNTY THE SHERiffS DEPARTMENT IS DOING AN AWESOME JOB. I JUST WISH THERE WERE A FEW MORE DEPUTIES ON THE FORCE TO HELP PROTECT THE "ENTIRE" COUNTY.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Wed, Aug 27, 2008, at 6:06 AM

Last time I went fishin' I used a little fish to catch a big fish...just a thought folks...GOOB JOB SHERIFF HEATON and CREW!!!

-- Posted by flycatcher on Wed, Aug 27, 2008, at 5:20 PM


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