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Two local men prosecuted on multiple counts

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

On Wednesday, two men were arraigned in the Clay County Circuit Court.

George Raymond Goldsmith Jr., 44, Carbon, was charged on five counts of burglary -- four Class B Felonies and one Class C Felony -- and one count of theft, a Class D Felony.

Goldsmith allegedly broke into Carbon Baptist Church, McKinley Hill Church of Christ, Staunton First Christian Church and Benwood Church between July 31-Aug. 3, and stole various items. Goldsmith also allegedly broke into Eastside Elementary and Meridian Elementary, stealing various items.

Each count of burglary could result in 6-20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. For allegedly breaking into the schools, Goldsmith could be imprisoned for 2-8 years with fines up to $10,000.

During the initial hearing, Clay County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout read Goldsmith his charges, his rights and his options. Goldsmith pled not guilty. Trout set his pre-trial conference for Dec. 18, at 1:30 p.m., and the jury trial for Feb. 11, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.

Goldsmith qualified to have a public defender represent him, as he cannot afford to hire an attorney.

After witnesses Detective Jonnie Bohnert, Brazil City Police Department, and Detective Jerry Siddons, Clay County Sheriff's Department, spoke, Prosecutor Lee Reberger requested bail be set at $50,000 due to the number of incidents, the multiple dates on which they occurred, a possible out-of-county residence and a hold in Parke County on Goldsmith.

Goldsmith's bail was set at $50,000 with no 10 percent allowed.

Next, Charles Drummond was charged with seven counts of burglary -- five Class B Felonies and two Class C Felonies -- and one count of theft, a Class D Felony.

Drummond allegedly broke into Carbon Baptist Church, First Christian Church, McKinley Hill Church of Christ, Carbon Methodist Church and Benwood Church, stealing various items. He allegedly broke into Eastside Elementary and Meridian Elementary, stealing various items. Drummond is also charged with allegedly attempting to break into a Riddell National Bank ATM.

Each count of burglary could result in 6-20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. For allegedly breaking into the schools, Drummond could be imprisoned for 2-8 years with fines up to $10,000, and for allegedly attempting to break into an ATM Drummond could face 6 months to 3 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

After Trout read Drummond his charges, rights and options, Drummond chose to speak with an attorney.

Trout scheduled his pre-trial conference for Dec. 18, at 1:30 p.m., and his jury trial for Feb. 11, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.

Drummond qualified for a public defender to represent him.

Siddons spoke as a witness during the proceedings, confirming Drummond has a previous record with holds in both Parke and Vigo counties. Due to his previous record, the number of current charges, the multiple dates on which the incidents occurred and a possible out-of-county address, Reberger said Drummond may be a flight risk and requested a $50,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed, which was granted.

Both Drummond and Goldsmith will remain incarcerated at the The Clay County Justice Center, pending posting of bond.


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Nothing like a hard nights work for these ya-hoos. There rewards await them.

-- Posted by My Dime on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 3:25 PM

If they're found guilty, I hope they get the maximum sentence possible. Who in the world would steal from churches and schools? Or anyone for that matter! Sheesh. GET A JOB!

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 10:54 AM


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