Grand jury returns 28 indictments


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POMEROY — A Meigs County Grand Jury returned 28 indictments during its February session.

Among the indictments are two rape cases, as well as the first charges against the man who allegedly led law enforcement on a high speed chase which ended in Pomeroy.

Marcus Ervin, 27, of Canal Winchester has been indicted on one count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.

According to previous Sentinel reports, an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle near mile marker 2 on U.S. Route 33 in Meigs County on Jan. 31. The suspect vehicle reportedly failed to stop and fled with the trooper in pursuit before it continued to drive into Pomeroy. The vehicle finally came to a stop after crashing into a Meigs County Sheriff’s cruiser.

Suspected narcotics were located in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Prosecutor James K. Stanley stated that they are waiting for lab results to come back in relation to Ervin’s case which could lead to additional charged being filed.

Joseph Taylor, 46, of Nelsonville was indicted on multiple counts, including rape, a first-degree felony. He is also charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, gross sexual imposition and failure to notify change of address. Taylor is a registered sex offender, according to Stanley. The alleged victim in the case is a minor under the age of 16.

Terry Weaver, 62, of of Pomeroy, was indicted on a single count of rape, a first-degree felony.

William Garnes, 31, of Vinton, who was arrested earlier this month after allegedly holding the mother of his children at gun point has been indicted for domestic violence and kidnapping.

Additional indictments are as follows:

Natausha Adams, 28, of Athens, Ohio, for Nonsupport of Dependents, a felony of the fifth degree;

Amber Burton, 28, of Racine, Ohio, for Theft, a felony of the fourth degree, and Misuse of Credit Cards, a felony of the fourth degree;

Michael Church, 33, of Coolville, Ohio, for Theft, a felony of the fourth degree;

Jeffrey Durst, 44, of Reedsville, Ohio, for Disrupting Public Services, a felony of the fourth degree, and Domestic Violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree;

Johnathan Farley, 23, of Vinton, Ohio, for Possession of Drugs (Heroin), a felony of the fifth degree;

Tabatha Haning, 48, of Middleport, Ohio, for Possession of Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the fifth degree;

Jacob Hayman, 25, of Syracuse, Ohio, for Theft of a Motor Vehicle, a felony of the fourth degree, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle, a felony of the fourth degree;

Jeremy Hubbard, 40, of Pomeroy, Ohio, for Theft, a felony of the fourth degree, and Misuse of Credit Cards, a felony of the fourth degree;

Shyla Jarrell, 29, of Racine, Ohio, for Theft, a felony of the fifth degree, and Misuse of Credit Cards, a felony of the fifth degree;

Meranda King, 23, of Middleport, Ohio, for Trafficking in Drugs (Heroin), a felony of the fifth degree, and Possession of Drugs (Heroin), a felony of the fifth degree;

Charles Landers, Jr., 30, of Middleport, Ohio, for Trafficking in Drugs (Heroin), a felony of the fifth degree, and Possession of Drugs (Heroin), a felony of the fifth degree;

Jessica Morrison, 37, of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, for Possession of Drugs (Cocaine), a felony of the fifth degree, and Possession of Drugs (Fentanyl), a felony of the fifth degree;

Kodie Murphy, 29, of Long Bottom, Ohio, for Failure to Comply with the Order or Signal of a Police Officer, a felony of the third degree;

Matthew Older, 29, of Pomeroy, Ohio, for Failure to Comply with the Order or Signal of a Police Officer, a felony of the third degree;

Amy Lou Rake, 37, of Delaware, Ohio, for Possession of Drugs (LSD), a felony of the fifth degree, and Possession of Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the fifth degree;

Nathan Roberts, 24, of Racine, Ohio, for Failure to Comply with the Order or Signal of a Police Officer, a felony of the third degree;

Alicia Shuler, 48, of Racine, Ohio, for Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree;

Todd Scaggs, 54, Address Unknown, for Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree, Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fifth degree, and Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fifth degree;

Lauren Smith, 29, of Athens, Ohio, for Theft of a Motor Vehicle, a felony of the fourth degree;

Merissa Starcher, 34, of Pomeroy, Ohio, for Possession of Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the fifth degree, and Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence (Amphetamine, Cocaine, Cocaine Metabolite, Methamphetamine, Marijuana Metabolite), a misdemeanor of the first degree;

James Tyler Stewart, 34, of Middleport, Ohio, for Trafficking in Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the fifth degree, Possession of Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the fifth degree, Trafficking in Counterfeit Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, Possession of Counterfeit Drugs, a misdemeanor of the first degree, Trafficking in Counterfeit Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, Possession of Counterfeit Drugs, a misdemeanor of the first degree, Trafficking in Counterfeit Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, and Possession of Counterfeit Drugs, a misdemeanor of the first degree;

Natasha Tackett, 33, of Middleport, Ohio, for Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree;

Dakota Thacker, 24, of Middleport, Ohio, for Theft, a felony of the fifth degree, Forgery, a felony of the fifth degree, Forgery, a felony of the fifth degree, and Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fifth degree; and

Sarah Wyatt, 29, of Middleport, Ohio, for Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree.

All cases will proceed in the Meigs County Court of Common Pleas before Judge I. Carson Crow.

Possible penalties for felony offenses include: felonies of the first degree- 3-11 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine; felonies of the second degree- 2-8 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine; felonies of the third degree- 9-36 months in prison and up to a $10,000 fine; felonies of the fourth degree- 6-18 months in prison and up to a $5,000 fine; felonies of the fifth degree- 6-12 months in prison and up to a $2,500 fine. For most felonies of the fourth and fifth degrees, sentencing guidelines found in the Ohio Revised Code require first-time offenders to be sentenced to community control unless certain conditions exist permitting the imposition of a prison sentence.

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