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18 indicted by grand jury

Samantha S. Watkins

Timothy W. Freeman.

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

The Brown County Grand Jury met recently and handed down indictments to 18 area individuals, including Samantha S. Watkins and Timothy W. Freeman, both of Fayetteville.

The pair was arrested in the early hours of May 20 and taken to the Brown County Adult Detention Center, where they remain on bond. Freeman was given a bond of $250,000 and Watkins was given a bond of $75,000.

The grand jury indicted Freeman, 47, on July 6 on one count of illegal manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony; and one count of unauthorized use of vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Watkins, 42, was indicted on one count of illegal manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; and one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony.

The pair had allegedly been committing these offenses between Jan. 1 and May 20, when they were arrested, according to court documents, which also stated the drug involved was methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Freeman spent two-and-a-half months in the Brown County Jail after being indicted for a third-degree felony offense of failure to comply. He was also convicted in 2007 in Brown County’s Court of Common Pleas of illegal manufacture of drugs, also methamphetamine, and endangering children.

If found guilty, both Freeman and Watkins could face up to 21 years in the Ohio Department of Corrections, according to the Ohio Revised Code.

Also indicted were:

Amber Aleshire, 26, of Sardinia, on one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony. According to court documents, the drug involved was methamphetamine.

Patrick H. Aubry II, 29, of Fayetteville, on one count of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor; and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them.

Sammi Carrol, 26, of Aberdeen, on one count of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

Jennings Childress, 38, of Cincinnati, on one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of possessing drug abuse instruments, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Daniel Wayne Chord, 28, of Dayton, on one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony. Both counts come with firearm specification and specification for forfeiture of a weapon. Chord was the owner of a Kimber .380 and a Glock 9mm, according to court documents.

Malena G. Cox, 44, of Sardinia, theft, a fifth-degree felony. According to court documents, Cox allegedly stole $2,866.95 from the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio organization.

Lisa A. Davis, 37, of Lynchburg, on five counts of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of possessing drug abuse instruments, a first-degree misdemeanor.

James Douglas Jones, 39, of Piketon, on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Kyowa Jones, 37, of Georgetown, on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Kenneth James Lunsford, 35, of Ripley, on one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony; one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of possessing drug abuse instruments, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Karen Suzanne Maddox, 39, of Mt. Orab, on one count of aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony; one count of failure to stop after an accident, a fifth-degree felony; and three counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Ronald P. Marshall, 28, of Ripley, on two counts of trafficking in heroin, both fifth-degree felonies.

James W. Rains, 36, of Mt. Orab, on one count of possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony; and one count of trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. Both counts carry specification for forfeiture of a scale in a drug case.

Michael A. Rains, 38, of Mt. Orab, on one count of possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony; and one count of trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. Both counts carry specification for forfeiture of a scale in a drug case.

Jessica A. Smith, 30, of Bethel, on one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony; and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Billy Strange, 37, of Aberdeen, on one count of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

Reach Danel Karell at 937-378-6161. Follow him on Twitter @GNDKarell

Reach Danel Karell at 937-378-6161. Follow him on Twitter @GNDKarell

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