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Indictments range from sexual assault and kidnapping to escape and theft
San Jacinto News- Times - May 2008

COLDSPRING – An 18-year-old San Jacinto County man was indicted April 25 on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and on aggravated kidnapping charges. Bertis Chatman is the oldest of three males taken into custody recently for the Feb. 11, 2008 offense against a 14-year-old Lincoln Junior High School student. The three suspects are accused of taking the female student to a car in the school’s parking lot where they took turns having sexual intercourse with her. According to the grand jury indictment, Chatman abducted the 14-year-old girl without her consent, preventing her from leaving while the assaults took place. The two unnamed minor suspects are awaiting a detention hearing to determine if they will be charged as adults. Chatman’s bond was set at $50,000. If convicted on all three counts, he could face a prison term that ranges from 15 years to three consecutive life sentences. Other April indictments The San Jacinto County Grand Jury handed down a total of 24 indictments during April. Besides the three indictments against Chatman, others indicted include:

Dan Franklin Kirchner Jr. indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine in an amount of less than one gram.

Jesse Lee Fernandez was indicted for injury to a child. The indictment states that on Jan. 13, 2008 Fernandez caused bodily harm to a child 14 years of age or younger by throwing him into a crib causing him to hit his head. The indictment further states that Fernandez was convicted of a felony offense of possession of a controlled substance on Feb. 12, 2007.

John Stanley Cline was indicted on possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine in an amount of one gram or more but less than four grams. The indictment further states that Cline was convicted Aug. 20, 1990 of the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine. He was convicted on April 29, 1997 for having a prohibited substance in a correctional facility. He later committed the felony offense of manufacture of a controlled substance and was convicted on Nov. 28, 2005.

Stephen Eugene McDowell was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine in an amount of less than one gram.

Charles Lewis Morris II was indicted for driving while intoxicated, third or more offense. David Benson Strickland was indicted for driving while intoxicated, third offense.

Paul Stephen Jr., was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The indictment states that Stephen threatened a woman with bodily injury by verbal threats, pushing her and exhibiting a shotgun during the assault. Stephen was convicted March 2, 1989 of the felony offense of delivery of a controlled substance.

Ocie B. Norman was indicted for injury to an elderly individual. The indictment states that on Sept. 20, 2007 Norman caused bodily injury to a 65-year-old man by jamming him in the throat with his hand.

Elizabeth Norman Perry was indicted on charges of injury to an elderly individual. The indictment states that she caused bodily injury to a 65-year-old man by kicking him in the head with her foot.

Stephen Earl Norman was indicted for injury to an elderly individual. The indictment states that Norman caused bodily injury to a 65-eyar-old man by jamming him in the throat with his hand.

Ted Derrell Goodrum was indicted for theft. The indictment states that Goodrum exercised control over a trailer valued at $1,500 or more from Stephen Earl Norman, the owner, without the effective consent of the owner with the intent to deprive the owner of the property.

Ronald John Petty Jr., was indicted for injury to a child. The indictment states that Petty recklessly caused bodily injury to a child 14 years of age or younger by punching her in the mouth and jaw.

Cheryl Fulcher Brown was indicted for assault on a public servant. The indictment states that she caused bodily injury to Deputy Frank Williams by hitting him with her fi st and kicking him in the leg while he was affecting an arrest of the defendant.

William Ray Delome was indicted for theft. The indictment states that Delome exercised control over a 1989 Chevrolet truck valued at $1,500 or more from the owner without consent of the owner. The indictment further states that Delome was convicted of the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and also convicted of theft.

Stephanie Lynn Farrell was indicted for theft. The indictment states she drove a 1989 Chevrolet truck without the consent of the owner. Conrad Alois Kortz III was indicted for securing execution of a document by deception. According to the indictment Kortz provided false statements to the Texas Workforce Commission in an attempt to collect unemployment insurance benefi ts.

Sedrick Dwayne Brooks was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine in an amount of 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams. The indictment states Brooks was convicted in Louuisiana May 6, 2005 for felony possession of cocaine and on Oct. 5, 2005, was convicted of the felony offense of possession of ecstacy in Louisiana.

Tonya S-Shanti Davis, aka Tonja Sshante Davis was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine in an amount of 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams.

Kashe Denise Brooks was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine in an amount of 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams.

Daniel Ray Barnes was indicted for driving while intoxicated third offense.

Ben William Smith Jr., was indicted for criminally negligent homicide. The indictment states that Smith, on Oct. 9, 2007, caused the death of Frankie Wayne Divins by disregarding a traffic control device (Do Not Enter) and by failing to yield the right-of-way while crossing U.S. 59 resulting in a collision.

Lisa Danette Patterson was indicted for theft. The indictment states Patterson acquired Social Security benefits of the value of $100,000 or more but less than $200,000 from the Social Security Administration by deception.

March indictments
During the month of March, 2008, the San Jacinto County Grand Jury returned 24 indictments. Those indicted in March include

Ryan Thomas Ferguson for improper relationship between an educator and a student. The indictment states that the Shepherd High School educator intentionally communicated by text messaging in a sexually explicit manner to a Shepherd High School student.

Chadrick Marcell Rodgers was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine in an amount of less than one gram.

Five indictments were handed down to Joshua Clayton Johnson. One for possession of a controlled substance; two for theft; one for theft of a firearm and one for injury to a child. 

Four indictments were filed against Regina Renee Beshears. One for possession of a controlled substance; one for theft of a firearm; and two for theft.

Sandra Garcia was indicted for possession of a controlled substance. Shala Elaine Honea was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine in an amount of less than one gram.

James Andre Grigsby was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine in an amount of 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams. Grigsby was also indicted for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Nadelin Nicole Smith was indicted for hindering an apprehension. The indictment states that on July 21, 2007, Smith hindered the arrest of Dustin Ray Goldman who was being arrested for credit card abuse.

Donald Ray Goldman Jr., was indicted for hindering an apprehension. The indictment states that on July 21, 2007, Goldman hindered the arrest of Dustin Ray Goldman. Dustin Ray Goldman was indicted for escape. The indictment states that Goldman escaped from custody while being arrested for credit card abuse, a felony.

Three indictments were filed against J & L Recyclilng. One for the intentional or knowing unauthorized discharge of a waste or pollutant; one for violations relating to handling of used oil; and one for illegal disposal of hazardous waste.

Three indictments were filed against Jeff Allan Searcy. One for violations relating to handling of used oil; one for illegal disposal of hazardous waste and one intentional or knowing unauthorized discharge of a waste or pollutant.

February indictments The San Jacinto County Grand Jury filed 17 indictments during the February 29 session. Indicted was Vernon Lee Young for credit card abuse.

Benny Joe Harrison was indicted for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.

Steven Paul Wortman was indicted for possession of a controlled substance.

Thomas William Lloyd Jr., was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Lloyd was also indicted for deadly conduct.

Joseph Wayne Dorsey was indicted for burglary of a habitation.

Rodney Earl Conner was indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle. Kimberly Fletcher Blunt was indicted for theft.

Casey Shawn Owen was indicted for driving while intoxicated, third offense.

Carlos Humberto Tovar was indicted for burglary of a habitation.

Robert Eugene Talley was indicted for possession of marijuana.

Samantha Joe Kilough was indicted for escape.

Kilough was also indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Alishia Nicole Gunderson was indicted on two counts of debit card abuse.

Three indictments were filed against Roy William Duce Jr. One for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon; one for burglary of a habitation and one for arson.

 

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