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Grand Jury returns 120 indictments over four-day period
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 15, 2008 | 5676 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County’s Grand Jury heard 127 bills of indictment over a span of four days last week and true billed 120 of the cases.

The grand jury met Aug. 5 – 8 in the Charlotte Wilson Conference Room at the Government Center. Drug cases accounted for the majority of the cases with more than 50 indictments spread among drugs of choice, including possession and/or distribution of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and oxycodone.

In addition to the numerous drug charges, the jurors indicted James Augustus Price for kidnapping, armed robbery, and aggravated battery. Price was arrested June 10 and charged with hitting his victim in the mouth and robbing him at knife point.

Victor Henderson and Vincent Woolfolk were indicted for burglary in connection with their April 4 arrest. The men were charged with the burglary of the Subway restaurant on Shurling Drive. Deputies found the safe from the Subway hours before it was discovered missing when employees opened the restaurant the following morning.

John Howell was indicted on two counts of homicide by vehicle, DUI, and reckless driving. The accident occurred March 26 and took the life of Laurence Keitt Dantzler. The victim was working on his car that had broken down on Gray Highway when he was struck by Howell.

Calvin Nelson was indicted for robbery in connection with the Feb. 5 robbery of Flash Foods on Highway 22. Nelson was arrested March 7 and had been a former employee of the store.

Laura Nichols Sanders was indicted for theft by taking (fiduciary) along with Gary Dewayne Lynn (theft by taking felony). The pair, employees of Advance Auto Parts, was arrested in May and charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of cash and merchandise over a three month period from the store.

Micheal Lynn Turner, who was denied bond in Jones County Superior Court last month, was indicted for rape and the distribution of marijuana. He was arrested June 19 and charged with rape of a 16-year-old girl who was spending the night with his daughter.

Keith Robert Collins was indicted for escape (felony) and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer. Collins was in Jones County Superior Court last month and was sentenced to 25 years to serve in prison after pleading guilty to burglary, kidnapping, child molestation and rape for crimes committed in 2004.

Collins escaped from a Jones County deputy June 23 while being transported to the doctor’s office and remained in the woods for five hours before being recaptured.

A complete list of the indictments is located on Open Records (page C6) in this week’s edition.
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