5 things to know about grand juries

28 people indicted in Butler and Warren counties

Grand juries, which meet in secret, review criminal charges brought by police and prosecutors and investigate possible criminal behavior. The proceedings are usually one-sided, because the accused is not present and witnesses are not cross-examined.

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A grand jury may issue an indictment if it finds probable cause that a crime was committed and the accused person is responsible. An indictment is an accusation that must then be proven in court. The grand jury may also elect to issue no indictment.

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BUTLER COUNTY

Indictments returned during a recent session of the Butler County grand jury:

William Edward Wagers Jr., 1843 Old Oxford Road, Hamilton; indicted on one count of forgery.

Mark A. McWhorter, 222 Pershing Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and possessing drug abuse instruments.

Anthony Rippey, 922 Greenwood Ave., Front, Hamilton; certified back to the lower court on two counts of failure to stop at a stop sign, one count each of possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, and failure to yield the right-of-way while turning left, and indicted on two counts of possession of a Fentanyl-related compound, and one count each of assault and trespass in a habitation (direct).

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Michael A. Dietz, 430 Millikin St., Hamilton; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

David Morgan, 203 Williams Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count of having weapons while under disability.

Kendria Jackson, 715 Millville, Hamilton; certified back to the lower court on one count of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robert Schmidt III, 624 Belle Ave., Hamilton; indicted on two counts of retaliation, and one count of criminal damaging or endangering.

Matthew J. Mitchell, 6844 Devon Drive, Middletown; certified back to the lower court on one count of petty theft.

Leroy Homer Glenn Montgomery, 1107 Hunt Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count of attempted burglary.

Michelle Anne Baker, address unknown; certified back to the lower court on one count of misuse of credit cards.

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Bernie Steven Hatfield, 3456 Iron Kettle Court, Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and resisting arrest.

Miguel Whitney, 2301 Millvale Court, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of robbery (direct) and grand theft (direct).

Alexander Guadalupe-Ramirez, 1005 Shuler Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of trafficking in cocaine (direct) and possession of cocaine (direct).

Joshua H. Walters, 6632 Hamilton Middletown Road, #48, Middletown; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Frank D. Jackson, 506 E. 12th St., Apt. 4, Cincinnati; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

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Matthew L. Reithmaier, 726 Buckeye St., Apt. B, Hamilton; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Justin L. Taylor, 839 Heaton St., Hamilton; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Aaron J. Roark, 608 Fawn Place, Trenton; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Bradley Ryan Bekemeier, 1965 Cathedral Lane, Hamilton; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

James Truman Bates, Jr., 5509 Howe Road, Trenton; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

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WARREN COUNTY

The Warren County grand jury returned these indictments during a recent session:

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Mark E. Scott, 10339 Jamaica Road, Springboro; indicted on one count each of theft and criminal trespass.

Edwin Lee Erwin II, 34 E. University Ave., Apt. 3, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of theft and forgery.

Thomas William Bauer Jr., 1761 Culver Court, Apt. 12, Amelia; indicted on one count each of possession of cocaine, possession of a Fentanyl-related compound, possessing drug abuse instruments, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Debra L. Moore, 111 Ridge Road, Apt. 104, Lebanon; indicted on one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Joshua Royster, 2 W. 11th St., Apt. 13, Wellston; indicted on one count of identity fraud.

Justin Lee Garnett, 2042 Parkmao Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto grounds of a specified governmental facility.

Natalie Harris, 98 Stewart Lane, Cincinnati; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Brent Edward Napier, 904 Lake Ave., Franklin; indicted on one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle.

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