5 things to know about grand juries

43 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:

Fancy McCarthy, 359 Hampshire Drive, Hamilton; indicted on one count of possession of cocaine.

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

James Anthony Schuler, Butler County Jail, 705 Hanover St., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and driving under financial responsibility law suspension.

Kristen Dingler, 5293 Antigua Road SW, Sherrodsville; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Byron Wayne Thomas, 1918 Amarillo Drive, Hamilton; indicted on one count of forgery.

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Andrew Ledford, 734 Millikin St., Hamilton; indicted on two counts of receiving stolen property.

Rocky Steinmetz, 326 N. 8th St., Hamilton; indicted on one count of breaking and entering.

Mia Elizabeth Bufkin, 2211 Ripple Brook Drive, Cincinnati; certified back to the lower court on one count each of possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle without a license, driving under financial responsibility law suspension, and marked lanes, and indicted on one count each of possession of cocaine, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating a vehicle under the influence.

Brandon T. Patton, 1161 Shuler Ave., Hamilton; certified back to the lower court on one count of obstructing official business, and indicted on one count of possession of heroin.

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

Kevin Wayne Smith, 5275 Augspurger Road, Hamilton; indicted on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count each of possession of a Fentanyl-related compound and possession drug abuse instruments.

Devon Thomas Lee Marion, 3408 Plymouth St., Middletown; indicted on four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor (direct), two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor (direct), and one count each of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer (direct), and obstructing official business (direct).

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Yvonne Reynolds, 37 Ellen Circle, Hamilton; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Bret T. Hennen, 3033 Tytus Ave., Middletown; indicted on one count each of receiving stolen property and forgery.

Jamontea Brown, 3507 Werk Road, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of robbery and grand theft.

Rondell Lamont Evans, 2435 Williamsburg Drive, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of robbery and grand theft.

James E. Egner, 114 Whitaker St., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of having weapons while under disability and carrying concealed weapons.

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WARREN COUNTY

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

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Richard J. James, Lebanon Correctional Institution; indicted on one count of assault.

Ethan Wayne Bielik, 4125 Fox Run Trail, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of possession of cocaine; and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them.

Linda Sambath, 1530 Dickinson St., Philadelphia, Pa.; indicted on one count each of misuse of credit cards and receiving stolen property.

Laura Stange, 300 Sycamore Road, Trenton; indicted on one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, and possessing criminal tools.

Ada R. Alcorn, 7 Chestnut St., Franklin; indicted on one count each of tampering with evidence, aggravated possession of drugs, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brian K. Jimenez, 3639 Reading Road, Apt. 110, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of tampering with evidence; aggravated possession of drugs; possession of drugs; operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them; and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Caleb Alexander McKnight, 69 Bayham Drive, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle; and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them.

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Jerry L. Linkous, Warren Correctional Institution; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Hoda Mohamed Omar, 1937 Cardinal Trail, Galloway; indicted on three counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug, and one count of attempted deception to obtain a dangerous drug.

Robert Rice, 8043 Pippen Road, Cincinnati; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Amanda Dawn Cione, 449 N. 3rd St., Hamilton; indicted on three counts each of aggravated trafficking in drugs and aggravated possession of drugs, and one count each of trafficking in a Fentanyl-related compound and possession of a Fentanyl-related compound.

Joshua James Collins, 462 Yale Drive, Apt. A, Lebanon; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Savanah Beau Slaughter, 3174 Old Ohio 122 Ave., Waynesville; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of a Fentanyl-related compound, and possession of drugs.

Perry Jajuan Hill, 2660 Kennedy Ave., Dayton; indicted on one count of robbery.

Trisha Lynn Walker, 638 Redwood Ave., Apt. 4, Dayton; indicted on one count of robbery.

Levi Shane Paris, 78 N. Hillcrest Drive, Germantown; indicted on one count of forgery.

Gary Fanti, Lebanon Correctional Institution; indicted on one count of rape.

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Sarah Lynn Hatfield, 622 Blanche Ave., Cincinnati; indicted on one count of felonious assault.

Gerald W. Gertz, Jr., 3136 Cooper Road, Cincinnati; indicted on one count of felonious assault.

Michael Honchul, 1307 Elmwood St., Middletown; indicted on four counts of nonsupport of dependents.

Rachel Renee Abrams, 65 W. Factory Road, Springboro; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents.

Lloyd Boatrite Sr., 220 Elm St., Apt. B, New Vienna; indicted on four counts of nonsupport of dependents.

Jonathan Windsor, 2691 Ohio 756, Moscow; indicted on four counts of nonsupport of dependents.

Nathan Leach, 119 Highridge Court, Franklin; indicted on four counts of nonsupport of dependents.

Anthony Winkler, 160 E. Franklin St., Centerville; indicted on four counts of nonsupport of dependents.

Martin Gonzalez, 439 Georgetown Drive, Apt. D, Lebanon; indicted on four counts of nonsupport of dependents.

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