5 things to know about grand juries

57 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:

Jessica Leann Smith, 616 Carlisle Ave., Hamilton; indicted on four counts of endangering children, and three count of endangering children (direct).

Candace Jones, 2404 Elmo Ave., Hamilton; indicted on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs.

Darius D. Smiley, 2912 Plymouth St., Middletown; indicted on one count of possession of heroin.

Kenny Killings, 590 Dewdrop Circle, Apt. A, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of possession of a Fentanyl-related compound, trafficking in a Fentanyl-related compound (direct), having weapons while under disability (direct), unlawful use of a weapon by a violent career criminal (direct), and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia (direct).

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Lavender R. Benge, 1100 Kahn Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits or WIC program benefits, obstructing official business, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Neil T. Melvin, 419 Vine St., Hamilton; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Justin M. Maddock, 8174 Talawanda Springs Road, College Corner; indicted on one count each of having weapons while under disability, and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Amanda D. Cione, 449 N. 3rd St., Hamilton; indicted on two counts of possession of drugs, and one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs, and possessing drug abuse instruments.

Gloria J. Martin, 4426 Cane Run Road, Louisville, Ky.; indicted on one count of theft.

Maurice A. Robinson, 10377 Pippin Lane, Cincinnati; indicted on one count of theft by deception.

Trisha Zimmerman, 1324 Franklin St., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Caleb Fishwick, 5260 Southview Drive, Fairfield; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Raven Wade, 8750 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester; indicted on one count each of possession of a Fentanyl-related compound, and possession of cocaine.

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Danny R. Yates, 2nd 569sfc311, Forrest City, Az.; certified back to the lower court on two counts of telecommunications harassment, and one count each of criminal damaging or endangering, and menacing by stalking.

Joseph A. Lierer, 501 S. Front St., Apt. 1, Hamilton; indicted on one count each of possession of a Fentanyl-related compound, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Matthew C. Thomas, 5048 Dee Alva Drive, Fairfield; certified back to the lower court on one count each of illegal use or possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, signal lights, and indicted on one count each of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of cocaine (direct), and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Derrick Odell Foley, 7415 Bunnelhill Road, Springboro; indicted on three counts of violating a protection order.

Denise Renee Dunn, 2029 Harvard St., Hamilton; indicted on one count of possession of cocaine.

Steven Williams, 228 Buckeye St., Apt. 2, Hamilton; certified back to the lower court on one count of possession of marijuana, and indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Billy Joe Hall, 19 Ridge Drive, Fairfield; indicted on one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Cory J. Ober, 1043 Ross Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count of breaking and entering.

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Johnny William Brewer, 7982 Main St., Jeffersonville, Ky.; indicted on one count of failure to provide notice of change of address or place of employment (direct).

Andrew K. Presley, 6501 Germantown Road, Lot 37, Middletown; indicted on one count of failure to provide notice of change of address or place of employment (direct).

Joshua Allen Pergram, 8151 Pleasant Valley Road, Camden; indicted on five counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Nicole M. Keefe, 1276 E. 2nd St., Franklin; indicted on three counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Chasity J. Lott, 1300 Old Oxford Road, Hamilton; indicted on four counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

James L. Pink, 1452 Maple Ave., Hamilton; indicted on three counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Saleha L. Young, 807 Sycamore St., Hamilton; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Eric Ray Benson, 3213 Selden Ave., Middletown; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Carla L. Hermans, 333 F St., Apt. 264, Oxnard, Ca.; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Chelsea A. West, 7040 Bluscrest Drive, Cincinnati; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Edward William McIntosh, 14 Savitz Drive, Hamilton; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Luther Matthews, 1321 Bates Ave., Cincinnati; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Nhan V. Tran, 5762 Norwood Drive, Brookpark; indicted on three 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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Shawn R. Livingston Jr., 3209 St. Charles Drive, Steubenville; 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.

Andrew Tyler Tooley, 849 Forest Ave., Franklin; indicted on one count each of possession of heroin and possession of a Fentanyl-related compound.

Daniel Pearson Stuart, 8500 Claude Thomas Road, Franklin; indicted on two counts of receiving stolen property.

Larry Richard Rutledge, 35 Glencoe Court, Springboro; indicted on one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them.

Cynthia Ann Ruff, 245 W. Pike St., S. Lebanon; indicted on one count each of obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

Ethan Miller, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count of obstructing official business.

Savannah R. Phillips, 9344 Bruce Drive, Franklin; indicted on four counts of trafficking in a Fentanyl-related compound, and one count each of trafficking in heroin and trafficking in a controlled substance analog.

Stephen M. Ashley Sr., 147 E. 5th St., Franklin; indicted on three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, and one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs.

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Keaton R. Rutledge, 20 Beam Drive, Apt. E, Franklin; indicted on two counts each of trafficking in hashish and possession of hashish, and one count each of trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possessing criminal tools.

Edward J. Perry, 1526 Meadow Ave., Middletown; indicted on one count of domestic violence.

Krista Hawkey, 40 Triple Crown Court, Springboro; indicted on one count each of possession of heroin; possession of a Fentanyl-related compound; and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them.

Marland Eugene Thomas II, 1117 Durbin Terrace, Maineville; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nicholas A. Wallace, 2021 Spence Lane, Middletown; indicted on one count of theft.

Lamorris Willis, 6022 Bramble Ave., Cincinnati; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Steven G. Jolly, 5245 Natorp Blvd., Apt. 413, Mason; indicted on one count of intimidation.

William R. Ross Sr., 2404 Booker St., Little Rock, Ar.; indicted on three counts of theft, and one count each of misuse of credit cards and attempted misuse of credit cards.

Mieisha R. Brown, 6503 Pecan Lane, Little Rock, Ar.; indicted on three counts of theft, and one count each of misuse of credit cards and attempted misuse of credit cards.

Angela Robinson, 221 W. Cherry St., Lebanon; indicted on four counts of nonsupport of dependents.

James Brooks III, 6408 Glenmont Drive, Hamilton; indicted on eight counts of nonsupport of dependents.

Melissa Joyner, 121 Gerlaugh Ave., Dayton; indicted on six counts of nonsupport of dependents.

Aaron Zimmerman, 2095 Princeton Road, Apt. 8, Hamilton; indicted on four counts of nonsupport of dependents.

Jerry Johnson Jr., 1116 Tall Oaks Circle, Apt. 11, Harrison; indicted on four counts of nonsupport of dependents.

Nicholas Scott Miller, 7 Garfield St., Middletown; indicted on six counts of nonsupport of dependents.

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