5 things to know about grand juries

39 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:

Lawrence J. Kelley, 1887 Kahn Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Delia Maglaras, 329 South C St., Hamilton; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Stuart R. Bowling, 1846 Old Oxford Road, Hamilton; certified back to the lower court on one count of improper turn, and indicted on one count each of possession of cocaine, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Paul J. Buttery, 1218 Pater Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and obstructing official business.

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Jamie Travis Perry, 601 Buckeye St., Apt. 1, Hamilton; indicted on one count each of possession of a Fentanyl-related compound, and possession of drugs.

Ryan Scott Lakes, 5998 Manchester Road, Franklin; indicted on one count each of felonious assault and felonious assault (direct).

Kelvin Charles Holbrooks, 1834 Spring Grove Lane, Middletown; certified back to the lower court on one count each of operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, speed limits, left of center, signal lights, improper passing, and driving the wrong direction on a one way highway, and indicted on one count each of tampering with evidence, and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer.

Matthew Scott Howard, 3014 Ottawa St., Middletown; indicted on one count of receiving stolen property.

Haley James, 39 Chestnut Ave., Cincinnati; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Eboni Nicole Robinson, 10197 Pippin Meadows Drive, Cincinnati; indicted on one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle.

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Trevor R. Donohoue, 5050 Alert New London Road, Hamilton; indicted on three counts of gross sexual imposition (direct).

Christian H. Soto-Mejia, 9340 Oliver Knoll Court, Fairfield; indicted on six counts of gross sexual imposition (direct), four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor (direct), and one count each of rape (direct) and compelling prostitution (direct).

Jamar A. Avery, 1406 Franklin Ave., Cincinnati; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Clifford J. Mathews, Jr., 9988 Wayne Ave., Cincinnati; indicted on three counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

James M Beltran, 6430 Ravena Drive, Hamilton; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Samantha N. Stevens, 4700 Stubbs Road, Middletown; indicted on three counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Chad M. Burks, 757 W. Main St., Loveland; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Brandon D. Puckett, 1505 Manchester Ave., Apt. D, Middletown; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

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Stephen A. Collins, 404 Ross St., Liberty Twp.; indicted on three counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

David L. Hall, Jr., 2230 Central Ave., Apt. 1, Middletown; indicted on two counts of nonsupport of dependents (direct).

Christopher L. Powell, 524 S. East St., Hillsboro; indicted on one count of failure to appear (direct).

Jorge E. Simpson, 39 Jamestown Drive, Sharonville; indicted on one count of failure to appear (direct).

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WARREN COUNTY

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

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Jimmy Ray Smith Jr., 617 Franklin Road, Lebanon; indicted on two counts each of gross sexual imposition, and illegal use of minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, and one count each of rape, endangering children, and pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor.

Kenneth Ray Rosenbalm, 497 E. Mason Morrow Road, Morrow; indicted on one count each of obstructing official business and criminal trespass.

Rachel Erin Folkerth, 111 2nd St., Apt. B, Miamisburg; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, petty theft, and possessing criminal tools.

Ashley Marie Roberts, 4420 Riverview Ave., Middletown; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, driving under suspension or in violation of license restriction, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shaunte Dannielle Griffith, 736 1/2 Tibbals Drive, Franklin; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of heroin, and possession of a Fentanyl-related compound.

Chandra Louis More Jr., 3622 Lakeside Drive, Dayton; indicted on one count of receiving stolen property.

Michael Garry Tate, 9822 Pinedale Drive, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of possession of cocaine, and obstructing official business.

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Larry W. Tudor Jr., 4665 Wayne Blvd., Lebanon; indicted on one count each of possession of heroin, possession of a Fentanyl-related compound, possessing drug abuse instruments, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Michael La Mont Brown, 341 Stelton Road, Apt. 705, Xenia; indicted on one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Amber Elizabeth Gifford, 8301 Indian Mound Drive, Huber Heights; indicted on one count each of forgery and theft from a person in a protected class.

Christina Elizabeth Whitehead, 2132 Sevenhills Drive, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto grounds of a specified governmental facility, possession of cocaine, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of drugs, and possessing criminal tools.

Willie Allen McKenzie, 509 Anderson St., Franklin; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Edmundas Baublys, 31 Sunset Place, Germantown; indicted on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, and one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Richard Anthony Johnson, 615 W. Turtle Creek Union Road, Lebanon; indicted on one count of violating a protection order.

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Randall Joseph Ferguson, 103 Candlewood Court, Germantown; indicted on one count each of possession of a Fentanyl-related compound, falsification, and possessing drug abuse instruments.

Juan Chico Rodriguez, 8870 Governors Hill Road, Apt. A, Mason; indicted on one count each of violating a protection order, aggravated menacing, having weapons while under disability, tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon, and possessing a defaced firearm.

Kenneth R. Gilbert, 230 Main St., Morrow; indicted on one count of domestic violence.

The Grand Jury room on the fifth floor of the Government Services Center in Hamilton. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
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