Castle now faces weapon charge
Former Shake Shoppe owner Garry Castle was indicted this week by a Lawrence County grand jury after he allegedly slit his wrists at the Lawrence County Courthouse.
Castle was indicted on a charge of possessing or controlling a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance in a courthouse.
Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr. said if Castle is convicted of the fifth-degree felony charge, he could receive a maximum one-year prison sentence and a $2,500 fine.
Castle is accused of slitting his wrists after he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for setting his South Third Street eatery on fire March 28, 2002. He is now at the Orient Correctional Reception Center awaiting placement in a prison where he will serve the remainder of his sentence.
Also, the grand jury returned indictments against three suspected drug dealers who were arrested last week. Antwan Winbush, 22, of Columbus, was indicted on a charge of trafficking in crack cocaine. Keleci Hill, 26, of Columbus, was indicted on a charge of possession of a weapon under a disability, trafficking in crack cocaine with a firearms specification and within in the vicinity of a school, one count of trafficking in marijuana, and one count of possession of criminal tools.
Hill was arrested late in the evening of Aug. 12 near the intersection of U.S. 52 and State Route 141. Winbush was arrested hours later in the early morning hours of August 13 in the 800 block of South Eighth Street after he fled the car he was riding in when it was pulled over in the vicinity of Fourth and Heplar streets.
Cameron Simmons, who was riding in the vehicle with Winbush and eluded authorities for two days, was indicted on nine charges stemming from that incident and previous incidents. Simmons was indicted on five counts of trafficking in crack cocaine, two counts of having a weapon under a disability, one count of failure to comply with the signal or order of a police officer and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the indictment, some of the charges stem from incidents dating back to July 8.
The Lawrence County Drug Task Force began surveillance of these three men two months ago after receiving an anonymous tip about their alleged drug activities.
The grand jury also indicted three Huntington, W.Va., men in connection with a shooting incident at the Brentwood Apartment complex in Chesapeake June 16. Louis Saunders, 22,
was indicted on two counts of complicity to felonious assault. Shawn Henderson, 22,
indicted on two counts of felonious assault with a firearms specification. Percy Jones, 23, was indicted on two counts of felonious assault with a firearms specification. Authorities said that the shooting stemmed from an argument that the three men had with two residents at the apartment complex.
Sheriff's deputies said at the time of the incident that there had been a verbal altercation about one of the victims driving too fast at the entrance to Brentwood Village. Saunders told authorities the other man hit him in the face, so he allegedly returned to Huntington and then came back to Brentwood Village and located the man who was supposed to have hit him. The two victims allegedly came out of an apartment with guns and shots were fired.
Saunders denied that he and those with him had any weapons, but the victims involved told deputies they had only returned fire in the incident. Deputies said bullet holes were found in the building.
Also this week, the grand jury indicted a Scioto County woman who was arrested July 16 for shoplifting at the Wal-Mart store in Burlington. Terri A. Francis, 53, of Portsmouth, was indicted on one count of theft. She is accused of trying to steal $1,766 worth of merchandise, including 95 DVDs, which she concealed in a plastic tote lined with aluminum foil. When Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies arrested her, Francis identified herself using another name. When she was booked at the Lawrence County Jail, authorities discovered she used 20 aliases and nine social security numbers and a lengthy criminal history that included convictions for shoplifting, theft and grand larceny.
An Ashland, Ky. man was indicted on one count of sexual battery. Martin A. Revely, 45,
was arrested July 29 after the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office and the Lawrence County Children's Services received a complaint that Revely had engaged in sexual conduct with a female juvenile who was in his care. Revely was employed by the Children's Center of Ohio on Ned's Fork Road when the incident occurred.
4Christopher Sinozich, 19, of 29 Private Drive 56, South Point, one count of breaking and entering. He is accused of breaking into McMeans Pharmacy in South Point.
4Roger Hutchinson, 44, of Oak Hill, one count of felony DUI.
4Christopher Jenkins, 19, of 1116 Kitts Hill High School Road, one count of receiving stolen property.
4Michael Gannon, 28, of 2621 State Route 243, Ironton, one count of failure to comply with the order of signal of a police officer and assault of a police officer.
4Carl David Whitt, 46, of 15 Deep Cut Road, Ironton, felonious assault.
4Tiffany Hickman, 22, of Sciotoville, one count of forgery and one count of theft, both fifth-degree felonies.
4Shelly Curtis, 31, of 467 Thompson Road, Chesapeake, two counts of interference with custody.
4Jerry Raines, 32, address unknown, one count of escape.
4Christina Edwards, 20, of Columbus, one count of trafficking in cocaine within in the vicinity of a school.
4Robert L. Rowe, 29, of 52 Private drive 2214 South Point, one count of receiving stolen property.
4William Rowe Jr., 46, of 23336 State Route 243 Proctorville, aggravated burglary, felonious assault, violation of a protection order.
Additionally, 11 secret indictments were handed down. All of them are indictments for criminal non-support. Thirty-two cases were presented, resulting in 31 true bills. The grand jury heard from 59 witnesses over a three-day period.