Grand jury returns 10 indictments

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ten people have been indicted by the Lawrence County Grand Jury.

The jury met this week and indicted the following people:

• Roger L. Stone, 42, of 414 County Road 1, South Point, first-degree rape.

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• Bret A. Dement, 21, of 262 Township Road 1234, Proctorville, four counts of fifth-degree breaking and entering, one count of misdemeanor obstructing official business.

• Shannon L. Putnam, 29, of 207 Township Road 1302, Chesapeake, fourth-degree grand theft.

• Gregory B. Loudenback, 33, of 2704 Monroe Ave., Ashland, Ky., three counts of fourth-degree safecracking.

• Tracie Staley, 103 High St., Ceredo, W.Va., second-degree burglary. Staley’s co-defendant is Jerri Blake, 36, of 8470 County Road 1, South Point. Blake is also charged with burglary.

• Scott E. Fisher, 39, of 455 29th St., Ashland, Ky., fifth-degree criminal simulation, fifth-degree aggravated drug possession, and misdemeanor drug possession.

• Sharrissa M. Snyder, 23, of 2625 S. Fourth St., Ironton, fifth-degree aggravated possession of drugs, misdemeanor illegal use or possession of paraphernalia.

• Brian L. Webb, 31, of 95 Private Drive 1009, Township Road 204, Willow Wood, two counts of fourth-degree assault on a peace officer.

• William K. Estep, 21, of 102 N. Jones St., Proctorville, second-degree felonious assault, third-degree tampering with evidence, and second-degree endangering children.

Besides returning indictments, the grand jury visited the Lawrence County Jail during its session. Each grand jury is required to do so once during its three-month session.

The jury inquired about the discipline, habits, diet and accommodations of the prisoners and found that the laws for the regular operation of county jails have not been broken.

They did find that over-crowding of prisoners should be addressed.

The jury was told that 52 is capacity but the jail is housing 76 prisoners, according to the report from the grand jury.