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December 18, 2013

Two indicted for strong-arm robbery

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Two people have now been indicted in connection with a strong-arm robbery that happened in September.

Ewell Chad Lawson, 36, and Melissa Ann Schwartz, 33, both of the same Rev. H.D. Lawson Road address, were each handed separate three-count indictments Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court for charges incurred Sept. 30.

The first count indicts the pair for first-degree robbery after they allegedly threatened the use of physical force on a male victim from Corbin when they reportedly attempted to slam the victim’s hand in a car door during the robbery.

The second count indicts them for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after allegedly stealing an iPhone 4 from the same male victim.

The third count indicts the pair for first-degree wanton endangerment when they each allegedly manifested extreme indifference to human life by wantonly driving and nearly striking the victim with their vehicle.

Lawson remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center — JailTracker records do not indicate a bail amount has yet been set. In fact, those records show he was booked into the facility Monday.

Schwartz was booked Tuesday into the detention center, and released 42 minutes later — no bond amount was listed in JailTracker records.

An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury — it is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.

Others indicted Monday and their charges are:

— Theresa L. Crabtree, AKA Theresa L. Roe, Theresa L. Kidd, Theresa L. Taylor, 43, of Stearns, received a two-count indictment Monday for charges incurred May 2. The first count indicts her for theft of a controlled substance prescription blank after allegedly taking those blanks from the Baptist Health cancer center. The second count indicts her for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after she was convicted in Pulaski County Circuit Court in September 2009 for theft by unlawful taking. She remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Matthew Finley Canada, 26, of Corbin, received a two-count indictment Monday for charges incurred Sept. 11. The first count indicts him for receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he allegedly was found in possession of a 2001 Jeep Cherokee reported stolen from a female victim. The second count indicts him for first-degree criminal mischief are allegedly damaging the Jeep causing more than $1,000 in damages. There are no JailTracker records indicating he has been arrested for these charges.

— Jeffrey Blake Rogers, 42, of Williamsburg, also received a two-count indictment Monday for charges incurred Dec. 2. The first count indicts him for flagrant non-support after he allegedly failed to support his one minor child. The second count indicts him for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his July 2009 conviction in Whitley County Circuit Court for theft by unlawful taking. He remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under no listed bond.

— Gary Wayne Geiser, Jr., 49, of Sarasota, Fla., was indicted for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after he allegedly knowingly possessed a $760 check drawn on a female victim’s bank account, then cashed that check at Hometown Bank Nov. 10, 2012. For that charge, he remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $1,500 cash bond. JailTracker records also indicate he faces one charge of flagrant non support, which lists a cash bond of just over$32,593.

— Robert Keith Haney, 43, of Williamsburg, was indicted for theft by failure to make required disposition of property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he allegedly was found in possession of a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo which belonged to a female victim, and would not return the Chevrolet Sept. 15. JailTracker records indicate he was released Thursday from the Whitley County Detention Center, but it was unclear as to the bond amount.

— Charles Ray Mobley, 39, of Corbin, received a two-count indictment Monday. The first count indicts him for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after he allegedly sold one Lorcet to a confidential informant for $10 on March 8. The second count indicts him for third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after he allegedly sold one Xanax to a confidential informant for $3 on March 18. JailTracker records indicate he was booked Tuesday for those charges into the Whitley County Detention Center, and released about 30 minutes later. No bond amount was listed.

— Dennis Ray Baldridge, Jr., 39, of Woodbine, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after he allegedly sold five Methadone to a confidential informant for $60 on July 26, 2012. JailTracker records show he is jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, but for unrelated charges. There are no records indicating he has been arrested yet on these charges.

— Jenia Dale Murray, 39, of Corbin, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after she allegedly sold one and one-half doses of Oxycodone to a confidential informant for $70 on June 26. She was released from the Whitley County Detention Center Nov. 7 on a $7,500 cash bond. She has one co-defendant in this case — Verna Rose.

— Verna V. Rose, 30, of Corbin, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after she allegedly sold one and one-half doses of Oxycodone to a confidential informant for $70 on June 26. She was released from the Whitley County Detention Center Nov. 1 on a $7,500 cash bond. She has one co-defendant in this case — Jenia Murray.

— Phillip Young, 49, no address listed, was indicted for his second offense of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after he allegedly sold four Oxymorphone to a confidential informant for $180 on Aug. 14. There are no JailTracker records indicating he has yet to be arrested for this charge.

— Daniel Paul, 21, of Corbin, received a two-count indictment for charges incurred Aug. 23. The first count indicts him for second-degree rape after he allegedly had sexual intercourse with a female less than 14 years old. The second count indicts him for second-degree sodomy after he allegedly engaged in deviant sexual intercourse with the same female victim. There are no JailTracker records indicating he has been arrested for these charges.

— James David Wiggins, 48, was indicted for first-degree rape after he allegedly used forcible compulsion to engage in sexual intercourse with a female victim Jan. 20, 2012 in McCreary County. JailTracker records indicate he was booked into the Whitley County Detention Center Monday and released less than four hours later on an unknown bond.

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