18-count indictment linked to alleged forgeries

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By Becky Barnes

The Harrison County grand jury met Tuesday returning eight indictments including one for 18 counts.

Shawn Gifford, 37, was indicted on 14 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument second degree and four counts of second degree forgery.

According to the indictment, Gifford is alleged to have possessed and passed or written checks amounting to $1,248 on accounts not in his name.

Checks were written between Feb. 5 and 16, on accounts of the Everett Arthur Newby estate, Megan Scott, Ophal Coy and Ronnie Scott.

His bond is $5,000 and arraignment will be held Tuesday, June 16.

Matthew Peak, 26, faces a two-count indictment on charges of receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The grand jury alleges that on March 13, Peak had possession of and possibly disposed of a firearm, which belonged to Adam Peak.

Also, having been a convicted felon, and allegedly in possession of a firearm, Peak faces the second count of his indictment.

His bond is set for $5,000.

Darcy Jones, 23, is charged with criminal possession of a forged prescription.

The grand jury alleges that on Feb. 20, Jones knowingly had and passed a prescription that was forged for Lortab, which is a controlled substance at Eastside Pharmacy.

Her bond is $1,000.

Catherine Liver, 25, is charged with the April 12 alleged complicity to theft of over $300 in property at Walmart. The grand jury alleges that she aided Darryl Baker and/or Thomas Clifton.

Her bond is $5,000.

Thomas Clifton, 40, faces a two-count indictment on charges related to alleged incidents on April 11 and 12.

According to the indictment, Clifton committed theft by unlawful taking when he took lawn furniture at Walmart. The second count alleges that during the alleged theft, Clifton threatened James Sosbe and Andy Lenz.

Darryl Baker, 50, is charged with first degree robbery, in the attempt to take lawn furniture from Walmart on April 12, and that he used physical force against James Sosbe and Andy Lenz.

His bond is also $5,000.

Joseph McElfresh, 21, is charged with flagrant non-support of his minor child. He has allegedly accumulated an arrearage of $1,000 or more.

His bond is $2,500.