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Baptist church burglary suspect indicted

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By Becky Barnes

Nearly four months after Cynthiana Baptist Church was burglarized, a suspect stands accused and indicted by a Harrison County grand jury.

Shannon Bills, 25, was one of 20 individuals indicted by the grand jury on Tuesday.

Bills faces a nine-count indictment for his alleged role in the June 28 burglary of the church and subsequent activity.

According to the indictment, Bills is charged with third degree burglary, first degree criminal mischief (two counts), theft by unlawful taking over $300 (two counts), unauthorized use of an automobile (two counts), third degree criminal mischief and first degree persistent felony offender (PFO).

The grand jury alleges that Bills caused more than $1,000 in damages to property owned by Cynthiana Baptist Church. Bills is accused of taking a vehicle owned by the church.

He is also alleged to have taken and damaged property belonging to Angela Thacker, that being an automobile.

The fourth count charges Bills with taking property belonging to the church as well as property belonging to Jeff Sparks, Gil Rognstad and Eli Baker.

Bills is also alleged to have taken $800 in cash that belonged to Marshall Nichols Jr. as well as damaging property owned by Nichols.

The persistent felony charge (PFO) alleges that Bills has been convicted of two prior felonies and that he was over 18 years old when he committed those felonies.

His bond is $10,000.

Fifteen of the 20 indictments issued in Tuesday’s grand jury session were for drug-related offenses.

They included:

•James Cutwright, 45, was indicted on a charge of complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine) first degree.

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 28, 2007, Cutwright conspired with Theodore Custard to unlawfully transfer or sell cocaine.

•Theodore Custard, 46, faces a two-count indictment. The first charge is for trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine) first degree. The second is for PFO.

Custard is charged with selling or transferring cocaine on Dec. 28, 2007.

His bond is $10,000.

•Debra Hensley, 52, is accused of trafficking in a controlled substance second degree (Hydrocodone) and complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance second degree.

The grand jury alleges that on Feb. 20, Hensley sold the Schedule III narcotic to another person.

On that same day, she is accused of selling Hydrocodone to Janie Nunnelly.

Her bond is $2,500.

•Janie Nunnelly, 43, is charged in that same Feb. 20 incident. Her charge, trafficking in a controlled substance (Hydrocodone) second degree, states that she sold the Schedule III narcotic to another person.

Her bond is $2,500.

•Pamela Bush, 46, is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance first degree.

On Jan. 4, Bush is alleged to have sold or transferred methadone, which is a Schedule II narcotic, to another person.

Her bond is $5,000.

•Michael Wilson, 33, faces a two-count indictment for allegedly trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone) first degree and trafficking in a controlled substance (Diazepam) third degree, second or subsequent offenses.

His alleged offenses occurred on Jan. 23.

His bond is $10,000.

•Kevin Bowman, 39, is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance first degree.

He is alleged to have sold Oxycodone on Dec. 7 and Dec. 12.

His bond is $7,500.

•Diana Linville, who was named as a co-defendant in the case against Bowman, is also charged with four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance first degree.

The grand jury alleges that on two occasions on Dec. 7, Linville sold Oxycodone to another person. She is also charged with trafficking Oxycodone on Dec. 12 and Dec. 13.

Her bond is $10,000.

•Tradessa Machajewski, 35, faces a single-count indictment for trafficking in a controlled substance.

The grand jury alleges that on Aug. 1, Machajewski sold Hydrocodone to another person.

Bond for Machajewski is $2,500.

•Kevin Tucker, 48, is charged with marijuana cultivation of five or more plants, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia first offense.

On July 23, Tucker was allegedly growing five or more marijuana plants with intent to sell or transfer them. On the same day, he was charged with having a firearm as well as scales and a straw containing residue of a controlled substance.

His bond is $5,000.

•Rhonda Yarnell, 31, is charged with a Jan. 23 trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone) first degree.

Her bond is $5,000.

•Michael Taylor, 28, is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone) first degree.

Taylor is alleged to have sold the narcotic on Jan. 23.

His bond is $5,000.

•Starla Hill, (aka Rasmussen, aka Crowe), is also charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone).

Her offense is alleged to have occurred on Jan. 17.

Bond for Hill is $5,000.

•Sandy Brooks, 41, complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone) first degree. She is  charged with aiding or attempting to aid Starla Hill in her attempt to traffic Oxycodone on Jan. 17.

•Elizabeth Overly, aka Slade, 39, is charged with allegedly selling the Schedule III narcotic on Jan. 17 and again on Jan. 28.

Her bond is $5,000.

Other indictments included:

•Timothy Philpot, 41, who is charged with wanton endangerment first degree for allegedly firing rounds of ammunition from an SKS 7.62 semiautomatic rifle in the direction of Cameron Garabrandt and Aaron Sumpter on May 22.

He is also charged with firing the weapon across a public road, Corinth-Hinton Road.

His bond is $1,000.

•Elizabeth Race, 19, is charged with theft by unlawful taking in the alleged theft of property from Ken’s Exxon/Discount Tobacco Outlet in June. The value of the property was in excess of $300.

•Jeff Cole, 21, is also charged with theft by unlawful taking ($300 or more) in the same case from Ken’s Exxon/Discount Tobacco Outlet.

•James Huffman, 27, faces a two-count indictment for criminal possession of a forged instrument second degree.

The grand jury alleges that on May 30, Huffman passed a check to Joe Chambers for $200 on an account belonging to the William T. Huffman estate.

The grand jury also alleges that on June 18, Huffman passed a check to Eastside Pharmacy for $192.49 on an account belonging to Ginny Huffman.

His bond is $1,000.

Arraignment proceedings for each of the defendants will be held on Oct. 21 beginning at 9 a.m. in Harrison Circuit Court.