As usual, the Dec. 3 indictments contain a wide variety of charges with the majority of them drug related. In addition to the drug charges, the jury considered charges of theft, entering auto, shoplifting, burglary, child molestation, aggravated assault, dogfighting, aggravated stalking, and homicide by vehicle.
Dakota Lee Benefield, Jonathan Scott Lucas, and Jesse Caleb Newby were indicted on 42 counts of entering an auto. According to a story about their arrests in The Jones County News, the three young men were arrested Sept. 26 after the Sheriff’s Department received reports of entering auto from 23 separate locations. One homeowner saw the men and was able to give officers a description of their car, and a major break in the case came from another homeowner’s surveillance system that helped confirm the description of the offenders and their vehicle. The suspects were spotted and arrested later that day by Lt. Ed Bailey. Most of the stolen items were recovered with the exception of two handguns.
Clyde Haynes was indicted on three charges of burglary and four counts of theft by taking misdemeanor. According to the indictment, Haynes entered a home, storage building, and camper May 19, and took building materials and auto parts.
Jerry Dewayne Houston and Willie Eugene Howard were indicted on the charge of burglary in the first degree. A report of the arrest of the men states they were stopped on a traffic violation and taken into custody because of outstanding warrants. They were later connected to a Sept. 11 burglary on Oakview Drive, during which the door was forced open at the residence and a laptop, flat screen TV, handgun, and jewelry box were stolen.
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