The Richmond Register

February 23, 2014

Man facing drug charges indicted in jail assault

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — A Michigan man in the Madison County Detention Center facing kidnapping and drug-trafficking charges was indicted last week in the assault of another inmate.

Erroll Johnson, 24, also has a warrant out of Detroit on charges of assault with intent to murder, discharging a firearm in or at a building, and a felony weapons violation.

Michigan authorities intend to extradite him, according to a Richmond police report.

In his latest case, Johnson is accused of beating Adam Morton on Jan. 29 while both men were lodged in the jail, according to the indictment.

Second-degree assault carries a possible sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

In the kidnapping case, police received information Oct. 13 that a woman was being held against her will in a vehicle, the RPD reported.

Police stopped a vehicle that matched the description given to them at an Interstate 75 Exit 90 on-ramp.

A woman and four men were in the vehicle, and the woman told police they were preventing her from leaving. Officers also reported two firearms were thrown from the vehicle prior to it being stopped.

Officers found 11 hydrocodone pills and about 1.6 grams of heroin inside the vehicle, according to the report.

Johnson also is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of marijuana, after those drugs were found on his person when he was booked into the jail, the RPD reported.

The grand jury also indicted the following people Wednesday:

• James W. Guy II, 19, two counts of first-degree rape (victim less than 12), two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and use of an electronic device to procure a minor for a sexual offense

• Harold W. Edwards, 43, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree burglary and first-degree indecent exposure

• Harold D. Minter, 51, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine, more than 2 grams), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine, less than 2 grams), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (codeine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Mary E. Shearer, 43, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine, less than 2 grams)

• Jared R. Kirkland, 33; Steven N. Forsythe, 34; Jessica R. Coffey, 30; and Tracy Phillips, manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Forsythe also was indicted on a charge of convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

• Steven N. Forsythe, 34, manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and second-degree fleeing or evading police

• Vernon L. Parker Jr., 49, first-degree bail jumping and first-degree persistent felony offender, second-degree escape, tampering with a prisoner monitoring device and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Bobby K. Chism, 29, two counts of theft by unlawful taking (more than $500) and third-degree burglary

• Connie S. Cope, 46, second-degree escape, tampering with a prisoner monitoring device and first-degree persistent felony offender, theft by unlawful taking, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree promoting contraband, public intoxication and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Allen C. Hoover, 32, receiving stolen property and theft by deception (less than $500), fraudulent use of a debit card and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument

• Jeffery Scott Sparks, 42, and Amy L. Lainhart, 41, manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia

• Danielle N. Askins, 22, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone)

• Kendra D. Hussong, 23, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and possession of drug paraphernalia

• Kyle E. Broaddus, 32, theft by deception (less than $10,000) and second-degree forgery

• Timothy B. VanWinkle, 20, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and fourth-degree assault

• Stephen F. Short, 29, assault of a family member

• Sara E. Smart, 24, first-degree bail jumping

• Stephen J. Barrett, 25, first-degree wanton endangerment

• Keisha Gibson, 30, tampering with physical evidence

• Harold Wayne Hoskins, 33, receiving stolen property (more than $500), theft by deception (less than $500) and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Deonte M. Long, 20,  and Melissa Wolke, 32, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (oxycodone), trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wolke was charged with complicity in all the above charges.

• Christopher D. Lainhart, 28, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Misdemeanor charge referred to Madison District Court:

• Harold W. Edwards, 43, fourth-degree assault.

Grand jury indictments do not indicate guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to proceed with prosecution.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.