The Richmond Register

Crime

May 29, 2014

Grand jury: Man took nearly $4,000 from EKU fraternity

RICHMOND — A Berea man attending Eastern Kentucky University this past year was indicted Wednesday by a Madison County grand jury on a charge of embezzling almost $4,000 from his fraternity.

Between Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, Donald Hawkins took $3,994 from the Sigma Nu fraternity’s bank account, according to the indictment. It did not explain how Hawkins was able to obtain the money.

According to the Madison County Detention Center website, the EKU Police brought Hawkins to the jail March 6 on a charge of theft by failure to make required disposition of property. He was released later the same day on a $3,000 unsecured third-party bond, according to a jail booking officer.

The two students charged with a March 30 armed robbery in an EKU residence hall room also were indicted Wednesday.

David Emmanuel and Zain Gilmore were each indicted on one count of first-degree robbery and one count of first degree burglary.

They entered a Clay Hall room and took property from the resident while armed with a gun, the indictment states.

Almost all of the other indictments this week were drug related, as the names of 11 people were referred to Madison Circuit Court. Seven of them were indicted on trafficking charges.

They include:

• Melissa Lear, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender

• Charles Underwood II, first-degree possession and trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia

• Martha Hicks, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance

• Doug Conner, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance

• George Richardson, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance

• Devoe Stephens, first- and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, first-degree promoting contraband and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Amanda Williams, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia

• Brent Oliver, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and a DUI.

Bobby Horn was indicted on charges of identity theft and forgery. The indictment alleges that he bought items valued at $1,400 at Ace Hardware between Feb. 16 and 24, giving the impression that he was an employee Colonial Properties and signing the name of Troy Holmes.

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

 

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