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August 14, 2009

Berea couple indicted for abusing son

A Madison County grand jury returned first-degree criminal abuse charges Thursday against a Berea couple who allegedly beat their 3-year-old son.

Ryan Lee Whitaker, 28, and Debbie Whitaker, 23, are accused in the indictment of beating their son “and thereby causing cruel punishment and/or torture.”

Arrest warrants for the couple allege that the child was kicked, hit and slapped for the past two years, said Capt. Ken Clark, Berea Police Department spokesman.

Berea police arrested the couple June 19 at a Madison District Court hearing where fourth-degree assault charges against the couple were being dismissed for the same alleged abuse.

If convicted, the couple could receive five to 10 years in prison each.

Meth-making charges

Two women were indicted on charges of manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine.

Virginia Honican, 27, and Lucinda Marshall, 27, each were charged with single counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine in connection with a June 16 visit a child services worker made to Marshall’s apartment on Turpin Drive.

During the visit, a Richmond police officer who accompanied the social worker found methamphetamine manufacturing supplies and equipment in a closet in one room of the home, and also found the drug.

If convicted, each could receive 10 to 20 years in prison for the manufacturing charge and one to five years for the possession charge.

Motorcyclist indicted

A Monticello man who led police on a high-speed motorcycle chase across Madison and Clark counties in late June was indicted on a misdemeanor charge of evading a police officer.

Mitchell Glenn Bell, 33, now faces a single charge of second-degree evading a police officer, a Class A misdemeanor, as well as speeding and reckless driving violations following the indictment.

He had been charged with driving under the influence, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, no registration, operator’s license or insurance and failure to register the transfer of a motorcycle in addition to the speeding and reckless driving violations.

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