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Four indicted in burglary, assault at local home

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Four individuals have been indicted for allegedly breaking into a home and threatening three occupants.

The Bullitt County Grand Jury has indicted James A. Deel, Tabitha Begley-Andriot, Andrew Johnson and Daniel Schott Jr. on the charges of complicity to commit burglary, complicity to commit assault in the first and second degree.

According to the indictment, the four allegedly broke into a home on Aug. 24, 2008, armed with a deadly weapon.

Once inside, the four allegedly struck a man with a deadly weapon causing serious physical injury.

They also allegedly injured two other men who were at the residence.

The most severe charges carry a possible prison sentence of 10-20 years.

Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

In other indictments:

*Jacob A. McQueen, 26, of Mount Washington, was indicted for assault, a Class B felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

McQueen was charged for abusing his one-year-old daughter on Sept. 14, 2008.

Det. Blaine French of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department said at the time that the daughter had visitation with his daughter and was fine earlier in the day. When the girl later was taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital with severe head trauma.

Law enforcement officials began their investigation and French said McQueen’s story was not consistent with the injuries. He said the girl fell off a rocking horse and hit her head on the fireplace.

*Derrick A. Geralds - indicted for complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful transaction with a minor.

According to the indictment, on Aug. 19, 2008, Geralds and a juvenile had chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. This is a Class B felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

He also had methamphetamine in his possession, a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

The other charge is due to his alleged involvement with inducing or assisting a juvenile in committing an illegal act, which is also a Class B felony.

The Bullitt County Drug Task Force investigated.

*Kimberly M. Buchholz and Michael W. Purtilar - were indicted for complicity to manufacture methamphetamine and four counts of complicity to endangerment to a child with a controlled substance involved.

The couple was charged on Aug. 26, 2008, for operating a meth lab at a home in Hillview with four children present.

The most serious charge is a Class B felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

In addition, Purtilar was indicted for possession of a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender. That means his sentence could be enhanced due to the prior felony offenses.

The Bullitt County Drug Task Force and the Hillview Police Department investigated.

*Todd C. Mettling Jr. - indicted for possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, being a persistent felony offender and a pair of misdemeanors.

According to the indictment, Mettling allegedly had a handgun on Aug. 28, 2008. He was previously convicted of felonies in Bullitt and Warren counties.

The Class C felony is punishable by 5-10 years in prison and that could be enhanced due to the PFO.

The Bullitt County Drug Task Force investigated.

*Eden Gabbard - indicted for unlawful access to a computer, a Class C felony.

According to the indictment, Gabbard allegedly got into the computer system of the Kentucky Lottery Corp. in an attempt to obtain money, property or services.

The alleged actions took place between November 2007 and April 31, 2008.

*Lee Ann Harrison - indicted for unlawful access to a computer, a Class C felony.

The indictment alleges that from November 2007 and April 31, 2008, Harrison used the computer system of the Kentucky Lottery Corp. to obtain money, property or services.

*Bobby Geary - indicted for failure to comply with the sex offender registration and being a persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Geary allegedly changed his address between July 2, 2008, and Oct. 2, 2008, and failed to register that change with the state sex offender registry program.

This is a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years.

That could be enhanced due to prior felonies in Jefferson County.

KSP Trooper Terry Whittaker investigated the case.

*Bobby Lee Odom - indicted for burglary and theft by unlawful taking over $300.

According to the indictment, Odom allegedly broke into a home on Sept. 6, 2008, and took property valued at over $300.

The most serious charge is a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hedges investigated the case.

*Justin Schumacher - indicted for burglary and being a persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Schumacher allegedly broke into a home on July 30, 2008.

The Class C felony could be enhanced due to Schumacher’s prior felony conviction in Bullitt County.

Det. Buddy Stump of the Mount Washington Police Department investigated the case.

*Dustin W. Johnson - indicted for burglary and being a persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Johnson allegedly broke into a home on Aug. 27, 2008.

The Class C felony could be enhanced due to the prior felony in 2007 for burglary in Jefferson County.

Det. Steve Clark of the Shepherdsville Police Department investigated.

*Christopher R. Byrd - indicted for sexual abuse and being a persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Byrd allegedly had sexual contact with a female less than 12 years of age on April 14, 2008.

This is a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

That could be enhanced due to a prior felony in 2000 in Nelson County for wanton endangerment.

McGaha investigated the case.

*Helen Miller - indicted for complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $300.

According to the indictment, Miller allegedly took property valued at over $300 on Oct. 6, 2008, from Radio Shack.

This is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

Det. Jeremy Meyer of the Shepherdsville Police Department investigated the case.

*Jessica Shepherd - indicted for criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years.

The indictment alleges that on Aug. 2, 2008, she allegedly passed a forged check for over $300.

Det. Joey Alton of the Shepherdsville Police Department worked the case.

*David L. Mullins III and James Branum - indicted for complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $300.

According to the indictment, the men took control over property belonging to another individual on July 8-9, 2008.

This is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

Branum is also charged with being a persistent felony offender, which could enhance his sentence.

Mount Washington officer Stephen Hill investigated the case.

*James L. Blessitt and Vickie Neumann - indicted for complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $300, a Class D felony.

According to the indictment, they had property of another individual on Nov. 28, 2006, valued at over $300.

McGaha investigated the case.

*Laurie T. Harrison - indicted for theft of a motor vehicle registration plate or decal and possession of a controlled substance, both Class D felonies.

According to the indictment, the offenses occurred on July 4, 2008. She allegedly had methamphetamine in her possession.

Hillview officer Mike Murdoch investigated the case.

*Larry Todd Skaggs - indicted on four counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $300.

According to the indictment, between April 19, 2006, and July 31, 2008, Skaggs failed to make deposits from a business into a bank account.

These are Class D felonies.

Clark investigated the case.

*Brenton T. Byrd - indicted for theft of motor vehicle registration plate and possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on May 29, 2008, Byrd had morphine in his possession.

Sean Anderson of the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement investigated the case.

*Juston Denney - indicted for fleeing or evading police and receiving stolen property, both Class D felonies.

According to the indictment, he allegedly had property on Sept. 3, 2008, valued at over $300 that belonged to another individual. He also did not stop for a police officer.

Shepherdsville police officer Jason Paulley investigated.

*Ricky W. Woods - indicted for promoting contraband and being a persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Woods allegedly had contraband in his possession in the Bullitt County Jail.

The Class D felony could be enhanced due to a 1999 felony conviction in Bullitt County.

*Angela Paris - indicted for forgery.

According to the indictment, Paris allegedly had a written instrument that had been altered on July 10, 2008.

This is a Class D felony.

Alton and Shepherdsville officer Mark Riley investigated.

*Jason Hall - indicted for two counts of wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police, assault and being a persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Hall allegedly operated a vehicle that endangered Pioneer Village police officer Neil Bowen and another individual on July 19, 2008.

He also allegedly fled police and attempted to cause injury to the officer.

The Class D felonies could be enhanced due to 2006 conviction in Jefferson County for assault.

*Eva D. Trulock - indicted for possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony.

She allegedly had amphetamine and oxycodone in her possession on March 29, 2008.

Bowen was the investigating officer.

*Ronnie L. Druin - indicted for fleeing or evading police.

According to the indictment, Druin failed to stop for a police officer on May 9, 2008. This is a Class D felony.

Bowen investigated the case.

*Leatha J. Phelps and Christopher M. Schleidt - indicted for complicity to possession of a controlled substance and complicity to possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the indictment, they had methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in their possession on Sept. 3, 2008.

Both are Class D felonies.

Phelps was also indicted for being a persistent felony offender due to a similar 2006 conviction in Logan County. Her sentence could be enhanced.

The Bullitt County Drug Task Force investigated the case.

*Darin J. Wright - indicted for burglary and being a persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Wright allegedly entered the old Bullitt Bowl on July 24, 2008, to commit a crime.

The Class D felony could be enhanced due to a prior conviction in 2006 in Jefferson County on theft charges.

Sheriff’s deputy George Thurman investigated.

*Wesley L. Springer, Dwayne A. Muncy, Todd S. Duke, Christopher Lyons, William T. Mitchell Jr., Timothy M. Almony and Jennifer L. Manning - indicted for flagrant non-support.

The Class D felony is punishable by 1-5 years in prison for allegedly falling more than $1,000 behind in child support payments.

Mitchell and Lyons were also indicted for being persistent felony offenders and their sentences could be enhanced.

An indictment does not mean guilt or innocence. It only means that at least nine of the 12 grand jurors felt there was enough evidence presented to continue with a criminal trial.