The 2015 Union County Grand Jury was empanelled March 30 and heard 153 cases presented over two days.
Grand jury proceedings and indictment remain secret until defendants are served with the appropriate paperwork notifying them of the indictments.
This past week a few of the indictments have been served and information about them released.
In most cases, defendants have already been arrested and may even be in custody so the indictments come as no surprise. Some surprise indictments do occur, however, and although it is rare, individuals may bring certain matters before a grand jury.
The first indictments released include:
- Ronnie Albert Jackson, 56, of 160 Ruffin Rd., Enid, charged with felony driving under the influence. He is accused of driving under the influence Nov. 6, 2014, with a blood alcohol level of .14. A third offense within five years becomes a felony and he was convicted of DUI July 31, 2013 in Batesville and Feb. 24, 2014, in New Albany. If convicted, he faces from one to five years in prison and a fine of from $2,000 to $5,000.
- Aaron Matthew Dickerson, 18, of 1004 CR 45, Etta, charged with burglary of an auto. He is accused of breaking into a 1996 Jeep owned by Sydnie Baily at Wal-Mart Dec. 23, 2014. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
- Marcus Blade, 22, of 1788 Hwy. 178 W., Lot 2, Myrtle, charged with disposing of stolen property, along with two other defendants. He is accused of disposing of a 2006 Ford F-250 truck Oct. 6, 2014, knowing it was stolen. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- William Douglas Conway, 41, of 1071 CR 183, Blue Springs, charged with aggravated driving under the influence, burglary and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. He is accused of running into county employee Randy Lyons and crushing him between his vehicle and a county garbage truck March 2, then leaving the scene. While trying to elude officers, he is accused of breaking into a vacant house at 1091 Hwy. 9 North owned by Gerald Thornton. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison for the aggravated DUI, up to seven years in prison for the burglary and from five to 20 years plus a fine of from $1,000 to $10,000 for leaving the scene.
- Demaris Browning, 34, of 1236 CR 14, Myrtle, charged with possession of a controlled substance, Schedule II drug, between 0.1 and 2.0 grams. He is accused of having in his possession 0.5 grams of methamphetamine on Feb. 8, 2015. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
More indictments probably will be released next week.