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Indictments were returned against 30 individuals by the Sequatchie County Grand Jury last week, including one against Bledsoe County’s sheriff. Cases ranged from criminal attempt to commit murder to drug charges. Several defendants were unaware of their charges, and indictments were not returned on five defendants.

Ronnie Moore of Dunlap was indicted on charges of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder-two counts, aggravated assault-two counts, aggravated burglary, and employing a firearm during a felony. 

Court documents Moore was arrested after events occurring on January 20. Officers were dispatched to a West Valley Road residence where Moore had reportedly broke into a home with a gun. Individuals at the home had heard someone “trying to kick in the door,” and a short time later one of those present struggled with Moore as the defendant held a loaded shotgun. Moore was held in check until authorities arrived, records continued, and was then taken into custody by county officers. 

Steven B. Davis, 18, was indicated on a charge of rape. Davis, of a Whitwell address, reportedly assaulted a female in February.

Robert L. Brown, Jr., 33, of Dunlap, was indicted on charges of aggravated statutory rape and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture.

Court documents state Brown had unlawful relations with a person under the age of 18 in February. He was also charged after reportedly purchasing several items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine last September. 

Aaron Lynn Davis and Benton Taylor Kerley were each indicted on charges of aggravated robbery. They reportedly robbed the Cates Street Pharmacy in Dunlap.

Bledsoe County Sheriff James “Jimmy” Lonnie Morris was indicted on charges of disorderly conduct and assault. Morris was arrested at the Huddle House in Dunlap several months ago after reportedly being involved in an altercation.

Billy Bob Lockhart was indicted on multiple offenses, including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and introduction of contraband into the jail. 

Lockhart was arrested after incidents on March 23, when he reportedly threatened officers while standing on a front porch, “waving a knife.” Later at the Sequatchie County Justice Center, Lockhart was found to have sharpened a toothbrush into a weapon. 

Dee Ann Rauch, 46, of Whitwell was indicted for reported child abuse and neglect or endangerment/domestic assault-bodily injury, as she reportedly assaulted a six-year-old. 

Kenneth Wayne Stone was indicted on a charge of felony escape. Stone was to have started a four-year sentence with the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) last year but on August 12 was granted a furlough to visit a terminally ill relative. Stone was to have returned by August 15, 2012 but failed to do so, records state.

Other cases indicted included the following: 

•William Joseph Deweese, introduction of contraband into a penal institute (jail)

•Lavonda S. Dyer, driving under the influence (DUI)-.08, second offense DUI, three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of implied consent violation, two counts of reckless endangerment, and open container violation

•Michael E. Coffelt, tattooing of a minor and tattooing without a permit 

•Anthony Caleb French, introduction of a weapon into a penal institute 

•Nathaniel Frost, DUI .20, DUI

•Mitchell Hudson, aggravated burglary and theft of property

•Kristal L. Layne, manufacture of a Schedule II substance, felony possession of a Schedule II substance over five grams 

•Bryan K. Lewis, manufacture of a Schedule II substance, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, felony possession of a Schedule II substance, felony possession of a Schedule III substance, and felony possession of a Schedule IV substance 

•Abby M. Martinez, second offense DUI, DUI with child under 18

•Bobby Nelson, second offense DUI, two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, and possession of a Schedule III substance

•Ricky D. Rankin, fraud-obtaining or attempt to obtain a controlled substance

•Thomas A. Smith, DUI .08, third offense DUI 0.8, driving on a revoked license, simple possession of a Schedule VI substance, and reckless endangerment

•Daniel Sneed, two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft of property

•Danny L. Wallace, of Whitwell, fourth offense DUI, driving on a revoked license 

•Kenneth Ray Wilkey, DUI .20, DUI

Indictments were not returned on five defendants:

•Shannon Bach, disorderly conduct

•Jacqueline Lee, disorderly conduct

•Jeffrey Martin, DUI

•Billy Sutherland, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment

•John Sullivan, assault and aggravated assault.



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