| By Emily Darby
A man charged with carrying a concealed weapon at Wash-A-Lot, resisting arrest by running from police officer Ragon, carrying pistols out of Jimmy Smith’s Pawn Shop and then burglarizing Jimmy Smith’s Pawn Shop twice, has requested a preliminary hearing in Batesville Municipal Court next Wednesday. Judge Bill McKenzie will hear the case of Brandon Taylor, 107 Vance St., Batesville, Taylor is being held in Panola County Jail.
In another felony burglary charge, Keyandrick Jones, 209-C Lester St., Batesville, was charged with entering the house of Mrs. Lora Green while trying to hide from police. He was also charged with malicious mischief for tearing her shower curtain and breaking the air pump that was in front of Green’s door. Judge McKenzie referred the case to the grand jury.
Also appearing in city court was Benjamin Baxter, 2775 Barnacre Rd., Batesville, was charged with felony charges of forgery and uttering forgery. Judge McKenzie explained to the defendant that he was charged with presenting a check of $623 to Piggly Wiggly knowing that is was false. His case was referred to the grand jury.
Amica Nicole Lark, 707 W. Pearl St., Sardis, was charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, on school grounds. When Judge McKenzie asked why she had marijuana on school grounds, she said she didn’t know it was in the car and it was her brother’s. Judge McKenzie advised Lark not to let her brother use her car again. A fine of $345 was imposed.
Two defendants in court had simple assault charges dismissed due to the affiants failure to appear.
A simple assault charge against Keyondrick Watters, 431 Tubbs Rd., Batesville, was dismissed because the affiant, Tyrone Griffin, did not appear.
Kendrick Jones, 109 Sarah Dickens Rd., Sardis, faced a charge of domestic violence and simple assault. The case was dismissed due to the affiant, Tara Williams, failing to appear.
Felisha S. Hunt, 109 Lester St., Apt. B-4, Batesville, charged with shoplifting at Wal-Mart, had her case remanded to the court files after an agreement was reached between Wal-Mart and the defendant.
Calvin Reeves, 4561 Curtis Rd., Batesville, charged with DUI (controlled substance) and no proof of insurance, pled not guilty, and the case was continued until May 18.
In another DUI charge, Ben Allen Chambers Sr., 1204 Carlisle Rd., Courtland, was charged with driving under the influence of something other than alcohol and careless driving. He pled not guilty and the case was continued for trial at a later date.
Labelle Hill, 414 Frederick St., Sardis, failed to appear in court April 13 and did not appear in court Wednesday for contempt-old fines. A-U Bail was notified.
Tirell Chambers, 1169 Heafner Rd., Batesville, is charged with contempt of court-old fines that have been due since February 2004. Judge McKenzie told the defendant, "I am not going to beg you to do what you were ordered to do."
The defendant is also charged with driving while license suspended. Judge McKenzie advised the defendant to stay out of his car. In the meantime fines of $1,655 fines are due May 2 or the defendant will do six months in jail.
Tommy Lee Johnson, 1391 Taylor Pond Rd., Charleston, was told by Judge McKenzie that he would reduce his fine of $1,920 if proof of automobile insurance is presented to the court clerk in seven days. The defendant was also fined for driving while license suspended and no tag.
James E. Houston, 2736 Taylor Rd., Courtland, contested a "loud music" violation charge and was assigned a trial date, for April 27.
Carol Gole, 209 Bruce St., Batesville, was fined $174 for no tag, but her proof of insurance fine was dismissed due to an insurance agent’s administrative error.
Nakeria Devel Scott, 1120 Hammond Hill Rd., Como, charged with no proof of insurance and speeding, has contested the charges. The case was continued to May 4.
Glenda Parker Reed, 2232 Seven Rd., Batesville, showed proof that she had purchased a tag so her "no tag" fine was reduced to $87. She provided proof of insurance so that fine was dismissed.
Quannegra L. Woodall, 450 Bibbs Rd., Batesville, was fined $174 for expired tag and was enrolled in a defensive driving school for young drivers so she won’t have to pay a fine if she successfully completes the course.
Anthony Harris, 156-B Will Stewart Rd., Batesville, contested a ordinance violation charge for loud music. The trial was set for April 27.
Mitchell Drew Smith, 313 Willa St., Batesville, was fined $265 for no driver’s license. Smith presented proof of insurance so that charge was dismissed.
After the court session, Judge McKenzie reviewed the case of Jake Norwood of 90 CR 401, Oxford, who is now serving a six month jail sentence for contempt of court. Norwood’s family had asked to meet with the judge to discuss the conviction, but they failed to appear. Norwood owes $1,201 in old fines dating back to 2003.