| By Rupert Howell
Municipal Judge Bill McKenzie questioned the intelligence of a man charged with grand larceny.
Daryle Roper was charged with breaking into the vehicle of Assistant District Attorney Rhonda Amis and another vehicle. He was also "on hold" at the Panola County Jail by Lafayette County and the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
McKenzie set Roper’s bond at $15,000 during the Wednesday municipal court session. His address was listed as 115 File Road, Batesville.
Roper was bound over to the Panola County grand jury where he faces two counts of burglary and one count of grand larceny.
A charge of discharging a firearm within the city limits against Johnson Owens of 324 Patton Lane, Batesville, were remanded to the files after he explained to McKenzie that he was being threatened and felt his life in danger.
Owens said that a neighbor runs an "open house" and seven or eight young men struck him when he returned to his home one evening. He also said he had previously filed police reports.
The officer answering that call sent word to other officers in the court that Owens had told him the same information at the time of the incident.
Another incident at Maggie T’s on Hwy 35 N. and I-55 caused Robert Chaney of 645 Beaver Brook Dr. in Jackson to be charged with disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon, disturbance of a business, public drunk and open container. Charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing a business were combined and Chaney pleaded guilty. He was fined $1,060.
Brandon Taylor of 107 Vance Street, Batesville, pleaded guilty to two counts of simple assault and was fined $530.
Tiara Jones of 721 Laura St., Webb, was fined $610 for shoplifting $82 worth of merchandise from Vanity Fair.
After the guilty plea, McKenzie told the affiant, "You are going to jail if you do it again."
Preston Gleeton Jr. of 420 E. O. Gleeton Rd., Sardis, was found guilty of DUI-second, driving while license suspended (implied consent) and careless driving. He was given a 10-day jail sentence and fined $1,956, due November 11.
A trial date of October 11 was set for Erica Nelson, who is charged with stalking by affiant Erika Box.
Jerome Lockett was fined $1,555 for contempt of court and old fines and $356 for driving while license suspended. He was given 30 days to pay the imposed fine.
Police officer Cedric Griffin was sworn in as Batesville’s newest patrolman by Judge McKenzie during the Wednesday court session.