| By Emily Williams
A Batesville woman was almost charged with contempt of court after arriving 25 minutes late at Batesville Municipal Court Wednesday.
When Stephanie Lang of 210 Pearson St., Batesville, asked why she was charged with petit larceny, Judge Jay Westfaul informed her that she had been charged with taking $200 in cash and two rings from Jeannie Tomlin of Willow St., Batesville, worth $410 total.
Lang entered a not guilty plea and Judge Westfaul set a trial date for October 19 and advised her to be on time.
Ritchie Roberts of 125 Merritt Rd., Greenbriar, Ark., entered a guilty plea to DUI (first) and was fined $726. His license will also be suspended for 90 days unless he attends MASAP, a drunk driving awareness course. If he attends the classes he can get his license back in less than 90 days.
Vallene Owens of Stewart Manor #16, Batesville, entered a guilty plea to shoplifting at Wal-Mart and was fined $610. She also returned the stolen merchandise to Wal-Mart.
Latasha Harris entered a guilty plea to shoplifting but pled not guilty to a simple assault charge. She also has old fines of $295. A trial date was set for the simple assault charge. She entered a guilty plea to the shoplifting charge and was fined $610.
Contempt of Court
David Ray of 8289 Hwy. 51 South, Courtland, previously served 90 days for failure to pay old fines of $2,498 that have been due since September of 2004 and was given six months suspended sentence to serve if the fine wasn’t paid in full by June of 2005. Judge Westfaul sentenced Ray to six months in the county jail. He can be released if he pays his fine.
Eric Towns of 705 Jones St., Crenshaw, was sentenced to 15 days in county jail for contempt of court due to old fines of $374 that have been due since April of 2001. He was served a warrant for the contempt of court charge while incarcerated serving time for Crenshaw.
Roy Burks of 9 Ramsey Trailer Park, Sardis, was given 60 days to pay old fines of $1,362 that have been due since March of 2003. He explained that he had been in and out of the hospital after being run over as the reason the fines hadn’t been paid earlier.
Darrell Chambers of 1169 Heafner Rd., Batesville, had a trial for petit larceny and burglary set for October 12. He was incarcerated in the local jail and charges were sent back by Circuit Court to be tried as misdemeanors. A trial was set for October 12.
Cathey Newman of 211 East St., Batesville, had charges of simple assault on an officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct – failure to comply, bound over to the grand jury.
Nicholas Butler of 114 Autumn St., Batesville, was bound over to the grand jury on aggravated assault and attempted armed robbery charges.
Christopher Ellis of 113 Clinton St., Batesville, had charges of failure to yield to blue lights, reckless driving and no tag remanded to the files.
Erik Perez was found not guilty of possession of controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. He was referred back to Municipal Court by Circuit Court. He did enter a guilty plea to driving while license suspended.
Terry E. Jones of 700 West Pearl St., Sardis, was fined $121 for speeding. Jones also had a driving while license suspended charge, but said he was unaware that they were suspended. Judge Westfaul gave him 30 days to provide proof that his license are not suspended.
Jerome Lockett of Oxford asked the judge if he could have an extension on old fines and also brought proof that his license had been reinstated. According to court clerk Renee Hubbard, Lockett failed to appear to court last week.
Judge Westfaul decided to let Lockett come back Oct. 12 for Judge McKenzie to decide on the extension.
Ayhuanna K. Miles of 809 Gleaton Rd., Pope, had a fine of $583 reduced to $183 after providing proof of insurance.
Donald R. Johnson of 110 Gore St., Batesville, was fined $1,367 for no proof of insurance and switched tag.
Before court Jeff Wilson and Josh Hobbs were sworn-in as new police officers for the Batesville Police Department.