Case dismissed due to lack of evidence
By Emily Darby
A petit larceny case was dismissed during Batesville Municipal Court Wednesday after Judge Bill McKenzie made the decision that the case didn’t have enough "circumstantial evidence."
Bea Wathall, a volunteer at Sav-A-Life, said that Brett Boyette of 1090-A Hadorn, Batesville, had taken $40 from her purse while she was counseling his girlfriend Sara Patton in the other room.
Judge McKenzie heard testimonies from both the affiant and defendant’s side and decided to dismiss the case.
Brandy Turner of 12 Dungan Rd., Enid, was transferred to Circuit Court for prescription forgery of practitioner Thomas Hodge at Medicap.
Penny Anthony of 217 Gay St., Batesville, was transferred to Circuit Court for a possession of a controlled substance charge.
Andre Middleton of 2030 Goodhope Rd., Batesville, was transferred to the grand jury for felony child abuse and contempt of court-old fines.
When Middleton asked for a lower bond, Detective George Williford spoke up saying that the infant could be blind and due to the seriousness of the injuries, he shouldn’t be granted the reduction.
Middleton told Judge McKenzie that he had turned himself in and also showed up for a lie detector test.
Middleton’s bond was reduced from $15,000 to $10,000.
Vendetta Miller of 502 Jefferson, Oxford, was transferred to Circuit Court for embezzlement charges.
Cardale Smith of 107 Martin Luther King #5-E, Batesville, was transferred to Circuit Court for two counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling, two counts of grand larceny and petit larceny from a resident at Timberidge Apartments.
Smith’s bond was set at $30,000 and reduced to $15,000.
Vivian Callicutt of 701 S. Pocahontas, Sardis, entered a not guilty plea to taking pickles, candy, gum and other items worth $13.03 from Save-A-Lot. Her trial was set for December 21.
Felicia Vaughn of 45 CR 2003, Oxford, entered a guilty plea to taking two shirts and two pair of pants from Vanity Fair Outlet. She was fined $610 and given 60 days suspended jail time.
Yolanda Bobo of 13 Earnestine Turner, Sardis, pled guilty to taking a pair of black children’s jeans worth $8.99 from Burkes. Instead of paying the scheduled fine of $610, she enrolled in the city’s work release program for 15 days.
The city’s work release program is an option for defendants who cannot pay their fines.
Contempt of court
Eddie L. Fondren of 311 Greenbriar, Courtland, failed to appear last week for contempt of court charges, but showed up Wednesday.
Fondren has old fines of $435 that he was ordered to pay by the beginning of December or serve 60 days in the county jail.
Tommy L. Johnson of 1391 Taylor Pond Rd., Charleston, has old fines of $2,090 that have been due since April 2005. Judge McKenzie ordered him to have the fine paid in full in 30 days or serve six months in county jail.
Shaneeka Williams of 86 Otto Sanford, Courtland, paid her fines of $325 prior to court. She also had a no proof of insurance fine reduced to $183 after providing valid proof.
Terence Renix of 641 Powell Ext., Coldwater, had old fines of $354 that have been due since September 2005. He was also ordered to have the fine paid in full or serve 60 days in county jail.
Bobby Vortis of 148 Floyd Circle, Coldwater, was given two weeks to pay old fines of $209 that have been due since October of 1999 or serve six months in jail.
Brad Thomas of 514 Hassell Rd., Coldwater, paid his fines of $584 prior to court.
Kristopher Rogers of 168 Dina Lane, Sardis, had a DUI and careless driving charge continued.
James Beavers of 117 Martin Luther King, Batesville, entered a guilty plea to disorderly conduct-failure to comply and public drunk. He entered the city work program instead of paying the scheduled fine of $870.
Adam Oliver of Hwy. 51, Courtland, entered a guilty plea to two counts of disorderly conduct – failure to comply, but entered a not guilty plea to being a "peeping tom" and simple assault by trying to hit Sharon Oliver with a hammer. He also has old fines of $258 that have been due since April 2004.
Oliver was fined $1,468 for two counts of disorderly conduct and a trial date was set for the other charges.
Jennifer Morris of 21374 Hwy. 6 East, Batesville, had a simple assault charge dismissed.
"It was a big misunderstanding, I should of never touched her," said Morris.
The affiant Joyce Tanner agreed that the entire incident was a big misunderstanding.
Willie Atkins of 110 Cleveland Rd., Sledge, had a lower fine of $184 imposed for expired tag after providing proof that he purchased a valid tag.
Nancy Pitcock of 1967-B Hwy. 51 South, Sardis, had no proof of insurance and expired tag charges continued until she could provide valid proof.
Pitcock told Judge McKenzie that the car did not belong to her.
Eddie Rushing of 2359 Valentine Rd., Crenshaw, was fined $465 for no driver’s license and expired tag.