| ‘Always low prices’ too high for pair of Batesville shoplifters
By Emily Williams
A Batesville man entered a guilty plea to false information during Batesville municipal court Wednesday.
Judge Bill McKenzie asked Domingo Smith, 211 Tubbs No. 15, Batesville, why he lied to a police officer.
"I didn’t want to go to jail," said Smith.
He was fined $605.
Francha Jones, 1667 CR 211, Oakland, entered a guilty plea to shoplifting by taking skirts and a DVD worth $89.14 at Wal-Mart and carrying a concealed weapon (box cutter) in her pocket.
She was fined $610 for shoplifting and no fine was imposed for carrying a concealed weapon.
"I had it in my pocket all day," said Jones.
Telakisha Bonner, 712 Park St., Crenshaw, entered a guilty plea to shoplifting four pairs of shirts, infant clothing and other clothing worth $111.58 from Wal-Mart.
She was fined $610 and warned that second-time offenders go to jail.
Willie Pride, 6084 Curtis Rd., Batesville, had two counts of simple assault dismissed after the affiants Iris White (for juvenile) and Kendra Mitchell, failed to appear to prosecute.
Kellsey M. Turner, 106 Jackson St., Batesville, had two counts of simple assault continued after entering a "not guilty" plea. A trial date is set for May 24.
Melody Sanford, 204-B Lester, Batesville, had a simple assault charge dismissed after affiant Bobby Bradford failed to appear to prosecute.
Jeffery Jones, 105 Jackson St., Batesville, also had a simple assault charge dismissed after affiant Dorothy Bishop failed to appear to prosecute.
Daniel Watts, 2159 Anthony Rd., Pope, entered a "not guilty" plea to domestic violence-simple assault for pushing Amanda Watts at Batesville Casket.
Officer Shanika Hudson was the arresting officer. Due to her being in police academy, the trial was set for June 28.
Jimmy Vance, 1561 Curtis Locke Station, Batesville, entered a guilty plea to possession of marijuana less than an ounce. He was fined $355.
Hugh Hawkins, 200 Jones St., Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to disorderly conduct-failure to comply. He refused to stop fighting in a parking lot after officer Cedric Griffin asked him to, the affidavit stated.
A trial was set for April 19.
Corey Henderson, 207 Leonard St., Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to disorderly conduct-failure to comply by running away from a police officer on Williams Street.
"I wasn’t running away. There were three gun shots, so I ran," said Henderson.
A trial was set for May 3.
Reginald Milam, 131-A Milam, Batesville, entered a guilty plea to DUI, careless driving and no proof of insurance. He was fined $1,440.
Detrick Porter, 507 Magnolia St., Sardis, had charges of DUI-refusal, open container and speeding, continued so he can get counsel.
Allan Smith, 791 Enid Dam Rd., Pope, entered a guilty plea to DUI-refusal, careless driving and no driver’s license.
Instead of paying the fine of $1,138, he enrolled in the city’s work release program for 28 days.
The city’s work release program is an option for defendants who cannot pay their fines.
Contempt of court
Willie M. Mitchell, 4271 Nash Rd., Batesville, failed to appear for contempt of court – old fines of $1,649 that have been due since October 2003. He also had six months suspended jail sentence to serve.
A warrant was issued for his arrest.
Anthony House, 2790 Seven Rd., Batesville, entered in the city’s work release program for 27 days for contempt of court-old fines of $1,077 due since April 2003.
Records showed House failed to work in the past.
"The doctor gave me a release," said House.
House had a cast on his foot in court and said he burned it.
Judge McKenzie gave him a month to "get well" and told him he would serve six months in jail if he did not finish every day of the work.
Benny Milton, 214 Tubbs No. 8, Batesville, said he could pay $340 of the $485 in old fines that have been due since April 2004. He was ordered to pay the balance in two weeks or serve 30 days in jail.
Ollie Hall, Skyline, Batesville, entered in the city’s work release program for 16 days for contempt of court – old fines of $617 that have been due since December 2005.
Tamecia P. Hartfield, 385 Third Street, Crowder, was found guilty for contempt of court.
She also had a shoplifting charge of taking jeans and underwear worth $102.91 from Cato’s that was in November of 2003. She entered a not guilty plea to shoplifting and a trial was set for May 3.
Jerry Johnson, 213 Ridge Rd., Courtland, paid his old fines of $451, due since August 2005, in full prior to court.
Irvin Cosby, 3003 Swan Rd., Batesville, had contempt of court-old fines of $1,215 due since January 2005. He was given two weeks to have the fine paid in full.
James Morgan Jr., 550 Dawn Avenue, Crowder, entered the city’s work release program for 42 days instead of paying his old fines of $1,691 due since June 2004.
Curtis Rogers, 329 Hwy. 51 North, Batesville, was bound over to the grand jury for aggravated assault and disorderly conduct – failure to comply.
Carlos Pegues, 73 Pegues Circle, Batesville, had a speeding charge dismissed.
Oran Jewell II, 107 CR 401, Oxford, entered a guilty plea to speeding and enrolled in driving school to keep the charge off his record.
Lucas Gleaton, 744-B. Green Rd., Pope, was fined $281 no driver’s license and $183 for no proof of insurance.
Tony H. Avent, P.O. Box 255, Mathison, had a no proof of insurance charge dismissed and was fined $131 for improper turn.
Eddie J. Meeks, P.O. Box 114, Webb, was fined $583 for no proof of insurance.
Marcus T. Lee, 226 Noble St., Batesville, was fined $281 for no driver’s license.
Frank Milam Jr., 720 Second St., Coldwater, was fined $281 for no driver’s license.
Justin T. Market, 209 Claude St., Sardis, was fined $995 for no proof of insurance, improper equipment and no driver’s license.
Kawaii Phillips, 163 Alex Gate Rd., Marks, was fined $939 for driving while license suspended and no proof of insurance.
Robert Earl Williams, 105 Goodhaven, Batesville, was fined $356 for driving while license suspended.
Willie Earl Porter, 184 Victor, Courtland, entered in the city’s work release program for 21 days instead of paying $1,260 for no proof of insurance, no tag light and open container.
Karl Roy Cox, 713 Chapel Hill Rd., Pope, was fined $583 for no proof of insurance.