By Patrick Yost editor
A Morgan County Grand Jury last week returned several criminal indictments. The following persons were indicted. Bennett Lewis Hemingway, 55, Conway, S.C; DeVaughn Eugentra Hill, 24, Conway, S.C.; Jamell Andre Sherman, 25, Conway, S.C. were all indicted for one count trafficking in marijuana. According to arrest warrants, all three were arrested on January 26, 2016 after a vehicle driven by Hill was stopped on Interstate 20 for a traffic violation. Consequent to the stop, warrants allege, a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy located approximately 20 pounds of suspected marijuana in a dog crate in the trunk. Darious Demond Coats, 18, Madison was indicted on three counts aggravated assault, one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and one count carrying a weapon without a license.
According to arrest warrants, Coats was arrested on November 15, 2013 after he allegedly pointed a pistol at a woman and her two children on Penor Street. Warrants allege that Coats allegedly started a fight with one of the woman’s minor children and when the woman told him to walk away he produced a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver from a back pack and told the woman he would “bust her and the two kids.” Kevin Lamar Mote, no age, no address given, was indicted on two counts fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, one count criminal damage to property in the second degree, one count cruelty to children, one count obstruction of an officer, one count driving with an expired license and once count operating a vehicle without insurance. According to the indictment, Mote on January 7, 2016 refused to stop for a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy and an ensuing chase included speeding and a collision with the deputy’s patrol vehicle. The indictment also alleges that Mote left a minor child in a wooded area without diabetic medicine for an extended period after the chase. Scheryl Annette Williams, 48, Madison was indicted on one count sale of methamphetamine, one count possession of methamphetamine, one count possession of Hydrocodone and one count possession of drug related objects. According to arrest warrants, Williams was arrested on December 2, 2015 after she allegedly, in November, sold $50 worth of methamphetamine to an undercover informant.
Consequent to the execution of a search warrant, deputies allegedly found a mirror containing methamphetamine residue, cut straws containing residue, digital scales, empty plastic bags, numerous pills, a small bag of marijuana, a pack of rolling papers and a small baggie of methamphetamine. Joshua Chad Christian, 43, Buckhead was indicted on one count possession of methamphetamine, two counts possession of drug related objects and one count open container. According to arrest warrants, Christian was arrested on January 23, 2016 while driving a 1989 Ford truck with no working tail lights. Consequent to the traffic stop deputies allegedly found methamphetamine and a smoking pipe under a seat. A passenger in the vehicle, Brandon W. McMichael, 34, Buckhead was also indicted on one count possession of methamphetamine, two counts possession of drug related objects and one count open container. Bereket James Lewis, 34, Atlanta was indicted on one count obstruction of an officer, one count possession of Hydrocodone and one count drugs not kept in original container. According to arrest warrants, Lewis was arrested on November 27, 2015 by a Madison Police officer after Lewis allegedly exited a truck at the TA Truck Stop, Eatonton Road and refused the officer’s command to get back into the truck. Warrants allege that Lewis then attempted to flee and during the attempt reached into his pocket and was tased by the officer. Following his arrest, warrants state, the officer allegedly found six Hydrocodone pills, four Gabapentin and three Lyrica pills on Lewis’ person. Maricus Kemuntay Kendrick, no age, no address given, was indicted on four counts criminal attempt to commit a felony, two counts entering an automobile and one count wearing a mask to conceal identity. According to the indictments, on October 15, 2015 Kendrick allegedly entered two vehicles and attempted to enter four other vehicles and allegedly wore a mask behind Madison Family Medicine in an attempt to conceal his identity during the thefts. April Doris Bell, 26, Buckhead was indicted on one count terroristic threats, one count obstruction of an officer and one count disorderly conduct.
According to arrest warrants, Bell was arrested on December 10, 2015 after an argument with her mother escalated into a physical confrontation. Warrants allege that after officer’s arrived at the Buckhead Road, Buckhead residence of the mother, Bell returned and would not leave. Arrest warrants allege that Bell jerked away from an officer as he was attempting to calm her down and stated loudly to her mother that she was going to kill her. Cedric Kinta Porter, 18, Rutledge was indicted on one count possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and one count possession of a drug related object. According to arrest warrants, Porter was arrested on October 19, 2015 after he allegedly sold $50 worth of marijuana to a confidential informant. Consequent to his arrest authorities allegedly found 3.5 ounces of marijuana and a digital scale in Porter’s residence.