Indictments charging individuals with crimes ranging from drug possession to burglary were returned Tuesday during the October session of the Highland County Grand Jury.
Among those indicted were Richard Price III. Price was arrested in September by the Hillsboro Police Department when police found an alleged meth lab after searching for a wanted person.
Police said that officers located a meth lab at a residence in the 100 block of West Pleasant Street at 2:41 a.m. The officers were at the residence looking for a person wanted on a warrant.
While officers were checking a building on the property for the wanted person, they located a one-pot meth lab along with other items used in the manufacture of methamphetamines, the police department said.
Price was arrested and charged with illegal assembly of chemicals, a third-degree felony.
On Tuesday, he was indicted for illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, a first-degree felony, and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, a second-degree felony.
Also indicted Tuesday was William Penix, Hillsboro, for burglary, a second-degree felony, and aggravated theft, a third-degree felony.
In November 2015, Penix pled guilty to fifth-degree felony breaking and entering and was admitted into the prosecutor’s diversion program. While Penix was in the program, no further action was taken on the case, and if he had successfully completed the requirements of the program the felony charge would have been dismissed.
But Penix violated the terms of the program, according to Anneka Collins, the Highland County prosecutor, and later also allegedly committed the burglary and theft offenses for which he was indicted Tuesday.
Other indictments returned Tuesday included:
• Joshua Moore, Portsmouth, aggravated possession of drugs and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, both fifth-degree felonies.
• Fiona McGinty, Hillsboro, receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony.
• Donald Brake, Dayton, receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony.
• Michele McCord, Highland, four counts of trafficking in heroin, all fifth-degree felonies.
• Johnny Penwell, Bainbridge, burglary, a second-degree felony, and aggravated theft, a third-degree felony.
• Mallie Bowman, Mowrystown, burglary, a second-degree felony, and aggravated theft, a third-degree felony.
• James Perkins, Hillsboro, domestic violence, a third-degree felony.
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