Grand jury: Hillsboro woman, charged after meth bust, among 9 indicted

Evidence still being gathered in Holsinger case

By David Wright - [email protected]

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James Gibson

Kristina Gibson

A woman who is charged with several drug-related offenses as the result of a drug bust earlier this year that put her husband in prison for trafficking methamphetamine was among nine indictments returned this week by the Highland County Grand Jury.

Meanwhile, evidence is still being collected in regard to Jeffrey Ryan Holsinger, the Greenfield man suspected of three shootings on the Fourth of July, two of which resulted in fatalities. Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins said Holsinger’s case was not yet ready to be presented to the grand jury.

Kristina Gibson, 35, Hillsboro, was indicted by the grand jury on Tuesday for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony, aggravated possession of methamphetamine, and permitting drug abuse, both fifth-degree felonies.

According to Collins, Kristina Gibson is the wife of James Gibson, 52, who was arrested earlier this year after a search warrant turned up suspected meth and other drug paraphernalia at their residence on U.S. Route 62 north of Hillsboro.

Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera told The Times-Gazette at the time that the sheriff’s office was familiar with James Gibson, and the search warrant was the result of a “lengthy investigation.”

Barrera said it appeared the meth had been gathered to be distributed.

James Gibson had recently been released from prison and was on parole at the time of the incident.

Court records show he was sentenced to four years mandatory prison time June 21 after pleading guilty to aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine with a forfeiture specification.

Highland County court records show both Kristina Gibson and James Gibson have faced drug charges here in previous years.

Also indicted by the grand jury were:

• Craig Gerber, 40, Fairborn, theft from a person in a protected class beyond the scope of the express or implied consent; theft from a person in a protected class by deception, both third-degree felonies. Collins said Gerber allegedly entered into a contract with an elderly person to repair their roof, and after he was paid nearly $13,000, he refused to do the work. According to Collins, the dispute has been ongoing for nearly two years.

• Austin Smail, 23, and Makayla Case, 22, both of Hillsboro, were indicted as co-defendants for receiving stolen property, a fourth degree felony. Collins said the indictment is connected to a car theft.

• Windle Ray Tackett, no age listed, homeless, failure to register a change of address as a registered sex offender.

• Brian Andrew Wasson, 37, homeless, non-support of dependents, a fourth-degree felony.

• Douglas Smith, 38, Port William, non-support of dependents, a fourth-degree felony.

• Stephen James Walker, 45, Middletown, non-support of dependents, a fifth-degree felony.

• Jody Raye Watson, 39, Greenfield, failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony.

Three sealed indictments were also returned, according to Collins.

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Evidence still being gathered in Holsinger case

By David Wright

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