During the Friday session, 12 cases were presented but 11 were returned.
A Ross County Grand Jury issued a four-count indictment against a Laurelville man, Friday. According to Rick Hanna, an investigator with the Prosecutor's Office, the indictment alleges 48-year-old Jerry C. Downs, Jr., was driving impaired and with a suspended license when he drove across the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle on Bull Creek Road in November.
The victim was flown to a Columbus hospital with a broken ankle and facial injuries.
Hanna said authorities later found Downs passed out in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle in Kingston on June 30 and that he threw suspected Valium and Oxycotin away from himself while he was being searched.
Downs, who has three prior OVI convictions within the past 6 years, now faces indictments of two-counts of aggravated vehicular assault (F2s), vehicular assault (F3), and tampering with evidence (F3).
The Grand Jury also indicted a Columbus man on charges stemming from two incidents. According to Hanna, authorities were given consent to search a home on Hirn Street in which 32-year-old Antonio L. Woodfork was reportedly moving into on May 2 and found 2.3 grams of cocaine in the bathroom, a revolver in the toilet tank, and a shotgun in the bedroom.
In the case, Woodfork faces felony charges of possession of cocaine (F5), having weapons under disability (F3), and tampering with evidence (F3).
Then, on May 16, Woodfork was linked to a search warrant on Glencroft Avenue in which authorities reportedly found 2.6 grams of heroin and a shotgun in his bedroom. He was additionally indicted for possession of heroin (F4) and having weapons while under disability (F5).
Hanna said 48-year-old Michael A. Hanby and 36-year-old Amy M. Phillips, both of Chillicothe, were in the living room where 1.1 grams of heroin were also found during the search.
Hanby and Phillips were indicted for fifth-degree felony possession of heroin.
Other indictments include:
*37-year-old John E. Johnson, Jr., of Pickerington, for possession of cocaine (F4), 33-year-old Jahmal Cruse, of Columbus, for possession of cocaine (F3), and 29-year-old Christian J. Brown, of Chillicothe, for possession of cocaine (F5). The indictments allege Johnson was found with 6.9 grams of cocaine and $1,050 cash, Cruse was found with 14.9 grams of cocaine and $3,437 cash, and Brown had 3 grams of cocaine and $90 cash during a search warrant served at a Chillicothe hotel on May 26.
*29-year-old Michael E. Lemming, of Chillicothe, for third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. Hanna said Chillicothe Police went to a home on Iroquois Lane on a possible meth lab on March 16. Lemming, who lived at the residence, reportedly consented to a search, which yielded drain cleaner, AA batteries, funnels, scales, and other items commonly used to make methamphetamine.
*38-year-old Billy W. Whitley, Jr., of Chillicothe, for forth-degree felony receiving stolen property. The indictment alleges Whitley stole a vehicle that was being worked on at a Hartwood Road address and used the title of a different vehicle to sell it to an auto salvage yard on April 13.
*46-year-old Martin C. Knisley, of Bainbridge, for fifth-degree felony harassment with a bodily substance. According to Hanna, deputies went to 427 Landrum Road, at 6:32pm, May 23, in order to serve Knisley with a warrant for menacing, criminal damaging, and two counts of OVI. Knisley allegedly would not comply with the deputies, who were trying to arrest him, and reportedly spit in the face of one of the deputies.