|Cocke County Grand Jury action|
A Cocke County Grand Jury met this week and returned indictments naming a number of individuals. Samantha Hill, 32, Bowman Drive, Newport, was picked up Wednesday on a sealed presentment charging her with conspiracy to distribute cocaine over 300 grams. Others indicted include; Alicia Leona McPherson,28, KOA Lane, Newport who is charged with robbery, theft, and criminal impersonation. In October, 2016 she allegedly approached Gary Whaley of Dandridge for "a date" while he washed his clothes at a Newport coin laundry. Then she took $100 from him, “by use of violence while pretending to be a law officer,” after threatening to charge him with soliciting for prostitution. Benjamin Joey Davis, 34, Prichard Drive, Morristown, is charged with two counts aggravated assault, possession of a weapon while under the influence, vandalism over $1,000 and reckless endangerment. On Dec. 16, 2016, Davis was in the Shamrock Bar on Highway 25E when he allegedly fired his handgun. The bullet from the .380 weapon struck the cinder block restroom wall, ricochet into the wooden side wall, exited through the wall into the women's restroom, shattered a mirror and then went through the restroom door. Officer's said Mindy McKinna was exiting the women's restroom and bartender Misty Dunn was entering, at the time of the shooting. The bullet reportedly missed both women by inches. Davis who appeared very intoxicated, had a previous conviction for aggravated burglary in Sevier County earlier in 2016. Ricky Trouten, 28, Bonanza Drive, Newport, is charged with arson in connection with a fire which destroyed a Newport home in July, 2014. Paul and Kim Gregg owned the structure on Wayside Alley, which was being renovated. It was the third time firefighters had battled flames in the unoccupied home. Christopher Williams, 21, Sweetwater Road, Newport, is charged with reckless driving, duty to render aid and provide information, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, and reckless endangerment involving a deadly weapon (a vehicle). In October, 2016, Newport police spotted Williams, operating the 2010 Cadillac which had been reported stolen from the Moore Street home of Newport Attorney Derrick Whitson, just a short time earlier. He swerved into the path of the patrol car, entering Interstate 40 at a high rate of speed, reportedly traveling at 160 miles per hour, and later crashed into two cars before abandoning the Cadillac and running into a wooded area. Jimmy Charles "Bobo" Lane, 52, First Street, Newport is charged with attempted First Degree Murder, aggravated arson, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and public intoxication. On September 3, 2016, he allegedly set a bed on fire while it was occupied by two people, Trinity Sells,37, and her nephew, Shawn Sells, 20, injuring both. Ms. Sells reported that Lane had set the mattress of the bed on fire where she was sleeping "because he was upset about her wanting to move out." She said her nephew was lying across the foot of the bed. An occupant of another apartment, David Ryan, 45, who is disabled, had to be helped from his home because of the smoke. Ms. Sells was transferred to a burn center. General Sessions Judge Brad Davidson ordered a mental evaluation for Lane and he was found to be competent. Michael Hance, 24, Fine Street, Newport, faces charges of reckless endangerment involving a deadly weapon, reckless driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, speeding, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, evading arrest by motor vehicle and on foot, resisting arrest and driving on a revoked license. In August, 2016, Hance fled from police and was pursued for miles before being arrested. Travis Caughron, 33, Edwards Way, Newport, is charged with reckless endangerment involving a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, poss of drug para, reckless driving, speeding, evading arrest by motor vehicle and other traffic offenses. In September, 2016, Caughron fled following a shoplifting offense at the Lowe's store. He was pursued by police at speeds up to 80 miles per hour, ignoring lights and siren as he passed vehicles on the shoulder, including a school bus occupied by children. Caughron also drove into oncoming traffic and through stop signs, during the pursuit. Benny Cook, 68, Susong Memorial Road, Greeneville, is charged with aggravated assault, as well as possession of Buprenorphine, Oxycodone and Oxymorphone with intent to sell and deliver, in Dec, 2015. Shannon Fisher, 24, Larch Road, Newport, is charged with child abuse and neglect involving a child under the age of six, possession of methamphetamine, a legend drug and drug paraphernalia. The woman was allegedly intoxicated, in possession of a syringe and methamphetamine when officers went to her home. Fisher had "tracks on both arms" and she also had her three month-old child with her.