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Grand jury returns 19 public indictments

By Ryan Ottney

September 21, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney


PDT Staff Writer


Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn announced this week that the September term of the Scioto County Grand Jury met and returned 19 public indictments, including charges of rape, drugs, and escape.


Among those included in this round of grand jury indictments is Ronald Gavin, of Columbus, whom was arrested Sept. 10 after officers of the Portsmouth Police Department and the Scioto County Common Pleas Court Probation Department, executed a home visit at the residence of Ali Thompson on Boundary Street in Portsmouth, as a result of numerous complaints of drug trafficking at that location and a subsequent police investigation into the complaints.


Brewer said during the visit and search of the residence, officers recovered approximately 103 grams of suspected heroin with a street value of over $15,000. He said officers also recovered notes and documents indicating involvement of individuals at that location in drug trafficking.


Gavin and Thompson were each indicted this week by the grand jury for trafficking in heroin, possession of drugs/heroin, conspiracy to traffic in heroin, tampering with evidence, and three counts of possession of criminal tools.


Also indicted by the grand jury on unrelated charges was Jeremy Hay, 32, of Oak Hill.


According to Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, Hay scaled the fence off the recreation yard at Star Community Justice Center Aug. 23 after a group session, and made his escape. Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office was contacted by Star Community Justice Center, and said detectives along with deputies responded to Great Meadow Road in South Webster and checked an apartment for the suspect and was unable to locate him. Detectives were familiar with another location where Hay was known to stay — his mother’s house. Upon arrival they observed the suspect’s vehicle parked in front of the apartment. Donini said after 15 minutes of negotiations with a family member through a locked door they were able to enter and detain the suspect without incident.


Hay was indicted this week by the grand jury for escape.


Also indicted on charges was Anselmo Reyes, age 50, of Portsmouth — whom had been living illegally in the United States for almost 30 years — was arrested on July 9 and charged with the rape of a 16-year-old and others, ages 9 to 12, over several years.


Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said detectives responded to several locations talking to witnesses and possible victims. During this investigation detectives were able to determine that several individuals where claiming to be sexually assaulted by the same suspect ranging from ages 9 to 12 during the time of the assaults. Donini said his detectives, while at Southern Ohio Medical Center talking to a witness, were notified that the possible suspect had entered the hospital. Detectives were able to detain Soria for questioning that resulted in an arrest.


Other complications in the case include a list of names Soria has gone by. According to authorities, they have recovered fake birth certificates and fake Social Security cards, which show he has been known as Ishmael Soria, Anselmo Reyes, Ancelmo Zoria, Ismael Reyes and Ismael Reeyes. During the course of his arraignment, Reyes told Mowery he has lived in the U.S. for 27 to 30 years and is not a citizen.


Soria was indicted by the Scioto County grand jury this week on eight counts of rape, and two counts of rape/sexually violent predator specification, and one count of gross sexual imposition.


Also indicted by the grand jury this week was:

  • Anthony McWilliams of South Point for trafficking in heroin, possession of drugs/heroin, and tampering with evidence;
  • Phillip McMorris of Huntington, W.Va., for trafficking in heroin, possession of drugs/heroin, and tampering with evidence;
  • Calla Dotson of South Point for trafficking in heroin, possession of drugs/heroin, and tampering with evidence;
  • Kimica Sara-Ann Turner of Brownstone, Mich., for trafficking in heroin, possession of drugs/heroin, and tampering with evidence;
  • Luther Caudill of Portsmouth for trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile, possession of drugs/heroin, conspiracy to traffic in heroin, possession of criminal tools, and tampering with evidence;
  • Charles Pratt, Jr. of Portsmouth for trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile, possession of drugs/heroin, conspiracy to traffic in heroin, possession of criminal tools, and tampering with evidence;
  • Shaneka Michelle Cobb of Springfield, Ohio, for trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile, possession of drugs/heroin, conspiracy to traffic in heroin, possession of criminal tools, and tampering with evidence;
  • Dorian Laquan Thomas of Dayton for trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile, possession of drugs/heroin, conspiracy to traffic in heroin, possession of criminal tools, and tampering with evidence;
  • Demarco D. Nevins of Dayton for trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile, possession of drugs/heroin, conspiracy to traffic in heroin, possession of criminal tools, and tampering with evidence;
  • Carol King of New Boston for possession of drugs/heroin, possession of drugs paraphernalia, and possessing drug abuse instruments;
  • Darnell O’Neal of Inkster, Mich., for possession of crack cocaine;
  • Bretteny Byrd of West Portsmouth for possession of drugs and possessing drug abuse instruments;
  • Marcus Walker of Redford Township, Mich., for possession of drugs;
  • David White of Inkster, Mich., for possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs;
  • Jermaine Lawrence of Columbus for possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, and possession of marijuana;
  • Rodney Gilbert Hatch Jr. of Wheelersburg for possession of heroin;
  • Nicole Smith of Portsmouth for failure to appear;
  • Steven Washington of South Point for failure to appear;
  • William Whitfield of Huntington, W.Va., for failure to appear;
  • Andrew Akers for illegal conveyance of dangerous drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility, and possession of marijuana;
  • Robert Gene Collier of Minford for illegal conveyance of dangerous drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility, and possession of marijuana; and
  • Lacey Rachelle Manchester of Portsmouth for theft of drugs.


Ryan Scott Ottney may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or rottney@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Ryan on Twitter @PDTwriter.