Ottawa County District Court will hear a number of cases during the upcoming fall docket beginning Oct. 9.
Among the cases set to be heard is an assault and battery charge against a Grove man accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend with an automobile.
Richard Shawn Murray, 33, is facing 10 years in prison for assaulting Tracy Burton, 29, of Quapaw.
According to court records, Murray and Burton were engaged in a verbal argument inside Murray's vehicle on the night of Jan. 25 of this year. Burton told authorities that she got out of the vehicle and attempted to retrieve her purse through the window.
Murray allegedly rolled the window up on her arm, took $100 from her purse then threw her purse out of the window. After freeing her arm, Burton said she walked around the truck to get her purse from the ground and Murray struck her with his vehicle.
On June 13, one day after being charged with a misdemeanor of driving under the influence, Murray pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
James Alvin Hyatt, 34, of Bluejacket, is also facing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after he allegedly struck a Miami man with his vehicle.
According to the victim, Joe Birdsell, Hyatt was escorted out of Jerzees Bar after slapping Birdsell in the face.
Witnesses say Hyatt got into his vehicle and drove toward Birdsell at a high rate of speed, striking Birdsell and pushing him into a parked car.
Hyatt left the scene and authorities found his vehicle in a ditch with the right tire blown out at the intersection of East 150 and South 550 roads.
Hyatt and a male passenger both appeared intoxicated at the scene of the accident.
Hyatt told authorities in a later interview that he did not intentionally hit Birdsell with his vehicle. He stated that he was assaulted by an unidentified male in the bar and was fleeing the scene in fear of being further assaulted.
It is Hyatt's claim that Birdsell was on the front of his vehicle when he pulled from the parking space and he did not actually hit Birdsell.
In addition to facing assault charges, Hyatt is also charged with public intoxication and leaving the scene of an accident.
Ronnie Allgood will make an appearance in court on Oct. 9, as well. He is charged with aggravated assault and battery.
The 23-year-old Grove man is accused of assaulting NEO A&M classmate Wesley Virden at a graduation party in May of 2005.
According to the arrest warrant, Allgood's former girlfriend confided in Virden that Allgood was abusive toward her.
Virden admitted that he told other classmates and rumors of the abuse circulated the campus.
Shortly after 2 a.m., May 6, while attending a graduation party, Virden said he was hit in the side of the face. Witnesses at the party later told authorities that Allgood had attacked Virden without warning.
Allgood told authorities that he did hit Virden at the party on the night in question. He stated to officers that he was intoxicated and mad about the rumors circulating on campus.
Virden suffered a right maxilla fracture, right orbital rim fracture, right blowout fracture, nasal fracture frontal intracranial bleed and short term memory loss. He has since incurred in excess of $24,000 in medical expenses.
On May 1, 2006, Allgood pleaded guilty to assault charges and received two years probation for his offense. The court filed a motion to revoke on June 12, for violations of his probation.
A 19-year-old Wyandotte man will appear in court during the fall docket on charges of arson, burglary and threatening acts of violence.
Justin Lee Kissire is one of three defendants accused of entering a trailer house near Highway 10 and East 176 Road, then setting it on fire.
According to court records, On June 14, Kissire, Steven VanBenthusen and a juvenile male instigated a confrontation in the Sunshine Valley residential area with a group of young girls who were driving through the area.
Witnesses told authorities that the juvenile male struck the female driver in the face and Kissire pulled a pistol from his pocket and threatened to shoot the girls.
Witnesses also heard the boys threaten to burn one of the female passenger's house down.
According to Ottawa County Deputy Justin Judd, neighbors witnessed the young males “terrorizing” the neighborhood throughout the day - smashing mailboxes, throwing rocks through windows of unoccupied homes and making threats toward residents.
At approximately 8:10 p.m., firefighters responded to a house fire at the intersection of Oklahoma Highway 10 and East 176 Road.
Wyandotte Fire Chief Jodi Francisco determined that the house had been set on fire. Francisco told authorities that several items from the house had been moved to the southeast corner of the trailer house at which point the fire was set.
A neighbor witnessed the accused enter the unoccupied trailer house prior to the fire starting and also heard the subjects say that if they were questioned they would tell authorities they were all at their grandmother's house when the trailer caught on fire.
After taking Kissire and VanBenthusen into custody, Judd captured a conversation between the two on his patrol recorder in which the boys threatened to kill anyone who said they were involved. The boys also allegedly stated that they would blame the house fire on the juvenile subject.
VanBenthusen, 18, of Tulsa, is scheduled to appear on the July 2008 felony docket.
George C. Wray, 20, of Quapaw, will appear Oct. 9, on two counts of accessory after the fact.
According to court documents the charges stemmed from a civil suit involving the mother of one of Wray's friends.
Carl Lewis reported five firearms missing from his residence on Nov. 27, 2006. He told authorities that he had been involved in a civil case with a woman over the ownership of some of the guns and the court found in his favor.
“Lewis stated he believed that Terry Spencer, the son of the defendant in the civil case, was upset over the outcome and it was possible the theft could be an attempt to reclaim the guns,” said Jeffrey Harding, a deputy with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.
After investigating the burglary, authorities found reason to believe that Terry Spencer, Wray and a juvenile male were involved in the burglary that was allegedly orchestrated by Spencer's mother Peggy Spencer.
The juvenile told authorities that Peggy Spencer informed him she knew a house that would be easy to burglarize and there would be several firearms at the location.
“(The juvenile) stated that he and Terry Spencer went to the residence to case it,” Harding said. “(The juvenile) stated that at a later date Terry Spencer dropped him and George Wray off at the Lewis residence then left.”
The juvenile told authorities that he and Wray knocked on the front door of Lewis' residence and when they received no answer, Wray went to the back door and kicked it open.
According to the juvenile the two left the residence with several guns and some jewelry. He said Peggy Spencer called them and asked if they were out of the house yet. Terry Spencer picked them up a short time later, according to the juvenile.
An investigation by Ottawa County authorities revealed that the juvenile subjects committed the crimes of larceny and burglary from the Lewis home.
Wray and Terry Spencer are accused of concealing the crime with the intent that the juvenile might avoid punishment.
Terry Spencer pleaded guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact in March. He was sentenced to three years for each count.
No charges were filed against Peggy Spencer for her alleged involvement in the crime.
A number of drug charges will also be heard during the fall docket. Details of those crimes will be featured in the News-Record throughout the week.