MOREHEAD – Two persons were indicted by a Rowan County grand jury Nov. 15 on charges of criminal abuse and assault.

Laura L. Davis, 28, and Phillip H. Davis, 31, were indicted separately on three counts criminal abuse when police say they created a situation that could cause injury to three children on Aug. 9.

They also were indicted for assault when police say they assaulted one another.

A wanton endangerment charge against both of them was dismissed by the grand jury.

Justin D. Davis, 29, was indicted for three counts criminal abuse when police say he put three children in danger of being seriously injured on Aug. 9.

A wanton endangerment charge against Justin Davis was dismissed.

Verlin P. Davis, 72, was indicted for three counts criminal abuse, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, three counts wanton endangerment and several traffic violations when police said he put the lives of three children in danger and drove intoxicated with three children in the vehicle on Nov. 9.

The criminal abuse charges are punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

Also indicted were:

• Angela Dawn Richardson, 40, and Jason Smith, 38, for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia when police say they had methamphetamine, glass pipes and a digital scale on Sept. 11.

• Donna Marie Hurst, 43, for Medicaid benefit program fraud when officers said she received $15,210.99 in benefits she was not entitled to between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018.

• Ronnie L. Beamon, 26, for two counts possession of a controlled substance when police say he had meth and a drug used to treat ADHD on Aug. 22.

• Shane Blundell, 46, for burglary when police say he unlawfully remained in a home with the intent to commit a crime on Sept. 10.

He also was indicted for fleeing/evading police, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, violation of protective order, disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespassing.

• Leonard Danner, 47, possession of a controlled substance, giving officer false information and possession of drug paraphernalia when police say he had meth on Sept. 1.

• Bobby A. Gambill, 37, for possession of a controlled substance, promoting contraband and possession of drug paraphernalia when police say he had meth on Sept. 13.

• Delbert A. Haines, 34, for trafficking in a controlled substance when police say he trafficked in 1.508 grams of meth on Sept. 14.

• Abbygale Hunt, 28, for possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and possession of marijuana when police say she had Fentanyl on Sept. 17.

Three counts of fugitive from another state were dismissed by the grand jury.

• David W. Trent, 35, for receiving stolen property when police say he had a stolen $12,000 Honda Civic from West Virginia on Sept. 17.

Trent also was indicted for three counts possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Two counts of fugitive from another state were dismissed by the grand jury.

• Carlton Davis Driggers, 45, for theft by deception when police say he was paid $8,000 to purchase and deliver 13 heating and air units but never did deliver them between June 7 and Aug. 6.

• John J. Spitalik, 49, for theft by deception when police say he collected $650 in rent money knowing he did not have permission to sublease or rent the home on Sept. 16.

The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only. That person is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Stephanie Ockerman can be reached at sockerman@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at (606) 784-4116.

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