During its Friday session, the Ross County Grand Jury indicted a couple of men accused of breaking into two animal clinics. According to Investigator Rick Hannan, of the Ross County Prosecutor's Office, the indictment alleges 46-year-old Mark E. McNeal, of Columbus, broke into Tharp's Animal Health Care Center at 11:30pm, August 8, by throwing a piece of concrete through the door; video surveillance reportedly shows McNeal opening the register, which was empty, and fleeing in a vehicle driven by 51-year-old Robbie L. Mowbray, of Frankfort.
Hannan said authorities responded to North Fork Animal Clinic at 12:37am, August 9, following a tip from a witness who reported seeing a male breaking into the building using a piece of concrete; authorities stopped the suspect vehicle, which was occupied by the defendants, and recovered a 42-inch television that had been stolen from North Fork.
McNeal has been indicted with two counts of breaking and entering (F5s), while Mowbray was charged for two counts of complicity (F5s).
Other indictments include:
*45-year-old Tracy L. Umphries, of Kingston, for aggravated possession of cocaine (F5) and tampering with evidence (F3). The indictment alleges a deputy patrolling Pleasant Valley Road at 2:05am, June 23, saw a suspicious vehicle with its exterior lights off pulled onto the side of the road. Investigator Hannan said the deputy reported later making contact with the driver, Umphries, who allegedly walked around the vehicle to get to the deputy; the deputy reportedly found a modified soda can on the bumper of the car and 0.5 grams of cocaine on the nearby ground.
*27-year-old Andrew J. Frank, of Chillicothe, for robbery (F3). Officials with the Prosecutor's Office say Frank is accused of going to Menards on July 15, placing a Dremel diamond wheel in a rotary tool box, only paying for the tool box, and elbowing a Loss Prevention employee in the mouth after being approached.
*36-year-old Jeremy J. Smith, of Chillicothe, for aggravated possession of drugs (F5) and tampering with evidence (F3). Investigator Hannan said Smith was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on along North Bridge Street prior to 11pm, June 18. A canine reportedly alerted to the area where Smith was sitting and uncovered 3.2 grams of marijuana and 24 grams of psilocyn, also known as hallucinogenic mushrooms.
*54-year-old Thomas L. McCray, of Chillicothe, for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (F4). According to Investigator Hannan, the Highway Patrol responded to US 23 South at 4:16pm, May 18. McCray was allegedly in his vehicle, which was parked in the roadway because it ran out of fuel. McCray, who has 5 prior OVI convictions since 1994, was arrested for OVI that day.