Drugs, Trespassing and a Gun Dominate Friday's Ross Grand Jury Indictments

A total of 23 cases were presented to the Ross County Grand Jury on Friday. All 23 were returned with only three open to the public.

James O. Miller, 21, of Chillicothe, has been indicted on a single fourth degree felony count of Carrying Concealed Weapons.

The incident took place on March 11th when a State Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle in the area of Bridge Street in Chillicothe. Upon approaching the vehicle the trooper noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside. Miller, who was a passenger in the vehicle, informed the trooper that he was in possession of a small amount of marijuana as well as a loaded gun.

Miller turned the weapon, a loaded .38 Smith and Wesson, and the pot over to the trooper. Miller was then found to be in possession of the weapon without a permit and was subsequently arrested.

If convicted, Miller faces a possible fine of $5,000 and up to 18 months in prison.

Bobby E. Pool, 34, of Clarksburg, has been indicted on two fourth degree felony counts of Trespassing.

The incident took place on March 5th when Chillicothe Police were notified of an individual reportedly breaking into homes at 156 and 169 N. Brownell Street. On arrival at 156 N. Brownell, the investigating officer was informed that a resident had chased after the suspect and detained him in the 100-block of N. Watt Street. Pool was then taken into custody by police. The residents of the two homes on Brownell reported that Pool had entered their homes and was forcibly removed.

If convicted, Pool faces a possible fine of $5,000 and up to 18 months in prison.

Brian S. Gilbert, 40, of Chillicothe, has been indicted on a single fifth degree felony count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs and a single first degree misdemeanor count of Falsification.

The incident took place on March 5th when a State Highway Patrol Trooper observed a vehicle traveling north on Massieville Road with an expired registration. A stop was conducted and contact was made with a female driver and male passenger. Upon questioning, the passenger, identified as Gilbert, attempted to provide false information on his identity in an effort to conceal an outstanding warrant for his arrest. After properly identifying Gilbert, the trooper located approximately .93 grams of methamphetamine on his person during a pat down.

Gilbert faces a possible fine of $2,500 and up to 12 months jail time on the felony count and a possible fine of $1,000 and 6 months for the misdemeanor.

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