Ross County Grand Jury Indictments: Friday, May 21

The Ross County Grand Jury held session on Friday return five open indictments.

Tyler R. Weller, 29, of Chillicothe, has been charged with a single fifth-degree felony count of harassment with a bodily substance. The incident took place on April 7th when officers were dispatched to the area of Chillicothe Mini Storage on Enterprise Drive where they found Mr. Weller unresponsive. Narcan was administered to Mr. Weller who then became combative with the officers once he regained consciousness. Mr. Weller was secured on the ground in a seated position at which time he’s alleged to have spit in the face of one of the responding officers.

Vonte D. Jackson, 22, of Chillicothe, has been indicted on a single first-degree felony count of aggravated burglary. The offense took place on March 26th when what started as an investigation into a damaged vehicle led CPD officers to a room at the Quality Inn where they found three individuals that had been assaulted. The owner of the damaged vehicle was one of the room’s occupants. However, upon arriving at the room, the officers noted that two of the room’s occupants showed physical injuries. The three individuals then informed the officers that Mr. Jackson had knocked on the door of the room while covering up the peephole. When one of the victims opened the door, Mr. Jackson is alleged to have pushed the door open, entered the room, and then proceeded to assault the occupants.

Jeffrey A. Mills, 37, of Waverly, has been charged with a single fourth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property. The alleged offense to place April 8th when a State Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle along U.S. 23 with a non-visible license plate. The Trooper made contact with Mr. Mills, who was operating the vehicle, and found the he was not in possession of a valid driver’s license. After running the vehicle’s VIN, the car turned out to have been reported stolen from Cincinnati on March 19th.

Michael C. Butterbaugh, 34, of Chillicothe, received a dual indictment on a single fifth-degree charge of aggravated possession of drugs and a single fourth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property. The alleged offenses took place on two on two separate dates with the charge of aggravated possession coming from a January 3rd incident where a State Patrol Trooper observed a vehicle traveling too slowly along U.S. 23. The Trooper followed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on Massieville Road after the driver failed to use a turn signal. Mr. Butterbaugh was identified as the driver, and it was found he was wanted on outstanding warrants. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of .3353 grams of methamphetamine. The second incident resulting in the charge of receiving stolen property took place on March 9th when Mr. Butterbaugh was found to be in possession of a vehicle, reported stolen from the lot of a nearby gas station. Mr. Butterbaugh told officers someone had dropped the truck off as his home.

The fifth indictment from Friday's Jury session was a misdemeanor case. Evan D. Smart, 28, of Waverly, has been indicted on a two first-degree misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and aggravated menacing from a domestic incident reported on April 3rd.

In total, the Ross County Grand Jury heard 15 cases from the Ross County Prosecutor’s Office, Friday. All 15 were returned as true bills with only these 5 open to the public.

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