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Warren County grand jury hands down indictments in several cases

WARRENTON - A Camak woman who recently gave local and state authorities false reports concerning the theft of a large amount of money while leaving a bank in Warrenton has been indicted on two different charges by a grand jury in Warren County.

A number of other persons also had true bills of indictments returned against them by grand jurors.

Cynthia Hamilton was indicted last Monday on charges of giving false statements and false reporting of a crime, according to records filed in the Warren County Superior Court Clerk's Office.

Ms. Hamilton claimed that someone attacked her a few weeks ago in front of First Citizen's Bank on Main Street in Warrenton and then stole an undisclosed amount of money from her. Authorities with the Warrenton Police Department along with assistance from an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation later determined that the crimes never occurred.

It was at that time that the woman was arrested and taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson where she was confined until she could make bail.

The money, according to Gary Nicholson, special agent in-charge of the GBI's Region 7 Office in Thomson, was never recovered.

Other persons indicted on various charges last week included:

- Harvey Shelton, burglary and theft by receiving stolen property;

- Melanie Oats, reckless conduct;

- James Flournoy, Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act (VGCSA) for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute;

- David Walls Jr., obstruction of a law enforcement officer;

- Patrick Battle, interference with government property and criminal trespass;

- Ricky Burley, burglary, theft by taking, terroristic threats, harassing phone calls and obstruction of a law enforcement officer;

- Joe Collins, theft by deception and theft by taking;

- Martavius Hall, battery;

- Karen House, two counts of forgery in the first degree;

- Justan Prandine, theft by taking;

- Derrick Ruff, theft by shoplifting;

- Lavez Anton Collins, VGCSA for two counts of selling cocaine;

- Erica Griffin, two counts of theft by receiving stolen property and theft by taking;

- Calvin Finch, burglary;

- Terry Hall, burglary;

- Billy Odell Bagwell, two counts of VGCSA, suspended driver's license, no insurance and failure to maintain lane; and

- Rodney Tanksley, loitering and entering an automobile.

Web posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007

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