HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Houston County grand jury indicted the Elkhart couple who allegedly smoked meth in the presence of their children, ages 4 and 5.
East Texas News obtained a copy of the grand jury indictments list on Friday. Among the 17 people indicted were James Lewis Gaylord and Ashley Marie White. Each person was indicted on a state-jail felony charge of endangering a child.
The couple was arrested in November 2013 after Houston County Sheriff's deputies found Gaylord lying near Highway 287, just north of Grapeland.
When the deputies talked to the man's fiancé at the hospital, she allegedly told them that she and her significant other had smoked methamphetamine in the presence of their children, ages 4 and 5.
According to the identical arrest affidavits, two Houston County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched out to Highway 287 just north of Grapeland in reference to a man lying near the road. When they arrived on the scene, they found Gaylord, who was "incoherent and had apparent injuries to the head."
Not too long after that, Gaylord's family arrived as well and informed the deputies that Gaylord had gotten into a fight with his brother at a residence in the 600 block of E. FM 228 and was still under the influence of an unidentified narcotic, according to the affidavit. Gaylord was transported to the hospital for treatment.
The deputies detained the brother, who was identified as the primary aggressor in the altercation, until they could investigate further, and took him back to the house on FM 228. While there were there gathering witness statements, White allegedly told the deputies that she and Gaylord had used a pipe to smoke meth in the presence of their two children, ages 4 and 5.
"It was determined that the altercation that happened earlier was due to the use of [meth] being smoked in the residence by Ashlie Mary White and James Lewis Gaylord in the presence of children," the affidavit stated.
The Houston County grand jury also indicted Diquan Kortese Chatman for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, which is a felony.
According to an arrest affidavit, the girl told her father that Chatman had forced himself on her and had sex with her. The father then reported the crime to the Freestone County Sheriff's Office, who forwarded the report to Crockett police.
Crockett police interviewed Chatman on March 4 and reported that he admitted to having intercourse with the girl.
A warrant was obtained on Monday and he was booked into the Houston County Jail on the same day.
In addition, the grand jury indicted two Trinity County men who allegedly stole two lawn mowers and led authorities on a chase across three counties in July 2013.
Cody Wade was indicted on two third-degree felony charges of theft between $20,000 and $100,000. Michael Miracle was indicted on one charge of theft between $20,000 and $100,000.
According to Crockett Police Chief David Cross, Miracle and Cody Wade stole two zero-turn John Deere lawnmowers from Fish and Still Equipment in Crockett Thursday night.
The two men loaded the lawn mowers into a pickup and fled the scene, Cross said.
Cross said the two men dumped the lawn mowers on the side of the road, after they found out they were being pursued by authorities.
According to Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace, Trinity County deputies took over the chase of the two suspects once they crossed into Trinity County.
The two were eventually caught just inside Walker County.
Cross said police were able to recover the stolen lawn mowers about a mile and a half south of Lovelady on FM 230. The lawn mowers were said to be in good shape.
The Houston County grand jury also indicted a Crockett who allegedly assaulted a police officer during an arrest back in February, causing injuries to the officer's head, leg, and lower extremities.
Byron Handsborough was indicted on two felony charges - assaulting a public servant and bringing a prohibited substance into a jail.
The incident happened around 6 p.m. on Thursday after officers with the Crockett Police Department were dispatched to the 100 block of Charles Street for a disturbance call.
According to a press release, officers found Handsborough under the influence of some type of illegal narcotic. After several attempts to get Handsborough to calm down, officers tried to arrest him. The press release stated that is when he allegedly assaulted the officer.
Sandra Smith, 48, the mother of Handsborough was also arrested and charged with interference with public duties and assault on public servant after she interfered with her son's arrest and also allegedly assaulted the officer.
The press release reveals Handsborough has prior convictions including an assault on public Servant charge from March 2010. He was later found guilty of that charge and is currently on parole for that offense until 2016.
Smith was indicted for assaulting a public servant as well.