LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury indicted a 33-year-old Lufkin man in connection to allegations that he was involved in a fatal drunken racing wreck on FM 7076 in November 2014.
Mitchell Bradley Rhodes was indicted on two felony charges - racing on highway - death and racing on highway - injury. Collectively his bail has been set at $50,000.
According to a previous East Texas News story, Rhodes was allegedly racing James Wheeler on FM 706. According to the DPS report, Wheeler was the driver of a 2005 GMC pickup, which had veered off the road and rolled over.
Wheeler was treated and released at a Lufkin hospital. Two passengers, Sarah Lee Scott and Michael Grant Nash, were ejected from the pickup. Nash died at the scene and Scott was seriously injured.
Wheeler turned himself in to authorities back in March after the Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the accident. Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Rhodes on the two felony charges on June 8.
The grand jury also indicted Quinton Lorenz Yarbrough, 20, on a first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge in connection to allegations that he used a steak knife to rob a Walmart employee in April.
Yarbrough is still being held in the Angelina County Jail. His bail amount has been set at $100,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, an officer responded to Walmart on March 22 in reference to a theft.
A store clerk said a man came in and tried to make a purchase but had forgotten his wallet. The clerk said she went on break and when she came back, he had returned. She said he again tried to buy the items, but his card would not work. She said he then stepped back and said he had a knife. She said he then showed a steak knife and she said, "And?"
The clerk said Yarbrough then asked if she wanted to get fired and came around the counter. The clerk said she then took the items and threw them across the counter and he ran and picked the items up and ran off.
The man stole a PS3 and two games, according to the affidavit.
After the video was aired on Crime Stoppers on April 6, police received several tips leading police to connect the case to Yarbrough, according to the report.
On April 9, police went to his apartment on Southend Boulevard and heard some rustling outside. They walked to the side of the house and looked over the hurricane fence and reported seeing a man with Yarbrough's description look directly at them and then threw a PS3 box over the fence, along with a long-sleeve shirt.
Also among those indicted by the grand jury was Tammy Jane Pope, a former nurse at CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial, on two second-degree felony counts of prescription fraud.
Pope's collective bail amount was increased to $135,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Lufkin Police officer spoke to the director of pharmacy for CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Hospital in Lufkin on Jan. 15.
The pharmacy director told the officer that over an unknown amount of time, Pope, 47, had been stealing prescription medication from the hospital. According to the initial police report, the pharmacy director told the LPD officer that in October 2014, it was brought to her attention that patients were being billed for prescriptions they did not receive.
Over the course of an internal investigation, the hospital's administration discovered surveillance video that allegedly showed Pope "removing prescription pharmaceutical drugs and billing a patient falsely in order to keep the pharmaceutical drug."
The LPD detective that took over the case, obtained medical records including patient names, hospital room numbers, dates, and the type of medication charged to the room by Pope.
The Angelina County grand jury also indicted Desmond Darnell White, 35, of Corsicana, on a third-degree felony injury to a child charge in connection to allegations that he whipped his 3-year-old son with a coat hanger as punishment for a soiled diaper back in April.
White is still being held in the Angelina County Jail. His bail has been set at $20,000.
Justin David Luna, 25, of Lufkin, was indicted for allegedly head-butted an Angelina County Sheriff's deputy who tried to take him into custody in the face back in May. He was indicted on a third-degree felony assaulting a public servant charge.
When Luna was arrested, he was also charged with a Class A misdemeanor failure to identify as a fugitive, a Class B misdemeanor theft between $50 and $500 charge and two capias pro fine warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to Capt. Alton Lenderman with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, ACSO deputies were dispatched out to a property off of PD Selman, which is off of FM 326. He said the property owner told the deputies he saw people on his place.
When the deputies arrived on the scene, they ran Luna's driver's license and found that he had outstanding warrants.
While the deputies were putting Luna into the back of a patrol unit, he head-butted one of them, giving him a bloody mouth, Lenderman said. The ACSO captain said the deputy did not need any stitches.
The Angelina County grand jury also indicted the following people.
- James H. Hector Sr., 49, of Lufkin, was indicted on a third-degree injury to a child charge in connection to allegations that he hit his 4-year-old son, causing an injury to his eye and bruises.
- Tamara Leanne Powers, 30, of Lufkin, and Corrine Henderson, 24, of Lufkin, were each indicted on a third-degree felony fraudulently claiming a lottery prize charge in connection to allegations that the two former Polk’s Pick-It-Up employees stole $679 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets and then cashed them in for more than $396.
- Antywine Trial Oliphant, 35, of Diboll, was indicted on two state-jail felony endangering a child charges and a state-jail felony criminal mischief between $1500 and $20,000 charge.