Johnny Branham (Photo courtesy of the Highland County Sheriff's Office)
Johnny Branham (Photo courtesy of the Highland County Sheriff's Office)
A Batavia man who allegedly escaped from custody last month was indicted by a Highland County grand jury Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Johnny D. Branham, 37, of Batavia was charged with one count of escape, a third-degree felony; and one count of burglary, also a third-degree felony.

As previously reported by The Highland County Press, Branham was reported missing Thursday, July 11 at approximately 5 p.m. after allegedly escaping from custody while being treated at Highland District Hospital. He was taken into custody by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office during the late afternoon hours of Friday, July 12 and was later extradited to Highland County.



Before his alleged escape, Branham was taken into custody for contempt for alleged supervision violations from a Highland County Common Pleas Court case filed in 2016. On Sept. 14, 2016, Branham was found guilty of attempted illegal manufacture of drugs and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, both third-degree felonies.

According to Tuesday’s two-count indictment, a grand jury found that in addition to the alleged escape, on July 11, Branham also allegedly “did trespass in a house, an occupied structure or in a separately secured or separately occupied portion of an occupied structure, with purpose to commit in the structure or separately occupied portion a criminal offense” in Highland County.

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Also during Tuesday’s grand jury session, Terry Harlow, 40, of Hillsboro was charged with alleged thefts against an elderly woman and a business owner in 2017.

Harlow was indicted on one count of theft from a person in a protected class, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of theft by deception, a fifth-degree felony.

For the first count, it is alleged that Harlow took property worth between $1,000 and $7,500 from an elderly Highland County woman, including “dolls, jackets, refrigerator, tool box, case iron wheel, paintings, stove and other miscellaneous property.” The alleged incident occurred on or about Jan. 25, 2017.

Harlow was also charged with theft by deception for allegedly taking “$1,220 and other miscellaneous items” from a Hillsboro business owner on or about Jan. 6, 2017.

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A four-count indictment was handed down against Johnathan B. Napier, 36, of Hillsboro. Napier was charged with having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; menacing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; and a forfeiture specification.

All four charges stem from an alleged incident in Highland County on July 24. According to the indictment, Napier was convicted of a felony charge of assault on a police officer in Brown County Common Pleas Court in April 2011, therefore “not having been relieved from disability.”

Napier is charged with having a UMC2 .22 caliber rifle in his possession and transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. It is alleged that Napier “did knowingly cause [a Highland County man] to believe [Napier] would cause physical harm to the person or property of [the victim].”

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Also during Tuesday’s session, a Highland County grand jury handed down the following indictments.

• Timothy Curlonis, 50, of Bainbridge was charged with one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony; and one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

• Shauna K. Geissinger, 55, of Hillsboro was charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, both fourth-degree felonies.

• Danny R. Dockery, 41, of Cincinnati was charged with one count of forgery, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of identity fraud, a fifth-degree felony.

• Natoshia Nelson, 36, of Greenfield was charged with one count of forgery and one count of receiving stolen property, both fifth-degree felonies.

• Dylan M. Rodgers, 20, of Greenfield was charged with having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; and a forfeiture specification.

• Alicia R. Eaton, 44, of Leesburg was charged with one count of carrying concealed weapons, a fourth-degree felony; and a forfeiture specification.

• Cora C. Cox of Hillsboro was charged with one count of illegal conveyance of weapons or prohibited items onto the grounds of a detention facility or institution, a third-degree felony.

• Justin A. Stubbs, 41, of South Salem was charged with one count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.

• James Shepherd, 43, of Hillsboro was charged with one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.

• Lawana L. Chaney, 41, of Greenfield was charged with one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Jeffrey W. Duncan, 45, of Greenfield was charged with one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Lacey L. Hensley, 24, of Mowrystown was charged with one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.