A Highland County grand jury handed down indictments against 15 individuals in their Tuesday, June 1 session.

• A Hillsboro man indicted last month on five counts was charged again in June, this time with two first-degree felony rape charges.

Timothy White, 46, is charged with allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a minor victim on or about the period of June 1-July 1, 2018 and July 2-Sept. 30, 2018.

In May, White was charged with two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies; two counts of endangering children, both third-degree felonies; and one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

• In an unrelated case, Garrison Salyer, 25, of Hillsboro has also been charged with two counts of rape, both first-degree felonies. The two counts, each of which allegedly involve a minor victim, are for two different alleged time periods in the year 2019 (January 1-June 1 and June 2-Dec. 31).

• Joshua Obert, 24, of Hillsboro was charged with four second-degree felony drug counts, including two counts each of aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine and aggravated possession of methamphetamine.

The trafficking charges are for Jan. 12 and Jan. 18, respectively, where Obert allegedly “did knowingly sell or offer to sell methamphetamine … in an amount equal to or exceeding five times bulk amount but less than 50 times bulk amount.” The possession charges are for the same dates and same amounts, allegedly.

• In a second indictment in as many months, Jordan K. McCracken, 34, of Hillsboro was charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine (one third-degree felony and one second-degree felony) and two counts of aggravated possession of methamphetamine (one third-degree felony and one second-degree felony).

For the third-degree counts, it is alleged that on or about Dec. 9, 2020, McCracken “did knowingly sell or offer to sell methamphetamine … in an amount equal to or exceeding bulk amount but less than five times bulk amount.” On the same date, McCracken is accused of possessing the same amount of methamphetamine.

The indictment further alleges that on or about Dec. 11-12, McCracken “did knowingly sell or offer to sell methamphetamine … in an amount equal to or exceeding five times bulk amount but less than 50 times bulk amount,” and he is accused of possessing that amount of meth on the same dates. Those allegations resulted in the second-degree felony charges.

As previously reported, in May, McCracken was charged with felonious assault on a peace officer, a first-degree felony; assault on a peace officer, a fourth-degree felony; and vandalism, a fifth-degree felony.

• John W. Hartman, 52, of Greenfield was charged with one count of theft by deception, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of theft by deception from a person in a protected class, a third-degree felony.

For the theft by deception charge, it is alleged that on or about May 1, 2019 through May 1, 2021, Hartman did “knowingly obtain or exert control over $21,900 and “other miscellaneous items, by deception, [with] said property being valued at equal to or greater than $7,500 but less than $37,500.” Two victims are listed in this count.

In a separate charge, Hartman is accused of “knowingly obtaining or exerting control over” $10,000 and “other miscellaneous items, by deception, [with] said property being valued at equal to or greater than $7,500 but less than $37,500.” This case, which allegedly occurred beginning Aug. 1, 2019 and continuing through May 1, 2021, included as victims an “elderly person as defined in ORC 2913.01” as well as the elderly victim’s power of attorney.

• Junior Morrison, 33, of Greenfield was charged with one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony; and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

On or about Dec. 28, 2020, Morrison allegedly “did knowingly convey, or attempt to convey,” methamphetamine onto the grounds of the Highland County Justice Center. He is also charged with possessing said methamphetamine on the same date.

• Silas Pulliam, 25, of Bainbridge was charged with one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony; and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

It is alleged that on or about Oct. 3, 2020, Pulliam “did knowingly convey, or attempt to convey,” hydrocodone onto the grounds of the Greenfield Jail. He is charged with possession of drugs for the same date, also involving hydrocodone, allegedly.

• Melissa F. Lambert, 35, of Hillsboro was indicted on one count of burglary, a second-degree felony. According to the indictment, on or about Jan. 25, Lambert “did by force, stealth or deception knowingly trespass” in a structure owned by a Highland County couple “with purpose to commit in the habitation a criminal offense.”

• Clayton T. Collins, 24, of Hillsboro was charged with one count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, in connection with an alleged incident May 15. As reported by the Hillsboro Police Department, an officer with the Hillsboro Police Department attempted a traffic stop in the 600 block of North High Street on a black Honda with fictitious registration.

The driver of the vehicle, Collins, allegedly fled at a high rate of speed. A pursuit ensued along S.R. 138 toward Greenfield, then S.R. 771 toward Leesburg. The driver of the Honda eventually lost control and crashed into a fence row.

Collins then allegedly fled on foot and was apprehended with assistance from the Highland County Sheriff's Office, Greenfield Police Department and Leesburg Police Department.

• Jeremy M. Estes, 39, of West Chester was charged with one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony. It is alleged that beginning in February 2020 and continuing through March 1, 2020, Estes allegedly had “sexual contact” with a minor victim in Highland County.

• Edward D. Farris, 19, of Ironton was charged with one count of retaliation, a third-degree felony. It is alleged that on or about March 12, Farris “did purposely and by force, or by unlawful threat of harm … retaliated against” a witness in a criminal case in Highland County.

In other indictments:

• James E. Welch, Jr., 50, of Wilmington was charged with one count of possession of heroin and one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, both fifth-degree felonies.

• Dru McGary, 33, of Hillsboro was charged with failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. This stems from a hearing in a separate Highland County Common Pleas Court case, in which McGary was charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

• Jordan E. Burns, 27, of Hillsboro was charged with aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Jacob L. Leonard, 22, of Hillsboro was charged with aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

An indictment is merely a charge and is not evidence of guilt.