A Highland County grand jury handed down indictments against 23 individuals during their Tuesday, Sept. 14 session.

• Ty T. Erskine, 46, of Washington Court House was charged in two separate indictments on a total of five counts.

In the first indictment, Erskine was charged with aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, both third-degree felonies; aggravated possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony; and a forfeiture specification.

The indictment alleges that on or about Aug. 12, Erskine “did knowingly prepare for shipment, ship, transport, deliver, prepare for distribution or distribute methamphetamine … in an amount equal to or exceeding bulk amount but less than five times bulk amount.” He is charged with possessing methamphetamine in the same amount on that date.

Also on or about Aug. 12, Erskine is accused of “knowingly obtaining, possessing or using” a fentanyl-related compound.

Subject to forfeiture is $3,820 in U.S. currency found in Erskine’s possession on or about Aug. 12 “due to its [alleged] instrumentality in the commission or facilitation of the offense,” the indictment says.

In a second indictment, Erskine was also charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, from an unrelated alleged incident.

On or about June 7, Erskine is accused of “operating a motor vehicle … so as willfully to elude or flee a police officer after receiving a visible or audible signal from a police officer to bring the person’s motor vehicle to a stop and the operation of the motor vehicle by the offender caused a substantial risk of serious physical harm to persons or property.”

• Rachele M. Grooms, 33, of Hillsboro was charged with aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, a second-degree felony; aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a second-degree felony; and possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.

The indictment alleges that on or about May 5, Grooms “did knowingly prepare for shipment, ship, transport, deliver, prepare for distribution or distribute methamphetamine … in an amount equal to or exceeding five times bulk amount but less than 50 times bulk amount.” She is accused of “obtaining, possessing or using” the same amount of methamphetamine, as well as cocaine, on or about May 5.

As previously reported, Grooms was also indicted earlier this year and charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine; two third-degree felony counts of aggravated possession of methamphetamine; and a forfeiture specification. That indictment stemmed from alleged incidents in November 2020.

According to court records, that case was placed on the inactive docket due to Grooms “being held in the Warren County Jail and being unavailable.”

As of Sept. 14, Grooms remains in the Warren County Jail, as she is facing charges of arson and possession of criminal tools in Warren County Common Pleas Court, according to court records.

• Robert L. Woodruff, 40, and Lena Henry, 37, both of Hillsboro, were each charged with burglary, a second-degree felony, and theft, a fifth-degree felony, in a joint indictment.

On or about Aug. 8, it is alleged that Woodruff and Henry “did by force, stealth or deception knowingly trespass in an occupied structure, or in a separately secured or separately occupied portion of an occupied structure, with purpose to commit in the habitation a criminal offense.”

They are accused of taking a number of different items from the victim in this case, including bicycles, a mini-bike, a four-wheeler, tools, furniture, toys, video games, collectibles and deer skulls.

• Two men were charged with fifth-degree felony counts of theft and breaking & entering in a joint indictment.

Bobby Clifford, 46, and Joshua L. Moore, 39, both of Hillsboro, are accused of entering a barn lean-to in Highland County on or about June 14. It is alleged that a tractor and other miscellaneous items valued between $1,000 and $7,500 were taken from the victim.

As to Clifford only, the indictment includes a forfeiture specification for a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle in Clifford’s possession “due to its instrumentality in the commission or facilitation of the offense,” allegedly.

• Roger Fillmore, 40, of Bainbridge was charged with receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony.

It is alleged that on or about Aug. 23, Fillmore “did receive, retain or dispose of” a dump trailer valued between $1,000 and $7,500.

• Desiree Pace, 38, of Xenia was charged with theft by deception, a fifth-degree felony.

It is alleged that on or about Dec. 29, 2020 through June 12, 2021 in Highland County and as a continuing course of criminal conduct in Greene County, Pace “did with the purpose to deprive the owner … knowingly obtain or exert control over $1,576.80 in U.S. currency.” Pace is also accused of obtaining or exerting control over “other miscellaneous items” valued between $1,000 and $7,500.

• Kevin E. Williams Jr., 32, of Greenfield was charged with receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony.

It is alleged that on or about April 7, Williams “did receive, retain or dispose of” a crane valued between $1,000 and $7,500.

• Shannon Wilson, 50, of Washington Court House was indicted on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies. The separate charges were for alleged possession of hydrocodone and oxycodone, according to the indictment.

• Jeremy P. Bender, 40, of Greenfield was charged with failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. He was previously charged with aggravated possession of methamphetamine.

• Thomas Shoemaker, 52, of Piketon was charged with failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. He was previously charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle.

• Chad Burgess, 41, of Hillsboro was charged with aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Jason Carnine, 33, of Goshen was charged with aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Gabrielle E. Preston, 26, of Hillsboro was charged with aggravated possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony.

• Corey Spivey, 23, of Hillsboro was charged with aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins told The Highland County Press that the remaining indictments were sealed, for a total of 23 indictments.

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