Grand jury indicts several area residents

This week, the Cole County grand jury handed down indictments in several cases, finding there was enough evidence to send them on to the circuit courts for hearings and possible trials.

Among those indicted was a Jefferson City woman charged with stealing nearly $1,000 worth of materials from the Missouri River Regional Library.

Jennifer Harper, 26, of 1012 Elizabeth St., was charged with felony stealing and identity theft.

A Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement shows she checked out materials in July 2012 using another person’s library card and never returned the items.

All but four of the items were found in Harper’s apartment during a search in November 2012.

She also ordered cellphones from two different companies in August 2012, using the same victim’s identity, and had the phones shipped to Harper’s apartment.

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The grand jury indicted a Camdenton man charged with breaking into his former girlfriend’s Jefferson City apartment and assaulting her in October 2012.

William Scott, 21, was charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree domestic assault.

The incident occurred in the 1600 block of Jefferson Heights.

Jefferson City police said Scott forced open the door to the apartment and then choked the victim until she became lightheaded and fell to the ground.

Scott also hit the victim in the face and kicked her in her upper body.

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The grand jury indicted again a Jefferson City man in connection with two break-ins in January 2012.

Ardaris Cheatham, 28, of 404 Hiview Drive, is charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of possession of heroin and one count of receiving stolen property.

He had been indicted in May 2012, but those charges were later dismissed.

The break-ins occurred in the 3800 block of North Teal Bottom Road, near Osage Bend, and in the 100 block of Hidden Valley Road, near Henley. The two homes are about 13 miles apart, over two-lane roads.

A probable cause statement said a woman “admitted to driving Cheatham and two others around in her minivan while they broke into two different homes.”

A deputy later conducted a traffic stop in Cole County on a vehicle Cheatham and another man were in.

They consented to a search of the vehicle, and guns matching the description of the ones reported stolen from the Teal Bottom Road and Hidden Valley Road burglaries were found.

Cheatham was arrested at that time on an active warrant.

Cole County Sheriff Greg White said it was likely that, “ultimately, these firearms would have been sold for cash, to purchase more heroin.”

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