Grand jury hands down several indictments

The Cole County Grand Jury handed down several indictments this week, finding there was enough evidence to send cases on to the circuit courts for possible trial.

Among those indicted were:

• A Cole County man charged with selling drugs two different times last December to a Jefferson City police informant. Kurtis D. Pavitt, 36, of 1204 Grandview Court, faces two counts of selling a controlled substance, a Class B felony. He’s charged with selling methamphetamine between Dec. 1 and Dec. 9, 2013, and with selling Xanax and Vicodin between Dec. 10 and Dec. 31.

Both transactions used an informant to buy the drugs, and were recorded with digital audio and video recorders, police Detective Michael Ottolini said in a probable cause statement filed with the charges.

Ottolini’s statement also noted Pavitt has a criminal history.

Pavitt had been out on parole for two counts of felony possession of controlled substances, possession of ephedrine with intent to manufacture, second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, felony resisting arrest and first-degree burglary, Ottolini wrote in the statement.

Although charged with Class B felonies, which could result in a prison sentence of between five and 15 years for each conviction, prosecutors also charged Pavitt with being a “prior drug offender.”

If the court agrees with that definition, then a conviction of the charges could result in sentencing as a Class A felony, with a prison term up to 30 years or life.

• A Jefferson City man who was arrested during a drug sweep in March. Douglas Miles, 27, was on parole for felony drug charges when he was taken into custody. He has been charged with two counts of the distribution of crack cocaine in April 2013.

• A Jefferson City man charged with selling methamphetamine after being taken into custody during a SWAT operation in April. Terrill Reynolds, 37, of 4804 Westport Drive, is also charged with possession of methamphetamine.

A Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement said an undercover officer purchased meth from Reynolds between March 10 and April 10.

When the SWAT team served a search warrant at Reynolds’ residence, three bags of marijuana, a glass meth pipe, empty baggies containing meth residue, digital scales, hypodermic needles as well as other drug paraphernalia were located throughout the two upstairs bedrooms.

Reynolds told authorities he is a heavy user of meth and cocaine. Reynolds also said there was a mirror under his bed with cocaine and meth residue on it.

Court records show Reynolds was out of the Department of Corrections, awaiting appeal on conviction of first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a weapon at the time of his arrest. He also has convictions for forcible rape and second-degree assault.

• A Jefferson City resident charged after MUSTANG Drug Task Force investigations in May. Officers served a search warrant in the 500 block of East McCarty Street and detectives seized suspected heroin, marijuana, two stolen handguns, ammunition and a digital scale.

As a result of the search warrant, Tyrone T. Nickerson, 37, was charged for two outstanding narcotic cases which involved the sale of crack cocaine. The sales occurred in May and July 2013.

• A Jefferson City man taken into custody following a MUSTANG Drug Task Force operation. Douglas Wright, 40, is charged with distribution of a controlled substance in March 2012.

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