Highland County grand jury indicts 11


By Jacob Clary - [email protected]



HILLSBORO — A Greenfield woman who was charged with two counts of child endangerment was among 11 people indicted Tuesday by a Highland County grand jury.

Melissa Willis, 43, was indicted for two counts of child endangerment, both third-degree felonies.

According to court records, on or around Jan. 1, 2001, and continuing through Jan. 1, 2022, Willis, being the parent, guardian, custodian, person having custody or control, or person in loco parentis of the victim, a child under 18 years of age, to wit: six to 17 years of age, created a substantial risk to the health or safety of the victim by violating a duty of care, protection or support, and the violation resulted in physical harm.

For the second count, the record reads as the paragraph above except for the crime happening to a different child.

Justin Boothby, 33, Mount Orab, was indicted for grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.

Kyle Smallwood, 41, Hillsboro, was indicted for trespassing in a habitation when a person was present or likely to be present, a fourth-degree felony.

Bryson Rickman, 23, Greenfield, was indicted for aggravated trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fourth-degree felony; and a forfeiture specification.

William Jones, 59, Hillsboro, was indicted for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, a second-degree felony; and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

Also indicted on Tuesday were:

* Karissa Purcell, 31, Hillsboro, for aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

* Kyle May, 38, Blanchester, for aggravated possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fourth-degree felony; and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, also a fourth-degree felony.

* Joshua Brooks, 37, Greenfield, for aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

* Nicholas McKenzie, 29, Lynchburg, for possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

* Katherine Page, 25, Hillsboro, for aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

* Dean Murray, 58, South Salem, for aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

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By Jacob Clary

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