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Carroll County court briefs

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By Sharon Graves

Man arrested after

found in empty plant

A man apprehended in the former Parthenon Steel plant July 16 after a burglar alarm was activated was charged with third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, and possession of burglary tools, a Class A misdemeanor.

The incident occurred at 10 p.m. at the plant, located at 252 Jay Louden Road, according to a report filed by Carroll County Deputy Sheriff Jim Hamilton.

Hamilton assisted Carrollton Police Officer Bob Stamper and buidling caretaker Robert Boyd, who responded to the alarm. Upon arrival, the men searched the building and found the south door broken open. Cobb allegedly was found inside the building with a juvenile who was carrying a backpack containing bolt cutters and a screwdriver.

Cobb was arraigned July 17 in District Court; bond was set at $5,000 cash.

In a preliminary hearing July 24, public advocate Bridgette Saunders argued that her client was guilty of “at most a criminal trespass charge” rather than a felony, because there was no evidence he was there to steal anything. She said nothing at the site apparently had been cut with the bolt cutters, and Cobb was not in possession of anything that might have been taken from the building at the time of his arrest.

Judge Thomas Funk disagreed and transferred the case to the Carroll County grand jury.

Briley arrested after

driving without license

Acting on a tip, Carrollton Police Officer Daniel Embry stopped and arrested a

Carrollton man July 16 for operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked drivers license.

James A. Briley, 38, allegedly was driving a red 1993 Mercury Villager belonging to his girlfriend, Nicole Ketterer, when he was stopped. Embry searched the vehicle and reportedly found an Interarms 22 model 62 SA rifle behind the passenger seat. The weapon allegedly was found in a white clothes basket draped with a blanket.

Embry reported that the basket also contained a belt buckle in the shape of a handgun and a silver hunting knife with a 12-inch blade and a broken handle was allegedly found under the driver’s seat. Embry reportedly found two black knives – one with a 2-foot blade and one with a 3-foot blade – under the passenger seat. Burglary tools also allegedly were found in the vehicle.

The items reportedly matched the description of items reported stolen earlier that day by James Montgomery of Carrollton.

In addition to the suspended-license offense, Briley was charged with receiving stolen property (firearms) and possession of burglary tools, both Class A misdemeanors, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and receiving stolen property valued under $300, both Class D felonies. Willhoite said Briley was convicted of a felony in Oklahoma.

Briley was lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center on a $5,000 cash bond.

No charges have been filed against Ketterer, Willhoite said.