Grand Jury Indictments

By: Todd Baucher
By: Todd Baucher

The Washington County Grand Jury has indicted several individuals on drug charges, one allegedly resulting in a death.

The grand jury indicted Richard and Amy Thompson, both arrested during a drug operation in Marietta last month.

Amy Thompson is charged with the sale of the drug Klonopin, which Richard Thompson is charged with sale of Oxycontin.

Prosecutor Kevin Rings says Richard Thompson could face additional charges at a future grand jury session.

Meanwhile, a raid on a meth lab on Interstate 77 resulted in the indictment of Tracy Cruse. A Marietta Municipal Court judge recently declined to send to the grand jury the case of Jason Matheny, the second person arrested in that case.

"We're going to prosecute Ms. Cruse," Rings told reporters, "and we'll leave the question of Mr. Matheny...the charge is still out there...and that will be for another day."

A Marietta woman, 48-year-old Heidi Lanning, is charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and two second-degree counts of Corrupting Another With Drugs. She is accused of causing the death of her roommate last January 11th, by furnishing her with drugs.

"Heidi Lanning furnished an 18-year-old woman, Nicole Taylor, with schedule two Oxycontin and schedule four Klonopin," says Assistant Washington County Prosecutor Susan Vessels. "The grand jury determined that Heidi Lanning, in fact, caused the death of Nicole Taylor, as a proximate result of the commission of the felonies of corrupting another with drugs."

Lanning could face as much as 26 years in prison if convicted as charged.

The grand jury indicted four 18-year-olds, Russell Brooks, Travis Skinner, Kevin Guiler and Albert Baltzer, for the vandalism last November at Waterford High School.

They are all charged with felony Breaking and Entering and felony Vandalism. The vandalism, described as a "senior prank", has resulted in $13,000 damage at the school.

If found guilty as charged, the four could each receive as much as 30 months in prison.

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