The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

September 12, 2006

Man gets indicted on drug charges

By PAUL STONE

Palestine — A 44-year-old Palestine man arrested this past spring when authorities say they found the makings of a methamphetamine lab inside his residence has been indicted by an Anderson County grand jury.

John Blythe, 44, of Palestine was indicted Aug. 24 by the grand jury on the charge of possession of certain chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Blythe was arrested — along with his wife — on March 7 when authorities say they discovered ephedrine; anhydrous ammonia; a generator; lithium; drain cleaner; salts; starter fluid; and hoses inside their residence on FM 323.

All of those items are commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Authorities say they initially responded to the Blythes’ residence to investigate a complaint relating to the care of a minor child.

The Blythes, however, refused to cooperate with CPS officials, and investigators with the Anderson County district attorney’s office subsequently obtained a warrant to search for children potentially inside the residence.

John Blythe locked the door and refused entry to the officers who subsequently forcibly entered the residence, authorities have said. Upon entering the residence, officers say they immediately detected the odor of ammonia commonly associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Other indictments recently handed down by the Anderson County grand jury included:

Harassment by Persons in Certain Correctional Facilities

Terrance Haluska, 31, TDCJ’s Gib Lewis Unit, date of alleged offense, April 24, 2005.

Steven Bush, 45, TDCJ’s Beto Unit, date of alleged offense, April 20, 2006.

Deadly Weapon in a Penal Institute

Robert Lance, 25, TDCJ’s Beto Unit, date of alleged offense, Oct. 30, 2005.

Freddy Martinez, 25, TDCJ’s Beto Unit, date of alleged offense, Jan. 3, 2006.

Assault on a Public Servant

Larry Mayfield, 48, Elkhart, date of alleged offense, Aug. 10, 2005 (three counts).

Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility

Jonathan Rucker, 33, TDCJ’s Beto Unit, date of alleged offense, March 5, 2006.

Jerome Thompson, 32, TDCJ’s Coffield Unit, date of alleged offense, Nov. 19, 2005.

Jamie Griggs, 20, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Jan. 13, 2006.

Jacklyn Marie Burris, 23, Palestine, date of alleged offense, May 20, 2006.

Burglary of a Habitation

Vincent Williams, 32, TDCJ’s Polunsky Unit, date of alleged offense, Nov. 21, 2005.

Criminal Nonsupport

Lee Aulton Jones, 54, Fairfield, date of alleged offense, June 1, 2005.

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Lorenzo Henderson, 23, Palestine, date of alleged offense, June 10, 2006.

Samuel Johnson Jr., 27, Palestine, date of alleged offense, May 20, 2006.

PCS with Intent to Deliver Less Than 1 Gram

Belvis Singletary, 30, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Jan. 23, 2006.

PCS With Intent to Deliver 1-to-4 Grams

Januel Plumber, 24, Palestine, date of alleged offense, April 21, 2005.

Belvis Singletary, 30, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Jan. 23, 2006 (two counts).

PCS With Intent to Deliver 4-to-200 Grams

Raymond Torres Jr., 31, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 13, 2004 (reindictment).

Clarence J. Mullins, 31, Cole State Jail, date of alleged offense, Nov. 22, 2003 (reindictment).

Vernon Tyree Ealy, 27, Tyler, date of alleged offense, March 23, 2005.

Julius Evay Davis, 29, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Nov. 1, 2005.

Possession of Marijuana 4 Ounces-to-5 Pounds

Eric Aundrey Gross, 27, Palestine, date of alleged offense, July 28, 2005.

Delivery of Marijuana 4 Ounces-to-5 Pounds

Shannon Rulon Hall, 24, Palestine, date of alleged offense, April 7, 2005.

Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 1 Gram

Darrell Wayne Barrett, 45, Palestine, date of alleged offense, April 6, 2005.

Timothy Dan Ham, 44, Palestine, date of alleged offense, May 7, 2006.

Raymond Christoph, 41, Crockett, date of alleged offense, May 12, 2006.

Charles Edward Clewis Jr., 46, Palestine, date of alleged offense, July 12, 2006.

Terrie Alvis Hurley, 47, Tennessee Colony, date of alleged offense, April 30, 2005.

Mable Marie Lucky, 49, Palestine, date of alleged offense, April 30, 2005.

Mable Marie Lucky, 49, Palestine, date of alleged offense, July 28, 2005.

James Marshall Marks, 33, Palestine, date of alleged offense, June 6, 2005.

Daisy Mae Davis, 40, Palestine, date of alleged offense, July 17, 2005.

Cortney Renea Friday, age unavailable, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Oct. 20, 2005.

Brandon W. Buckley, 31, Neches, date of alleged offense, Oct. 31, 2005.

Aaron Dwayne Heller, 21, Dallas, date of alleged offense, Jan. 21, 2006.

Possession of Controlled Substance 1-to-4 Grams

Jacklyn Marie Burris, 23, Palestine, date of alleged offense, May 20, 2006.

Ronald Dale Wallace, 31, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Aug. 28, 2005.

Aaron Dwayne Heller, 21, Dallas, date of alleged offense, Nov. 12, 2005.

Criminal Mischief $1,500-to-$20,000

Christopher A. Kennedy, 21, Palestine, date of alleged offense, July 10, 2006.

Driving While Intoxicated - Third or More

Christina Diane Axum, 37, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Dec. 22, 2005 (enhanced to first-degree felony).

Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger

Marshall Lee Wright, 37, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Jan. 2, 2006.

Credit Card Abuse

Casey Brian Felts, 28, Palestine, date of alleged offense, June 28, 2006 (two counts).

Fraud Possession Controlled Substance/Prescription

Robert J. Byrnes, 47, Jacksonville, date of alleged offense, Aug. 18, 2006.

Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information

Robert J. Byrnes, 47, Jacksonville, date of alleged offense, July 20, 2006.

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Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com