Crime Scene

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Holly Goodman

EDITOR’S NOTE: The people charged with misdemeanors or felonies are innocent until they plead guilty or are proven guilty in court. Those who want the final disposition of their case reported in the Pawhuska Journal-Capital should call Robert Smith at: 918-287-7366.

FELONY CASES

Suspect had distinct limp

NAME: Jarrell Thomas

AGE: 19

RESIDENCE: Tulsa

CHARGE: Robbery with a weapon

DETAILS: Tulsa police investigated a report of a robbery the night of Dec. 23, 2018, at the Checkout Corner, 1247 N. Osage Drive. The business owner told police two men entered the store and took him at gunpoint behind the service counter. The owner identified Thomas as one of the two men, in part based on the suspect having a distinct walk, because he had previously been shot in one of his legs. The store owner said Thomas was a regular customer. A not guilty plea was entered for Thomas in an April 5 hearing in Osage County District Court. His next court date is listed in a court document as May 17.

Accused of punching casino machine

NAME: Richard Matthew Poulis

AGE: 36

RESIDENCE: Higden, Arkansas

CHARGE: Malicious injury to property

DETAILS: Osage Nation police, on March 19, were contacted by a casino security employee at the Osage Casino in Ponca City. The casino security employee told ON police that the suspect, Richard Poulis, struck a gambling machine and caused $1,277.50 in damage. A police officer reviewed surveillance footage and observed a man swing his right arm and punch a machine. The officer learned that casino personnel instructed a man identified as Poulis to leave the premises. Casino personnel reportedly told Poulis the value of the damage he caused and banned him from the casino for three days. An arrest warrant was issued for Poulis on March 27 in Osage County District Court.

Officers said he blew 0.24

NAME: Terry C. Herrmann

AGE: 51

RESIDENCE: Ramona

CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; and transporting an open container

DETAILS: Skiatook police officer Johnny Okerson on March 5 received a call about an intoxicated driver in the 2000 block of West Rogers Boulevard, which is also State Highway 20. Okerson said in an affidavit that when he arrived, he observed three vehicles parked in a line in the inside lane of westbound traffic. The middle vehicle of the three was a white, two-door Honda. The officer saw the driver of one of the other two vehicles speaking to the driver of the Honda and placing the keys to the Honda on top of that vehicle. Okerson was told that the driver of the Honda had been “driving all over the road since Highway 75” and that he had said he was on his way to the Osage Casino in Skiatook. Officer Okerson talked with the driver of the Honda, identified as Terry Herrmann. Okerson reported that he could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Herrmann’s vehicle. The officer asked Herrmann where he was going and the suspect reportedly said, “home.” The officer asked Herrmann if he knew where he was. The suspect said he thought he was in Ramona, but then changed his answer and said he was in Skiatook. Okerson said Herrmann’s speech was slow, thick and slurred. As he exited from his vehicle, he reportedly had to be held by a police officer to keep from falling down. Police found an empty brandy bottle on the floorboard of the Honda. Some of the liquor had been spilled in the floor of the vehicle. A breath test reportedly indicated a blood-alcohol level of 0.24. Herrmann pleaded not-guilty in an April 24 hearing in Osage County District Court and his next court date is listed as May 23, according to a court document.

Said he feared going back to prison

NAME: William Moorhouse Jr.

AGE: 38

RESIDENCE: Collinsville

CHARGES: Falsely personate another to create liability; unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia; failure to signal on turning; failure to obey traffic control device; and driving left of center

DETAILS: Skiatook police detective Wes Henderson on March 27 saw a black Pontiac Firebird being driven on the wrong side of the road just south of the intersection of 136th Street North and Osage. Henderson said in an affidavit that he watched as the car ran the stop sign at 133rd and Osage and failed to signal for a turn. Henderson caught up to the Firebird and pulled it over. The driver identified himself as Billie James Beaunman, but Henderson learned the driver’s correct name was William Moorhouse Jr. The suspect said he was dishonest about his name because he feared going back to prison. Moorhouse also said he knew there was a Cleveland County warrant out for his arrest. Henderson said he confirmed the existence of the warrant, and added that a Rogers County warrant was also confirmed. Henderson put Moorhouse in hand restraints and did a pat-down search, during which the officer reportedly found a marijuana smoking device with marijuana residue in it. Moorhouse pleaded not guilty in a hearing March 29 in Osage County District Court. His next court date is listed as May 23, according to a court document.

Reportedly did nothing about abuse complaint

NAME: Paula Sutton

AGE: 60

RESIDENCE: Skiatook

CHARGES: Accessory to lewd or indecent acts toward a child under 16 (two counts)

DETAILS: The Osage County Department of Human Services contacted the county sheriff’s office in September 2018 and notified it that a 7-year-old girl had reported her 18-year-old uncle had touched her inappropriately about a year previous. Steve Talburt, a sheriff’s office investigator, said the child reported during a forensic interview in Bartlesville that while she was staying in the home of her grandmother, Paula Sutton, her uncle, David Mark Sutton, touched her intimately and the child told him to stop. The victim reportedly said she told her uncle to stop, but he did not. The child also told authorities that she told her grandmother what had happened, but nothing was done about the incident. The child also related a second account of an inappropriate act toward her by her uncle. Paula Sutton entered a not guilty plea in an April 5 hearing in Osage County District Court, according to a court record. Her next court date is May 17.

Defense asks for dismissal

NAME: David Mark Sutton

AGE: 18

RESIDENCE: Skiatook

CHARGES: Lewd or indecent acts toward a child under 16 (two counts)

DETAILS: The defendant is accused of engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior toward a female child, his niece. In one of the two reported instances of inappropriate behavior, he is charged with touching the child, who reportedly told him to stop and he did not. This matter was initially charged in March in Osage County District Court as a “youthful offender” case, but prosecutors dismissed that filing and, on April 8, filed an adult court case. In an April 9 hearing, the court entered a not guilty plea for David Mark Sutton. His attorney on April 23 filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the case. Sutton’s attorney contends in the motion that his client was a juvenile at the time of the alleged acts and has a statutory right to be treated as a youthful offender or juvenile for purposes of resolving this case.

‘By Felicia?’

NAME: Doyle Clint Honeycutt

AGE: 46

RESIDENCE: Sand Springs

CHARGE: Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon

DETAILS: Deputy Gregory Kyle Reese on Feb. 25 responded to a call about a possible assault with a dangerous weapon at 22 Lookout Lane in rural Sand Springs. The reporting party told Reese that he had worked for several days with Honeycutt on a welding job. The reporting party said Honeycutt began to exhibit signs of possible methamphetamine use. The reporting party told Reese that Honeycutt reached a point one evening where he was ready to go and demanded they leave the job site. The reporting party said he told Honeycutt “no” and added the words “by Felicia.” The reporting party said Honeycutt got in his face and said, “you call me a tweaker.” The reporting party said he denied using the term “tweaker” and Honeycutt head-butted him in the face. The reporting party said he defended himself, with the result that Honeycutt fell to the ground, got up and walked away. Honeycutt reportedly came back with a 2-to-3-foot length of steel pipe, about an inch and a half in diameter, and took a swing at the reporting party’s head. The reporting party said he put up an arm to deflect the blow and got hit in the neck area instead. The reporting party said he fell to the ground and Honeycutt struck him on the left calf with the pipe, causing an open laceration. The reporting party said he was able to get Honeycutt to the ground and put him in a half-Nelson hold. When the reporting party eventually released Honeycutt, the suspect reportedly left the scene of the altercation. The reporting party said he went to a hospital and received stitches for his wounds. He also subsequently spent several days in a hospital because of an apparent infection to one of the wounds. An arrest warrant was issued on April 4 in Osage County District Court for Honeycutt, according to a court record.

“Just a little’

NAME: Esther Mae Layland

AGE: 55

RESIDENCE: Pawhuska

CHARGE: Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol

DETAILS: Nick Silva of the Pawhuska Police Department was dispatched April 4 to the area of the 100 block of Prudom in reference to a white Ford pickup that reportedly almost hit a pedestrian. As he began looking for the truck, Silva came into contact with two teenage boys who said they had seen the truck and had heard what they thought was the sound of the truck wrecking just west of 3rd and Prudom. The boys told Silva the truck was being driven erratically. As he continued his search, Silva came upon a white, 2001 Ford F-150 “doing circles in the parking lot of Dennis Diesel Engine Repair.” The truck left the lot and headed south on Trumbly, and Silva initiated a traffic stop. When he made contact with the driver of the truck, later identified as Esther Layland, Silva asked her if she had been drinking. Silva said in an affidavit that Layland used her fingers to make a gesture for “just a little” as she smiled at him. Layland reportedly said she was trying to make it home. Silva said Layland “stared blankly ahead” after he told her that he had received reports from people who were concerned about her driving. As Silva was having Layland get out of the truck, she reportedly uttered a racially charged accusation regarding the person she thought called the police on her. Silva noted that Layland “stumbled while yelling.” Silva said Layland began again to yell racial slurs and he decided standard field sobriety testing would not be safe or proper. Silva reportedly asked dispatch for a backup officer based on Layland’s actions while he was trying to arrest her. In an April 5 hearing in Osage County District Court, a not guilty plea was entered for Layland.

Asked for keys to get her purse

NAME: Whitney Frances Stewart

AGE: 25

RESIDENCE: Bartlesville

CHARGE: Larceny of automobile

DETAILS: Officer John Drexil on the morning of March 26 received a call from the Osage County Sheriff’s Office dispatch, that casino security at the Osage Casino in Bartlesville had requested an officer to respond to a report of a stolen vehicle. Drexil responded and spoke with casino security personnel. He learned the victim of the theft had departed the casino on foot, headed for her home in Bartlesville. Drexil also learned that the victim had given her vehicle keys to a friend, Whitney Frances Stewart, so that Stewart could retrieve her purse. A while later the victim realized Stewart had not returned with the keys, and she walked to the parking lot and noticed her 1999 Ford Expedition was no longer there. The victim reported the incident. Surveillance footage from the casino reportedly showed that Stewart left in the Ford Expedition along with an unidentified man. An arrest warrant was issued April 5 in Osage County District Court for Stewart.

MISDEMEANOR CASES

Mayhem in casino bar

NAME: Aaron Darnsdill

AGE: 22

RESIDENCE: Collinsville

CHARGES: Assault and battery; and public intoxication

DETAILS: Officer Robert Willard, about 12:52 a.m. on Sept. 23, 2018, received a call about a fight at the Osage Casino, Tulsa. When he arrived, Willard saw a man lying on a bar floor and told casino security to have emergency medical personnel check the man. Willard learned that Aaron Darnsdill was detained in an interview room in regard to the incident that left the other man on the floor. When Willard entered the interview room, he noticed an odor associated with the consumption of alcoholic beverages coming from Darnsdill and noticed the suspect’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. The officer attempted to speak with the suspect, who refused, saying, “You aren’t city of Tulsa. I ain’t talking until my f…ing lawyer is present.” Willard said in an affidavit that he told Darnsdill that was fine, and left the interview room. Willard then spoke with witnesses and with the man who had been stretched out on the bar floor. That man refused medical treatment but said he would likely go and see his personal physician if the pain in his buttocks didn’t go away. Casino security officers told Willard that Darnsdill and the man who had been on the floor were sitting side-by-side at the bar when, suddenly, Darnsdill grabbed the other man, slammed him to the ground and began punching him in the head. Security officers grabbed Darnsdill, pulled him away, handcuffed him and took him to the interview room. A witness told Officer Willard the attack was unprovoked. Willard went back to the interview room, where he found Darnsdill passed out on a bench. Willard and another officer arrested Darnsdill. The case is set for May 3 in Osage County District Court.

Tail lights not working

NAME: Holly Lyn Goodman

AGE: 60

RESIDENCE: Sand Springs

CHARGE: Driving while impaired

DETAILS: Deputy Corby Sorrells was on patrol on State Highway 97, in Sand Springs, and he noticed a silver-colored Toyota van turn south onto the highway. The van did not have functional tail lights. Sorrells activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop. Sorrells noticed the smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from the inside of the van, and noticed the driver’s speech to be slow and slurred. Goodman’s eyes were watery and red. Asked whether she had consumed any alcoholic beverages, the suspect said she’d had 3-4 glasses of wine. In a hearing Feb. 8 in Osage County District Court, Goodman pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred sentencing status