Crime Scene

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Melvin D. Horton

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Found in brother’s trailer in Prue

NAME: Melvin D. Horton

AGE: 67


CHARGES: Providing false or misleading registration information; and sex offender living within 2,000 feet of a school

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Kevin Young on April 23 learned that a sex offender identified as Melvin D. Horton was allegedly not living at the registration address he had provided. Rather than living on Mullins Circle Drive in Prue, Horton was reportedly living near an abandoned gas station at the intersection of Wa Gra See Way and Lake Drive, in Prue. Deputy Young went to the abandoned gas station and found a trailer on the property. He reportedly found Horton in the trailer. Horton reportedly told the deputy he had been living in the trailer for three or four days and said he knew he was too close to a school. Deputy Young also reportedly talked to Larry Horton, the defendant’s brother, who owns the trailer. Larry Horton reportedly said Melvin had been with him for 10-15 days and Melvin had been told he couldn’t stay because the trailer was too close to a school. Deputy Young determined that the trailer was 1,441 feet from Prue High School. In a hearing May 22 in Osage County District Court, prosecutors dropped count one, regarding false or misleading information. A court record shows Horton pleaded guilty to count two, the charge that he had been living within 2,000 feet of a school. Horton received a five year sentence with all of it suspended except for 20 days to serve in the Osage County jail with credit for time served.

So jealousy’s not an issue?

NAME: Joseph Lawrence Wheeler

AGE: 23


CHARGES: Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and leaving the scene of an accident involving damage

DETAILS: Officer Joseph Antle, of the Hominy police, received notification regarding a traffic incident at the intersection of 3rd Street and South Wood Avenue. When he arrived at the accident location, Officer Antle found a subject named Gage W. Roberts off to the southwest of the intersection in a grassy area, bleeding from the area around his left ear. Officer Antle learned, by speaking with Roberts and Wheeler, that the incident intially involved two vehicles. Roberts said he had been driving north on Wood and was about to turn east on 3rd toward his home when he was rear-ended by Wheeler. Roberts said he got out of his car and approached Wheeler’s pickup in a calm manner when Wheeler backed up and then started driving at him. Roberts said he tried to get out of the way but could not. For his part, Wheeler said he followed Roberts because he wanted to see if Roberts’ female passenger would like to ride with him. Wheeler claimed the young woman was just Roberts’ friend, so jealously wasn’t an issue. Wheeler said contact between the vehicles came about because Roberts slammed on his brakes and he (Wheeler) was unable to stop in time and “lightly tapped” the back of Roberts’ vehicle. Wheeler said Roberts came aggressively toward him, throwing up his hands, shouting obscenities and beating on the hood of Wheeler’s truck. Wheeler said he backed up and tried to drive around Roberts. Officer Antle also talked to a third-party witness, who recalled seeing Roberts get out of his vehicle and start toward Wheeler’s truck. The witness told the officer that the truck backed up, its motor revved and it started toward Roberts, who ran to get out of the way. The witness reportedly said the pickup struck Roberts and threw him into the air, and he came down on the hood and rolled off. In an April 29 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Wheeler. The next court date in the case is listed as May 31.

Suspected smuggling at Dick Conner

NAME: Ashanti E. Mosley

AGE: 18


CHARGES: Trafficking in illegal drugs; bringing contraband into a penal institution; and conspiracy

NAME: Scott D. Norman

AGE: 22

RESIDENCE: Dick Conner Correctional Center

CHARGES: Trafficking in illegal drugs; bringing contraband into a penal institution; and conspiracy

DETAILS: Hominy police officer Joseph Antle on April 27 responded in regard to offenses that allegedly occurred at the Dick Conner Correctional Center, a nearby state prison facility. Officer Antle learned from prison personnel that Mosley allegedly handed a prisoner named Scott Norman a black object under a table in a visitation room. That object reportedly turned out to be a container in which a green, leafy substance and a white, crystal-like substance had been stored. The substances tested presumptively positive as marijuana and crystal meth. There was reportedly half an ounce of marijuana and 47.7 grams of meth. Mosley reportedly said Norman had told her that he needed someone to sneak drugs into the prison for him. An arrest warrant issued in Osage County District Court was served on Norman on April 29, according to a court record. In a hearing April 29, the court entered a not guilty plea for Mosley.

Woman freaked out in the dog food aisle

NAME: Lonnie W. Mollett

AGE: 53


CHARGE: Sexual battery

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Shannon Bradford was dispatched Jan. 16 in response to a call regarding an assault at the Dollar General store in McCord. The reporting party requested a telephone call from an officer. Bradford called the reporting party, who said her daughter had been assaulted by an older man about 6:30 p.m. inside the Dollar General. When the deputy arrived at the store parking lot, the alleged victim said she had visited the store to buy some items for her mother. After about 10 minutes of shopping, the victim reportedly saw an older man she knew enter the store. While she was walking down the dog food aisle, she reportedly heard a voice say, “Oh, you have a dog,” and realized the older man, named Lonnie, had spoken to her. After a brief exchange during which Mollett reportedly asked the young woman if she had a boyfriend, the victim turned to walk away and Lonnie Mollett allegedly grabbed her upper right arm, pulled her toward him and attempted to kiss her lips, but she turned away and he kissed her cheek. The victim reportedly told the deputy she “freaked out,” walked toward the front of the store and waited until Mollett left. Then she called her mother. In a hearing May 15 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Mollett. Kay County court records show Mollett is a registered sex offender who was prosecuted in 2017 and 2018 for offenses related to his sex offender status. In both Kay County cases, Mollett reportedly entered pleas of no contest.

Stemmed from skate park altercation

NAME: David D. Cochrane

AGE: 36


CHARGES: First-degree burglary; and assault and battery

NAME: Richard Olen Wilson

AGE: 28


CHARGES: First-degree burglary; and assault and battery

NAME: Brooke Marie Cochrane

AGE: 35


CHARGES: First-degree burglary; and assault and battery

DETAILS: Pawhuska police officer Alton Horne responded April 25 to Pawhuska Hospital in reference to an assault. Upon his arrival at the hospital, Officer Horne spoke with a man who said the defendants entered his home in the 900 block of East 14th Street that evening and assaulted his son. Officer Horne spoke with the alleged assault victim, who said there had been an altercation earlier in the day at the skate park. The victim said the defendants entered his family home and assaulted him by hitting him in the face. David Cochrane also reportedly placed a “flashlight taser” to his neck, causing an electric shock and leaving a red mark. When Horne talked to the Cochranes, they reportedly denied they had been to the home where the offenses allegedly occurred; however, when separated from David Cochrane and subjected to additional questioning, Brooke Cochrane reportedly admitted they had been at the house along with Richard Wilson. Each of the defendants has pleaded not guilty, according to court records.

Keep a brick handy, eh?

NAME: Jeremy Dylan Rowe

AGE: 30


CHARGES: Larceny, burglary or theft of a controlled dangerous substance; second-degree burglary; domestic abuse — assault and battery; malicious injury to property — under $1,000; and disrupting/preventing/interrupting an emergency telephone call

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Don Laxson on March 31 responded to a 911 hangup call from 543 McCorkle Ave. in Burbank. As Laxson was en route to the call location, a dispatcher told him there had been a father/son domestic disturbance. Michael Rowe reportedly told Laxson that his son, Jeremy, admitted to having broken a window of the master bedroom of Michael’s home in Burbank to “get a light.” This reportedly happened while Michael Rowe was away from home on a shopping errand. Michael Rowe told Laxson he believed his son had also stolen some prescription medication during the break-in. When Michael Rowe attempted to make a 911 call about the incident, Jeremy Rowe reportedly took Michael’s cell phone, took his father to the floor and got on top of him. Michael Rowe told Deputy Laxson he got Jeremy off of him by hitting him in the head with a brick. During a May 14 hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Jeremy Rowe.

Meth baggies in the rectum?

NAME: Brandon Michael Rine

AGE: 31

RESIDENCE: None listed

CHARGES: Bringing contraband into jail; unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute; possession of a controlled dangerous substance; and transporting an open container of alcoholic beverage

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Grant West on May 4 at about 10:29 p.m. was on patrol in the city of Tulsa area of Osage County when he conducted a traffic stop on a white sedan with a broken tail light. Brandon Rine, a male passenger in the car, reportedly was in possession of an open container of alcoholic beverage, which was tucked between his legs. While Rine was being arrested on the open-container count, two baggies of crystal methamphetamine reportedly fell out of his pants. Deputy West also reportedly found a baggie of marijuana in a cigarette pack in Rine’s possession. Later, during a search at the Osage County jail, four additional baggies of meth reportedly fell from Rine’s rectum. In an Osage County District Court hearing May 6, the court entered a not guilty plea for Rine.

Carry a big stick, huh?

NAME: Monte Ray Robedeaux Jr.

AGE: 62


CHARGE: Domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon

DETAILS: Officer Cory Smith of the Skiatook police on May 5 at about 8:52 p.m. was dispatched to West Nelson Drive in reference to an assault report. Upon arrival at the call location, Officer Smith met with the alleged victim, a 46-year-old man who said his girlfriend’s father, Monte Ray Robedeaux Jr., had assaulted him. Officer Smith noted in a case affidavit that the victim and his girlfriend have two minor children who are the defendant’s grandchildren. The victim and his girlfriend also had previously lived in the same residence with the defendant, according to Officer Smith’s affidavit. The victim told the officer that he had been at Robedeaux’s residence to pick up a piece of property that had been left behind there. The victim also told the officer that Robedeaux had used a wooden stick (about four and a half feet in length and an inch and a half in diameter) to hit him several times. In an Osage County District Court hearing on May 6, the court entered a not guilty plea for the defendant.

Woman found in ditch

NAME: Michael Steven Avey

AGE: 34


CHARGES: Domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and public intoxication and disturbing the peace

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Martin Meek, at about 12:09 a.m. on May 7, was dispatched to the 200 block of Cedar Lane, Prue, in reference to a domestic disturbance. The reporting party said he found a woman in a ditch near his home. The reporting party said a man named Michael Avey had approached him, looking for the woman. The reporting party told Deputy Meek that he told Avey that he had called the sheriff’s office. Avey reportedly became belligerent and left. When Deputy Meek arrived at the call location, he found a woman sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck with an obvious injury to the right side of her head near her eyebrow. The deputy said in a case affidavit that he communicated with the woman in writing because she was legally deaf. The victim informed the deputy that Avey struck her twice during an argument. Avey reportedly approached the call location on foot while Deputy Meek was interviewing the woman. Avey reportedly claimed he had been assaulted during an argument with his fiancee. Avey reportedly said the woman hit him one time on the left side of his head with a pool stick. He reportedly denied hitting the woman, saying that her injury was caused by a fall. During an Osage County District Court hearing May 7, the court entered a not guilty plea for Avey.