Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Hayden Gibson

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‘Friend’ accused of running off with dad’s truck

NAME: Alicia Ann Byard

AGE: 36


CHARGE: Larceny of an automobile, aircraft or other motor vehicle

DETAILS: Officer Zach West, of the Pawhuska Police Department, was dispatched at about 11:51 a.m. on July 24 to the Million Dollar Inn, in the 800 block of Grandview, to take a stolen vehicle report. Officer West learned that two women, Byard being one of them, reportedly had been staying at the Inn to escape a domestic situation between Byard and her boyfriend. The reporting party told Officer West that she was in the shower about 9:45 a.m. on July 24 when she heard Byard screaming and yelling. The reporting party exited the shower and discovered that Byard was gone, along with a truck that belonged to the reporting party’s father. The reporting party told Officer West that she had received text messages from Byard, calling her “stupid” for contacting the police and telling her what she (Byard) would do with the truck. Officer West reportedly talked with the reporting party’s father, who said that he wanted his truck, a 2001 Nissan Frontier, to be reported stolen. Byard reportedly sent the reporting party a text message, saying she would be going to the reporting party’s home to collect her belongings and would leave the truck there. Officer West attempted to contact Byard, using a cell phone number provided by the reporting party, but no one answered. Officer West said in a case affidavit that the truck had not been returned by the next day to the reporting party or her father. Osage County District Court records show an arrest warrant was issued Aug. 14 for Byard.

Child neglect case

NAME: Cheryl Ann Schram

AGE: 49

RESIDENCE: Barnsdall

CHARGES: Child neglect (four counts)

DETAILS: Officer Gil DuPont responded to a call about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, from the 700 block of Spruce Avenue. Cheryl Schram reportedly complained that her 10-year-old grandson was hurting other children in her home, that he would not mind her, and that he threatened to call the police if she spanked him. Officer DuPont noted he had previous knowledge of Schram from other service calls, and that he had access to logs that gave information about other officers having had contact with Schram. Officer DuPont told Schram that he wanted to speak with her grandson. Schram reportedly let the youth out of her house to speak with the officer. DuPont said in a case affidavit that the boy told him that he had fleas really bad. DuPont observed the boy had marks on his legs and arms consistent with flea or bed bug bites. DuPont observed the child to be calm and regretful about his behavior. DuPont then reportedly knocked at Schram’s door. When the defendant answered, DuPont reportedly smelled a foul odor from within the dwelling and observed masses of clothes and used dishes all over the floor and the furniture in the front room. DuPont could also see portions of a wooden floor that were covered with dirt and grime. DuPont told Schram that he had been able to calm her grandson and the boy was sorry and would not continue his bad behavior. While DuPont was talking with Schram, he observed a child about six years old who opened the door to ask Schram a question, and he observed a very young child in a high chair who was “filthy dirty.” DuPont observed the child who had opened the door was barefoot, was not wearing a shirt and had smudges of dirt and grime on his face and upper body. DuPont further recorded that the outside temperature that day was 97 degrees, the heat index was 103 degrees and the air in Schram’s house seemed only a little cooler than the air outside. The kids were perspiring, the officer noted. In coordination with Barnsdall Police Chief John Ferguson, DuPont requested a search warrant for Schram’s home to look for evidence of child neglect. The warrant was granted. DuPont also requested the presence of a Department of Human Services child welfare specialist during the search. In Schram’s home, police and DHS found three small children. The 10-year-old grandson had reportedly already been picked up by his father. DHS took custody of the small children. Soiled clothing and trash were reportedly found all over the house. The floor was sticky and dirty and, in the kitchen area the searchers found a blue tote filled with “murky, greasy looking water,” on top of which bloated, dead mice were floating. In the bathroom, dishes were found in the tub and the commode was reportedly full of feces and toilet paper. Legal papers were also discovered, giving the defendant guardianship of the three small children. In a hearing Aug. 15 in Osage County District Court, a plea of not guilty was entered.

Trooper found baggies during search

NAME: Annew Timothy Arney

AGE: 54

RESIDENCE: Sand Springs

CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and drugs; possession of a controlled dangerous substance; unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia; driving while the privilege is revoked; and speeding

DETAILS: At about 7:06 p.m. on Aug. 16, state Trooper Romulus Gregory was on patrol, northbound on County Road 1200, also known as 209th West Avenue, about half a mile north of Tina Trail. Gregory noticed a white, Oldsmobile sedan traveling at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. Gregory clocked the Oldsmobile at 62 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone. Trooper Gregory conducted a traffic stop, and noticed as he approached the driver’s side door of the Oldsmobile that the window was down. Gregory noted that he immediately smelled obvious odors of alcoholic beverage and marijuana coming from the cabin of the car. The trooper identified the driver as Annew Timothy Arney and did a records check on him, which reportedly revealed that his driving privilege was revoked. Gregory asked the motorist how much he’d had to drink, and Arney reportedly said he’d consumed one Lime-A-Rita about 40 minutes earlier. Arney reportedly handed Gregory a second, unopened Lime-A-Rita. Gregory asked Arney when he last smoked marijuana and the suspect reportedly said, “Yesterday.” Arney reportedly said he did not have a medical marijuana patient license to possess and consume marijuana. Gregory asked the suspect if he had used any other illegal drugs and Arney reportedly said, “No.” Trooper Gregory conducted a probable cause search of the Oldsmobile and reportedly discovered two baggies containing a crystal-like substance, one baggie containing a crystal-substance residue, a plastic straw commonly used for snorting illegal drugs and a smoking device. Gregory asked the suspect when he last used methamphetamine and Arney reportedly said, “Today.” Trooper Gregory performed field-sobriety testing and arrested Arney. In a hearing Aug. 19 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a “general denial” of the accusations on behalf of Arney.

Accused of stealing fuel containers

NAME: Jacob Tyler Blankinship

AGE: 20


CHARGES: Second-degree burglary; and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia

DETAILS: Osage County Deputy John Ferguson investigated a burglary on Friday, Aug. 16, at 474 Farrell Avenue, Pawhuska. Jacob Blankinship was reportedly caught trying to steal three five-gallon gas cans, and he was detained by John Long. Blankinship reportedly admitted that he was taking the fuel cans because he was low on fuel and money, and he saw the opportunity. In a hearing Aug. 19 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a general denial of the charges on behalf of Blankinship. His next court date is Sept. 20.

Asked for a job and stole a phone?

NAME: Billy Charles Bedsworth

AGE: 40


CHARGES: Second-degree burglary; and knowingly concealing stolen property

DETAILS: Skiatook officer Hank Guilfoyle responded about 1:50 p.m. on July 4 to a stolen telephone report from 53 W. Chestnut Road. The reporting party told Officer Guilfoyle that he had been working the day before at a house on South Haynie, in Skiatook, when Billy Bedsworth had approached him about obtaining a job. Bedsworth left after the conversation. The reporting party said that his girlfriend asked him later that morning where her cell phone was, and they attempted to find the phone but it had apparently been turned off. The couple then activated the lost/stolen feature of the phone. The reporting party said he and his girlfriend received a call July 4 from a man who identified himself as Billy Bedsworth and said the missing phone could be retrieved from Cedars Apartments, No. 12, in Skiatook. The reporting party said the phone was in a plastic bag on the door handle of the apartment. He also told the officer that the phone was missing its case, which was valued at $25. An arrest warrant was issued for Bedsworth on Aug. 19 in Osage County District Court.

Rubbed against the side of woman’s breast

NAME: John Reeves

AGE: 59


CHARGE: Aggravated assault and battery

DETAILS: John Reeves was employed at the Dick Conner Correctional Center, near Hominy, in May 2018, when a female fellow employee reported that Reeves had rubbed against the side of one of her breasts, on top of her clothing. The woman told authorities that she pushed Reeves away and told him not to touch her. When questioned, Reeves reportedly admitted his behavior and said he knew it was not appropriate. Reeves pleaded guilty in a hearing Aug. 22 in Osage County District Court. The court, noting he had no prior felony convictions, placed Reeves on deferred-sentencing status, with sentencing delayed until Aug. 21, 2024. He was placed on unsupervised probation. The case against Reeves was originally filed Jan. 31, 2019, with a charge of sexual battery. That charge was dismissed Aug. 22.

Reportedly tried handing his dope off to the kid

NAME: Donnie Rae Maltby

AGE: 32


CHARGES: Trafficking in illegal drugs; and using a minor to distribute/dispense/or transport a controlled dangerous substance

DETAILS: Avant Officer Robert Lay on Aug. 19 made contact with Donnie Rae Maltby. Lay said in a case affidavit that Osage County Deputy Martin Meek and Officer Jeremy Glasco told him that there were current, active Osage County warrants out for Maltby. Officer Lay said he and Glasco observed Maltby, who was in a parked vehicle. Lay approached the vehicle and told Maltby to exit the vehicle and that he was under arrest. While exiting the vehicle, Maltby reportedly handed a black bag and a vehicle title to a 14-year-old female passenger in the car and told her, “Take this to my mom and they can’t search you. You have not done anything.” Lay said he observed the 14-year-old sliding something long and in the shape of a pipe into the black bag. The teenager was temporarily taken into custody, until she was released to her mother. The black bag was searched. A green-leafy substance, a crystal-like substance, a pipe, a set of scales and $123 were reportedly found in the bag. The green-leafy substance later reportedly tested presumptively positive for marijuana and the crystal-like substance reportedly tested presumptively positive for crystal methamphetamine, Lay said. In a hearing Aug. 23 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Maltby. His next court date is listed as Sept. 20.

Started with a report of driving in circles

NAME: Hayden Anthony Gibson

AGE: 22


CHARGE: Bringing contraband into jail

DETAILS: Pawhuska Officer Doug Castleberry was dispatched regarding a motorist reportedly driving in circles at an intersection. Officer Castleberry made contact with Hayden Anthony Gibson at the intersection of Boundary and 13th Street. The officer did a records check that reportedly revealed Osage County warrants out for Gibson. The officer arrested Gibson and took him to the county jail. Officer Castleberry said in his case affidavit that he was dispatched back to the jail and shown a white, rock-like substance allegedly found in Gibson’s possession. The substance reportedly field-tested positive for methamphetamine. In a hearing Aug. 23 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Gibson. A status conference in his case is scheduled for Sept. 5.