Crime Scene

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

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Shell casing from my friend

NAME: Michael Douglas Terry

AGE: 49


CHARGES: Possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, and altering a license plate/decal

NAME: Lindsey Marie Collins

AGE: 29


CHARGE: Possession of firearms after conviction or during probation

DETAILS: Deputy Johnny Porter performed a traffic stop on a light blue Chevrolet pickup shortly after 1 a.m. Sept. 27, after observing that it had no working brake lights. The traffic stop occurred just south of State Highway 20, on County Road 1405. Porter observed the driver and passenger in the truck to be “reaching around the vehicle in a frantic manner.” The deputy conducted a records check on the driver and the passenger. The check showed confirmed warrants for the female passenger, and revealed that the tag on the truck was not the correct tag. The tag actually issued for the truck expired in August 2017, the deputy learned. Porter sent for a wrecker to take the pickup, and he began the process of arresting the female passenger on outstanding warrants. While doing a pat-down search of her, the deputy found a spent .45 caliber shell casing in a pocket of the woman’s clothing. Porter asked her where the shell casing came from, and she reportedly said, “From a friend.” When doing a routine inventory search of the pickup, the deputy found a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun in the bed. The deputy found the gun concealed next to a tool box. The deputy asked both Terry and his passenger, identified as Lindsey Collins, if the gun belonged to them. Each denied ownership of the gun. Deputy Porter determined that both Terry and Collins were convicted felons. The deputy dry-fired the handgun and found it to be functional. In a hearing Sept. 27, the district court entered a not guilty plea for Terry and ordered $10,000 bail. The court entered a not guilty plea for Collins and set her bail at $5,000.

Here we go again, partner

NAME: Cody Joseph Porter

AGE: 33


CHARGE: Knowingly concealing stolen property

NAME: Michael Joseph Demaro

AGE: 43


CHARGE: Knowingly concealing stolen property

DETAILS: This case concerns property believed by investigators to have been stolen by Porter and Demaro in the course of numerous offenses alleged to have occurred in more than two Oklahoma counties. Each of these defendants has now been charged in five felony cases in Osage County District Court since July 10. Some of the charges brought against the defendants have been for allegedly concealing stolen property, while other charges have concerned alleged theft of animals.

Someone’s keeping track, all right

NAME: Lee Charles Smith

AGE: 31


CHARGE: Grand larceny

DETAILS: An investigation of numerous oilfield thefts led authorities to determine that Smith and another party had been involved in the theft of an engine from a well site. The engine was valued at more than $1,000. It was recovered.

Seat belt started it

NAME: James Douglas Overbey

AGE: 55

RESIDENCE: Sand Springs

CHARGE: Unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia

NAME: James A. Simons

AGE: 29

RESIDENCE: Sand Springs

CHARGE: Unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia

DETAILS: Deputy Brett Barnett, shortly after 1:46 a.m. on Sept. 29, performed a traffic stop on a vehicle in which the driver was not wearing his safety belt. The vehicle also had crossed the center line of a road, almost running into the road shoulder on the opposite side, Barnett said. Barnett subsequently found substances believed to be marijuana and methamphetamine on the person of one occupant of the vehicle. The deputy also found several baggies of a substance believed to be methamphetamine inside the vehicle. The court entered not guilty pleas for the defendants in the felony case and set their bail at $10,000 each.

Guest now a pest

NAME: Jacqueline L. Binkley

AGE: 28


CHARGE: Unauthorized use of vehicle

DETAILS: Witnesses told Deputy Dessie Lake that the suspect had been a guest for a couple of days at the home of a person who had been given permission to drive a 2002 pickup. The pickup reportedly disappeared on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 16, and witnesses said Binkley had been driving it. The owner of the truck said she had not given permission for Binkley to use it, and wanted to press charges against Binkley. The court entered a not guilty plea for Binkley and set her bond at $10,000.

Not easy letting go of that gun

NAME: Gary Michael Borin

AGE: 45


CHARGE: Possession of firearm after former felony conviction

DETAILS: A Hominy police officer on Sept. 27 observed a white, four-door car headed east on State Highway 20 with a 30-day paper tag that was unreadable due to a cover over the tag. The officer also observed the vehicle moving across lines on the pavement marking its lane. The officer turned on his emergency lights and performed a traffic stop. During the course of events following the traffic stop, the officer learned that Borin, who was a passenger in the the vehicle, was a felon. The officer also observed at one point that Borin appeared to have his right hand on a handgun. The officer ordered reportedly ordered Borin to show his hands, and the officer drew his sidearm. “The defendant did not comply and looked your affiant in the eyes (and) did not look away as your affiant kept ordering him to show his hands,” the officer said in his affidavit concerning the traffic stop and related events. “The defendant began making motions toward his feet. The defendant began to comply and your affiant removed the gun from his waist and tossed the handgun in the ditch and removed the defendant from the vehicle.” The officer reportedly found a loaded magazine in one of the defendant’s socks, and also eventually recovered the gun from the ditch and unloaded it. The court entered a not guilty plea for Borin and set his bail at $15,000.

Not going easily

NAME: Charles Anthony Gilliland

AGE: 32


CHARGE: Possession of a stolen vehicle

DETAILS: Two Hominy police officers attempted to arrest the defendant early on Oct. 3 in connection with his alleged possession of a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Gilliland “continuously argued” and also physically resisted the officers, according to Officer Matthew Foster. The court entered a not guilty plea for Gilliland and set his bail at $10,000, according to a court record.

Child endangerment

NAME: Michael Earl Ridenour

AGE: 56


CHARGE: Child endangerment by driving under the influence, driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, transporting an open container of beer, driving left of center, and failure to use child restraint system

DETAILS: Sgt. Steven Haley, of the Skiatook police, described a police response on the night of Sept. 28 to a black Ford pickup thought to be driven by an intoxicated driver. Haley said he observed the pickup go left of center, almost hitting a vehicle in the southbound lane of North Lombard. Following this event, Haley and another officer performed a traffic stop on the pickup. The truck pulled into the Walmart parking lot, Haley noted. When the officers approached the pickup on foot, they noticed a small juvenile male, perhaps 2 to 3 years of age, sitting in the front passenger side of the vehicle. The officers noted the child was in a car seat but not secured. The officers took Ridenour into custody on a DUI complaint and reportedly found an open can of beer in the pickup. The court entered a not guilty plea for Ridenour and set his bail at $15,000.


Threw a tool box

NAME: Jesse Arthur Ourada

AGE: 29


CHARGE: Domestic abuse — assault and battery

DETAILS: Skiatook police officers received information about the suspect having been involved in a domestic altercation with his ex-girlfriend. One officer ended up in a foot pursuit that led to Ourada’s arrest. The ex-girlfriend told police that Ourada had thrown a tool box at her during an argument, and that he had grabbed her by one of her arms. According to a court record, Ourada pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in the county jail, all but 30 days of that suspended.

Punched her

NAME: James Garcia Lowe

AGE: 55


CHARGE: Domestic abuse — assault and battery

DETAILS: Police responded to a domestic complaint, according to which Lowe reportedly punched a woman in her left cheek with a closed fist. The complaint also included an allegation that he scratched her right cheek. A court record shows Lowe pleaded guilty and was found guilty.

You’re riding with Jose Cuervo?

NAME: Christopher Travis Freeman

AGE: 38


CHARGES: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, transporting an open bottle or container of liquor, driving while the privilege is suspended, and driving left of center

DETAILS: An officer on patrol in the Skiatook area noticed a green Chevrolet Silverado traveling left of center on the road. The officer also noticed the vehicle to have a modified exhaust and a defective brake light. The officer performed a traffic stop and did a records check on Freeman, which resulted in the officer discovering Freeman reportedly had a suspended license. The officer took Freeman into custody and requested a wrecker to come for the vehicle. The officer also reported finding an open and partially full bottle of Jose Cuervo in the vehicle, as well as two syringes, one of which appeared to contain methamphetamine. The officer reported asking Freeman when he had last used meth, and that the suspect answered it had been a “minute.” A court record indicates Freeman initially pleaded guilty, but then changed his plea to not-guilty. The court set his bail at $1,000.

On his way to court

NAME: Christopher Loy Sheets

AGE: 43


CHARGES: Possession of a controlled dangerous susbstance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to pay all taxes due the state, driving while the privilege is suspended, failure to maintain insurance or security, and reckless driving

DETAILS: A Pawhuska police officer performed a traffic stop on a red Chevy Trailblazer reportedly being driven by Sheets, after the vehicle made a sudden left-hand turn from Main Street into the southbound lane of Kihekah Avenue, which meant the vehicle was going the wrong way on a one-way stretch of road. “Sheets stated that he did not have a driver’s license or insurance,” the officer noted. “Sheets stated that he was on his way to court because his ex-wife was trying to take away his parental rights to his kids.” The officer did a records check and found the license plate of the Trailblazer was expired, insurance was unconfirmed and Sheets’ driver’s license was suspended. The officer called for a wrecker to come and get the Trailblazer and then performed an inventory of the vehicle’s contents, which allegedly resulted in the discovery of controlled dangerous substances and drug paraphernalia. The case is currently set on the misdemeanor docket for Dec. 7, 2018.