BY KEN LITTLE
A man who allegedly shot and killed his neighbor last year was indicted Monday by a Greene County Grand Jury on three counts of first-degree murder.
Michael Ray Dykes, 36, of 224 Thornwood Drive, is charged in connection with the fatal shooting. Dykes is among about 50 defendants indicted on criminal charges Monday by the Greene County Grand Jury.
Greene County Criminal Court arraignments for all the defendants indicted Monday are set for May 3.
The body of Orville D. Henry, 62, was discovered the morning of Feb. 10, 2012, in his mobile home at 960 Gass Memorial Road. Dykes was taken into custody the next day.
The first count of first-degree murder states that Dykes "premeditatively and intentionally" killed Henry "by shooting him in the head and chest with a handgun."
The second and third murder counts state that Dykes killed Henry in an attempt "to perpetrate a robbery" and in an attempt "to perpetrate a theft."
Henry operated a home-remodeling business, and a co-worker found the body and called 911.
"Upon arrival, deputies determined that Orville D. Henry had been shot in the head and chest and he was dead," a report by sheriff's Detective Lt. Vincent Tweed said.
A pistol was used in the crime, and Henry's cell phone was stolen, the report said.
During an interview with Dykes after he was taken into custody, he gave an "incriminating statement of facts that the offender would know," the report said.
The report said Dykes told investigators, "I shot him ... I shot him in the head and right here."
A firearm "believed to be the weapon used to kill Orville D. Henry," and Henry's cell phone, were recovered on Feb. 12, 2012, from the Nolichucky River.
The gun and cell phone were found in about 13 feet of water near Kinser Bridge on the Erwin Highway (Tenn. Rt. 107), Sheriff Steve Burns said after Dykes was taken into custody.
Burns said at the time that the motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
Through the theories of action presented in the indictments, it appears prosecutors consider robbery as one of the motives in the shooting death of Henry.
Henry and Dykes knew each other, but only for a short period of time, Burns said.
"The victim had just moved there, and Dykes had just recently started staying at that residence next to [Henry]," he said. "They had just recently been acquainted and not that much at all."
Dykes remains held on bond in the Greene County Detention Center.
The driver of a pickup truck who led Greene County sheriff's deputies on a 21-mile chase into North Carolina on June 18, 2012, was indicted on charges of felony evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.
Gary Lee Ranney Jr., 25, of 103 Kingsley Ave., is also charged with offenses in North Carolina.
On June 18, 2012, an Isuzu pickup truck was allegedly taken by Ranney from the 900 block of Snapps Ferry Road in Greeneville.
Ranney called a woman and told her that he borrowed the truck and picked her up, along with 22-year-old Jason Lee Hensley, according to a report by sheriff's deputies. Meanwhile, the owner reported the stolen truck to Greeneville police.
While on patrol, a deputy saw a truck matching the description of the one stolen in Greeneville.
The deputy activated patrol car lights and siren, but "the driver of the vehicle refused to stop," a report said.
A 21-mile pursuit ensued that ended off Bear Ridge Road in Madison County, N.C.
Ranney and Hensley fled on foot. Ranney was captured, but Hensley was tracked about a mile from where the truck was abandoned before the trail went cold, Madison County authorities said at the time.
Hensley was taken into custody June 19 in Greeneville and charged with theft of property valued over $10,000 in connection with the theft of a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup truck, according to reports.
Hensley pleaded guilty in December in Greene County Criminal Court to evading arrest and theft over $10,000, and was sentenced to three years in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Corrections at 30 percent release eligibility date.
A woman who allegedly injured one person with a scalpel and threatened several others last November at the Greene County Health Department was indicted on four counts of felony aggravated assault, along with evading arrest and obstruction of law enforcement.
Jada M. Short, 30, of 160 Plainview Heights Circle, allegedly injured one nurse and attempted to cut three others, Greeneville Police Department reports said.
Police received a call on Nov.26, 2012, about a person at the health department, 810 W. Church St., "that had scalpels and was attempting to slash several nurses."
On arrival, officers found Short sitting in a car holding two scalpels, a report said. She was ordered to drop them and complied "after a minute or two," the report said.
Short exited the car, and officers attempted to take her into custody.
"[She] drew back a fist at which time she was Tazed," the report said.
Short continued to resist arrest "and had to be forced to the ground and physical force was used as necessary to take the defendant into custody," the report said.
Earlier, a Greeneville officer attempted to take Short into custody by activating the blue lights and sirens on his patrol vehicle, "and the defendant sped off, crossing a grass island in the parking lot," the report said.
Short drove down a dead-end road and was stopped by other officers responding to the scene.
Before officers arrived, four nurses inside the health department "were threatened with the scalpels by the defendant," the report said.
Short attempted to stab several of the nurses "and was blocked by the victim(s)," a report said.
One nurse was cut on the left wrist by Short with a scalpel as she was "attempting to stab the victim," the report said.
Floyd Leon Edwards, 46, of 195 Rheatown Road, was indicted on charges of driving under the influence-fourth offense, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a revoked license-second offense and driving on a revoked license.
Edwards was charged on Oct. 28, 2012, following a property-damage crash on Stone Dam Road, sheriff's deputies said.
Edwards was driving a pickup truck that struck a wooden post and mailbox and did not stop, the report said. Edwards was later involved in another crash on U.S. 11E involving a wooden fence and was charged with DUI, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers said.
Edwards was convicted of DUI in April 2011, March 2009 and January 2009, all in Greene County General Sessions Court, records show.
Jareco Ray Johnson, 36, of 375 Brown Springs Road, Mosheim, was indicted on charges of driving under the influence-sixth offense, driving under the influence and violation of the Motor Vehicle Habitual Offender Act.
Johnson was charged by the Tennessee Highway Patrol with the offenses on Aug. 13, 2012, according to the indictment.
Johnson was found to be a habitual offender in September 2007 in Greene County Criminal Court, an indictment states.
Previous DUI convictions, all in Greene County, were in September 2007, May 2006, January 2005, December 2003 and January 2002, according to records.
Others indicted Monday include:
* Tyler David Bolton, 19, of 904 N. Main St.: simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.
* Brad Lee Campbell, 20, of 80 Greenway Lane, Chuckey: driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license.
* Andrew Ray Carter, 18, of 205 Hammit Road: aggravated burglary.
* Milburn Adam Carter, 29, of 715 Flatwoods Road: criminal impersonation; in a separate indictment, theft of property valued over $1,000 but less than $10,000.
* Wesley Alexander Chrisman, 21, of 210 Quarry Road, Johnson City: forgery.
* Daniel Cooper Jr., 29, of 51 Bradley Ave., driving on a revoked license-fourth offense, driving on a revoked license and theft of property valued at $500 or less.
* Paden Rome Crumley, 21, of 1610 Ottway Road: simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.
* Rachael Paulette Cutshall, 53, of 107 Fry St.: forgery.
* Tara Ryan Gibson, 26, of 76 Bradley Ave.: attempt to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.
* Roger Andrew Haracz, 48, of 802 Camp Creek Road: driving under the influence.
* Amber Dawn Hammonds, 22, of 143 Smith Lane: theft of property valued over $500 but less than $1,000.
* Michelle Renee Hayslip, 41, of 1002 Asheville Hwy.: driving while impaired, driving while impaired-second offense, simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, driving an unregistered vehicle and failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility.
* Claude William Hinkle, 42, of 121 Curtis St.: sale or delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver.
* Arthur Clark Hixson, 58, of 375 Brown Springs Road, Mosheim: driving under the influence.
* Jesse James Hudson, 20, of 315 Falcon's Nest, Afton: evading arrest; in a separate indictment, aggravated burglary and theft of property valued at $500 or less.
* Katherine Renee Jones, 31, of 15747 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy.: forgery (five counts).
* Gilbert Ray Horton, 61, of 3750 Jearoldstown Road, Chuckey: violation of the Motor Vehicle Habitual Offender Act.
* William Jean Luc Jackson, 20, of 495 Pritchard Road: aggravated burglary and theft of property valued at $500 or less.
* John Michael Jordan, 54, of 208 Pinecrest Drive: reckless endangerment (two counts) and vandalism over $500.
* Lee Daniel Lane, 27, of 1020 Sinking Creek Road, Chuckey: forgery.
* Christy Ann Licker, 36, of 165 Hartman Lane: theft of property valued over $500 but less than $1,000.
* Timothy Lloyd Lowery, 26, of 74 Majestic Circle: evading arrest and driving on a suspended license.
* Angela Christine Lundy, 35, of the Indian Hills Apartments: theft of property valued over $1,000 but less than $10,000.
* Brandon Travis Malone, 34, of 596 Duncan Lane: theft of property valued over $1,000 but less than $10,000.
* Jordan Lee Malone, 20, of the Indian Hills Apartments: theft of property valued over $1,000 but less than $10,000.
* Bruce Kevin McEachern, 30, of 200 Dinwiddie Road, Chuckey: unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a handgun while under the influence.
* Brittany Marie McNabb, 23, of 160 Cathy Ave.: obstruction of service of legal process.
* Daniel Lee Morrison, 22, of 110 Morrison Way, Limestone: aggravated burglary and theft of property valued at $500 or less.
* Kristie Dawn Rednour, 28, of 1370 Milburnton Road, Limestone: possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver (two counts) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
* James Xavier Smalls III, 25, of Absecon, N.J.: simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, unlawful possession of a weapon and driving without a valid driver's license.
* Jeremy A. Salomon, 33, of 91 Old Mine Road: evading arrest, driving on a revoked license-second offense and driving on a revoked license.
* Brian Dean Smith, 23, of 116 Housley Ave.: evading arrest.
* Denver Christian Smith, 39, of 115 Heritage Place Drive, Jonesborough: theft of property valued over $1,000 but less than $10,000, domestic assault and vandalism with damages under $500 (two counts).
* Jeffery Lynn Stills, 44, of 126 Culver Drive: aggravated assault.
* Donald Teslow, 40, of 725 Fox Road, Chuckey: driving under the influence, possession of a handgun while under the influence, violation of the implied consent statute, violation of the financial responsibility law, violation of the open container law and violation of the seat belt law.
* Rodney Alonzo Vaught, 36, of 1005 Bear Paw Road: theft of property valued over $1,000 but less than $10,000.
* Kurt Spencer Waites, 23, of 765 N. Water Fork Road: child abuse.
* Timothy Allen West, 33, of the Indian Hills Apartments: theft of property valued over $1,000 but less than $10,000 (two counts).
* A no-true bill was found by the grand jury in the case of Heather N. Doud, 24, who had been charged with aggravated assault.