Smyth County Grand Jury hears fraud, sexual battery and other cases | Smyth County News & Messenger – Virginia News

Smyth County Grand Jury hears fraud, sexual battery and other cases | Smyth County News & Messenger –  Virginia News

Accused of crimes varying from drug possession to welfare fraud to aggravated sexual battery, nearly two dozen additional individuals were indicted during the March Smyth County Grand Jury session. These individuals were charged during the grand jury’s regular session and not during the special grand jury session, which culminated in the recent drug sting dubbed Operation Scarecrow.

Among those indicted was a 23-year-old Marion woman, charged with fraudulently collecting more than $3,500 in welfare assistance.

Stephanie Woods, of the Thomas Bridge area of Marion, is accused of unlawfully collecting $3,500 in EBT/SNAP benefits and more than $300 in energy assistance in 2014 and 2015.

The grand jury also handed down the following indictments:

Antonio Edward Church, 37, of Chilhowie, was indicted on object sexual penetration and aggravated sexual battery charges.

Dora Annette Shupe, 55, of Ceres, was indicted on a forcible sodomy charge.

Angela Renee Bolen, 38, of Marion, was indicted on credit card theft and credit card fraud charges.

Kyle Chalmer Bowman, 42, of Marion, was indicted on a possession of methamphetamine charge.

Michael Wayne Burkett, of Marion, was indicted on possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and trespassing charges.

Timothy Eric Cline, 33, of Marion, was indicted on manufacturing 28 grams of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child and possession of precursors charges.

Ellen Marie Davidson, 32, of Marion, was…

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