The prosecuting attorney’s office has agreed with the investigation results from the Independence County Sheriff’s Department and filed charges against seven in Independence County Circuit Court. Six of the seven cases involved illegal drugs.
The one case not involving drugs involve a case of aggravated assault charged against a Newport Road man. Deputies were called Jan. 3 to the 700 block of Camp Tahkodah Road in reference to Terry Max Long, 58, threatening Tammy Long with a gun.
Upon arrival police met with Terry Long who permitted a search of his vehicle where two firearms were located, both were loaded and in easy access.
Police say court orders show Terry Long was under an active “No Contact” order issued in October for a 6-month period and an active “Order of Protection.”
The court documents say when Tammy Long arrived at the residence from picking up juveniles from school, Terry Long pulled into the driveway and began arguing with her. Terry Long then took possession of the handgun and began waving it in her direction.
Terry Long left the scene after a daughter intervened, stood in front of Tammy Long for protection, and urged him to leave, according to court info. Terry Long is now charged with felony aggravated assault on a family member which is punishable by imprisonment up to six years and a fine of up to $10,000, or a combination of both. Terry Long is in jail on a $5,000 bond.
The other six cases filed in circuit court involve violations of illegal drug laws. Four men and two women are charged. All six cases involve possession of methamphetamine and/or possession with intent to sell.
The six charged and their bonds are:
Walter Graves Renfro, 38, $100,000 bond with fleeing from authorities as part of the charges
Jonathan David Lewis, 36, under a $50,000 bond with fleeing involved
Aaron Kelley, 36, $20,000 bond
Jessica L. Eaton, 33, $7,500 bond
Jennifer Lee Melton, 38, $5,000 bond
Marcus S. Boyster, $2,500 bond
Renfro, Lewis, Kelly and Boyster are repeat offenders and are being charged under the habitual offender law.
All seven offenders are in jail awaiting their first appearance in circuit court.
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