An Ellis County grand jury has indicted Peggy Motley, 63, of Ennis on a second-degree felony charge of theft over $100,000, under $200,000.
Motley, the former office manager for the Ennis Daily News, turned herself into Ennis police Dec. 2 after being notified of a warrant for her arrest. She was transported to Wayne McCollum Detention Center, booked-in and released on a $10,000 bond.
Ennis police said a CPA audit showed a large amount of money missing throughout a number of years.
Aggravated robbery charge
Wesley Warren Lane, 27, of Mansfield was indicted by the grand jury on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery relating to a Dec. 18 incident in Midlothian.
Midlothian police said a suspect went into the Midlothian CVS Store and Pharmacy at 100 E. Main St., displayed a knife and demanded drugs, but fled the scene before he obtained any items.
A description of the suspect was broadcast after the incident, with Midlothian police taking Lane into custody about 200 yards from the offense location, according to the reports.
State jail felony
Jo Dell Woolverton, 30, of Mabank was indicted on a state jail felony charge of abandoning a child relating to a June 26 incident.
According to an affidavit, Woolverton left her 2- and 3-year-old children unsupervised at her Ennis apartment while she went to work. The 2-year-old was found in the parking lot shortly after midnight with Ennis police tracking the child to an apartment where they found the 3-year-old sibling unattended as well, according to the affidavit.
Child Protective Services was contacted, with the children released to a relative at the time of the incident.
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
Jerry Banks, 46, of Ennis was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony, relating to an Aug. 25 incident at an outreach center on North Kaufman Street in Ennis.
One count of the indictment alleges he used a screwdriver, with the other count alleging he used a knife to assault the complainant, with an affidavit indicating there was a dispute between the two men.
In a non-related case, ArtavJamone Donalson, 30, of Waxahachie was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon relating to an Aug. 22 incident in the 100 block of Flowers St. in Waxahachie.
Police arrived at the scene to find a 46-year-old Waxahachie man who said he had been hit repeatedly with a brick by a known acquaintance.
The reports indicate the suspect left the scene prior to the officers’ arrival, with police noting the complainant appeared to have suffered severe head trauma.
The 46-year-old, whose name was not released by police, was transported to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie by private vehicle, according to the reports.
Police obtained an arrest warrant, with Donalson taken into custody Aug. 25.
“There is evidence that the altercation may have been the result of an incident that occurred earlier that day between the 46-year-old victim and the suspect’s daughter,” Waxahachie detective Sgt. Todd Woodruff said in an interview at the time.
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