The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

December 29, 2013

Court notes 12/29/13

PRYOR, OK — Cydney Baron

Staff Writer

Rose resident Donald Wood appeared in Mayes County District Court for arraignment Thursday. Wood appeared on on a charge that consisted of five separate misdemeanor counts filed the day after Christmas. Wood is charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, transporting an open bottle of liquor, attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a controlled dangerous substance and driving with a suspended/cancelled driver’s license. The controlled dangerous substance Woods allegedly had in his possession was marijuana. The alcohol in question was Tvarski vodka which was allegedly accessible to the defendant and a passenger in the 2011 Ford Utility vehicle that was being driven.

Judge Shawn Taylor, who presided over arraignments, entered a plea of not guilty on the defendant's behalf. The case was continued to Feb. 21 and Wood was ordered to appear on that date with an attorney. Wood has a prior criminal record in Mayes County that includes two counts of possession of marijuana near a school, first degree rape, four counts of public intoxication, domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor and obstructing an officer.

William Mcelroy, Strang, appeared in arraignments Thursday. Mcelroy is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, methamphetamine and marijuana. Having prior felony convictions this offense carries no less than six years and no more than life in prison according to Assistant District Attorney Marny Hill. Mcelroy's case was continued to the preliminary hearing sounding docket Jan. 23 at which time he is ordered to appear with an attorney. Bond on the case was set at $40,000.

Regina Ernst, Salina, appeared with a felony charge of possession of a firearm while on probation. Ernst was informed the charge can carry from two to ten years in prison. Bond on the case was set at 410,000 and bond on the application to acelerate her deferred judgment for violating her probation was also set at 410,000. Her case was set for Jan. 23 at 9:30 a.m. at which time she was ordered to reappear with an attorney. In 2011 in Mayes County Ernst was charged with harboring a fugitive from justice, also a felony.

Locust Grove resident Robert Champlain appeared for arraignment as well. Champlain was arrested and charged with two counts of lewd molestation. He was informed the charges as filed can carry between 25 years and life in prison for each charge. His case was continued to Jan. 23 and bond was set at $50,000. He was ordered to have absolutely no contact with the victims. Champlain has multiple prior felony convictions in Mayes County including  unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled drug and possession of paraphernalia.

Randy Woods closed out the docket as he appeared with misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer. While the charges were filed in June of 1995  a bench warrant was not issued until Dec. 26. Woods entered a plea of not guilty before Taylor and his case was continued to the jury sounding docket Feb. 21 at 9:30. No bond was requested on the arrest, though online court records show the defendant currently owes $110 in court fees.

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