The Pryor Times

December 22, 2013

Court Notes: Roach, Grant, Drake, Estes


PRYOR, OK — Dakota Roach, Pryor, appeared in court Friday with three wildlife charges, hunting with the aid of a motorized conveyance, head-lighting and transporting a loaded firearm. Judge Shawn Taylor, who presided over Mayes County District Court Arraignments entered a plea of not guilty on Roach's behalf and continued the case to the Feb.21 jury sounding docket. Assistant District Attorney Marny Hill informed the court that the state would only be recommending a $250 fine plus court costs for each count. Taylor said he would not accept a plea saying the charges were serious in nature. He continued the case to allow the defendant time to obtain an attorney.

Synda Grant appeared in court to surrender herself on an outstanding warrant for her arrest. Grant, Pryor, had a warrant issued for her arrest after she failed to appear for a preliminary hearing sounding docket Nov. 21. The original charge was a felony count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. Grant was remanded by a deputy on duty in the court room and taken into custody of the Mayes County Jail. Bond was set at $1,500. Grant’s criminal record in Mayes County included counts of obtaining merchandise by bogus check, driving under the influence of alcohol, money judgment and several traffic infractions.

Robert Drake, Pryor, appeared via video conference from the Mayes County Jail for his arraignment. Drake appeared in court for failure to pay his fines and costs as ordered in his 2012 felony case of harboring a fugitive from justice and obstructing an officer. Drake appeared disheveled. His shoulder and chest were exposed as his t-shirt was ripped down to his waist and one arm appeared to be caught in the clothing.

When asked why he had failed to make his payments he indicated it was because he was homeless. This case was continued to Dec. 30. Bond was set at $25,000.

“I only get $900 a month, I don't know how I'll bond out,” Drake told the court.

Taylor said the defendant was also there on a new misdemeanor charge, obtaining merchandise by bogus check. The bogus check, Taylor said, was written to Dollar General. The misdemeanor case was continued to Feb. 21 and bond was set at $1,000. As a result Drake also had a motion to revoke a suspended sentence. Hearing for that motion was also set on Dec. 30. Bond on the motion was set at $2,000. Drake has multiple prior charges in Mayes County including assault with a dangerous weapon, driving under the influence and multiple counts of obtaining merchandise by bogus check.

Cody Estes, Pryor, was among those appearing on Monday’s docket. Estes was arrested by Pryor Police Department and charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession of paraphernalia. Taylor continued the case to Feb. 21. Hill said in this particular case  Estes, who is currently in drug court, passed out in his vehicle at an intersection in Pryor and was spotted by a police officer. Bond on this case was set at $10,000. Estes has a criminal record in Mayes County that includes possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school or in presence of a minor, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, public intoxication and traffic infractions.