The Pryor Times

August 17, 2013

Court Notes 8/18/13

Ward, Gable and Gates


— John Ward, Pryor, appeared in Mayes County District Court with one charge, but could leave with more.

Ward appeared in Judge Rebecca Gore's court room with an application to accelerate. The original charges were filed in 2012 and include domestic assault and battery and interfering with an emergency telephone call. Court information states that Ward shoved his ex-girlfriend then took her cell phone and crushed it when she attempted to call 911. In May he was sentenced to one year of probation, anger management courses and couples counseling in addition to the fines and costs. He was also ordered to complete 120 hours of community service in lieu of 30 days in the Mayes County Jail.

On Wednesday, Aug. 14, Ward appeared via video conferencing from the jail. Gore began reading Ward his charges and rights when he became angry. Ward spit on the camera and began cussing at Gore.

As he grew more violent it took multiple deputies to get him under control. His arraignment was cut short and passed until the following day.

Thursday, Gore called for Ward's appearance via video again. A deputy at the jail asked if they could have a few more minutes.

Ward then appeared on the screen rubbing his eyes, his hair and shirt disheveled. Gore continued reading him his rights and told him the case was continued to the preliminary hearing sounding docket Sep. 9 and that he was to appear on that date with an attorney. Bond was set at $5,000. Gore informed the defendant he also had a failure to pay fines and court costs as directed. The amount he owes in total is $2,636 so bond was set at ten times that amount. His failure to appearing was set for Aug. 21.

New charges could be filed for his behavior during his arraignment.

Kevin Gable, Quinton Ok, is charged with malicious injury to property after former felony convictions.  He appeared before Gore in the Mayes County District Court Aug.12 and was told that his charge could carry up to a 10 year sentence in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

“I just found out I have manic depression and bi-polar. I've struggled to do right my whole life,” said Gable.

Without discussion Gore set bond at $10,000 and continued the case to the preliminary hearing sounding docket Sept. 12.

Gable's criminal record includes a felony charge of driving under the influence, second and subsequent, filed in 1988.

Rachel Gates, Pryor, was arraigned by Gore on charges of possession of methamphetamine after former felony conviction, possession of paraphernalia and breaking and entering into a dwelling without permission. Gore informed Gates that possession of methamphetamine can carry anywhere from four years to 20 years in the Department of Corrections.

“Where did I break in to?” Gates asked.

Gore reminded Gates of her right to an attorney, then set her case on the preliminary hearing sounding docket Sept. 12. Bond was set  in the amount of $12,000 for the felony charge and $1,000 on the misdemeanor breaking and entering.

Gates has a prior felony from 2010 in which she is charged with manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia.      

Anthony Lawrence, Twin Oaks, was charged with child endangerment, driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and transporting an open container of alcohol. He appeared before  Gore in the Mayes County District Court for arraignment July 23. Bond was set at $10,000, which he posted and was released the next day. His case was set for preliminary hearing Aug.29.

Lawrence has a prior criminal record in several counties in Oklahoma. In Cherokee County he has a felony charge of endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance/possession of material with intent to manufacture, filed in 2010. Also in 2010 in Muskogee County he was charged with endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance/possession of material with intent to manufacture, child endangerment-permitting abuse and possession of a controlled substance then later misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. In Mayes County, 1999, he has was charged with a misdemeanor count of marijuana. He has a wildlife charge in Mayes County, for possession of wildlife during a closed season and numerous traffic infractions from other counties.