West Indicated In Child Abduction Case

Huntsville, TN (2010-07-19) Eight people were indicted last week by a Scott County Grand Jury, including a Scott County man accused of abducting his own children.

Brandon Mark West, 35, was indicted last week by a Scott County Grand Jury on eight felony counts stemming from his May arrest.  West allegedly forced his estranged girlfriend off the roadway and abducted the couple’s two young children, leading to the issuance of an Amber Alert and an east Tennessee manhunt.

On May 28, 2010, West allegedly forced the mother of his two young children off Sulphur Creek Road in Helenwood, causing the vehicle to strike a tree on the edge of the roadway.  After the impact, West allegedly took the couple’s two small children, identified as Zoe Lee West, age 2, and Reason Blake West, age 1, from the vehicle and fled.  Scott County authorities issued an Amber Alert for the two children, which were found about eight hours later.  Prior to the roadside altercation, the couple, on or about May 25, 2010, had another dispute, during which West allegedly brandished a pair of scissors at his ex-girlfriend and the toddlers.

West was indicted on two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment.

Other persons indicted last week included:

Billy Joe Day, age 28, was indicted of three counts of the rape of a child.  Day is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a minor female of less than thirteen years of age between 2005 and 2009.

Emit Gayle Bowling, 58, of Norma was indicted on four felony counts, including two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon.  On May 6, 2010, Scott County Sheriff’s Department Deputies reportedly went to Bowling’s home after he failed to turn himself in to authorities of drug charges.  When officers arrived, Bowling barricaded himself in his home and refused to surrender.  The standoff ended an hour later, when Bowling shot himself in the face; sustaining a superficial wound.

James Curtis Crabtree, 31, was indicted on theft charges.  On or about April 15, 2010, authorities alleged Crabtree stole a tow trailer and tools from two separate victims.  Crabtree was indicted on theft or more than $500 and theft of less than $500.

Lonnie Quinton Miller, 31, was indicted on charges of theft of up to $500 and vandalism of up to $500.  Miller is accused of breaking into a Niggs Creek home and stealing jewelry.

Christopher Lee Lalonde, 28, was indicted on a single count of the sale of a schedule VI controlled substance.  Authorities allege Lolonde sold more than a ½ ounce of marijuana on April 13, 2010.

Christopher Dean Huckeby, 35, was indicted on a single count of the casual exchange of a schedule II controlled substance.  On or about March 5, 2010, authorities allege Huckeby exchanged Oxycodone pills with another person; and,

Lawrence Vaughn Kline, 36, was indicted on two counts, driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law.  On or about April 1, 2010, Kline allegedly operated a motor vehicle while under the influence and refused to submit to a sobriety test.

An indictment is a written statement charging a party with the commission of a crime or other offense, drawn up by a prosecuting attorney and found and presented by a grand jury.

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