The Marshall County grand jury recently returned a number of indictments including:

• Dustin Z. Mercer, 29, of Calvert City, was indicted for assault first degree, a Class B felony. The indictment alleges that on December 21, 2017, Mercer intentionally caused serious physical injury to a child under the age of twelve by means of a dangerous instrument.

• Curtis R. Curry, 28, of Hardin, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, first degree, third offense (methamphetamine) a Class D felony. The indictment alleges that on April 29, Curry possessed methamphetamine having been previously convicted of this offense.

• Michael E. Lopez, 36, of Benton, was indicted for assault, first degree - domestic violence, a Class B felony. The indictment alleges that on August 9, Lopez stabbed a man with a large pocketknife.

• Ryan Curry, 35, of Murray, was indicted for trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (greater than or equal to two (2) grams of methamphetamine), a Class C felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, giving officer false identifying information, a Class B misdemeanor, operating on suspended/revoked operator's license, a Class B misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. The indictment alleges that on August 5, Curry had intent to sell and/or distribute more than two grams of methamphetamine while in possession of drug paraphernalia including used needles, spoons and plastic containers. According to the indictment, Curry gave a false name when asked to provide his identity, was in physical control of a motor vehicle while his license was suspended and unlawfully possessed marijuana.

• Tamara Carol Russell, 46, of Murray, was indicted on trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine), a Class C felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. The indictment alleges that on August 5, Russell possessed methamphetamine with the intent to sell and/or distribute. According to the indictment, Russell also was in possession of drug paraphernalia including two needles, spoons and plastic containers.

• Erin K. Smith, 36, of Benton, was indicted for assault, first degree - domestic violence, a Class B felony. The indictment alleges that on July 27, Smith shot a man in the leg with who she was in a domestic relationship.

• Jarred A. Travis, 32, of Calvert City, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine), a Class D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first offense, a Class A misdemeanor, assault fourth degree minor injury, a Class A misdemeanor and operating on suspended/revoked operator's license, a Class B misdemeanor. The indictment alleges that on June 30, Travis unlawfully possessed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia including a clear glass pipe with white residue. According to the indictment, Travis took a woman's vehicle without her permission, intentionally caused physical injury to her and was in physical control of a motor vehicle while his operator's license was suspended.

• Christina Byrn, 35, of Paducah, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine), a Class D felony, possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (drug unspecified), a Class D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, illegal possession of legend drug, a Class B misdemeanor and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. The indictment alleges that on November 8, 2018, Byrn was unlawfully in possession of methamphetamine, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine pills. According to the indictment, Byrn also possessed drug paraphernalia including syringes and a cotton filter containing suspected methamphetamine, atorvastatin calcium tablets and marijuana.

• Reginald L. Morton, 24, of Paducah, was indicted for sexual abuse, first degree, victim less than 12 years of age, a Class C felony. The indictment alleges that on July 22, 2018 Morton engaged in masturbation in the presence of a person less than 12 years old in a public place.

• Angel F. White, 43, of Benton, was indicted on trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine), a Class C felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance, third degree (drug unspecified), a Class A misdemeanor, possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor and harboring a vicious animal, a Class B misdemeanor. The indictment alleges that on July 27, White unlawfully possessed with the intent to sell and/or distribute methamphetamine. According to the indictment, White possessed drug paraphernalia including a baggie containing marijuana, a baggie containing methamphetamine, corner baggies, a Ziploc baggie containing a pill, suboxone, marijuana and a vicious dog.

• Ricky J. Tharp, 40, of Gilbertsville, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine), a Class D felony, promoting contraband, first degree, a Class D felony, attempted tampering with physical evidence, a Class A misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor, two counts possession of a controlled substance, second degree (drug unspecified), a Class A misdemeanor, two counts controlled substance prescription not in original container, first offense, a Class B misdemeanor, no/expired registration plates, a Class B misdemeanor, operating on suspended/revoked operator's license, a Class B misdemeanor, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs with .08 aggravator, first offense, a Class B misdemeanor, illegal possession of legend drug, a Class B misdemeanor and failure to wear seat belts, a violation. The indictment alleges that on August 2, Tharp possessed methamphetamine, introduced methamphetamine to the Marshall County Detention Center, and attempted to conceal or destroy evidence that would be used against him in a legal proceeding. According to the indictment, Tharp possessed drug paraphernalia including a baggie containing a crystal-like substance and pill bottles containing controlled substances, failed to register and/or transfer the motor vehicle he was in possession of, possessed Buprenorphine/Naloxon pills, possessed a controlled substance not in its original container, failed to provide a current registration plate, operated a motor vehicle while his license was suspended, physically operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, unlawfully possessed Prednisone and Doxycycline and failed to wear a seat belt while operating a motor vehicle.

• Dustin James Larue, 34, of Gilbertsville, was indicted for promoting contraband, first degree, a Class D felony. According to the indictment, on April 26, Larue introduced Gabapentin 600 mg, a Schedule V controlled substance, into the Marshall County Detention Center.

• Daniel Kai Alexander, 29, of Calvert City, was indicted for tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony and failure of person/hospital/institution to report death of a body, a Class B misdemeanor. The indictment alleges that on June 29, Alexander removed and/or altered physical evidence by bathing his dog believed to be involved in an attack that led to the death of a man whose body was not reported in a reasonable time to the proper authorities.

• Jack Van Fell, 25, of Benton, was indicted for criminal mischief, first degree, a Class D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor and alcohol intoxication in a public place, first/second offense, a violation. The indictment alleges on July 17, Fell caused in excess of $1,000 worth of damages to the buildings of State Farm Insurance and the Courier Tribune. According to the indictment Fell was in possession of drug paraphernalia including a glass smoking pipe with residue and a red container containing residue and being in a public place while under the influence of alcohol.

• Ryan D. Combs, 20, of Benton, was indicted for criminal mischief, first degree, a Class D felony and alcohol intoxication in a public place, first/second offense, a violation. The indictment alleges that on July 17, Combs caused in excess of $1,000 worth of damages to the buildings of State Farm Insurance and the Courier Tribune, and was under the influence of alcohol in a public place.

• Jose Jacinto Posadas-Hurtado, 21, of Paducah, was indicted for strangulation, first degree, a Class C felony and assault, fourth degree, domestic violence minor injury, a Class A misdemeanor. The indictment alleges on August 12, Posadas-Hurtado intentionally impeded the normal breathing of a woman by applying pressure to her throat and/or neck and intentionally caused physical injury to her by punching her in the head and pulling her hair.

• Cameron White, 29, of Benton, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (heroin), a Class D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor and endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. The indictment alleges on July 6, White unlawfully possessed heroin and drug paraphernalia including used syringes, plastic bags, cotton swabs and spoons containing drug residue. According to the indictment, White also failed to exercise reasonable diligence by having drugs and drug paraphernalia within the reach of a minor.

• Morgan Vaughn, 26, of Benton, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (heroin), a Class D felony, possession of a controlled substance, third degree (drug unspecified), a Class A misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor and endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. The indictment alleges on July 6, Vaughn unlawfully possessed heroin, Klonopin, a Schedule IV controlled substance and drug paraphernalia including used syringes, plastic bags, cotton swabs and spoons containing drug residue. According to the indictment, White also failed to exercise reasonable diligence by having drugs and drug paraphernalia within the reach of a minor.

• Alex Ray Burton, 36, of Calvert City, was indicted for wanton endangerment, first degree, a Class D felony, possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (cocaine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone), a Class D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. The indictment alleges on April 25, Burton fired a rifle into the ground near a man, possessed residue containing cocaine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, drug paraphernalia including a pill fob, marijuana, a small pouch containing white powder and short straw with residue.