Grand jury indictments – Man charged with attack on former roommate


A former Marysville resident is in Tri-County Regional Jail, charged with attacking a former roommate.
The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Cody Lane Ramey, 29, of Bellefontaine, charging him with one count each of burglary, assault, aggravated menacing and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said Ramey and one of the victims had been roommates. He said that about 10 p.m., July 12, police were called to a home on Chestnut Street.
They were told by the resident that Ramey, his former roommate, had threatened him.
About two hours later, they were called to the home again. The resident, an elderly man, said he was home and watching TV in his living when Ramey opened the unlocked front door and came inside.
According to court documents, the victim told police he, “turned to see who was coming inside when he was ‘sucker punched’ in jaw on the left side.”
The man declined medical treatment.
According to court documents, about 12:22 p.m. July 13, Ramey asked another man to drive him to the Chestnut Street home.
“When they arrived, Cody got out of the vehicle, walked up onto the front porch and began to punch the elderly male that lives at this address,” according to court documents.
The driver said he saw the alleged assault and got out of the car to stop it. When he did, “Cody got into the driver’s seat and drove away.”
If convicted, Ramey could face more than 10 years in prison.
Also indicted was:
– Paul Chambwinja, 44, of Columbus. Chambwinja is charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence stemming from an incident March 25 and into the next morning.
According a report, about 11:35 p.m., police were called to a local gas station. The caller said a man appeared drunk and was trying to fight store employees.
When officers arrived, they spoke with the clerk and escorted a man, matching the description and smelling of alcohol, from the store.
When police searched the man’s car they found a thermos with alcohol along with an empty can of beer, and three unopened cans of beer.
Driving under the influence is often cited as a misdemeanor. However, once an individual has a conviction for the offense, future allegations can be charged as felonies. According to court documents, Chambwinja has at least four prior drunk driving convictions. If convicted on the most recent charges, Chambwinja could face as many as 18 months in prison.
– Keith Kelly Jr., 31, of 743 Kenny Lane., Apt. D, Marysville. Kelly is charged with one count each of having weapons under disability and discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premise.
According to court documents, about 6:44 p.m., March 15, police were called to an apartment on Kenny Lane. The caller said they heard a loud pop then a dog yelp before going quiet.
As officers were arriving at the scene, they saw Kelly and a woman walking to a car.
“A deceased pit mix canine was found in the front passenger seat under a blanket,” according to court documents.
Kelly and the woman told investigators Kelly had, “shot an undetermined amount of times and killed the canine.”
Phillips said Kelly told investigators the dog had become vicious so he shot the animal. Phillips said it is difficult to know if the dog had in fact become dangerous, which is why the man was not charged with any animal cruelty related charges.
The gun, listed as a .22 Mossberg AR style rifle, was found under the couch in the home.
Because of a 2008 conviction for crack cocaine, Kelly is prohibited from owning a gun.
If convicted, Kelly could face more than five years in prison.
– Steven S. Perdue, 53, of Huntsville. Perdue is charged with one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, stemming from a Jan 20 incident. If convicted, Perdue could face as many as 12 months in prison.
– Jack Bryon Duckro, II, 29, of Sidney. Duckro is charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs. About 7:06 p.m., March 14, Duckro was driving west on U.S. 33 in Jerome Township. According to court documents, Duckro was pulled over because despite snow, he did not have his headlights on. When troopers searched the vehicle, they allegedly found a plastic container, a plastic baggie and two burnt glass pipes all with methamphetamine residue.
If convicted, Duckro could face as many as 12 months in prison.

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