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Two indicted for alleged benefits fraud

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — A Clayton County grand jury indicted two people for allegedly falsely claiming jobless benefits.

Byron Austin Weedon Jr., 35, was indicted for Violation of Georgia Employment Security Law. Police said he collected more than $4,000 in unemployment benefits while working at Hilton Garden Inn from May 22, 2010, until April 4, 2011.

Delores Ann Thomas, 55, was indicted for accepting benefits from Nov. 7, 2009, until May 22, 2010. Police said she made false reports that she was unemployed in order to get benefits.

In other indictments:

• Larry Gene Gladden Jr., 43, is being held in the Clayton County Jail on $25,000 bond for robbery. Gladden was indicted for robbery and terroristic threats stemming from an alleged May 24 incident at PNC Bank.

• Daniel Luther Patillo was indicted as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Court records show Patillo was convicted in 1995 in New Jersey of possession of a weapon for the commission of a crime.

Patillo was also indicted for theft by receiving stolen property, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and theft of services for allegedly stealing electricity from Georgia Power Co. Police said he was carrying a stolen firearm when he was arrested March 11, 2011.

• Aaron Jerome Harris was indicted for aggravated assault, battery under the Family Violence Act, two counts of battery, simple battery, third degree child cruelty and two counts of robbery.

Police said he hit two people in the head with a bottle and stole their cellphones. Police allege the incidents happened in front of a child.

• Charles Samuel Green was indicted in the alleged Aug. 16 burglary of McCants Trucking.

• Tommy Earl Thompson Jr. was indicted for criminal damage to property in the second degree, battery under the Family Violence Act and theft by taking. Police said he punched a television set and threw a cooler into the car windshield of the alleged victim. Police said Thompson punched the woman to the ground and took her cellphone.

• Donald Stanley George III was indicted for theft by receiving stolen property, battery under the Family Violence Act, criminal trespass and interference with custody. Police said he had possession of a stolen .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun. Police said he hit a woman in the mouth, threw her cellphone to the floor and left with her child.

• John Wesley Jones was indicted for peeping tom and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Police said he was looking into the windows of an apartment on Mt. Zion Road.

• Kimberly Edith McGriff was indicted for two counts each of aggravated assault and criminal trespass. Police said she hit two people in the head with a statue, damaged a door and a car belonging to a third person.

• Tracey Zane Tanner was indicted for aggravated assault, assault under the Family Violence Act and third degree child cruelty. Police said Tanner used a knife against the mother of his child in front of the child Jan. 20.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.