Lincoln man indicted again for sexual abuse

January 16, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - A Lincoln County man under a July indictment for 65 counts of first-degree rape and 25 counts of first-degree sodomy with a child under the age of 12 was indicted again this week by a grand jury on an additional count of first-degree sexual abuse with another victim.

Marvin W. Phipps, 38, 1450 Cemetery Road, Waynesburg, was arrested June 20 after state police received a sexual abuse complaint from Lincoln County Social Services.

Commonwealth's Attorney Eddie Montgomery said the second victim was discovered through further investigation of the earlier indictment.

Trooper Bill Collins, the grand jury witness, reported in July that Phipps began the deviant relationship with a child in November of 1999.

After his incarceration police reportedly confiscated several items in connection to the crimes, including bed clothing and a pornographic video tape, which the child was allegedly forced to watch during the sexual assaults.


Bond for Phipps was set at $1 million. A trial date of April 26 has been set for Phipp's July indictment, with arraignment for the recent indictment scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 23.

Others indicted are:

* Johnny H. Crowe, 37, 206 Carter School Road, was indicted for first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree assault. He is accused of following his wife, Carla Crowe, from their residence to a neighbor's trailer as she was trying to escape from a domestic dispute.

Crowe reportedly pointed a shotgun at his wife, and Candy Maples, Norma Warner, Danny Maples and Dalton Maples multiple times until police answered the multiple 911 calls advising of a possible hostage situation.

Crowe also is accused of hitting Crowe with his hands and a shotgun before holding her to a "hot stove top, burning her side and back," Trooper Collins said.

A statement included with the indictment said Crowe's actions were premeditated, " ... not a spur-of-the moment act."

Crowe allegedly called his wife at work Aug. 15, claiming to be very sick and needed to be taken to the doctor.

The letter states, "When Carla Crowe got home, Johnny and a friend were sitting in the driveway in the friend's car. Johnny got out of the car and went to the truck which Carla was driving and hit the driver's side window..." breaking it with the shot gun.

Reportedly, Crowe proceeded to enter the vehicle, "cursing and yelling" and told her to drive to another location.

He allegedly threatened to kill her. He made her stop the truck on the way to (the house) several times and tried to make her get out of the truck, according to the indictment. Upon arrival Crowe reportedly forced another man into the truck cab and sat in the bed, holding a shotgun on Carla through the window as she drove to their residence.

After police arrived at the Crowe residence, Crowe was seen fleeing the scene into nearby woods. Sheriff Shelby Lakes said Crowe later surrendered.

A $10,000 cash or property bond was set. Arraignment is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 13.

* Christina N. Phillips, 28, 1580 Raymond Todd Road, Crab Orchard; Michael R. Phelps, 39, Brodhead; and Ernest R. Johnson, 50, Somerset, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after Officer Stephen Isaacs followed up on an anonymous tip.

At a residence on Glade Fork Road, Isaacs reported that he found Phillips with "ingredients to manufacture meth."

Isaacs reportedly found Phelps hiding under the floor of the residence with a loaded 22-caliber rifle. No shots were fired during his arrest.

Each is being held on a $10,000 bond payable at 10 percent. Trooper Clyde Bertram also was a witness. Arraignment has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan 23.

* Danny L. Maples, 44, 130 Carter School Road, was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence, reckless driving, no insurance and failure to give turn signal. According to Deputy Sheriff Ron Luster, Maples was seen driving erratically. When stopped he appeared "very nervous" and "upon reaching into the glove compartment, a set of scales fell on the floor." Maples was also reportedly seen with a plastic bag in his hand. Bond was set at $5,000.

* Darrell W. Caldwell, 33, 1010 Flatwoods School Road, Crab Orchard, was indicted on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and receiving stolen property. Caldwell allegedly was found with the contents of a meth lab inside the trunk of his vehicle. He also was reportedly found with a 12-gauge shotgun that apparently had been stolen. Trooper Collins was the witness.

* David L. Adams, 26, 1260 Flatwoods School Road, Crab Orchard, was indicted on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine after a vehicle at his residence was allegedly found with meth ingredients. Bond was set at $10,000. Trooper Collins was the witness.

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