Man Indicted for Threats; 13 Others Indicted

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By Linda Cicoira — A local tattoo artist was indicted Monday in Northampton Circuit Court on two counts of making written death threats to an Eastville area woman last April.
Robert “Buddah” George, 44, of Rogers Drive in Nassawadox, is accused of writing in a message to Teena Odom’s niece, “You may or may not want to warn your aunt. I have been given clearance to euthanize her at will. It would be best for her to disappear. If I see her, I have to do what I’ve been asked and I am not in a good mood.”
Another threat made through the niece stated, “Means when I see her Imma drop her where she stands. That’s twice she has run her mouth about me and other people throwing names around.” The messages were received April 22 and 23.
George told police said he sent the messages “because he was angry.” He said Odom was mad because he wanted to charge for tattoos after doing some for free.
According to the court record, Odom told authorities George was at her house giving tattoos. He “grabbed her by the neck and asked her if she wanted to die. She stated at the time she didn’t think anything of it. She said he grabbed her neck pretty hard but she was able to reply ‘Go ahead then and do it.’ She stated that he then let go of her. … He did not leave any marks on her neck.”
Deputy Chris Feltes, of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, investigated. George was also charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. A trial date has not been set.
In another case, Juliet Beach Black, also known as Julie Beach and Julie Black, 36, of Randolph Avenue in Cape Charles, was indicted on a total of 10 felony charges that occurred in November 2018. The indictments include two counts of stealing property valued at $500 or more that belonged to Ronald Keith Lewis, burglarizing a building belonging to Lewis, intentionally destroying or damaging property belonging to Lewis, using Lewis’ identification to defraud, and four counts involving the use or theft of his credit cards. Investigator Barry Randall, of NCSO, gave information to the grand jury about the case.
In May, Black was indicted on 18 counts of theft, forgery, fraud, and obtaining money by false pretense, in connection with incidents that occurred between July 1 and Dec. 1, 2018, and involved property belonging to Bolton Barron Downing III. Randall also investigated those charges.
Fred Kennedy Kellam Jr., 30, of Occohannock Neck Road in Exmore, was indicted on two counts of endangering the life of a 5-year-old child and a count of a willful act of omission in the care of the child “that was so gross, wanton and culpable as to show a reckless disregard for human life.” The incidents occurred in March. Investigator Tara Leckel, of NCSO, investigated.
Alexandria Colburn Settle, 35, of Exmore, was indicted on three counts of willful acts of omission in the care of children who were 9, 12, and 14 years old on April 5. Settle crashed her PT Cruiser on Cemetery Road with the children in the car. She tested at .18 grams per 210 liters of breath. The legal limit is .08. Court records stated that the youngest child “showed signs of a possible concussion.” Deputy Jacob Foisey, of NCSO, investigated.
Helen Monique Collins, 31, of Myrtle Street in Exmore, was indicted on a count of forging a check belonging to Arthur Harmon on Jan. 25. She is accused of changing her paycheck from $225 to $825 and of taking financial records when she left the employment of A&E Auto and Truck Repair, in Machipongo. Collins had been in charge of payroll at the business. “She admitted to changing the amount to pay her electric bill,” court records stated. Randall investigated.
Charles Alan Lewis, 51, of Pine Meadows in Exmore, was indicted on a count of unauthorized use of a Silver Dodge Durango, valued at $500 or more, belonging to Amy Riggin. The vehicle was allegedly taken April 30 without Riggin’s consent and in her absence. Deputy Montego Johnson, of NCSO, investigated.
Jamel Anthony Norwood, 26, of Mandrian Loop of Virginia Beach, Va., was indicted on a count of possession with the intent to distribute between a half-ounce and five pounds of marijuana. The incident occurred March 26. Sgt. Steve Lewis, of NCSO, investigated. According to the court record, Norwood said, “he knows it looks one way, but he smokes a lot. Not trying to sell.”
Jose Ortiz, also known as Jose Ortiz-Alvarado, 42, of Trailer Circle in Cheriton, was indicted on a count of possessing between $500 and $600 worth of cocaine April 2. Johnson investigated.
John William Reid, 46, of Cheapside Drive in Cape Charles, was indicted on a third or subsequent offense of petty larceny, which is a felony. The charge involves stealing merchandise valued at less than $500 from Food Lion in Cape Charles. Randall investigated.
Christopher Alan Trace, 25, of Reflections Drive in Virginia Beach, was indicted on a count of possession of a firearm by a violent felon on March 30. According to court records, Trace was stopped in Northampton for going 73 mph in a 55 mph zone. Deputy Sidney Adams, of NCSO, noticed a strong odor of marijuana. The vehicle was searched and a loaded handgun was found underneath Trace’s seat.
Christian Ruffin, 34, of Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, N.Y., was indicted on counts of conspiring to commit credit card fraud and obtaining credit cards belonging to Larry Giddens Jr. and Sharon Lee Blackwell without their consent. The incidents occurred April 18 and 19. Officer Greg Rippon, of Exmore Police Department, gave information to the grand jury about the charges.
Amy Gladden Sturgis, 38, of Locust Lawn Drive in Marionville, was indicted for attempting to obtain property, valued at $500 or more. Her car had been towed to Exmore Auto Body and she had a bill for the service. Records state Sturgis took the vehicle from the lot March 22. Chief Angelo DiMartino, of the Exmore Police Department, gave information to the jury.
Skeylin Joseth Sanchez-Lopez, 22, of Fairview Street in Chesapeake, Va., was indicted on a count of possessing cocaine on March 11. Officer Shelly Beasley, of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Police Department, investigated.