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July 23--  The former police chief of the Lyons Police Department has been indicted.

{mosimage}A Toombs County grand jury indicted Ricky Newsome on two counts of distribution of marjuana, one count of theft by conversion and two counts of violating an oath by a public officer.

Newsome was arrested last September for allegedly selling a confiscated car and using the proceeds for his personal use in addition to taking other police department funds. It's also alleged he distributed an estimated ten pounds of confiscated marijuana and violated his oath of office by committing illegal acts.

He joined Lyons police in 1996 and was the police chief at the time of his arrest.  He's currently out of jail on a $100,000 bond.

The grand jury also returned seven other indictments.

Al Lester Miller of Vidalia was indicted for allegedly molesting four boys under the age of 16.

Earlene Jackson faces indictments of financial identity fraud and four counts of defrauding the People's Bank of Lyons on a residential mortgage.

Brandon Salter was indicted on four counts of theft by conversion and one count of residential mortgage fraud.

Jerri Ann Newsome of Vidalia was indicted for theft by taking and on 12 counts of forging checks in the name of Nancy Nelms of Vidalia.

Three people were indicted for burglarizing the home of Randy Rollins in Toombs County.  They are Orlando Brooker, Jaquan Wells and Chad Cummings.  In related indictments, Lorenzo Taylor and Yolanda McKinney were indicted for receiving property stolen from Rollins' home.