Grand Jury Returns 70 Indictments: Two Defendants Indicted for Murder

Monday, May 16, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced that a grand jury meeting in Virginia Beach Circuit Court today returned indictments against 65 individuals charging 120 separate offenses.

 

The grand jury indicted two (2) defendants for murder.  These include: Winston James Blanke, age 52, of the 1800 block Castleton Court, Virginia Beach, for Second Degree Murder; and Kwame Deshane Uzzle, age 20, of the 1500 block Hackensack Road, Virginia Beach, for Second Degree Murder, Armed Burglary, and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony.

 

Investigators for the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services presented indictments against five (5) individuals involving welfare fraud.  These offenses carry up to 20 years in the penitentiary and a fine of $2,500.  Those individuals are:

 

Defendant Name

Last Known Address

Charges

Janel Denise Bannister

4000 block River Breeze Circle

Chesapeake, VA 23321

Knowingly Makes Any False Application for Welfare Assistance (3 counts); Fraudulently Obtaining Welfare Assistance > $200 (3 counts)

Cherrelle Lynne Cartwright

700 block Barrison Way

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Fraudulently Obtaining Welfare Assistance > $200

Kywana Lorettea Jones

1500 block Okeefe Street

Norfolk, VA 23504

Knowingly Makes Any False Application for Welfare Assistance; Fraudulently Obtaining Welfare Assistance > $200

Starshema Nekita Rash

100 block Dillon Drive

Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Fraudulently Obtaining Welfare Assistance > $200 (2 counts); Knowingly Makes Any False Application for Welfare Assistance (4 counts)

Susanne Elise Tomlinson

100 block N. Budding Ave

Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Knowingly Makes Any False Application for Welfare Assistance (2 counts)

Of the individuals indicted, 20% were charged with felony drug offenses.  The grand jury also indicted four (4) individuals for Driving Under the Influence.  Those individuals are:

 

Defendant Name

Last Known Address

Charges

Leroy Artis

1500 block Sangaree Circle

Virginia Beach, VA 23464

DUI – 3rd Conviction within 10 years

Lori Ann Fuehner

4700 block Mandan Road

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

DUI – 2nd Conviction within 5 years, BAC .15 - .20

Alfredo Otivious Torres

600 Kenneth Road

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

DUI – 2nd Conviction within 5 years

Mark Jason Weirich

3700 block Cainhoy Lane

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

DUI – 3rd Conviction within 5 years

Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​ 

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