A Dayton man was indicted by a Champaign County grand jury on Wednesday for allegedly promoting prostitution locally.
Michael W. Chambers, 38, of 22 Woodcrest Ave., is charged with three counts of promoting prostitution and one count each of possessing criminal tools, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and obstructing official business stemming from conduct that occurred on Aug. 26.
Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell said police responded to a report of a suspicious occupied vehicle at 12:19 a.m. on that date in the area of the 100 block of Wards Lane. Upon arrival, police observed a male who identified himself using a fake name and then took off running.
Police pursued the man and located him hiding in a shed behind a nearby residence. The man was taken into custody inside the shed and again gave officers false identifying information.
Police were able to identify him as Chambers and found him to be in possession of marijuana. Chambers was arrested for possession of drugs and obstructing official business for giving police false information and running from them. He was taken to jail.
While speaking to the resident of the home where Chambers was found hiding in a shed, police found Richard Bowser Jr., 40, of Urbana, and took him into custody for outstanding bench warrants issued from the Champaign County Municipal Court. He was also taken to jail.
A woman from the suspicious vehicle, Corri A. Carter, 26, of 256 E. Nottingham Road, Dayton, was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia and was also taken to jail.
Carter confirmed that Chambers was in the car with her and they had been at the residence where Chambers was caught hiding.
Lingrell said a further police investigation, with assistance from local officers of the Adult Parole Authority, led to additional criminal charges presented to the grand jury against Chambers involving this case.
The grand jury indictment contends that Chambers supervised, managed and controlled the activities of a prostitute in engaging in sexual activity for hire. The indictment further states he transported Carter in order to facilitate her engaging in sexual activity for hire.
Carter was also indicted Wednesday for two counts of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia and one count each of possession of cocaine and possession of heroin.
Chambers and Carter were both listed in custody at the Tri-County Regional Jail, Mechanicsburg, as of Thursday afternoon according to the jail’s website.
Other people indicted on Wednesday include:
•Lindsey R. Thompson, 29, of 563 Maple Tree Lane, Urbana, two counts of failure to appear as required by recognizance.
•James T. Lewis, 30, of 225 Logan St., Lot 38, Urbana, two counts of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia and one count each of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine.
•Geanita A. Smith, 44, of 168 Smith St., West Jefferson, one count each of possession of heroin and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Bobby J. Fraley, 42, of 425 S. Main St., Apt. 2, Urbana, one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, endangering children, falsification and obstructing official business.
•Guy W. Lewis, 30, of 440 W. High St., Springfield, one count each of burglary, theft, criminal damaging or endangering and receiving stolen property.
•Shawn L. Miller, Sr., 43, of 463 Grant St., Marion, two counts of vandalism.
•William F. Johnson, 53, of 4071 S. U.S. Highway 68, Lot 5, Urbana, one count each of breaking and entering, safecracking and petty theft.
•Justin A. Day, 32, of 4634 Strayer Drive, Hilliard, one count each of theft, misuse of credit cards and identity fraud.
•Christina R. Langford, 41, of 11094 Archer St., Rosewood, two counts each of forgery and tampering with records and one count each of attempted petty theft and possessing criminal tools.
•Ashley Q. Rose, 31, of 2551 U.S. Highway 68, Urbana, one count each of grand theft, illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits or WIC program benefits and medicaid fraud.
•Kelsey M. Campbell, 25, of 615 College Way, Urbana, one count each of theft, illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits or WIC program benefits and falsification in a theft offense.
•Marsha Powers, 41, of 121 Julia St., Urbana, one count each of theft, illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits or WIC program benefits and medicaid fraud.
•Lauren E. Storm, 26, of 8473 Urbana Woodstock Pike, Woodstock, two counts of theft and one count of illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits or WIC program benefits.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.
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