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Boat operator indicted in collision case
Botetourt County man was killed when thrown from bass boat during fishing tourney at SML

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER AND KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writers

A Moneta man who was operating a boat on Smith Mountain Lake that collided with another boat, killing a Botetourt County man last month, has been indicted on two misdemeanor charges in connection with the collision.

Gary Lane Nichols Jr., 42, is charged with reckless operation of a motor boat and exceeding a safe speed while operating a watercraft.

The crash occurred near Bernard's Landing around 9 p.m. on May 2, according to Sgt. Karl Martin with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Both boats were participating in the 56th annual Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournament.

The bass boat being operated by Nichols struck the right side of another bass boat being operated by Teddy Wolford, 61, of Botetourt County, Martin said.

Timothy O'Quinn, 37, of Botetourt County was killed when he was thrown from Wolford's boat, Martin said. His body was found about 11 a.m. the next day in approximately 90 feet of water. He was not wearing a life jacket.

The Nichols' boat flipped on impact and threw Nichols and his wife, Crystal, 37, into the cold water, Martin said. Wolford's 14-year-old grandson rescued the couple and pulled them into his grandfather's boat.

"That young man's quick thinking probably saved their lives," Martin said last month. "With the water temperature around 60 degrees, the couple would have succumbed to hypothermia rather quickly."

The couple escaped without serious injury, Martin said. Wolford was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. His grandson also escaped injury.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

Other indictments returned by the grand jury:

•April Lynn Camp, possess Dihydrocodeinone and Acetaminophen, Dec., 17, 2013.

•Robert Anthony Chittum, five counts of take, steal and carry away goods and chattels with each count having a value in excess of $200, Oct. 24, 2013 through Feb. 11, 2014.

•Elizabeth J. Collins, while being responsible for the care of an incapacitated adult, did abuse or neglect such incapacitated adult, between May 11 and May 17.

•Matthew Converse, break and enter a dwelling house with the intent to commit larceny, between Oct. 1 and Nov. 8, 2012; and take, steal and carry away goods and chattels in excess of $200, between Oct. 1 and Nov. 8, 2012.

•Jonathan Ryan Crewey, possess heroin, April 16; and possess or distribute controlled paraphernalia, April 16.

•Jerry Wayne Davis Jr. refuse to permit a sample of blood or breath to be taken to determine the content of alcohol or drug or both, March 8; and operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other self-administered intoxicants having been convicted previously on two or more occasions within the last 10 years, March 8.

•Ricky Franklin Dillon, possess Methamphetamine, April 26; and possess two or more different precursors with the intent to manufacture Methamphetamine, April 26.

•Ellen Mae Divers, two counts of draw, utter or deliver a check having a value of $200 or more, knowing at the time there were insufficient funds in the account to pay, March 12 and March 14.

•Monica Lynn Doss, conspire to manufacture methamphetamine, its salts, isomers or salts of its isomers, March 31.

•Angela Joan Hood Dudley, failure to appear in Franklin County Circuit Court while being charged with a felony offense, May 5.

•Jeffery Carl Ireson, by willful act, omission or neglect, cause or permit serious injury to the life or health of a child under the age of 18, April 21; two counts of willfully and negligently cause or permit the life of a child to be endangered or the health of such children to be injured, while having custody of the child, April 21; and as a parent, guardian responsible for a child under the age of 18, did commit a willful act or omission in the care of such child as was so gross, wanton and culpable as to show a reckless disregard for human life, April 21.

•Arthur Leroy Jacobs Jr., manufacture methamphetamine, its salts, isomers or salts of its isomers, March 31.

•Amy Michelle Johnson, possess cocaine, Dec. 16, 2013; without just cause, knowingly obstruct a law enforcement officer in the performance of duties as such, or fail to cease obstruction without just cause when requested to do so, Dec. 16, 2013; and possess Dihydrocodeinone and Acetaminophen, Dec. 16, 2013.

•Frederick D. Mack, take, steal and carry away goods and chattels having a value in excess of $200, May 1.

•Mark Anthony Meador, with the intent of converting goods or merchandise to his use, willfully conceal goods or merchandise of a convenience store, March 7.

•Norman Reid Oliver, operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other self-administered intoxicants, Oct. 16, 2013.

•Carroll Boyd Owen, use profane, threatening or indecent language over the telephone, public airways or by other methods, April 14 to April 30, 2014.

•Joshua David Perdue, operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other self-administered intoxicants having been convicted previously on two or more occasions within the last 10 years, April 13.

•Marcus Anthony Pulliam, possess a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, Feb. 15.

 
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