The former Hickory Grove Fire Chief who is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a rural Grand Lake fire department will plead to embezzlement charges this month.

William Ray “Billy” Moore, 41, is charged with stealing $176,263.64 from the Hickory Grove Fire Department.

He appeared in Delaware County District Court on Monday, Jan. 7 for a felony disposition docket hearing.

Moore was ordered to court Jan. 25 where he will enter his guilty plea..

A forensic accounting of the department’s funds showed from Feb. 2, 2017 to Nov. 30, 2017, Moore charged $42,100 on the fire department’s credit card and allegedly purchased furniture, a television, sporting equipment and clothing.

Other cases 

Waylon and Willie Russell

Other cases heard during the hearing were brothers Waylon and Willie Russell. They are scheduled to go to trial on March 4 on first-degree murder – with deliberate intent and drive by shooting in the death of Dinh Van Hoang. 

Van Hoang was the maternal step-grandfather to Waylon Russell’s children. Waylon Russell was the primary shooter and Willie Russell the accomplice in the June 1 shooting, according to an arrest affidavit.

Child Abuse/Sexual Assault

Several child abuse cases were also on the docket, including Bryan Lee Lay, 54, of Grove who is charged with lewd or indecent proposals to a child under 16.

He is accused of offering a teen $100 in a Facebook message to be his “snuggle buddy”, according to a probable cause affidavit.

When confronted by the teen of the inappropriateness of his message, Lay responded that he was “lonesome and drunk” and that knew that his offer was wrong, the affidavit states.

Dakota M. Sperry, 38, of Jay is charged with first-degree rape, enticing a child under the age of 16 into a secluded place, child endangerment – permitting abuse and Tony Downing, 55, of Salina is charged with lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16 and sexual battery.

All three men are scheduled to return to court on Jan. 14.

Austin Michael DeLoach DeLoach, 28 of Beaux Arts, Washington is charged with raping a 16-year-old girl.

The victim told authorities DeLoach strangled and raped her, before taking her back to the party where he dropped her off in the road next to the house, according to the probable cause affidavit.

She also produced cell phone photographs to investigators to back up her story. DeLoach confessed to authorities he knew about the party, picked the girl up, and took her to his family’s home where they “sat and talked for approximately 30 minutes,” before taking her back to the party, according to the affidavit. He is to return to court March 22.

Matthew Alexander, 24, of Claremore, is charged with cause, procure, permit injury to child and or enable child abuse for alleging repeatedly beating a 10-year-old boy for three hours during “military training punishment.”

Brian D. Florer, 42, and Stephanie Florer, 35, both of Jay are charged with child abuse and are accused of failing to provide care for a child. Specifically they withheld food, bedding and clothing, according to court documents.

All three cases were passed to the July 22 felony disposition docket.

Assault, Battery, Manslaughter

Edwin Hardee Turlington, Jr., 50, of Turpin, is charged with assault and battery with dangerous weapon. He is accused of shooting a man he thought was trespassing on his brother’s property. He is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 14.

Robert Dryden Smith, 40, of Jay, is charged with manslaughter in the fatal car accident where Jarrell Gray, 47, of Grove, an Oklahoma Department of Transportation supervisor was killed. Prosecutors allege Smith was looking at his cell phone when he hit Gray.

Jury trials:

Robert Wesley Scott, domestic abuse – prior pattern of physical abuse (after former conviction of felony), Feb. 11.

Matthew Donovan, possess firearms after conviction or during probation (after former conviction of felony) and unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent (after former conviction of felony, Feb. 25.

Darren Douglas Smith, violation of sex offender registration act, April 22.

John Highley, lewd molestation, April 29

Cases to plea:

Michael Kunz, unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute and use of communication device to facilitate drug deal, Jan. 15.

James Cooper, possession of stolen vehicle, possession of controlled dangerous substance – methamphetamine, Jan. 23.

Kerri Wing, enabling child sexual abuse, Jan. 23.

Lori Jean Guthrie, harboring a fugitive from justice, Jan. 23.

Casey Gilmore, child neglect and enabling child neglect, Jan. 23.

Kenneth Barden, driving under the influence of alcohol – a second, Jan. 25.

Shane Bentz, maintain place for keeping, selling controlled substance, unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of sawed-off shotgun/rifle, possession of firearms after conviction or during probation, possession of controlled dangerous substance - methamphetamine, possession of controlled dangerous substance - marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, child neglect, trafficking in illegal drugs, Jan. 25.

Jimmy Rolling, driving under influence alcohol. Jan. 25

Michael Pifer, possess firearms after conviction or during probation, use of vehicle in discharge of weapon, Jan. 25.

Devin Farmer, burglary, kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Feb. 15

Terry Wayne Mouse, driving under influence alcohol aggravated, second and subsequent, Feb. 15.

Trenton Williams, lewd molestation, March 8.

Cases passed to the July 22 felony docket:

Preston Scott Adams, second-degree rape

Christopher Lee Clifton, domestic assault and battery by strangulation

Preston Brandt, domestic abuse, prior pattern of physical abuse (after former conviction of felony)

Rocky Carroll, grand larceny

George Kahrs, possession of controlled dangerous substance – methamphetamine (second and subsequent)

Jordan Pitts, second degree burglary

Preston Adams, Second-degree rape, lewd or indecent proposals to child under 16

Timothy Logsdon, assault and battery with deadly weapon and child neglect

Haylee Kerr, child abuse by injury

Cooper Sinclaire Day, embezzlement

Jace Christian Williams, larceny of a vessel, larceny of a motor

Dalton Woods, lewd or indecent proposals to a child under 16

Bethani Kristyne Patterson, omitting to provide for minor child

Zachary Lyman, child abuse by injury

Chelsea O’Field, child abuse by injury

James Spurlock, driving under the influence of alcohol

Other cases

Henry Douglas Barnes, Jr., child neglect - to return to court Jan. 14.

William Daniel Turner, sexual battery, child sexual abuse - to return to court Feb. 6.

Ava Mouse, unauthorized use of a vehicle – to return to court Feb. 8.

James Moore, unauthorized use of a vehicle – bench warrant issued.

Kevin Gonzalez, burglary and kidnapping – to return to court Jan. 14.

Brooklyn Rogers, burglary and kidnapping – to return to court Jan. 18.

Douglas Grant Miller, knowingly concealing stolen property, case dismissed.

Clinton Cupp, lewd molestation and child sexual abuse, to return to court Jan. 14.

Eric Stampfli, possession of controlled dangerous substance – marijuana, second and subsequent, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, to return to court Jan. 30.

Henry Douglas Barnes Jr., child neglect, driving while suspended, cancelled, revoked, speeding at a rate not reasonable and eluding, attempting to elude police officer, to return to court Jan. 14