Two Houston County teens indicted in burglary, killing goat

bpurser@macon.comDecember 5, 2012 

PERRY -- A Houston County grand jury has indicted two teenagers on charges of burglary and aggravated cruelty to animals for killing a goat.

Tanner Ritnour, 17, of Bonaire, and William Dakota Dixon, 18, of Perry are accused of unlawfully entering a Mossy Creek Middle School building with intent to commit a theft and taking a goat raised by middle school student for a farm-related project, according to the indictment returned Tuesday by the grand jury.

Ritnour and Dixon “did knowingly and maliciously” cause the death of the pet goat by running over it with a motor vehicle during the Aug. 14 incident, the indictment stated.

Also indicted was Andre Marcel Allen, 26, of Warner Robins on charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a crime.

He’s accused of shooting another man in the arm during a Nov. 5 armed robbery in Warner Robins, the indictment stated.

Donald Glen Gauther, 31, of Bonaire and Benjamin Slater Jr., 25, of Warner Robins, were each indicted on charges of burglary of a Peachtree Blvd. home in Bonaire Oct. 16. Salter was also indicted on a charge of conspiracy to commit burglary.

Gauther was also indicted on a charge of cruelty to animals for poisoning a brown labrador retriever and causing “unjustifiable physical pain to a living animal,” the indictment stated. The dog, which was rushed to a veterinarian, recovered after two days of intensive care, said Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. Slate Simons.

Youncy Laprell Toliver, 31, of Warner Robins, was indicted on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of firearm during a crime. He’s accused of shooting another man in the groin Sept. 16 in Warner Robins, the indictment stated.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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