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Michael Shaw, Sayre


Yvonne “Bonnie” Simonds, 54, Athens, faces charges for arson, risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, and criminal mischief for events occurring on Weaver Road in Athens on April 1. Several police officers responded to a call about a fire and possible entrapment at about 8 p.m. Simonds had allegedly told the 911 dispatcher that she had set the fire intentionally because she wanted to end her life. Upon arrival, police entered the house, encountered heat and heavy smoke, and found Simonds face down on a staircase. They removed her from the burning building and took her to the hospital. On April 30, Simonds participated in an interview with police, who report that she corroborated the story she had told police and offered additional details. Simonds faces a May 24 preliminary hearing.

David Shawn Gray, 27, Athens, faces charges related to threatening to kill his girlfriend and her unborn child just after 9:30 p.m. on May 3. Police allege that Gray threatened to stab the woman, who is five months pregnant, in the stomach when she refused to get an abortion. Though he denied threatening to perform the abortion. Gray allegedly told police that he did not want the baby to be born because he could not afford to support a child and was not sure that the baby was his. His preliminary hearing was set for May 10.

Billie Jo Spratt, 33, Athens, faces charges for allegedly stealing prescription medication from an Athens home at which she provides personal care for a senior citizen. The victim and her daughter noticed that up to 20 hydrocodone pills were missing over the past month, so they began counting the pills before Spratt and another caregiver entered and left the house. Before Spratt arrived at the home on May 5, there were seven pills in a container, and, police and the victim allege, there were only three pills left after the visit. Spratt faces a June 10 preliminary hearing. 

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