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Editor’s note: Racine County Eye receives criminal complaints from the Racine County District Attorney’s Office. These people have been charged with a crime in Racine County. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted. 

Racine man faces felony drug charges

Suspicious activity in a parked car Saturday in Racine led to a foot pursuit by police officers and six criminal charges being filed Monday against a 24-year-old Racine man.

Gregory L. Wells III is charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with felony possession with intent to deliver or manufacture marijuana, a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer and four misdemeanor counts of bail jumping.

If convicted of all charges, Wells III faces up to five years in prison and/or fines up to $30,000.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers on patrol in the east alley of 1600 block of Packard Avenue observed three individuals in a parked vehicle. One of the individuals, the defendant, was seen making a number of suspicious movements, which led the officers to investigate.

As an officer neared the vehicle, Wells fled and attempted to elude police by jumping over a wooden fence. During the pursuit, the officer observed the defendant drop a clear plastic bag. The officer was able to take Wells into custody.

The bag contained a substance that later tested positive for marijuana and weighed 9.1 grams. Police also seized a digital scale from inside the vehicle.

Wells will be back in Racine County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. May 23. 

DA: Burlington man had charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana

A 22-year-old Burlington man faces three felony charges and one misdemeanor following his arrest Sunday in the Village of Union Grove.

Samuel N. Nichols is charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with felony counts of possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

If convicted of all charges, Nichols faces up to three years seven months in prison and/or fines up to $10,500.

According to the criminal complaint:

An officer stopped the defendant’s vehicle for a traffic violation, and when he approached, detected an odor of burnt marijuana. The officer also observed a small glass smoking bong on the floorboard. Nichols then handed the officer a bag that contained 2.7 grams of marijuana. During a search of the vehicle, the officer found a small plastic sandwich bag that contained 0.5 grams of cocaine and an orange pill that later was determined to be a Schedule II narcotic.

Also found in the vehicle was a glass smoking pipe and a grinder with small marijuana particles. More marijuana, a vaporizer that smelled of marijuana and a large glass bong were found in the trunk. The defendant admitted to the deputy the items were his.

Nichols is due back in court May 23 for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing.

Woman charged after fight with woman who didn’t bring cocaine

A 20-year-old Racine woman faces a number criminal charges after police responded to a report of a fight Sunday.

Alexus Marie Moralez is charged with two felony counts of bail jumping, six misdemeanor counts of bail jumping, one misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

If convicted of all charges, Moralez faces up to seven years in prision and/or fines up to $21,000.

According to the criminal complaint:
Police responded to a Racine residence and spoke with the defendant, who stated she had been sleeping when she heard a loud bang at her door. When she answered, she claimed she was pushed onto her living room couch and held down by one person while another “jumped her.”

The defendant stated she was struck several times near her head and scratched on her left cheek. The officer observed scratches but noted they had been scabbed over already as if they had occurred previously.

Police spoke with one of the other women involved, and she stated the defendant called the two over so they could use cocaine together.

Moralez reportedly became upset when the two arrived without cocaine. The defendant and one of the women got into a physical altercation. The woman showed the officer a text message dated May 12 that included a photo of the defendant with scratches she said she suffered a day later.

The defendant is due back in court May 23 for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.