Edtior’s note: All information was taken from the criminal complaints provided by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

Woman Charged With Fraud, Identity Theft

A Kenosha woman was charged with prescription fraud and identity theft after using her son’s identity to open credit cards to buy his ADHD medication. Amy E. Edwards-Lebaron, 42, opened a credit card in her son’s name and attempted to make a substantial purchase from Montgomery Ward. Edwards-Lebaron was also filling Adderall prescriptions at a Walgreens in Mt. Pleasant, even after her son stopped taking the medication because of side effect, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office. The boy’s father has sole custody of him. She went on to open a credit card in her son’s name and charged nearly $300 to it. She also made a $771.61 charge at Montgomery Ward, which was denied because of discrepant information she provided. Edwards-Lebaron was charged with two counts of felony personal identity theft for financial gain and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Let’s Bring The Party With Us…

Two people were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after being stopped on 12th Street and their vehicle smelling of marijuana. The officer that conducted the stop searched the vehicle. David V. Ellis-Jones, 26, and Starrtavia A. Taborn, 19, had about six grams individually packaged in six bags, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office. Ellis-Jones gave them to Taborn to hide while they were driving, she told police. They were apparently going to smoke marijuana with her cousin. They are both charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Silver Thefts Paid For Heroin

A woman was charged with retail theft after stealing more $1,700 worth of silver from Hobby Lobby and selling the it for heroin. Kellye C. Cooper, 34, of Racine, told police she stole from Hobby Lobby three to five times. Afterwards, she immediately cashed the silver in at Superior Gold on 52nd Street in Kenosha, according to a criminal complaint. Cooper was caught on camera three times in late July each time stealing hundreds of dollars worth of silver. She told police Superior Gold would give her $20 dollars for her each haul. She is charged with two counts of retail theft and one count of misdemeanor retail theft. All information was taken from criminal complaints by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Woman Charged with Retail Theft

A homeless woman is accused of stealing items from several stores. Chanon Kettleson, 29, of Milwaukee, was charged with three counts of retail theft. If convicted, she faces up to two years three months in prison and/or fined up to $30,000. According to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday employees at Speedway called the police for a report of a theft. Kettelson, who was with another female, stole items from several stores – TJ Maxx, Speed Way, and Bed Bath and Beyond – over a few days. An employee at TJ Maxx told police she caught her  taking clothing the day before. “Kettelson started crying, stated she was homeless and handed back three of the items she had concealed in her bag,” the complaint reads. The other female was not charged.
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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.