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Houk indicted for taking gay flag
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Rita Gail Houk was indicted by the grand jury last week for theft under $500 and vandalism under $500 for allegedly taking a "gay" flag from the outside of a local business in July.


According to city police, Houk was cited for vandalism and theft on July 23. She was charged with taking property from a business without the owner's permission and damaging another item in the process.


Houk told the Review at the time that she would like it known that the item she took was a "gay" (rainbow) flag being displayed outside the business. She said she was offended by the banner, and that she felt that it promoted homosexuality and child molestation.


She will be arraigned in criminal court on Dec. 7


Also indicted were Terra Elaine Locklear and Jessie Eugene Thomas, both for aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000, and vandalism under $500.


Thomas and Locklear, both of Dowelltown, were charged with an aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000 committed on June 23. Thomas was also charged with vandalism.


Sheriff Patrick Ray said that Thomas and Locklear broke into a residence on Dale Ridge Road and took several tools and building materials valued at $1,190. Thomas allegedly broke out a window valued at $425 during the burglary. Thomas and Locklear were arrested on June 26 in the case, investigated by a sheriff's department detective.


Both Locklear and Thomas will be arraigned in criminal court on Dec. 7 as well.


Meanwhile, Terry Allen King was indicted for possession of a Schedule II drug over 0.5 grams for sale.


Ray said a detective accompanied state probation and parole authorities to King's West Broad Street home on Aug. 27 and spoke with King, who was on probation. A cigarette pack containing 10 small baggies was allegedly found in his hand. Each baggie reportedly held a white substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. The sheriff said each baggie weighed .4 grams, and the combined weight of the ten baggies was 4 grams. Authorities also seized $73 in cash.


He will also be arraigned in criminal court on Dec. 7.