Thefts, Drugs Lead to Indictments

A Somerset County Grand Jury returned indictments against several township residents on Sept. 19.

Oliver Fields, 43, of Somerset was indicted on charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

Authorities allege that between April 10, 2013 and July 5, 2013, Fields possessed “film and/or a computer program” depicting a child in prohibited sexual acts.

Ashis Ashish-Sharma, 22; Trevor Dawes, 22 and Diahlo Grant, 25, all of Somerset, were indicted on drug charges stemming from a July 14 arrest.

Ashish-Sharma and Grant were accused of possession of cocaine and marijuana, while Dawes was accused of possession of cocaine.

Trayvond Nelms, 18, of Somerset was the subject of two indictments; one for 3rd Degree burglary and one for 4th Degree theft and 4th Degree criminal trespass.

In the burglary indictment, police said Nelms admitted to breaking into a John E. Busch home on July 19 by pushing in an air conditioner, according to an affidavit by Franklin Det. Ordel Taylor.

Nelms told police that he stole jewelry from the master bedroom before leaving the house. He ran off, police said, when he saw a neighbor of teh victim trying to take a picture of him with her cell phone.

Nelms flagged down police and pretended that he’d seen the accused burglar run away. Police didn’t buy it,though, because he matched the description they were given.

Police said Nelms initially said another man was involved, but backed off that story when he was challenged on it.

The backpack Nelms allegedly used was found in a Willow Avenue home’s back yard, Taylor wrote.

In the second indictment, Nelms’ girlfriend told police on Aug. 18 that he’d stolen her AT card and withdrawn $300 from her account at Investors Bank on Pierce Street, according to an affidavit by Taylor.

The girlfriend told police that earlier that day, Nelms had suddenly appeared in her bedroom, locked the door and jumped on her. She said that Nelms admitted to taking the money, but said he had to because he owed it to people who were “after him.”

Detectives looked fro Nelms at his mother’s house, and saw him run into a bathroom and lock the door, Taylor wrote.

The door was eventually opened, and Nelms was found hiding in a cabinet under the sink, Taylor wrote.

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