Ozark teen Noah Berry, 19, appeared in court for a disposition hearing April 11. He is facing felony drug charges and has a total of four outstanding criminal court cases.
Judge Laura Johnson scheduled Berry’s plea date for the morning of May 30, 2019.
During the hearing, Christian County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anna Bunch reminded the court that Berry needed to be re-screened if he wanted to take advantage of Christian County’s treatment court program.
“Previously, we talked about Mr. Berry maybe being screened for Christian County Treatment Court,” Bunch said. “He never appeared for his screening, so if he’s really wanting to take advantage of that, the court will need to order he be re-screened again.”
Berry’s defense attorney, John Kail, spoke on behalf of his client.
“We do want to take advantage of that,” Kail said. “We do want him to be re-screened. We thought he was going to be screened when he was in custody and that did not happen, and I don’t know what happened subsequent to that. But we would like to have that opportunity.”
Judge Johnson informed Berry that he needed to report to the Christian County Probation Office later that day for a screening.
In January, a Christian County grand jury indicted Berry on two class E felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance, plus one class A misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance. The indictment shows Berry came into contact with law enforcement officers on at least three different occasions in 2018, all related to drug investigations.
The grand jury indictment charges Berry for delivering marijuana May 11, 2018, and Aug. 24, 2018. The misdemeanor possession charge is from Nov. 6, 2018, when Berry was allegedly found to have more than 10 grams of marijuana in his possession.
Berry was arrested Oct. 4, 2017, and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Court documents show Berry was indicted March 19, 2018, and that a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to court documents, Berry is alleged to have been caught by police possessing Alprazolam, a sedative used to treat anxiety commonly known by the brand name Xanax.
In a separate case, Berry is charged with second degree burglary, a class D felony, and the misdemeanor charges of stealing and second degree property damage. The Christian County Sheriff’s Office investigated a break in at the Casey’s General Store on East Highway 14 in Sparta on Nov. 25, 2017, and later linked Berry to the break in.
Deputies determined that two people damaged a glass door at the convenience store by breaking it with a baseball bat. Court documents allege, “the defendant, acting with another, appropriated alcohol and cigarettes,” valued at at least $150.
On Nov. 30, 2018, Berry was charged with the misdemeanor of driving while revoked in another case.