Businessman arrested in connection to cemetery
A Grand Jury recently indicted a Cherokee County businessman for theft by deception in the first degree. Charged was Johnny Usry, 64, who was charge in connection with the operation of Cherokee Memory Garden on Ala. 9.
Reports indicated that Usry was recently booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on July 7 and was released after posting a $15,000 bond.
The indictment from the Cherokee County Circuit Clerk’s office showed that Usry did “knowingly obtain by deception control over checks, currency or the property of a named individual in the amount of $2,500 with the intent to deprive the owner of said property in violation of Section 13A-8-3 of the Code of Alabama.”
Earlier this spring, residents complained of lack of upkeep of the Cherokee Memory Garden Cemetery. The flower shop has been closed, reports said.