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District Court docket February 5, 2013

Valarie Akers was arraigned for charges of third degree terroristic threatening.

William Benson pleaded not guilty on charges of speeding 25 mph over limit, failure to produce insurance card and expired registration. Next court date scheduled for March 6.

David Lee Bowen failed to appear on charges of no registration, expired registration plates, booster seat violations and no insurance.

Larry Brewer was issued a bench warrant when he was not present to answer charges of theft by unlawful taking/auto.

Brian Chapman pleaded not guilty to charges of theft by unlawful taking/livestock. His next court date is set for March 20.

Natasha Copley pleaded guilty on charges of no operators license, failure to wear seatbelts and reckless driving. She received a total of $225 in fines plus costs.

Austin Fields pleaded guilty on a charge of speeding 21 mph over limit. He must attend driving classes and pay court costs.

Scott Gillespie was not present and is scheduled to be back in court April 17 on a charge of abatement of nuisances.

Morgan Hager failed to appear on charges of speeding 10 mph over limit and no insurance.

Cassandra Jarrell pleaded guilty on defective equipment and was fined $25 plus costs.

Ronald Kimberlin pleaded guilty to speeding 9 mph over limit and fined $18 plus costs.

Chaswade Lee Moran pleaded guilty for speeding 26 mph over limit and was fined $75 plus costs.

James Shannon pleaded guilty on two charges of illegal pursuit of deer/wild turkey and fined $100 plus costs.

Jeremiah Sibert pleaded guilty to speeding 21 mph over limit and fined $42 plus costs.

Kevin Thomas pleaded guilty to speeding 9 mph over limit and fined $18 plus costs.


District court docket February 6, 2013
 

Teddy Adkins was in court for a pretrial conference where he pleaded guilty on charges of operating on suspended license and failure to notify address change to Department of Transportation. He was fined $100 plus costs. Adkins is currently serving 6 months in jail on a family court matter.

Billy Collins received a two year diversion with conditions of no new offenses on charges of fourth degree assault with minor injuries and disorderly conduct.

Sherry Cook pleaded guilty on charges of alcohol intoxication and two charges of theft by unlawful taking. She was fined $25 and court costs for AI and a two year diversion with co dictionary to stay out of WalMart for two years.

Travis Harmon pleaded guilty to charges of one headlight, no operators license, failure to use child restraint, expired registration and no insurance. He was fined a total of $250 plus costs.

Travis Harmon pleaded guilty to improper signal, no operators, no insurance and no registration. He was fined $1,150 plus costs and 30 days probated for two years.

Travis Harmon pleaded guilty to charges of no license and careless driving and was fined $200 plus costs and 30 days jail probated for two years.

Shannon Jude pleaded guilty on a charge of receiving stolen property and was ordered to pay $1,600 restitution within 60 days to Howard Adkins and given 30 days jail that was probated for two years.

Billy Maynard pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to wear seat lets and was fined  $25 plus costs.

Harry Nix pleaded guilty to charges of failure to wear seatbelts, suspended license and expired registration. He was fined $150 plus costs.

Dennis Ransbottom was issued a bench warrant for $500 cash when he failed to appear in court on charges of failure to wear seatbelts, improper registration and failure to transfer motor vehicle.

Valerie Salyers was issued a bench warrant for $500 cash when she failed to appear in court on charges of theft by deception/cold checks.

Lillian Wolford pleaded guilty to charges of no registration plates, possession of alcohol beverage container in motor vehicle, no insurance, operating on suspended license, driving under the influence of alcohol and criminal littering. She was fined a total of $860 plus costs ADE referral, 90 days license suspension and 30 days jail probated for two years.

Brandy Chaffin pleaded guilty to charges of improper equipment, no registration and no insurance. She was fined a total of $550 plus costs.

Brandy Chaffins is ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,995 within 6 months and 30 days probated for two years on a charge of theft by decoding/cold checks.

Jeremy Maxie pleaded guilty to charges of no registration and operating on suspended license. He was fined a total of $125 plus costs.

 

Lawrence County Sheriff's arrest report

Feb. 12, 2013

 

The Lawrnce County Sheriff's Office made two arrests over the past week.
 

Among those arrested was Rodney Robertson, 35, of Fort Gay, W.Va.
According to the arrest report, Robertson was arrested February 2 at HWY 2565 after a short police chase.
 

When deputies attempted to serve him with a warrant, Robertson took off running. After being told numerous times to stop and running a couple hundred yards, Robertson did stop and was charged with fleeing and evading on top of the warrant for $19,863 for flagrant non support.

Also arrested was Tabitha McKinnon, 25, of Warfield.

McKinnon was arrested February 8 and served a bench warrant for child support violations.

Date: 02-08-2013

State lawmakers take up gun debate;


In the wake of the fatal school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and possible federal firearm regulations, the debate on gun rights is taking shape in the 2013 legislative session.

Democratic lawmakers Thursday introduced House Bill 265, which would require background checks for private firearm sales, ban firearms on college and university campuses, require the use of safety measures like gun safes and locks, and allow local governments to set gun regulations.

HB 265 would not ban assault weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines, said Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, the bill’s primary sponsor. But it would require Kentucky State Police to set up a licensing system for those wanting firearms and assault weapons and a system to track firearm and ammunition sales starting Jan. 1, 2014.

Wayne unveiled the bill before about 50 people supporting efforts to reduce gun violence.

Wayne cited a poll by The Courier-Journal that showed 56 percent of Kentuckians support stricter gun control laws, and he noted Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer endorses concepts behind the bill.

He called HB 265 a, “reasonable starting point to find common sense restrictions on guns in our commonwealth.”

But Wayne and others who support HB 265, including Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, and Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, expect a stiff pushback from those who oppose new gun regulations, namely the National Rifle Association.

“This is not a slippery slope,” said Stein. “That cliché is used often by folks who want to miscommunicate with us and frighten us and say, ‘They’re coming to get your guns.’ This is not coming to get your guns.”

When asked about HB 265’s chances of passing the General Assembly, Wayne said he’s “hopeful” the bill gets a committee hearing and “eternally hopeful” a comprehensive gun control measure can pass.

In a state that affirmed the right to hunt in its constitution and last year passed a law limiting cities and counties from enacting local firearm ordinances, HB 265 seems to face a steep uphill climb.

HB 265 is the first bill aimed at gun control, but others have been filed in the 2013 session that would mitigate new federal regulations on firearms in Kentucky.

Senate Bill 92 is among those. It would adopt some current federal gun laws and make new federal firearm measures unenforceable in Kentucky.

Federal agents who try to enforce new gun laws in Kentucky would be guilty of a class D felony under the bill, and it would give the attorney general authority to defend Kentuckians against federal prosecution.

Sen. Jared Carpenter, a Berea Republican and sponsor of SB 92, said firearms currently banned by the federal government, such as machine guns and short-barreled shotguns, would remain illegal.

The looming debate on gun control prompted him to file SB 92 when lawmakers returned to Frankfort Tuesday.

“I had a number of constituents from my district that called and were concerned about the rights that they love and hold dear to their hearts, which is the Second Amendment right to bear arms,” Carpenter said.

“… I’m a gun owner, I’m a hunter, I’m an outdoorsman, and I felt like we wanted to make sure that Kentucky protected itself.”

He modeled SB 92 after similar pieces of legislation recently filed in Tennessee and Wyoming. It’s unclear when or if a Senate committee will take up the legislation, but Carpenter said the Senate won’t be receptive to gun control legislation.

“I don’t think that anybody in the Senate has a palatable taste for those type of regulations.”


By Kevin Wheatley
The State Journal

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