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APRIL 19, 2015

Man charged with Rape, Sodomy and 1st Degree Sexual Abuse on a child pleads 'Not Guilty': 65 year old woman pleads guilty to Arson, Bunyan gets ten years...

Information taken from Lawrence Co. Circuit Court docket

CECIL EVANS  Mary J. Howard Scott Bunyard

Louisa, KY -- Circuit Court Judge, Hon. John David Preston, handed down sentences and heard pleas last week in Lawrence County Circuit Court which included 29 year old Cecil Evans Jr., who has been charged with Rape, Sodomy and Sexual Abuse, all in the first degree on a child under 12 years of age.  Evans will appear in court for a pre-trial conference on May 8.

A 1st Degree Arson charge was amended to 2nd Degree for Mary J. Howard, 65. Howard was sentenced to 10 years which included 5 years probation and 2 years home incarceration.

Other circuit court news....

Brandon Birt, 28, changed his plea to guilty on charges of amended Complicity Burglary (2 counts) and sentenced to 4 years probation, supervised 5 years, to be served consecutive to each other.  The charge of Complicity Possession of Marijuana was dismissed. Final sentencing May 8.

Scott B. Bunyard, 27, pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 years on charge of Complicity Manufacturing Meth, 3 years for Complicity Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 12 months for Complicity Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possession and the Persistent Felony Offender charge enhanced Count One 10 years.  Final sentencing May 8.

Jessie Caudill, 31, was arraigned, pleading not guilty to charge of Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking-Disposition Shoplifting. Pre-trial conference April 24.

Brian A. Chapman, 25, had had his probation revoked after a hearing was held and he was remanded to jail. 

David C . Daniels, 39, pled guilty and was sentenced to 2 years diversion, supervised and other standard conditions on charge of Complicity Tampering With Physical Evidence. A charge of Trafficking In Legend Drug was dismissed. 

Cecil Evans Jr., 29, was arraigned pleading not guilty to sex charges including  Rape 1st Degree, Victim Under 12 years of age, two counts of Sodomy 1st Degree Victim Under 12, and Sexual Abuse 1st Degree, Victim Under 12. Pre-trial Conference May 8.

Robert Evans, 43, was sentenced to 18 months to serve on charge of 1st Degree Possession of Controlled Substance/Drug Unspecified. 262 days jail credit applied.

Tammy Hicks, 44, pled guilty and sentenced to 1 year to serve on charge of Complicity Theft By U lawful Taking-Disposition-Shoplifting. Final sentencing May 8.

Kevin S. Hodge, 38, pled guilty and was sentenced to 1 year on charge of  Receiving Stolen Property. Sentence to run consecutive to other case, total 4 years.

Final sentencing May 8.

Mary J. Howard, 65, pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 years, probation unsupervised 5 years, 2 years home incarceration and other conditions in agreement on Amended charge of Arson.  Final sentencing May 8.

Gregory A. Preece, 51, had his probation revoked after a hearing was held, and was remanded to the Department of Corrections. 

Jessica L. Riffe, 32, was sentenced to 18 months to serve on charge of 1st Degree Possession of Controlled Substance, 265 days jail credit applied.

Rebecca Ward, 44, was sentenced to 5 years for Complicity Burglary 3rd Degree.

The charge of Complicity Burglary 2nd Degree was dismissed, and a charge of Persistent Felony Offender enhanced sentence to 10 years. 175 days jail credit was applied. On the charge of Complicity Receiving Stolen Property, sentence was 5 years and another Persistent Felony charge enhanced sentence to 10 years to run concurrent.

Johnathan M. Young, 37, was scheduled for trial on August 11 on charges of  Complicity Manufacture Meth, Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree, Tampering With Physical Evidence, and Complicity Drug Paraphernalia. Defendant is to report for court July 10.


Date: 04-15-2015

Kentucky Press News Service

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 19 Primary Election is Monday, April 20.

County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 20.

Grimes, in a news release on the secretary of state's website, also reminds Kentuckians of several important voting laws:

• To be eligible to vote, you must:

o Be a U.S. citizen,
o Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before Election day,
o Be at least 18 years old by the date of the next general election,
o Not be a convicted felon, or if convicted of a felony offense, must have obtained a restoration of civil rights,
o Not have been adjudged “mentally incompetent,” and
o Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.
• Minors who are 17 years old but will be 18 years old on or before the General Election on Nov. 3, 2015, are eligible to register and vote in the upcoming Primary; however, they are not eligible to vote in special elections until they are 18 years old.
• Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by no later than April 20, 2015. Pursuant to KRS 116.025(6), individuals who move from one county to another county while the voter registration books are open and fail to update their registration information before the voter registration books close are not permitted to vote in the Primary.
• Changes in party affiliation for the 2015 Primary Election were due by Dec. 31, 2014. Voters who changed their party affiliation after that date are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary, although they may vote on nonpartisan races on the May Primary ballot. Voters who changed their party affiliation after Dec. 31, 2014, may still vote for their candidate(s) of choice in the November General Election.
• Under Secretary Grimes’ Address Confidentiality Program, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can register and update their registration while keeping their names and addresses out of publicly available voter records.

“The future of Kentucky depends on all eligible voters participating in the process,” Grimes said. “Registering to vote is the first step in being a part of the 2015 elections, and I hope that as many Kentuckians as are able will make their voices heard.”

You can check your current registration status on the Voter Information Center, To obtain a registration card or for more information about registering to vote, visit or contact your county clerk or the State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100. To learn more about the Address Confidentiality Program, visit

APRIL 14, 2015

L to R: Jason Lycan, Louisa Bass Club member, Chris Jobe, Lawrence County Court Clerk, and Jodi Parsley, Lawrence County Circuit Court Clerk

By Catrina Vargo 

Louisa, KY -- As of April 1, 2015, two new specialty license plates are available in the state of Kentucky.   The "Donate Life" plate is part of the Circuit Court Clerk's program, 'Trust for Life,' promoting organ donation and raising awareness of this important cause.  

The other plate represents wildlife, depicting a fish, but not just any fish. The fish pictured on this license plate is the world record smallmouth bass, caught in south central Kentucky's Dale Hollow Lake in 1955. Proceeds from the sale of this plate will help fund wildlife education and conservation summer camps.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, KY offers over 100 specialty plates, most of which promote a special cause.  When a specialty plate is purchased, $10 is donated to the cause it represents.

County Court Clerk Chris Jobe said the plates are a great way to promote and support an organization you are interested in.

For more information, call 606-638-4108.