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On October 29, 2014 the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office received a tip of a possible meth lab at a residence in the Peach Orchard area of LawrenceCounty.
Acting on the information, Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler, Deputy Mason Keefer and Deputy Dwayne Bowen went to the reported residence to check the tip out and attempt service of a warrant on a subject living there.
Upon arrival the deputies observed items used in the manufacturing of meth.
Scott Bunyard, whom the warrant was on and Hope Hundley were in the process of separating and drying the finished product.
During the investigation it was learned that Scott Bunyard, 26, and Hope Hundley, 26, both of Louisa, had just finished cooking methamphetamine using the one pot method and were in the final steps of the manufacturing process.
Also located at the location was a substantial amount of meth, multiple items used in the manufacturing process and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were arrested and lodged in Big Sandy Regional Detention Center after being decontaminated at TRMC.
Charges include Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine with more charges pending for them and other suspects.
Assisting at the scene was the Kentucky State Police DESI Unit which conducted the clean up and removal of the hazardous material and also posting their residence as having possible contamination from meth.
Anyone with information about illegal meth activity or other crimes are asked to call the Sheriff's Office and as always they can remain anonymous.
Information for this article was taken directly from Circuit Court Clerk Jodie Parsley's office...
Harold Keith Shannon, 67, was recommended to serve 35 years for committing five counts of sex related offenses involving a minor, including Sodomy Victim Under 12 Years of Age (amended from 1st degree) --10 years, Use of a Minor Under 16 in a Sex Act Performance (amended),--20 years, Promoting Sex Performance By Minor Under 16 Years of Age--20 years, Possession of Matter Portraying Sex Performance By Minor--5 years, and Unlawful Transaction With a Minor 1st Degree Illegal Sex Act Under 16 (amended)--5 years. Counts one, four, and five are to run consecutively to each other, counts two and three are to run concurrent to each other and consecutive to counts one, four, and five. Final sentencing will be November 26 at 10:00 am.
The case of Edgar N. Purdom, Jr., 69, who is charged with five counts of sex related offenses involving a minor, was reset to next month. Defendants is to report for court on November 14. Purdom is charged with four counts of Distribution of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance By Minor and one count of Possession of Matter portraying Sex Performance By Minor.
Johnathan Adkins, 39, was sentenced to 10 years on charge of Complicity/Manufacture Meth and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years probation. Supervised 5 years and other conditions, with 53 days jail credit applied.
Brandon Birt, 27, was arraigned, pleading not guilty to charges of Complicity/Burglary 2nd degree and Complicity/Possession of Marijuana. A pre-trial conference is set for Nov. 26 at 11:00 am.
A trial date for February 9, was set for Nannie Blackburn, who is charged with Complicity/Burglary 2nd degree and Persistent Felony Offender 2nd Degree.
A Motion to Amend charges of Burglary 1st Degree, Assault 4th Degree No Visible Injury, and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree were denied for Richard Aaron Bowens, 24.
Steven K. Boyd, was arraigned, pleading not guilty to charge of Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000. Pre-trial conference set for Nov. 26. Defendant remains on Bond.
Harley Michelle Bowen, 21, was arraigned, pleading not guilty to charge of Complicity/Cultivation of Marijuana. Bond was amended to full cash, and Defendant remanded to custody.
Carl Castle, 27, who was charged with Complicity/Theft By Unlawful Taking/ Disposition/Shoplifting, was sentenced to 3 years, probation 5 years with 180 days home incarceration and other conditions, with 73 days jail credit applied. Sentence is to run concurrent with Johnson County case. The charge of Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree was dismissed.
Sherry Cook, 43, who was charged with Complicity1st Degree Possession of Cocaine, was sentenced to 3 years supervised pre trial diversion, 3 years, 180 days home incarceration and other conditions. Jail credit of 71 days was applied. On the charge of Complicity/Drug Paraphelnia/Buy/Possession, Defendant was sentenced to time served.
Vanessa Dillon, 26, was arraigned, pleading to not guilty on charges of Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking All Others $500 Or More, But Under $10,000 and Operating On Suspended/Revoked Operators License. Pre-trial conference set for Nov. 26.
Courtnie L. Doughty, 25, was arraigned, pleading not guilty to charge Theft By Unlawful Taking All Others $500 Or More But Under $10,000. Pre-trial conference set for Nov. 26.
Tara Lycans, 30, was arraigned, pleading not guilty to charges of Complicity 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine and Complicity Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. Pre-trial conference set for Nov. 26. Defendant also charged with Bail Jumping 1st degree.
John Oliver, 24, was arraigned, pleading not guilty to Complicity Burglary 2nd Degree. Pre-trial conference set for Nov. 26.
Jason L. Pack, 39, was arraigned, pleading not guilty to Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking All Others $500 or More But Under $10,000. Pre-trial conference set for Nov. 26.
Kayla Salyer, 20, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years probation, supervised five years, 90 days home incarceration on the charge of Complicity Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000. On the charge of Complicity Receiving Stolen Property Under $500, Defendant was sentenced to 12 months probation, supervised 2 years, to run concurrent. Jail credit of 76 days was applied.
A trial date was set for February 9, for James C. Taylor, 48, who is charged with Complicity Burglary 2nd Degree, and Persistent Felony Offender First Degree. Defendant is to report to court on January 9.
Patrick Williamson, 44, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years to serve on charge of Complicity Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000, on the charge of Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000, Defendant was sentenced to 2 1/2 years to serve, consecutive with probation, 5 years, and other conditions. On the charge of Complicity Receiving Stolen Property Under $500, Defendant was sentence to 12 months, concurrent to other counts, with one day jail credit applied.
Joshua Triplett, 21, was arraigned pleading not guilty to charge of Comlicity Burglary 2nd Degree. Pre-trial conference was set for Nov. 26.
Joshua Allen Warrix, 25, was arraigned, pleading not guilty to Receiving Stolen Property (firearm). Pre-trial conference set for Nov. 26.
LOUISA, Ky. -- A candidate for Louisa City Council in the Nov. 4 election has been charged with felony tampering with public records when he worked for the Johnson County Sheriff's office in April of 2011.
Mitchell "Mitch" Castle, 30, moved to Lawrence County where his wife's family live not too long after the incident and has been involved in numerous community activities including acting as the color commentator of Bulldog football games for the local radio station, acting as a youth minister of the Louisa United Methodist Church and member of the Septemberfest Committee.
The indictment was reported by the Big Sandy News, a tri-county weekly newspaper, yesterday but little about his identity was reported.
The indictment said: Castle allegedly knowingly and unlawfully concealed, removed or otherwise impaired the availability of any public record while lacking the authority to do so, and failed to produce the proper and required document/record or transaction receipt for the Johnson County Sheriff's Office that would allow the office to properly record the monetary transaction.
The alleged incident occurred while Castle was employed by the Sheriff's office as community and city laison, the indictment says.
Why so long in coming?
A spokesperson at the Johnson Co. Circuit Clerk's office said that Castle was indicted on Oct. 17, 2014 and turned himself in to the Big Sandy Regional Detension Center. He was immediately released on a $5,000 cash bond.
The spokesperson, Terri Thompson said the Commonwealth's Attorney's office brought the felony charge to the grand jury. She said that it is not 'unheard of' for cases to take months or even years to reach the grand jury.
Castle is one of seven candidates on the ballot running for six city council seats (current member John Nolan is running a write-in campaign for one of the positions after missing the deadline to sign up for the office).
The Lazer attempted to get Castle's side of the story but his attorney, Eldred "Bud" Adams, who acts as appointed city attorney, said this morning that he has advised Castle to not make any statements regarding the case.
County Clerk Chris Jobe said the indictment will not keep Castle from running for the city council seat but if he were to be convicted of the felony charge, he would not be able to serve.
An indictment is simply a charge by a grand jury not proof of guilt or innocense.
UPDATE: Lawrence Clerk Chris Jobe said that Louisa mayor candidate Casey Jones has officially withdrawn from the race and any votes cast for him will not count. Jobe said Jones came in and signed the necessary paperwork to withdraw although his name will still appear on the ballots which have already been printed.
The General Election is one week away, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding all eligible voters to plan ahead for Election Day to make sure their voices are heard on Nov. 4.
“Every election matters,” said Grimes. “Our Commonwealth is at its best when every Kentuckian’s voice is heard, and it’s important that voters be knowledgeable about our election process so they can have a meaningful opportunity to participate.”
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time, and any eligible voter who is in line to vote by 6 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot. Grimes reminds citizens that the morning and evening rush hours and lunch time tend to be busy, so voters who visit the polls during those periods should plan accordingly.
Grimes urges voters to avoid surprises on Election Day by checking their polling place and viewing sample ballots through the Voter Information Center.
Under Kentucky law, employers must allow employees who are eligible to vote to be absent from work for at least four hours in order to cast a ballot. Kentuckians who will be working on Election Day outside the county in which they reside are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Employers may specify the hours during which an employee may be absent, and employees should request voting leave in advance of the day on which they will vote. Employers have discretion whether to compensate employees for voting leave.
Applications for mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk no later than close of business on Oct. 28, and the voted ballots must be received by the county clerk by 6:00 p.m. local time on Nov. 4. In-person absentee voting is currently available in all county clerks’ offices and will remain open until close of business on Monday, Nov. 3.
For additional election information, visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ky.gov, follow @kysecofstate on Twitter, and like Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State on Facebook.
Louisa Quality Car Care hosted a Celebratory rally yesterday (Tuesday) where there was standing room only.
Lawrence County's State Representative Jill York got the crowd pumped up as she introduced America's Got Talent third place winner, Jimmy Rose. Rose sang "Coal Keeps the Lights On" as the crowd cheered and sang along.
He explained that he was thankful for all that had came out to show their support for Mitch and the Coal Nation.
"We do need a change! It is a sad day and age right now...It's [coal] a part of our history, it's a part of who we are. Coal is in our blood and it's in our veins," stated Rose and he continued by saying, "Go out November 4 and vote. Vote for Mitch because he stands behind us and he stands behind Coal Nation!"
Rep. York continued to express how honored she was to be introducing Senator Mitch McConnell.
McConnell, a 30 year veteran U.S. senator from Kentucky who is getting a tough challenge from Democrat Ky. Sec. of State, Alison Grimes, started out his speech by thanking everyone who had come out for their support and for former Lawrence Co. Judge/Exec. Phil Carter for opening their doors and allowing him to stop in.
When asked why he would stop in a small town like Louisa McConnell stated,
"Honestly the smaller the town the more I like it. This area is a classic example of the war on coal."
He expressed how he felt about the changes taking place at the power plant saying, "It impacts real people, jobs at the power plant and utility bills going up. These people need to be stopped! We are going to try to put a stop to it two weeks from today."
The other side of the coin...
“I am Alison Lundergan Grimes and this is the Big Sandy power plant in Louisa, Kentucky. They are shutting down half the plant and laying off their workers because Mitch McConnell didn’t fight to get the scrubbers it needs to reduce coal emissions. Instead, Mitch and his wife pocketed $600,000 from enemies of coal, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I approve this message because the difference between Mitch and me is I will fight for these jobs and no New York anti-coal billionaire will ever buy me off.”
– Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), speaking to the camera in a new ad