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Grand Jury Indictments

Feb. 18, 2014;

 

 

Martha woman indicted for arson; two indicted on forgery, cashing bad checks totaling over $7,300

 

Louisa, KY. -- A 63 year old woman from Martha was indicted on a charge of Arson In the First Degree by a Lawrence County grand jury..

Mary HowardMary HowardAccording to the indictment, on or about Nov. 11, 2013, Mary J. Howard intentionally started a fire that destroyed and, or damaged the occupied dwelling house of Johanna Mobley, Hannah Mobley, and Michael Lewis of Martha. First Degree Arson is a Class A Felony that carries a penalty of 20-50 years and a fine of up to $10,000, which Howard could face if convicted.

Melissa Perkins Hinkle, 27, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charge of Forgery 2nd Degree (10 counts)

According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 8-16, 2013,  Melissa Perkins Hinkle created or altered 10 checks registered to Excel Mining in the following amounts:$ 862.45,  $685.54, $862.46, $256.96, $275.93, $976.54, $782.54, $862.46, $989.62 and $782.54. Checks were cashed at Louisa, Paintsville, and Prestonsburg KY Food City locations, and D&G Tobacco In Louisa, KY.  Defendant is considered a persistent felony offender due to being previously convicted of a felony.

Jerry L. Maynard, 27, Inez, KY, was indicted on charge of Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument and Persistent Felony Offender. 

According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 8, Jerry L. Maynard knowingly and unlawfully was in possession of a forged check drawn on an account appearing to be registered to Excel Mining for the amount of $862.45 cashed at Food City, Louisa, KY.  Other dates of other forged checks from Excel Mining  were Oct. 10, in the amount of$685.54,  Oct. 12 for $862.46, Oct. 15 for $256.96, Oct. 15 for 275.93, the last two being cached at D&J Tobacco in Louisa, KY. Defendant is considered a persistent felony offender due to previously being convicted of a felony.

Christopher L. Cunningham, 31, Pikeville, was indicted on charges of Theft By Unlawful Taking $500/Complicity and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree. 

According to the indictment, on or about Jan. 20, 2014, Christopher L. Cunningham alone or in complicity with Tommy Russell, Jr. by knowingly and unlawfully taking six wireless routers from Walmart of Louisa with a value exceeding $500.  Defendant is also considered a persistent felony defender due to being previously convicted of a felony.

Tommy Russell Jr., 32, Pikeville, KY, was indicted on charges of Theft By Unlawful Taking $500/Complicity and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree. 

According to the indictment, on or about Jan. 20, 2014, Tommy Russell, Jr. acted alone or in complicity with Christopher L. Cunningham by knowingly and unlawfully taking six wireless routers from Walmart of Louisa with a value exceeding $500. Defendant  is also considered a persistent felony defender due to being previously convicted of a felony.

Alisha Whitt, 29, Louisa, KY, was indicted on a charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $10,000/Complicity. 

According to the indictment, on or about Nov. 24, 2013,Alisha Whitt acted alone or in complicity with William D. Whitt by taking #4 copper electric wire, slicers, and ties with a value of $1,274 owed by American Electric Power (Steve Campbell).

William D. Whitt, 34, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charge of Bail Jumping,
Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $10,000/Complicity, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree. 

According to the indictment, on or about Nov. 24, 2013, William D. Whitt knowingly and unlawfully failed to appear in court at specified time and place as ordered by the court. Defendant also acted alone or in complicity with Alicia Whitt by taking #4 copper wire, slicers, and ties with a value of $1,274 owned by American Electric Power (Steve Campbell).  The indictment further states that the defendant  damaged electrical equipment also owned by AEP (Steve Campbell), and failed to yield to signals and verbal commands given by Deputy Mark Wheeler while acting in official capacity.

Andrew Hodge, 45, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charge of Robbery 2nd Degree/Complicity.

According to the indictment, on or about Feb. 6, Andrew Hodge committed act of theft of cash and a cell phone in excess of $500 from John Whitt of Louisa, KY, and used or threatened the immediate use of physical force, in an attempt to accomplish theft. 

Hope L. Hundley, 26, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charge of Robbery 2nd Degree/Complicity.

According to the indictment, on or about Feb. 6, Hope L. Huntley acted alone or in complicity with Andrew Hodge by committing act of theft of cash and cell phone in excess of $500 from Joh. Whitt of Louisa, KY, and used or threaded the immediate use of physical force, in an attempt to accomplish the theft. 

Zachary Jude, 28, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charge of Escape 2nd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender. 

According to the indictment, on or about Feb. 5, Zachary Jude escaped the custody of the 24th Circuit Community Corrections Program by fleeing the approved location of his home incarceration from Johnson Circuit Court on bond for the pending felony charge of Manufacturing Meth, Persistent Felony Offender 2nd Degree and Use/ Possession Drug Paraphernalia 2nd Degree. Defendant is considered persistent offender due to being previously convicted of a felony.

Rodney Hicks, Webbville, KY, was indicted on charge of  Making False Statement To Obtain Increase Benefit Amount Over $100. 

According to the indictment, on or about July 13, 2008, Rodney Hicks knowingly and unlawfully made a false statement or representation of a material fact to the secretary to obtain or increase any benefit under this chapter or under employment security law of any ore state or of the federal government, either for himself or for any other person, business, entity or organization for the amount of $5,969.40.

Zachary Raines, 20, Lomansville, KY, was indicted on charge of Burglary 2nd Degree.

According to the indictment, on or about Dec. 28, Zachary Raines knowingly and unlawfully entered the dwelling house of Thomas Jude located at 7400 Hwy. 1690, Louisa, KY with intent to commit theft.

Joseph Kevin Marcum, 37, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charge s of Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree/Complicity and Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 1st Degree Offense /Complicity. 

According to the indictment, on or about November 1, 2013, Joseph Marcum acted alone or in complicity with Anthony J. Caudill and Natasha Rice by being in possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, Oxycodone, and in possession of a syringe.

Anthony J. Caudill, 29, Louisa, was indicted on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree and Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
1st Offense/ Complicity.  According to the indictment, on or about Nov. 1, 2013, Anthony J. Caudill acted alone or in complicity with Joseph Kevin Marcum and Natasha Rice by bei g in possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, Oxycodone and in possession of a syringe.

Natasha Rice, 18, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree and Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia1st Offense/Complicity.

According to the indictment, on or about Nov. 1, 2013, Natasha Rice acted alone or I. Complicity with Anthony J. Caudill and Joseph Kevin Marcum by being in possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, Oxycodone and in possession of a syringe.

Uhlmann pleads not guilty to adult kidnapping charges, auto theft;

Blevins gets 17 years in meth case...

UhlmannUhlmannLouisa, KY -- Aaron , a Webbville  man who was arrested this past December for allegedly beating his wife severely, kidnapping a man and stealing his truck, and after finally being apprehended in Carter County, pled not guilty in Lawrence Circuit Court Friday to charges of Kidnapping-Adult, and 1st Degree Robbery.

Aaron Ulhmann remains incarcerated at the Johnson County Detention Center, and was appointed a Public Defender, Attorney,  Greg Griffith.  Uhlmann will appear in court again on March 14 for a pre-trial conference.

Other Circuit Court news:

BeverlyBeverlyTiffany Beverly, 24, pled guilty to charges of Complicity/ Manufacture Meth, 1st Offense, Complicity/Controlled Substance , 1st Degree, 1st Offense, Complicity Drug Paraphernalia buy/ Possession, and Complicity Controlled Substance Endangerment to Child 4th Degree. Recommended sentence range from 10 years, 2 years, 12 months, and 5 years respectively. Final sentencing March 14.

David Isaac, pled guilty to amended charge originally Complicity/ Manufacture Meth, 1st Offense. Recommended sentencing 5 years, 5 years supervised probation.

Megan FitchMegan FitchMeggan Fitch, 22, was sentenced to 5 years, on charge of Complicity Manufacture Meth 1st Offense, with supervised probation after serving one year, remainder of supervised probation of 5 years with 240 days credit for time served, to run concurrent with previous case. Judgement signed. Same sentenced for separate account of same charge, with no days credit.

Anthony Jones, 32, was sentenced to 5 years on charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking/Disp Purse Snatching $500 or more, less than $10,000.
Time recalculated for 26 days credit. Judgement signed.

Joshua L. Limings, 28, was sentenced to 7 years to amended charge of original Manufacture Meth, 1st Offense, and any misdemeanor not covered by these codes, 162 days credit for time served.

Timothy Brian Napier, 48,  was sentenced to 5 years supervised probation, serving one year, remainder supervised probation of 5 years, to an amended charge originally Complicity/ Manufacture Meth 1st Offense, 170 days home incarceration. Judgement signed. 

Michael L. Redwine, 23, was sentenced to 5 years each on charges of two counts of Complicity/Theft By Unlawful Taking-Auto, Complicity Unlawful Transaction With a Minor, 2nd Degree. (Other conditions in judgement), and 5 years concurrent, probation supervised 5 years, with 38 days credit.

Valerie R. Salyers, 36, pled guilty to amended charge of original Complicity Manufacture Meth, 1st Offense. Recommended sentence 5 years, supervised probation. Final sentencing March. 14.

Richard Saul, 66, pled guilty to a Sexual Abuse charge that was amended to Misdemeanor. Recommended sentence 12 months, probation, supervised 24 months and other conditions. Final sentencing March 14.

Joseph Clayton Vanhoose, 30, was sentenced to 3 years Complicity Trafficking In Controlled  Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense. Charge of Tampering With Physical Evidence was dismissed, with 5 supervised probation and other conditions.  Sentence of 3 years on charge of 1st Degree Possession of CS/Cocaine, 1st Offense, and 90 days on charge of Complicity Drug Paraphernalia, concurrent with another case and  96 days credit. Judgement signed. Defendant also sentenced to 3 years with supervised probation 5 years and no jail time credit with other conditions, on separate charge of 1st Degree Possession of CS/Cocaine 1st Offense.

Christopher Jude  32, pled not guilty to charge of Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking, all others 10,000 or more and Persistent felony Offender 2nd Degree.  Pre-trial conference March 14. Defendant remains incarcerated, Public Defender appointed, bond remains the same.

Richard Ray Young II, 28, pled not guilty to charge of Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking, All Others $500 or more, less than $10,000. Defendant remains incarcerated. Public Defender appointed. Bond evaluation for Home incarceration. Pre-trial conference March 14

Other activity consisted of re-scheduled hearings and arraignments, bench warrants issued, and other court provisions.

Information provided by Lawrence County Circuit Clerk' Jodi Parsley's Office...

Armstrong resigns effective June 30...

Will make $125,000 a year in new job... Education leader becomes first superintendent to lead KSBA

Supt. ArmstrongSupt. ArmstrongLOUISA, Ky. -- Lawrence Co. Schools chief Mike Armstrong shocked the BOE at a workshop meeting Wednesday evening by announcing his resignation effective June 30 of this year.

BOE member Heath Preston confirmed the move this morning saying simply, "Yes he resigned last night effective in June."

Preston said Armstrong announced that he is accepting the position of Executive Director of the Kentucky School Boards Association.

Armstrong, 59, took over after former Supt. Jeff May was forced out of office by the BOE five years ago.

Armstrong issued a statement from KSBA at the meeting yesterday posted below.

 

Education veteran chosen to lead Kentucky School Boards Association

Frankfort, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2014) – An educator whose experience ranges from Kentucky and international classrooms to leadership roles at the school and district level as well as in education departments of two states has been selected for the top staff position with the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA).

Michael Allen (Mike) Armstrong of Louisa has been chosen unanimously by the KSBA Board of  Directors to become the next executive director of the 78-year-old organization. KSBA is Kentucky’s largest organization of local elected officials, with membership of all 173 public school districts.

Armstrong, 59, of Louisa, is in his fifth year as superintendent of the Lawrence County Schools.

A native of Marietta, Ohio, he has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from the University of Kentucky, and is on track to receive his doctorate in educational leadership from Morehead State University in 2015.

KSBA President Durward Narramore of the Jenkins Independent Board of Education said Armstrong’s varied expertise developed in a 33-year career in education and his passion for quality teaching and learning sold the association’s 27-member board.

“Mike’s resume is impressive from his beginning as a special education teacher to his development as a principal, administrator with the Kentucky and Ohio departments of education and his work leading the Lawrence County system,” Narramore said. “He also brings to our management team the background of an elected official (former city councilman and mayor of Louisa) and leadership roles in such organizations as the Lawrence County Education Association, Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. In short, KSBA is gaining a chief administrator of tremendous past practice and just as promising potential to grow our organization’s services to local school leaders.”

Armstrong received his second four-year superintendent’s contract from the Lawrence County Board of Education in 2013. He began his education career in 1978 as a special education teacher at Lawrence County High School. He has worked in the district as middle school principal and director of special education and preschool programs.

For a decade, he managed state programs for special needs children in the Kentucky Department of Education (1996-2002) and Ohio Department of Education (2002-2006). He spent a year as a consultant to the Supreme Education Council in the Arab emirate of Qatar, helping that nation’s schools develop classroom services to students with disabilities.

Armstrong, who will become KSBA’s executive director on July 1, said he felt all of his career work to this point will aid him in the responsibilities to lead a statewide service and advocacy organization.

“This is a special opportunity for me because KSBA is so well respected for its high-quality services and the team of outstanding professionals who are available around the clock, not just to school board members and superintendents, but also to other district leaders and education partners in other organizations,” he said. “I’ve had many chances over the years to work for student success, and I think being part of the KSBA team will just allow me to continue what I’ve been doing in Lawrence County to a statewide level.”

Armstrong becomes the first superintendent to lead KSBA, although Interim Executive Director David Baird also is a former superintendent. Baird will resume his duties as associate executive director after the transition. William G. Scott, KSBA’s previous executive director, retired in 2013.

Armstrong signed a four-year contract at a starting salary of $125,000 in addition to all benefits available to other employees of the nonprofit association.

Established in 1936, KSBA provides school districts and local boards of education with professional development training, legal consultation, governmental advocacy and numerous other services.










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