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Lawrence Co. grand jury indicts six; Kidnapping, Auto theft, burglary child porn among charges...



UhlmannUhlmannAaron Uhlmann, 43, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Kidnapping and Robbery 1st Degree.  According to the Indictment, on or about Dec. 21, 2013, Aaron Uhlmann knowingly and unlawfully restrained Mr. Peter Woodward of Louisa, KY, with the intent to use that individual to accomplish or advance the commission of a felony crime, and that in the course of committing a theft, used or threatened to intimidate  use of physical force with the intent to accomplish theft while armed with a deadly weapon.

 

PurdomPurdomEdgar N. Purdom Jr.,  68, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Distribution of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance By A Minor (4 counts) and Possession of Matter Portraying A Sexual Performance By A Minor. According to the Incictment, on or about Feb 24, 25, July 16 and July 17, Edgar B Purdom Jr.,  had knowledge of said matter, sending or caused to be sent, into the state for sale or distribution , while in this state, he exhibited the matter for profit or gain, for distribution or offer of distribution or having been in possession of this matter with intent to distribute, exhibit for profit or gain or to offer to distribute any matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.  The Indictment further states that on February 24-October 3, 2013, Edgar N. Purdom Jr. had knowledge of aforesaid matter of content sent or caused to be sent into the state for sale or distribution, while in this state he exhibited the matter for profit or gain, for distribution or having been in possession of this matter with intent to distribute, exhibit for profit or gain, for distribution or offer of distribution or having been in possession of this matter with intent to distribute, exhibit for profit or gain or to offer to distribute any matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. (See separate story from Att. General Jack Conway's office in Lazer)

MaynardMaynardChristy Maynard, 42, Louisa, KY, was indicted on the charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking (Auto) according to the Indictment, on or about Nov. 20, 2013, Christy Maynard committed said offense by knowingly and unlawfully  taking jewelry valued at $990 belonging to Mr. Paul Price, Louisa, KY, namely a diamond ring valued at $180, a 14 kt necklace with pendant valued at $150, and two 10 kt. solitaire rings valued at $200 each. Value of items exceeded $500.

 



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Alison Fitzgerald, 26, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Burglary 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree. According to the Indictment, on of about Dec. 20, 2013, Alison Fitzgerald knowingly and unlawfully entered the dwelling house of Ruth Sparks located on Raven Rock Fork of Louisa with the intent therein to commit the crime of theft.  Defendant also damaged property owned by Ruth Sparks, namely, a window and window frame.

Terry Lynn Jones, 44, Gastonia, NC, was indicted on charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $500/Complicity. According to the Indictment, on or about Oct. 10, 2013, Terry Lynn Jones acted alone or in complicity with  Tammy R. Hicks and others by knowingly and unlawfully taking $7,500 worth of various models of IPods and IPhones from Wal-Mart of Louisa, KY.

Virgil Jason Vanhoose, 36, Louisa, KY, was indicted on a charge of Receiving Stolen Property Under $500. According to the Indictment, on or about Sept. 1, 2013, Virgil Jason Vanhoose knowingly and unlawfully was in possession of an aluminum Starcraft boat , 35 horsepower motor, and a Cherokee boat stolen from Roy and Brenda Murphy of Ashland, KY, and sold at  TNB Recycling for $346.

Local bank CEO indicted and arrested for child porn; Sheriff Roberts told by Attorney General to 'pick him up'

UPDATE 1/16, 2014: Statement from Louisa Community Bank Chairman

"--The recent arrest of Mr. Edgar Purdom, President of Lousia Community Bank, is very unfortunate, but any bad image that could be created should not be a reflection on our bank.

His arrest was of a personal nature and was not connected anyway to Mr. Purdom’s banking duties as our president.

Mr. Purdom has been placed on administrative leave as of 1/14/14.

We wish him the best of luck in proving his innocence.

Since this is a personal matter we have nothing more to say at this time.

Thank --you

Lonnie Hannah, Chairman ---"

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Louisa, KY -- According to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 4:00 pm Monday, January 13, Edgar N. Purdom, Jr., 68, of Louisa, KY, was arrested and charged with four counts of Distribution of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor and Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance By A Minor.


PurdomPurdomPurdom is the President and CEO of Louisa Community Bank, located in the Food City Plaza in Louisa.  The Lawrence County Grand Jury handed down the Indictment on Purdom last week, and requests were given by Attorney General Jack Conway's Office to pick him up today. (Monday).

According to Sheriff Garrett Roberts, Kathreen Reed, is the Investigating Agent/Officer in the case.

A pre-trial interview is done at the jail by Pre-trial services on all indictments issued by the Grand Jury and signed by Judge John David Preston. Purdom had a Pre-Trial hearing at the BSDC, and bond was posted at $5,000 cash. 

The Indictment states that "from a period beginning on February 24-July 17, 2013, Edgar N. Purdom Jr., committed the offense of Distribution of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor by having knowledge of its content or character sent or caused to be sent into the state for sale or distribution, while this state he exhibited the matter for profit or gain, for distribution or offer of distribution or having been in possession of this matter with intent to distribute, exhibit for profit or gain or to offer to distribute any matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor." Incidents occurred  Feb. 24, Feb. 25, July 16,  and July 17 on the Distribution counts, according to the Indictment.

The Indictment further states that "on Feb. 24-Oct. 3, 2013, the Defendant committed the offense of Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor by having knowledge of its content or character sent or caused to be sent into the state for sale or distribution, while in the state he exhibited the matter for profit or gain, for distribution or offer of distribution or having been in possession of this matter with intent to distribute, exhibit for profit or gain or to offer to distribute any matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor."

Both charges are a Class D Felony with a penalty carrying 1-5 years and fines not more than $10,000

An indictment is not proof of guilt but that a grand jury believes there is enough evidence for a trial.

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Here is the official press release from  Attorney General Jack Conway:

ATTORNEY GENERAL CONWAY ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF LAWRENCE COUNTY
MAN ON CHILD PORN CHARGES
                                

FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 14, 2014) – Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit today announced that a Lawrence County grand jury has indicted a man on charges involving child pornography. On Jan. 10, the grand jury indicted 68-year-old Edgar N. Purdom on four counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Purdom turned himself in at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Monday afternoon.
 
An investigation by General Conway’s Cybercrimes investigators began in February 2013 following an undercover lead. A search warrant was executed at Purdom’s home in October 2013 with the assistance of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.
 
Distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor are Class D felonies. Each count is punishable by one to five years in prison.
 
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
 
General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit -- Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched 375 child pornography investigations and seized more than 422,600 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit’s investigative efforts have also resulted in a 100 percent conviction rate.

 
For additional information on General Conway’s efforts to protect Kentuckians from Internet predators, visit the Office of the Attorney General’s “Cybersafety in Kentucky” page athttp://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/. To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.
 
You can follow Attorney General Conway on Twitter @kyoag, visit the Attorney General’s Facebook pageor view videos on our YouTube channel.
 

Lessons learned from winter storm;

Arctic weather creates major problems...local businesses say people 'just weren't prepared'...

 


Viewers can get up to the minute and long term weather news from The Weather Chanel on Lazer main page 24 hours a day...

 

The recent arctic blast of below zero temperatures presented major problems for people in our area as well as the entire region. From vehicle accidents, school closings and frozen water pipes and car doors, to lack of heat, and dead batteries, January 7th and 8th will  go down in the record books as being one of the coldest periods in recent history.

Temperatures dipped below zero for the first time since 2006.

Though the deep freeze only lasted a couple of days, it was enough to cause headaches for a lot of people.  There was just a skim of snow, but black ice was the main road problem for motorists. 

Local mechanic, Edsel Perry, who also operates a towing service  in Lawrence County said he had calls on several accidents.  The worst one he said was in Martin County, where a man hit a patch of ice, and rolled his pickup truck on its top. He got a lot of calls, too, about frozen car doors.

"The worst thing you can do is pull on the handle, it will break." he said.  Perry said the best thing to do when the doors freeze up on your vehicle is to take something made of hard plastic like a trowel, and gently pry between the door and door jam. " It will loosen it up." he said. 

MoranMoranTodd Moran, a Supervisor with the KY Highway Dept. in Lawrence Co., said their biggest problem was the salt wouldn't melt the ice. "It was just too cold." he said. "Salt is ineffective at those temperatures."

The Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center began getting calls on Thursday, Jan 9, about frozen water pipes that had burst. The Outreach Dept. said once the temperatures began to rise on Thursday and Friday, pipes that were frozen began to thaw, and some burst, causing flooding in kitchen and bathrooms of homes.

Tractor Supply in Louisa sold out of propane, and had trouble getting more in.

Manager, John Meade said they also sold out of heaters of all kinds.  Some people were switching to a different source of heat, and weren't sure about how to hook up the units." he said.  The best advice he could give was to "be prepared." 

"We start getting our heaters in stock by early October." said Meade.  He suggested people prepare for winter by having more than one source of heat, and buy what you need in the fall, before they are all gone.

Frozen water pipes and drains were a problem all over the county.Frozen water pipes and drains were a problem all over the county.Local plumber, Luther Wellman, with Luther Wellman Plumbing in Louisa, said his business was bombarded with frozen water pipe calls. "Sunday through Thursday we received steady calls." he said.  Most frozen pipe problems were caused because under house vents were not closed, leaving water pipes open to the frigid air, water hoses that were still hooked up to outside faucets, or the meter lid was not properly closed. 

"People let their guard down he said." "We're not used to temperatures like that, and people just didn't prepare."  Wellman advised people to prepare their homes for winter by unhooking all water hoses, close all attic and under house vents, and when temperatures get to freezing, let the water drip at all sinks and tubs. 

Bottom line...BE PREPARED!  Start preparing your home for winter in the fall, before cold weather sets in.  Make sure you have alternate sources of heat, vents are closed, hoses are unhooked, pipes are hooked up correctly, and that you have emergency essentials such as candles, flashlights and batteries, oil lanterns and oil, plenty of blankets, and extra water and food.

Your car is just as important as your home.  Make sure you winterize it by filling it up with anti-freeze, replace worn tires, make sure heater is working correctly, and have an emergency kit on board that includes blankets, battery charger, and de-icer.  Next time, you will be ready!

 

 

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