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Louisa, KY --Nathaniel Pack, 32, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Theft of A Legend Drug, Illegal Possession of A Legend Drug, Possession of Controlled Substance, Theft By Unlawful Taking-Shoplifting, Tampering With Physical Evidence, Persistent Felony Offender 2nd Degree.
According to the indictment, on or about Jan. 2, 2015, Defendant unlawfully took or exercised control over a legend drug that is not a controlled substance belonging to Margaret Zeiters with intent to deprive. Defendant destroyed mutilated, concealed, removed or altered physical evidence.
Defendant was illegally in possession of a legend drug, while not duly licensed for manufacturer, distributor, pharmacy, practitioner or administrator of hospital, or person in charge of a lab. Defendant possessed controlled substance in 3rd degree, not prescribed to him, also taking possession or control over movable property with intent to deprive: two duck dynasty hats from Sun Ventures Inc. Defendant is considered persistent felony offender due to being convicted with prior felony.
Shandra L. Stone AKA Shandra L. Wells, 42, Larry Salyer, 51, Jamie L. Triplett, 34, Steven Lee Holbrook, 39, all of Louisa, were indicted on charges of Manufacturing Meth/Complicity, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree/Complicity, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Possession/Use Drug Paraphernalia/Complicity.
Holbrook was also indicted on Persistent Felony Offender charge. Larry D. Salyer was also indicted on Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container.
Weslie Brian Triplett, 40, was also charged with Persistent Felony Offender.
Leslie Scott Triplett, 40, was indicted on same charges except for Wanton Endangerment.
Defendants acted alone or in conspiracy with each other by knowingly and unlawfully manufacturing methamphedamine, being in possession of controlled substance 1st degree, being in possession of altered ink pens, pop cans, plates, and a Hamilton Beach Coffee Grinder containing chemical residue, and engaging in conduct which creates substantial danger or serious physical injury to Deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office. Persistent Felony Offender is due to being convicted to prior felony.
Caressa Prater, 26, Inez, KY, was indicted on charge of Tampering With Physical Evidence.
According to the indictment, on or about November 22, 2014, Defendant destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed or altered physical evidence by ingesting drugs which had been confiscated.
James Mollett, 35, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree.
According to the indictment, James Mollett knowingly and unlawfully subjected a person less than 12 years of age to sexual contact (4) counts on or about July 30, 2014, and (1) count on or about August 30, 2013.
Cecil Evans, Jr., 29, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Rape 1st Degree, Sodomy 1st Degree (2) counts, and Sexual Abuse 1st Degree.
According to the indictment, on or about August 11, 2014, Defendant knowingly and unlawfully engaged in sexual intercourse with a person less than 12 years of age. Defendant also engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with same person on two counts. Defendant also subjected same person to sexual contact.
Sierra Caudill, 30, and Jessie Caudill, 31, both of Louisa, KY were indicted on charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking/Complicity. According to the indictment, on or about Jan. 16, 2015, Defendant acted alone or in complicity with each other by unlawfully taking a purse containing a bank CD, cell phone, credit cards and $600 belonging to Carolyn Davis, Louisa, KY.
Richard Bowens, 25, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Escape 2nd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender. According to the indictment, on or about Feb. 6, 2015, Defendant knowingly and unlawfully escaped from the custody of the 24th Circuit Community Corrections Program after being placed on home incarceration on 1st Degree Burglary charge. Defendant is considered a persistent felony offender due to being convicted of prior felony.
Charles Marcum, 41, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charge of Receiving Stolen Property (firearm).
According to the indictment, on or about Jan. 5, 2015, Defendant knowingly and unlawfully was in possession of a Marlin 22 semi-automatic rifle stolen from Tommy McKinney of Louisa, KY.
Information taken from Lawrence Co. Circuit Court Clerk's Office
An indictment is not proof of guilt ot innocense but a charge by a grand jury that there is enough evidence to warrant a trial
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Circuit Court News from March 13, 2015
Bench warrants issued for Chapman and Marcum...drug charges and receiving stolen property head up list of charges
A bench warrant was issued for Brian A. Chapman, 25.
Tara Lycans 31, was sentenced to 3 years probation supervised 4 years and other conditions on charges of Complicity 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine and 12 months on charge of Complicity Use/Possession Drug Paraphernalia with 157 days jail credit. Defendant was also sentenced to 3 years probation supervised 5 years and other conditions on Bail Jumping charge.
A bench warrant was issued for Joseph Kevin Marcum, 39.
Nathaniel Ryan Lemaster, 22, was sentenced to 3 years to serve supervised pre-trial conference 3 years with 2 days jail credit on charge of Receiving Stolen Property (firearm).
Michael Ratliff pled not guilty to charges of Criminal Possession Forged Instrument 2nd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender. Pre-trial conference April 24.
Probation was revoked for Christopher Joseph Jude, 34. He was remanded to Dept. of Corrections.
Cases reset to next motion hour, March 27:
Tommy Fletcher, Jessica Riffe, Frank Spears, and Rebecca Ward.
Information taken from Lawrence Co. Circuirt Court Docket
March 17, 2015
County to begin collecting fees on monuments at cemeteries
LOUISA, Ky. -- Meeting on the Ides of March yesterday, members of the Lawrence County Fiscal Court were not all wearing green but on a couple of issues they were seeing red.
Circuit Clerk Jodi Webb Parsley attended the meeting to explain the process of collecting fines and court costs to the court after Judge/Executive John Osborne asked at last month's meeting about ways to save some money on jail costs.
County Attorney Mike Hogan mentioned at that time that he felt like the county may be missing out on some monies it was owed because of the collection system used for court costs and fees.
Parsley brought official documents to explain to the court how the fines and fees are handled by her office.
"We have to have an order from the judge before we can collect any fees or fines and in the past we have been collecting without one in some cases," she said. "I just discovered it this week while getting ready for this presentation that without a specific order from the judge clerk's do not have to collect monies for fines from individuals."
Hogan said he will try to correct that situation by asking the district judges to implement a blanket order that covers all cases when it comes to collecting what is owed to the county.
Parsley said she has been collecting those monies, over $6,000 last year, and sending it to the state. "The state sends us a summary each year of how much we have sent them, but that's about all," Parsley said. She said there was no individual record for each fine or fee except the handwritten one she keeps in her office and it is not included in the state report.
The county has been running thousands of dollars in the red on jail costs for nearly a decade, much of which can be blamed on state laws that require medical attention for inmates, Hogan has said. But he also said the county needs to keep up with the fines and make sure they are paid since the state apparently does not do it.
Parsley said the county's fines and fees (usually $20 for the county's part) go to Treasurer Sabrina Cantrell's office but there is no action taken when fines are not paid on time or at all. The number of fines and other records are also sent to the state Administative Office of the Courts.
"We're not a collection agency and all we can do is what the circuit and district court orders us to do, so as soon as there is a system for us to go by, we will do it," Parsley added.
Another interesting discussion came near the end of the meeting when Yellow Creek resident Maddie Howard asked Osborne if the county can begin doing routine maintenance on the Yellow Creek road in addition to the emergency $200,000 slip removal that Osborne said will begin today (Wednesday). "Fixing the slip has already been approved by the state and we will be on it this week," Osborne said. "But we have to do maintenance on all the other roads in the county, too."
Ms. Howard told the court that her area had not been kept up and there are several places that cannot be reached by car because of the slippage and other problems.
Newly elected District 4 magistrate Rick Blackburn, who lives in that area and drives a school bus there agreed. "We have some very serious places and I can't run the bus route the way we used to because of the road conditions," Blackburn said. Osborne said the county has done extensive work at Yellow Creek in recent months and more is planned. He did say there are 400 miles of other county roads that are almost impassable, too.
Then Hogan took the floor "as a taxpaying citizen and not your county attorney" to ask the court to blacktop a near half mile of road from Ky 644 near TRMC past the Catholic Church and down main Meadowbrook to Preece Avenue.
But District 1 magistrate Morris Howard took exception to Hogan's request saying there are roads all over the county that are actually impassable because of the recent winter and because of lack of maintenance in recent years.
"The people out in the county need to be served by this court," Howard said. "The city has a government and they should take care of the city streets." Hogan shot back that the people of Louisa also pay county tax, perhaps even more than rural residents and they deserve to have their streets fixed, too.
No action was taken by the court but Louisa mayor Harold Slone said the section of highway Hogan mentioned is at the top of the list for blacktop in the near future as temperatutres rise and the blacktop season come in.
Economic Development Coordinator Catrina Vargo reported on her activities for the month which included work on getting funding for a portion of the Browns Food Service Building previously used as a carpet mill and rubber products manufacturing center. She said the 87,000 sq. ft. space is ideal for a small factory that would employ as many as 100 workers if it can be repaired. She also said she is applying for a grant to pay the estimated $230,000 it will take to fix the building up.
"We have to show that we are committed to the project and even if we don't get this grant, we will move forward and find funding someplace else," Vargo said.
She also reported meeting with the county's representative on the East Park Industrial Board, David Michael who said Boyd County has not been sharing the taxes they collect for each county's part of the project, funded through FIVCO. She said Co. Attorney Mike Hogan was present at the meeting.
Hogan said he will contact the park's. tax administrator, Carol Vincent of Greenup County and the Boyd County Sheriff's dept. to check on the tax collection from the park. Lawrence County has not been paid anything for its part of the deal. The county is supposed to get a certain percentage of jobs for its residents form industries at the park but has not been getting those, either.
Vargo also mentioned a project the county and city are working on that will provide murals on buildings along the riverbank where a River Walk is also in the distant planning stages.
In other court action:
LOUISA, Ky. -- Perhaps the biggest change in the city of Louisa since Ky. Power built its plant in the early 1960's is the city passing a 'wet' vote to sell alcohol within the city limits. At last night's council meeting mayor Harold Slone introduced his choice for the position of ABC officer, William Leedy, who will oversee the implementation and regulation of alcohol sales in Louisa.
In a surprise move Slone also announced the resignation of city Code Enforcement officer Cory Longstreth and said Leedy will also assume those duties for the city at a combined salary of $29,668. Leedy has been working as a deputy for Lawrence County Sheriff Garrett Roberts and said today (Friday) is his last day. He will nbegin his job as ABC officer/City Code Enforcement officer on Monday, Slone said.
"I think William is the right man for this job and by combining the two jobs it will give him a more reasonable salary and also save the city taxpayers money," Slone said. "We are using just over $5,000 of the money we were paying Cory to supplement William's salary and we will reimburse the LVFD the rest so they can get a part time person to help with the things Cory was doing for them."
Leedy, 46, has several years experience in law enforcement including a stint with the city in the 911 department several years ago. Like most city employees, he does not live within the city limits.
"I know this will be a challenging job but I am ready for it," Leedy said after the meeting. He said he liked his job with the sheriff's department but thinks the ABC job is a better opportunity for the future for him. Leedy will not directly issue licenses for alcohol sales but will work closely with state officials and help choose the licensees. He will also be partly responsible for the enforcement of liquor laws within the city.
But he said the state will oversee most of the operation much like they do on tobacco and preventing underage purchase of the products.
"I will be helping with that but the state has a division that is responsible for it and I will be working with them," Leedy said. He said the job does not require any special training except what he will get from the state officer in charge of Louisa.
Council voted to follow state guidelines in adopting their new liquor ordinance including a request from Food City that the age for employees to sell packaged beer and wine be set at 18 instead of 20 like they had originally had it set.
"They said they have their own beverage training for employees, too," Slone explained. He said they were concerned that 18-20 year olds would not be eligible to be hired if the ordinance was not changed. They will not be able to serve alcohol by the drink but can ring up packaged sales. The age for waiters and waitresses who serve alcohol by the drink will remain at 20. Motion was made by Councilman Ron Cordle and second by Councilman Mitch Castle and the vote was unanimous. City Attorney Eldred Adams said the ordinance will now require a second reading.
Louisa Police Chief Greg Fuffit said he expects beer to begin being sold by next month with the two liquor stores maybe taking a little longer. City Clerk Kathy Compton said she has received only two written applications for beer licenses and that there have been five who have published intent in the newspaper.
New Time Clock
Mayor Slone also announced that he has purchased a time clock so the city will have an accurate record of employees when they begin work and when they leave.
"This will make it much easier to keep up with our employees work schedules and overtime," Slone said. "We have already been using it and it seems to be working fine," he added.
Snow removal and city services during storm
The mayor, who has been on the job just over two months, said the city handled the 'worst storm in 17 years" as best they could given the equipment they had to work with.
"We did much better the second time it hit because the first one hit us quickly and we were definitely not prepared for it," Slone said. "But the second storm was handled much better. We got the streets cleared off faster and the trash pickup was done more effectively. During the first one, the water leaks that sprang up were hard to handle in sub zero weather but we did the best we could and got them fixed as soon as possible. We will be much better prepared the next time this happens, I guaranteee you that." Slone said.
City water company to get 15% more for water from vendor
The longest discussison of the meeting took place regarding a counter offer from Big Sandy Water, Inc. to the city's proposal for the price paid to the city for treated water. BSW has been purchasing the water from the city for more than 20 years at a lower cost then it takes the city to produce it. The previous council took steps to see the situation changed by having a study done on the city's cost and what they were getting for the product. They found that the city was selling to BSW at nearly $2 less per thousand gallons that it took to produce it.
The water dept. is in dire financial straits and is looking to have to replace major equipment soon.
A proposal was made by the city to BSW, which has been buying over 90 million gallons per year, which asked the company to pay an additional 15 cents per unit and guarantee they would buy the same amount they had been buying for 12 months.
But last night, the new council agreed to a counter proposal from BSW to pay 15% more for the water for a period of 30 months but dropped the requirement the company buy any certain amount of water from the city.
Council member Ron Cordle said he had a problem with the dropping of the requirement for BSW to purchase a minimum amount and Council member Mitch Castle said he did not like that part either.
But Tom Parsons, a council member in his second term said he has done his own study and taken in every consideration and that the price was better than the 15 cents council asked for and there is really no need to require BSW to buy a certain amount.
City Attornry Eldred Adams had been the one who recommended the minimum requirement be put into the language of the contract but he did not say anything at the meeting last night.
Discussion included Council member Angie McGuire, the wife of City Water Works manager Dave McGuire, say that the city has to keep the BSW business in order to make it financially. "If we don't do what they want we're going to lose them," she said. Council voted 5-0 on motion by Parsons and second by Lisa Schaeffer to accept the proposal from BSW with no minimum purchase required.
Mayor Slone was asked for figures as to how much more money the city will get under the new deal but he said he did not have them available. He also did not know for sure if the city will be making a small profit under the new deal or continue to lose money.
"It depends on whether you count the costs the city has for employees, benefits and other items which makes the cost just over $4 per thousand, but if you just count the chemicals and preparation costs we will be making a small profit," he said. He also noted city water bills are comparable with surrounding cities and counties but did not rule out a raise in rates.
There has also been news that the intake system for water from the river needs repairs and the state has cited the sewage plant for being out of compliance and it needs to be replaced or repaired soon.
Council member McGuire also asked when the city was going to reinstate the Water Commission which was disbanded by the former council. Slone said after the meeting that there is a need for renewal of a water commission because of the volume of calls he gets from city consumers about water problems but he did not say when he plans to take action on the matter.
Garden plots to be ready next month
Cathi Blair attended the meeting representing the Master Gardeners group in Lawrence County in regards to council's plan to use a plot of land the city owns on Lackey Avenue as a Community Garden where raised hill plots will be built by her group and funded with grant money supplied by Ky. Self Advocates for Freedom which is better known as Community Sharing and headed up by well known Louisa resident Tina Jackson.
The 4' x 8' plots will be offered to residents who live close by first, Blair said. "There will be a public meeting on this issue later this month and if everything goes well the beds will be built April 9th and 10th," Blair said. The Lawrence county Extension office will be offering its services toward the project.
In other action the council:
* Adopted Resolution 2015-02, “Resolution Declaring the Official Intent of The City of Louisa, Kentucky with respect to reimbursement of Temporary Advances Made for Capital Expenditures to be made from Subsequent Borrowings”. This allows the city to pay $35,000 towards the purchase of the latest fire truck bought by the city and be reimbursed when funding comes in for the truck. The council apparently missed a deadline for payment during the previous administration but the funding will be restored this year.
* Approved bid award to Boca Enterprises, Inc. (KY 32 Project) KEG Project No. 13004 for $776,285 for moving water lines near the Rt. 32 project towards the golf course. This is a "pass through" deal in which the city receives the money from the state and then pays the contractor, Compton explained.
* Approved Rental agreement between the City of Louisa and Kentucky Self-Advocates for Freedom for a space at city owned Community center for $275 per month as was agreed at last month's meeting..
* Entered into Executive Session to discuss possible litigation and personnel matters. The council returned and according to Slone, announced that Adams has settled a matter with the state concerning the sewer plant.
March 16, 2015
Residents can't get state's attention to problems
By Jennifer Ferguson
Over the past three years a strip mining job has brought nothing but trouble to one Martha, Kentucky hollow, according to residents. Kentucky Energy LLC, a strip mining company operating on Cam Creek, is being blamed for not cleaning up their mess, bogging the creeks with tree stumps and shrubs and even damaging the road.
“The winter before last they tore the road up so bad the school bus wouldn’t even run up here,” said resident Pamela Maxie. “It wasn’t until I got it published in the newspaper that they decided to do something.”
Now, Maxie says the trouble doesn’t lie in the road, but in the creeks.
“The creeks are so full of tree stumps when it rains hard it causes them to flood,” she said “There was a pretty waterfall we could take the kids to look at, but you can’t even see it now for all the brush in the creek”
Despite numerous complaints, Maxie claims no action has been taken to resolve the problem.
“I’ve called the number on the sign several times, never can get an answer. I’ve told the employees working up here and the supervisors,” said Maxie. “They all say they’ll get to it, but getting to it never did happen.”
Maxie says she doesn’t understand how they get away with it, or why inspectors aren’t forcing them to clean up their mess.
“It doesn’t make sense, you’d think the inspectors would make them take care of this problem,” she said. “They’re supposed to clean up their mess.”
Martha isn’t the only area to be experiencing trouble with mining companies.
In a separate event, a coalition of citizen groups recently filed a federal lawsuit against Frasure Creek mining, LLC, for submitting to the state more than 100 false water pollution monitoring reports from its Kentucky coal mines. The violations took place in Floyd, Magoffin, Pike and Knott Counties. The false reports amount to nearly 20,000 violations of the federal Clean Water Act and carry a total maximum penalty of more than $700 million, The Lexington herald-Leader reported today.
“Our state officials have turned a blind eye to what is obviously serious problem,” said Ted Withrow, a member of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and retired Big Sandy River basin coordinator for the Kentucky Division of Water. “False reporting is widespread within the coal industry, but state regulators have little incentive to identify problems like these when there are false reports that make everything look great.”
“Coal jobs may be leaving the state, but the industry’s legacy of environmental damage is here to stay,” said Pat Banks, Kentucky Riverkeeper. “With declining coal production, we need to be more diligent than ever to make sure companies can’t cut corners at the expense of local residents and the environment. We need healthy people and a healthy environment for Eastern Kentucky to be able to flourish.”
Kentucky Energy LLC has not responded to numerous attempts by reporters and residents to calls concerning the ongoing damage.
"I guess this is far enough out of the sight of most people that they (state) just don't care, but this is our home and we want it stopped," one resident added..
MARCH 13, 2015
by WADE QUEEN
Illeana K. Moore Night time photo of burning trailer Daytime photo of Moore's trailer remains
A woman is dead following a house fire in Johnson County, Ky.
W.R. Castle Fire Department officials say the fire started shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday at the home on Castle Fork Road off of U.S. 23.in Lomansville, Ky., near the Lawrence County line
Family members have released the name of a woman who died in the fire as Ileana K. Moore, 49 who went by the nick name "Bubu".
According to her brother, Moore died when her mobile home caught fire.
Michael Hamilton with the WR Castle Volunteer Fire Department reported when they got on scene, there were flames coming from the mobile home and they were told someone was still inside.
Hamilton says the victim was found in the living room. Her brother says she normally slept on the couch in her living room.
Hamilton stated that this was only the second fatal fire they've had since the department was established in 1983.
"It's not something we want to see, but it is something we unfortunately, from time to time, that we have to deal with but still do the job," Hamilton says.
Deputy Chief of the W/R. Castle Volunteer Fire Department, Brian Jeffiers gave further information on the circumstances about the deadly fire
"When the fire department arrived at the scene a little after 2 a.m the center of the trailer was on fire". "The two end bedrooms had not really caught a lot of fire yet. So as we began to knock down the windows to make access to those areas and look for the occupant." according to Jeffiers.
"It was just a really intense fire, very hot. The problem with mobile homes is they have a single piece of metal roof that causes a lot of heat to stay trapped, as opposed to a shingle roof, which would burn and making the fire spread side to side, leaving most of the house salvageable." deputy chief Jeffiers.remarked.
Moore was the only one in the house when it caught fire, her son was next door at his grandmothers.
The cause of the fire has not been released. The State Fire Marshal's Office is on scene. While the fire is still under investigation, officials tell us they do not believe foul play was involved.
TRAGIC COINCIDENCE. OR SOMETHING MORE??
However, what makes the case involving the fatal fire more intriguing is that Illeana Moore's daughter has been wanted by Johnson County law enforcement for nearly 3 weeks.
Suzanne K. Moore, who also goes by the name Suzanne Dorton is wanted on felony charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking Automobile Under $10,000 (Complicity).
On February 23, Moore fled with a second suspect James Neal Sisco of Meally Ky. in a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue belonging to Jerry W. Preston of Boonscamp Ky
Preston had been pulled over in a traffic stop by Johnson County deputies and was being given a sobriety test when Sisco jumped out the backseat into the driver's seat with Moore in the front passenger seat as they sped off and fled from the deputies, leaving Preston in the lurch to arrested on several criminal charges and traffic citations.
Sisco is facing charges of Theft By Unlawful Taking Automobile under $10,000 and Fleeing or Evading Police 1st degree motor vehicle.
Five days later the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in reference to a vehicle that that was found on Coal Creek Road in Lawrence County.and that deputies had discovered that although the vehicle was burned beyond recognition they were able to run the car's vehicle Identification number and that the vehicle was identified as the Oldsmobile belonging to Jerry Preston.
Law enforcement officials have reported that Suzanne Moore has been active on social in the last few days, while Sisco has had been completely inactive on social media.
They are investigating reports that Moore has been hiding out solo in the Floyd County area, or that she may be with James Sisco in the Richmond Ky area.
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