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Lawrence grand jury returns 18 indictments

 

LOUISA, KY.  -- (1-18-17) A Lawrence Co. Grand Jury returned 18 Indictments in the month of January after not meeting in December.

Indictments show that heroin has made its way to Louisa after a man was caught with it in his possession. Two local men involved in a Marijuana Robbery in October that involved a firearm were indicted on charges that could put them in jail for up to 20 years. A twist in the case comes with an Indictment on the man who they had intended to rob. Cordle was indicted for Trafficking in Marijuana.

 

Bradley E. ParsleyBradley E. Parsley

Bradley E. Parsley, 38 of Louisa, Ky was indicted on the charge of Possession of Controlled Substance in the 1st degree, a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before November 21st, 2015 in Lawrence County the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Jessica Blevins knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a controlled substance, Methamphetamine.

 

 

 

MICHAEL KYLE CORDLEMICHAEL KYLE CORDLEMichael K. Cordle, 21 of Blaine, Ky. was indicted on the charges of Possession Of A Controlled Substance in the 1st Degree, a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years and Trafficking Marijuana (less than 8 ounces) a class A misdemeanor with a penalty of no more than 12 months.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before October 6, 2016 in Lawrence Co. the defendant was knowingly and unlawfully in possession of a schedule I Controlled Substance, namely dimethoxyphenethylamine. The defendant also was knowingly and unlawfully trafficking in 0.003 grams of Marijuana.

 

 

 

Devon Perry Devon Perry Devon Perry, 20 of Louisa, Ky. was indicted on the charge of Robbery In The 1st Degree/Complicity, a class B felony that has a penalty of 10 to 20 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on Oct. 6, 2016 in Lawrence Co. acting alone or in complicity with Anthony Bart knowingly and unlawfully, while in the course of committing a theft from Michael Cordle, used or threatened the immediate use of physical force in an attempt to accomplish the theft while armed with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.

 

 

 

Anthony BartAnthony BartAnthony Bart, 20 of Catlettsburg, Ky. was indicted on charges of Robbery In the 1st  Degree/Complicity a class B felony with a penalty of 10 to 20 years, Theft By Unlawful Taking (Firearm) a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on Oct. 6th, 2016 in Lawrence Co. the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Devon Perry knowingly and unlawfully, while in the course of committing a theft from Mr. Michael Cordle used or threatened the immediate use of physical force in an attempt to accomplish the theft, while armed with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully taking a Taurus Brand .38 handgun from Lori Bart. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully engaging in conduct that creates the substantial danger of serious physical injury or death of another person.

 

 

 

Percilla A. BoggsPercilla A. BoggsPercilla Boggs, 31 of Paintsville, KY. was indicted on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree/Complicity, a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years, Possession/Use of Drug Paraphernalia/Complicity and Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $500./Complicity.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before November, 26th 2016 the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Anthony Ratliff committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a controlled substance, Methamphetamine. The defendant acting alone or in complicity with Ratliff knowingly and unlawfully possessed syringes, a spoon containing chemical residue and an altered straw containing chemical residue. The defendant acted alone or in complicity with Ratliff knowingly an unlawfully took under $500. by knowingly and unlawfully taking several items from Walmart of Louisa, Ky.

 

 

 

Anthony D. RatliffAnthony D. RatliffAnthony Ratliff, 33 of Paintsville, KY. was indicted on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree/Complicity, a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years, Possession/Use of Drug Paraphernalia/Complicity and Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $500./Complicity.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before November, 26th 2016 the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Percilla Boggs committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a controlled substance, Methamphetamine. The defendant acting alone or in complicity with Boggs knowingly and unlawfully possessed syringes, a spoon containing chemical residue and an altered straw containing chemical residue. The defendant acted alone or in complicity with Boggs knowingly an unlawfully took under $500. by knowingly and unlawfully taking several items from Walmart of Louisa, Ky.

 

 

 

Joseph WarrixJoseph WarrixJoseph A. Warrix, 28 of Martha, Ky. was indicted on charges of Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $10,000/Complicity  a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years, Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree an enhancement, and Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree/Complicity a class B misdemeanor.

The Grand Jury charges that on Dec. 12th, 2016 in Lawrence Co., the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Joshua Warrix knowingly and unlawfully taking a Bushnell Brand rifle scope valued at $79.97, an old timer brand knife valued at $19,78, a stealth camera memory card reader valued at $19.83, a SOG brand knife valued at $19.97, a buck knife valued at $12.53, a Simmons Brand Range Finder valued at $98.00 and a Simmons Range finder valued at $148.00 from the Sporting Goods department of Walmart of Louisa, Ky. with a total value of $735.72. The defendant acting alone or in complicity with Joshua Warrix knowingly and unlawfully damaged property owned by Walmart of Louisa causing $71.16 to the Sporting Goods Dept. Display case. 

 

 

 

Joshua Warrix, 20 of Martha, Ky was indicted on charges of Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $10,000/Complicity  a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years, and Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree/Complicity a class B misdemeanor.

The Grand Jury charges that on Dec. 12th, 2016 in Lawrence Co., the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Joshua Warrix knowingly and unlawfully taking a Bushnell Brand rifle scope valued at $79.97, an old timer brand knife valued at $19,78, a stealth camera memory card reader valued at $19.83, a SOG brand knife valued at $19.97, a buck knife valued at $12.53, a Simmons Brand Range Finder valued at $98.00 and a Simmons Range finder valued at $148.00 from the Sporting Goods department of Walmart of Louisa, Ky. with a total value of $735.72. The defendant acting alone or in complicity with Joshua Warrix knowingly and unlawfully damaged property owned by Walmart of Louisa causing $71.16 to the Sporting Goods Dept. Display case. 

 

 

Dr. William J. ShortDr. William J. ShortDr. William J. Short, 53 of Ashland, Ky. was indicted on the charges of Fleeing Evading Police In  the 1st degree, a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years, Wanton Endangerment in the 1st degree, a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years, Operating A Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs First Offense within 5 years, a class A misdemeanor and Reckless Driving, a violation.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before December 25th the defendant knowingly and unlawfully disregarded officer Hunter James with the Louisa Police Department's signs and signals to stop in an attempt to flee an arrest. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully manifesting extreme indifference to human life engaged in conduct which creates substantial danger of serious physical injury to another person, namely Sgt. Steve Wilburn with the Louisa Police Dept. Mr. Short knowingly and unlawfully operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs that impair a driver's ability to operate that vehicle. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully operated a motor vehicle upon a highway without regards for the safety and convenience of others.

 

 

 

Shelly M. TriplettShelly M. TriplettShelly Triplett, 32 of Louisa, Ky. was indicted on Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years, and Operating On Suspended Revoked Operators License, a class B misdemeanor.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before October 2nd, 2016 in Lawrence Co. the defendant knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully operated a motor vehicle while his operator's license was suspended or revoked. 

 

 

 

Brett M. ThomasBrett M. ThomasBrett Michael Thomas, 26 of Fort Gay, WV. was indicted on the charge of Burglary In The First Degree, a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years.

The Grand Jury Charges that on or about December 23rd, 2016 in Lawrence Co. the defendant knowingly and unlawfully entered and remained in Walmart of Louisa, KY. with the intent to commit the crime of theft, after previously being banned from the facility.

 

 

 

Brandon BirtBrandon BirtBrandon Birt, 29 of Louisa, Ky. was indicted on the charge of Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree, a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before August 9th, 2016 in Lawrence Co. the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine. 

 

 

 

Cassandra E. RobinsonArthurCassandra E. RobinsonArthurCassandra E. Robertson, 46 of Louisa, Ky. was indicted on the charge of Burglary In The Third Degree, a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on or about Nov. 29th, 2016 in Lawrence Co. the defendant knowingly and unlawfully entered and remained in Walmart of Louisa with the intent to commit the crime of theft, after previously being banned twice from the facility.

 

 

 

Wendy JudeWendy JudeWendy Jude, 30 of Louisa, KY. was indicted on the charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years, Possession/Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor and Public Intoxication, a class B misdemeanor.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before Nov. 26th, 2016 the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance, Methamphetamine. The defendant unlawfully possessed a glass pipe and an altered cut straw and baggies. The defendant unlawfully appeared in a public setting while under the influence of a controlled substance.

 

 

 

Robert D. PowersRobert D. PowersRobert D. Powers, 23 of Louisa, was indicted on the charges of Fleeing Evading Police 1st Degree a class D felony with a penalty of 1 to 5 years, Operating A Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 3rd offense within 5 years (aggravating circumstances) Misdemeanor with a penalty of not less than 240 days, Receiving Stolen Property Under $500.00 a class A misdemeanor and Assault In The Fourth (Domestic Violence) a class A misdemeanor.

The Grand Jury Charges that on or before Aug. 18th, 2016 in Lawrence Co. the defendant knowingly and unlawfully disregarded Deputy Mason Keefer with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department's signs and signals to stop in an attempt to flee arrest, the defendant knowingly and unlawfullyperated a motor vehicle in excess of 30 mph above the posted speed limit while under the influence of alcohol or other substances that impair a driver' s ability to operate that motor vehicle, the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a stolen Apple I Phone that was stolen from Andrea Tackett. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully was striking Andrea Tackett, causing physical injury, and operating a motor vehicle upon a highway without reguard for the safety and convenience.

 

 

 

Matthew R. CaudillMatthew R. CaudillMatthew Caudill, 34 of Louisa, Ky. was indicted on the charges of Possession of Controlled Substance In the First degree (2 counts), a class D felony with penalty of 1 to 5 years, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under The Influence of Alcohol/ Drugs 1st offense, a class A misdemeanor with a penalty of no more than 12 months, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor and Operating On suspended or Revoked License, a class B misdemeanor. The Grand Jury Charges that on or before Oct. 3rd 2016 in Lawrence County the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance, Methamphetamine. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance, Heroin. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, possessed baggies, altered glass pipe, and an altered straw, the defendant was operating a vehicle on a revoked or suspended license.

 

 

 

Green W. RameyGreen W. RameyGreen W. Ramey, 37 of Louisa was indicted on the charge of Receiving Stolen Property, $11,000/Complicity. This is a class C felony and a penalty of 5 to 10 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before May 7th, 2015 in Lawrence Co. the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Lowell Hayes Jr. knowingly and unlawfully being in physical possession of a John Deere Brand utility vehicle stolen from Robert Cyrus of Louisa, Ky. valued at $11,000.

 

 

Lowell G. HayesLowell G. HayesLowell Hayes, Jr., 51, of Louisa, Ky. was indicted on charges of Receiving Stolen Property $11,000/Complicity a class C felony with a penalty of 5 to 10 years and Persistent Felony Offender in the 2nd degree and enhancement.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before May 7th, 2015 in Lawrence Co. that the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Green Ramey was knowingly and unlawfully in physical possession of a John Deere Brand utility vehicle that was stolen from Robert Cyrus of Louisa, Ky. and valued at $11,000. Having had a previous felony is also charged with Persistent Felony Offender which enhances a sentence.

An indictment is not proof of guilt or innocence.

 

 

 

JANUARY  24, 2017

Regular Meeting Agenda

10:00 a.m.

 

  1.   Opening Prayer
  2.   Pledge of Allegiance
  3.   Call Meeting to Order
  4.   Approve minutes of the Dec. 20 ,2016 Regular Mtg. and the Dec.27, 2016 Special Mtg. 
  5.   Approve 2nd Reading of Budget Amendment # 2
  6.   Approve Treasurers Request
  7.   Approve Bills
  8.   Accept Treasurer’s Report 
  9.   Discuss Eastpark Agreement (Tom Saylor)
  10.   Senator Ray Jones to Speak
  11.   Approve the MOA Commonwealth of Ky. Office of the Governor, Department of Local Government HB 303 Funds
  12.   Kevin Woosley from Kentucky State Police to Speak on 911 Cost
  13.   Adopt Mileage Reimbursement at Federal Rate 53.5  
  14.   Appoint 2 Members to the Planning and Zoning Commission   
  15.   Appoint 2 Members to LC Board of Ethic
  16.   Appoint Member to LC Fire and Rescue Bd.
  17.   Appoint Member to LC Housing Authority 
  18.   Appoint Member to Bd. Of Adjustments 
  19.   Authorize Clerk to Advertise for Bids for Lomansville Fire Dept. Homeland    Security Grant
  20.   Authorize Clerk to Advertise Blaine Fire Dept. Surplus Property
  21.   Approve Proclamation January as School Board Recognition Month
  22.   Open Bids for Fallsburg Homeland Security Grant
  23.   Discuss Garbage Rate Increase 
  24.   Public Comments
  25.   Adjourn 

Happy New year Everyone,

The January court meeting scheduled for Jan. 17, 2017 will have to be changed to Tuesday January 24, 2017 at 10:00 am due to scheduling conflicts. Please Post.

Thanks

Judge Osborne

 

AFTER A BLITZ OF ARRESTS IN BOTH LAWRENCE COUNTY AND THE OTHER COUNTIES THAT USE THE BIG SANDY REGIONAL DETENTION CENTER, ARRESTS DECLINED IN THE OTHER COUNTIES, BUT LAWRENCE COUNTY REMAINED AT WAY ABOVE LEVELS AGAIN, ACCOUNTING FOR NEARLY A THIRD OF ALL ARRESTS OVER THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY PERIOD. NEARLY A MAJORITY OF THE ARREST OCCURRED ON FRIDAY THE 13TH.

The number of people booked each day from January 13 thru January 16 at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville was as the following: FRIDAY-JANUARY 13: 18, SATURDAY-JANUARY 14: EIGHT, SUNDAY-JANUARY 15: SEVEN, MONDAY-JANUARY 16: FIVE.

Those individuals arrested in Lawrence County in the past four days are the following:


Shawn A. FitzpatrickShawn A. FitzpatrickShawn A. Fitzpatrick, 19, of Louisa, was arrested on January 13, 2017, at 1:36 P.M., by deputy Rodney Lycans, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • SERVING TWO BENCH WARRANTS FOR COURT, • SPEEDING 17 MPH OVER LIMIT, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATOR LICENSE ( TWO SEPARATE COUNTS).



 

 


Elmer MarcumElmer MarcumElmer L. Marcum Jr., 34, of Genoa, West Virginia; turned himself in January 13, 2017, at 2:24 P.M., to the Lawrence County Sheriff Department to serve a guilty plea weekend jail sentence with: • CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.



 

 


Kenneth L. FitchKenneth L. FitchKenneth L. Fitch, 43, of Blaine, Kentucky; turned himself in January 13, 2017, at 5:39 P.M., to the Lawrence County Sheriff Department to serve a guilty plea weekend jail sentence with: • CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.



 

 

 

Green W. RameyGreen W. RameyGreen W. Ramey, 36, of Louisa, was arrested on January 13, 2017, at 6:04 P.M., by deputy Chuck Jackson, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION - AUTOMOBILE - $10,000 OR MORE BUT UNDER/ $1,000,000, • WANTON ENDANGERMENT-1ST DEGREE.



 

 

 


James Stephen BurchetteJames Stephen BurchetteJames Stephen Burchette, 37, of Louisa, was arrested on January 14, 2017, at 11:44 A.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • WANTON ENDANGERMENT-1ST DEGREE.



 

 

 


Lowell G. HayesLowell G. HayesLowell G. Hayes, 55, of Louisa, was arrested on January 14, 2017, at 2:25 P.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION - AUTOMOBILE - $10,000 OR MORE BUT UNDER/ $1,000,000, • PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER II.

 

 

 


Michael K. Cordle. Michael K. Cordle. Michael Kyle Cordle, 21, of Blaine, Kentucky; was arrested on January 14, 2017, at 2:45 P.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFFENSE (METHAMPHETAMINE), • TRAFFICKING IN MARIJUANA ( LESS THAN 8 OZ.) 1ST OFFENSE.



 

 


Charles E. SpillmanCharles E. SpillmanCharles E. Spillman, 53, of Louisa, was arrested on January 14, 2017, at 8:02 P.M., by deputy Dwayne Bowen, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE U/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATOR LICENSE.

 

TARGETED?: LAWRENCE COUNTY MAN WHO IS SUING LPD IS ARRESTED BY LPD NEW YEARS NIGHT

JANUARY 4, 2017 - written by WADE QUEEN

Billy Collins III,.son of Billy Collins, Jr. Billy Collins III,.son of Billy Collins, Jr. THIS IS A DEVELOPING NEWS STORY.....

LOUISA, Ky. -- In what is going to raise a lot of eyebrows in the area, a POTENTIALLY controversial development occurred late in the New Years holiday weekend, involving an ongoing civil case between Lawrence County law enforcement agencies and citizens.

A Lawrence County man, who has filed a multi-million dollar wrongful death civil lawsuit in federal court in Ashland over the May 2015 arrest of his late father, Billy Collins, Jr., was arrested on DUI charges Sunday night - by the same police agency that he says killed his Dad.

The older Collins, who a tape of the arrest show, was repeatedly tasered and physically hit numerous times by four officers from the Louisa Police Department and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, which, the suit says led to Collins suffering numerous injuries that the suit says led to his fatal heart attack.

There was a hasty grand jury inquiry but none of the police officers or deputies have been charged in the case.

Billy Collins III, 30, of Louisa, was arrested on 4 charges shortly before midnight Sunday January 1, at what may have been a DUI checkpoint.

Collins was arrested by patrol officer Julius Musick of the Louisa Police Department, on the charges of: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE • FAILURE TO PRODUCE INSURANCE CARD, • NO REGISTRATION RECEIPT, • POSSESSION OF OPEN ALCOHOL BEVERAGE CONTROLLED IN MOTOR VEHICLE PROHIBITED.

At around nearly the same moment Collins was arrested by officer Musick, two other Louisa residents, a 50 year old man and a 58 year old woman, were being arrested individually for DUI by two Lawrence County Sheriff deputies. The 58 year old woman who taken into custody was arrested by deputy Mack Wilhite.

Deputy Wilhite, along with fellow deputy Mason Keefer of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, plus LPD officers Steven Wilburn and Jordan Miller, were named in federal civil lawsuit (along with Chief Greg Fugitt and Sheriff Garrett Roberts, as well as both police agencies) that was filed by Billy Collins III in early May 2016.

Billy Collins Jr.Billy Collins Jr.

The Levisa Lazer reached out to the Louisa Police Department and Lawrence County Sheriff Department regarding the New Year's arrest of William Collins III, in light of his ongoing federal lawsuit against both police agencies.

In a brief statement by Louisa Police Chief Greg Fugitt, the chief made only this simple remark: "Any information on this arrest can be obtained through the court system same as any other arrest. Hope this answers your questions".

We also reached out to the lawyer representing William Collins III in his lawsuit, well esteemed and high powered Ashland, Ky attorney Mike Curtis, at his office Tuesday. Curtis was out of town (in Carter County on business), His office has not responded further.

 This article includes some opinions of its author.