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April 25, 2018

LAWRENCE CO., KY MAN SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR BANK FRAUD AT ASHLAND BANK WHILE HE WAS ITS SENIOR VICE EXECUTIVE

Originally facing decades imprisonment, ex-bank official has to pay back nearly a $1.5 million he swindled since the start of the millennium 2000s

APRIL 25, 2018 - written by WADE QUEEN

Martin RossMartin Ross
MARTIN ROSS

A former Ashland bank executive from northern Lawrence County accused of defrauding a bank of more than a million dollars, has been sentenced to 51 months ( 4 years, 3 months ) in a federal prison.

Martin Ross, the former senior vice president at Town Square Bank, was sentenced Monday, April 16, in US District Court in Ashland after pleading guilty in December 2017. Ross was remanded into custody following his sentencing in federal court.

Ross was accused of inventing fake customers and processing loans to accompanying fake accounts. Ross was also accused of creating detailed identities for the fake accounts that included several things such as fictitious tax returns and credit reports.

Ross was accused of creating detailed identities for the fake accounts that included ficticious tax returns, credit reports, applications, brokerage account statements, property deed filings, certificates of insurance and Uniform Commercial Code filings, according to records.

Ross’ scheme existed since 2000 and lasted until August 2017, according to court records.

Ross’ attorney, David Mussetter, said his client’s plan started as a bad decision that spiraled out of control. Mussetter said Monday at the court sentencing Ross “deeply regrets his actions, and accepts full responsibility.” Ross “stood up and acknowledged his wrongdoing” from the beginning, Mussetter said.

Martin Ross, who had no prior offenses, had faced a 30-year maximum sentence.

When Martin Ross completes his 51-month sentence, he is required to pay back the money owed to the bank and will have to undergo a period of supervised release similar to probation when he completes the sentence.

The total loss that Martin Ross caused at Town Square Bank, for that he will have to repay, was $1,415,082, according to court records.

 

April 23, 2018

100 MPH CHASE THROUGH PRICHARD, KENOVA RESULTS IN ARREST OF DOLLAR GENERAL ROBBERY SUSPECT

Salyersville man is also a suspect in gas station holdup in Putnam County earlier the same morning

PRICHARD, WVA. -- Just after noon Sunday Wayne Co deputies responded to a robbery at Dollar General in Prichard.

SUSPECT Michael May of Salyersville KY, faces charges in KY as well as Robbery 2nd Degree and Fleeing in Wayne County.SUSPECT Michael May of Salyersville KY, faces charges in KY as well as Robbery 2nd Degree and Fleeing in Wayne County.

A deputy was traveling south on US 52 to locate the suspect when the suspect nearly hit the deputy head on and forced him off the road. The deputy then took off in pursuit of the vehicle.

The suspect blew through a stop sign at the WV Rt 75 and US 52 intersection at speeds around 100 MPH, the report said. A Kenova Police Officer joined the pursuit at that time. The suspect ran multiple vehicles off the road before going into KY.

The suspect was apprehended in Catlettsburg KY.  where officers recovered money, clothing and shoes allegedly used during the robbery of Dollar General Store.

The suspect, Michael May, 28, of Salyersville KY, faces charges in KY as well as Robbery 2nd Degree and Fleeing in Wayne County.

MAY IS CHARGED WITH * Fugitive from another state (warrants)

* Reckless driving

* Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree in Ky. 

Michael May is also the suspect in the Putnam County gas station robbery in the early morning hours.

Boyd County Sheriff's office made the arrest. Catlettsburg PD and Ashland PD assisted.

 

 

April 20, 2019

STATE POLICE IN ELLIOT CO. DISCOVER LIVE PIPE BOMB DURING DRUG SEARCH 

WEBBVILLE MAN USING USING SINGLE ROOM BUILDING AS 2ND ALTERNATE RESIDENCE LOCATED ON PROPERTY OF RELATIVES, WAS BUSTED AFTER FAMILY MEMBERS CALLED 911 AS HE ATTEMPTED TO BREAK INTO HOME;

Admitted to troopers he was intoxicated and had not slept for several days after buying what he thought was heroin turned out to be meth

 

APRIL 19, 2017 - written by WADE QUEEN

CAUGHT WITH PIPE BOMB - Travis Matthews admitted to trooper Reynolds that he had taken heroin, but that later he thought it was actually meth. Matthews told the trooper he had not slept in several days. CAUGHT WITH PIPE BOMB - Travis Matthews admitted to trooper Reynolds that he had taken heroin, but that later he thought it was actually meth. Matthews told the trooper he had not slept in several days.

The Kentucky State Police arrested a Lawerence County man Saturday after discovering a pipe bomb inside his house in Elliot County.

While conducting drug investigations any agency of police officers usually have an idea of what they can expect. However, troopers with the Kentucky State Police Post 8 in Morehead in Rowan County found the unexpected while investigating a call involving a Lawrence County man in an area of Elliot County.

According to the KSP report, on just after 5 P.M. Saturday April 14, trooper Justin Reynolds responded to a 911 call from a family saying their family member was attempting to break into their house in the Brushy Creek Road area in Sandy Hook in Elliot County.

When trooper Reynolds arrived on the scene, he found the perpetrator suspect, who was identified as 29-year old Travis L Matthews, from Webbville in Lawrence County, standing outside of a single room shack.

When trooper Reynolds approached Travis Matthews, he noticed Matthews appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Trooper Reynolds further said in the report Matthews couldn't stop talking, couldn't stop twitching, had pinpoint pupils and a dry mouth.

Travis Matthews admitted to trooper Reynolds that he had used heroin, but that later he thought it was actually meth. Matthews told the trooper he had not slept in several days. Matthews also told officers that while he officially lives in Webbville in Lawrence County, he would sometimes stay at the one room shack on relatives' property in the Sandy Hook area of Elliot County.

After Matthews agreed and gave consent permission to trooper Reynolds to have his shack searched, trooper Reynolds found what he believed was a pipe bomb.

Jim Adkins, a bomb operations specialist with the KENTUCKY STATE POLICE Jim Adkins, a bomb operations specialist with the KENTUCKY STATE POLICE Trooper Reynolds contacted his Post 8 command in Morehead and the KSP Bomb Squad was called in and they confirmed that it was in fact a pipe bomb. They also found an additional blasting cap inside the shack. The KSP Bomb Squad was able to dispose of the pipe bomb and also the separate blasting cap near the scene.

After the explosives were disposed, in an additional search of the shack, the troopers discovered several syringes, small bags and filters, with other filters in small baggies. The were all tested and came back positive for methamphetamine.

Travis Matthews was arrested on the scene and was charged with:

• POSSESSION OF DESTRUCTIVE DEVICE OR BOOBY TRAP DEVICE,

• WANTON ENDANGERMENT-1ST DEGREE-POLICE OFFICER,

• POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFFENSE (METHAMPHETAMINE),

• DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS,

• PUBLIC INTOXICATION-CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (EXCLUDES ALCOHOL).

Matthews was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, where he remains incarcerated as of Thursday evening, April 19.