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Circuit Court News Friday July 25;


Shannon pleads 'Not Guilty' to sex charges;
 

Music arraigned on 15 separate offenses; Evans sentenced to 15+ years...

Information taken from Lawrence County  Circuit Court Docket
 

By Catrina Vargo
 

Harold ShannonHarold ShannonHarold Keith Shanmon, 66, was arraigned on five sexual related charges involving a minor, Friday, July 25, in Lawrence Circuit Court. Included in the charges are (1) Sodomy 1st Degree, Victim Under 12 Years of Age, (2) Use of a Minor Under 16 in a Sex Performance, (3) Promoting Sex Performance By Minor Under 16 Years of Age,  (4) Possessing Matter Portraying Sex Performance By Minor, (5) Unlawful Transaction With Minor 1st Degree Illegal Sex Act Under 16.

Shannon pled not guilty to the charges and a pre-trial conference was set for August 22, at 11:00. The Defendant remains incarcerated and is being represented by Attorney Joseph Lane.

Robert C. MusicRobert C. MusicRobert C. Music, 46, was arraigned on 13 separate charges:  (1) Theft By Unlawful Taking-Shoplifting, (2) Assault 3rd Degree-Police/Probation Officer Identity, (3) Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, (4) Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree-Police Officer, (5) 1st Degree Possession of Controlled Substance (Cocaine), (6) Drug Paraphernalia, (7) Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, (8) Operating On Suspended /Revoked Operators License, (9) Failure to Maintain Required Insurance, (10) Improper Registration Plate, (11) No/Expired Registration Plates, (12) Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, (13) Persistent Felony Offender.

In a separate case, Music pled not guilty on charges of 3rd Degree Burglary and Persistent Felony Defender.  A Public Defender was appointed, Defendant remains incarcerated.

Tammy EvansTammy EvansTammy Evans, 42, was sentenced to 5 years on charge of Receiving Stolen Property, 5 years for Complicity Tampering With Physical Evidence, and enhanced to 8 years on 2nd Degree Persistent Felony charge.  Sentence to run concurrent with other case.  Credit of 132 days applied. Evans was also sentenced to 5 years  on charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Handgun.

 

 

 

Other cases:

Christina Betzner, 44, was arraigned, pleading not guilty to charge of Complicity to Receiving Stolen Property. Remains on bond.

Nannie Blackburn, 37, was arraigned, pleading not guilty on charges of Complicity Burglary 2nd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender.  Public Defender was appointed and Defendant remains incarcerated.

James Z. Howard, 19, was arraigned, pleading guilty to Complicity Receiving Stolen Property (firearm) and was sentenced to one year diversion, 3 years  supervised.

Joshua A. Laney, 33, was sentenced to 5 years on Complicity to Manufacture Meth with 394 days credit to run consecutive to sentence of 3 years on Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) 1st Degree, for a total of 8 years.

James E. Ramey, 36, was sentenced to 3 years, with supervised probation for 5 years with 112 days credit.

Kayla M. Salyers, 20, was arraigned, pleading not guilty to Complicity to Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000)  and Complicity to Receiving Stolen Property (under $500).

Ronnie Brett Shannon, 19, pled guilty and was sentenced to 2 years on Complicity to Receiving Stolen Property (firearm) and 2 years diversion, 3 years supervision for Complicity to Tampering With Physical Evidence, to run concurrent to each other.

James C. Taylor, 48, was arraigned, pleading not guilty to charges of Complicity to Burglary 2nd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender.

Patrick Williamson, 44,was arraigned, pleading  not guilty to Complicity to Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000), Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000), Complicity to Receiving Stolen Property (under $500).

Andrew Hodge, 45, pled guilty and was sentenced to 5 years for Complicity to Robbery 2nd Degree.

Hope L. Hundley, 27, pled guilty to Complicity to amended charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking, and was sentenced to 5 years, supervised probation and other conditions.

July 22, 2014;

Wet-dry petition for

Louisa voters is ready;

LOUISA, Ky. -- After months of speculation and one failed attempt last year to get the issue of legal alcohol sales in the city of Louisa on the ballot, a new initiative is underway, Louisa businessman Gene Wilson said Monday.

Petition signing began July 16 and an election is tentatively set for Dec. 9, 2014. Only registered voters in the city of Louisa will be eligible to participate, Wilson said. 

The Petition, along with the signatures, should be submitted no later than the last of September.

Wilson garnered enough signatures to have an election last year but County Attorney Mike Hogan ruled that the petition language was too broad, and that Louisa, as a 5th class city, was not eligible for anything but a "moist" vote which applied only to restaurants.

Then the state legislature changed the entire class structure of Kentucky cities from six to only two classes, one for small towns and the other for everyone else. Louisa falls in the Class I category which allows wet-dry elections.

About a third of Kentucky towns are still dry but many of them are planning elections after the new state regulations went into effect July 15.  Wilson and others believe it is important to be able to attract higher level restaurants, especially in the recently annexed Rt. 23 business district of Louisa.

"We are the only city left on the Country Music Highway that remains dry," Wilson said. "That does not make sense - to send all our tax monies to surrounding counties."

The number of petition signers remains close to what they were last year when about 260 Louisa voters signed it. To be put on the ballot, at least 20% of the number of registered voters in the city limits that voted in the most recent election must sign the petition. 

If the same number, or close to it, sign this time, there will be an election.

Stephen B. Humphress, General Counsel of the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said the dates and procedures followed by Wilson are correct. He issued the following statement:

"...The new laws go into effect on July 15, so Louisa will be 4th class at the time. HB 331 eliminated the old city classes system.  There was a grandfather provision so Louisa will be able to have a local option election until Jan. 1, 2015.  After Jan. 1, 2015.  A city must have a population of 3000 or greater in order to have it own local option election under KRS 242.125. KRS 242.125(11) states what the petition should state.

Only signatures by registered voters in city count in getting necessary number. Qualified petition with enough signatures is filed with county clerk.  Can have multiple petitions circulating at same time then put together as one for filing. 

County judge cannot set election on same day as general election or 30 days before.  http://www.lrc.ky.gov/statutes/statute.aspx?id=11244 County judge cannot set election until after 60 days after petition filed or later than 90 days after election filed.  Only has a 30 day window. You can put date you want  for election on petition but county judge is not bound by it.

Yes.  Those two dates (listed above in story) would be 30 days after the general election (Nov. 4) and within the 30 day window of 60 days after and 90 days after petition filing. 

Don’t know politics there but you may want to advise county attorney or judge about election rules so they do not set a date contrary to statute which would make a successful vote subject to attack in subsequent election challenge. Counties don’t like paying for these special city elections..."


Those wishing to sign a petition can do so at Best Western Motel, Louisa Community Bank and Gene Wilson Law Offices with more locations to be announced later, Wilson said.

 

Sample Petition


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66 year old man indicted on sex charges with a minor; alleged thieves of Walmart and Rent-To-Own are indicted....

 

Lawrence Co. grand jury July Indictments:

Information taken from Lawrence Circuit Court Clerk's Office

Carl F. Castle, 27, Louisa, KY,  was indicted on charges of Theft By Unlawful Taking over $500/Complicity and Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree.  

According to the indictment, on or about May 21, 2014, Carl F. Castle acted alone or in complicity with Curtis Dale Rowe by knowingly and unlawfully taking 490 feet of steel pipe owned by Elmo Greer and Sons Construction (Elmo Greer), of Bernstadt, KY, and entering or remaining in or upon property without permission to do so.

Curtis Dale Rowe, 39, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Theft By Unlawful Taking over $500/Complicity, Criminal Trespassing, 3rd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender.  

According to the indictment, on or about May 21, 2014, Curtis Dale Rowe acted alone or in complicity with Carl F. Castle by knowingly and unlawfully taking over 400 feet of steel pipe owned by Elmo and Sons Construction (Elmo Greer), of Bernstadt, KY, entering or remaining in or upon property without permission,  and is considered a persistent felony offender due to having been previously convicted of felonies.

BetznerBetznerChristina Betzner, 44, Louisa, KY, was indicted on the charge of Receiving Stolen Property over $500/Complicity.  

According to the indictment, on or about May 25, 2014, Christina Betzner acted alone or in conspiracy with Oagrick Williamson and Kayla Salyers by knowingly and unlawfully  being in possession of a 10 karat red stone ring valued at $1,000 and a two tone 14 karat diamond ring valued at $800 with a value exceeding $500 stolen from Freda Williamson, Louisa, KY.

Patrick Williamson, 44, Louisa, KY was indicted on charges of Receiving Stolen Property over $500/Complicity, Receiving Stolen Property over $500 and Receiving Stolen Property under $500/Complicity.

According to the indictment, on or about May 25, 2014, Patrick Williamson acted alone or in complicity with Christina Betzner and Kayla Salyers by knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a 10 karat red stone ring valued at $1,000 and a two tone 10 karat diamond ring valued at $800 with a value exceeding $500. Defendant also was in possession of a cluster diamond ring valued at $700 and a two tone cluster valued at $1,000 with a value exceeding $500. Defendant also acted alone or in complicity with Kayla Salyers by being in physical possession of a Kindle Fire valued at $200, also stolen from Freda Williamson, according to the indictment.

Kayla SalyersKayla SalyersKayla M. Salyers, 20, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Receiving Stolen Property over $500/Complicity and Receiving Stolen Property under $500/Complicity.  

According to the indictment, on or about May 25, 2014, Kaya Salyers acted alone or on conspiracy with Christina Betzner and Patrick Williamson by knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of  a 10 karat red stone ring valued at $1,000 and a two tone  14 karat diamond ring valued T $800 with a value exceeding $500 stolen from Freda Williamson, Louisa, KY.  Defendant  also acted alone or in conspiracy with  Patrick Williamson by being in physical possession of a Kindle Fire valued at $200 also belonging to Freda Williamson, according to the indictment.

Harold ShannonHarold ShannonHarold Keith Shannon, 66, was indicted on charges of Sodomy First Degree, ome count, Use of a Minor Under Sixteen In a Sexual Performance, Promoting a Minor Under Sixteen in a Sexual Performance and Possession/View Matter Portraying Sexual Performance By a Minor.  

According to the indictment, on or about the Summer of 2008, Harold Keith Shannon knowingly and unlawfully engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with K.S., a child less than 12 years old, by "performing oral sex" on the girl.

.  The indictment also charges that on or about December 13, 2013, through June 3, 2014, Defendant induced K.S. (a minor under the age of 16) to engage in a sexual performance, namely the production of various photos of her sexual parts.

The Defendant also directed, produced, or promoted K.S. to engage in the production of  various photos of her sexual parts.  The Defendant also was in the possession of  matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor under the age of 16 who he possessed photos of the minor, K.S.  The Defendant also induced, assisted or caused K.S., a child under the age of 16 to engage in illegal sexual activity, according to the indictment.

Julius Arthur Marcum, 57, Ft. Gay, WV, was indicted on charges of Theft By Unlawful Taking over $500 and Persistent Felony Offender.  According to the indictment, on or about May 23, 2014, Julius Arthur Marcum knowingly and unlawfully took or exercised control over movable property of another with the intent to deprive the owner thereof, said property consisting of a grill valued at $1,000 and a patio set  valued at $450 belonging to Rent-To-Own of Louisa, KY.

Defendant also is considered a persistent felony offender due to having been convicted of a prior felony.

MusicMusicRobert C. Music, 46, Louisa, KY was indicted on 15 separate charges, on two separate indictments. One indictment charges Theft By Unlawful Taking over $500 (shoplifting), Assault 3rd Degree, Fleeing/Evading 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Possession/Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 1st Offense Within 5 Years, Operated on Suspended License, Failure of Owner to Maintain Registered Insurance, Improper Registration Plate, No Registration Plate.  

The second indictment charges Burglary 3rd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender.

According to the first indictment, on or about June 10, Robert Music knowingly and unlawfully took four Exide brand batteries valued at $374.99 and a Travelers Brand 1000 watt power inverter valued at $129.99 from Tractor Supply, Louisa, KY.

The Defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to cause physical injury to officer Steve Wilburn with the Louisa Police Dept while working within his physical capacity.

The Defendant knowingly and unlawfully disregarded signals and commands to stop given by Officer Steve Wilburn and Deputy Mark Wheeler with the intent to flee, avoid or elude his arrest.

The Defendant knowingly and unlawfully created substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person, namely Officer Steve Wilburn and Deputy Mark Wheeler and Mrs. Sandra Jeffers, Louisa, KY.

The Defendant knowingly and unlawfully was in possession of a controlled substance, Oxycodone.

The Defendant knowingly and unlawfully was in possession or use of drug paraphernalia of two syringes.

The Defendant operated a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol within 5 years of operating vehicle under influence of alcohol or other substances that impair a driver's ability to operate that motor vehicle.

The Defendant was knowingly and unlawfully in physical control of a motor vehicle while his operator's license was suspended or revoked.

The Defendant knowingly and unlawfully failed to possess proper motor vehicle insurance.

The Defendant also failed to operate motor vehicle with proper registration plates, and failed to operate motor vehicle with a registration plate.

The Defendant failed to properly register ownership of said motor vehicle.

On the second indictment, Robert C. Music, on or about June 9, 2014, knowingly and unlawfully entered a building owned by Walmart Inc., Louisa, KY with the intent to commit the crime of theft.

The Defendant is considered a Persistent Felony Offender due to being previous convicted of felonies, according to the indictment.

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