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July 1, 2015
Lawrence woman sentenced to 14 years on drug charges
Nearly every case heard during last motion hour of Lawrence County Circuit Court, was related to methamphetamine. Hope Hundley, 28, received the most time at 14 years, running concurrent, but consecutive to a separate case.
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Joshua W. Burris, 31, was arraigned, and pled not guilty to charges of Complicity Manufacture Meth, Complicity Controlled Substance Endangerment to Child 4th Degree (3 counts), Complicity Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree. Pre-trial conference July 31.
Samuel D. Collins Jr., 22, was arraigned and pled not guilty to charges of Complicity Manufacture Meth, Complicity Controlled Substance 4th degree (3 counts), and Complicity Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree. Pre-trial conference July 31.
Scott Fisher, 44, was arraigned and pled not guilty to charges of Criminal Possession Forged Instrument 2nd Degree (2 counts), and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree. Pre-trial conference July 31.
Kenneth Gauze, 29, was arraigned, and pled not guilty to Complicity Manufacture Meth and Bail Jumping 1st Degree. Pre-trial conference July 31.
Elmer Hall, 60, was arraigned and pled not guilty to charges of Complicity Manufacture Meth. Pre-trial conference July 31.
Hope Hundley, 28, was sentenced to 10 years for Complicity Manufacturing Meth, 3 years for Complicity Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 12 months for Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession. The charge of Persistent Felony Offender was dismissed. Sentence to run concurrent but consecutive to other case. A total of 166 days jail credit was applied.
Jason Kelly, 41, was arraigned and pled not guilty to Complicity Manufacture Meth. Pre-trial conference July 31.
Nathaniel Pack, 32, was sentenced to 1 year for Theft of Legend Drug, 30 days for Illegal Possession of Legend Drug, Possession Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, 12 months for Theft By Unlawful Taking, and 1 year for Tampering With Physical Evidence. A Persistent Felony Offender charge was dismissed with 2 years probation with 15 days jail credit.
Michelle Roop, 43, was arraigned and pled not guilty to charges of Complicity Manufacture Meth, Complicity Controlled Substance Endangerment to Child (3 counts), and Complicity Possession Controlled Substance. Pre-trial conference July 31.
Gary Skaggs, 48, was arraigned and pled not guilty to charge of Complicity Manufacture Meth. Pre-trial conference July 31.
Duranda Smith, 30, was sentenced to 5 years pre-trial diversion supervised 5 years on Facilitation Manufacture Meth. Six days jail credit was applied.
Christina Betzner, 45, was not present. A bench warrant was issued.
Other cases were reset to next motion hour or dismissed.
Information taken directly from Circuit Court Docket
June 30, 2015
A well known Lawrence County man who was seriously injured in a crash involving his motorcycle and a dump truck Tuesday afternoon in Boyd County later died due to his injuries.
Victor 'Buddy' Moore, 46, of Lawrence County, Kentucky, was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at King's Daughters Medical Center, according to the Boyd County Coroner.
The Boyd County Sheriff's Department said the crash happened about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on South Big Run Road in Cannonsburg.
Moore was on his motorcycle, riding with several family members and friends on their motor bikes, when he crossed the center line and collided with the dump truck head-on, deputies said.
The driver of the dump truck was not injured. The name of the dump truck driver involved in the crash was not being released at this time.
Moore was a well-liked figure in Lawrence County and had many friends, who are now saddened and upset by the losing of his life.
Moore's death is the latest of around a dozen accidents involving someone in Lawrence County or from Lawrence County in a neighboring area that has happened on a motorcycle or ATV in the last two months; most of whom suffered serious injuries and usually required air medical evacuations.
The latest previous accident took place just this past late Saturday morning June 28 just after 11 A.M. when an unidentified rider was involved in a motorcycle accident at the intersection of US 23 and Youngs Branch.
In the Tuesday accident Netcare EMS and Lowmansville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the motorcycle wreck at the intersection; where the injured rider was transported to the Valero gas station, where a landing zone was set up for the Air Evac Lifeteam 116 out of Inez, Kentucky, and was taken by the helicopter to a Huntington, West Virginia hospital.
JUNE, 30, 2015
LOUISA -- After a day of turmoil from all over Kentucky and even other states Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe has decided to end the practice of not issuing marriage licenses after one day.
Yesterday Jobe announced that his religious beliefs would not allow him to follow Gov. Steve Beshear's mandate to begin issuing licenses to gay and lesbians who apply for marriage licenses in Lawrence County. The Lazer has received more than 17,000 hits on the story as well as in excess of 100 comments about Jobe's initial decision to not issue any marriage licenses in order do keep from issuing them to homosexuals.
"I have had phone calls from all over the state and there are several clerks that feel the same way I do," Jobe said this morning. "But I do not want to deprive our citizens the right to apply for marriage licenses and most of the other clerks feel the same way."
He said he has had phone calls from Tennessee and other states supporting his decision to not issue the licenses.
"I appreciate the outpouring of support on my initial decision to not issue marriage licenses, but I have thought and prayed about it and I feel this is the best way to handle the situation," Jobe said.
Jobe, who is president of the Kentucky Clerk's Assn., said the issue may be brought up in the future but for now he has decided to follow the law and most of the other clerks he has spoken with are doing the same.
He said he has had no applications for marriage licenses in the past two days, gay or straight.