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April 15, 2014

Webbville man indicted on murder and kidnapping; penalties range from death to 20-50 years and fine...
Murder charges handed down

UhlmannUhlmannLouisa, KY -- A Webbville man who was charged with assault in a December 2013 domestic violence incident which left Jennifer Priddy, 54, severely beaten, has been indicted on murder charges after Ms. Priddy passed away three weeks ago.   

Aaron P. Uhlmann, 43, was indicted this month on a murder charge after Priddy died in March as a result of injuries sustained from the beating.

Uhlmann was also indicted on a kidnapping charge due to restraining her with the intent to "accomplish or advance  the commission of a felony crime" according to the indictment.  The Capital Offense of Kidnapping carries penalties ranging from death to life without parole, life without parole for 25 years or life without parole for 20-50 years.  The Class A Felony of Murder carries penalties of life or 20-50 years and  fine not more than $10,000.

Following is how the indictment reads:

'...On or about March 11, Aaron P. Uhlmann knowingly and unlawfully restraining Jennifer Priddy with the intent to accomplish or advance the commission of a felony crime, to inflict bodily injury and/or to terrorize the victim, and as a result, the victim, Jennifer Priddy subsequently died from serious physical injuries suffered during the kidnapping.  The Defendant, Aaron P. Uhlmann committed the offense of Murder when he with intent to cause the death of Jennifer Priddy, did so cause her death and/or acting under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life he wantonly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to another person and thereby caused the death of Jennifer Priddy.

Other indictments:

Jacqueline L. Smith, 23, Louisa, KY, was indicted on the charge of Receiving Stolen Property (firearm)/Complicity.  

According to the indictment, On or about March 1, 2014, Jacqueline L. Smith acted alone or in complicity with Shawn Fitzpatrick, James Z. Howard, Ronnie Shannon, and Tammy Evans knowingly and unlawfully was in possession of a hi-point semi-automatic 9mm caliber handgun with a value of $140.00 stolen from Mr. John Rowe of Louisa, KY.

FitzpatrickFitzpatrickShawn Fitzpatrick, 18, Louisa, KY, was indicted for Receiving Stolen Property (firearm)/Complicity, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, and Tampering With Physical Evidence.  

According to the indictment, on or about March 1, 2014, Shawn Fitzpatrick acted alone or in complicity with James Z. Howard, Ronnie Shannon and Tammy Evans by knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a hi-point semi-automatic 9mm caliber handgun with a value of  $140.00 stolen from Mr. John Rowe of Louisa, KY.  Defendant also manifested  extreme indifference to human life by engaging in conduct which creates substantial danger of serious physical or death to another person, namely by firing a handgun at Jacqulin Smith.  Defendant acted alone with Ronnie Brett Shannon by concealing, destroying, defacing or altering physical evidence that he felt would be used against him in an official proceeding.

James Z. Howard, 18, Viper, KY, was indicted on the charge of Receiving Stolen Property (firearm)/Complicity.  According to the indictment, on or about March 1, 2014, James Z. Howard, acted alone or in complicity with Shawn Fitzpatrick,  Jacqulin Smith, Ronnie Shannon and Tammy Evans by knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a hi-point semi-automatic 9mm handgun with a value of $140.00 stolen from Mr. John Rowe of Louisa, KY.

RameyRameyJames E. Ramey, 35, Inez, KY, was indicted on the charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $10,000/Auto.  

According to the indictment, on or about December 11, 2013, James E. Ramey knowingly and unlawfully took a 2000 Chevy Silverado pickup truck owned by Stephanie Johnson of Paintsville, KY, with a value of $8,000.

Shelia M. Blevins, 29, (no known current address), was indicted on the charge of Adult Abuse or Exploitation ($300 or more).

According to the indictment, on or about January 11, 2014, Shelia M. Blevins acted alone or in complicity with Tammy Akers by knowingly exploiting an adult, resulting in a total loss to the adult exceeding $300.00 financially or other resources or both, namely, Betty Stacey of Louisa, KY.

Tammy AkersTammy AkersTammy Akers, 31, (no known current address), was indicted on the charge of Adult Abuse or Exploitation ($300 or more).  According to the indictment, on or about January 11, 2014, Tammy Akers acted alone or in complicity with Shelia M. Blevins by exploiting an adult, resulting in a total loss to the adult exceeding $300.00 financially or other resources or both, namely, Betty Stacey of Louisa, KY.

Michael Hammonds, 18, Louisa, KY, was indicted on the charge of Assault 2nd Degree and Assault 4th Degree (domestic violence).  

According to the indictment on or about July 15, 2013, Michael Hammonds intentionally or wantonly caused physical injury to Nathaniel Houston of Louisa, KY by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.  The Defendant also committed the offense of Assault 4th Degree Domestic Violence by knowingly and unlawfully physically assaulting Rachel Wellman.

James Schafer, 40, Huntington, WV, was indicted on charges of Trafficking In Controlled Substance 1st Degree /Complicity and Theft By Unlawful Taking $500/Complicity.  

According to the indictment, on or about February 24, 2014, James Schafer acting alone or in complicity with Lindsey D. Davidson by knowingly and unlawfully trafficked in 2.6 grams of a Schedule I controlled substance, Heroin. Defendant also alone or in complicity to Lindsey D. Davidson, took a Case XX pocket knife from Kelly's Resale Shop with a value not exceeding $500.00.

Lindsey D. Davidson, 35, Huntington, WV, was indicted on charges of Trafficking In Controlled Substance 1st Degree/Complicity and Theft By Unlawful Taking $500/Complicity.  According to the indictment, Lindsey D. Davidson, on or about Feburary 24, 2014, acted alone or in complicity with James Schafer by knowingly and unlawfully trafficking  in 2.6 grams of a Schedule I controlled substance, Herion.  Defendant also, alone or in complicity with James Schafer, took a Case XX pocket knife from Kelly's Resale Shop not exceeding $500.

Jeffery Curry, (unknown address), was indicted on charge of sexual abuse 3rd degree.  

According to the indictment, on or about June 1, 2013, Jeffery Curry knowingly and unlawfully subjected another person to sexual content without the person's consent.

Jennifer Mitchell, 37, Salyersville, KY, was indicted on charges of Bailjumping 1st Degree and Persistent Felony Offender 2nd Degree.  

According to the indictment, on or about March 28, 2013, Jennifer Mitchell knowingly and unlawfully failed to appear in a specified time and place after being released from court custody in connection with a felony charge of Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree and Tampering With Physical Evidence.  Defendant is charged with Persistent Felony Offender due to previously being convicted of a felony.

ShannonShannonRonnie Brett Shannon, 19, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Receiving Stolen Property (firearm)/Complicity and Tampering With Physical Evidence.

According to the indictment, on or about March 1, 2014, Ronnie Brett Shannon acted alone or in complicity with Jacqulin Smith, James Z. Howard, Shawn Fitzpatrick, and Tammy Evans by knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a hi-point semi-automatic 9mm caliber handgun with a value of $140.00 stolen from Mr. John Rowe of  Louisa, KY.  Defendant also concealed, destroyed, defaced or altered physical evidence that he felt would be used against him in an official proceeding.

EvansEvansTammy Evans, 42, Louisa, KY was indicted on charges of Receiving Stolen Property (firearm)/Complicity and Tampering With Physical Evidence.

According to the indictment, on or about March 1, Tammy Evans acted alone or in complicity with Ronnie Brett Shannon, Jacqulin Smith, James Z. Howard, and Shawn Fitzpatrick by knowingly and unlawfully being in a hi-point semi- automatic 9mm handgun with a value of $140.00 stolen from Mr. John  Rowe of Louisa, KY.  Defendant also concealed, destroyed, defaced, or altered physical evidence she felt would be used against her in an official proceeding.  Defendant is also charged with Persistent Felony Offender due to being convicted previously of a felony.  Evans was also indicted on the charge of Possession of a Firearm (handgun) By Convicted Felon.

According to the indictment, Evans knowingly and unlawfully was in possession of a hi-point semi-automatic 9mm handgun after being previously convicted of a felony.

Indictments are taken directly from the Lawrence County Circuit Court Clerk's Office. An indictment is not proof of guilt or innocence.

See Sheriff's arrest report on Courthouse page;

Motorcycle accident claims the life of one Sunday night on US 23; incident still under investigation...

Elmer MaynardElmer MaynardSunday evening, April 13, proved to be deadly in Lawrence County for a Martin County man who died in a fatal motorcycle accident.  Following is an official statement released by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office:

On April 13, 2014 at approximately 9:50 pm the Lawrence County Sheriff's
Office responded to a motorcycle accident on US Highway 23 in the area of Shannon Branch.

Upon arrival it was determined that the operator of the motorcycle, Elmer L Maynard, 53, of Debord, KY in Martin County was traveling South on US Highway 23 on a 1987 Harley Davidson Motorcycle when he lost control coming out of a curve, struck the guardrail and was thrown from the motorcycle. The motorcycle continued on several hundred feet before coming to rest. Speed is believed to have been a factor in the accident.

Maynard was pronounced deceased at the scene by Lawrence County Coroner Mike Wilson. The following agencies assisted at the scene, Lowmansville Volunteer Fire Department, Netcare Ambulance, Trans Star Ambulance and the Louisa Police Department.

The accident remains under investigation by Sheriff's Deputy Dwayne Bowen.

Inside Louisa Limits: $1.00 per stop;

Bus service available in Lawrence County due to expansion; All residents eligible...

 

Reba Henderson, NKCAA Transportation DirectorReba Henderson, NKCAA Transportation Director

 

By Catrina Vargo

Louisa, KY -- For those of you who have wondered why Lawrence County doesn't have public transportation like our neighboring counties, well it appears that we have had it all along.  

Recently, the of lack of public transportation subject came up when I was involved in a work related situation.  Though I knew it was a big problem in our county, the need became even more apparent as I came in contact with folks who desperately needed this service.  

After some investigation, I found that Lawrence County has had public transportation service all along through the Northeast Kentucky Community Action Agency.  

The new Transportation Director for NKCAA, Reba Henderson, just took over that position in December, 2013, and said she wasn't sure where the disconnect was as to why Lawrence county had not been receiving transportation service.

"I think there just has been a breakdown of communication, and over time, people just thought we serviced the elderly only."  

NKCAA covers the counties of Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Elliot, and Lawrence, the same five counties that FIVCO covers.  Henderson said FIVCO does provide transit service in Lawrence County, but it is for senior citizens only.

With the expanded public transportation service through NKCAA, all Lawrence County residents may use the transit service regardless of age or income.

There is a fee beginning at $1.00.  A complete rate list is included in the official announcement from NKCAA which is included in this article.

Henderson said NKCAA's funding for public transit comes from the Kentucky State Transportation Cabinet as well as grants.

"I already have the grant application turned in for next year," said Henderson. "We are also in the process of completing a contract with LKLP, which is a private, non-profit corporation that provides a variety of services for Leslie, Knott, Letcher and Perry Counties.  The contract may make it possible for transit services to be covered by medical cards.

A meeting was held on March 27 at the Northeast Kentucky Community Action Agency office in Olive Hill to discuss the new revamped public transportation system.  Henderson encouraged anyone who wanted to know more information on the transit program to attend the meeting, and letters were sent out to officials in all of the service areas.

 "I want to know the needs of people in Lawrence County" Henderson said.

A representative from the Lawrence County Judge Executive's Office, Michelle Miller, attended the meeting and said she was excited for Lawrence County residents to finally have this service.  Following is the official announcement from NKCAA.

 

LAWRENCE CO. EXPANDED PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE

Transit vans available for new programTransit vans available for new programThe Northeast KY Community Action Agency will begin expansion of our Public Transportation Services in Carter County.

Transportation services are available to the general public.  At the current time, transportation will only be provided to and from businesses in Lawrence County.  

No income limits apply to be eligible to request services.  Any member of the public may request this service.

If you live in Lawrence County, you need to call Northeast to schedule service. It is required that service be requested 24 hours in advance or no later than 3:00 pm the day prior to the trip.

There is a fee for this service and rates are listed below.  Our service is a demand / response type service,"Henderson said.  "You must schedule your trip in advance and we will pick you up at your residence.  Service is not available on legal holidays or on days the weather is deemed unsafe to transport riders." 

Public Transportation is available 8am – 4pm Monday – Friday.  Availability of buses is on a first-come, first-serve basis.   

TO SCHEDULE TRANSPORTAION

(1) Call (606) 286-4443 between 8am – 3pm Monday – Friday. Ask for Kim or Reba
(2) Call at least 24 hours in advance of your transportation need or no later than 3pm the day prior to your trip.

RATES

* Inside Louisa Limits: $1.00 per stop
* Inside City Limits monthly pass with unlimited stops $20 per month

* Outside City Limits as follows: (time limits apply to stops, example 30 minutes for groceries)

1 – 5 miles $5.00 per round trip
6 – 20 miles $10.00 per round trip
21 – 50 miles $25.00 per round trip
Over 50 miles $1.00 per mile per round trip ($25 + $1 per mile for miles over 50)

Northeast will deny transportation for the following reasons, but not limited to these reasons

* For behavior that interferes with other passengers or the driver     

* Refusal to pay for service

* Repeated failure to provide notice of cancellation or no-shows     

* Refusal to follow rules for riding the bus

* Carrying weapons     

* Abusive language     

* Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Northeast does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age or disability be excluded from participating in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under the public transportation program.

Henderson said a schedule is in the process of being made where service to certain areas of the county would be available on different days.

"Lawrence County is so big, we are going to have to break it down into areas," Henderson said.  

A complete schedule will be posted on the Lazer as soon as it becomes available. Henderson said she would send that information as soon as possible.  

The public transit service for Lawrence County is available immediately, and anyone needing transportation can call NKCAA to schedule a pick up.

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