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February 16, 2018

ARREST MADE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY THEFT INVESTIGATION

"When Fallsburg Vol. Fire Department members gathered for their 40 year celebration last year, it was clear that we were more than a Volunteer FD, we are a family," new Fire Chief Chris Jobe said. "And this really hurts our family.""When Fallsburg Vol. Fire Department members gathered for their 40 year celebration last year, it was clear that we were more than a Volunteer FD, we are a family," new Fire Chief Chris Jobe said. "And this really hurts our family."

Ashland, Ky. (February 16, 2018) – In May 2017 the Kentucky State Police Post 14 in Ashland began an investigation into a reported theft of funds from the Fallsburg Fire Department.

William HallWilliam HallDuring the course of the investigation it was determined William Hall, Acting Chief of Fallsburg Fire Department at the time of the theft, had used department funds for personal gain.

Between March 2016 and May 2017 funds totaling over $5,000 had been removed from the Fallsburg Fire Department account and used by Hall.

Evidence was collected which resulted in Trooper Forest Newsome obtaining arrest warrants for William Hall.

William Hall, age 45, of Louisa, KY was located and arrested by Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputy Mason Keefer on February 15, 2018. Hall was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and charged with the following:

*  Theft by Failure to Make Required Disp. Of Property $5,000<

*  Abuse of Public Trust < $10,000

The investigation remains ongoing by Trooper Forest Newsome Unit 762.

Hall has since been released on an undisclosed bond amount.

Fallsburg VFD is 'like a family'

By Tane' Woods Mosley

After visiting the Fire Department for their 40 year celebration,  it was clear and stated that they were more than a Volunteer FD, they were a family. 

Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe, who has taken over as Fire Chief after the investigation into theft of department funds began,  said as much during the group's 40 year anniversary celebration more than a year ago.

Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe showed visitors names of former firefighters during the 40 year anniversary at FVFD.Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe showed visitors names of former firefighters during the 40 year anniversary at FVFD.Jobe isn't new to the job.  He was Fire Chief for 20 plus years before Hall took his place.

Jobe stated that he had dreaded this day since the investigation into missing funds began. "This is one of the hardest things I've ever been through," Jobe said today.

Although it isn't clear how long the other members of the fire department have known about the case, the revelation and arrest has devastated many of them who have strived to keep a good name in the small community.

 

 During the celebration Chief William Hall, right,  posed with State Senator Ray Jones.During the celebration Chief William Hall, right, posed with State Senator Ray Jones.

February 16, 2018

Lawrence County Circuit Court Judge John David Preston saw and sentenced several high profile cases on Friday, February 9th.

The Tri State Family Medical Center, LLC was exonerated of liability and all charges were dropped against the medical center, however owners Kevin and Janice Gauze both entered guilty pleas based on the Commonwealth Attorney's offers. Elden Muncy, Jr., 22, was arraigned on 2 counts of Murder and Steven Prater was present facing 20 plus counts of Sexual abuse crimes.

DOCKET, from Circuit Clerk Jodi Webb Parsley

 

Tonielle AdkinsTonielle AdkinsTonielle Adkins, 27 was sentenced to time served and continued Substance Abuse program on (amended charge of) Trafficking In A Controlled Substance and Promoting Contraband and on a separate case the defendant was sentenced to 10 years of probation, 5 unsupervised along with other conditions.

 

 

 

 

 


DR. ALFRED BALDERA DR. ALFRED BALDERA Alfred Baldera, 65 had a Motion for an Expungement granted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gary BrewerGary BrewerGary Donald Brewer, 68 was sentenced to an amended charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking over $10,000 and received 4 years consecutive to the time presently serving on a Martin County case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie Brooks, Jr.Jackie Brooks, Jr.Jackie Brooks Jr., 31 was present on a Motion For A Diversion Completion and the motion was denied on the grounds of ineligibility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jesse F. CaudillJesse F. CaudillJesse Caudill, 33 was arraigned on Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree, Criminal Possession Of A Forged Instrument 2nd Degree, Theft By Deception Including Cold Checks. In home Incarceration given for bond along with MCR and drug testing. A public defender was appointed.

 

 

 

 


William W. ChafinWilliam W. ChafinWilliam Chaffin, 29 pled guilty and was sentenced to probation with 5 out of 3 years supervised and In house rehabilitation for Fraudulent Use Of ID CARD OF ELECTRONIC CODE FOR BENEFITS.

Scheduled to be final sentenced on 3/9/18.

 

 

 

 


3. Danny D. Colegrove3. Danny D. ColegroveDanny Colegrove, 31 pled guilty and was sentenced to three years for Theft By Unlawful Taking, 12 months unsupervised probation on Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and the sentence enhanced to 10 years for Persistent Felony Offender, 1st degree, all concurrent.

 

 

 

 


James CookJames CookJames Cook, 33 was present on a Probation Violation Hearing, the defendant stipulates to violations, order to be sent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Joshua Q. CyrusJoshua Q. CyrusJoshua Cyrus, 43 was present for a bond violation hearing on Complicity To Manufacture Methamphetamine, 1st Offense And Complicity Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), case reset for 2/23/18

 

 

 

 

 

 


1. Freda Davis1. Freda DavisFreda Davis, 36 was sentenced to 3 years Supervised Probation over 5 years and 180 days of Home incarceration, 3 years for Tampering With Physical Evidence, 12 Months For Possession Of A Controlled Substance, 12 Months For Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, 12 Months For Theft By Unlawful Taking And 45 Days For Possession Of Marijuana, All Concurrent.

 

 

 

 

 


Janice GauzeJanice GauzeJanice Gauze, 47 pled guilty and was sentenced to 3 years and a diversion (with other conditions) on Complicity Unauthorized Procurement Of A Controlled Substance and on a separate case the defendant received 3 years diverted after 3 years on Complicity To Present Fraudulent Claims To Defraud KMAP

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Kevin GauzeDr. Kevin GauzeKevin Gauze, 48 changed his plea to guilty and accepted the Commonwealth’s offer (not reflected on the docket) See story on Lazer main page which includes AG's recommended sentence.

The defendant is scheduled to be final sentenced in March (no exact date given on docket)

 

 

 

 

 


April Ann HarperApril Ann HarperApril Harper, 33 pled guilty and was sentenced to 5 years with a diversion for ; both to run concurrent. On a separate case the defendant received 3 years supervised over 5 years (with a diversion) on Fraudulent Use Of An ID Card Of Electronic Code For Benefits, 2 Years For Possession Of A Controlled Substance, 1st Offense And 90 Days For Theft By Unlawful Taking/Shoplifting, all charges to run concurrent

 

 

 

 

 


Kayla J. Horn HuntKayla J. Horn HuntKayla Hunt, 29 pled guilty to and amended charge of Complicity To First-Degree Burglary, Amended To Facilitation And Sentenced To 5 Years Of Supervised Probation And Convicted Felon In Possession Of A Handgun Was Dismissed, charges to run consecutive to another case

 

 

 

 

 


Richard A. LaneyRichard A. LaneyRichard Laney, 57 was sentenced to 3 years of supervised probation with 120 days to serve on Operating DUI -  Alcohol/Drugs, 4th Offense, 90 Days For Operating On Suspended/Revoked Operators License And Failure To Wear Your Seat-Belts or to Surrender Revoked Operators License was dismissed.

 

 

 

 

 


Candy N. MayCandy N. MayCandy May, 25 was not present on a Motion to Void Pretrial Diversion and a bench warrant was issued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Lowell Justin Maynard Lowell Justin MaynardLowell Justin Maynard, 30 was sentenced to 3 years for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (methamphetamine) 12 months on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 12 months for Theft By Deception and 12 months for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree. The defendant's Pretrial diversion was set aside and the defendant was remanded to custody

 

 

 

 

 


Jessica McKinneyJessica McKinneyJessica McKinney, 36 was on the docket for 1st degree Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The defendant was incarcerated in a different county and the case was set aside until 2/23/18

 

 

 

 

 


Elden MuncyElden MuncyElden Muncy, Jr., 22 Was arraigned on 2 counts of Murder, his bond will remain at $50,000 cash and Pretrial set for 3/9/18

 

 

 

 

 

 


Matthew NewsomeMatthew NewsomeMatthew Newsome, 37 was arraigned on Theft But Unlawful Taking Over $500 in pre-trial set for 3/9/18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Keith PenixKeith PenixKeith Penix, 27 was on the docket for Engaging In Organized Crime/Criminal Syndicate, The case was reset for 2/23/18 because the defendant is incarcerated in Bourbon County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lillian N. PerryLillian N. PerryLillian Perry, 38 was present for a bond reduction on two cases of Fraudulent Use Of An ID Card Of Electronic Code For Benefits.

The defendant was given In Home Incarceration

 

 

 

 

 


Steven PraterSteven PraterSteven Prater, 49 was present for a report date on charges of Rape, 2nd degree-no force, 5 counts of Rape, 3rd degree, Sodomy 2nd degree, 5 counts of Sodomy, 3rd degree and 10 counts of Sexual Abuse, 1st degree.

Case reset for 2-23-18 while defendant remains on bond.

 

 

 

 

 


Seth RigsbySeth RigsbySeth Rigsby, 26 pled guilty and was sentenced to 12 months on an amended charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance and received 24 months of supervised probation, 7 days for Operating A Motor Vehicle Under The Influence Of Alcohol/Drugs, And 12 Months For Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, all concurrent.

 

 

 

 

 


Joel D. StevensJoel D. StevensJoel Stevens, 60 was sentenced to 3 years on Driving DUI Suspended License, 3rd offense, 12 months for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, 3rd offense, 90 days for Failure To Maintain Required Insurance, all concurrent.

 

On a separate case the defendant was sentenced to 3 years with other conditions on Operating A Motor Vehicle Under The Influence Of Alcohol, 4th Offense, 30 Days For Operating On Suspended License And Persistent Felony Offender was dismissed, all concurrent. Defendant is incarcerated.

 

 

 

 

 


Tri State Family Medical Center, LLC, an order was agreed upon to dismiss all charges including 2 counts of Complicity Present Fraudulent Claims to Defraud KMAP and Complicity Forgery of a Prescription, 1st offense.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Shirley VincellShirley VincellShirley Vincell, 30 was sentenced on 4 separate cases.

Case #1 sentenced to 3 years on Complicity Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine.

Case #2 sentenced to 15 years on Complicity to Manufacture Methamphetamine, 3 years for Complicity Trafficking in a Controlled Substance and 12 months for Complicity Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Case #3 sentenced to 1 year for Bail jumping.

Case #4 sentenced to 2 years for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 12 months for Tampering with Physical evidence, 12 months for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd degree and 12 months for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All cases to run concurrent.

 

 

 

 


Roger Barnes, Jr. Roger Barnes, Jr. Roger Barnes Jr., 32 was scheduled for a pretrial conference on 3 counts of Complicity Receiving Stolen Property, Complicity Possession Of A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) And Complicity Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.

The defendant was not present and a bench warrant to be issued

 

 

 

 

 


Sherry BowenSherry BowenSherry Bowen, 35 was scheduled for a pretrial conference on Complicity Possession Of A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) And Complicity Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.

The defendant was not present and a bench warrant to be issued.

Other Pretrial Conferences- Not Resolved

 

 

 

 

 


Matthew R. Caudill copyMatthew R. Caudill copyMatthew Caudill, 35 for 4 separate cases:

#1 Bail jumping, 1st degree

#2 Bail jumping, 1st degree

#3 Complicity 1st degree Possession of Cocaine and Complicity Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1st offense

#4.  Two Counts of 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Operating On Suspended License.

A change of plea was made and the cases were reset for 3-9-18

 

 

 

 

 


Donald K. HarrisDonald K. HarrisDonald Harris, 36

2 cases:

#1 Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (methamphetamine)

#2 Complicity 1st degree Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st offense.

Pre-trial conference, no report on results.

 

 

 

 

 


Travis E. LayTravis E. LayTravis Lay, Possession Of A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Or Greater Offense, Operating A Motor Vehicle Under The Influence Of Alcohol/Drugs, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure To Wear Seat-Belts, No Operators License.

Defendant will change plea and is scheduled for 2/23/18.

 

 

 

 

 


Nathaniel M. PackNathaniel M. PackNathaniel Pack, 1st degree Possession of Cocaine. 1st offense.

Pre-trial conference, no report on results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Crystal G. WheelerCrystal G. WheelerCrystal Wheeler, 40 for 3 cases:

#1 Complicity Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine)

#2 Complicity Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Trafficking in the 2nd degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possessing License When Privileges are Revoked, Failure to Surrender Revoked Operators License

#3 Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (methamphetamine)

Pre-trial conference, no report on results.

 

February 15, 2018

UPDATE: 

Valentine’s Day might consist of flowers or chocolates but for one man from Louisa, it was a million dollars.

MEGA MILLIONS WINNER TICKETMEGA MILLIONS WINNER TICKET

Yesterday morning around 6:30 a.m., the Lawrence County man tentatively identified as Rick Cyrus stopped at the Louisa BP #17 to check his Mega Millions ticket from the February 13, 2018 drawing.

The clerk scanned his ticket and informed him that he’d won too much for the store to pay.

“We checked the winning numbers against my ticket and I was like, okay. At first I figured it was probably $1,000 but after researching further, I found out it was much more,” Cyrus said.

The Louisa resident is looking ahead to retirement and says his winnings will help. After taxes, he received a check for $700,000.

The winner would not consent to posing for a picture for Ky. Lottery officials who would not reveal his name at his request although the information is public record, and store clerks have been reluctant to give out his name, either.

BY Jennifer Cunningham | Communications Specialist

KENTUCKY LOTTERY

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PREVIOUS STORY
February 14, 2018

Cashier who sold ticket said 'he is a good customer of ours'

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 2/14/18 @ 11:30 a.m.

Officials with the Kentucky Lottery say the retail location that sold last night's $1 million Mega Millions ticket is Louisa BP #17 at 206 W. Madison Street.

MICHELLE LEEDY of Louisa BP was the cashier who sold the winning ticket. “ it’s so exciting and we are just getting started, she said. "He is s good customer of ours.” She did not name the winner, however.MICHELLE LEEDY of Louisa BP was the cashier who sold the winning ticket. “ it’s so exciting and we are just getting started, she said. "He is s good customer of ours.” She did not name the winner, however.

MICHELLE LEEDY of Louisa BP was the cashier who sold the winning ticket. “ it’s so exciting and we are just getting started, she said. "He is s good customer of ours.” She did not name the winner, however.

The winning ticket holder has not yet come forward but store owners and employees know his identity. They can't name him until he comes forward with the winning ticket.


ORIGINAL STORY
A winning ticket for last night’s Mega Millions drawing worth $1 million was purchased in Louisa.

Officials with the Kentucky Lottery say the ticket matched five white ball numbers, but not the Mega Ball to win the game’s second prize. The winning numbers for the February 13, 2018 drawing were 5, 12, 15, 46, 49, with Mega Ball 1.

The retailer that sold the winning ticket will receive a selling bonus of $10,000.

Officials say the winner has not yet come forward. So far, the name of the winning retailer has not been released.