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May 30, 2018

Preston 'has never seen as many lawyers in his court room'


LOUISA, Ky. -- It was a packed courtroom on Friday, May 25th. The public defender was overwhelmed with cases and a comment was made by Judge J.D. Preston that he "doesn’t ever remember seeing so many lawyers in his courtroom at one time".

Meth still dominates charges and the courtroom being full seems to be a scary trend...

 The docket went like this:

Robert Chafin, 41 charged with Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 1st offense was present on a motion to modify the conditions of release.

The defendant to receive an in home incarceration referral.

Teresa Clay, 50 per judgement by the Commonwealth, the defendant was sentenced to 3 years Probated over 5 years (consecutive to 17-cr-127 & 128) to serve on an ankle bracelet for Trafficking In a Controlled Substance.

Separate Case: the defendant pled guilty and was sentenced to 3 years consecutive to other cases, probated for 5 years.

To serve 365 days for Trafficking In a Controlled Substance and for the 3rd Case of Trafficking In a Controlled Substance, the defendant received the same sentence. The last case was dismissed.

Steven Blake Compton, 25 the atty. filed a motion to remand, stating the letter from the victim to show mercy should stand. The Commonwealth objected, stating that this is a public safety issue and the victim's statement is not relevant.

The defendant was denied his motion on the charges of Assault, 2nd Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs and Failure To Wear Seatbelts.

Crystal Cordle, 46 was present for a Probation Revocation Hearing was reset to 6/8/18.

Allan Farmer, 45  A waiver of representation tendered to Kute, the defendant entered a guilty plea based on the Commonwealth’s offer and will be final sentenced on 6/22/18 to an amended charge from Complicity Manufacturing to Facilitation and a Pretrial diversion.

Anita Farmer, 45 entered a guilty plea based on an offer by the Commonwealth to amend complicity manufacturing methamphetamine to Facilitation.

The defendant will be final sentenced on 6/22/18 and signed a pretrial diversion agreement.

Crystal Fitzpatrick, 25 entered a guilty plea based on an offer by the Commonwealth to amend complicity manufacturing methamphetamine to Facilitation.

Final sentencing to be held on 6/22/18.

Justin W. HarlessJustin W. HarlessJustin Harless, 30 was present on the docket for a probation revocation hearing.

After testimony from Billy Slone of Probation and Parole the defendant’s probation was revoked and he was remanded to the department of corrections. Other cases to be addressed on 8/21/18 with a report date of 7/13/18.

 

 

 

 

 

Audrey Horn, 31 was present on a bond revocation hearing. Defendant received an additional 60 days to tender order.

 

David Bryan JohnsonDavid Bryan JohnsonDavid Brian Johnson, 41 was sentenced to

3 years consecutive (to other cases) probated over 5 with other condition for Criminal Mischief,

60 days for Attempt Escape, 2nd degree,

60 days for resisting arrest,

60 days for Wanton Endangerment and the Persistent Felony Offender enhances it to 10 years.

Separate Case: Defendant sentenced to

2 1/2 years concurrent to one case but consecutive to another

20 years probated over five years with other conditions on Assault, 3rd degree,

90 days on falsely reporting an incident, and persistent felony offender was dismissed.

Separate Case: defendant was was sentenced to

three years concurrent to one case but consecutive to another for a total of

20 years probated over 5 years for Escape, 2nd Degree,

12 months for fleeing or evading police,

12 months concurrent to other accounts of resisting arrest and

persistent felony offender enhances to 10 years.

 

Amanda Jordan, 36 Will be final sentenced on 6/22/18 to an offer by the Commonwealth, complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine to Facilitation with a Pretrial diversion.

Lowell Maynard, 30 was present on a motion for shock probation.

The motion was denied.

Jessica McKinney, 36 Pled guilty to judgment prepared by the Commonwealth and will be sentenced to

two years with a pretrial diversion over four years for 1st Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance, Cocaine and

12 months for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Joni Moore, 40 The defendant was sentenced to

2 years, diversion over 4 years with other conditions on Complicity Possession of a Controlled Substance and

60 days for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jonathan Owens, 30 a bench warrant was issued.

Nathaniel Pack, 35 was sentenced to:

2 years Probation (unsupervised) for 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine.

Robert Parker Robert Parker Robert Parker, 35 was present for pre-trial, a public defender was appointed.

The defendant entered a not guilty plea and will return to court on 6/22/18 for Convicted Felon In Possession of a Handgun.

Separate Case: was present for pre-trial and will return on 6/22/18 for the charges of complicity trafficking in a controlled substance, persistent felony offender and complicity to possess drug paraphernalia.

Bradley Parsley, 40 was present and will be final sentenced on 6/22/18 on Flagrant Non Support.

Separate Case: will also be Final sentenced on 6/22/18 on 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine, Tampering With Physical Evidence, Wanton Endangerment and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Charles Perkins, 36 was present on charges of (2 counts) of Engaging in Organized Crime.

Reset by the Commonwealth, no date noted.

Heather Savage, 41 was present on Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Persistent Felony Offender. Next date set for 8/15/18/for trial date, will report on 7/13/18 for another pretrial.

Jason Skaggs, 47 entered a guilty plea and will be final sentenced on 6/22/18 for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Kenneth Anthony Stepp, 34 was present for pre-trial. Judge did not agree with offer and the case was reset, docket does not reflect when the date is.

Jeremy Thompson, 37 was sentenced to

3 years for Complicity Trafficking In a Controlled Substance with a Pretrial diversion and 45 days concurrent for Complicity Possession of Marijuana.

Separate Case: was sentenced to:

3 years concurrent to 1st Case for Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

Melissa Thompson, 42 was present to enter a plea on Complicity Burglary, 3rd degree and Complicity Theft or Pickpocketing.

Misdemeanor plea of guilt with agreement by the Commonwealth to be dismissed with six months to serve on misdemeanor theft.

Sonny Wiley, 40 was sentenced to;

2 years with a diversion over 4 years for Complicity Possession of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine and

60 days for Complicity Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Cody Williams, 40 what’s present on a motion to set aside due to ineffective assistance of trial counsel. Mike Curtis to file reply for Judge to rule on.

 

 

May 30, 2018

A Lawrence Co. woman died of what police are calling a "medical condition" during a traffic accident near Fallsburg, Ky. this morning (Wednesday)A Lawrence Co. woman died of what police are calling a "medical condition" during a traffic accident near Fallsburg, Ky. this morning (Wednesday)

 

One person is dead after a crash that happened on San Branch Road in the Fallsburg area of Lawrence County, Ky. just after 9:30 Wednesday morning, Lawrence Co. 911 dispatchers said.

There was only one car involved in the accident, but no word on how many people were in the car. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Judith Wilks, 61, died during the accident.Judith Wilks, 61, died during the accident.Department is investigating. A woman who died in the accident has been identified as Judy Wilks, 61, of the San Branch area.

Deputy Chuck Jackson and Sheriff Garrett Roberts were on the scene of the accident and stated it appeared that she died from a "medical condition".

Judy Wilks lived on the 1200 block of the road of the accident. 

 

 

 

May 29, 2018

SEISMIC TESTING DURING NEXT TWO WEEKS ON 23 AND 32

LAWRENCE COUNTY (May 29, 2018) – People who drive in Lawrence County between Blaine and Louisa on KY 32 or US 23 will see a long, unfamiliar truck on the roadway during the next two weeks. Traffic will be delayed a few minutes as the machinery conducts seismic testing.

Seismic testing equipmentSeismic testing equipment

Jody Hunt, Permits Engineer at Highway District 12, explained that Precision Geophysical of Millersburg, Ohio, is conducting seismic testing for oil and gas deposits in Lawrence County. The company did similar testing in Lawrence and Martin counties in January.

The big rig used for this work will stop periodically and a plate will descend from underneath the truck. The plate picks up vibes from the earth to determine the location and density of any oil and gas deposits that may be there.

The routes for testing are limited to KY 32 and US 23. If there are issues with the air and road temperatures due to heat, the company will use a water truck to prep the road surface as needed to avoid any pavement damage.

Hunt asked motorists to be respectful of the mobile work zone as it travels along the roadways. “There will be signs, flashing lights and such to alert motorists when they are coming upon this mobile unit. Just slow down and be patient. The delays won’t be long,” he said.

 

Sara George
Information Officer
Highway District 12

 

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