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March 27, 2018

Prater, now a convicted sex offender gets Probation and In Home Incarceration for 22 counts of Sexual Abuse, Rape and Sodomy.

 

Circuit Court was held on Friday, March 23rd and Methamphetamine was involved in over half of the cases heard in front of Judge John D. Preston. The meth trend is proving to be a bigger problem than opiates in our county at this time. After laws have prevented most of the prescription pill abuse, people are turning to more dangerous drugs such as Meth and Heroin.

 

(...from Lawrence Circuit Clerk Jodie Webb Parsley for $10.75))

 

Bobby Adkins Jr., 40 a motion for Expungement was granted.


Joseph R. BentleyJoseph R. BentleyJoseph Bentley, 38 pled guilty on 5 cases and will be final sentenced to:

(1st case) 2 years with other conditions on Flagrant Non Support.

(2nd case) The defendant will be sentenced to 2 years, on Flagrant Non Support.

(3rd case) Defendant will receive 2 years for Flagrant Non Support, with other conditions.

(4th case) Case amended from Felony Bail-jumping to misdemeanor Bail-jumping and time served upon completion of PSAP (substance abuse program) and

(5th case) Bail-jumping amended to misdemeanor Bail-jumping and time served upon completion of PSAP. All cases to run concurrent.

 

 

Brandon L. BurchettBrandon L. BurchettBrandon Burchett, 27 was present on 1st degree Possession of Cocaine, 1st offense. Commonwealth to send order for ROR/MCR (released on own recognizance/monitored controlled release) with drug testing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sierra D. CaudillSierra D. CaudillSierra Caudill, 33 was arraigned on Knowingly Exploit Adult By Person Over/$300.

Pre-trial set for 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Clarence ChildersClarence ChildersClarence Childers, 47 was on the docket for charges of Fleeing Or Even Evading Police, 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree On Police Officer, Driving On DUI Suspended License, 1st  Offense, Failure Of Non-Owner Operator To Maintain Required Insurance, 1st.

The defendant was not present and a bench warrant issued.

 

 

 

 

 


Eugene L. CochranEugene L. CochranEugene Cochran, 30 was arraigned on Burglary, 2nd degree and Possession Of Burglary Tools. A public defender was appointed and bond reconsidered to in home incarceration.

Pre-trial set for 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gary Haven Mills Cochran, Jr., 51, was present on a motion to recalculate jail credit. Probation and parole to meet with defendant and check dates and jail credit on 2 cases.

 

Steven ComptonSteven ComptonSteven Blake Compton, 25 was present on Assault, 2nd degree, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs and Failure To Wear Seatbelt.

Case was reset for 4/12/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Carrie DanielsCarrie DanielsCarrie Daniels, 31 was arraigned on Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st offense.

Pre-trial set for 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Matthew Diamond, 33 was on the docket for Flagrant Non-Support and was not present.

A bench warrant to be issued.

 


Curtis Edens arrest picCurtis Edens arrest picCurtis Edens, 59 was present on 6 Counts of Complicity Theft By Deception-Include Cold Checks, $10,000 or more, 2 counts of Complicity Present Fraudulent Claims To Defraud KMAP >$300 And Complicity Disputes/Prescribe/Administer Controlled Substance, 1st Offense. 2 Motions were heard, one from the defense which was granted and a Motion for a status conference which the case is to proceed to trial.

 

 

 

 

 


Thomas J. EvansThomas J. EvansThomas Evans, 30 was arraigned on Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st Offense And Persistent Felony Offender, 2nd degree.

A public defender was appointed and an evaluation of in home incarceration was ordered for bond.

 

 

 

 

 


Allan L. FarmerAllan L. FarmerAllan Farmer, 45 was arraigned on Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st offense.

Pre-trial set for 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anita J. FarmerAnita J. FarmerAnita Farmer, 45 was arraigned on Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st offense.

Pre-trial set for 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Crystal FitzpatrickCrystal FitzpatrickCrystal Fitzpatrick, 25 was arraigned on Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st offense.

Pre-trial set for 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Nicholas T. HackneyNicholas T. HackneyNicholas Hackney, 28 was present on a bond hearing for a bond violation on charge of Engaging in Organized Crime-criminal syndicate. Rehab or PSAP Placement was ordered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Melvin HarmonMelvin HarmonMelvin Harmon Jr, 28 was arraigned on Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st offense.

Pre-trial set for 4/27/18.

On another case the defendant was arraigned on Criminal Possession Of A Forged Instrument, 1st Degree and pre-trial for this case will also be on the 27th.

 

 

 

 

 


Donald K. HarrisDonald K. HarrisDonald Harris, 37 was scheduled for sentencing on Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, namely methamphetamine.

An evaluation for in home incarceration was ordered for bond and case was reset for 4/12/18.

2nd Case: was scheduled for sentencing on complicity trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree, namely methamphetamine.

Reset for next motion hour on 4/12/18.

3rd Case: Was arraigned on Burglary, 2nd degree.

Pretrial set for 4/27/18.

4th Case: was arraigned on Importing Heroin, 2 Counts of 1st degree Possession of Cocaine, 1st offense. Pretrial set for 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda JordanAmanda JordanAmanda Jordan, 37 was arraigned on Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st offense.

Pretrial set for 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travis E. LayTravis E. LayTravis Lay, 22 was sentenced to 1 year on Possession of a Controlled Substance, 30 days for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Operators License and Failure to Wear Seatbelts were dismissed.

Case 2: defendant sentenced to 1 year for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd or greater offense, 30 days for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs and the misdemeanors were dismissed.

Case 3: Sentenced to 18 months for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd or greater offense, 18 months for Escape 2nd degree, 60 days for Operating on Suspended/Revoked License, 60 days for Illegal Possession of Legend Drug and 60 days for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. ALL TO SERVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devana LycansDevana LycansDevana Lycans, 28 was arraigned on Complicity Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st offense, methamphetamine and Complicity Tampering With Physical Evidence.

Pretrial set for 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lonnie L. MarcumLonnie L. MarcumLonnie Marcum, 37 was arraigned on Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000 and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st degree.

A public defender was appointed and pre-trial is set for 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew NewsomeMatthew NewsomeMatthew Newsome, 37 took a plea agreement for 3 years of supervised probation, with a pretrial diversion over 5 years and other conditions on Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $500.

Final sentencing to be held on 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan C. OwensJonathan C. OwensJonathan Owens, 31 was present for a motion to reduce bond on Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 1st degree (<4 grams of cocaine) and Giving Officer False Identifying Information.

Motion was denied.

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca PinsonRebecca PinsonRebecca Pinson, 42 pled guilty and took a plea bargain for 3 years Probated over 5 years, 180 days of In home Incarceration with other conditions for Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 1st degree (methamphetamine )

Final sentencing set for 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven PraterSteven PraterSteven Prater, 49 was sentenced to 6 years of supervised probation over 5 years and 180 days of in home incarceration. 3 years for each of 5 counts of Rape, 3rd degree, 3 years for each of 5 counts of Sodomy, 3rd degree, 3 years of each of 10 counts of Sexual Abuse, 1st degree. All charges 2-6 and 8-20 to run concurrent and the last Sexual Abuse, 1st degree is to run consecutive to other counts. Rape, 2nd degree and Sodomy, 2nd degree was dismissed.

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald Ratliff , 51 was present for a Probation Revocation Hearing. The defendant’s pretrial diversion was extended for 6 months.   

Joe Roberts, 36 was present on Commonwealth’s Motion to Revoke Probation.

The defendant received a graduated sanction that extends his probation for two years.

 

Curtis D. RoweCurtis D. RoweCurtis Rowe, 43 was arraigned on Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine And Persistent Felony Offender.

Pre-trial set for 4/27/18.

Case 2: The defendant is set for pretrial on 4/27/18 for Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine And Persistent Felony Offender.

 

 

 

 

 

Heather S. SavageHeather S. SavageHeather Savage, 41 was arraigned on Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Persistent Felony Offender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winfred S. ScottWinfred S. ScottWinfred Scott, 28 was sentenced to 5 years of unsupervised probation and drug court for Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $500 And 5 Years Concurrent For Receiving Stolen Property (firearm).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy ThompsonJeremy ThompsonJeremy Thompson, 37 was arraigned on Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

Pre-trial set for 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley VincellShirley VincellShirley Vincell, 30 was present on a Motion for Shock Probation on 4 cases.

All motions denied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal G. WheelerCrystal G. WheelerCrystal Wheeler, 41 took plea bargains on 3 cases. Three years for Complicity Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree, (Methamphetamine), 3 Years For Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree, 12 Months For Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, 12 Months For Possession Of Marijuana, 12 Months For Possessing A License When Privileges Are Revoked, 90 Days For Failure To Surrender Revote Operators License.

2nd Case: 2 Years For Possession Of A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree And 12 Months For Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.

3rd Case: 3 Years Probated Over Five Years, 180 Days Of In Home Incarceration And Complete Drug Court For Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) All cases will run concurrent.

 

 

 

 

 

Alisha  WhittAlisha WhittAlisha Whitt, 34 was present for a Probation Revocation Hearing with witness Billy Slone of probation and parole.

Probation was revoked and defendant was remanded to the Department Of Corrections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy WrightRandy WrightRandy Wright, 30 case set for a Motion to Revoke Probation.

The defendant was not present and a bench warrant to stay active.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael A. WilksMichael A. WilksMichael Wilks, 42 was sentenced to 3 years for Tampering With Physical Evidence And 3 Years Concurrent For Complicity Unlawful Possession Of A Meth Precursor, 1st offense, the remaining charges were dismissed.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 27, 2018

HARM REDUCTION PROGRAM SLAMMED BY COURT MEMBERS AND JUDGE

Packed courtroom for fiscal court 3/27/18Packed courtroom for fiscal court 3/27/18


With ONE voice the Fiscal Court asserted, "NO" when asked by Judge Osborne to vote on whether the County would support the operating of a Harm Reduction Program.

The Vote was 5-0 to not approve the implementation of the Needle Exchange Program. When asked for YES, the room was silent. There was no discussion or comments made.

A large group was in attendance for the meeting, those approving the Harm Reduction Program. Those for on one side and the opposition on the other.

Judge Osborn stated," There will never be one in this county. Unless it changes at the polls."

Lawrence Co. Health Dept. Director Debbie Miller issued the following comment:



"...Of course, I was disappointed by the outcome today, but I was not surprised. We anticipated it would be a no. However, that doesn’t mean it is a forever no and the health department will continue to educate the fiscal court and the public on Hepatitis C and HIV and best practices to prevent the spread of disease.

Needle exchanges have been getting a lot of negative publicity in our region recently. The program we proposed was a one-for-one needle exchange meaning a participant has to bring in a needle to receive a new one. We also proposed that a maximum of 40 needles was the most that any participant could receive in any one week. We tried to remove every barrier we could think of in hopes of a yes vote. I have no idea why the no vote. Only the magistrates can answer that and they did not comment at the meeting.

The message they are sending is that they are not concerned that Lawrence County has been identified as one of the most vulnerable counties in the U.S. to an HIV and/or Hepatitis C outbreak and that they do not want people who are physically dependent on drugs to receive complete medical care including needle exchange, overdose prevention, wound care, treatment and recovery. The bottom line is that although syringe exchange programs make us all a little uncomfortable, the science proves that they save lives. They save lives by preventing the spread of diseases through eliminating the sharing of needles and they save lives by connecting people to treatment and putting them on a path to recovery. I don’t understand how anyone could vote against that."

Thanks,
Debbie

Debbie Miller
Public Health Director
Lawrence County Health Department

 

The Lazer will add more to this story tomorrow.

 

March 27, 2018

Dr. Curt Edens and his attorney going to courtDr. Curt Edens and his attorney going to court

Dr. Curtis D. Edens, 57, a well known gynecologist that practiced in Louisa for more than 21 years, was back in Lawrence Circuit Court last Friday, March, 23rd after his Grand Jury Indictment in May, 2017.

Edens was originally brought down for illegally operating a Soboxone Clinic in Louisa.

 The former doctor was arrested in South Carolina at his home and was extradited back to Kentucky to face multiple felonies.

The Court hearing Friday was to hear two motions.

Edens' Attorney filed A Motion To Withdraw, which was granted.

Motion For Hearing for “a status conference” was a motion from the special prosecutor for the case to proceed to trial.

This isn’t the first time Edens has been in front of Hon. Judge John D. Preston. Edens was involved in a high profile Wrongful Death lawsuit in 2010 which eventually led to a mistrial in an Election Day case after a juror made a remark about defendant spoiling the jury pool.

The former doctor, who has had his license suspended was represented by Hon. David Mussetter, an attorney out of Ashland, KY. on 8 charges.

*  (5 counts) of Complicity Theft By Deception-Include Cold Checks $10,000 or more,

*  Complicity Present Fraudulent Claims To Defraud KMAP and

*  Complicity Dispense/Prescribe/Administer Controlled Substance, 1st offense.

 

After the motion by the special prosecutor, the defendant will have one more Pre-trial conference in April and if a plea bargain is not reached, the case will swiftly proceed to trial.