On May 25th, EdmonsonVoice.com published a story regarding the fatal motorcycle accident that claimed the life of Joe Cash, 54, of Smiths Grove. Our policy is now, and has always been, to handle these types of stories with great care and respect. Our goal is to bring you fast, but accurate news and information that can be verified by official sources. Our original story was written based on the facts of the case presented to us at that time, along with personal interviews with the investigating police agency.
We stand by our original story. -The Edmonson Voice
We have just received the following official statement from The Edmonson County Sheriff.
On May 23rd, 2015, The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office responded to a traffic accident involving Mrs. Debra Thomason, age 55, from Cave City, and Mr. Joe Cash, age 54, from Smiths Grove. Thomason was driving a 2003 Mercury, while Cash was riding a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Mr. Cash died as a result of the injuries sustained from this crash. I know that Mr. Cash's family and friends are grieving the loss of their loved one, and I also know that Mrs. Thomason has suffered greatly from being involved in this tragedy. Deputy Stoney Phillips, who worked this accident, has tirelessly pored over the facts of this accident, and has obtained medical records and vehicle data from Mrs. Thomason's car. I expect the final report on this accident to be concluded over the weekend, and it will be released as soon as possible. We have reached out to the Kentucky State Police to utilize their crash analysis team, so an independent agency can ensure that we didn't fail to gather all possible information. We also will be consulting with our Commonwealth Attorney's office to determine if they believe a crime was committed and how to further proceed. At this time, we ask for patience and understanding as we diligently investigate this collision. We, as a police agency, never want to rush to judgement, and this matter is no different. Both Mr. Cash's family, and the Thomason family deserve a complete and comprehensive investigation, and we will deliver that for them.
Shane A. Doyle
Edmonson County Sheriff
Darren Doyle, story
Photo courtesy of BPD
Late Wednesday night, June 10th, local officers with the Brownsville Police Department and the Edmonson County Sheriffs Department located a suspected methamphetamine lab component behind Save-A-Lot in Brownsville. Officers quickly dismantled the component so that it was no longer a danger to the public.
According to Sheriff Shane Doyle, a meth lab component is any chemical, ingredient, or piece of equipment necessary to generate the manufacturing of the drug, but still requires additional items in order to complete. "The only time we ever see something like this is when meth has recently been cooked," Doyle said. "All components can be extremely dangerous if not handled correctly. Thankfully, we have trained local officers who can properly handle these components." He also noted that there had been a recent decline in the amount of meth production in the area. "We believe that it's because of the effort our local agencies are showing together to keep it out of Edmonson County."
"Methamphetamine is a serious issue in our community and officers are constantly working very hard toward the war on drugs in Edmonson County," said Officer Garth Avery. "Anyone with information on suspected drug activity is urged to contact the Edmonson County 911 Dispatch Center to report the suspected activity." He said all calls and tips remain anonymous.
Darren Doyle, Edmonson Voice
After being hired less than 3 months ago as the new Little League Program Director, Greg Hudson has resigned from the position. The resignation comes as a surprise to many as there has been an overwhelming majority that feels Hudson’s impact on the program has been positive.
The program has faced its share of ups and down over the last several years and depending on who you talk to depends on how the program is viewed, but with many folks saying that this year’s season was an improvement in the overall program, the question now becomes what went wrong, and why did Hudson resign so suddenly?
“I can’t do this job properly if I have to be a lawyer more than I am a program director,” Hudson said. According to Hudson, the job came with its expected share of gripes and complaints, but that there were a couple of coaches and one parent specifically, that latched on to a couple of issues and wouldn’t let go.
Hudson said certain coaches challenged him in the process in which the All-Star coaches were selected, as well as the manner in which some rained-out games were not made up. Hudson said he had to cut a couple of games out of the season due to time constraints.
Hudson said that overall, he felt good about the direction of things, but it was frustrating to have a handful of folks continuously threatening to go above him (to fiscal court or the Judge Executive) in order to get their way, especially when he felt that it wasn’t in the best interest of the majority. Hudson said he also received threatening phone calls and text messages on different occasions throughout the year.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon said that overall, his office had received good feedback on the status of this year’s program and said he still feels that Hudson was the right guy for the job, however, because Fiscal Court governs the Parks and Rec Program, sometimes they intertwine with one another in ways that are detrimental to both.
According to Cannon, the straw that might have broken the camel’s back was when a parent requested Hudson to show secret All-Star ballots when their child was not chosen for the All-Star team. Cannon said Hudson did not show those ballots, which resulted in the parent visiting Cannon to make an open records request. Cannon said that because Parks and Rec is governed by Fiscal Court, Parks and Rec falls under open records law in certain cases.
“My opinion is this,” said Cannon. “Local government does not need to be organizing or administrating the little league program. The little league program has procedures on how to set up a board and how run a program. In every other surrounding area I’ve spoken with, the little league sets up its own board. The local government only supplies the fields to play on, as well as field maintenance, along with utilities and a building for concessions. We could possibly set it up like that here and the Little League program won’t have to fall under the same guidelines as Fiscal Court.”
Cannon pointed out that not all records and documents from Parks and Rec are subject to the open records law, such as the All-Star ballots. “There are limitations with certain documents,” Cannon said. “Especially those involving juveniles. You can’t just turn over documents that have juvenile’s names on them to the public. Plus, the coaches made their All-Star selections in confidence. If we make that public, no coach will vote the way they feel because of fear of a backlash from others.”
Cannon said that the only documentation the Little League board or director would have to make public would be those not pertaining to juveniles or matters conducted in an open meeting. In the instances with All-Star coaches and secret ballots, neither of those fell under that category, but he says it opens the door to similar issues in the future unless the county government gets out of the picture.
Hudson said balancing it all was more than he’d bargained for, and that he wasn’t aware of some of these issues before taking the job. “As much as I hate not doing what I wanted to do with this job, there was so much negative stuff people were saying that my family was being exposed to,” Hudson said. “It if was just me, that’s one thing, but I’m not going to continue to do this will all this stuff going on.
A recent EdmonsonVoice.com poll asked “What impact do you see from the changes implemented in Parks and Rec this year? 70% said positive, 22% said negative, and 8% said no change.
“Here I wanted to do something good for the county and the people, but I feel like I’m in over my head if I’ve also got to be a lawyer,” Hudson added.
This means that the upcoming little league basketball season that will start this fall is now in question. With no program director in place, it’s not clear what will happen at this point. Cannon said that he still feels that Hudson was the best applicant for the job. Cannon was asked, “If the best applicant for the job has resigned in less than three months, where do you go from here?”
“My recommendation to Fiscal Court will be to disband the Baseball/Softball board after the completion of this season, and that Fiscal Court not have anything to do with appointing any more board members,” Cannon said. “They can follow the guidelines of Babe Ruth and/or Cal Ripken rules in setting up their own board. They can do that themselves and there’s plenty of time to do that before next season.”
Hudson was also recently hospitalized for an artery blockage and was set to have surgery this week, but he said the issue was not a factor in making his decision. Hudson has agreed to remain until the end of this year's baseball/softball season, and will officially be relieved of his duties sometime in mid July.
by Edmonson Voice Staff
County Clerk Kevin Alexander's office will be closed next Tuesday, June 16th as he and his staff will be attending the Spring County Clerk Convention on that day. Alexander said he's missed several training sessions due to being short-staffed and getting the office up and running during his new term. The convention is actually a 4-day conference, but the office will only be closed on Tuesday. Normal hours will resume the next day.
He also said that the state-wide election recanvass in the governor and agriculture commissioner's race has been completed. A recanvass is not the same as a recount, but where each county adds their district totals one more time. A recount is counting each individual vote again. Alexander said there was no change for Edmonson County's totals as they added up the same once again.
The recanvass was requested by republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer, who lost by only 83 votes, and republican Ag Commissioner candidate Richard Heath, who lost by 1427 votes. Both candidates conceded each of their races upon completion of the recanvass.
Sheriff Shane Doyle gave the monthly activity report for his office for the month of May.
The Sheriff also gave a summary of the now completed Click It Or Ticket Campaign. Local officers worked overtime funded by the state, setting up checkpoints and extending patrolling hours in an effort to encourage drivers to wear their seat belts as well as follow all other traffic laws. "As I've stated before, we didn't implement this campaign so we could write more tickets," Doyle said. "This was about safety and encouraging drivers to have better habits. In the process, we also got more drugs out of our communities, more drunk drivers off the road, and people without insurance to acquire it."
The campaign resulted in the following:
4 DUI arrests
14 Other arrests
16 Speeding citations
10 Seat Belt citations
74 Other traffic citations
You can visit the Sheriff's Department Facebook Page by CLICKING HERE.
by Edmonson Voice Staff
County Attorney J.B. Hines addressed the fiscal court on Monday, June 9th, and gave an update of several items he and his office has been working on.
He first said that the County Attorney Traffic School that's recently been implemented has had a positive impact and child support activity was finally "in the black," meaning that enforcement numbers are increasing.
He also reported that the home incarceration program is also going well, and that he and his office were working well with Jailer Hank Vincent with the system.
He also discussed some 6 month goals he'd set for his office and that they were being met. He said he and his staff had been working long hours in order to get everything coming together and that he has a plan in place for interning a new law student soon.
Drugged Driving Seminar
Hines recently attended a seminar focused on drugged driving because of his concern about the risks created by drugged driving, not only to the driver, but also to passengers and others who share the road. "Drugs bought on the street and drugs prescribed by your doctor can impair a person’s ability to safely drive a motor vehicle," Hines said. "To drive a motor vehicle impaired while under the influence of drugs is illegal. Drugged driving is just like drunk driving.”
He continued by saying: “Many folks believe that only street drugs can lead to an arrest for drugged driving. Many prescription drugs come with warnings against the operation of machinery, which includes motor vehicles. It is important that warnings that come on prescribed medications are given attention as the drug may impair one’s ability whether taken with or without medical supervision. A person can get a DUI even if the drug is prescribed and taken as prescribed.”
Hines noted that when an officer pulls a driver over for suspected driving impaired due to alcohol or drugs, or both, the driver will be subjected to field sobriety tests. The officer is looking for signs whether the driver is has impaired faculties necessary for the safe operation of a motor vehicle. These faculties include motor skills, balance and coordination, perception, attention, reaction time, and judgment. He pointed out that even small amounts of some drugs can have a measurable effect on driving ability.
Edmonson Voice Staff,
photos courtesy of ECMS Academic Team
The Edmonson County Middle School Academic Team advanced to the Questions Unlimited Quick Recall National Tournament Playoffs in Chicago, Illinois, the first ECMS team to ever do this. This was also the winningest team in Edmonson County Academic Team history. The team placed 5th in the nation while competing against some the most prestigious programs in America. Outstanding!
"The National Tournament in Chicago was a great ending to a tremendous academic season for ECMS," said Coach Greg Grey. " We ended the year 5th in the nation, with a total of 86 victories and memories that will last a lifetime."
The students came up a couple of days before the tourney for sight seeing and entertainment while in Chicago. They visited the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, and the SkyDeck of Willis Tower. They also watched the Chicago White Sox defeat the Detroit Tigers at US Cellular Field.
"This was a wonderful, much deserved experience for this group," said ECMS Principal Brandon Prunty. "I am extremely proud of Mr. Grey and the academic team for all of their accomplishments. They've worked hard all year and continued to make us all proud on a national stage."
The Edmonson Voice would like to congratulate the ECMS Academic Team and coaches on a job well done. Thank you for representing all of Edmonson County in such a positive way.
by Darren Doyle, EdmonsonVoice.com
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office responded to the 1800 block of Noah Bledsoe Road in Chalybeate (near Lake Forest Subdivision) for a single vehicle accident with serious injuries around 11:00am on Monday, June 8th. Police said that William "Chance" Cowles, 19, of Chalybeate, was traveling north on the small back road when the 1997 Ford Ranger he was driving exited the left side of the road. Police also said that rear end of the truck spun counterclockwise 90 degrees and struck a tree on the driver's side, coming to a final stop.
Cowles was flown to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville by Air EVAC with serious injuries, but is expected to make a full recovery. Police also said that Cowles was wearing his seat belt and that a wet, slippery road was the main factor in the accident.
The Edmonson Voice attempted to reach out to family members for comment and updates on the teen, but none were available at press time.
In addition was to the sheriff's office, on scene was the Edmonson County EMS, Edmonson County Jaws of Life, first responders, and the Brownsville and Chalybeate Fire Departments.
by Laney Meredith, EdmonsonVoice.com
Citizens continued voicing concerns about the Rocky Hill Gas Plant at the Monday, June 8th Fiscal Court meeting. Court officials discussed the possibilities of industrial zoning as many residents are requesting that it should be implemented to prevent negative impact in residential areas. Suggestions included establishing an exact distance between any industrial operation and residential property. Yvonne Campbell, a resident of the area, voiced that she and other residents were “blindsided” several years ago by the sudden operation when the gas plant was first built, and stated that “somebody needs to know” when this type of industrial development occurs.
County Attorney, J. B. Hines informed attendees that under any type of county zoning ordinance, that proper notice would always have to be given of anything pertaining to the zoning. He also stated that the county would need to ensure the ability to enforce any ordinance and that a zoning officer would have to be put in place.
Magistrate Edd Rich referenced the public meeting held several years ago in Chalybeate when public concern arose when talks began of construction of low income multi-housing units in a residential area. He also pointed out that no one was for zoning at that time. Rich further offered that “no one wants zoning until you are affected by it.” Judge Executive Wil Canon added that neither he, nor the vast majority of the county want a large factory to come into a residential area. The zoning discussion concluded with plans to set up a research committee.
Fiscal Court Meetings At Night:
Court also discussed having Fiscal Court meeting at night. Many citizens have complained that they would like to attend meetings, but can’t because of work schedules. Most magistrates said they prefer the time of meeting to stay the same, while Johnny Brooks stated “Morning meetings work well, but night or day wouldn’t matter to me, I’ll be here anytime.”
Meetings are currently held on the second and fourth Monday each month at 9am. Magistrates Mark Woosley and Clark Wood both have held district meetings in the evenings to allow opportunity for citizens to discuss any concerns they might have had. There was continued discussion by Sheriff Shane Doyle saying “If all magistrates had a set time to meet with people from each district, it would let people express their problems, and maybe without having to change time of meeting.” Edd Rich added, “I’m not for change. We’re here to vote on policy, not to discuss someone’s feelings for someone else.”
There was discussion of possible evening public meetings held a few times per year to give something similar to a “State of The County Address,” which several magistrates seemed to be interested in.
Martin Pierce Road
During the meeting, repair was approved of Martin Pierce Road, a 1.2 mile long road that is shared between Hart and Edmonson Counties. The road goes in and out of both counties several times on the county line. Judge Cannon said the road had been neglected for about 20 years. Hart County has offered to provide the labor for repairing the road if Edmonson County supplies the materials. The court recognized the generous act made by Hart County government and Judge Wil Cannon expressed his gratitude for the labor they will provide, as the majority of the road is in EC. This actually requires Edmonson County to provide all repairs and maintenance.
Greg Hudson Resigns
The court approved resignation letter of Greg Hudson, Little League Program Director. He will continue his duties until the current baseball/softball season is concluded. Hudson was admitted to the hospital and will undergo surgery for a blocked artery. He was unable to attend Fiscal Court meeting. We’ll have more on this story as the details become available.
County Employee Insurance
Judge Wil Cannon said that county employees are currently insured under Bluegrass Family Insurance but has recently received information on another insurance company, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, with a plan that could provide substantial savings to the county. Cannon said that Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is offering a plan with similar benefits that will be half the price of what insurance is currently costing. Open enrollment date for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is set for June 15th.
Chalybeate Park Surveying
Fiscal Court also approved for Pride Engineering in Glasgow to survey Chalybeate Park for approximately $1500. No recorded survey has been done on the park and recently a neighboring landowner had logging done, raising concerns that some might have been on Chalybeate Park property. A portion of the cost for the survey will be paid by the private landowner bordering the park and has agreed to accept the results from the survey.
We’ll have the Sheriff’s Report, County Clerk’s Report, and County Attorney’s Report in upcoming pieces.
We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest staff member, Laney Meredith, a 17 year old senior at ECHS. Laney is a member of the volleyball team and enjoys hanging out with friends and family as well as attending church. She plans to attend WKU after graduation and become a certified public accountant.
Along with writing, Laney will be covering events, taking care of website maintenance, and conducting interviews. We are excited to have Laney on board, so be sure to look for her work in our upcoming stories.
by Darren Doyle, Edmonson Voice
Emergency personnel were called out to the Moutardier area of Nolin Lake Sunday evening around 5pm to what preliminary reports show to be a drowning accident. According to reports, Robert O'Brien, 33, of Charlotte, North Carolina was kayaking somewhere near the marina. Witnesses said that the wake from a large passing pontoon boat caused O'Brien's kayak to capsize, keeping the man underwater for several minutes.
Witnesses also said another pontoon boat nearby stopped and tried to offer help as the kayak floated away and the man was left floating unresponsive, face-first in the water. The un-named boaters said they removed the man from the water and immediately called 911.
O'Brien was pronounced dead at the scene by Edmonson County Coroner Michael Alexander. "No one knows about the passing pontoon boat, whether they even saw him or not," said Coroner Alexander. "There are so many things we don't know for sure."
It was reported that the man's parents own a vacation home on the lake and he was out for an afternoon in the water. "It appears that the man drowned while upside down in the kayak, but we can't confirm that until we get the autopsy results," Alexander said. The autopsy is being performed in Louisville.
"Mr. O'Brien appeared to be doing everything correctly," he added. "He was wearing a life jacket and everything seemed to be in place, it's just a terrible tragedy."
by Edmonson Voice Staff
What was intended to be a non-eventful criminal summons, which is simply a hand-delivered ticket and a court date, turned out to be much more. On Friday, June 5th, police made a visit to Charlie Hayes, owner of Hayes Tire on KY Highway 70 (Morgantown Road) to serve a court summons for undisclosed reasons. Police say when they arrived, they saw what appeared to be Hayes counting pills and placing them in what appeared to be a non-original container.
Police then obtained a search warrant after probable cause was established for trafficking pills. Upon searching the local business, police seized an undisclosed amount of hydrocodone tablets along with empty bottles, two firearms, a bottle of pills yet to be identified, and almost $10,000 in cash.
Police say that Hayes attempted to assault one officer during the search and seizure, resulting in the officer stunning Hayes with a taser.
Charlie Hayes, 53, of Huff, was arrested and charged with Trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree, Assault 3rd degree, Resisting arrest. Police say there will likely be more charges to come.
Hayes was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail. The investigation was led by Deputy Jordan Jones and assisted by Deputy Wally Ritter and Brownsville Police Officer Nathan Dennis.
by Edmonson Voice Staff
Early on Saturday, June 6th 2015 around 1:45am, Brownsville Police observed a gray Ford Taurus traveling south on Main Street in the area of Farm Bureau. Police say the vehicle was clocked traveling 51mph in a 35mph zone. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver of the vehicle was reported to have had very slow speech and extremely red and bloodshot eyes. Field sobriety test were given, and the driver showed several signs of being under the influence of marijuana.
Police say the driver, Kyle Smith, 20, Mammoth Cave, admitted to officers that he had smoked marijuana previously that night. A search of the vehicle resulted in the finding of suspected marijuana and paraphernalia on two passengers that were in the vehicle. The following subjects were arrested:
Kyle Smith, charged with speeding 16mph over the limit and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc..08- 1st Offense.
Verlon Harder, 21, Mammoth Cave, charged with public intoxication controlled substance (excludes alcohol), possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia-buy/possess.
Tyler Hardin, 21, Caneyville, charged with public intoxication controlled substance (excludes alcohol), possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia-buy/possess.
All subjects were arrested and lodged in the Hart County Jail. The investigation was led by Officer Garth Avery and assisted by District 2 Constable Tim Skees.
by Edmonson Voice Staff
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Commission office has moved to the historic Edmonson County Courthouse on the town square at 110 E. Main Cross St. in Brownsville KY.
"We consider it an honor to have our office in the historic courthouse," stated Chamber & Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons." We feel the move kicks off a new push of efforts to generate greater tourism and economic development."
The Chamber & Tourism are working closely with the Ky State Tourism, Arts & Heritage cabinet to begin the process to implement the Kentucky Trail Town Program here. State Program Director Elaine Wilson will visit Edmonson County on Thurs. June 18 at the Edmonson County Library to discuss the program at 5:30 pm. The community is welcomed to attend. Food and refreshments will be served. Business owners, concerned citizens, political figures, and outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to attend to learn more about this program designed
to stimulate economic and tourism growth by promoting biking, hiking, walking, equestrian and water trails.
The office phone remains 270-597-2222. The staff welcomes everyone to Visit the new office.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015. The Honorable Judge Renona Carol Browning presiding.
Johnathan Minton, Fleeing or evading police 1st degree motor vehicle. Fleeing or evading police first degree on foot. Wanton endangerment first degree police officer. Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, aggravator first offense. Refusing to submit to breath/blood/urine tests. Resisting arrest. Operating on suspended/revoked operator's license. Criminal mischief third degree. License to be in possession. Careless driving. Pleaded not guilty to all. Preliminary hearing for 6/9/15.
Richard Way Stewart, Violation of KY Emergency Protective Order/Domestic Violence Order. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference for 6/9/15.
Todd Alan Corzine, No operator's/moped license. Operating on suspended/revoked operator's license. Failed to appear, bench warrant served, $1000 cash bond.
Christopher Lindsey, Operating on suspended/revoked operator's license, amended to No License in Possession. Pleaded guilty, fined $50. Display/possession of cancelled/fictitious operator's license. Dismissed. Total fines and costs, $193.
Malena C. Hutchinson, Failure to illuminate head lamps. Pleaded guilty, fined $25. Speeding 21mph over limit, pleaded guilty, will attend county attorney traffic school. No/expired registration plates, proof shown, dismissed. No/expired KY registration receipt, proof shown, dismissed. Total costs $168.
Malena C. Hutchinson, Speeding 20mph over limit. Pleaded guilty, fined $40. Failure to notify address change to DOT, deferred for 30 days. Total costs, $183.
Shaun Newton Johnson, Failure to wear seat belts. Failure to produce insurance card. Continued for 6/16/15.
Brent A Pennington, Speeding 16mph over limit. Continued for 6/16/15.
Candido Lopez, Speeding 18mph over limit, pleaded guilty, fined $36. No operator's/moped license, pleaded guilty, fined $50. Total costs $229, paid.
Brandon Lewis McCluskey, No/expired registration plates, proof shown, dismissed. No/expired KY registration receipt, proof shown, dismissed. Failure to maintain required insurance/security 1st. Pleaded guilty. Fined $500, $450 of which suspended for 2 years with no similar offense. Total costs, $193.
James K Webb, No/expired registration plates, dismissed. No/expired KY registration receipt, dismissed.
Gwendolyn S Higdon, Operating vehicle with expired operator's license. Dismissed.
Douglas Ray Cropper, failure to wear seatbelts, pleaded guilty, fined $25. Failure to produce insurance card, proof shown, dismissed. Paid.
John R Holt, No/expired registration plates, proof shown, dismissed. No/expired Ky registration receipt, proof shown, dismissed. Failure to produce insurance card, proof shown, dismissed.
Rebecca Marie Riley-Miller, No/expired registration plates. No/expired KY registration receipt, Failure to notify address change to dept of transportation. Order signed, all dismissed.
Donald Kelly, Alcohol intoxication in a public place first and second offense. Pleaded guilty, fined $25. Total costs $209.
Samuel A Ralston, Failure to produce insurance card, proof shown, dismissed. Failure to notify address change to dept of transportation, proof shown, dismissed.
Leila M McCrady, Unauthorized use of motor vehicle first offense. Pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference for 6/16/15.
Aaron Masterson, Failure to produce insurance card, dismissed. Failure to give oncoming vehicle 1/2 of highway. Pleaded not guilty. Leaving scene of accident/failure to render aid or assistance. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference for 7/14/15.
Michael Anthony Vance, Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security 1st. Pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference for 7/14/15.
Kyle A Lawrence, Violation of Ky Emergency Protection Order/Domestic Violence Order. Dismissed.
Deanna Maria Miller, Convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Possession controlled substance first degree, first offense (meth). Possession controlled substance, 3rd degree, drug unspecified. Controlled substance prescription not in original container, 1st. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Endangering welfare of a minor. Pleaded not guilty to all. Bond modified, $10,000 - 10% cash. Preliminary hearing set for 6/16/15.
David L James, Drug paraphernalia - buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference for 6/23/15. Endangering the welfare of a minor, pleaded not guilty. Convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing for 6/23/15. Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense, (meth). Pleaded not guilty. Possession of controlled substance, 3rd degree, drug unspecified, pleaded not guilty. Controlled substance prescription not in original container, 1st. Pleaded not guilty. Carrying a concealed deadly weapon, pleaded not guilty. No/expired registration plates, pleaded not guilty. No/expired Ky registration receipt, pleaded not guilty. Failure to wear seatbelt, pleaded not guilty. License to be in possession, pleaded not guilty. Public attorney appointed. Bond modified to $15,000 cash-unsecured.
On May 26th, 2015, Edmonson Circuit Court was held where a Grand Jury returned the following indictments:
Tina Baird, Cultivating Marijuana, five or more plants, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in marijuana, eight ounces of more, but less than five pounds, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree, firearm enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia, firearm enhanced. Engaging in organized crime.
Joshua Blair, Possession of marijuana, firearm enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia-firearm enhanced.
Timothy Thacker, Cultivating Marijuana, five or more plants, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in marijuana, eight ounces of more, but less than five pounds, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree, firearm enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia, firearm enhanced. Engaging in organized crime.
Matthew Baird, Cultivating Marijuana, five or more plants, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in marijuana, eight ounces of more, but less than five pounds, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree, firearm enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia, firearm enhanced. Engaging in organized crime.
Jana Green, Sexual abuse in the first degree-victim under 12.
Nicholas Wilson, Theft by unlawful taking over $500.
Danny McGrew, Possession of controlled substance, first degree.
Bryan A. Bratcher, Theft by unlawful taking over $500. Two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor, 2nd degree.
Jaqueline Cline, False statement/misrepresentation to receive benefits over $100.
Steven Embry, Wanton endangerment first degree, four counts.
Floyd Banks, Manufacturing meth. Possession of controlled substance, first degree. Possession of drug paraphernalia. Persistent felony offender , first degree. Possession of marijuana. Trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree. Engaging in organized crime.
Herman Byers, Giving a false name to a police officer. Tampering with physical evidence. Trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree. Possession of drug paraphernalia. Engaging in organized crime.
Howard W. Baird, Cultivating Marijuana, five or more plants, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in marijuana, eight ounces of more, but less than five pounds, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree, firearm enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia, firearm enhanced. Engaging in organized crime.
Joshua Peger, Flagrant non support. Persistent felony offender, first degree.
Carolyn Anglin, Engaging in organized crime. Manufacturing meth. Trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree. Possession of a controlled substance first degree, second offense. Receiving stolen property over $500. Persistent felony offender first degree. Unlawful possession of meth precursor.
George Aubrey, Sexual abuse, first degree, persistent felony offender first degree.
Priscilla Towe, Custodial interference, Unlawful transaction with a minor second degree.
Monte Towe, Custodial interference, Unlawful transaction with a minor second degree.
Noah Ridgeway, Trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, possession of a controlled substance first degree (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, persistent felony offender first degree, engaging in organized crime.
Brandon Appleby, Wanton endangerment first degree-police officer, Fleeing or evading police first degree-motor vehicle, Wanton endangerment first degree, Burglary first degree, Tampering with physical evidence, Theft by unlawful taking over $500, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Operating motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Persistent felony offender second degree.
Angela Cannon, Complicity to wanton endangerment first degree (four counts).
Pasquale Mario Tarantino, Bail jumping first degree, persistent felony offender first degree.
Pasquale Mario Tarantino, Theft by unlawful taking over $500, persistent felony offender first degree.
Ronnie Vincent, Tampering with physical evidence, spotlighting wildlife, illegal taking of wildlife.
Austin Vincent, Tampering with physical evidence, spotlighting wildlife, illegal taking of wildlife.
Avery Banks, Manufacturing meth, possession of controlled substance first degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, persistent felony offender second degree, trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, engaging in organized crime, assault second degree, retaliating against a participant in the legal process.
Mason L. Kinslow, Assault first degree, robbery first degree, terroristic threatening, theft by unlawful taking-controlled substance, criminal mischief third degree, burglary third degree.
Jennifer Canler, Engaging in organized crime, manufacturing meth-first offense, trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, possession of a controlled substance first degree, receiving stolen property over $500, persistent felony offender second degree, unlawful possession of meth precursor.
Jerry Erassarret, improper turning, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle on suspended or revoked license, operating a motor vehicle under influence of drugs or alcohol, wanton endangerment first degree, possession of open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle.
Troy Cowles, Engaging in organized crime, manufacturing meth- 2nd offense, trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, possession of a controlled substance first degree, receiving stolen property over $500, persistent felony offender second degree, unlawful possession of meth precursor.
Cory L. Kinslow, Assault first degree, robbery first degree, terroristic threatening third degree, theft by unlawful taking-controlled substance, criminal mischief third degree, burglary third degree.
Darryl J. Glenn, Reckless driving, operating motor vehicle under influence of drugs or alcohol, fleeing or evading first degree, wanton endangerment first degree (police officer), Wanton endangerment first degree.
Cory W. Lindsey, Possession of controlled substance first degree, firearm enhanced, prescription for controlled substance not in original container, carrying concealed weapon, license not in possession, obstructed vision and/or windshield, failure to wear seatbelt.
Laura Pease, Cultivatin marijuana, five or more plants, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in marijuana, eight ounces or more, but less than five pounds, firearm enhanced, trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, firearm enhanced, possession of drug paraphernalia, firearm enhanced, engaging in organized crime.
Martha Poteet, Possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, persistent felony offender second degree.
An indictment is only a formal charge and is not an admission of guilt. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A local real estate agent will be heading off to close another deal tomorrow, but this time it will be at his insurance agent's office, where he'll be finishing the paperwork for a new windshield. Alan Kepple, of Smiths Grove, was heading down Pig Road, (KY 422) on Wednesday, when a turkey flew from the nearby woods into his path.
Since there was an oncoming dump truck in the other lane and a large ditch and woods line on his right, Kepple had no where to go. "I didn't have a lot of choice but to hit the bird," Kepple said. "It was loud and there was a lot of glass everywhere."
Luckily, Mr. Kepple wasn't injured, and no other vehicles were involved. When asked about the welfare of the turkey, Kepple replied, "I'm guessing the turkey didn't make it."
Darren Doyle, story
Rep. Meredith Welcomes Edmonson County 5th and 6th Grade Student Council to Frankfort
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 2, 2015) – Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville, welcomed Edmonson County Schools' 5th and 6th Grade Student Council to Frankfort on June 1st. The students were greeted by Rep. Meredith in the Rotunda of the Kentucky State Capitol, and toured the building as part of their visit. (Photo: LRC Public Information)
Edmonson Voice Staff