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May 24, 2010

Reams indicted by Laurel grand jury

Had allegedly used public safety funds to buy handgun, holster for personal use

CORBIN — By Carl Keith Greene

Staff Writer

The former Laurel County public safety director was indicted Friday in Laurel Circuit Court with abuse of public trust under $10,000.

Brian K. Reams, 42, of London, allegedly on or about Nov. 1, 2005, used Laurel County public safety funds to buy a handgun and holster for his personal use.

The indictment says the funds “were not allocated for such purpose.” And that while Reams was a public servant he intentionally dealt with the money and property as his own.

Reams is allegedly under investigation for apparently mishandling a $1.8 million federal grant for the Chemical Storage Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

He was acting in this capacity as purchasing agent for CSEPP’s 10 counties.

In the process of purchasing equipment for the counties, Reams reportedly took bids on the equipment from two suppliers, one owned by his wife.

He awarded the bids to PREP, the company owned and operated by his wife.

Fifty others were named in the indictments including Daniel Radford, 41, of East Bernstadt, who was charged with 15 counts of first-degree rape over a period from March 2007 through September 2009 and 15 counts of incest over the same period.

George Gaines, 27, of London, was charged with second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking between $500 and $10,000, first-degree fleeing or evading police, driving under the influence and on a revoked or suspended license and second-degree persistent felony offense (PFO).

Jeremy Reams, 25, of London, two counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of theft by unlawful taking between $500 and $10,000.

Terry Neal, 47, Corbin, fraudulent use of a credit/debit card between $500 and $10,000.

Woodburn Schlicht, 49, Corbin, and Kenny D. Smith, 27, Manchester, theft by unlawful taking, $10,000 or more. Schlicht, first-degree PFO.

James Martin (aka, James McCoy), 64, of East Bernstadt or Galloway, Ohio, obscuring the identity of a machine worth $10,000 or more, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and second-degree forgery.

William Overpeck, 28, of Franklin, Ohio, third-degree rape.

Ronnie Hoskins, 41, of London, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, theft by unlawful taking under $500 and first-degree PFO.

Ryan Paolantino, 27, of East Bernstadt, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended or revoked license, resisting arrest and second-degree PFO.

Jerry Jewell, 45, of London, driving under the influence and on a revoked or suspended license.

Jesse A. May, 31, of London, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and second-degree PFO.

Paul Welch, 44, of Williamsburg, retaliating against a participant in the legal process.

Rickie Musgrove, 42, of London, tampering with a witness and first-degree PFO.

Christina Nantz, 29, of London, first-degree bailjumping.

Jeremy Jones, 23, of London, first-degree bailjumping.

Jeremy Grubb, 41, of London, first-degree bailjumping.

Jim Riley Allen, 30, of London, first-degree bailjumping.

James Madison Jones, 49, of London, flagrant non-support.

Bill Harris, 37, of Lily, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Jonathan Benge, 32, of Manchester, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree fleeing or evading police and public intoxication.

Nicholas Whitman, 21, of London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree promoting contraband.

Harvey Lee Couch, 43, of Hazard, two counts first-degree, one count second-degree and two counts third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and theft by unlawful taking less than $500.

Darla McCormick, 44, of Gray, first-degree and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree PFO.

Kenneth Roberts, 23, and Lori Roberts, 46, of London, and Jamie Sizemore, 21, of Manchester, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, Lori Roberts, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree possession of a controlled substance. And Kenneth Roberts and Sizemore, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Darrell Brock, 30, of Manchester, first-degree and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Clifford Humfleet, 41, of Corbin, James Boggs, 53, of London, and Kenneth Hines, 42, of Keavy, six counts of fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment of a child.

Boggs and Hines were also charged together with manufacturing methamphetamine and each first-degree PFO.

Humfleet was also charged with making meth and tampering with physical evidence.

Charles Napier Jr., 31, of East Bernstadt, making meth and resisting arrest.

Reanna Carney, 54, and David Carney, 48, of London, making meth.

William Keith Marcum, 46, of East Bernstadt, making meth, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree PFO.

Kenny Wagers, 31, of Manchester, Rebecca Jackson, 25, and Derek Worstell, 19, of London, making meth. Jackson and Worstell, giving a police officer a false name or address, Wagers, disregarding a stop sign, failure to wear a seat belt, operating a vehicle with an expired plate and first-degree PFO.

John Balusik, 58, Brandy Balusik, 20, and Clyde Shepherd Jr., 25, of London, making meth and six counts of fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.

Joshua Doan, 22, of East Bernstadt, making meth.

Kenneth Lewis Jr., 41, of London, making meth and first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

James Doan, 48, Joshua Doan, 22, and David McFadden, 51, of East Bernstadt, making meth, possession of anhydrous ammonia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and James Doan, second-degree PFO.

Oba Layton Champlin, 54, and William Logan, 40, of Corbin, and Huey Wagers, 32, Billie Wagers, 33, and Jeff McDonald, 37, of London, making meth and criminal conspiracy to make meth.

Champlin and McDonald each first-degree PFO.

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