TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

February 24, 2014

N.C man indicted for multi-county car chase

Laurel County grand jury hands down indictments


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — Published Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A North Carolina man arrested in Laurel County in November following a multi-county car chase has now been indicted.

Shaun Dirkach, 37, of Jacksonville, N.C., allegedly evaded state police after they began to pursue him in Rockcastle County. Dirkach, driving a 2014 Ford Mustang, had caught the attention of law enforcement when he was allegedly clocked by KSP Trooper Eric Moore going more than 100 mph on I-75, and they pursued him north to Exit 76 in Berea.

KSP troopers failed to catch him in Berea, and Dirkach allegedly returned to I-75, this time heading south. KSP troopers chased Dirkach through Rockcastle County and into Laurel County without any signs of slowing down, according to Kentucky State Police dispatcher Joe Jones. Just a few miles from Exit 41 in London, police deflated two of Dirkach’s tires with two separate tire deflation devices — but Dirkach allegedly continued toward London, according to Jones.

Troopers feared Dirkach’s alleged dangerous driving would endanger others on I-75, and when nobody else was in the vicinity, troopers used a tactical maneuver to force him off the road, Jones said. Dirkach’s vehicle struck a barrier and came to a complete stop. He was arrested by KSP Trooper Brandon Creekmore.

On Friday, in Laurel County Circuit Court with Judge Tom Jensen presiding, Dirkach was officially named on a nine-count indictment for charges incurred that day — Nov. 14.

The first count on his indictment charges him with first-degree fleeing or evading the police after he allegedly failed to obey the signals of a trooper to stop his vehicle. The second count indicts him for first-degree wanton endangerment after he allegedly swerved at a cruiser driven by Creekmore, creating a danger of serious injury or death to Creekmore. The third count indicts him for another count of first-degree wanton endangerment after he allegedly wantonly, and with manifest indifference to human life, swerved his vehicle forms die to side and passing on all sides of the road, creating a danger of serious physical injury or death to other motorists. The fourth count indicts Dirkach for first-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly damaged a KSP cruiser during the alleged pursuit. The fifth count indicts him for speeding after he was allegedly clocked at driving 96 mph in a 70 mph zone. The sixth count indicts him for reckless driving. The seventh count indicts him for improper passing, the eighth count indicts him for resisting arrest. The ninth count indicts him for improper lane usage.

He was booked into the Laurel County Correctional Center Nov. 15 and released five days later on 10 percent of a $25,000 bond. JailTracker records indicate he also faces another host of charges, including first-degree wanton endangerment and first- and second-degree fleeing or evading police charges. For those charges, he was booked into the correctional center Dec. 27 and released Jan. 28 on a $50,000 cash bond.

An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury — it is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.

Others indicted Friday and their charges include:

— Brian W. Fields, AKA Bryan Fields, 33, Robert D. Kazee, 35, Freddy W. Scalf, AKA Freddie Scalf, 35, all of London, and Bobby J. Murray, 35, of Corbin, were all named on a five-count Friday for charges incurred Jan. 31. The first count indicts the four for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after they allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took rolled coins from the A&B Quick Stop. The second count indicts Fields for first-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly damaged a ceiling at the Quick Stop. The third count indicts Fields for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after several previous convictions. In November 2001 in Laurel Circuit Court, he was sentenced to four years probated for four years for third-degree burglary. That same day he was convicted of his first offense of first-degree possession of of a controlled substance, for which he was sentenced to one year probated for four years. In November 2003, he was convicted of first-degree promoting contraband In Laurel Circuit Court and received a one-year sentence. In December 2006 he was sentenced to four years in Champaign County, Ohio for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs. In February 2008 in Laurel Circuit Court, he was convicted of a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to three years, and was convicted of his first offense of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and sentenced for three years. The fourth count on the indictment charges Kazee with being a first-degree persistent felony offender after three previous convictions in Laurel Circuit Court. In September 2002 he was sentenced to one year, six months for three counts of fraudulent use of a credit card more than $100. In January 2005, he was convicted of first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree fleeing or evading police, for which he was sentenced to one year probated for two years. In January 2008, he received a five-year sentence for his fourth offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The fifth count indicts Murray for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after two previous convictions in Laurel Circuit Court. In April 2011 he received a five-year sentence for third-degree burglary. That same day he was convicted of theft by unlawful taking and received a five-year sentence. Fields was remanded from circuit court and jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center Friday. JailTracker records had no bail listed. Kazee remains jailed on a $10,000 cash bond for these charges. It was unclear whether Scalf or Murray have been arrested or booked on these charges.

— Elbert McFadden, 38, of London, was indicted for first-degree bail jumping after he allegedly failed to appear in Laurel Circuit Court on felony charges pursuant to a bail bond on Jan. 17. He was arrested and booked into the Laurel County Correctional Center Feb. 3, where he remains jailed on an unlisted bond. JailTracker records indicate he faces one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

— Elvis P. Profitt, 37, of East Bernstadt, received a five-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Jan. 11. The first count indicts him for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, after he was allegedly found in possession of less than two grams of methamphetamine for the purpose of sale. The second count indicts him for possession of drug paraphernalia. The third count indicts him for improper display of a Kentucky registration plate. The fourth count indicts him for failure to produce an insurance card. The fifth count indicts him for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after three previous convictions. In February 1996 he was convicted in Pulaski Circuit Court for theft by deception, for which he was sentenced to one year probated for one year. In April 2011 he was convicted in Laurel Circuit Court for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, for which he received a five-and-a-half-year sentence. The following month in Knox Circuit Court, he received that same sentence for another conviction on second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Proffitt remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under two separate cash bonds — one for $25,000 and the other for $50,000.

— Amy J. Hammock, AKA Amy Smith, Amy Tuttle, Amy Mooney, 37, of London, was named on a 15-count indictment Friday in Laurel Circuit Court. The first 14 counts charge her with separate counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument involving checks bearing the alleged forged signature of Benny Hibbard written on a bank account at L & N Credit Union. The first count alleges the offense occurred Aug. 28, and the check was written to Kentucky University in the amount of $108.41. The second count alleges the offense occurred Sept. 23, and the check was written to Mountain View Family Practice in the amount of $125. The third count alleges the offense occurred Oct. 10, and the check was written to London Utility Commission in the amount of $100. The fourth count alleges the offense occurred Oct. 18, and the check was written to Git-N-Go in the amount of $225. The fifth count alleges the offense occurred Nov. 3, and the check was written to Moberly's Market in the amount of $100. The sixth count alleges the offense occurred Nov. 4, and the check was written to Sav-A-Lot grocery in the amount of $130.81. The seventh count alleges the offense occurred Dec. 22, and the check was written to herself in the amount of $120. The eighth count alleges the offense occurred Dec. 26, and the check was written to Moberly's Market in the amount of $125. The ninth count alleges the offense occurred Dec. 26, and the check was written to Moberly's Market in the amount of $125. The 10th count alleges the offense occurred Dec. 27, and the check was written to Moberly's Market in the amount of $40. The 11th count alleges the offense occurred Dec. 31, and the check was written to Liberty Market in the amount of $40. The 12th count alleges the offense occurred Jan. 2, and the check was written to Liberty Market in the amount of $40. The 13th count alleges the offense occurred Jan. 7, and the check was written to Moberly's Market in the amount of $115. The 14th count alleges the offense occurred Jan. 8, and the check was written to Liberty Market in the amount of $35. The 15th count on Hammock's indictment charges her with being a second-degree persistent felony offender after three previous convictions in Laurel Circuit Court. In January 2006 she received a three-year sentence probated for five years for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. In June 2010, she received a one-year sentence for first-degree bail jumping. Two months later, she received a two-year sentence for theft by deception, cold checks under $10,000. There are no JailTracker records indicating she has been booked on these charges — she was released from the Laurel County Correctional Center Feb. 4 on a $2,500 surety bond for unrelated charges.

— Boyd K. Simpson, 46, and Billy C. Hurley, Sr., 70, both of East Bernstadt, were named on a three count indictment Friday in Laurel Circuit Court for charges incurred Aug. 28. The first count indicts Simpson for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took a wood/metal building owned by a female victim. The second count indicts Hurley for receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he was allegedly found in possession of the wood/metal building reported stolen by the same victim. The third count indicts Hurley for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his January 2008 conviction in Laurel Circuit Court for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, for which he was sentenced to six years. Hurley was jailed in the correctional center and released Sept. 3 on a $2,500 fully-secured bond. Simpson was jailed in the correctional center and released Aug. 30 on a $10,000 fully-secured bond.

— Tracy A. Goley, 23, of London, was named on a seven-count indictment Friday in Laurel Circuit Court. All seven counts indict her for separate charges of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after she allegedly possessed and uttered checks bearing the forged signature of Barbara Lewis and written to Goley, all being drawn on a bank account at Cumberland Valley National Bank. The first count alleges the offense occurred May 13 in the amount of $1,500. The second count alleges the offense occurred May 17 in the amount of $1,000. The third count alleges the offense occurred May 22 in the amount of $1,200. The fourth count alleges the offense occurred May 28 in the amount of $1,500. The fifth count alleges the offense occurred May 31 in the amount of $1,200. The sixth count alleges the offense occurred June 3 in the amount of $1,300. The seventh count alleges the offense occurred June 4 in the amount of $1,000. JailTracker records indicate she was arrested June 25 on at least one of these charges, and released three days later on a $10,000 surety bond.

— Robbie Ramsey, Jr., 30, of London, was named on a four-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Sept. 15. The first count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $10,000 after he allegedly took a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado truck owned by G & M Trucking. The second count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $10,000 after he allegedly took a 2002 Freightliner owned by G & M Trucking. The third count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $10,000 after he allegedly took a CUB truck trailer owned by G & M Trucking. The fourth count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he allegedly took a 1997 Chevrolet S10 truck owned by Jerry Mullins. He was arrested and jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center Sept. 15 and released Nov. 25 on a $10,000 cash bond.

— Jimmy D. Jarvis, Jr., 23, of Corbin, was named on a six-count indictment in Laurel Circuit Court Friday. The first count indicts him for first-degree fleeing or evading the police after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully failed to obey signals given by Sgt. Steve Walker to stop. The second count indicts him for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, first offense. The third count indicts him for failure to dim his headlamps. The fourth count indicts him for disregarding a stop sign. The fifth count indicts him for second-degree fleeing or evading police after he allegedly failed to obey Sgt. Walker's commands to stop running. The sixth count indicts him for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his June 2011 conviction in U.S. District Court for possession of equipment to manufacture methamphetamine, for which he was sentenced to 12 months probated for three years. There are no JailTracker records indicating he has been formally arrested on these charges.

— Byron S. Baker, 32, of Keavy, received a six-count indictment Friday in Laurel Circuit Court for charges incurred Dec. 5. The first count indicts him for first-degree possession of a controlled substance after he allegedly had in his possession a quantity of methamphetamine. The second count indicts him for first-degree fleeing or evading police after he allegedly failed to obey the signals of Sgt. Walker to stop running. The third count indicts Baker for his first offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. The fourth count indicts him for driving too fast for conditions. The fifth count indicts him for driving a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended. The sixth count indicts him for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his February 2010 conviction in Laurel Circuit Court for his first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine, for which he was sentenced to 17 years. He was booked into the Laurel County Correctional Center Dec. 6 and released Dec. 10 on a $5,000 cash bond.

— Lillian B. Grubb Jordan, 22, of Keavy, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, after she allegedly knowingly and unlawfully sold less than 10 doses of Oxycodone to a cooperating witness with the Corbin Police Department Aug. 27. There are no JailTracker records indicating she has been formally booked on this charge.

— Kenneth C. Middleton, 22, of Somerset, and Lindsey N. Morris, 20, of London, were each named on a three-count indictment Friday in Laurel Circuit Court for charges incurred Feb. 5. The first count indicts them for first-degree burglary after they allegedly knowingly and unlawfully entered the residence of a couple, and reportedly while in possession of a firearm. The second count indicts the pair for first-degree criminal mischief after they allegedly damaged a French door and bedroom door owned by that same couple, causing more than $1,000 in damages. The third count indicts them both for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after they allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took a gun cabinet with 11 guns, coins, a crossbow and other items from the same couple. Morris was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center Feb. 6, where she remains under a $5,000 cash bond. Middleton was also jailed in the correctional center, and he, too, remains there under a $5,000 cash bond.

— Taylor R. Thomas, 20, of London, was indicted for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $10,000 after she allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took a 2006 Dodge Durango owned by a female victim on Feb. 3. She was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center that day and released Feb. 10 on a $25,000 surety bond.

— Lloyd James McWhorter, 55, of London, was named on a six-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Dec. 17. All six counts are separate charges of receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000. The first count alleges he received and possessed a Smith & Wesson Magnum 44-caliber pistol, reported stolen from a female victim. The second count alleges he received and possessed a Smith & Wesson hammerless 38-caliber pistol, reported stolen from the female victim. The third count alleges he received and possessed an AMT Hardballer 45-caliber semi-automatic, also reported stolen from that same female victim. The fourth count alleges he received and possessed two Ruger 357 Security 6 pistols, reported stolen from the same female victim. The fifth count alleges he received and possessed a Smith & Wesson Magnum 40-caliber semiautomatic, reported stolen from a different female victim. The sixth count alleges he received and possessed a Glock 10mm, reported stolen by the Miami County Ohio Sheriff's Department. There are no JailTracker records indicating he has been booked or arrested on these charges.

— Gordon J. Bowers, 49, of Somerset, received a nine-count indictment Friday in Laurel Circuit Court. The first count indicts him for distributing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully brought into Kentucky matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor for distribution or with the intent to distribute Nov. 20. The other eight counts are separate charges of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, which are alleged to have occurred Feb. 10. He was arrested that day and jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center and released the next day on a $5,000 cash bond.

— William J. Marshall, 25, of London, was named on an eight-count indictment Friday in Laurel Circuit Court. The first count indicts him for first-degree burglary after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully entered the home of a female victim while possessing a firearm with the intent to commit a crime sometime in September. The second count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at less than $500 after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took a Smith & Wesson 40-caliber pistol owned by a different female victim that same month. The third count indicts Marshall for another count of first-degree burglary after he allegedly entered the residence of another victim while possessing a firearm with the intent to commit a crime sometime between October and November. The fourth count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at $10,000 or more after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took firearms and jewelry from the same female victim named in his third count sometime between October and November. The fifth count indicts him for second-degree burglary after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully entered the residence of a couple with the intent to commit a crime. The sixth count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at $10,000 or more after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took silverware and jewelry from a couple named in the fifth count on the indictment. The seventh count indicts him for second-degree burglary after allegedly unlawfully and knowingly entering the residence of yet another female victim with the intent to commit a crime. The eighth count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 and less than $10,000 after he allegedly took jewelry and money from the residence of the female victim listed in the seventh count on this indictment. He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center Dec. 8, where he remains on three different cash bonds — two for $10,000 and a third for $25,000.

— Ashley A. Harmon, 27, of Evarts, was named on a four-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Dec. 12. The first count indicts her for first-degree promoting contraband after she allegedly knowingly and unlawfully introduced Oxycodone into the Laurel County Correctional Center. The second count indicts her for first-degree possession of a controlled substance after she allegedly possessed a quantity of Oxycodone. The third count indicts her for second-degree promoting contraband after she allegedly knowingly and unlawfully introduced Alprazolam into the correctional center. The fourth count indicts her for third-degree possession of a controlled substance after she was allegedly found in possession of Alprazolam. JailTracker records indicate she was released from the correctional center Dec. 13 on a $10,000 fully-secured bond.

— Steven D. Simpson, 49, of London, was named on a three-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Oct. 16. The first count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he allegedly took a nail gun, circular saw and other miscellaneous tools owned by a male victim. The second count indicts him for first-degree fleeing or evading the police after he allegedly failed to obey Kentucky State Trooper Jason VanHook to stop running. The third count indicts him for third-degree escape after he allegedly fled VanHook's custody. JailTracker records indicate he was jailed Nov. 1 and released Jan. 17 on a $10,000 surety bond.

— Karen G. Powell, 47, and Melanie D. Vaughn, 38, both of London, were indicted for theft by failure to make required disposition of the value of $10,000 or more after they allegedly converted gasoline owned by Lee Oil Company to their own use of Feb. 18, 2010. Powell was jailed Aug. 1 and released less than an hour later on a $13,000 cash bond, according to JailTracker records. There are no JailTracker records for Vaughn.

— Brian W. Fields, AKA Bryabn Fields, 33, of London, was named on a second indictment Friday in Laurel Circuit Court. The first count indicts him for receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully received and possessed two 120-gallon aluminum fuel tanks, a 70-gallon aluminum fuel tank, a 4x6 red utility trailer loaded with scrap metal, two aluminum fenders for a dual-axle trailer, a 14-foot aluminum V-bottom boats, cans stored in the boat, all of which had been reported stolen by a male victim Jan. 27-28. The second count indicts Fields for first-degree fleeing or evading the police after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully failed to obey the signals of Laurel County Sheriff's Detective Joshua Scott to stop running Feb. 3. The third count indicts him for resisting arrest. The fourth count indicts Fields for third-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully damaged Scott's uniform, causing less than $500 in damage. The fifth count indicts Fields for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after several previous convictions. In November 2001 in Laurel Circuit Court, he was sentenced to four years probated for four years for third-degree burglary. That same day he was convicted of his first offense of first-degree possession of of a controlled substance, for which he was sentenced to one year probated for four years. In November 2003, he was convicted of first-degree promoting contraband In Laurel Circuit Court and received a one-year sentence. In December 2006 he was sentenced to four years in Champaign County, Ohio for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs. In February 2008 in Laurel Circuit Court, he was convicted of a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to three years, and was convicted of his first offense of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and sentenced for three years. Fields was remanded from circuit court and jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center Friday. JailTracker records had no bail listed.

— Christopher L. Carter, 39, of Corbin, was indicted for receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully received and possessed a Craftsman air compressor, a Craftsman tool box, woven wire, a refrigerator and other miscellaneous tools reported stolen from a female victim Aug. 21. JailTracker records indicate he was booked into the Laurel County Correctional Center Nov. 15 and released Jan. 30 on a $10,000 cash bond.

— Brenda L. Henderson, AKA Brenda Nolan, 47, of London, was indicted for trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces, first offense, to a cooperating witness with the London Police Department while in possession of a firearm Jan. 17. She was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center Jan. 28 and released Jan. 31 on 10 percent of a $5,000 cash bond.

— Dana A. Johnson, 28, of Bowling Green, was indicted for theft of identity of another without consent after allegedly using the personal identification information of a victim for her own benefit without consent on Nov. 19. There are no JailTracker records indicating she has been arrested for these charges.

— Dallas Wesley Baker, 30, of East Bernstadt, was handed a six-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Christmas Eve. The first count indicts him for second-degree assault after he allegedly struck a female victim with his fists and choked her, causing serious physical injury. The second count indicts him for first-degree fleeing or evading police after he allegedly failed to obey the signals of London Police Officer William Jones to stop running. The third count indicts him for fourth-degree assault after allegedly striking a second victim with his fists, causing physical injury. The fourth count indicts him for alcohol intoxication. The fifth count indicts him for resisting arrest. The sixth count indicts him for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his March 2004 conviction in Laurel Circuit Court for his first offense of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, for which he was sentenced to five years probated for five years. He remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $25,000 cash bond.