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October 21, 2013

Woman charged in Laurel stabbing among those indicted

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A London woman charged with stabbing a man five times in August has now been indicted.

Michelle F. Smith, AKA Michelle Root, 41, appeared before Judge Tom Jensen in Laurel County Circuit Court Friday.

She received a two-count indictment during her court appearance. The first count indicts her for first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing Gilbert Smith on Aug. 16, causing serious physical injury.

The second count indicts her for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after her April 2009 conviction in Laurel Circuit Court for assault under extreme emotional disturbance, for which she was sentenced to two and a half years, probated for five years.

Smith was arrested by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, and remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under 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 in Laurel Circuit Court Friday and their charges include:

— Roger Isom, 30, of London, received a four-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after allegedly taking a 2009 Polaris Razor from a male victim on Aug. 13. The second count charges Isom with theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $10,000 after allegedly taking a 2013 Polaris Razor from a victim on Oct. 4. The third count indicts him with theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $10,000 after allegedly taking a 2011 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle from a female victim. The fourth count indicts him for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after his two previous Laurel Circuit Court convictions. The first one came in October 2002 when he received a three-and-a-half year sentence for his first offense of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. His last conviction came in January 2008 when he was sentenced to six years for second-degree robbery. Isom currently remain jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $10,000 cash bond for these charges, and serving a sentence for other, unrelated charges.

— Ronnie W. Hoskins, 54, and James R. Simpson, 29, both of London, were each named on a three-count indictment Friday for charges incurred by the pair Aug. 20. The first count indicts both men for second-degree burglary after allegedly entering the residence of a male victim with the intent to commit a crime. The second count indicts Hoskins as a first-degree persistent felony offender after five previous felony convictions, all of which were in Laurel Circuit Court. The first conviction came in March 2002 when he received a three-year probated sentence for purse snatching. The second and third convictions came in November 2003 when he received multiple sentences to run concurrent to a 10-year sentence — in two cases that year he was convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, first- and second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking. The next conviction came in November 2007, when he received five years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The last conviction came in October 2010, when he received a six-year sentence for first-degree wanton endangerment. He is not listed as having been arrested for these latest charges, according to JailTracker records. Simpson was named in the third count of the indictment, charging him as well with first-degree persistent felony offender. In March 2003, he was convicted in Laurel Circuit Court for his first offense of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, for which he was sentenced to three years probated for three years. His next felony conviction came in November 2007 in Whitley Circuit Court when he was sentenced to more than a year and a half for first-degree fleeing or evading police and his third offense of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Simpson’s latest conviction came in Whitley Circuit Court in August 2008 when he was sentenced to one year for two counts of unlawful possession of a meth precursor. According to JailTracker records, Simpson has yet to be arrested for these latest charges.

— Mark A. Begley, 51, of East Bernstadt, was indicted for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $10,000 after allegedly taking a 1999 GMC van, power tools and hand tools from a female victim on July 13. There are no JailTracker records of any arrest on these charges.

— Jedidiah Jason Hoskins, 35, of London, was handed a two-count indictment Friday, both counts charging him with flagrant non-support. The first count concerns one child and alleges Hoskins failed to make court-ordered child support payments beginning in February 2007 through the indictment date. The second count concerns two other children and alleges Hoskins failed to make court-ordered child support payments beginning in December 2004 through the indictment date. There are no JailTracker records indicating Hoskins was arrested on these charges.

— Luther Sams, Jr., 34, of Mt. Vernon and Cleveland, OH, was indicted for flagrant non-support by allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments for his one child from December 2002 through the date of the indictment. JailTracker records indicate he was released Aug. 7 from the Laurel County Correctional Center, but the bond type and amount was unclear. He was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s office Aug. 2 on a bench warrant.

— Edgar D. Bowling, 40, of London, was indicted for flagrant non-support after allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments for his one child beginning in September 2007 through the date of the indictment. Bowling remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $10,000 surety bond.

— Herbert L. Napier, 40, of East Bernstadt, received a two-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts him for flagrant non-support after allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments for his three children beginning in May 2001 through the date of the indictment. The second count charges him with being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his April 1999 conviction in Laurel Circuit Court for first-degree promoting contraband, for which he was sentenced to two years probated for two years. He remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under 10 percent of a $50,000 cash bond.

— Billy R. Hubbard, 23, of Manchester, and Floyd D. Hampton, 44, of London, were each named on a two-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts the pair for receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after allegedly knowingly and unlawfully receiving and possessing a 6 x 12 enclosed utility trailer reported stolen from a male victim on Sept. 22. The second count indicts Hampton for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after two previous convictions in Laurel Circuit Court. The first conviction came in November 2001 when he received an 11-year total sentence for attempted murder, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, and first-degree fleeing or evading police. The second conviction came in March 2010, and according to the indictment, Hampton received 15 years for his first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine. Hubbard was released from the Laurel County Correctional Center Sept. 23 on a $1,000 surety bond. Hampton remains jailed in the LCCC under a $10,000 cash bond.

— Latosha Batchelor, AKA Latosha Watson, Latosha Gilreath, 33, of London, was indicted for program assistance fraud after allegedly failing to report a change in factors effecting eligibility for SNAP benefits, thereby obtaining more than $6,300 in benefits. This offense allegedly occurred from August 2011 through September 2012 and from February through June 2013. There are no JailTracker records indicating her arrest on these charges.

— Johnny R. Baker, 61, of London, received an eight-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Aug. 18. The first count indicts him for first-degree fleeing or evading police after allegedly failing to obey law enforcement signals to stop his vehicle. The second count indicts Baker for first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly forcing a law enforcement officer’s vehicle off the road, creating a danger of death or injury to the officer involved. The third count also indicts him for first-degree wanton endangerment after he allegedly rammed a second officer’s cruiser during the alleged pursuit. The fourth count indicts Baker for intent to defraud to obtain benefits less than $10,000 by allegedly  knowingly and unlawfully possessing an EBT card issued to a female victim with the intent to defraud the SNAP benefit program. The fifth count indicts him for his first offense of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. The sixth count indicts him for reckless driving. Count seven indicts Baker for resisting arrest after allegedly preventing or attempting to prevent the officer from arresting him. The eighth count indicts him for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after three previous convictions. The first of Baker’s convictions came in December 1996 in Laurel Circuit Court when he received a year-and-a-half sentence for receiving stolen property. The next two convictions came in December 2011 when he received a three-year sentence for flagrant non-support and an additional one-year sentence for first-degree bail jumping. Those sentences were served concurrently. Baker was released from the Laurel County Correctional Center Oct. 1 on a $10,000 cash bond, according to JailTracker records.

— Mary Jo Hinkle, 27, and Elizabeth May, 33, both of Manchester, and Roger D. Smith, 33, of McKee, were all named on a three-count indictment Friday for charges incurred July 9. The first count indicts all three for fraudulent use of a credit card spending more than $500 but less than $10,000 within six months after allegedly using a Social Security benefits debit card legally issued to a male victim. The second count indicts Hinkle for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after her October 2012 conviction in Clay Circuit Court for her first offense of facilitating to manufacture methamphetamine. She received a five-year sentence for this conviction. The third count indicts Smith for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after several previous convictions. His first conviction came in February 2000 in Clay Circuit Court, where he received a sentence of two years probated for two years for third-degree burglary. His next three convictions came in April 2008 in Jackson Circuit Court, where he was sentenced to a total of six years for three different counts of receiving stolen property valued at more than $300. There are no JailTracker records for any of these three defendants.

— Steven D. Cawood, 45, of East Bernstadt, and Valerie M. Young, 32, Brian K. Engle, 46, and Cristal Chesnut, AKA Cristal Chestnut, 42, all of London, were all named on a three-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts all four for their first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine after allegedly having in their possession chemicals and/or equipment used to make meth with the intent to make the illegal drug on Aug. 27. The second count indicts Cawood for being a second-degree  persistent felony offender after his two previous convictions in Laurel Circuit Court. The second conviction came in August 2006 when he received a one-year sentence for his first offense of unlawful possession of a meth precursor. That sentence ran concurrent to a three-year sentence on his first conviction in July 2006 of his first offense of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.  The third count on the indictment charges Young with being a second-degree persistent felony offender after her December 2008 conviction in Laurel Circuit Court for her first offense of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, for which she was sentenced to eight years. Young remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $10,000 cash bond. Cawood is also jailed at the LCCC under a $10,000 cash bond. No JailTracker records could be located on Engle or Chesnut.

— Zachary T. Bowling, 19, of London, received a six-count indictment in Laurel County Circuit Court Friday for charges incurred Sept. 5. The first count indicts him for first-degree possession of a controlled substance after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of meth. The second count indicts Bowling for possession of drug paraphernalia. The third count indicts him for his second offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants — his first conviction for that offense came in July 2010. The fourth count in the indictment charges him with his second offense of driving a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended for DUI — his first conviction for that offense came in January 2012. The fifth count indicts him for failure to give a turn signal. The sixth count indicts him for rear license plate not illuminated. Bowling remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $25,000 cash bond.

— Todd E. Allen, 38, and Paula Rutter AKA Paula Allen, 39, of Louisville, were both named on an eight-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Oct. 13. The first count charges Rutter with first-degree promoting contraband after she allegedly introduced marijuana into the Laurel County Correctional Center. The second count indicts Allen for first-degree fleeing or evading police after allegedly failing to obey law enforcement signals to stop running. The third count indicts the pair for their first offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. The fourth count indicts Rutter for possession of marijuana. The fifth count indicts Rutter for possession of drug paraphernalia. The sixth count indicts Allen for giving a police officer a false name or address after he allegedly gave a false name to law enforcement. The seventh count indicts Allen for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after several previous convictions. His first conviction came in March 2004 in Jefferson Circuit Court when he was sentenced to six years for being a second-degree persistent felony offender, although it was unclear from the indictment what felonies were committed prior to that date. The second listed conviction came in May 2006 in Bullitt Circuit Court when he was sentenced to two years probated for five years for first-degree wanton endangerment. Eight days after that conviction he was sentenced to five years probated for five years in Oldham Circuit Court for third-degree burglary. Then in June 2006 he was sentenced in Jefferson Circuit Court to six years for third-degree complicity to commit burglary. In November 2006, he was convicted of third-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools in Jefferson Circuit Court, for which he was sentenced to two years for each charged, served concurrently with his six-year sentence. Then in March 2011, he was convicted in Bullitt Circuit Court for receiving stolen property valued at less than $10,000 and obscuring the identity of a machine, for which he was sentenced to five years. There are no LCCC JailTracker records indicating Allen’s arrest on these charges. The eighth count of the pair’s indictment charges Rutter with being a first-degree persistent felony offender after four previous convictions in Jefferson Circuit Court, all dated July 11. The first conviction for her was for second-degree complicity to commit burglary, for which she was sentenced to 10 years probated for five years, and complicity to possession of burglary tools, for which she was sentenced to five years probated for five years. The second conviction was for receiving stolen property, for which she was sentenced to five years probated for five years. The third conviction was for her first offense of second-degree complicity to trafficking a controlled substance, receiving stolen property under $10,000, and her second offense of first-degree complicity to possession of a controlled substance, for which she was sentenced to five years probated for five years. The last conviction was for complicity to receiving stolen property under $10,000, for which she was sentenced to five years probated for five years. Rutter remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $5,000 cash bond.

— Timothy J. Robinson, 28, of East Bernstadt, received a five-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Sept. 17. The first count indicts him for first-degree possession of a controlled substance after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of meth. The second count indicts Robinson for his second offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants — he was convicted of his first offense of this charge in February 2011. The third count indicts him for his second offense of driving a motor vehicle while license is suspended or revoked for DUI — his first conviction on this charge came in Rockcastle County in January 2006. The fourth count indicts him for failure to give a turn signal. The fifth count indicts him for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from the Laurel County Correctional Center on Sept. 25 on a $2,500 fully-secured bond.

— Emanuel L. Hoskins, 39, of Keavy, received an 11-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts him for first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly driving his vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and created a a danger of death or injury to a male victim. The second count indicts him for first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly driving his vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and created a a danger of death or injury to a female victim. Both those counts allegedly happened Sept. 30. The third count on the indictment charges him with first-degree fleeing or evading police after allegedly failing to obey the signals of law enforcement to stop his vehicle on Sept. 30. The fourth count also charges him with first-degree fleeing or evading police after allegedly failing to obey the signals of law enforcement to stop running on Oct. 7. The fifth count indicts him for his third offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants on Sept. 30. He was previously convicted twice in Laurel County for this offense, once in January 2012 and once in November 2009. The sixth count indicts Hoskins for speeding on Sept. 30. The seventh count indicts him for disregarding a stop sign on Sept. 30. The eight count indicts him for second-degree fleeing or evading police after allegedly failing to obey a state trooper’s signal to stop running on Sept. 30. The ninth count indicts him for resisting arrest on Oct. 7. The tenth count indicts him for second-degree assault on a service animal after allegedly intentionally causing physical injury to said animal. The eleventh count indicts him for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after several previous convictions in Laurel Circuit Court. The first conviction came in November 1996 when he was sentenced to eight years for second-degree manslaughter and operating a motor vehicle while impaired on alcohol or drugs. The second conviction came in May 2004 when he received a seven-year sentence for two cases — the crimes on those cases were first-degree promoting contraband, two counts of operating a motor vehicle while impaired on alcohol or drugs, receiving stolen property valued at more than $300, and first-degree fleeing or evading police. His latest conviction came in April 2008 when he was sentenced to 10 years for his fourth offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and driving on a DUI-suspended license, first offense. Hoskins remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $20,000 cash bond.

— Daniel Troi Taylor, 51, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was indicted for first-degree bail jumping after allegedly failing to appear in Laurel Circuit Court on felony charges pursuant to the terms of a bail bond. According to JailTracker records, Taylor was arrested by the London Police Department in November 2011 for two charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, specifically, heroin and cocaine. He was released on 10 percent of a $10,000 cash bond Dec. 5, 2012.

— David Combs, 25, of London, was indicted for his first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine when he was allegedly found in possession of chemicals and/or equipment used to make meth on Dec. 3, 2012. There are no JailTracker records indicating he has been arrested or booked on these charges.

— Ian Mounts, 36, of London, who is already serving a sentence for unrelated charges, was indicted Friday on a two-count indictment for charges incurred June 3. The first count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after allegedly taking a 19-foot black angle iron trailer from a male victim. The second count indicts him for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after two previous convictions in Laurel Circuit Court. The first conviction came in June 2001 when he was sentenced to one year for theft by unlawful taking. The second conviction came in March when he was sentenced to two years probated for three years for his second offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and first-degree fleeing or evading police. Mounts remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

— Kayla R. Hall, 20, of London, received a six-count indictment in Laurel County Circuit Court Friday for charges incurred July 23. The first two counts indict her for two separate charges of first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly operating a motor vehicle and crashing it while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, creating the risk of death or injury to two separate male victims. The third count indicts her again for first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly engaging in conduct that created a danger of death or injury to motorist using the public highway. The fourth and fifth counts indict her for two separate charges of second-degree assault, again after allegedly operating a motor vehicle and crashing it while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, creating the risk of death or injury to those same two separate male victims. The sixth count indicts her for her first offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. There are no JailTracker records of Hall’s arrest on these charges.

 

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