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May 20, 2013

Theft, drug charges among indictments

CORBIN —

By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Three arrests warrants were issued by Judge Tom Jensen Friday for defendants listed on a four-count indictment.

Tearle Wesley Sowders, 27, of London, Travis Joe McQueen, 39, of Lily, and Ashley Nichole Howard AKA Ashley Mullins, 23, were not in Laurel Circuit Court Friday to hear charges against them.

The first count of their indictment charges all three suspects with theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after the three allegedly “knowingly and unlawfully (took) a 1987 Suzuki Samurai owned by R & S Towing.

The second count charges the trio with first-degree criminal mischief after allegedly damaging a gate owned by the towing company, causing more than $1,000 in damage.

The third count of their indictment also lists all three — that count indicts them for allegedly receiving stolen property (the Suzuki) valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000.

The fourth count on the indictment solely lists Sowders and charges him with being a second-degree persistent felony offender. He was convicted in Laurel Circuit Court in 2010 for his second or greater offense of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

In court Friday, it was decided McQueen and Howard, once arrested, would be jailed under a $5,000 fully-secured bond. Once Sowders is arrested, he will be jailed under a $5,000 cash bond.

Several other indictments were handed down Friday. An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury and not a conviction or admission of guilt.

Those indicted and their charges include:

— Four Londoners were named on a seven-count indictment for charges allegedly incurred March 25.

Lisa Smallwood, AKA Lisa Woods, 49, Jessika Smith, AKA Jessika Adams, 37, Thomas Lawson, 40, and David Moore, 39, all remain jailed at the Laurel County Correctional Center. Smallwood, Smith and Moore were named in the first count, charging the three with their first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Lawson was listed alone in the second count, charging him with his second offense of manufacturing methamphetamine. He was convicted in 2005 for this offense and sentenced to 10 years.

All four are named in the third count of the indictment, charging them with engaging in organized crime “by (allegedly) organizing, conspiring and participating among themselves and with others in committing the offense of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Smallwood and Smith are named in the fourth count, charging them with second-degree hindering apprehension “by knowingly and unlawfully concealing the location of (Lawson and Moore) when they were being pursued by (law enforcement).”

The fifth count charges Lawson and Moore with first-degree fleeing or evading police by allegedly  “knowingly and unlawfully” failing to obey officer directives. Lawson and Moore are also named in the sixth count of the indictment, charging them with resisting arrest.

The sixth count indicts Moore for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his October 2010 conviction of unlawful possession of a meth precursor, for which he was sentenced to two years.

Smallwood, Smith and Lawson all remain jailed under a $50,000 cash bond each. Moore is listed as having a $50,000 cash bond and a second cash bond for $15,000.

— Anthony Highley, 46, of London, received a three-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts him for first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly engaging in conduct which created a danger of death or serious injury to Jeanne Lawhorn Dec. 19. The second count indicts Highley on another charge of first-degree wanton endangerment for engaging in conduct Dec. 19 which created a danger of death or serious injury to an unnamed party. The third count indicts him for third-degree terroristic threatening for allegedly threatening to kill or injure that same unnamed victim.

— Edwin D. Willis, 39, of London, Michael Mierwinski, 34, also of London, and Natasha J. Boone, 27, of Lily, were each named on a four-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts all three for their first offense of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The indictment states that the three “knowingly and unlawfully (sold) within 90 days, two grams or more of methamphetamine…to a cooperating witness with the London Police Department” on April 11. The second count indicts all three defendants for that same offense, which is alleged to have occurred on April 16. Willis is solely named on the third count of the indictment, charging him with second-degree persistent felony offender after his 2008 conviction in Laurel Circuit Court of manufacturing methamphetamines. For that crime he was sentenced to 10 years. The fourth count on the indictment solely lists Boone and charges her with second-degree persistent felony offender after her 2007 conviction in Laurel Circuit Court for unlawful possession of a meth precursor. She was sentenced to three years, probated three years for that charge. Of the three defendants, only one is jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center — Mierwinski — and he remains there under a $10,000 cash bond.

— David Byrd, 28, and Renee Byrd, 22, of the same address in London, were indicted for their first offense of cultivating more than five plants of marijuana, first offense. These charges were for offenses that allegedly occurred April 19.

— Brenda Morgan, 54, and Clayton Morgan, Jr., 44, both of the same address in London, were named on a two-count indictment Friday. The first count charges both defendants with their first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine “by knowingly and unlawfully having in (their) possession chemicals and/or equipment used for the manufacture of methamphetamine with the intent (to do so).” The second count also indicts both defendants with first-degree possession of a controlled substance after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of meth. These charges were levied for offenses which are alleged to have occurred March 10.

— Keith Lay, 35, and Tina Asher, 36, both of Stamper Lane in London, were listed on a three-count indictment. The first count charges both defendants with their first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine. Count II indicts Lay for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his August 2012 conviction of his first offense of unlawful possession of meth precursors. For that crime he received five years probated three years. Asher was listed in the third count of the indictment, also charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender. She was convicted in October 2007 of first-degree promoting contraband and received five years probated five years. All charges against Asher and Lay were for offenses which allegedly occurred May 2. Both defendants remain in the Laurel County Correctional Center. Lay is listed as having a $25,000 cash bond, but is also listed as having no bond. Asher remains jailed under a $25,000 cash bond.

— Ricky E. Eubanks, 35, of Corbin, and Marissa McConnell, 20, of London, were both named on a three-count indictment for charges incurred May 1. The first count indicts both defendants for their first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine “by knowingly and unlawfully having in (their) possession chemicals and/or equipment used for the manufacture of methamphetamine with the intent (to do so).” The second count indicts the pair for possession of drug paraphernalia. The third count solely lists Eubanks and indicts him for first-degree persistent felony offender. Eubanks was convicted in March 2010 in Whitley Circuit Court for flagrant non-support and received a sentence of three years probated five years. He was also convicted in May 2005 for his first offense of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, for which he was sentenced to two years. McConnell is free on bond; Eubanks remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $25,000 cash bond.

— Bradley Wagers, 31, of London, was indicted for first-degree burglary for allegedly “unlawfully entering the residence of Christis Garland and being in possession of a firearm while in immediate flight therefrom with the intent to commit a crime” on May 8.

— Tiffany Smith, who turns 33 Sunday, of London, was named on a four-count indictment Friday for charges incurred April 29. The first count indicts Smith for first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly “almost hitting Officer Jackie Williams with her vehicle.” The second count indicts her for first-degree fleeing or evading police “by knowingly and unlawfully failing to obey signals of Officer Justin Roby and Sgt. Jessie Williams to stop a vehicle driven by the defendant in an attempt to elude law enforcement officials …while under the influence of intoxicants.” The third count of her indictment charges her with her first offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. The fourth count indicts her for second-degree persistent felony offender after her February 2012 conviction in Laurel Circuit Court for failure to report change in other to receive benefits. She was sentenced for that crime to three years probated five years. Smith remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $2,500 fully-secured bond.

— Daniel B. Mason, 30, of London, was named on an eight-count indictment for charges incurred Feb. 23. The first count charges him with first-degree fleeing or evading police after allegedly failing to “obey signals of Sgt. Steve Walker to stop a vehicle driven by the defendant in an attempt to elude law enforcement officials …while under the influence of intoxicants.” The second, third and fourth counts all indict him for first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly attempting to strike a cruiser driven by Walker, a second cruiser driven by Constable Denver Mays, and a third cruiser driven by Deputy Justin Walker. The fifth count of the indictment charges Mason with his second offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. He was convicted on his first offense of that charge in 2009. The sixth count on the indictment charges him with possession of marijuana. The seventh count indicts him for resisting arrest by allegedly “preventing or attempting to prevent Sgt. Steve Walker from effecting his arrest.” The eighth count indicts Mason for possession of drug paraphernalia.

— Kevin D. Smallwood, 25, of Corbin, was named on a two-count indictment for charges incurred Dec. 10. The first count indicts him for first-degree criminal abuse against an infant child. The second count indicts him for first-degree assault after he allegedly injured the same victim in the eyes and head.

— Frederick Wilt II, 41, of Beaufort, SC but currently a resident of London, was named in a two-count indictment. The first count charges him with flagrant non-support for his three children for not less than six consecutive months creating an arrearage of more than $1,000. This charge began in September of 2001 and continues through the date of the indictment. The second count indicts him for second-degree persistent felony offender after his 2001 conviction in Fayette County for first-degree criminal mischief. For that crime he was sentenced to three years probated three years. He remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a 10 percent of $19,000 bond.

— Phillip Hedrick, 31, of Corbin, was indicted for flagrant non support for allegedly failing to make support payments for his child from August 2003 to the date of his indictment, for not less than six consecutive months creating an arrearage of more than $1,000.

— Jeffery Mills, 28, of Barbourville, was indicted for flagrant non support for allegedly failing to make support payments for his child from December 2008 to the date of his indictment, for not less than six consecutive months creating an arrearage of more than $1,000. A second count indicts him for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his January 2005 conviction in Knox Circuit Court for third-degree burglary, for which he was sentenced to three years probated five years. He remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under an $8,500 cash bond.

— Jason M. Sizemore, 22, and Braden M. Chaney, 20, both of London, were named on a six-count indictment for charges incurred Feb. 17. Both men face six counts of second-degree forgery after allegedly forging six different checks drawn on the account of Eric Sizemore. Each check was for $100 and was cashed at Cumberland Valley National Bank and signed with Eric Sizemore’s name.

— William K. Mitchell, 50, of Knoxville, Tenn., was indicted for theft by failure to make required disposition of the value of more than $500 but less than $10,000 after allegedly “converting a $3,942 check which was the property of Laura Hayes to his own use and benefit.”

— Dusty W. Lovett, 31, of London, was named on a three-count indictment Friday for charges he allegedly incurred April 25. The first count indicts him for receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after allegedly “knowingly and unlawfully receiving and possessing a white 2006 Yamaha Raptor 700 cc ATV.” That ATV had allegedly been reported stolen from Matthew Baker. The second count of the indictment charges him with third-degree criminal mischief by allegedly “knowingly and unlawfully” damaging that ATV, causing les than $500 in damage. The third count indicts him for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his March 2012 conviction in Laurel Circuit Court for theft by unlawful taking, where he was sentenced to one and a half years. Lovett remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $2,500 surety bond.

— Louie Smith, 30, of London, was handed a two-count indictment charging him with sexually-related crimes with a child under age 12, including first-degree sodomy. These crimes are alleged to have occurred in May 2006.

— Harold Joseph Couch, 36, of Lily, was named on a two-count indictment for offenses allegedly incurred during the month of September 2012. Both counts charge Couch with first-degree sexual abuse against a minor.

— James Phillip Creech, 36, of Corbin, was indicted for first-degree bail jumping after failing to appear April 22 in circuit court on felony charges pursuant to the terms of his bond.

— Kenneth W. Morgan, 41, of London, was handed a five-count indictment Friday for offenses allegedly incurred April 15. The first count indicts him for his fifth offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, as he was previously convicted four times for that offense. The second count indicts Morgan for first-degree fleeing or evading the police by allegedly failing to “obey signals of Sgt. Steve Walker to stop a vehicle driven by the defendant in an attempt to elude law enforcement officials …while under the influence of intoxicants.” The third count indicts him for allegedly speeding 20 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. The fourth count indicts him for his second offense of driving a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended for driving under the influence. The fifth count charges him with failure to give a turn signal. He remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $5,000 cash bond.

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