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Grand Jury hands down indictments


Comes the grand jury, by the foreman, and reports to the court, they met in session on the 14th day of June 2021 to consider all pending matters at that time. After having heard testimony from various individuals, a total of 12 true bills and zero no true bills were returned.

The remainder of cases referred to the grand jury by the Hancock District Court and not addressed by this grand jury shall be referred to the next Hancock County grand jury.
This the 14th day of June 2021.

Travis indicted on drug charges
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Lewisport resident Amber N. Travis on a variety of drug, possession and trafficking charges. She stands accused of committing the offenses in March of this year.

Travis faces charges of possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, first offense, possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and possession of marijuana. She also faces charges of possession of prescription controlled substance not in original container, trafficking in a controlled substance in the third degree, second offense and being a persistent felony offender in the second degree.

According to the arrest report filed by Lewisport Police Officer Greg Linn, at roughly 7:15 p.m. on the night of March 10 he received a report of a possible intoxicated driver parked in a Nissan Sentra at the Lewisport Post Office. Linn said he made contact with Travis, and during the course of his investigation he discovered a variety of drugs in her vehicle. He then placed Travis under arrest.

Howard indicted on drug, theft charges
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Hawesville resident Shayna M. Howard on a variety of drug and theft related charges. The grand jury accused Howard of committing the offenses in April of this year.

Howard faces charges of possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, possession of marijuana and fraudulent use of a credit card under $10,000. In addition, she faces charges of unlawful access to a computer in the first degree, theft by unlawful taking $1,000 or more and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the arrest report filed by Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Emmick, Independence Bank in Hawesville contacted the sheriff’s office on April 27 concerning unauthorized access to a customer’s bank account; the report said the access occurred by using the account holder’s debit information. Emmick said he contacted the accused about the matter, and placed her under arrest. He also wrote that in the process of interviewing the suspect about the fraudulent access to the bank account, he discovered the accused with drugs and drug related items.

Austin/Hill indicted for drugs
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Indiana resident Sara Austin/Hill on several drug related charges. Austin/Hill stands accused of committing the offenses in March of this year.

The grand jury accused Austin/Hill of possession of a controlled substance in the first degree-second offense, possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and tampering with physical evidence. She also faces a charge of fleeing or evading police in the first degree-on foot.

According to the arrest report filed by Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Hendrick, on the afternoon of March 14 he initiated a traffic stop on a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero SUV in which Austin/Hill rode as a passenger. The report says she fled from the vehicle and into a home on Wood Street in Hawesville. The report says in the process of fleeing from the vehicle, Austin/Hill threw a bag on the ground by the vehicle that contained a variety of drugs, and that she left other drug related items in the SUV. Hendrick entered the home into which she fled and placed her under arrest.

Little indicted for drugs
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Tell City, Ind. resident Michael Todd Little on drug charges. He stands accused of committing the offenses in March of this year.

The grand jury indicted Little on charges of possession of a controlled substance in the first degree-second offense and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also faces a charge of improper registration plates.

According to the arrest report filed by Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Hendrick, on the afternoon of March 14 he initiated a traffic stop on Little’s 2003 Mitsubishi Montero SUV. Hendrick said while conducting the traffic stop, he discovered drugs and other items in the vehicle, so he placed Little under arrest.

Bannon indicted
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Owensboro resident Cody L. Bannon on several vehicle related offenses. He stands accused of two counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs-third offense, failure to produce insurance card, disregarding a stop sign and no operator’s/moped license. He stands accused of committing the offenses in April of this year.

According to the arrest report filed by Lewisport Police Officer Greg Linn, he received a report of a reckless driver at approximately 9:30 p.m. on the night of April 17. The report said a driver in a gray 2006 GMC Sierra drove into a yard while doing a burn out and came within seven feet of a 10-year old child and a witness to the incident.

In addition, the report says the vehicle ran the stop sign at the intersection of Old Mill Road and Fourth Street, went across Fourth Street and into a grassy area. The vehicle finally came to a stop. Linn’s report said he approached the subject and saw signs of the accused being under the influence of substances. Linn then placed Bannon under arrest.

Carrico indicted on theft, burglary charges
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Philpot, KY resident Jonathan Wayne Carrico on theft related charges. He stands accused of theft by unlawful taking $1,000 or more and burglary in the third degree. He stands accused of committing the offenses in January of this year.

According to the police report filed by Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy BJ Burton, Carrico participated in the theft of a four-wheeler from a home at 70 Smith Bridge Road. The report says neighbors of the resident identified Carrico as the person taking the four-wheeler. Burton then cited Carrico for the incident.

Lainhart indicted
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Hawesville resident Timothy Allen Lainhart on theft related charges. He stands accused of theft by failure to make required disposition of property-$10,000 or more and being a persistent felony offender in the first degree. He stands accused of committing the offenses starting in November of 2020.

According to the indictment, Lainhart received over $10,000 to purchase materials for a home remodel, and failed to provide the items. The indictment charged him with being a persistent felony offender for committing felony offenses in Pulaski, Laurel and Madison counties.

Sweeney indicted for identity theft
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Hawesville resident Michael James Sweeney on identity theft related charges. He stands accused of theft of identity of another without consent, and for being a persistent felony offender in the first degree. He stands accused of committing the offenses in February of this year.

According to the warrant of arrest filed by Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Emmick, in February of this year Independence Bank contacted the sheriff’s office after someone called the bank trying to gain access to a bank account. The person at first claimed to be the account holder, the warrant says, only later to admit to being a relative. The report says this relative was convicted of stealing checks from this person’s account in August of 2020, and was convicted of committing other felony offenses in 2019 and 2018.

Berry indicted
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Hawesville, Ky resident and Evansville, Ind. resident Kelsey Berry on a charge of receiving stolen property $1,000 or more. Berry stands accused of committing the offense in November of 2020. The Kentucky State Police filed the arrest citation.

According to the report, on November 4 of 2020 officers conducted a search at 275 Easton Cabot Road in Hawesville. The report says officers went to the residence to search for stolen items, and located a stolen dirt bike, 55-inch Samsung TV, a chainsaw and other stolen items at the home. Officers placed Berry under arrest in connection with the case.

Simpson indicted
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Hawesville resident Robert A. Simpson on several charges in connection with stolen property. The grand jury indicted Simpson on charges of receiving stolen property $1,000 or more, a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and being a persistent felony offender in the first degree. He stands accused of committing the offenses in November of 2020.

The Kentucky State Police filed the arrest report. According to the report, on November 4 of 2020 officers conducted a search at 275 Easton Cabot Road in Hawesville. The report says officers went to the residence to search for stolen items, and located a stolen dirt bike, 55-inch Samsung TV, a chainsaw and other stolen items plus a handgun at the home. Officers arrested Simpson and charged for stealing the items.

Carrico indicted on escape, burglary charges
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Philpot, KY resident Jonathan Wayne Carrico on charges of escape in the second degree and burglary in the third degree. He stands accused of committing the offenses in February of this year.

According to the warrant of arrest, Carrico was on home incarceration and left his home without permission. The warrant says the accused entered into a building on an older gentleman’s property without permission, but neighbors confronted him and told him to leave. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Emmick executed the arrest.

The Hancock County grand jury indicted Hawesville resident on theft related charges. He stands accused of theft by failure to make required disposition of property-$10,000 or more and being a persistent felony offender in the first degree. He stands accused of committing the offenses starting in November of 2020.

According to the indictment, Lainhart received over $10,000 to purchase materials for a home remodel, and failed to provide the items. The indictment charged him with being a persistent felony offender for committing felony offenses in Pulaski, Laurel and Madison counties.
Sweeney indicted for identity theft

The Hancock County grand jury indicted Hawesville resident Michael James Sweeney on identity theft related charges. He stands accused of theft of identity of another without consent, and for being a persistent felony offender in the first degree. He stands accused of committing the offenses in February of this year.

According to the warrant of arrest filed by Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Emmick, in February of this year Independence Bank contacted the sheriff’s office after someone called the bank trying to gain access to a bank account. The person at first claimed to be the account holder, the warrant says, only later to admit to being a relative. The report says this relative was convicted of stealing checks from this person’s account in August of 2020, and was convicted of committing other felony offenses in 2019 and 2018.

Berry indicted
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Hawesville, Ky resident and Evansville, Ind. resident Kelsey Berry on a charge of receiving stolen property $1,000 or more. Berry stands accused of committing the offense in November of 2020. The Kentucky State Police filed the arrest citation.

According to the report, on November 4 of 2020 officers conducted a search at 275 Easton Cabot Road in Hawesville. The report says officers went to the residence to search for stolen items, and located a stolen dirt bike, 55-inch Samsung TV, a chainsaw and other stolen items at the home. Officers placed Berry under arrest in connection with the case.

Simpson indicted
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Hawesville resident Robert A. Simpson on several charges in connection with stolen property. The grand jury indicted Simpson on charges of receiving stolen property $1,000 or more, a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and being a persistent felony offender in the first degree. He stands accused of committing the offenses in November of 2020.

The Kentucky State Police filed the arrest report. According to the report, on November 4 of 2020 officers conducted a search at 275 Easton Cabot Road in Hawesville. The report says officers went to the residence to search for stolen items, and located a stolen dirt bike, 55-inch Samsung TV, a chainsaw and other stolen items plus a handgun at the home. Officers arrested Simpson and charged for stealing the items.

Carrico indicted on escape, burglary charges
The Hancock County grand jury indicted Philpot, KY resident Jonathan Wayne Carrico on charges of escape in the second degree and burglary in the third degree. He stands accused of committing the offenses in February of this year.

According to the warrant of arrest, Carrico was on home incarceration and left his home without permission. The warrant says the accused entered into a building on an older gentleman’s property without permission, but neighbors confronted him and told him to leave. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Emmick executed the arrest.

 

By Ralph Dickerson

 

 

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