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Motion day proceedings; Grand Jury indicts man for unlawful imprisonment

The Hancock County grand jury returned a six-count indictment against Lewisport resident Marcus Blake McNeese. The grand jury accused McNeese of unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault in the fourth-degree dating violence and three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. The grand jury accused McNeese of committing the offenses from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20 of this year.

According to information from the arrest citation against McNeese, he stands accused of restraining his girlfriend, Courtney Lyons, against her will at his home at 2401 state Route 334 in Lewisport. The report says McNeese used various means to intimidate Lyons to prevent her from leaving including stabbing a knife into a wall of his home and discharging a firearm at Lyons. The citation said Lyons managed to escape the home and flag down a passing motorist for assistance.

Kentucky State Police Trooper J. Hendricks issued the arrest citation.

The court set his arraignment on the charges for December 12, 2022, at 10 a.m. The court also set a bail of $25,000.

Burk indicted on sex abuse charges

The Hancock County grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against Reynolds Station, Ky resident John Burk. He stands accused of six counts of sexual abuse in the first degree for offenses against a minor under the age of 16, solicitation of incest-victim under 18 years of age and solicitation of unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree: illegal sex act victim under 16 years of age. He stands accused of committing the offenses from January 1 of this year through May 12 of this year.

The court set his arraignment on the charges for December 12, 2022, at 10 a.m. The court also set a bail of $100,000.

Cox, Howard, Mooney indicted on identity theft and other charges

The Hancock County grand jury returned five-count indictments each against Lewisport resident Melissa G. Cox, Owensboro resident Katherine Howard and Nobelsville, Ind. Resident Krysten N. Money. The grand jury accused the trio of theft of identity, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, unlawful access to a computer first degree, theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others greater than $10,000 but less than $1,000,000 and engaging in organized crime.

According to the indictment pages for the trio, starting on January 1 of this year they used the identity of another person to obtain a forged debit/credit card and used it to obtain $14,000.

The court set separate arraignment hearings for the trio on the charges for December 12, 2022, at 10 a.m. The court also set a bail of $25,000 for each defendant.

Horton indicted for auto theft

The Hancock County grand jury indicted Owensboro resident Randall L. Horton on one charge of theft by unlawful taking of an auto-$1,000 or more. The grand jury accused Horton of committing the offense on March 27 of this year

The court set his arraignment on the charge for December 12, 2022, at 10 a.m. The court also set a bail of $10,000.

Carman indicted for nonsupport

The Hancock County grand jury indicted Owensboro resident Luke A. Carman on a charge of flagrant nonsupport. The grand jury said the defendant failed to pay child support in the amount of $8,385.70 as of Oct. 19, 2022.

The court set his arraignment on the charges for December 12, 2022, at 10 a.m. The court also set a bail of $9,000.

Stephens indicted for nonsupport

The Hancock County grand jury indicted Manchester, Tenn. resident Dylan Stephens on a charge of flagrant nonsupport. The grand jury said the defendant failed to pay child support in the amount of $7,184.98 as of Nov. 11, 2022.

The court set his arraignment on the charges for December 12, 2022, at 10 a.m. The court also set a bail of $8,000.

Carroll receives 5 years

Hawesville resident Donnie Ray Carroll received five years of probation during November’s motion day proceedings at the Hancock County Judicial Center. The court found Carroll guilty of a charge of possession of a controlled substance/drug unspecified-first degree-first offense and sentenced him to three years in prison on the charge. The court then granted five years of probation. As part of his probation agreement, Carroll must undergo substance abuse assessment and follow the recommendation.

Carroll’s legal troubles in this case started in June of this year when officer Reynolds discovered Carroll at the Cannelton Dam Parking Area in Hancock County. Officer Reynolds said he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from around Carroll’s vehicle and went to investigate. The investigation revealed marijuana and other drug related items in Carroll’s vehicle, so officer Reynolds placed him under arrest.

Carroll faced charges of possession of a controlled substance-first degree-first offense drug unspecified, drug paraphernalia-buy/possession and possession of marijuana. As the case made its way through the court system, Commonwealth Attorney Blake Chambers’ office offered Carroll a plea bargain agreement. In exchange for a plea of guilty to the first-degree possession charge, the state agreed to drop the other charges pending in the case and offer a probated sentence. All parties agreed to the deal.

Neether offered plea bargain agreement

At the November motion day court proceedings, Commonwealth Attorney Blake Chambers’ office tendered a plea bargain agreement to Morgantown, KY resident Ian Neether. The court recommended a 12-month sentence on an amended charge of criminal mischief-second degree in exchange for a plea of guilty.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Emmick, Neether stands accused of theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others greater than $1,000 but less than $10,000, criminal mischief-first degree and possession of burglary tools. According to Emmick’s complaint, Neether stands accused of unlawfully removing a catalytic converter from a vehicle in August of 2021 and trying to resell it, plus stealing a reciprocating saw from his father. The complaint also says Neether dropped his phone at the scene, and later phoned it to retrieve it from the property owner. The state also recommended reviewing the case in three to six months to see if the defendant complied with the substance abuse treatment and restitution requirements.

Nugent granted probation

Cannelton, Ind. Resident Norman C. Nugent received two years of probation on several drug and substance abuse related charges during November’s motion day proceedings at the Hancock County Judicial Center. Prior to receiving the two years of probation, Judge Tim Coleman sentenced Nugent to two years in jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance-first degree-first offense, one year in jail on a charge of resisting arrest and thirty days in jail on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/substance-first offense. Coleman ruled Nugent to serve the sentences concurrently for a total of two years in jail. He then approved the probation terms offered by Commonwealth Attorney Blake Chambers’ office. An additional condition of probation is that the defendant’s operator’s license is suspended for 60 days.

Nugent’s legal troubles in the case started on Dec. 24, 2021, when Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy BJ Burton pulled Nugent over on a traffic violation at the foot of the Bob Cummings Lincoln Trail Bridge. In his arrest citation, Burton said he observed Nugent crossing the bridge in a 1993 Dodge Ram pickup without its headlights activated. Burton said he also was crossing the bridge at the time, and initiated a traffic stop at the foot of the bridge. During the stop Burton said he discovered drug related items on Nugent, and that he appeared to be under the influence of a substance. Burton placed Nugent under arrest and filed charges of failure to illuminate head lamps, license to be in possession, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance-first, possession of a controlled substance-first degree-second offense, no registration receipt, no registration plates, failure to maintain liability/cargo insurance and resisting arrest against Nugent.

During the August motion day proceedings, Chambers’ office tendered a plea bargain agreement to Nugent. He accepted the terms of the agreement during November’s motion day proceedings.

By Ralph Dickerson

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