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Grand jury releases indictments: May 2019

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SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin County grand jury released the following indictments on Thursday, May 2, 2019:

Xavier O. Finch, 30, of Lexington, is charged with two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon (Class C felony); first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense (Class D felony); possession of marijuana (Class B misdemeanor); operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (aggravating circumstances), second offense (Class A misdemeanor); two counts of carrying a concealed weapon (Class A misdemeanor); failure of owner to maintain required insurance, first offense (Class B misdemeanor); no registration receipt (violation); failure to produce insurance card (violation); and failure to wear seatbelts (violation). According to the indictment, on or about October 28, 2018, Finch allegedly possessed quantities of heroin and marijuana, operated a motor vehicle under the influence, and carried concealed weapons, having been previously convicted of a felony. 

Troy J. Adams, 38, of Grape Creek, Salyersville, is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine (Class C felony); trafficking in marijuana  (less than 8 ounces), first offense (Class A misdemeanor); two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, third degree, first offense, less than 20 dosage units, drug unspecified (Class A misdemeanors); possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor); public intoxication of a controlled substance, excluding alcohol (Class B misdemeanor); failure to notify address change to the Department of Transportation (violation). According to the indictment, on or about December 10, 2018, Adams allegedly possessed quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana, and a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possessed drug paraphernalia, and was manifestly under the influence of methamphetamine in a public place.

Tracy L. Keeling, 50, of Taylorsville, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, methamphetamine (Class D felony); operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, (aggravating circumstances) first offense (Class B misdemeanor); possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor); failure to display and/or produce Ky. Registration receipt (violation); failure to display Ky. Registration plates (violation); failure to produce insurance card (violation); careless driving (violation). According to the indictment, on or about December 18, 2018, Keeling allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine, operated a motor vehicle while under the influence, and possessed drug paraphernalia. 

David N. Connelley, 33, of Middle Fork, Salyersville, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, methamphetamine (Class D felony); fleeing and evading police, second degree, on foot (Class A misdemeanor); and public intoxication of a controlled substance, excluding alcohol (Class B misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about December 14, 2018, Connelley allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine, ran from a Kentucky State Police trooper, and was under the influence of methamphetamine in a public place. 

Alex Fletcher, 26, of Combs Street, Salyersville, is charged with theft by unlawful taking/disposition – auto, $500 or more but under $10,000 (Class D felony); receiving stolen property under $500 (Class A misdemeanor); resisting arrest (Class A misdemeanor); public intoxication of a controlled substance, excluding alcohol (Class B misdemeanor); disorderly conduct, second degree (Class B misdemeanor); and menacing (Class B misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about June 18, 2018, Fletcher allegedly took or exercised control over a vehicle and other movable property owned by another person, attempted to prevent a peace officer from effecting an arrest, appeared in a public place manifestly under the influence of a controlled substance, engaged in threatening behavior, and placed a Magoffin County Sheriff’s Department deputy in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury. 

Austin Michael Johnson, 27, of Yorktown, IN, is charged with attempted arson, first degree (Class B felony); criminal mischief, second degree (Class A misdemeanor); indecent exposure, first degree, first offense (Class B misdemeanor); giving peace officer false identifying information (Class B misdemeanor); public intoxication of a controlled substance, excluding alcohol (Class B misdemeanor); and criminal trespassing, third degree (violation). According to the indictment, on or about June 18, 2018, Johnson allegedly attempted to cause destruction or damage to a dwelling or building of another by attempting to start a fire or cause an explosion. He reportedly intentionally and wantonly defaced, destroyed or damaged property owned by another person, causing pecuniary loss of $494.93. He also allegedly exposed his genitals under circumstances in which he knew or should have known that his conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to another person. He reportedly gave a peace officer identifying information, appeared in public while under the influence of a controlled substance, and remained unlawfully in or upon premises of another.

Brian L. Meade, 37, of Bloomington Branch, Salyersville, is charged with two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon (Class C felonies), two counts of wanton endangerment, first degree (Class D felonies); and alcohol intoxication in a public place, first or second offense (violation). According to the indictment, on or about July 18, 2018, Meade allegedly possessed handguns while having previously been convicted of a felony, engaged in conduct creating substantial danger to two other people, and appeared in a public place under the influence of alcohol.

Bobby E. Gibson, 58, of Middle Fork, Salyersville, is charged with assault, second degree (Class C felony); resisting arrest (Class A misdemeanor); menacing (Class B misdemeanor); and disorderly conduct, second degree (Class B misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about March 17, 2019, Gibson allegedly intentionally caused physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument, placed a Salyersville Police Department officer in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury, tried to prevent that officer from effecting an arrest, and engaged in threatening behavior. 

Christian Crawford, 20, of Ivel, is charged with assault, third degree, police officer (Class D felony); resisting arrest (Class A misdemeanor); menacing (Class B misdemeanor); and disorderly conduct, second degree (Class B misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about March 25, 2019, Crawford allegedly used a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument or intentionally caused or attempted to cause physical injury to a Magoffin County Sheriff’s Department deputy, attempted to prevent that officer from effecting an arrest, placed another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury, and engaged in threatening behavior.

Arrest warrants were issued for each of the defendants indicted on May 2.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
 

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