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Johnson Co. grand jury charges 3 from Salyersville

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PAINTSVILLE – Three Salyersville residents were indicted last week by a Johnson County grand jury.

On September 18, the following people from Salyersville were indicted in Johnson County Circuit Court:

Tanieka Risner, 32, of Combs Street, Salyersville, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (a Class D felony) and theft by unlawful taking under $500 (shoplifting) (Class A misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about May 28, 2019, Risner allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine and took various items from the Paintsville Walmart. 

Risner was arrested on September 19 and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where she remains at press time on a $5,000 bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned on October 4. 

Charles W. Conley, 25, of Salyersville, was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (Class D felony) and discharging firearm across public roadway (Class A misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about September 6, 2019, Conley allegedly discharged a 9 mm handgun across Pineview Lane in Paintsville, creating substantial danger to others.

While he is not in custody at press time, the grand jury set his bail at $5,000. He is scheduled for a hearing in the case on November 18.

Heather Rowe, 39, of Burning Fork, Salyersville, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree fleeing/evading. According to the indictment, on or about July 16, 2019,

Rowe allegedly engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to Paintsville Police Department Chief Mike Roe and disobeyed orders from Paintsville Police Department officers to stop her vehicle.

According to earlier news reports, citing the original arrest citation, Rowe was allegedly parked in the fire lane at Walmart when Paintsville Police Department officers arrested another person on a warrant and discovered Rowe didn’t have a valid driver’s license. 

Rowe reportedly started complaining to Chief Roe in an attempt to avoid having her car towed, then hopped in the vehicle and started to flee, almost running over Roe, who had to jump out of the way. Law enforcement chased her to the Marathon gas station on KY Rt. 321. After she allegedly attempted to get back in the vehicle, an officer deployed his Taser, according to the citation. 

While she is not in custody at press time, the grand jury also set her bail at $5,000. She is scheduled for a hearing in the case on November 18.

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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