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Drug cases lead indictments

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By Sarah Bennett

The Hardin County grand jury returned 18 indictments last week, many of them involving drug possession.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young said the high number of indictments could be contributed to a backlog of cases.

Traditionally, the court system slows down in December, Young said, which creates an influx of cases during the first few weeks of January.

According to state law, the grand jury must indict a defendant within 60 days or he or she is released from jail.

“We’re getting them in before the 60 days,” Young said.

Of cases involving drug possession, most were related to methamphetamine or marijuana. However, one indictment alleges heroin possession.

An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. A defendant is innocent until proven guilty.

INDICTMENTS.

  • Billy Gale Fisher, 23, complicity to commit possession of a marijuana — gun enhanced, complicity to commit possession of drug paraphernalia — gun enhanced, complicity to commit possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, complicity to commit possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of complicity to receive a stolen firearm
  •  William Ray Johnson, 58, complicity to commit first-degree possession of a controlled substance, complicity to commit possession of drug paraphernalia and alcohol intoxication in public
  • Donnella H. Putnam, 48, complicity to commit first-degree possession of a controlled substance, complicity to commit possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding 13 mph more than the speed limit
  • Timmy Jay Peeler, 47, obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or deceit, criminal possession of a forged prescription and second-degree persistent felony offense
  • Shequila Y. Hayes, 29, first-degree possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle without illuminated head lamps
  •  Kelly R. Fife, 48, complicity to commit first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and complicity to commit tampering with physical evidence
  • Kevin A. Fife, 24, complicity to commit first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and complicity to commit tampering with physical evidence
  • Phillip James Balsiger, 38, complicity to commit first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and complicity to commit tampering with physical evidence
  • William T. Rowlett, 23, first-degree possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine and second-degree possession of a controlled substance — hydrocodone
  • Matthew W. Nagle, 23, five counts of theft of a firearm
  • Ashley Michelle Meyers, 24, complicity to commit possession of marijuana — gun enhanced, complicity to commit possession of drug paraphernalia — gun enhanced and two counts of complicity to receive a stolen firearm
  • Jacob A. Crayton, 26, complicity to commit possession of marijuana — gun enhanced, complicity to commit possession of drug paraphernalia — gun enhanced and two counts of complicity to receive a stolen firearm
  • Stephen Matthew Lane, 35, trafficking in marijuana — more than 8 ounces but less than 5 pounds and gun enhanced, possession of marijuana — gun enhanced, possession of drug paraphernalia — gun enhanced and third-degree possession of a controlled substance — gun enhanced
  • Crystal J. Bussiere Kerns, 29, first-degree possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper signal
  • Jennifer R. Harmon, 32, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument
  • Joshua Snow, 24, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument
  • Terianne M. Jackson, 30, two counts of receiving a stolen firearm
  •  Joseph A. Burch, 28, first-degree possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana
  • Kristin E. Hardcastle, 29, two counts of theft by unlawful taking more than $500
  • Amanda E. Ellis, 22, first-degree possession of a controlled substance — heroin

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.