Indictment raises severity of woman’s charge

A Vine Grove woman arrested in February for assaulting another woman has been indicted by a Hardin County grand jury on an elevated charge of assault.

Initially arrested Feb. 20 for second-degree assault, a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted, Carissa J. Nelson, 32, now has been indicted on a first-degree assault charge, a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted.

Radcliff police followed a trail of blood that led them to arrest Nelson for assaulting another woman at a nearby residence on Woodcreek Drive in Radcliff.

Police arrived at the residence and “followed a blood trail to Elmwood Drive” and located a woman who had “severe lacerations,” according to the arrest citation. Police said she had cuts on her left arm, left hand and thumb and the left side of her neck.

Nelson reportedly told police she had been in a physical altercation, the citation said, but denied she had used a weapon during it and said the injuries may have been caused by her rings.

Nelson has been held in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center since her arrest.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

• Brandon Hum­ph­rey, 38, Sonora, receiving stolen property more than $500 and less than $10,000; first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Fred Gordon, 20, Canton, Ohio, complicity to receiving stolen property more than $10,000.

• Dominic Logan, 21, complicity to receiving stolen property more than $10,000; no operator’s license; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance — methamphetamine; first-degree promoting contraband; tampering with physical evidence.

• Mustafa Shakur Azim, 47, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, theft by unlawful taking, shoplifting more than $500 and less than $10,000; first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Shawn Martin, 45, Louisville, first-degree strangulation; second-degree disorderly conduct; first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Mark Payton Jr., 33, Guston, receiving stolen property less than $10,000.

• Timothy Polston, 35, Caneyville, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Justin Johnston, 32, Radcliff, first-degree sexual abuse, victim younger than 12.

• Cynthia Leigh, 39, Louisville, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Cody Elliott, 26, Cecilia, first-degree strangulation; fourth-degree assault – domestic violence, minor injury; menacing; resisting arrest.

• Brian Johnson, 57, Louisville, theft by unlawful taking, shoplifting more than $500 and less than $10,000; first-degree persistent felony offender; tampering with physical evidence.

• Carol Yates, 72, Rineyville, second-degree assault; first-degree burglary.

• Taylor Maulden, 23, Sonora, criminal possession of a forged prescription.

• Laura Wheeler, 28, Elizabethtown, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – hydrocodone; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of synthetic drugs; theft by unlawful taking less than $500.

• John Daugherty, 32, Elizabethtown, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – hydrocodone; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of synthetic drugs; theft by unlawful taking less than $500; public intoxication; controlled substance not in proper container.

• Thomas Byrd, 27, Springfield, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Kenneth Yarber Jr., 47, Louisville, second-degree forgery; first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Robert Patterson, 18, Elizabethtown, third-degree burglary.

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