Lincoln grand jury hands up indictments against five

December 10, 2003|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - A Lincoln County grand jury recently indicted five people, including two men who were arrested on drug charges after police stopped them for separate traffic violations.

* Donald C. Smith, 34, 410 Moccasin Road, Hustonville, was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful transaction with a minor, speeding, driving without a license and failing to dim headlights.

According to police, Smith was charged with driving with a suspended license after police observed him driving 65 in a 55 mph zone. Officer Shawn Hines reported that Smith appeared very nervous and said he did not have his license with him. When police ran a check on his license, they discovered Smith was wanted in Ohio.

A juvenile passenger in the truck allegedly had a container of marijuana seeds, rolling papers, and a straw which police say he had started to use to snort methamphetamine before being stopped.


Smith is being held on a $2,500 bond.

* James D. Lane, 22, 110-A Cane Run Road, was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, receiving stolen property, reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

He was arrested in April after police saw him allegedly run a stop sign at the junction of Ky. 198 and 78 before driving into a ditch.

According to arresting officer, Shawn Hines, Lane "left the vehicle in gear when exiting and the truck began rolling away."

Hines said that, while talking to Lane, he noticed scales and a straw on the floorboard of the Ford Ranger. Lane also appeared unsteady on his feet and had dilated, red eyes.

While Lane was being put in the police cruiser, a bag of cocaine allegedly fell from his pants. Lane allegedly admitted to having used cocaine less than half an hour before being stopped, in addition to marijuana and Xanax.

Police recovered a marijuana joint from the ashtray of the vehicle and a .22 caliber pistol from under the driver's seat. The gun allegedly had been stolen.

Bond was set at $5,000.

* Roger Gooch, 48, 3970 Blue Lick Road, was indicted on charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. He allegedly entered the house of Robert McCormack Jr. on May 4 and hit McCormack on the head with a large wrench. In his complaint, McCormack said he wrestled with Gooch but was unable to stop him from taking $700, credit cards and his driver's license. McCormack suffered a broken bone in his hand and received 12 stitches and 22 staples in his head.

Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Ronnie Smith was the arresting officer. Gooch's bond was set at $5,000.

* John H. Nichols, 59, 546 Carmans Lane, was indicted on a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment. Police said he fired a shotgun at Christopher Merrill, striking the ground a few feet away. Merrill was uninjured.

Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Ron Luster was the arresting officer. Bond was set at $5,000.

* Rick J. Bishop, 19, Bishop Road, Crab Orchard, was indicted on charges of theft by unlawful taking of property over $300. Bishop allegedly took a Honda ATV valued at between $2,000 and $3,000 from James R. Hatfield in August. Hatfield filed the complaint after he saw Bishop allegedly riding the vehicle.

Deputy Luster was the arresting officer. Bond was set at $2,500.

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