Area police news for March 24

March 24, 2004

Woman charged with identity theft

LANCASTER - A woman with at least three aliases who was arrested last week in Lancaster on drug charges was arrested again on charges of identity theft.

Amanda G. Hopkins, 24, of Owensboro was arrested March 13 on suspicion of marijuana possession and having materials to make methamphetamine under the alias of Melissa Spoonamore.

She was arrested with Christopher Spoonamore, 23, of Berea, who was also accused of having materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.


After she gave her name as Amanda Spoonamore and Susan Coffey at different times following her arrest, the arresting officer, Roy Gambrel of Lancaster, investigated and determined her name was in fact Amanda G. Hopkins. Her identity was confirmed by tattoos and photos.

She was arrested on the identity theft charge March 17.

She is being held in the Lincoln County Regional Jail.

Garrard man faces third DUI charge

LANCASTER - A Lancaster man faces his third driving under the influence offense after allegedly being seen driving on the wrong side of the road.

James R. Talley, 31, 1102 Fall Lick Road, was arrested Friday night after Lancaster Police Officer Allen Weston reported seeing Talley driving east in the westbound lane on Crab Orchard Road.

Weston said that when he turned on his emergency lights Talley quickly pulled over, got out of his vehicle "and walked almost sideways."

Asked his name, Talley told Weston it was "Marcus Talley."

Talley, who Weston said smelled of alcohol and marijuana, refused a field sobriety test. The officer said he found the remains of a marijuana cigarette in Talley's cigarette pack.

Talley, who has two prior DUI convictions, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, operating under a suspended license and giving a false name.

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