Police News for March 25

March 25, 2004

Woman receives probation in drug case

STANFORD - A Lincoln County woman received a probated prison sentence on drug charges, and an indictment against a co-defendant was dismissed last week in circuit court.

Rebecca Laswell, 45, of 4020 Angel Ridge Road, was sentenced to five years but was granted probation on charges of first-degree trafficking of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police searched the residence in April after they questioned the driver of a truck that had swerved off a road. While the driver was walking to the police cruiser, a bag of cocaine reportedly fell from his pocket. Police said the driver admitted the cocaine was bought from Laswell less than an hour earlier.


Shane L. King, 25, also of 4020 Angel Ridge Road, was indicted on charges of trafficking and possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested after Lincoln County sheriff's deputies searched his residence and allegedly found suspected cocaine, a crack pipe in a bed stand and several guns. Last week, Circuit Judge Robert Gillum dismissed the indictment.

Judgment on a third defendant, Jowanna L. Clarkson, 33, 4545 South Fork Road, has not been made pending a presentence investigation.

Lincoln man gets five years in prison

STANFORD - A man who beat his daughter with a baseball bat after breaking through the front door of his ex-wife's house was sentenced to five years in prison last week for second-degree assault and burglary.

Eugene Richards, 60, of Hustonville, was arrested in August after he hit his daughter in the hand and jaw with a bat, after which he reportedly said he would "kill her before it's over." Police officer Fred McCoy reported that Richards had been the subject of domestic complaints for about 14 years.

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