Traffic stop nets indictments for two in Garrard

April 21, 2004|JIM LOGAN

LANCASTER - Two people with lengthy criminal records have been indicted by the Garrard County grand jury on a dozen charges stemming from their arrests last month.

Christopher Spoonamore, 23, of Berea, and Amanda Hopkins, 24, of Owensboro, were arrested March 14 after Spoonamore was pulled over by officer Roy Gambrel for not dimming his headlights.

A search of Spoonamore's car allegedly turned up 23 packs of Sudafed and 13 packs of unidentified white pills, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Both were charged with possession of materials to make methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.

At the time, Hopkins gave her name as Melissa Spoonamore and refused to give her age or address. She later said she was Susan Coffey. She was indicted on two counts of identity theft.


Spoonamore, who has at least 19 convictions for a variety of crimes dating to 1999, was charged in last week's indictments with being a persistent felony offender.

Hopkins, who was convicted of receiving stolen property in 2001 and burglary in 1999, also was charged with being a persistent felony offender.

In addition, Spoonamore was charged with driving on a suspended license, failing to dim headlights, failing to wear seat belts and having no insurance.

Other indictments

Also indicted were:

* Alando Chappell, 23, of Stanford, was indicted on charges of driving under the influence, fleeing or evading police, marijuana possession, two counts of wanton endangerment and having improper registration plates.

Chappell was arrested March 2 after leading police on a three and one-half mile chase from Garrard to Lincoln County, where he fled into a wooded area before being captured.

Allen Weston of the Lancaster Police Department was the grand jury witness.

* Ben Montgomery, 58, currently in Lincoln County Regional Jail, was charged with theft by deception, more than $300, and being a persistent felony offender.

Montgomery is accused of writing a $5,000 bad check to Larry Simpson of Lancaster for a vehicle in February 2003.

He was convicted on seven counts of theft by cold checks in 2002.

Simpson was the grand jury witness.

* Dallas R. Helton, 35, of Crab Orchard was charged with possessing a controlled substance, cocaine; possession of paraphernalia; and being a persistent felony offender.

He was arrested Jan. 29.

Weston was the grand jury witness.

* Danny Clemons, 33, of Paint Lick was indicted for allegedly possessing stolen mail belonging to Lynn Wilson, and theft by deception, "when he intentionally engaged in conduct that was a substantial step in creating a false impression to obtain a value of $300 or more," according to the indictment.

David Amon of the Garrard Sheriff's Department was the grand jury witness.

* Richard Humes, 21, of 103 Sue Barbara Court was charged with fleeing or evading a police officer, resisting arrest, expired registration and disregarding a traffic control device in connection with his arrest on March 8.

Weston was the grand jury witness.

* Rodney L. Peel, 49, of 83 Southway Drive was charged with flagrant nonsupport by failing to make court-ordered child support payments and being a persistent felony offender.

Ruby A. Peel was the grand jury witness.

* Samuel Isaacs, 20, of Paint Lick was charged with burglary and theft by taking, more than $300. He was arrested Feb. 8.

Trooper Toby Coyle of the Kentucky State Police was the grand jury witness.

* Anthony Bell, 22, of Danville was charged with driving under the influence, driving on a DUI-revoked driver's license, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. He was arrested Feb. 14.

Weston was the grand jury witness.

Arraignments will be May 21.

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