Casey jury indicts man on unlawful imprisonment charge

May 21, 2004

LIBERTY - A Casey County man has been indicted on wanton endangerment and unlawful imprisonment after he allegedly held a woman against her will, according to records in Circuit Clerk Craig Overstreet's office. The indictment was handed up Monday with seven others by a grand jury.

Jerry W. Johnson, 58, 145 Halon Young Road, Liberty, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree unlawful imprisonment. He is accused of creating a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to Tina Merritt or another person when he pointed a loaded gun at Merritt during an incident May 1. He also is accused of restraining Merritt which exposed her to serious injury.

Two people also were indicted on theft charges after allegedly taking trees and shrubs from a local florist.

Jason T. Gosser, 21, 72 Creston Water Tower Road, Liberty, and Joseph E. Lynn, 36, of 9236 Dry Creek Road, Liberty, were charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition over $300. They are accused of taking trees and shrubs from Casey County Florist April 19. The items were valued more than $300.


Gosser also is charged with second offense driving a under the influence of intoxicants and driving while license was revoked or suspended for DUI.

Lynn also was indicted for alcohol intoxication and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Others indicted are:

* Paul L. Montgomery, 38, Russell Springs, first-degree fleeing or evading police, driving under the influence of intoxicants or other substance, improper registration plate, no seat belts, driving while license was suspended or revoked, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and no insurance. The incidents occurred April 16 while officers attempted to arrest him.

* Kevin Pendergraft, theft by deception. He is accused of writing an $11,465 worthless check on an account at Farmers Deposit Bank in Liberty and written to Scott Gate Co.

* Thomas Ryan, 28, flagrant nonsupport. He is accused of owing $4,968 in support payments from 1999 to 2004.

* Jaharvas Jumar Napier, 25, 139 Cheryl Lane, Danville, flagrant nonsupport. He is accused of owing $3,140 in support payments from February 2002 to May 14, 2004.

All those indicted will be arraigned at 1 p.m. June 28 in Casey Circuit Court.

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