Johnson Co. man charged with DUI in connection to prostitution
Jonathan Castle, 37, of Sitka was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence and several minor traffic violations early Thursday morning while traveling alongside a man with whom he had planned to engage in acts of prostitution.
The Johnson Central Eagles and the Paintsville Tigers won their respective regional football titles Friday night and will move on to play for a trip to the state championship game. The Eagles, the Class 4A, Region-4 champs, will travel to Wayne County to battle the Cardinals, while the Tigers, the Class A, Region-3 winners, will play host to long-time rival Pikeville Friday night at Memorial Field. This is the first time that both local schools have made it to this point of the playoffs in the same year.
Grand Jury indicts 25
y Sarah Hill
A Johnson County grand jury handed down indictments or 25 individuals on Wednesday for a variety of drug-related charges, assault, forgery, and flagrant non-support.
Taylor D. Stambaugh, 23, of Louisa was indicted on the charge of flagrant non-support. The charge comes as a result of alleged failure to pay over $10,325.92 in child support.
Jesse R. Compton, 35. of Titusville, Va. was also indicted on the charge of flagrant non-support for alleged failure to pay over $10,388 in child support.
Gary Gamble Jr., 37, of Inez was indicted on the charge of flagrant non-support for alleged failure to pay over $9,640 in child support. Gamble was also charged with being a persistent felony offender.
Lamonica Bartley, 36, of Hager Hill was indicted on the charge of flagrant non-support. The charge comes as a result of alleged failure to pay over $5,957 in child support.
A charge of flagrant non-support carries a penalty of one to five years in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000 if the party is found guilty.
Linda Castle, 64, of Thelma was indicted on the charge of assault in the second degree as a result of allegedly assaulting her husband causing physical harm while armed with a knife.
If found guilty, Castle faces five to 10 years in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000.
Tammy Tackett, 35, of River was indicted on the charge of intimidating a witness in a legal proceeding. Tackett is alleged to have knowingly and unlawfully directed a threat toward a participant in a legal process in an attempt to influence her testimony.
Tackett faces one to five years in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000 if she is found guilty.
Sisaleah Maynard, 25, of Stambaugh was indicted on the charge of second degree assault for assaulting a Staffordsville woman with a deadly instrument, namely a 2013 Chrysler 200.
A second degree assault charge carries a penalty of five to 10 years in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000 if the party is found guilty.
Maynard was also indicted on the charge of operating on suspended/revoked operators license, which carries a penalty of not more than 12 months in prison and a fine of not more than $500, if the party is found guilty. Maynard was additionally charged with failure to report a traffic accident and failure to notify owner of unattended vehicle of damage.
Jeremy M. Johnson, 25, of Hager Hill was indicted on three counts of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and being a persistent felony offender.
According to court records, Johnson forged three checks from the account of a man in River. Johnson passed a $141.91 check at Wal-Mart, a $266.87 check at Wal-Mart, and an $87.47 check at Chevron in Paintsville with the intent to defraud.
Van Lear woman on the run from animal cruelty charges
Amanda Adkins, 24, of Van Lear is on the run from law enforcement following an arrest warrant issued for cruelty to animals in the second degree.
On Saturday, Deputy Byron Fairchild, of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, responded to an anonymous tip regarding a possible animal cruelty case on Wolf Pen Branch in Van Lear.
The anonymous tipster informed JCSO that Adkins was not taking care of her two dogs properly and that the dogs were in bad health. The caller advised that one may have died of starvation.
Upon his arrival, Deputy Fairchild sighted a dog with a humped-back tied to a cinderblock with a two-foot chain. The dog had no food, water, or adequate shelter and appeared to be emaciated and in very bad condition.
Tourism prepares for holiday season
y Sarah Hill
At the regular meeting of the Paintsville Tourism Commission on Monday, the commission approved moving the Paintsville Christmas Festival to December 11 and 12 to accommodate the scheduling conflicts with other major activities in town.
During the Paintsville Lake Historical Association meeting held just prior to the Paintsville Tourism meeting, Mountain HomePlace Manager Russell Honeycutt reported that sales at the Mountain HomePlace in the month of October were double when compared to October 2014 and that visitation numbers were also up.
Honeycutt stated that the Mountain HomePlace is now in the process of making needed repairs and preparing for the annual Christmas event which will take place on December 18 and 19, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
The Christmas at the Mountain HomePlace event will include a nativity scene, two sets of Christmas carolers, the story of Jesus, carriage rides, refreshments, and Santa Claus.