More counterfeit bills found
For the second time in two weeks, Lyon County Sheriff's Department has recovered counterfeit $100 bills.
On Sunday afternoon, Deputy Joe Witherspoon and Sheriff Brent White seized $8,600 in counterfeit $100 bills from a Kuttawa area home.
According to a report, the sheriff's department responded to a disturbance complaint on Roberston Road just outside of Kuttawa, and upon arrival, the officers discovered a large amount of cash in plain view at the home. Further investigation led them to believe the money was not real currency.
The homeowner, Timothy M. Wyse, 33, of Kuttawa was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class C felony. He reportedly told authorities he had ordered the counterfeit bills online.
Wyse will be arraigned in Lyon District Court today (Wednesday.)
The currency recovered Sunday is the same or similar type to that recovered in Eddvyille on Christmas Day during a traffic stop on Ky. 93 South.
The investigation is continuing and more charges could be possible.
Anyone with information concerning these crimes is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 270-388-2311, in person at the courthouse office or online at LyonSheriff.com.
4 charged in golf cart theft ring
Four individuals were arrested last week on drug trafficking and theft charges.
According to a report from the sheriff's department, the investigation on New Year's Eve stemmed from complaints of suspicious activity on Oriole Drive. On patrol, Witherspoon observed a golf cart, which had been reported stolen from Hopkinsville days earlier, operating on the roadway.
The deputy arrested the operator, Phillip D. Merritt Sr., aka Pac Man, 41, of Eddyville and charged him with receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and several traffic violations. According to the police report, Merritt has a 24-case criminal history.
Continuing the investigation, authorities executed a search Jan. 1 at a property 10.5 miles south of Eddyville on Ky. 93 South. At the location, deputies and Kentucky State Police arrested Paula J. Hunter, 42, of Eddyville and her husband, Matthew E. Hawkins, 43, of Eddyville for multiple drug-, theft- and firearm-related offenses.
Hunter was charged with firearm-enhanced trafficking in both methamphetamine and marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving a stolen firearm reported missing from the Henderson area. Hawkins was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property tied to two stolen golf carts and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He reportedly has an extensive criminal history that includes 38 cases.
Lyon County deputies contacted Caldwell County Sheriff's Department with information concerning the possible location of additional stolen property.
Caldwell authorities were able to locate a stolen golf cart from Hopkinsville and a stolen UTV. Johnathan Milstead, 50, was arrested in the case and charged with receiving stolen property by authorities in Caldwell County.
Hawkins, Hunter and Merritt were lodged in the Crittenden County Detention Center.
Milstead was lodged in the Caldwell County Jail.
Witherspoon is leading the investigation. Additional charges are pending.
Lyon County Sheriff's Department was assisted by Caldwell County Sheriff's Department, Hopkinsville Police Department and Kentucky State Police's Mayfield and Henderson posts.
Man charged for illegal dumping
A Christian County man is facing criminal littering charges for construction material dumped in a creek, a wooded area and along the roadside in Lyon County.
According to a report from the sheriff's office, J.D. Shephard, 39, a contractor out of Herndon, was charged last Thursday in relation to a dump found on Arrowhead Drive. Authorities were led to the site on a complaint from a local woman who had reportedly hired Shephard to do some remodeling at her residence. Shephard had allegedly agreed to remove a lot of trash to the county convenience center, but instead dumped the debris illegally.
In a phone interview with Deputy Sam Adams, Shephard reportedly admitted to illegally dumping the items at the corner of Arrowhead Road. He is facing a Jan. 29 district court date.
Lyon County Road Department cleaned up the site.
Paducah man facing DUI charge
A Paducah man was charged with DUI Saturday after authorities reportedly found him unconscious and surrounded by beer cans in his running vehicle while stuck in a ditch.
According to Deputy Seth P'Pool's report, Clifton Bryant Strait, 44, was found inside his vehicle just after 6 p.m. in a yard in the 10,000 block of Ky. 93 South. The deputy reports the man had urinated on himself and was not wearing pants. The black 2019 GMC Sierra truck was running, in gear and the tires were moving in a forward motion.
When P'Pool tapped on the window to get the man's attention, he reportedly expressed his dismay with an expletive and fell into the ditch upon exiting the truck. He could not stand and allegedly admitted to being drunk, having had "at least five beers but a lot more than that."
He was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of an open container in a vehicle and failure to wear seat belts. P'Pool reports Strait had three previous DUIs.
Illinois woman extradited
A Herrin, Illinois, woman was extradited Saturday back to Kentucky on both Lyon and McCracken County warrants for contempt of court due to failure to appear in November for arraignment in McCracken County on a misdemeanor and a traffic violation charge.
That constituted a bond violation for Ashley D. Brandon, 47, for offenses in Lyon County to which she had plead in July of last year. Those include guilty pleas to DUI and failure to produce an insurance card. She had also been given diversion for felony first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, illegal possession of a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating on a suspended license.
Juvenile charged with DUI
A 17-year-old Dawson Springs boy was charged with DUI and several traffic offenses after being stopped Dec. 28 heading east on U.S. 62 in Eddyville.
According to a sheriff's report, the juvenile was in a 2012 Honda Accent and was seen weaving in the roadway and crossing the white line. Officers reported a strong odor of marijuana when they approached the stopped vehicle, and the driver allegedly admitted to smoking "one blunt." He failed several field sobriety tests, and reportedly admitted it was due to smoking marijuana.
Relative an unwanted guest
A Lyon County man is charged with second degree burglary after entering a family member's home and taking several times.
William A. Russell, 31, of Kuttawa was arrested Dec. 27 by P'Pool after a caller on Ky. 93 North complained the man and a friend had been found in her home upon her return. According to a report, the two left the home through the back door when the homeowner's returned and went back to a house across a field
Russell, according to P'Pool, said he was never at the relative's home despite both the friend and relative claiming he was there. The report states Russell had not been invited, nor was he welcomed at the relative's home. The friend said he was not aware of that situation and was not charged.
Several items in Russell's home were said to be the relative's, though he denied stealing them. Medication and an unknown amount of cash missing from the relative's home were not recovered.
Domestic argument leads
to injuries, assault charge
An Eddyville man was charged with fourth-degree assault Dec. 27 related to a domestic dispute with his wife.
According to a sheriff's report, Robert Lindsey Stewart, 37, of Ky. 1943 in Eddyville was arrested after allegedly causing injury to his wife, Ashley Stewart. The fight reportedly escalated from a verbal argument. Robert Stewart was said to have gotten upset and began to grab and push the woman, forcing her and her son into a back room.
The woman was able to close the door, but Robert Stewart reportedly pushed in the door, which hit Ashley Stewart on the forehead. Lyon County EMS treated both the woman and child for minor injuries.
Robert Stewart told authorities he did not mean to hurt his wife or the child.