Mask refusal yields drug felony

Jesus Rafael Palmoma, 41, of Kuttawa was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia spurred by his refusal to wear a mask in the courtroom.

According to Sheriff Brent White, Palmoma was searched after being held in contempt of court by Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall for his repeated refusal to wear a face covering inside a Lyon County Judicial Center courtroom. The search reportedly turned up a folded dollar bill in his pocket with a “considerable amount” of suspected meth hidden within.

Palmoma did 48 hours for refusing to comply with the court system’s COVID-19 directives, but is now facing a felony charge. He was on bond at the time, according to White’s report, for similar drug-related offenses and traffic violations.

Man arrested following indictment

A local man is facing multiple charges after being taken into custody Monday morning on a Lyon Circuit Court warrant following his indictment.

Aaron G. Haney, 33, of Kuttawa is charged with first-degree burglary; two counts of fourth-degree assault; alcohol intoxication; resisting arrest; two counts of third-degree criminal mischief; and second-degree disorderly conduct.

The arrest is related to an April incident during which Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy Seth P’Pool reportedly found the man after allegedly breaking into an Eddyville home and harming a resident and small child.

Authorities received a 911 call from a home on Magnolia Street indicating the suspect was inside another man’s home and fighting. The 911 call was disconnected during the alleged fracas.

When the deputy arrived at the scene, Haney approached the sidewalk and was discussing “kicking a man’s (expletive).” He reportedly had a strong odor of alcohol and began to beat on the door of a nearby home. P’Pool was able to corral the man and get him in the back of his cruiser.

While in the vehicle, Haney is said to have begun screaming and kicking the doors of the car. When the deputy opened the door, the man “came out of the back and started to resist going back in.” P’Pool was able to get him back into the cruiser and notes in his report that Haney was “in and out of moods.”

The victim reportedly told the deputy he was unaware of why Haney started tearing the windows off of the house and door, entered the home and attacked the man and a child.

After returning to his cruiser, P’Pool found Haney calm but complaining of nausea. After opening the door to let the man out, the suspect reportedly began to fight. He was subdued and put back into the vehicle and taken to jail.