Alleged electricity theft leads to more charges
The Kenergy Electric Cooperative at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23 reported a power diversion theft complaint on Robertson Road. The ensuing investigation revealed that after power had been disconnected, and the tenant notified, someone turned the power back on at the meter base, creating a dangerous situation. The sheriff said similar situations have occurred twice in the past year at two separate locations.
The new report was based in the Suwanee area. White subsequently located the alleged offender, Christina Lynn Almetee, 49, originally of Tennesse, at the Days Inn Motel. She was detained at 12:25 p.m. Nov. 23, and charged with theft of services. The repair and disconnect fees likely are to exceed $500, a felony offense. She also was charged with possession of a controlled substance — third degree. She already was on bond for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Unruly motel tenant complaint reveals sex offender
The manager of a Kuttawa motel lodged a complaint Nov. 23 with the sheriff’s office regarding an unruly tenant. The tenant was identified as Roy Lee Wright, 55, a registered sex offender, who supposedly was residing in Marshall County, but had moved to Lyon County. He had stayed at the motel for 11 days, but had not changed his registration. He was arrested, charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia as well as failure to comply with sex offender registration. He was lodged in the Crittenden County Jail. The investigation continues, with more charges potentially forthcoming. He originally was convicted of sexual assault of a child in Illinois.
Fish and Wildlife officer assists in DUI arrest
Cody Nathaniel Cowan, 28, of 200 State Route 109N, Clay, was arrested at 12:53 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, on U.S. Highway 62W at Kuttawa, originally was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol-first offense, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, and careless driving.
The arrest followed a report from a Ky. Department of Fish and Wildlife officer. That officer reportedly noticed the erratic driving and stopped the vehicle in his marked F&W vehicle. He then reported the situation to the sheriff’s office, which responded, sending a deputy to the scene.
Grand Rivers man charged with DUI
John Thomas Collins Jr., 63, of 215 Fowler Road, Grand Rivers, was arrested at 6:32 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, on Days Inn Drive, charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol .08 — first offense. The Eddyville Police Department and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife assisted in the investigation.
Couple both charged with assault
Molly E. Elliott, 31, of 604 Wilderness Road, Kuttawa, was arrested at 3:06 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at her residence. She was charged with fourth-degree assault, second degree-wanton endangerment, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Paul M. Gay, 39, also of 604 Wilderness Road, Kuttawa, was cited to court for fourth-degree assault instead of being arrested on that charge. That was because he had sustained a prior head injury and was transported by emergency medical services for treatment.
Vehicle rolls down boat ramp into water
Michael R. Forrester, 51, of 1125 Village Road, No. 203, Benton, was the driver of a vehicle, along with his friend and passenger, James E. Hall, 62, of 51 Fowler Road, Kuttawa on Wednesday, Nov. 18. When they arrived at the Poplar Creek Boat Ramp to fish from the bank at approximately 12:15 p.m., Forrester stopped the vehicle at the top of the ramp to off-load fishing gear. Apparently, he failed to switch the vehicle’s gears into the park position, prior to exiting the vehicle.
The vehicle began to roll down the boat ramp. Both men tried to hold on to stop the vehicle but were unsuccessful. The vehicle rolled down the ramp and entered the water of Lake Barkley. It floated for a time, before submerging entirely.
Lyon County Emergency Medical Services was dispatched and attended to the two men. Both refused transport to the hospital, indicating they might go there at a later time, but would wait, due to medical conditions they had before the incident.
Stinnett’s Wrecker Service was called to recover the vehicle. Lyon County EMS director Randy Wright responded to a call to the situation and requested a boat and dive team from the Livingston County EMS to assist in recovery of the vehicle.
Dawson Springs woman charged with DUI
Shelby Jo Cunningham, 22, of 106 E. Hall St., Dawson Springs, was arrested at 8:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in Kuttawa, at the scene of a two-vehicle collision. She was driving eastbound on U.S. 62, approaching Lakeshore Drive, when she rear-ended a vehicle driven by Eric Peek, 55,
Cunningham was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (second offense) .08 and driving on a DUI-suspended operator’s license-first offense/aggravating circumstances. She also was cited for no proof of insurance and failure to war a seat belt. The Kuttawa Fire Department assisted on the scene.
No serious injuries in collision, rollover
Sheriff’s deputies were summoned to a two-vehicle collision on Ky. 295N, approximately six miles north of Kuttawa at 5:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16.
The investigation revealed that Kathryn Millikan, 17, of Salem, was driving a 2002 Ford Taurus and attempting to avoid a deer crossing on to the roadway.
In the process, she accidentally sideswiped a 2012 Toyota Tundra pick-up truck driven in the opposite direction by Joshua Watson, 45, of Dawsonville, Ga. He was not injured.
The collision caused Millikan’s vehicle to leave the roadway and roll over completely at least twice, before coming to rest in its original, upright position. Two occupants in her vehicle escaped serious injury because they were wearing seat belts. Another passenger, Destiny Autry, 16, of Grand Rivers, sustained minor injuries and refused transport to a hospital.
Eddyville man charged on bond violation
Matthew E. Hawkins, 44, of Eddyville, was arrested at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, charged with contempt of court, served on a bond violation warrant from Lyon Circuit Court. He was held without bond in the Crittenden County Jail.
Juvenile charged with abuse of teacher
A 14-year-old male juvenile of Eddyville was served a warrant with abuse of a teacher at Lyon County High School. The juvenile had received previous discipline notices for bad behavior, as recently as Thursday, Nov. 12. He was turned over to the custody of his parents.
Fugitive at large in burned vehicle case
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found a burned vehicle at the Boyd’s Landing Recreational Area Sept. 10. The investigation has continued since that time, as officers determined it had been stolen from Trigg County. Sheriff Brent White’s office has preferred charges against two individuals related to that incident.
Jonathan R. McCoy, 42, of Princeton, was charged with one count each of receiving stolen property-under $10,000/automobile and second-degree arson.
Michael Craig Williams, 44, of Kuttawa, a fugitive, is a co-defendant, facing the same charges as McCoy. Williams is described as a white male with short brown hair and blue eyes, 5-feet, 9-inches tall, and weighting 135 pounds.
Sheriff White said the investigation revealed that the two men took the stolen vehicle to Boyd’s Landing, off Ky. Highway 810 S, and allegedly burned it on the evening of Sept. 9. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discovered it the next morning.
A preliminary hearing in Lyon District Court on McCoy’s case was bound over to the next session of the grand jury.
Assisting in the continuing, multi-agency investigation are the Kentucky State Police, KSP arson investigators, the KSP vehicle investigation section, the Trigg County Sheriff’s office, and KSP Post 1, Mayfield. Investigators seek the public’s assistance in locating Williams.