February 27, 2014

Christmas Eve domestic ends with indictment

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer


A Christmas Eve argument involving the assault of a female and resulting in a police chase has evolved into a felony indictment for a Laurel man.

Dallas Wesley Baker, 30, of 467 Victory Road in East Bernstadt, was named in a six-count indictment stemming from a December 24 incident. Baker was  charged with second-degree assault for reportedly hitting and choking a female subject and fourth-degree assault for hitting a male subject with his fists.

Additional charges for first-degree fleeing or evading police, alcohol intoxication and resisting arrest stem from Baker allegedly running away from a London City Police officer and being under the influence of alcohol. The sixth charge is for being a second-degree persistent felony offender, due to Baker having a prior felony for possession of a controlled substance in Laurel County in 2004.

Baker is held in the Laurel County Detention Center under a $25,000 cash bond.

Other persons named in indictments stemming from thefts and burglary include:

• Steven D. Simpson, 49, of 131 Pittsburg School Road, London - charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 for taking a nail gun, circular saw, and other tools that did not belong to him on October 16. He is also charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police for failing to comply with orders from a police officer to stop, and third-degree escape for escaping from the custody of that same officer.

• Boyd K. Simpson, 46, of Ky. 1376, 637 Field Tyler Road, and 70-year-old Billy Hurley of 1606 East Ky. 30, both in East Bernstadt, were indicted for taking and possessing a wood/metal building belonging to someone else on August 28. The building was valued over $500 but under $10,000. Both are charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 and receiving stolen property over $500. Hurley is additionally named in a third count — being a second-degree persistent felony offender. He has a prior felony for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance in Laurel County in 2008.

• Robbie Ramsey Jr., 30, of 1389 Lick Fork Road in London, faces three counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500 but less than $10,000. According to the indictment, the incidents took place on September 15 when Ramsey allegedly took a 2001 green Chevrolet Silverado pickup, a 2002 green freightliner and a white CUB truck belonging to a trucking company. He is also accused of taking a 1997 Chevrolet S-10 pickup that did not belong to him.

• Taylor Thomas, 20, of 1235 Willie Cheek Road in London - charged with theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or more. Thomas allegedly took a 2006 Dodge Durango belonging to someone else on February 3.

• Kenneth C. Middleton, 22, of 1542 Shopville Road in Somerset, and 20-year-old Lindsey N. Morris, of 219 Clark Dr. in London, were indicted for first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, and theft by unlawful taking over $500 but under $10,000. The alleged incident took place on February 5 in which the couple — who were carrying a firearm — allegedly entered a residence through a French door and bedroom door, causing damage to the property. The couple are accused of taking a gun cabinet with 11 guns, coins, a crossbow and other items.

• Christopher L. Carter, 39, of 509 Swan St. in Corbin, was indicted by a Laurel grand jury for receiving stolen property over $500 but under $10,000. Carter allegedly took a Craftsman air compressor, Craftsman tool box, woven wire, a refrigerator and other tools from another person on August 21, 2013. His bond was set at $5,000 cash and a hearing date scheduled for March 21 at 10 a.m.

• Karen G. Power, 47, of 201 Robinson Road West in London, and 38-year-old Melon D. Vaughn, of 6728 Somerset Road in London, were charged with theft by failure to make required disposition over $10,000 on February 18, 2010. The two are accused of converting gasoline belonging to Lee Oil Company for their own use .

• Dana A. Johnson, 28, 3218 Silvercreek Ave. in Bowling Green, is charged with theft of identity of another without consent on November 19 for using another person’s personal identification information without their consent.

An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.