May 23, 2013

Threats to child results in indictment

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Even though he was shot during a domestic argument, a London man was indicted Friday for his threatening actions prior to the shooting.

Anthony Highley, 46, of 689 Ky. 3630 in London, was named in a three-count indictment returned by a Laurel grand jury on Friday in which he is charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of third-degree terroristic threatening

The arrest warrant states that during the Dec. 19 argument between Highley and his girlfriend, Highley threatened to kill the girlfriend’s 9-year-old son, then kill her. Highley reportedly had an aluminum baseball bat in his hands when this threat was made.

But when Highley kicked in the child’s bedroom door and began swinging the bat at the child and the girlfriend, she shot him with a .36 caliber pistol.

Despite being shot, Highley now faces criminal charges from the incident. According to court documents, Highley is scheduled for a pretrial hearing in Laurel Circuit Court on May 28 and remains free on bond.

Another man who placed not only himself, but two police officers in danger, was indicted last week in Laurel Circuit Court.

Daniel B. Mason, 30, of 250 Fount Hubbard Road in London, faces numerous charges from an incident on Feb. 23. Information in the case states that Mason refused to stop for a traffic checkpoint conducted by the Kentucky State Police at the intersection of Glenview Road and Helvetia Road on Feb. 23.

The incident began when Mason reportedly refused to stop for the check point — instead hitting the gas and placing a Laurel County Deputy Sheriff and a Laurel County Constable in danger. Mason’s actions immediately initiated a pursuit which continued along Glenview Road onto Ky. 1956 and then onto Hawk Creek Road, approximately four to five miles from the checkpoint site.

Kentucky State Police Sgt. Steve Walker joined in the pursuit and initiated a rolling road block. Mason weaved in and out of the roadway during this chase, even swerving off the road and attempting to pass the KSP vehicle in an attempt to get away. At one point, Mason nearly hit Walker’s cruiser from behind, placing a third law enforcement officer in danger of injury or death.

The pursuit ended when Mason was finally blocked between police cruisers and then taken into custody.

A third person charged with wanton endangerment during last week’s grand jury returns includes 32-year-old Tiffany Smith of 4214 West Laurel Road in London.

The four-count indictment claims Smith was driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants on April 29 and almost struck London Police Officer Jessie Williams with her vehicle. Her failure to stop resulted in an additional indictment for first-degree fleeing or evading police for failing to stop as directed by Williams and Officer Justin Roby. Smith, who has a prior felony conviction of failing to report changes in order to receive benefits, and is also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Other indictments included:

• Bradley Wagers, 31, of 609 Ridgewood Dr. in London, for first-degree burglary. Wagers allegedly entered a residence on May 8 while possessing a firearm with the intent of committing a crime.

• Jason M. Sizemore, 22, of 1155 Pine Grove School Road, and 20-year-old Braden M. Chaney of 52 Green Meadow Dr., both of London, are named in a six-count indictment for forging the signature of another person on checks on Feb. 17.

• William K. Mitchell, 50, of 10320 Saint Regence Lane in Knoxville, Tenn., is charged with theft by failure to make required disposition by cashing a $3,942 check belonging to another person and using the money for his own personal benefit. The offense allegedly occurred on Oct. 24 of last year.

• Tearle Wesley Sowders, 27, of 443 Waterworks Road in London; 39-year-old Travis McQueen of 889 Old State Road in Lily; and 23-year-old Ashley Nichole Howard, also known as Ashley Mullins, of 2670 Mildred Road in McKee,  were all indicted for theft by unlawful taking, first-degree criminal mischief and receiving stolen property. Sowders is also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender and has a prior conviction of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second offense or greater, in Laurel County in April 2010.

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