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August 26, 2010

Laurel County grand jury indicts 50

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A Laurel County grand jury indicted a Corbin woman last week for forging signatures on more than 30 checks totaling nearly $20,000.

Angela Smith, 38, of 781 Powers Lane in Corbin, allegedly signed the name of Kenneth Sizemore on 32 checks between April 26 and July 31. She is also accused of using Sizemore’s credit card between June 7 and 9 and charging more than $500.

After taking a break in July, the grand jury returned 50 indictments last week. An indictment is merely a formal charge, and does not imply guilt.

A London businessman was also indicted for writing worthless checks and misrepresenting his intentions with merchandise taken from another company.

According to the indictment, Bill Abrams, 53, of 115 Binder Drive in London, wrote four checks, each one for more than $300, to Siding Sales in London. Abrams is also charged with second-degree persistent felony offender for a prior felony conviction from Knox County in 2008 for theft by deception of more than $300.

A second indictment charges Abrams with felony theft by deception for allegedly taking tires valued at more than $300 from Parsley General Tire on Oct. 11, 2007, with the assumption that he would pay for the tires.

Abrams is charged with second-degree persistent felony offender in that indictment as well, which increases the penalty phase of a conviction or plea agreement.

Three people arrested in July after cruising through downtown London without a windshield in their car were indicted on drug-related charges.

Britni Vires, 23, no address listed; Tiffany Thompson, 20, 75 Casteel Lane, London; and Michael Vann, 31, 24 Evans Lane, London, were named in a five-count indictment for unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia on July 19. Vires is also charged with first-degree fleeing and evading police and having no windshield on a motor vehicle.

The three were stopped in London after a police officer spotted them driving along Main Street with no windshield. Vires, who was driving the car, lead Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Back along South Main Street and onto a side road before stopping. When illegal substances were found in the car, the three were arrested and taken to Laurel County Detention Center.

Vires attempted to conceal a used needle on her body as she was admitted into the jail, resulting in another charge of promoting contraband.

See Friday’s issue of The Sentinel-Echo for a complete listing.

Staff writer Nita Johnson can be reached by e-mail at njohnson@sentinel-echo.com.

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