Officers with Kentucky State Police Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement were in Maysville late Monday and all day Tuesday, monitoring traffic on the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge.

The officers brought portable scales with them to weigh vehicles, particularly trucks suspected of exceeding the bridges weight limit, and set up near the Mason County Public Library.

Last week, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reduced the weight limit on the historic bridge crossing the Ohio River after a recent inspection revealed some issues with the bridge’s cables.

While the bridge is not in any immediate danger, engineering analysis shows the reduced weight limit is needed as a traffic safety precaution and to prevent possible further damage until the structure can be repaired, officials said.

“The damage we found on several hanger cables warranted the weight limit posting,” said KYTC spokesperson Allen Blair.

If the new 3-ton limit is not enforced, state officials said the bridge could be closed to traffic until repairs can be made.



“We understand that the lower weight limit impacts a number of travelers, particularly commercial vehicles, but the change is very important to ensure traffic safety and to prevent further damage until we can make repairs,” Blair said. “We ask for the public’s cooperation in obeying the weight limit so we do not have to close the bridge to all traffic.”

Following the decision, weight limit signs were clearly posted on roadways leading to the bridge and on approaches. An electronic signs also warned of the reduced limit as drivers headed toward the bridge from U.S. 62. Additional signs are also being installed, Blair said.

Despite the signage and directions that heavier traffic use the newer William Harsha Bridge, trucks continued to use the older bridge and were spotted crossing in both directions on a daily basis.

Maysville Assistant Police Chief Jared Muse said MPD reached out to CVE through Larry Faris, a former MPD officer who is now with CVE, after receiving complaints that truck drivers were still using the bridge, hoping to get some ideas on how to keep truck traffic off the bridge.

MPD does not have the manpower to monitor bridge traffic around the clock and is looking for ways to discourage truckers from using the span such as making it harder to turn onto the bridge, among other ideas, he said.

Mason County Sheriff Patrick Boggs said his department, like MPD, does not have enough officers to monitor the bridge on a continuous basis. But, he said, deputies will write tickets if they spot a driver using the bridge unlawfully. The strict 3-ton limit bans most everything beyond passenger cars and pickup truck, Boggs said, including cattle trucks, school buses, RVs, box trucks and armoured cars, along with tractor-trailers. Even some larger SUVs and pickups may exceed the limit.

Muse and Boggs said officers will cite drivers with a disregarding a traffic control device (weight limit signs) citation when they observe violations.

“The Transportation Cabinet has already begun making repair plans,” Blair said. “The first steps will be to gather more data about the damage, take measurements, and perform a more detailed engineering analysis. Some of that work will involve closing the bridge temporarily during several days in the coming weeks. The schedule will be announced as soon as possible.”

The kick off for the 11th annual Big Read was held Thursday night in Fields Auditorium at Maysville Community and Technical College, where speakers who immigrated from China educated attendees on their culture.

According to its website, the NEA Big Read attempts to broaden people’s understanding of the world, their communities, and themselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

Chosen for this year’s Big Read is the book “Everything I never Told You,” by Celeste Ng. Education Coordinator Tandy Nash for the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center said the book contains subjects that both children and adults can relate to, and does not shy from some harsh realities.

“It deals on a lot of really heavy and heartfelt topics that kids have to deal with these days, a lot of labels. It’s about a bi-racial family, and it deals with the dynamics of the family and unlived goals by the parents, and they put those goals on the child,” she said.

While she chose this book from a list of other books in order to apply for the NEA grant, Nash chose this story among all others because of some of the themes the book contains, which seem relevant to this day and age.

“To me, one of the themes is immigration, and it’s a very hot topic right now,” she said, “and now I think it’s important to us as a community to see that we’re all immigrants and we all have the very same basic needs; we want to do well in life, we wan to succeed, we want to love somebody, we want somebody to love us and it doesn’t matter where you come from, what part of the world you originally came from, you still have those basic needs.”

For the kickoff event, Shanshan Li, Chinese language and cultural educator for Fayette County Public Schools, spoke about how Chinese immigrants have come to the United States and have influenced the culture here. Shuling Fister, who performs and teaches traditional Chinese fan dances in Lexington, also performed a few dances and invited attendees to participate and learn some dance moves.

Nash said that 1,500 books have already been given out to nine different school systems and book clubs, with events happening throughout the months related to the Big Read.

The KYGMC is also working with other partners such as the Fleming County Public Library and Mason County Public Library to host the events.

From Oct. 1 to Nov. 10, KYGMC will have a new exhibit called Dreamers and Doers: Contribution of Cultures in America. Also at Fleming County Public Library from Oct. 1-31, there will be a Chinese culture art show featuring are from Fleming County High School students as well as a community scavenger hunt.

On Oct. 5 there will be a seminar on how to track your genealogy at the Genealogy and Historical Research Center at 10:30 a.m. as well as a similar seminar at FCPL from 10 a.m. to noon. From noon to 4 p.m., additional resource materials will be put on display at the Fleming County Covered Bridge Museum for those wishing to continue their genealogical research.

On Oct. 8 from 7-8 p.m. there will be a seminar by Tressa Graham, who will tell her story of finding her birth mother through DNA sequencing and genealogical research.

At FCPL on Oct. 10, from 4-6 p.m., visitors can learn about “My Heritage,” a free resource that can help with researching your ancestry.

On Oct. 12 at KYGMC, a documentary titled “Three Identical Strangers,” telling the story of three identical twins that were separated at birth and reunited as adults, will be shown at 2 p.m.

Chinese Culture Night at FCPL will be held on Oct. 15 from 6-7 p.m., while KYGMC will have a Chinese tea ceremony hosted by Shuling Fister at 6:30 p.m. The tea ceremony is limited to 40 people, and those interested must RSVP by Oct. 9.

On Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m., at KYGMC, Dr. Jeff Drury with Comprehend will speak about balancing work and life, while from 5-6 p.m. there will be folk music and traditional instruments at MCPL.

At the Russell Theatre on Oct. 18 will be a showing of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at 7 p.m.

On Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m., Dury will return to KYGMC to speak about dealing with suicide, while from 1-3:30 p.m. at the museum will be Family Kite Day, where visitors can make and fly kites.

From Oct. 21-25, FCPL will have a CSI Murder Mystery Dinner and interactive evening. Contact FCPL for event times, as they will vary.

On Oct. 24, the Middle School Book Club will be gathering at MCPL from 5-6 p.m. for a discussion about the book “Front Desk,” by Kelly Yang.

At the Mason County High School Fieldhouse on Oct. 25, Carmen Mitzi Sinnott talks about her life with an interactive performance “What’s in a Label?” Also on Oct. 25 will be a showing of “Five People You Meet in Heaven” at the Russell Theatre at 7 p.m.

BROOKSVILLE — The Bracken County Board of Education has appealed a recent circuit clerk’s ruling regarding a ongoing residency dispute between the Bracken County and Augusta Independent School Districts.

The dispute has been ongoing for more than two years and began when Bracken County Superintendent Jeff Aulick requested a hearing with parents who had children attending AIS that he believed should be attending Bracken County Schools.

Findings from the hearings were sent to the Kentucky Department of Education and Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis ruled that AIS had “acted in bad faith.” His ruling was later upheld by the Kentucky Board of Education.

In June, both Aulick and AIS Superintendent Lisa McCane, along with attorneys representing both districts, attended a hearing in Frankfort before 48th District Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Wingate. Wingate heard arguments from both sides, but did not issue a ruling on that day.

In September, Wingate vacated the initial ruling by the KDE, due to lack of jurisdiction on KDE’s part.

“Because the court finds that the KDE lacks jurisdiction, the court does not need to address any of Augusta’s remaining arguments as to why the final order should be reversed,” he said in the ruling. “Therefore, the court hereby vacates the final order of respondent, the Kentucky Department of Education for lack of jurisdiction.”

“Bracken County Board of Education appealed the recent decision of the Franklin Circuit Court, finding that the Kentucky Department of Education does not have jurisdiction to resolve the dispute. Kentucky Department of Education has a statutory obligation to protect and clarify boundary issues so that districts can provide a quality education to all students who reside within its boundaries,” he said. “The procedures associated with pursuing the appeal provide an opportunity for a review of the underlying legal issues and the circuit court’s decision that the district believes is necessary under the circumstances.”

“Augusta Independent Board of Education believes the circuit court got it right and will seek to have that ruling upheld in the Court of Appeals,” she said.

A new online guide on where to volunteer is being built for northeast Kentucky, southern Ohio and surrounding areas.

The directory, located at https://appalachiacares.org/ , is free to volunteers and to nonprofits, and is a mirror of a successful platform that has become the most popular way for residents of Greater Cincinnati to find their way to help.

“Through the generosity of the Adams County Medical Foundation, we’ve been able to build the site and are working to expand it so it becomes a useful tool for, eventually all of Appalachia,” said Doug Bolton, president and CEO of Cincinnati Cares. The organization is part of a nonprofit, Inspiring Service, created in April 2017 to help fix the problem volunteers face when they try to go online to find a way to help. Old platforms many have used in the past aren’t working, contributing to an overall decline in volunteerism. And in some regions — like Cincinnati — volunteer rates have fallen at twice the national rate.

Cincinnati Cares, located at https://cincinnaticares.org/ , features more than 500 nonprofits and 1500 ways for volunteers to help, and is helping connect thousands of residents to nonprofit needs in the 15-county Cincinnati region. Similarly, residents of northeast Kentucky and southern Ohio will be able to use https://appalachiacares.org/ to easily connect with nonprofits who need them as volunteers. A volunteer can search the site for specific ways to help or places to help, and then use the site’s tools to connect directly to a nonprofit. Nonprofits then pick up the referral from the site and begin the process of engaging the new volunteer.

But first, the site needs to be populated with nonprofits in the northeast Kentucky and southern Ohio regions. Nonprofits must complete an online form, https://appalachiacares.org/submit-organization/ , in order to begin the process of recruiting volunteers.

More than 20 organizations, including the Brown County Humane Association, the CASA program in Bracken, Fleming and Mason counties, have already completed the process. With some 750 nonprofits in a six-county region bordering the Ohio River at Maysville registered with the Internal Revenue Service, the team at Cincinnati Cares believes there are likely 200 organizations in that same area who engage volunteers. Any organization that engages volunteers — nonprofit, civic, faith, school — can complete the form.

Bolton will be meeting Oct. 4 at the Adams County Family & Children First Council meeting on Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. to help answer questions nonprofits have about the site. Other meetings and open houses to introduce the project to the community are welcomed and planned.

Inspiring Service was founded by Cincinnati technology entrepreneur Craig Young, who has put his technology skills to work for social good. Inspiring Service has built a communitywide volunteer guide in other communities in Nevada, California and New England.

MANCHESTER, Ohio — A former Manchester firefighter faces arson charges after allegedly admitting to being involved in a number of local building fires, officials said Wednesday.

According to Manchester Fire Chief Rick Bowman, Dakotah Mingee, 19, of Manchester, Ohio, confessed to Adams County deputies on Sept. 29 that he had started several fires over the past several months.

According to Sgt. Randy Walters of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Mingee was a cadet before becoming a full-fledged firefighter for Manchester FD. Walters said Mingee has been certified as a firefighter for almost a year.

“There’s multiple fires in connection to him that’s he’s a suspect in, but we did have a fire over the weekend that he was a suspect in and through investigation he was arrested for arson,” Walters said.

While he could reveal exactly what was said, as the interview is part of an active investigation, Walters said Mingee did come to the sheriff’s office and admitted to arson on Sept. 29. Mingee was then arrested by deputies and lodged in the Adams County Jail

Walters said that through this investigation, there was also a juvenile currently incarcerated for the same charges, in addition to Mingee.

Currently, Mingee has been charged with one county of F4 arson, which was a holder charge at the time, Walters said, however there are other pending cases against him. Mingee has since been released after his bond was posted.

The fires remain under investigation by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office.

BROOKSVILLE — Bracken County native Staci Graves Jett will be competing in the World Food Championships in Dallas, Texas Oct. 16-20, 2019.

Jett, who is the owner of Hog Heaven BBQ/Custom Creations Catering, will be returning to the competition for the second time, having come home as a top 10 for sandwiches in 2017 when the competition was held in Alabama. Her return was marked by a feeling of unfinished business.

“I didn’t go last year, but I knew I wanted to compete this year,” she said. “I just felt like I had unfinished business. The first time I competed, I wasn’t prepared. You had to make two sandwiches in the first round — the one everyone has to make and a signature sandwich — and I didn’t think I would make it past that round, so I didn’t have a third sandwich prepared. I made a third sandwich and it was good, but it wasn’t world winner good.”

Jett is no stranger to competition. She has competed on Travel Channel’s American Grill, where she won Louisville Grill Master and on Food Network’s Chopped Grilled Masters. She has also placed in several categories at the Pig Out in Maysville and won Taste of America.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “I know what I’m going to do this time around. I’m trying to take recipes and put a Kentucky twist on them, because staying close to my roots — I always know that works out well for me. I know what to expect this time. Hopefully, I will come home with a win.”

According to Jett, during the competition, winners will be chosen in each food category. The category winners will receive $10,000. Those winners will then compete against each other for a title and $100,000.

There is only one thing left for Jett to do before she goes to the competition: raise the money to go.

“People don’t realize how expensive it is to do this,” she said. “It’s an expensive hobby and it’s my passion.”

There is a Go Fund Me page set up for Jett. That page can be found by visiting: https://www.gofundme.com/f/world-food-championships-travel-expenses?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet.

And although September may be over, the need to stock local food banks continues, particularly as fall and winter set in and the holiday season approaches.

With that in mind, The Ledger Independent and its partners have extended the drive through the month of October to suppliment local food banks.

“I’d encourage you to take a moment and bring a items to us or one of the drop off points. At the end of the month we will be gathering what’s collected and distributing it to our local food banks. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the holidays season than this and I want to thank you in advance for your participation,” Baker said.

Drop-off locations can be found in the newspaper lobby at 12o Limestone Street, at Stober Drives, 1781 Downing Drive, Odyssey Canvas, 6689 U.S. 52 in Ripley, and Meadowview Regional Medical Center, 989 Medical Park Drive.

Maysville Community & Technical College has been awarded a federal grant of $300,000 to support a three-year effort to prevent or reduce violence against women, officials said Wednesday.

The funds from the U. S. Department of Justice will enable MCTC to work with the Women’s Crisis Center of Maysville, Maysville Police Department and other organizations to implement the Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy.

Green Dot is a national program that trains students, faculty, and staff in bystander intervention to help prevent instances of power-based personal violence.

PBPV is a form of violence where one individual asserts power, control, or intimidation over another to cause harm. This includes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and harassment.

When these violent incidents occur on any MCTC campus, they’re seen as red dots. A “Green Dot” is defined as any action, choice, word, or attitude that counters or displaces a “red dot” of violence, reducing the likelihood that someone will be hurt.

Grant funds will be used to employ a project coordinator and victim’s advocate, starting in October.

Conway, MCTC’s college counselor and disability coordinator, said implementing the Green Dot program will promote safety for everyone in the college community.

“It also will send a clear message that violence will not be tolerated on any of the four campuses,” she added. “This grant will enhance MCTC’s collaboration among its campuses, law enforcement, and the Women’s Crisis Center.”

Specifically, the grant will provide classroom presentations to all students covering the basics of realistic bystander intervention.

Students from diverse social groups will be peer-selected to attend in-depth bystander training which will prepare them to become influencers impacting behavior change throughout the institution.

Continued work with students will be to reinforce active bystander concepts and to encourage leadership. School staff members and community members will encourage active bystanding among students and adults alike.

The program also will train campus law enforcement officers to respond effectively, using promising techniques and a trauma-informed approach, to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Ongoing training will be conducted for campus conduct personnel, including investigators and disciplinary board members, on the same list of violent behaviors.

Comprehensive victim services will be provided on or off campus to casualties of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Confidential, highly-individualized services will be provided at no cost to students, faculty, and staff.

For more information about Green Dot at MCTC, contact Teresa Conway at 606-759-7741, Ext. 66319, or via e-mail at teresa.conway@kctcs.edu

After being closed for more than a week in order to have electric services and water lines completed, the Mason County Public Library is reopening Wednesday.

MCPL Director Steve Parrott said the lines took longer than anticipated, but the work is finished and the library is opening again to the public.

According to Parrott, the library will be limited on Wednesday, due to no internet access and work that will need to be caught up.

“We have a lot of work that will need to be caught up on and a ton of check-ins to finish,” he said. “The internet will not be restored by the time we open, but we will check out whatever we can to people.”

He also said anyone who has collected fines over the last week, as a result of the library being closed, will have those fines waived.

According to Parrott, now that work on electrical and water lines are finished, the next steps of the construction project include excavating the ground for the basement.

When the renovations are finished, the library will be much different than it currently looks, according to Parrott.

The changes will include turning the existing children’s area into a community room that is larger than the current room, and moving the children’s area and teen center into the expanded area.

In that part of the library, there would also be an area for children’s programming, an office, storage room and a nursing area for mothers. A gallery/hallway will connect the new addition to the current area of the library on the inside.

Parrott said the renovations will be completed in phases in order minimize impact on people visiting the library as it will remain open for the duration of the renovations.

Phase one of the project is expected to take 280 days while the second phase is expected to take 120 days.

Local school districts fared well on ratings that were released by the Kentucky Department of Education on Tuesday.

The ratings are based on 2018-2019 Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Purposes (KPREP) assessment data and other indicators, according to Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis.

The indicators factored into the five-star rating system included reading and mathematics performance, performance in social studies, science and writing, students’ academic growth/progress over one academic year, transition ready and graduation rate.

“The release of accountability data through the Kentucky School Report Card is an opportunity for parents, educators and community leaders to engage in data-informed dialogue about schools’ and students’ strengths and areas for growth,” Lewis said. “The system also is designed to shine a light on achievement gaps between various groups of students. As usual, there are Kentucky schools and districts that are improving.”

In Mason County, the elementary school received two stars, the middle school received three stars and the high school received two stars.

A note beneath the middle school rating says the school would have received four stars, but lost one due to achievement gaps.

“The star rating system is new to us all. It was actually just finalized only a few weeks ago. We are pleased that the middle school earned a four-star rating. They have worked extremely hard with below grade level readers and this work has paid off. Because students with learning disabilities did not perform as those without disabilities, one star was removed. The state testing data does align with our internal assessment data for grades 3-8, which is a positive. This allows us to continue work on reducing novice and individualizing learning for all students.”

“MCHS traditionally scores above the state in ACT. There was confusion on use of KYOTE at the state level last year. All schools were told it could not be used any longer to achieve college readiness. That decision was reversed in April, and many students missed this opportunity. I’m confident that our focus on increasing opportunities for students by tripling dual credit coursework and career pathway offerings is the right thing to do for students,” he said.

Bracken County ratings included two stars for the elementary school, four stars for the middle school and three stars for the high school.

“Overall, I was pleased with the students’ performance this past year. As always our school and district administration work diligently to make sure that the efforts in the buildings are gaining maximum results for our students to achieve at their highest potential,” he said. “The Bracken County Middle School is a four-star school which is one of the 60 throughout the 319 Kentucky middle schools. We appreciate the hard work of all faculty, staff and parents in contributing to the success of all students.”

Augusta Independent School received three stars for the elementary school, two stars for the middle school and four stars for the high school.

“I am very satisfied overall with the results and proud of our faculty, staff and students again this year. School improvement is important work, but it is hard work and this school system never gives up. There were several levels and areas with stellar performances including growth at the elementary level and exemplary math and social studies results and the high school’s transition readiness was off the charts at 114.3. There’s more work to be done across the board and more focus at the middle school level required, but I am confident my administrative staff and teachers are poised to move our students forward again next year,” she said.

Fleming County Superintendent Brian Creasman said he was pleased with the ratings and the district is already working to be even better this school year.

“The high bar set by the Fleming County Board of Education is aimed at ensuring that every student is college, career and life ready. The Board of Education has made it clear that they expect every school to focus on teaching and learning and provide quality learning experiences and opportunities to every student. Because of their vision and expectations, the district has an excellent road map for success each year – and the understanding that we must continue to raise the bar when it comes to student success. We are extremely pleased with student success this year and we are already working to ensure that we reach the next level this school year. Where there may be opportunities for improvement in some areas, teachers, staff, and school leaders are working with district administration to set goals for the coming year, examining school and classroom data, and collaborating on effective practices that will lead to higher student success.”

In Robertson County, the elementary school received four stars, the middle school received two stars and the high school received three stars.

RCS Superintendent said there are still gains that need to be made, but he is proud of the ratings for his district.

“Each RCS school has a reason to celebrate,” he said. “RCS elementary finished with a four star rating. RCS High compared very well in our region with three stars and RCS middle school was very close to three stars. There is still work to be done as always in the education and learning processes. However, compared to five years ago, it’s been great gains for RCS students and staff.”

The Lewis County ratings included two stars for the elementary school, three stars for the middle school and three stars for the high school.

Lewis County Superintendent Jamie Weddington was unavailable for comment. However, Brenda Box, Lewis County Schools instructional supervisor and director of federal programs said she was pleased with the overall gains of the district.

“Most of our schools improved in one or more areas on the 2018-9 KPREP state testing,” she said. “Tollesboro Elementary School’s reading, proficient/distinguished scores increased 0.9 points. Science, distinguished increased 7.1 points and in social studies, proficient/distinguished scores increased 14.9 points. At Garrison Elementary School the reading scores for proficient/distinguished increased by 4.2 points and Science, proficient/distinguished scores increased by 8.7 points. Laurel Elementary School had an increase in math, proficient/distinguished of 9.7 points. At Lewis County Middle School, there was an increase of 3.7 points in social studies, proficient/distinguished and a large increase in writing, distinguished of 21.9 points. At Lewis County High School the science, proficient/distinguished increased by 8.7 and the writing, proficient scores increased by 4.6.

Detailed information on the ratings and the school districts can be found by visiting https://www.kyschoolreportcard.com/home?year=2019.

Numerous indictments were handed down recently by a Mason County grand jury with drug charges dominating the docket.

Several sex-related indictments were also returned including one charging Rajendra Dinesh Patel, 34, with first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree criminal attempt to commit sexual abuse, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree sexual abuse, three counts of harassment and first-degree indecent exposure.

According to the indictment, on March 4, 2019, Patel subjected an unnamed female to sexual contact by squeezing her breast, attempted to grab her private parts, and attempted to force the female’s hand onto his private parts. The indictment also claims Patel restrained the female, subjected her to sexual contact by rubbing and squeezing her buttocks and subjected her to harassment by lifting her skirt, kissing her on the lips and cheek and dragging her and pushing her to the back of a freezer. He also allegedly exposed his genitals to the female.

First-degree sexual abuse is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison if convicted. All the other charges are misdemeanors.

Tony Lee Bishop, 43, faces one count of second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of third-degree terroristic threatening stemming from a Dec. 27 2018 incident, according to the indictment.

Bishop allegedly “caused physical injury to Ivan Poe by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument,” the indictment states. Court documents indicate that Bishop threatened to kill Ivan Poe while holding a knife to Poe and that he also threatened to kill him while pointing at handgun at the man.

Paul Allen Berry — Public intoxication on a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance fentanyl.

April Nicole Lightner — Public intoxication on a controlled substance, first-degree possession of controlled substance fentanyl, possession of drug paraphernalia (syringe).

Natasha Shyan Timmins — First-degree trafficking in a controlled substance methamphetamine, first-degree persistent felony offender.

Natasha Faye Garcia — First-degree second offense trafficking in a controlled substance heroin, Carfentanil, fentanyl or fentanyl derivative, importing fentanyl or fentanyl derivative.

DeJuan Allen Dugan — First-degree trafficking in a controlled substance cocaine, second-degree persistent felony offender.

Jennifer Elizabeth Godby — First-degree first offense trafficking in a controlled substance cocaine two counts.

Amanda Renee McKenzie — First-degree first offense trafficking in a controlled substance cocaine three counts.

William A. Slater Jr. — First-degree first offense trafficking in a controlled substance cocaine two counts.

Cathryn Nicole Young — First-degree first offense trafficking in a controlled substance methamphetamine.

Toni Ann Muchrison — First-degree first offense trafficking in a controlled substance cocaine two counts.

James Allen Beckett Jr. — First-degree second offense trafficking in a controlled substance heroin and fentanyl two counts.

Anthony Cole Taylor — First-degree first offense trafficking in a controlled substance cocaine two counts.

Adam Lee Barrett — First-degree second offense trafficking in a controlled substance methamphetamine.

Stephen Blaine Jones — DUI, operating on a suspended or revoked license, first-degree possession of a controlled substance fentanyl, theft of identity.

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