Fifty-eight charges were considered in 18 cases during a recent meeting of the Metcalfe County grand jury.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Karen M. Davis, 17 felony indictments were returned.

Twenty-six charges involved crimes against children and 17 on drug offenses, which includes DUIs.

One of the cases heard was remanded over as a misdemeanor.

An indictment represents only one side of a case and does not imply guilt, only that evidence exists for trial proceedings.

The following indictments were handed down:

‰Robert Paul Lobb, 28, of Edmonton, was indicted for criminal abuse, 1st degree, two counts, involving a child 12 or younger.

Deputy Kevin Thompson of the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Office investigated allegations occurring in November and December 2005 wherein Lobb had intentionally abused a 7-year-old girl by spanking her repeatedly with a hairbrush and an 11-month-old infant by injuring her arm.

‰Juvenile, of Knob Lick, was indicted for sodomy, 1st degree; and sexual abuse, 1st degree.

Thompson investigated an allegation stating that the 16-year-old had engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sex with a child younger than 12 during 2004.

‰Bruce A. Basil, 61, and Judith Basil, 57, both of Edmonton, were indicted for use of a minor in sexual performance.

Trooper Robert Maxwell of the Kentucky State Police investigated an allegation of Bruce and Judith Basil taking photographs involving a 14-year-old girl with her breasts exposed, which occurred in March 2006.

‰Tracy R. Houchens, 28, of Center, was indicted on nine counts of sodomy, 2nd degree, and eight counts of rape, 2nd degree, and Tony Paul Harper, 35, of Center, was indicted for complicity to sodomy, 2nd degree.

Maxwell investigated allegations of Houchens engaging in sexual intercourse and deviate sexual intercourse with a male younger than 14 during May and June. Maxwell discovered that Harper was involved in promoting or facilitating the commission of the offenses committed by Houchens.

‰Lawrence A. Patton, 19, of Beaumont, was indicted for rape, 2nd degree.

Thompson investigated an allegation stating that Patton had engaged in sexual intercourse with a girl that was younger than 14 on March 5.

‰Juan Hernandez Franco, 47, of Edmonton, was indicted for assault, 2nd degree.

Officer Michael Hampton of the Edmonton Police Department responded to a call from personnel at T.J. Samson Hospital stating that a woman was there for treatment of injuries she had sustained during an alleged assault. Hampton’s investigation revealed that Franco had bitten off the woman’s fingertips during an altercation on Dec. 28, 2005.

‰Jonathan W. Greer, 24, and Chasity A. Simms, 28, both of Knob Lick, were both indicted for possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree (meth), weapon enhancement, possession of drug paraphernalia, first offense, weapon enhancement and possession of marijuana, weapon enhancement.

On Jan. 20, 2006, Thompson went to Greer’s residence to speak with him about a separate incident. Simms gave Thompson permission to look inside the residence wherein Thompson located methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, marijuana and a .22 cal.-rifle, which resulted in the enhancement of the charges. Greer and Simms were both placed under arrest. Davis explained that any time a person is in possession of a firearm while also being in possession of a controlled substance that the penalty is then enhanced or becomes greater.

‰Mauricio Calix-Alvarez, 32, of Horse Cave, was indicted for sexual abuse, 1st degree.

Thompson investigated an allegation stating that Calix-Alvarez had subjected a child younger than 12 to sexual contact from 2000 to March of 2006.

‰Theodore C. Metrick, 51, of Edmonton, was indicted for marijuana cultivation, five or more plants.

On Aug. 1, 2005, Trooper Kevin Hunt of the KSP assisted Detective Wells and Detective Decker with the execution of a search warrant involving another case at Metrick’s residence. They found 10 marijuana plants planted in two buckets at the edge of his back yard.

‰Jimmy Lee Pennington, 55, of Edmonton, was indicted for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance that impairs one’s driving ability, fourth offense (aggravator breath analyzer of .18 or greater); operating a motor vehicle while license revoked or suspended for DUI, first offense (aggravator DUI); criminal mischief, 3rd degree, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Thompson approached the location where Pennington had been involved in a one vehicle accident on May 10 and discovered that Pennington had fled the scene on foot. Pennington, who was located a few minutes later, was found to have been operating his vehicle while under the influence, an offense for which he had three prior convictions, and driving a vehicle while his license had been previously suspended.

‰Misty Lowe, 23, of Edmonton, was indicted for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or false statement regarding prescriptions.

Metcalfe County Jailer Matt Gallagher investigated an incident wherein Lowe had telephoned Edmonton Drugs Inc. and represented herself to be a staff person at a local doctor’s office in an attempt to obtain a controlled substance on Jan. 2.

‰In a separate incident, Lowe was indicted for criminal possession of a forged prescription and giving an officer a false name or address.

On Jan. 31, Thompson investigated a complaint wherein Lowe had attempted to pass a forged prescription at Metcalfe County Drugs in an attempt to obtain a controlled substance.

‰Ricky L. Hadley, 42, of Russell Springs, was indicted for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance that impairs one’s driving ability, fourth offense (aggravator breath analyzer of .18 or greater); and operating a motor vehicle while license revoked or suspended for driving under the influence, second offense (aggravator DUI).

On April 15, Officer Junior White of the Edmonton Police Department responded to a traffic stop Thompson had made on the vehicle Hadley was operating and transported Hadley to the police department. Hadley was found to have been operating his vehicle while under the influence, an offense for which he had three prior convictions, and was driving the vehicle while his license had been previously suspended, an offense for which he had a prior conviction.

‰Gregory Ray Taylor, age 31, of Cave City, was indicted for possession of drug paraphernalia, second offense; trafficking in marijuana less than eight ounces; operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance that impairs one’s driving ability, second offense (aggravator breath analyzer refused); possession of open alcoholic beverage container; speeding; and reckless driving.

On Feb. 7, Thompson stopped the vehicle Taylor was operating for passing three vehicles at a high rate of speed. Taylor was found to be in the possession of drug paraphernalia and to be operating his vehicle while under the influence, offenses for which he had prior convictions. Marijuana was found inside the vehicle.

These indictments and others can be viewed on the Commonwealth’s Attorney Web site at www. barrenmetcalfeprosecutor.com.

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