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Grand jury indicts nine

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By Geoff Hamill

His alleged role in a string of local burglaries has brought numerous indictments against a Mount Washington man.

James David Riggs Jr., 24, faces a total of 12 counts for allegedly burglarizing two Washington County homes, as well as a business. Riggs is charged with taking five guns and an X-Box from the home of Justice Hutchins of Newton Road.  He is also accused of stealing one four wheeler from the business of Danny Darland on Valley Hill Road and another from the home of Joe Kelty on Johnson Road.

Riggs is charged with one count of burglary 1st degree (Class B felony), two counts of burglary 3rd degree (Class D Felony), five counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument (Class D felony), two counts of theft by unlawful taking over $500 (Class D felony), one count of theft by unlawful taking of a firearm (Class D felony), and one count of theft by unlawful taking under $500 (Class A misdemeanor).

Bond for Riggs was set at $25,000 full cash. He remains in the Marion County Detention Center.

Other indictments:

• Michelle Doolin, 38, of Caldwell Avenue in Bardstown, was charged with eight counts of theft of identity. The incidents leading to the indictment allegedly took place between March 2006 and October 2007.

Bond for Doolin was set at $15,000, payable at 10 percent of the total cash value.

• Gregory F. Potter, 36, of Tatum Ridge Road in Willisburg, was charged with one count of marijuana cultivation of five or more plants and one count of being a persistent felony offender in the 1st degree.

According to the indictment, the alleged offenses took place about July 8, 2009 in Washington County.

Bond for Potter was set at $15,000, payable at 10 percent of the total cash value.

• Jesse T. Nethery, 18, of Cox’s Creek, and Christopher Edward Lyons, 19, of Bardstown, were each indicted for their alleged role in the burglary of a home on Smith Lane in Springfield on June 1, 2009. Both are charged with one count each of burglary 1st degree (Class B felony), wanton endangerment 1st degree (Class D felony), tampering with physical evidence (Class D felony) and criminal mischief 3rd degree (Class B misdemeanor).

Bond for Nethery was set at $100,000, and bond for Lyons was set at $50,000. Both were payable at 10 percent of the total cash value.

Nethery remains in the Marion County Detention Center. No information was available on Lyons.

• George Smothers Jr., 40, of St. Rose in Lebanon was charged with one count of burglary 1st degree (Class B felony), criminal possession of a forged instrument in the 2nd degree (Class D felony) and being a persistent felony offender in the 1st degree. The incidents in the charges allegedly took place near May 22, 2009. In addition, Smothers was charged with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun (Class C felony) and being a persistent felony offender in the 2nd degree.

Bond for Smothers was set at $75,000 cash.

• Herman E. Johnson, 43, was charged with one count each of burglary 2nd degree (Class C felony) and being a persistent felony offender in the 1st degree.

No address was given for Johnson, but he is currently lodged in the Marion County Detention Center with no bond, according to the indictment.

• James Lawrence Clan, 31, of Green Lane in Bardstown, was charged with two counts of wanton endangerment 1st degree (Class D felony), and one count each of criminal mischief 1st degree (Class D felony), driving with a DUI suspended license 3rd offense (Class D felony), and DUI 3rd offense (Class A misdemeanor).

Bond for Clan was set at $50,000 cash, with the conditions that he is to have no alcohol and do no driving.

• Joseph G. Thornton, 26, of Mackville Hill in Springfield, was charged with one count of flagrant non-support of a minor child (Class D felony).

Bond was set at $10,000.

An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.