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Owingsville Drug 33 Miller Drive Owingsville ,,)rC (606) 674-633 newspaper ts 3 Bath County Barron indicted for murder )l i By Charles Mattox News Reporter A Bath County Grand Jury returned a supersed- ing murder indictment on Jan. 23 against Eleazer Barron, also known as Rodney Barronl 48, of Bath County. The indictment states that Barron committed murder on Dec. 31, 2003 when he, with the intent to cause the death of an- other person under cir- cumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life and wantonly Becraft with a handgun. Kentucky State Troop- er Joe Veeneman contin- ues to lead the complex investigation which has made its way through the circuit court in one form or another several times with no clear-cut resolu- tion. Roger 'Plum" Leach was also involved in the cir- cumstances which led to Becraft's murder, accord- ing to investigators. Leach pled guilty to tampering with physical evidence, according to in- vestigators, and the six- day murder trial of Bar- engaged in conduct which ron is currently scheduled created a grave risk of to begin this March 23. death to another and "Mr. Becraft was shot caused the death of an- five times in 2003 at his other when he shot Jerry residence at Blevins Val- :Winter sports? ley Road," Veeneman told The News Outlook." The murder weapon has been recovered and we have good ballistics." Veeneman praised the efforts of fellow KSP offi- cers Jim Bowling and Jer- emy Hamm who arrived on the scene rapidly after shots were fired that took the life of Becraft. "There's no question in my mind that Mr. Barron is the one who pulled the trigger and murdered Mr. Becraft," Veeneman said. If convicted of murder, Barron faces 20-50 years to life imprisonment. Commonwealth's At- torney Keen Johnson de- clined comment on the indictment and pending trial. Photo by Lacy Corey rhese two boys took advantage of the unusually warm weather on Monday - a welcome break from the recent biNer storms - to catch bluegills in a farm pond. : Grand jury indictments By Lacy Corey Staff Writer - The Bath County Grand Jury convened on January  22, 2009, and returned indict- ments on 17 individuals, in- cluding an indictment of mur- der against Eleazer Zurdga Barron, see separate article. Glen Vice, Indictment, The Grand Jury charges that on or about the time period of June/July, 2004 through sum- mer of 2007, in Bath County, Kentucky the above named defendant: 1. Committed the offence of wrongful sexual in- tercourse with an individu- al less than 18 years of age. 2. Committed the offence of Unlawful Transaction With Minor, First Degree, when the above named defendant knowingly caused an individ- ual, who was then less than 18 years old, to engage in file- gal controlled substance activ- ity, to-wit: provided pills and injected the individual with morphine. Bail: $20,000 Kentucky State Police De- tective Toby Gardner testified before the grand jury prior to the issuance of the indict- ments against Vice. John D. Jones, Supersed- ing Indictment, The Grand See JURY Page 11 i Rezkalla Butros, MD, F,A.C.P. 148 Skyview Drive Mt. Sterling, Ky. 40353 Phone: (859) 499-0717 I II I I Mohtgome, r, __ ts Counties Photo by Lacy Corey A fire on Monday destroyed the Salt Lick home of Mylon Downs and his family. Fire destroys Salt Lick home By Lacy Corey Staff Writer An early morning blaze claimed all of Mylon Downs, Leeann Kelley and their three small children's world- ly possessions Monday. Jacky Williams, dispatch- was too late. Fire had al- ready reached the top floor The Chief said that it was very difficult to fight the fire in the top floor because the steps to the floor had been previously removed. After examination, Chief Frizzell said that the fire appeared to be electrical in nature. er at the Salt Lick Fire De- , .... . . ..... ccormng ro apam partmen recezveo a report .. 1.. i.. , ,a. ^,. ...................... ""b'ffn" were profably spared i Street in Salt Lick, at ap- because of smoke detectors proximately 5:09 a.m., Mon- day the 9th. According to Salt Lick Fire Chief, Brent Frizzell, the first, person on the scene, got there within eight minutes of receiving the call. Of the 24 firemen who work for the Salt Lick Fire Department, 15 arrived at Railroad Street to stop the blaze. "It was a ggod turnout," said Salt Lick Fire Captain Randy Crouch. Several other emergency of- ficials were there as well. The fire department was able to, "knock down," the fire in the first floor of the structure, but by then it that were installed a couple years ago, through a county- wide grant through Eastern Kentucky Injury Preven- tion, initiated by Chief Friz- zell. It, "saved lives already," Captain Crouch said. Luckily the three small children who would have normally slept in the back of the house where the fire started, decided to ask their mother, Leeann Kelley, to pull a mattress into the living room, so they could watch cartoons and sleep for the night. "My babies are safe, that's all that mat- ters," Kelley said. The fire destroyed every- thing the family owned, in- cluding $1,000 they had just withdrawn the day before to buy a!amily car. Although everything they have is gone now, they were comforted to have each oth- er. If you would like to send a much needed donation to the Downs family in wake of this disaster, please mail or take donations to Phyllis Downs at 260 Spring Hollow Road, Salt Lick Kentucky, 40371. Citizens show overwhelming support for Withrow benefit pated. One of the churches in particular, was the City of Refuge Full Gospel Church, which is located in Olympia where the girls attended. Members of the, 'qhe City of Refuge," Judy Adams (wife of Rev. David Adams who at- tended), Crystal Dyer, and Kim Munday, were on hand to serve pulled pork BBQ as well as various other sides and desserts to the, "standing room only," group of support- ers who attended. Among people who attended, were city and county officials in- cluding, but not limited to, Bath County Judge Execu- tive, Carolyn Belcher, Ow- ingsville Road Commissioner, Ray Toy, Circuit Clerk, Clau- dette Faudere, and Sheriff, John, 'uffy/' Snedegar. The auction at the Owings- ville First Church of God had a huge amount of donated items, which Phillip Copher, auctioneer, was very hap, py to help sell. Among the various cakes arid pies auc- tioned here, included a dog, a vintage phonograph, many high quality power tools, children's items, and various other items too numerable to list. the hundreds of_ The Owingsville First Church of God's benefit and auction was an overwhelm- ing success, that was equal- ly matched by the Midland First Church of God's turn- out and money collected. At the Midland First By Lacy Corey Staff Writer Church of God, pastored by Rev. Bush Stevenson, the crowd was massive, causing a seat shortage. Pulled pork and sides were served here as well. One church member, Pam Cornett, said that she had been up since 4am prepar- ing for the event, while mak- ing plate lunches for people to take home at 7:30pm. The auction in Midland, auctioneered by Forest, "Frosty," McKenzie, had a host of baked goods, purses, colognes, as well as many other items, which, like the Owingsville.gathering, is too numerable to mention. The county wide benefit, initiated by the Bath County Ministerial Association, had The first ever, simultane- ous 2 church event, which was held for sisters, Lucy and Kayla Withrow, who died recently in a house fire in Olympia, was held on Friday, February 6th, from 5 through 8pm, at both the Owingsville First Church of God's and the Midland First Church of God's Family Life Centers. The benefit was a, "tremen- dous success," said reverend Lowell Rice, pastor of the Owingsville First Church of God. Although these two church- es hosted the event, many area churches also partici- i Fax: (859) 499-0926 . OWINGSVILLE 1-64 Exit 121 * Across from Dollar General 606-674-6280 I I I I I I i,