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News Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper November 30, 2017 -, 9 By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com Court records have provided more details in the case of a former County Attorney who was indicted on drug trafficking charges by a Bath grand jury earlier this month. The News-Outlook re- ported in its September 21 edition that Donald A. "Champ" Maze, 57, of Owingsville, had been arrested on drug posses- sion and traffic violations following a traffic stop on Interstate 64 by Owings- ville Police Office Justin Sutherland. In October a Bath grand jury dismissed the drug charge and re- manded his case back to District Coui-t. On November 11, the grand jury issued two in- dictments against Maze for further drug-related charges. Court documents in Maze's case revealed a more detailed account of District Court. the circumstances sur- Court records stated rounding Maze's arrest that the drug possess on September 18 as well as his later indictments. Officer Sutherland penned a four-page af- fidavit that was attached to three search warrants, dated October 13, for Maze's van seized in the traffic stop, his AT&T cell phofle, and his AT&T cell phone records. According to Suther- land's affidavit, a coop- erating witness, who had provided information that led to multiple drug- related arrests earlier in the day on September 18, told Sutherland that Maze would be leaving Owingsville in an older model Ford van and was carrying narcotics. Sutherland noted that he followed Maze from Owingsville onto west- bound 1-64 that after- noon. He said that Maze was not wearing a seat- belt, was talking on a cell phone, and kept drifting over the fog line on the interstate. Sutherland said he con- ducted a traffic stop on Maze in the van. Maze initially cooperated, but Sutherland wrote that Maze became nervous after he requested assis- tance from Police Chief Todd Tout and K-9 Offi- cer Bud Lyons. K-9 Searcy "hit" upon an area between the van's front seats, and a white crystalline sub- stance was recovered that field tested positive for cocaine. Maze was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physi- cal evidence, menacing, reckless driving, and not wearing a seat belt. Sutherland wrote in the affidavit that Maze refused to enter Bath County 911 Dispatch to be processed with others arrested on the same day and was left in the custo- dy of Bath County Jailer Earl Willis. Sutherland said that he later discovered that Wil- lis had allowed Maze to talk to his ex-wife, identi- fied in other court docu- had directed Willis to take Maze to St. Joseph Hospital in Mt. Ster- ling and then have him placed in Montgomery County Regional Jail. (Bath County arrest- ees are normally taken to Clark County Deten- tion Center.) Maze was denied a blood test at St. Joseph, and the affidavit noted that, once again upon the direction of Maze's ex-wife, that Willis trans- ported Maze to Clark County Regional Medi- cal Center, which also re- fused to perform a blood test. Later that same eve- ning Willis took Maze to Clark County Detention Center, where he was in- carcerated briefly before being bonded out. Maze's case was sent to the October 5 grand jury, where jurors returned a report of no true bill on Maze's drug possession, evidence tampering, and menacing charges. His traffic violations were remanded back to Bath Police merits as Circuit Judge March 23, 2018, ruled Beth Maze, and that she that Maze's van, keys, and $600 cash be re- turned to him, and re- served ruling on a re- quest to return his cell phone. Attorney Laws indi- cated at the arraign- ment that further charg- es might be pending against Maze. On November 3 Judge Chafin issued an order for the return of Maze's cell phone. He noted in the or- der he was not sent the warrant to sign despite having been appointed as special judge on Sep- tember 21 and was never provided with the copy of the warrant. He also wrote in the order that the Commonwealth had failed to establish a rea- sonable cause that the phone had been used to facilitate a crime. The Bath grand jury is- sued two separate indict- ments against Maze on November 9. The first indictment was based on the tes- timony of Owingsville Officer Justin charge was dismissed because the Kentucky State Police lab deter- mined that the substance to not be narcotic. Maze and his attor- neys, Michael Campbell and Raymond Bogucki, issued a press release on October 10 which called the traffic stop "unwar- ranted" and that five sep- arate drug tests showed that Maze did not have any drugs in his system at the time of his arrest. The release also de- clared that Maze's work- ers had used the van ex- clusively in the months prior to his arrest. Maze was scheduled to be arraigned in Bath District Court on Octo- ber 16 before specially- appointed Judge Hart. John T. Chafin, from the 24th Judicial District, and specially-appointed prosecutor Doug Miller, from the lath Judicial District. Three days prior to that, lath Judicial Dis- trict Judge Charles Kuster signed off on the search warrants noted above for Officer Suther- land. Court records indicate that the search of Maze's van by Sutherland on the same day turned up a used syringe, loose razor blade, and other items related to Maze's used car business, Champion Auto Sales. Sutherland also said in the affidavit that an ex- amination of Maze's cell phone records revealed that he had been in con- tact with "a number of known drug users and traffickers on September 18." Maze was arraigned in Bath District Court on October 16 before Judge Chafin and Spe- cial Prosecutor Michael Laws, who is Assistant Commonwealth's Attor- ney with Doug Miller. Maze was represented by attorneys Michael Campbell and Raymond Bogucki. Judge Chafin sched- uled a bench trial for Sutherland and followed from' 'the September 18 arrest. Maze was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug para- phernalia, reckless driv- ing, and not wearing seat belt. A second indictment issued upon the testi- mony of Kentucky State Police Detective Chad Bowling charged Maze with seven counts of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, including heroin, oxyco- done, and hydrocodone. These charges date from a period from August 11 through August 30, 2016. Judge Chafin entered an order on November 14 dismissing the charg- es for reckless driving and not wearing a seat belt against Maze. Chafin issue the order upon request of Special Prosecutor Doug Miller, who informed Judge Chafin that Maze had been charged in a super- seding indictment on the same incident. Judge Chafin also can- celed a March 23, 2018 bench trial in the same case. On the same day as the indictments were is- sued, Bath Circuit Judge William Lane issued an order requesting that a special judge be appoint- ed to Maze's cases. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice John D. Minton appointed re- cently retired Boyd County Circuit Judge C. David Hagerman to pre- side over the case. Indictment warrants were served on Maze by Bath County Deputy Sheriff Wes Everman on November 10. According to the Ow- ingsville Police Depart- ment's Facebook page, Maze surrendered him- self to the Bath County Sheriff's Office and posted his $10,000 bond that evening at the Bath County Circuit Clerk's Office. Attorney Michael Campbell filed an entry of appearance for Maze on November 16. Court dates for Maze's case have been not scheduled at the time the News-Outlook went to press this week. Maze served as Bath County Attorney from 1990 to 2002. He was Photo submitted Donald A. "Champ" Maze reelected in 2006 but stepped down from the office after he pied guilty to vote buying and per- jury in federal court in 2007. He served 21 months in federal prison on his charges. He was permanently disbarred from the prac- tice of law in 2009 by the Kentucky Bar Associa- tion, an action that was upheld by the Kentucky Supreme Court in a 2013 appeal by Maze. Maze is currently the owner of Champion Auto Sales in Polksville. All individuals are con- sidered innocent until proven guilty or pleading guilty in a court of law. 4. ~ F " ...... Banking With Us 888-445-BANK (2265),0=.=== LENDER Member Natural gas heat brings your family together in total comfort. When the outside temperature falls, electric heat pumps struggle while natural gas furnaces bring a steady flow of warm air. Over half the homes in the nation are heated with natural gas, and natural gas is gaining in popularity every year. There are several good reasons for this, starting with dependability. 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