Teresa E. Worthington, 23, was sentenced on 56 counts of theft of a mail matter, four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, one count of tampering with physical evidence, two counts of theft by deception over $300 and two counts of theft by deception under $300.
She was sentenced to five years on count one and five years on count two, which will run consecutively for a total of 10 years. These two counts will run concurrently with all her other charges. A charge of being a persistent felony offender was dismissed.
The case was investigated by Harlan City Police Mike Thomas in 2006 when it was reported that Worthington along with another woman were observed stealing mail from citizens’ mailboxes throughout Harlan and the surrounding area.
Worthington was remanded to the Department of Corrections.
In other court action:
-- Andrew Roston Thomas, 26, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on three amended counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
-- Charles Trotter, was sentenced to one year in prison on a charge of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance.
-- Anthony Sweatt, 30, was sentenced to five years in prison on an amended charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking a controlled substance.
-- Esther White, 49, was sentenced to three years in prison on a charge of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance.
-- Lori Stephens, 30, was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence (fourth offense), operating a motor vehicle on a DUI-suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.
-- Carson L. Shepherd, 27, was sentenced to one year in prison on a charge of failure to comply with sex offender registration.
-- Anthony Kevin Haywood, 46, was sentenced to five years in prison on a charge of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance.
-- Russell J. Burgan, 31, was scheduled for sentencing. Harlan Circuit Court Judge Russell Alred had Burgan submit to a drug test which was positive.
Alred revoked Burgan’s bond and set the case for a jury trial.
Burgan faces charges of criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking and tampering with physical evidence. He was investigated by KSP trooper Walt Szczepan.
-- Flora Mae Smith, 29, was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking and theft/receipt of a stolen credit/debit card.
-- Jonathan Caldwell, 26, was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence (fourth offense) and operating a motor vehicle on a DUI suspended license.
-- Carlos “Carbide” Lively, 62, appeared for a probation revocation hearing after he recently arrested on new charges.
After a short hearing, Alred determined that Lively was in violation of his probation and remanded him to the Department of Corrections.
-- George Clem, 41, of Elcomb, was arraigned in Harlan Circuit Court on Tuesday after he was indicted on charges of capital murder, first-degree fetal homicide and first-degree assault.
The charges stem from a two-vehicle crash on June 20 that killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child and seriously injured her husband.
KSP trooper Bryan Johnson investigated the case and presented it to the grand jury. Clem has been in jail on a bond set at $11 million since his arrest in July.
The two-vehicle crash occurred on KY 72 at Elcomb. Johnson said Elizabeth Stewart, 21, and her husband, Darryl Stewart, 23, of Elcomb, were traveling east on KY 72 in a 2007 Saturn. Clem, also of Elcomb, was traveling west on KY 72 in a 1994 Ford Explorer when he crossed the center line and struck the Saturn head-on.
Elizabeth Stewart and her unborn son, Jayden James Stewart, died from injuries sustained in the crash.
Alred left Clem’s bond at $11 million when he was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charges. A pre-trial conference has been set for Oct. 16.
In police news:
-- Elza Day III, 20, of Wallins, was arrested by KSP trooper Bryan Johnson on charges of theft by unlawful taking of property valued at over $300 (auto), operating a motor vehicle under the influence and failure to wear a seat belt.
According to a police citation, Johnson observed a 1993 maroon Pontiac pulling into the Wallins Post Office parking lot at 4 a.m. Johnson said he approached the vehicle and noticed an odor of marijuana. The driver admitted he had smoked marijuana earlier. He failed a field sobriety test.
Johnson said after he ran the registration plate, Day advised him he didn’t know whose vehicle it was, that it was parked in the parking lot and the keys were in the front seat. Johnson said that Day then advised that he took the vehicle around the block and picked up Aaron Buell.
Johnson said he was able to contact the vehicle owner, Fred Baker, and he said they didn’t have permission to be in the car.
Day was placed under arrest and Buell was not charged.
Day was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000.
-- Fred Allen Bussey, 50, of Lynch, was arrested on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, reckless driving and disregarding signal of officer directing traffic.
-- Melaney Nantz, 28, of Harlan, was arrested on charges of third-degree assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication.