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Johnson County Board of Education recognizes competition winners
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

The Johnson County Board of Education (JCBoE) took time out of their regular monthly meeting to recognize the efforts of students, parents and teachers who attended and helped students attend state level competitions over the past few weeks on Monday night.
“This is usually our biggest crowd of the year,” joked Tom Salyer, Johnson County School Board Superintendent.

Former Social Security Lawyer Eric C. Conn pleads guilty
Eric C. Conn

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Former social security lawyer Eric C. Conn faces up to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty on Friday, March 24 to one count of stealing from the Social Security Administration and one count of paying illegal gratuities to a federal judge in Lexington Federal Court. Conn admitted to submitting false documentation for clients seeking disability payments and paid off a federal administrative law judge who approved the claims.
Conn admitted he submitted false documents in “well over” 1,700 cases, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

201 Speedway to close

Owner sentenced to federal prison

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Jarrod Breeding, owner of the 201 Speedway in Sitka, was sentenced on Tuesday, March 14, at the Federal Courthouse in Pikeville, to 30 months imprisonment and to pay $285,210 of restitution after he pled guilty to one count of filing a false return for tax year 2013.
Breeding was originally indicted in May 2016 on three charges of tax evasion, for under-reporting his income from 2012 through 2014, one charge of evading reporting requirements, and one charge of attempting to impede a grand jury investigation by providing false documents, however only pled guilty to the one charge.

Staffordsville woman arrested for abusing her granddaughter
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

A Staffordsville woman was arrested by Kentucky State Police on Monday, March 20, after being accused of abusing her granddaughter.
Karen S. Stanley, 56, of Stafford-sville, is charged with assault, 4th degree (child abuse); alcohol intoxication in a public place, 1st and 2nd offense; and disorderly conduct, 2nd degree.

Former police officer pleads guilty to theft
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Daren Estep, 37, of Oil Springs, pled guilty in the Johnson County Circuit Court on Friday, March 17 to 10 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the 2nd degree for writing $4,608 worth of Paintsville Funeral Home checks in May and June of 2016 to himself while employed there and one count of using Stella Preston’s, owner of Paintsville Funeral Home, credit card.
The charges can result in a penalty of one to five years in jail and a fine of no more than $10,000. Estep was also charged with fraudulent use of credit card less than $500 with a penalty of up to 12 months in the county jail and a fine less than $500.

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