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Main Street meth lab case still in court

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Cook arrested for dirty drug tests

By Shannon Brock

For the third time in three court appearances, a Taylorsville woman charged in a Main Street meth lab case was taken into custody following her court appearance.
Karen Cook, 40, formerly of Taylorsville, now of Louisville, turned herself in this summer after police found an active meth lab in an apartment in the 100 block of West Main Street.
Cook was indicted in July on charges of complicity manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense; complicity first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense; complicity unlawful possession of a meth precursor, first offense; and complicity buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.
Jess T. Priddy, 39, whose last known address is in the 100 block of West Main Street, was also indicted on the same charges, but is on the lam and has not been arrested.
On Thursday, Cook was on the court docket for a disposition hearing. A new disposition date was set for Dec. 19.
Judge Charles Hickman said all of Cook’s drug screens had come back either positive or diluted, so he had the jailer transport Cook back into custody at the Shelby County Detention Center.
At an earlier court appearance, Hickman said Cook been having trouble with MCR (monitored conditional release) and advised that Cook would be taken into custody, given a drug test and released if the test came back negative.
At an even earlier court appearance, she was taken into custody because of a change in bond conditions.

Kevin A. Highlander, 41, of Falmouth, was arrested Dec. 4 for a probation violation and appeared in Spencer Circuit Court on Dec. 5.
Highlander’s original charges stem from an incident where he and another Falmouth resident, Tina Scott, were arrested for “shooting up” in the Country Mart parking lot.
Highlander pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years for complicity first-degree possession of a controlled substance, heroin; three years for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and 12 months for complicity possession of drug paraphernalia, all of which was probated.
A hearing for the probation violation is set for Dec. 19 at 9 a.m.

Robert Michael Howard, 43, of the 100 block of Cull Road, was on the docket last Thursday for a status hearing.
A fill-in attorney for Stephen Wright, the public defense attorney for Spencer County, asked that the case be passed further out because Wright needed more time to gather information.
Howard’s next court date was set for Jan. 9 at 9 a.m.
Howard is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse involving a child under 12 years old and six counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Larry T. Wayne Jr., 24, of Yoder Tipton Road, received five years probation in a 2010 case and a deferment date in the 2012 case in which he was charged with manufacturing meth, first offense; first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense; and unlawful possession of a meth precursor, first offense.
Wayne was to pay $155 court costs in each case, to pay any restitution from the 2010 case and to pay for the cleanup of the meth lab found at the Yoder Tipton residence in 2012.