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Three sentenced in July 2012 cocaine raid

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By Shannon Brock

Three of four Spencer Countians who pleaded guilty to drug charges that came as a result of a July 2012 bust by the Taylorsville Police Department were sentenced in Circuit Court on Thursday.
Neither Raymond Birdsong, 62, Margaret F. Tingle, 76, or Terrence E. Gilbert, 48, will serve any jail time as long as they stay on the right side of the law for the next five years.
Birdsong and Tingle each pleaded guilty to complicity trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, cocaine; first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, cocaine; complicity buy/possess drug paraphernalia; and complicity possession of marijuana.
Each was sentenced to five years, which will be probated for five years. Court costs were waived for both.
Gilbert pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, cocaine; receiving stolen property (firearm); buy/possess drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana.
Gilbert was sentenced to three years, which will be probated for five years. His court costs were also waived.
In each of the three cases, evidence seized will be forfeited, less some money Tingle withdrew from the bank the day she was arrested.
Patricia Hagan, 38, the fourth person charged in the July 2012 bust, was sentenced last month to three years, which will be diverted for five years. She will be under the supervision of probation and parole and will be required to pay a monthly $10 supervision fee. Should she successfully complete the diversion program, the charges will be listed as dismissed/diverted on her record.
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Also in Circuit Court on Thursday, two Falmouth residents charged with shooting up heroin in the Country Mart parking lot last December pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the incident.
While the Commonwealth’s Attorney is deferring prosecution for Tina L. Scott on a charge of first-degree complicity possession of a controlled substance, first offense, heroin, Scott pleaded guilty to complicity buy/possess drug paraphernalia.
Judge Charles Hickman sentenced Scott to 90 days, which will be conditionally discharged for two years.
Her co-defendant, Kevin A. Highlander, entered a guilty plea to complicity first-degree possession of a controlled substance, heroin; first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and complicity possession of drug paraphernalia.
Highlander is scheduled to be sentenced June 6 at 9 a.m.
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Kenneth W. Baumgardner and Amanda R. Baumgardner, both of Binkley Lane in Bloomfield, were arraigned and entered not guilty pleas on Thursday to charges of enhanced cultivation of marijuana, five or more plants, first offense; enhanced first-degree possession of a controlled susbtance, first offense, opiates; enhanced trafficking in marijuana, 8 ounces to less than 5 pounds, first offense; enhanced buy/possess drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana.
The charges that are enhanced are because the defendants were in possession of a firearm at the time of the incident.
These alleged crimes occurred on or about Aug. 1, 2012, and stem from an incident where both Kenneth and Amanda were busted by Kentucky State Police for an indoor marijuana grow that included 76 plants.
A trial date for both Baumgardners has been set for Oct.14-16, with final pretrial conferences set for Sept. 26.
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Stanley D. Carney Jr., 31, of Spencer County, and April N. Netherton, 28, of Louisville, were present in court Thursday for disposition hearings. Their attorney withdrew from their cases and each was appointed Public Defense Attorney Stephen Wright.
Both face charges of complicity manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, which stem from an April 2012 incident on Little Union Road.
Carney is scheduled for a disposition hearing on May 9 at 9 a.m. As of Tuesday morning, no court date had been scheduled for Netherton.
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The Louisville man arrested in February for stabbing, then dumping another man in the Elk Creek Grocery parking lot was arraigned in Spencer County Circuit Court on Thursday.
Paul C. Barr Jr., 34, of the 1100 block of Lehigh Avenue in Louisville, faces charges of first-degree assault, a Class B felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony.
Barr entered a not guilty plea and is scheduled for a disposition on May 9 at 9 a.m.
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A Taylorsville woman indicted on charges for illegally obtaining or attempting to obtain controlled substances from doctor’s offices and pharmacies around the area entered a not guilty plea at her arraignment in Spencer Circuit Court on Thursday.
Jacqualine A. Ballinger, 43, of the 1600 block of Cecil Noel Road, was indicted by a Spencer County Grand Jury Feb. 21 on eight counts of attempting to obtain or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/false statement/forgery, a class D felony. According to documents in Ballinger’s court file, her address also has been listed in the 300 block of Washington Street.
Ballinger also faces 23 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. She is accused of forging 23 separate checks totaling $12,452 between Aug. 16 and Oct. 21, 2012, on the account of 93-year-old Arnettia Lawrence, who, according to police, was Ballinger’s landlord.