A Baxter woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Harlan Circuit Court after she entered a plea of guilty on multiple drug-related charges, including manufacture of methamphetamine.
Cindy Rouse, 25, appeared in front of Harlan Circuit Court Judge Kent Hendrickson with her attorney Cynthia Allison on Aug. 31 for sentencing. Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs handled the case for the state.
According to the indictment handed down by the grand jury on Nov. 16, the indictment stemmed from an Aug. 2, 2015 incident. The indictment states Rouse manufactured methamphetamine and endangered a child.
David Hall, 27, was also arrested in the incident.
According to the citations issued at the time of the incident, police received a call leading to a well-being check at a small building located off KY 72 in the community of Elcomb. Upon arrival, Kentucky State Police Trooper Andy Soltess observed Rouse and David Hall, 25, coming out of the front door and running to the back. Soltess made contact with Hall and Rouse. The pair advised they were staying at the building and their children were inside. Police asked the couple what they had observed them carrying behind the building. Hall and Rouse both said it was nothing, according to the citations. Soltess and Harlan City Police Cpl. Jeff Owens walked to the back of the building and found two black garbage bags on the ground. The bags contained ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine. There were also multiple inactive meth labs found inside the garbage bags. According to the citations, the couple told police the children were nowhere near the bags and were not exposed. Kentucky State Police DE/SI personnel arrived on the scene and advised the labs were currently not active. The children were placed with a proper caretaker by social services.
Rouse and Hall were both arrested on charges including unlawful possession of meth precursor, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
Hendrickson followed Boggs’ recommendation and sentenced Rouse to a total of 10 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a methamphetamine precursor, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.
Hall’s case has not yet been resolved, according to the Harlan Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.
In other court activity:
• Teddy A Smith, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, wanton endangerment, reckless driving, passing and unloading school bus and persistent felony offender;
• David Hatfield, 40, was sentenced on a charge of flagrant non-support to five years in prison. He was granted probation on the sentence for a period of five years or until restitution in the amount of $13,129.18 is paid in full;
• Ashley Smallwood, 31, of Wallins, was sentenced to three years in prison for cultivating marijuana. She was granted probation on the sentence for a period of five years;
• Charles D. Keith, 40, of Totz, was sentenced to five years in prison for trafficking a controlled substance and persistent felony offender. He was granted probation for a period of five years;
• Joshua Thacker, 23, of Evarts, was sentenced to three years in prison for second-degree escape;
• Bryan W. Tompkins, 27, was sentenced to five years in prison for theft of a motor vehicle, no registration plate, second-degree escape, failure to maintain insurance, failure to produce insurance card, no registration receipt, improper display of registration plates and fleeing or evading police;
• Allen D. Eversole, 43, of Dayhoit, was sentenced to two years in prison for second-degree trafficking a controlled substance. He was granted probation on the sentence for a period of three years.
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