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Former road superintendent, father plead not guilty to charges

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By Kenny Colston

The former county road superintendent and his father have plead not guilty to several charges against them, including abuse of public trust and theft by unlawful taking.

 

Lance Eric Lashley, the former superintendent, and his father, Jack Eric Lashley, were both indicted in December on multiple charges. Lance Lashley was indicted on one count of abuse of public trust (less than $10,000) and theft by unlawful taking, more than $500 but less than $10,000. Both are felony charges.

 

Jack Lashley was indicted on charges of one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500 but less than $10,000, one count retaliating against a participant in the legal process and one count of menacing. The first two charges are felonies, while the last is a misdemeanor.

 

At their first ever court appearance on Thursday, both men plead not guilty to the charges against them.

 

Details about the cases have been scarce since County Judge-Executive David Voegele first suspended Lashley and an investigation into misdeeds was opened back in April. At the time, Voegele said the investigation deal with the misappropriation of county fuel and rock, but said weeks ago he didn’t know what the indictment entailed.  Lashley later resigned his position during the investigation.

 

Because Jack or Lance Lashley haven't been arrested on their charges and their direct indictment and grand jury proceedings aren’t public information, the reasoning behind the indictment is unclear.

 

A special prosecutor, Jeff Cooke, is bringing the charges from Jefferson County, after the local Commonwealth’s Attorney, Courtney Baxter, recused her office from the cases.

 

At the hearing, after both men pleaded not guilty, their initial bond was set as on their own recognizance, with no money being posted. Both men remain out of jail on the charges.

 

The next court date for both men is March 26 at 1 p.m.