Lashley indicted on multiple charges

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Case against former county road supervisor and his father begins

By Kenny Colston

The former county road superintendent and his father have been indicted on a handful of charges, relating to an investigation into the misappropriation of county materials that started in April.

Lance Eric Lashley, the former superintendent, and his father Jack Eric Lashley, were indicted by an Oldham County grand jury in December. The two were directly indicted by the grand jury and have not been arrested or appeared in court on the charges.

Lance Lashley was indicted on one count of abuse of public trust (less than $10,000) and one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500 but less than $10,000. Each count is a felony charge and, if convicted, could mean up to five years in prison.

Jack Lashley was indicted on 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 and could mean up to five years in prison, if convicted. The menacing charge is a misdemeanor and carries up to 90 days in prison and a $250 fine.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Jeff Cooke, from Jefferson County, after Oldham County’s Commonwealth Attorney, Courtney Baxter, excused herself from the case.

Because the Lashleys were directly indicted, the reasoning behind their charges is largely unknown.

Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele, who initially suspended Lance Lashley with pay in early April after becoming aware of potential misdeeds, said he’s not aware of what caused the two men to be indicted.

Voegele said when he first was made aware of issues in the road department, the allegations involved the mishandling of fuel and rock the county had purchased. But Voegele said once he suspended Lance Lashley, and asked the Oldham County Police to investigate, he stepped out of the situation.

Lashley resigned a few weeks after being suspended and Deputy Judge-Executive John Black now heads up the road department.

Attempts to reach the prosecutor, Cooke, as well as Lance Lashley were unsuccessful. It is undetermined if Lance or Jack Lashley are represented by an attorney.

Their first court date is Jan. 8.

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