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Women allegedly bought relative meth supplies

Published 10:45 am Thursday, March 14, 2013

Two women face felony charges after allegedly buying ingredients to help a relative cook methamphetamine.

On Wednesday, a Franklin County grand jury indicted Patricia Witcher, 37, of 3703 Union Ridge Road, and Cathy Bickers, 52, of 202 Landings Drive, for unlawful distribution of a meth precursor.

The two women were allegedly buying Sudafed at Kroger for 38-year-old Joseph Riddle, who pleaded guilty in February to manufacturing methamphetamine and public intoxication, Commonwealths Attorney Larry Cleveland said.

In November, deputies for the Franklin County Sheriffs Office found Riddle, along with 32-year-old Wendy Henly and 39-year-old Kenneth Sudduth, under the influence in a vehicle on Bald Knob Road.

Upon executing a search warrant for a shed behind the property, deputies discovered boxes of Sudafed, liquid Drano, camp fuel, bottles with colorful residue, scales, stripped batteries and receipts for purchasing Sudafed.

After investigating, deputies confirmed Witcher and Bickers made the Kroger purchases, Cleveland said.

Witcher, who is also charged with being a persistent felony offender, is Riddles sister, and Bickers is Riddles aunt, Cleveland said.

Henly and Sudduth were also charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and public intoxication.

Henly has pleaded guilty to the charges while Sudduths case is still pending.

The grand jury also indicted the man who recently drove the wrong way down Interstate 64 and hit a state police vehicle.

Danny Hollingsworth, 32, of 66 Bell Lane, #3, is charged with improper driving lane, reckless driving, first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of an open alcohol container in a vehicle, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, failure to own required insurance, failure to produce insurance card and license to be in possession.

Hollingsworth allegedly drove about 8 miles eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 shortly after midnight March 7.

A Kentucky State Police trooper stopped Hollingsworth by also driving the wrong way, getting in front of him and braking. Hollingsworth hit the rear end of the state police vehicle, which brought his vehicle to a stop.

Two people were also indicted for two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property.

Tom and Ginny Robinson, who own Home Pros Home Improvement Center at 974 Riverbend Road, received $6,500 and $11,000 to make home improvements for customers in September and November 2010. However, they allegedly kept the money and did not provide any services or materials.

Weve been attempting to get these people to pay the money back for quite a while, Cleveland said. The victim has finally run out patience.