Head-butting KSP trooper gets man year of probation

He’ll also pay $1K in fines

By Lindsey Erdody Published:

A man has pled guilty to assault, resisting arrest and fleeing police after he head-butted a Kentucky State Police trooper last month.

Barry Ross, 31, of Portage, Ind., went to the KSP Post 12 office in August for a background check and troopers discovered there was a warrant for his arrest in Indiana.

Ross tried to flee, and assaulted troopers in the process.

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate sentenced Ross to 12 months unsupervised probation, and said he must pay $1,000 in fines by Dec. 30.

In another deal Friday in Franklin Circuit Court, 32-year-old Rebecca Manley, of Frankfort, pled guilty to three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and first offense DUI.

In July, Manley drove a vehicle while intoxicated and hit her husband’s car intentionally after an argument. Her husband, Matthew Manley, and another woman, Andrea Coomer, were in the vehicle she collided with.

Manley also hit another vehicle, which injured Tina Tucker.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland recommended a three-year sentence with $750 in fines, 90 days of alcohol and drug education, four days of mandatory confinement and 120 days with a suspended license.

In other court action:

nFranklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued a bench warrant for Melinda Adkins.

Adkins, 41, is facing seven charges that occurred as the result of a routine police stop. Her daughter was driving when the two were pulled over for an expired registration plate.

Police found Adkins with marijuana, cocaine and an open alcoholic beverage. She was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana, permitting an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle, possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle and alcoholic intoxication.

Adkins has been in court on multiple occasions.

nThomas Karsner, 51, of Frankfort, was sentenced to probation for five years and agreed to pay more than $16,000 in restitution in two matters involving state taxes.

Karsner was charged with two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of sales taxes between 2010-2011, and one count of withholding taxes in 2011 while he was the manager of Farmer’s Kitchen.

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  • Wow, so let me get this straight. You can walk into Post 12 and headbutt a state trooper right in the kisser and all that it cost is $1,000? Dang!