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December 2, 2012

7 arrested in Olive Hill after meth bust

2 labs found along with hyrdrocodone, marijuana

OLIVE HILL — Seven arrests were made late Friday night after a drug bust that included two active meth labs.

The Olive Hill Police Department, along with the FADE Drug Task Force, made the arrests after responding to a house on Chili Street where two meth manufacturing labs were found along with methamphetamine, hydrocodone and marijuana. A loaded firearm was also seized, according to authorities.

Jack D. Binion, 33, Timmy Oakley, 48, Natasha Parsons, 23, Philip Johnson, 27, Krista Binion, 32, Sarah Terry, 35, and Eric Barker, 36, all of Olive Hill, were arrested. Twenty-two charges were filed in total, police said. All suspects have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Jack Binion is being charged for a second time with manufacturing meth, a Class A felony, police said.

It has been an active week for the FADE Drug Task Force which, on Wednesday, arrested Olive Hill Mayor Danny Sparks for drug trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school. He was arrested after selling marijuana near Olive Hill Elementary. The agency had been investigating the mayor for several weeks, authorities said.

The Olive Hill City Council has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday to possibly accept a resignation from Sparks or, if not, to discuss the city’s future.

Sparks has been the Olive Hill mayor since 2003.

If Sparks presents his resignation, the council will choose one of their own to fulfill Sparks’ term, which ends in December 2014, said City Clerk Cheri James.

James said the vacant seat on the council will probably be filled by the person with the next-most votes from the election earlier this month.

In the election, Kenny Fankell received the most votes of the nine running for council. Fankell, along with Enoch Hicks, Jerry Callihan and Allen Stapleton, were re-elected to the council while current member Linda Lowe was ousted by newcomers Angela Johnson and Glen Meade.

Debbie Harman, another newcomer to the race, would be first in line for the vacant council seat if James’ prediction is correct.

 

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