Man arraigned on porn charges
GREENUP A former Flatwoods resident charged with 1,000 counts of possessing child pornography was arraigned Friday in Greenup District Court.
Judge Brian McCloud set James K. Raasch’s bond at $500,000 and set a preliminary hearing in the case for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Raasch, 71, was arrested last month in Clearwater, Fla., where he’d recently moved, after large caches of child pornography were found in his former residence in Flatwoods and in a storage unit he’d rented, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said.
Raasch was extradited from Florida on Wednesday and lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center.
Raasch could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted.
16 sentenced in circuit court
CATLETTSBURG According to the office of Boyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Justice, the following defendants were sentenced recently in Boyd Circuit Court:
Tara Payne, 22, of Catlettsburg, five years for burglary.
Chad Elledge, 42, of Ashland, one year for drug trafficking.
Dina Blasko, 29, of Flatwoods, one year for theft.
Rashard Carter, 20, of Ashland, 2 1⁄2 years for drug possession.
Judy Flocker, 51, of Ashland, one year for theft.
Joshua Smith, 20, of Charleston, 15 years for robbery.
Shane Prater 24, of Ashland, one year for receiving stolen property.
Jeremy Howell, 33, of Ashland, three years for facilitation of methamphetamine production.
James Clagg, 23, of Huntington, two years for drug trafficking.
Bryan Clagg, 26, of Huntington, two years for drug trafficking.
Cassie Daniels, 31, of Ashland, one year for criminal abuse.
Randall Donta, 22, of Ashland, two years for theft.
Kendra Hicks, 25, of Ashland, five years for drug trafficking.
Alison Lewis, 30, of Ironton, five years for drug trafficking.
Robert Westmoreland, 34, two years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Christopher Woodle, 29, of Greenup, five years for receiving stolen property.
Holiday service is Sunday night
ASHLAND The Ashland Area Ministerial Association will sponsor its annual Community Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. Sunday, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1930 Winchester Ave.
The Rev. TJ Azar, the new rector at Calvary Episcopal Church, will be the preacher for the service. Special music will be provided by violinist Elizabeth Smith, a member of First Baptist Church, and the Rev. Larry Sivis, associate minister and minister of worship at First Christian.
The offering will be introduced by the Rev. Jennifer Johnson, associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church and president of the ministerial association. The offering will support the association’s three constituency agencies: Community Kitchen, Shelter of Hope and CAReS.
For more information, call First Christian Church at (606) 324-5335.
Cannonsburg Elementary council, 3 p.m.
Carter County Board of Education, 6:30 p.m., East Carter Middle School.
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