Olive Hill makes progress on crime
It's been a busy couple of months for the Olive Hill Police Department.
Police Chief Bobby Hall ran down a list of the department's accomplishments, and the positive public response to them, after presenting his police report to city council last week.
The department was heavily involved in the investigation of the FIVCO Area Drug Enforcement (F.A.D.E.) lead drug bust that resulted in the arrest of Olive Hill resident Clayton "Guy" Hill on August 8.
But they've also been heavily involved in robbery investigations, which Hall explained often go hand-in-hand with drug sales and drug abuse. Late last month, for example, a routine traffic stop ended up leading to the recovery of stolen goods and, after the department was able to secure a search warrant, a drug arrest.
"We were cheered on that one," Hall said, explaining that while the stop tied up traffic in the parking lot of a local business, the business owners and their customers were familiar with the folks stopped, and were happy to endure the inconvenience.
After recovering items stolen from an Olive Hill couple, the department executed a search warrant on the residence of Danny Kiser, in Olive Hill, which lead to the arrest of Kiser, 56, for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and receiving stolen property. Also arrested as a result of the stop were Kristen Conn, age 25, of Olive Hill, for receiving stolen property, Kim Kearns, 27, of Olive Hill, for receiving stolen property, no license, no insurance, and a seat belt violation, Chris Dummitt, 24, of Olive Hill, for receiving stolen property as well as three warrants from Rowan County, and Kim Kidd, 55, of Morehead, for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.
Hall said people in the community know who is involved in drugs, burglary and fencing stolen goods, and they are happy to see them off the street.
Further investigation into stolen goods and drug trafficking lead to the execution of a search warrant on Wednesday, August 1, at a residence on Blueberry Ridge that resulted in the arrest of six more individuals.
Arrested in that raid were Tammy Lynn Oney, 50, of Olive Hill, on charges of trafficking in meth, trafficking in marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and recieving stolen property. Ronald Wayne Burton, 60, of Olive Hill, was also arrested on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property, operating on a suspended license, and trafficking in marijuana. Aaron Scott Dickerson, 23, of Olive Hill, was arrested on charges of trafficking in meth and receiving stolen property. Trina R. Hollingsworth, 39, of Olive Hill, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Glenna Jean Gilliam, 44, of Olive Hill, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, first degree, third offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, promoting contraband, possession of a controlled substance first degree, and persisten felony offender on a Rowan County warrant. John Wesley P'Simer, 41, of Olive Hill, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense and tampering with physical evidence on a warrant from Carter County.
Hall said that several stolen items were recovered from the property, including lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws and other tools. The department also seized several thought dollars in cash, over 24 grams of crystal methamphetamine, over two ounces of marijuana, and several marijuana plants found growing on the property.
Hall said more arrests resulting from that investigation are also likely to be forthcoming.
Olive Hill Police Department was also involved in another F.A.D.E. arrest on August 15, when a warrant was executed on Susan "Mom" Viglione's Garvin Ridge home.
Viglione was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first degree, and trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, more than two grams of meth. The officers seized over 26 grams of crystal methamphetamine and additional methamphetamine precursors from the residence along with drug paraphernalia, other narcotics and a hand gun.