Caldwell County Grand Jury Returns Nine Indictments

The Caldwell County grand jury last week returned nine felony indictments on charges from arson and wanton endangerment to sodomy and sexual abuse.

The grand jury indicted 29-year old Paul G. Lee, of Princeton, on charges of first-degree possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and second-degree burglary.

The charges against Lee stem from October 2020 when Princeton police responded to a residential burglary in the 300 block of Stegar Street and found a large sum of cash and jewelry had been reported missing. When officers were canvassing the neighborhood, they found Lee who was wanted on Marshall and Livingston County bench warrants. During the investigation, police obtained a search warrant at Lee’s residence and reportedly found the missing items along with suspected drugs and paraphernalia.

33-year old Shane D. Jones, of Princeton, was indicted on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of methamphetamine, carrying a concealed deadly weapon by a prior deadly weapon felony offender, and first-degree persistent felony offender.

Jones’s charges are in connection to a traffic stop on Downs Street in October 2020 when Princeton police reported officers found he was wanted on a Caldwell County bench warrant. Police also reportedly found a handgun during a search of Jones’s vehicle.

Jones was also charged in a separate indictment of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and first-degree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury indicted 24-year old Joseph Utley, of Fredonia, and 59-year old Leslie Todd Emry, of Hopkinsville. Utley’s indictment is on charges of first-degree trafficking over two grams of methamphetamine by complicity first offense, and Emry’s indictment is for first-degree trafficking methamphetamine by complicity subsequent offense. Emry was also indicted for first-degree fleeing or evading police, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, and reckless driving.

The charges stem from an investigation in September 2020 on Creswell Road by the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force who was assisted by Princeton police. During that investigation, Utley was reportedly found to be trafficking meth. Emry was also charged in connection to the investigation.

40-year old Micah Courtney Gray, of Princeton, was originally charged with numerous drug trafficking and drug possession offenses. According to the indictment, the grand jury amended the cocaine and marijuana trafficking charges to a first offense. Gray was also indicted for possession of oxycontin, DUI 2nd offense, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, persistent felony offender, and other offenses.

Gray’s charges are from December 2020 when Princeton police responded to a disturbance on Depot Street and found him under the influence of intoxicants. During a search, officers reportedly found multiple controlled substances and a handgun in his vehicle.

The grand jury indicted 67-year old Jay Lindsay Paris, of Princeton, on first-degree sodomy, first-degree attempted sodomy, and first-degree sexual abuse – victim under 12 years of age. A no true bill was returned on four counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

According to the indictment, in May 2020 Paris allegedly engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with another person who was less than twelve years old. The indictment alleges, Paris also attempted to engage in deviate sexual intercourse with another person who was less than twelve years of age between May 2011 and May 2013.

56-year old Jimmy R. Haynes, of Fredonia, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in over two grams of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. The grand jury returned a no true bill for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charges are from December 2020.

And 60-year old Dennis F. Cummings, of Princeton, was indicted on charges of first-degree arson, resisting arrest, fourth-degree assault, violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO, and first-degree persistent felony offender.

Cummings’ charges are in connection to a domestic disturbance on Skyline Drive in December 2020. Princeton police reported an investigation revealed that a physical altercation had occurred and the bed had been set on fire but had been extinguished before officers arrived at the home.