Carroll County man pleads

guilty to theft-related charge

Nathan Dixon, 28, of Ghent, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking, more than $300.

The crime is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison, a $1,000 fine and court costs.

Dixon was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and court costs.

Dixon was credited for the 127 days he spent in jail.

At the time of his arrest, Carroll County Sheriff Ben Smith said Dixon was arrested in Florida after he stole a vehicle from Riverside Auto Sales in Prestonville.

Smith said Dixon test drove the vehicle after he was released from prison, but he never returned the vehicle.

After the vehicle was reported missing, descriptions of it and of Dixon were released to authorities.

After further investigation, Smith and Deputy Sheriff Jim Hamilton were told Dixon was staying in Florida and was still driving the vehicle.

Florida police officers arrested Dixon, who was extradited to Kentucky, Smith said.

Carrollton man pleads guilty

to sex abuse charges

Ramon Hernandez Lopez, 36, of Carrollton, pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual abuse, first-degree. He was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison and fined $1,000.

Instead of serving his full prison sentence, Lopez was placed on five years of probation. While on probation, he will have to be listed on the state's sex offender registry.

Originally, Lopez was indicted on charges of rape, first-degree; sodomy, first-degree; and sexual abuse, first-degree. If Lopez was convicted of the crimes he was indicted on, he could have faced up to 50 years or life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Kentucky State Police detective Brady Lineman said in his report that a juvenile female reported the alleged incidents to the state police the day after they occurred.

The state police obtained a search warrant, Lineman said.

The juvenile victim, who is under 12 years old, told Lineman that sexual abuse has been occurring for several years.

Lopez, who is also known as Raymond Sanchez, was credited for the 203 days he spent in jail before pleading guilty.

KSP arrests Louisville man

on drug-related charges

Todd S. Sciantarelli, 32, of 8700 Fenwick Hill Place in Louisville, was arrested in Carroll County on charges of possession of a controlled substance, opiates; two counts of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree; possession of a controlled substance, second-degree; possession of a controlled substance, third-degree; possession of marijuana; following another vehicle too closely; and prescription not in proper container.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jermaine Kilgore said in his written report that Sciantarelli was driving north on Interstate 71 in the left lane. He was less than half a car length behind a vehicle he was following, Kilgore said.

Another complaint about Sciantarelli's erratic driving was reported. Kilgore said Sciantarelli was driving from side to side.

Once Kilgore stopped Sciantarelli, he said he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from Sciantarelli's car. Kilgore said he found the marijuana in Sciantarelli's shirt. Sciantarelli also told Kilgore that he had just finished rolling a joint, which was located inside the driver's door.

Inside Sciantarelli's vehicle, Kilgore said he found 14 OxyContin pills, 17 methadone pills and two clonazepam pills. Sciantarelli told Kilgore there was more marijuana in the trunk.

In the trunk, Kilgore found the marijuana along with 49 hydrocodone pills and a Fentanyl patch, which is used to treat pain for cancer patients.

Sciantarelli will be arraigned at 9:45 a.m. May 15 in the 15th District Court in Carroll County.

Police arrest Milton man after

neighbor said he was stalked

A Milton man was arrested after one of his neighbors said the man was stalking him.

Rick McDole, 50, of 1115 Race Track Road, was arrested on a charge of stalking, second-degree.

According to court records, McDole stalked a person and made explicit threats with the intention of causing fear of death or serious injury.

McDole's neighbor, Mike Bayne of Kruse Lane, filed a criminal complaint against him. McDole was contacting Bayne about McDole's deceased wife, court records said.

During one of the reported incidents, Bayne said McDole drove past a vehicle on Kruse Lane and blocked Bayne's way so that he could not pass McDole without driving through a yard.

A few days later, Bayne was driving to Madison when he was met at the Dairy Queen in Milton by McDole. McDole followed Bayne to Madison, down Second Street and onto Main Street, Bayne said.

On Second Street, Bayne went into a store and McDole followed him inside. While inside the store, McDole told Bayne and another person with Bayne that he was going to shoot them, court records said.

McDole was arrested at his home, and all of his handguns and long rifles were taken into possession by the Trimble County Sheriff's Office.

McDole was released on a $2,500 cash bond and is to have no contact with Bayne.

McDole will be arraigned at 9 a.m. May 13 in the 12th District Court.