Man indicted for threatening deputy’s life

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By The Staff

A Lawrenceburg man who police say threatened a deputy’s life and “used his vehicle as a weapon” was indicted Oct. 2 by an Anderson County Grand Jury.
Joseph M. Whetzel, 26, of 2000 Waddy Road was indicted on felony counts of terroristic threatening, wanton endangerment, evading police and criminal mischief following an incident in March.
According to court documents, Whetzel threatened Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Likens. In his report, Likens wrote that Whetzel told him he would “judge him like God,” and that “Deputy Likens wouldn’t live if he took him anywhere.”
The incident began during a traffic stop, during which Likens said Whetzel “used his vehicle as a weapon” while Likens was standing outside of his cruiser.
Likens said that Whetzel then drove toward another deputy’s vehicle, forcing him to drive backward off the road and strike a stump.
A chase ensued, Likens said, which ended with Whetzel resisting arrest and kicking the door of a deputy’s cruiser, causing damage.
Whetzel is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Nov. 7 in Anderson Circuit Court.

Other indictments
Jonathon D. Lowe, 31, of 330 McCann Lane, Lawrenceburg was indicted on a felony count of making false statements to obtain unemployment benefits and four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.
The forged instrument indictment stems from a period from March 14 through April 4 when he allegedly withdrew money from a bank by using another person’s checking account.
The unemployment benefits allegation dates back to early 2008 when he allegedly made false statements to receive $100 or more.

Mary A. Campbell, 42, of 225 Redman Drive, Frankfort was indicted on a felony count of first-degree fleeing or evading police, DUI and a host of traffic violations.
The indictment alleges that Campbell fled from police on foot following a motor vehicle accident in May, and that she failed to render aid to another person involved in the accident.
She was also indicted for failure to maintain insurance, driving on a suspended license, failure to notify the state of an address change, no insurance and no registration.

David Crutcher, 53, of 2078 Graefenburg Road, Lawrenceburg was indicted on eight felony counts of wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and second-offense DUI.
The indictment stems from a traffic accident in June when he allegedly endangered the lives of eight different people.

Bobbi J. Howell, 53, of 2800 Alumni, apartment 415, Lexington was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.
The indictments stem from an incident in January.

Jimmy D. Tudor of 101 Cardinal Lane, Wilmore was indicted on three counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.