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MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012
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New indictment returned in drug case
Eldridge ‘Mookie’ Primus joins 7 other
defendants; trial for all will be June 11
By KENNETH HART
ASHLAND A federal grand jury
has returned a new indictment in
a case involving an alleged Floridato-Boyd County pill-trafficking
The superseding indictment, returned Friday in U.S. District
Court, adds three new counts,
along with one more defendant.
The new defendant, who joins
seven others, is Eldridge Carnell
“Mookie” Primus. Court records
do not provide his age or address.
The indictment alleges on or
about Feb. 27, in Fayette County,
Primus used a telephone in “committing, causing and facilitating”
a federal drug crime — the illegal
distribution of oxycodone — and
he and three of the other defendants knowingly possessed oxycodone with the intent to distribute it.
Prosecutors filed a motion Friday for a warrant to be issued for
The new indictment increases
the total number of counts from
six to nine. It also adds a handgun
specification to one of the defendants, 25-year-old Charlie Nicole
Angell of Ashland, and two vehicles — a 2008 Lexus GS 460 and a
2007 Lexus 460 — to the list of
items of which the government is
One of the new counts is a possession of cocaine with intent to
distribute charge against Angell
and Rico D. Tillman, 30, of Ashland.
Others named in the indictment
are Richard A. “Rick” Young of
Fort Myers, Fla., whom authorities
believe was a major supplier of
pills to local traffickers; Hammond
Coleman, 31, of Hurricane;
Leonard E. Vaughn of Ashland;
Darnell D. Butler of Ashland; and
Christina Mayhone of Huntington.
The new indictment alleges beginning in November 2008 and continuing through Feb. 27 of this
year, the defendants conspired
with each other, and with others to
traffic in oxycodone.
Young was arrested in February
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By MIKE JAMES
PHOTOS BY JOHN FLAVELL / FOR THE INDEPENDENT
Don McKenzie talks to a customer from inside his temporary mobile kitchen as regulars line up to place their orders in West Liberty on Friday.
freshman days at college
can be daunting under
the best of circumstances.
Students with disabilities face the same challenges — learning to navigate the campus, getting
the right books, settling
into the social scene —
but with additional difficulties of vision impairment or lack of mobility.
Some Morehead State
University students with
disabilities want to spare
younger students some of
the anxiety they felt when
they came to campus for
the first time. They have
launched a new organization called Students Empowering Exceptional Individuals, which will pair
successful upperclass stuSee MSU / Page A8
West Liberty ‘fixture’
reopens after tornado
By RAY SCHAEFER
For The Independent
WEST LIBERTY Don McKenzie didn’t have a lot of
time to talk.
He was happily busy.
Thursday was the first day McKenzie’s West
Main Street restaurant and poolroom had been
open since last month’s tornado largely wiped
out Morgan County's largest town.
There are no pool tables yet, but a trailer has
been set up next to where the business stood,
which means people can again munch on
McKenzie’s fried perch sandwiches — fish is by
far the most popular item on the menu — pizza
“There wasn’t any place for anybody to eat,”
the 72-year-old McKenzie said Friday. “Everything’s went real good. Business has been a
whole lot better than I thought it would be. It’s
McKenzie’s daughter, Donna Perry, said her
dad sold about 35 pounds of fish Thursday.
“That’s about half what he bought,” Perry
said Friday. “That’s a lot of fish.”
To others, McKenzie brings a sense of pride
and passion, in addition to good food.
“He’s just a fixture in the community,” said
Don McKenzie, in red hat, is ordered out of the rubble of his restaurant and poolroom on March 3, a
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By JONATHAN FAHEY
AP Energy Writer
NEW YORK Ahh, spring.
The days get longer, flowers bloom and gasoline
gets more expensive.
It’s a galling time for
drivers, and it’s more
maddening than usual
this year. The average
price of gasoline could
soon surpass $4 per gallon nationwide. It’s already $3.93 per gallon, a
record for this time of
Why the seasonal
spike? It’s the time of
year refineries reduce
output to repair equipment and start making a
cleaner, more expensive
blend of gasoline for summer.
Since 2000, pump prices
have risen every year between early February and
late May. The annual increase has boosted prices
by 27 percent on average,
according to the National
Association of Convenience Stores. This year,
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