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The Independent W W W . D A I LY I N D E P E N D E N T . C O M MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012 ASHLAND, KENTUCKY 41101 © 50 CENTS DAILY/$1.50 SUNDAY New indictment returned in drug case Eldridge ‘Mookie’ Primus joins 7 other defendants; trial for all will be June 11 By KENNETH HART The Independent ASHLAND A federal grand jury has returned a new indictment in a case involving an alleged Floridato-Boyd County pill-trafficking conspiracy. 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 Primus’ arrest. 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 seeking forfeiture. 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 See NEW / Page A8 MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY Mentoring program to aid disabled By MIKE JAMES The Independent 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. MOREHEAD The first 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 BOUNCING BACK SPRING: 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 and hamburgers. “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 been great.” 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 Page designed / edited by Pam Holbrook pholbrook@dailyindependent.com To subscribe to The Independent call 326-2674 or (800) 955-5860 Year 116 No. 114 16 Pages INDEX See BACK / Page A8 day after a tornado devastated West Liberty. CLASSIFIED.............B7, B8 COMICS .........................B6 DEATHS..........................A4 LIFESTYLES ...................B4 OPINION ........................A6 REGION ......................A3-5 SPORTS........................B1-3 TV/ADVICE ....................B5 Performing Minimally Invasive Heart Bypass Nepal Chowdhury, MD small incision here blooms, pain at pump 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 year. 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, See SPRING / Page A8 TODAY’S WEATHER HIGH ....68 LOW ....41 FULL FORECAST, PAGE A8

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