An Owensboro man was indicted last week for the 2017 robbery of the Calhoun Dollar General Store.

Lacedrick L. Watt, 31, was charged by the McLean County Sheriff's Office with first-degree robbery for the July 23, 2017 robbery of the Dollar General Store in Calhoun. The Owensboro Police Department also charged Watt with two other counts of first-degree robbery in separate incidents in the Owensboro area, as well as second-degree fleeing and evading police on foot.

McLean County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the 2017 Calhoun robbery around 9:40 p.m., at which point they were notified a subject -- allegedly Watt -- had gone in with a "sharp instrument" and demanded money from the cashier, whom he injured in the process, before fleeing the scene before law enforcement arrived.

"He got an undisclosed amount of cash from the register during the point of holding the (cashier)," said McLean Sheriff Ken Frizzell. "He cut the (cashier's) neck with the sharp instrument. The teller was transported to the hospital and received some stitches."

Frizzell said the sheriff's office investigated the case for several months to no avail when they learned the OPD had arrested an individual for several robberies similar in nature. Sheriff's deputies met with OPD detectives, interviewed witnesses involved with all cases, and were able to determine via video evidence that the mannerisms of both individuals matched.

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The case with to the McLean County Grand Jury, which then indicted Watt for the Calhoun robbery.

To Frizzell's understanding Watt does not have an actual address, but that he originated out of the Bowling Green area and has been hanging around Owensboro for some time.

Concluding a case like this is rewarding, Frizzell said.

"It just goes to show you that persistence pays off," he said.

According to Andrew Boggess, OPD public information officer, Watt was charged in the April robbery of the Dollar General Store on Kentucky 144. During that incident, Watt allegedly stabbed the store clerk before leaving out a back entrance. Watt was also charged in the September 2017 robbery of the Family Dollar on West Second Street in Owensboro.

The following indictments were also returned by the June session of the McLean County Grand Jury:

• John Bell, 34, flagrant non-support more than $1,000, or failure to pay child support for six consecutive months.

• Bobby J. Lewellen, 52, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine); first-degree persistent felony offender; and possession of marijuana, less than eight ounces.

• Andrea B. Nelson, 35, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine); possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana, less than eight ounces.

• Samantha M. Vansickle, 39, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana, less than eight ounces.

• Jason D. Majors, 33, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Stephanie Townsell, 31, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); and possession of drug paraphernalia. Townsell was also indicted on a separate case, for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine); possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana, less than eight ounces.

• John M. Boring, 40, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine); second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor; persistent felony offender; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana, less than eight ounces.

• Terry L. Gregory, 42, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine); and tampering with physical evidence.

• Troy Thomas, 54, seven counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Jaedon Hampton, 18, two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hampton was also indicted on a separate case, for first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Christopher W. McKee, 42, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine); possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana, less than eight ounces.

• Edward B. Young, 44, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

• Randy C. Howard, 37, first-degree wanton endangerment.

• Jeremy Case, 48, first-degree assault; first-degree fleeing or evading police; and first-degree wanton endangerment.

• Phillip C. Burden, 38, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); third-degree assault; possession of drug paraphernalia; and resisting arrest.

• Ray L. Kessinger, 39, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Bobbie Hayse, bhayse@messenger-inquirer.com, 270-691-7315.

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