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    Belt to Face Murder and Kidnapping Charges

    By Sue Caldwell, Reporter
    On Monday, September 18th, Lonnie Belt was escorted into the court room by court security and appeared with his court appointed attorney, Brian Barker, in front of District Court Judge Henria Bailey-Lewis. Belt, 41, McKee, is charged with the murder of five-year-old James Spoonamore and the beating of the five-year old's mother, Jessica Spoonamore Durham, who he pushed over an approximately 80-foot cliff leaving her for dead, according to court records, on September 8th. In a uniform citation from the Kentucky State Police, when the Kentucky State Police Detectives charged Belt in the murder of the five-year-old on Monday, September 11th. It stated Belt admitted to taking Jessica Spoonamore and James Spoonamore, a five-year-old child, against their will to a secluded wooded area where he assaulted her and pushed her off the cliff leaving her for dead.

    Former Sheriff Has Preliminary Hearing on Monday

    By Sue Caldwell, Reporter
    On Monday, September 18, former Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman appeared in Jackson County District Court with his Attorney Stephen Charles for his preliminary hearing, where he allegedly supplied marijuana plants to two other men to grow on Peyman’s farm. KSP Detective Darren Allen testified on Monday, Peyman was a participant in the state’s experimental effort to develop hemp as a commercial crop for farmers. Allen said they suspected that Peyman and the two men allegedly involved with him thought police would think the marijuana was hemp. He said that state police spotted suspected marijuana plants at Peyman’s farm during aerial surveillance in July. The plants were in a tree line and were surrounded by weeds about 350 yards from the industrial hemp on Peyman’s farm in the southern part of Jackson County. State police checked the plants without Peyman’s knowledge, took samples, mounted hidden cameras near the plants and a nearby parking spot, and put tracking microchips in six of the 61 plants at the site.