Pelfrey indicted for fatal Bypass wreck 

Published 10:31 am Friday, October 21, 2016

The Clark County grand jury indicted a Winchester man Thursday for allegedly causing an accident in June which killed two women on Bypass Road.

James Pelfrey, 84, of 402 Tremont Lane, was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault from the June 7 crash.

At the time, Winchester Police said Pelfrey was driving a Cadillac CTS around 10 p.m. when he hit a Ford Aspire stopped at the intersection with Colby Road, forcing it into another vehicle. Two women in the Ford, Sarah Helfrich and Juanetta Mitchell, both of Richmond, were killed. Their passenger, Sadalia Mitchell of Richmond, was flown to the University of Kenutcky Medical Center.

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The passenger in a third vehicle was transported to Clark Regional Medical Center with leg and back pain, according to the initial accident report.

At the time Pelfrey told officers he was blinded by other lights and did not see the stopped cars. There was no evidence Pelfrey slowed prior to the collision, police said.

Pelfrey is charged with “wantonly operating a motor vehicle causing a collision,” according to the indictment.

The grand jury also indicted a Clark County man for allegedly kidnapping a woman and raping her while holding her against her will earlier this summer.

Jeffrey Oliver Rowland, 50, of 460 Lisletown Court, was indicted Thursday for kidnapping, first-degree rape and violation of an EPO/DVO.

The situation unfolded Aug. 8 after a woman escaped from a vehicle at a truck stop in Madison County near Interstate 75 and told the clerk she needed help, and the police were notified. Rowland was arrested later that day in Lexington.

In court documents, Kentucky State Police detectives wrote the female had an active domestic violence order against Rowland specifying no violent contact. Detectives said the woman was bound and gagged for several hours and was forcibly raped.

The grand jury also returned the following indictments.

— Jeremy Griffith, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, theft by unlawful taking (firearm).

— Shannon D. Buckler, Jason C. Vanderpool and Johnathan R. Price, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence (Price), second-degree persistent felony offender (Buckler).

— Tonya Wise, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (four counts), second-degree persistent felony offender.

— Kelvin D. Shaw, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (three counts).

— Tracy L. Jackson, making false statement to receive benefits.

— Tracy L. Jackson, Justin Osborne and John Combs, manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.

— Charles Davis, first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy (two counts), first-degree sexual abuse (two counts), incest (two counts).

— Rodney G. Butler, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (two counts), first-degree persistent felony offender.

— Timothy Vancleave, flagrant non-support.

— David B. Crowe, flagrant non-support.

— Jeffrey O. Rowland, kidnapping, first-degree rape, violation of an EPO/DVO.

— Tyreek Chenault, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (three counts).

— Eric Q. Rogers, receiving stolen property (firearm), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (two counts).

— Dennis J. Wells, theft by unlawful taking.

— David L. Wafford, promoting matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

— Thomas L. Kagin and Matthew D. Small, first-degree burglary, receiving stolen property (firearm) (Small), felon in possession of a firearm (Small).

— James R. Conner II, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (five counts), fraudulent use of ID card for benefits.

— Troy D. Abrams, alcohol intoxication (misdemeanor).

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