Indictments returned in arson, abuse cases

Published 9:00 am Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Clark County  grandmother was indicted Thursday for felony criminal abuse charges after she allegedly restrained a toddler to its bed.

Francis “Janie” Purvis, 59, of 2 Linden Lane, was indicted on a single count of first-degree criminal abuse.

Purvis was arrested by Winchester Police in June following allegations that she tied her 2-year-old grandchild to its bed on at least three occasions. Witnesses told police Purvis used nylon rope twice and electrical cord a third time. Witnesses said the child was restrained so tightly it could not move at all.

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According to court documents, Purvis told detectives she did it so the child wouldn’t get hurt.

The grand jury also indicted Carl D. Miller for complicity to first-degree criminal abuse. Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said Miller was in the home at the time of the alleged incidents, was aware of them and did nothing to stop them. Miller had not been charged previously.

The grand jury also indicted a man in connection with a fire that heavily damaged a downtown apartment building in June.

Billy J. Ross, 59, is facing a first-degree arson charge for allegedly starting a fire in an apartment at 40 N. Main St. on June 1.

The fire was reported around 9:40 p.m. When firefighters arrived, the fire was already burning heavily from the second floor. Firefighters rescued three people from a third-floor window. Though none were seriously injured, four people were transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Ross told Winchester Police officers he started the fire because he was tired of people stealing things from him.

The Clark County grand jury returned the following indictments Thursday.

— Marcella L. Dunbar and Gerald Jajuan Jones, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, complicity to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Dunbar), tampering with physical evidence (Dunbar), first-degree fleeing or evading police (Dunbar).

— David U. Brush, use of a minor in a sexual performance by a minor (two counts), promoting a sexual performance by a minor (superceding indictment.

— Bobby Cundiff, receiving stolen property, second-degree persistent felony offender.

— Jason Stump, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault (three counts), endangering the welfare of a minor, resisting arrest.

— Corey Nance, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (six counts), second-degree persistent felony offender.

— Brittany Lewis, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument (two counts), first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

— Caryn L. McCay, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of a legend drug.

— Joseph A. Kennon, flagrant non-support.

— Wayne Douglas Hasty, flagrant non-support.

— Christopher W. Hisle, flagrant non-support (two counts).

— Lola M. Eversole, flagrant non-support (three counts).

— James B. Devary, flagrant non-support.

— Ernest Lee Christopher Jr., first-degree bail jumping.

The following cases were dismissed by the Clark County grand jury

— Anna Camacho, fourth-degree assault, first-degree criminal abuse, second-degree unlawful imprisonment

— Juan Mandonado, fourth-degree assault, first-degree criminal abuse, second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email or call 859-759-0051.

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