Lawrence County’s Most WANTED
She may have just wanted some all-you-can-eat Chinese food, but what she got was a trip to jail.
One of Lawrence County’s Most Wanted probation violators was spotted at a Chinese buffet in Ashland, Ky., last week by practically the entire Adult Probation Agency.
APA Chief Carl Bowen II said he and his staff were sitting down to lunch on Thursday when they spotted Jessi Pinkerman.
Pinkerman, 36, made the Most Wanted list back in December.
Bowen said when Pinkerman made eye contact with the officers, she started to make her way to the door, but was intercepted by officer Jonathan Sexton.
“Jon started to discuss her warrant with her,” Bowen said. “She knew it was time.”
Pinkerman was taken into custody by the Ashland Police Department before being transferred to Lawrence County.
According to the ADA, probation offenders Jillian Smith, 31, and Nicole Bailey, 28, surrendered to authorities last week. Additionally, Chrissi Holland, 32, was arrested in West Virginia.
The probation department is asking for the community’s help in finding the 35 individuals who were listed in the Lawrence County’s Most Wanted since October but who were not captured.
As was the case four years ago when the APA and The Tribune teamed up to catch probation violators, the series’ success has resulted in a lack of new warrants for offenders.
“We see this as a tremendously positive thing that we are running out,” Common Pleas Presiding Judge Charles Cooper said.
Cooper said all defendants who have been given probation have been given a second chance. When they violate probation, there must be a follow up.
“It shows the system does have follow up and does have teeth,” Cooper said.
Judge D. Scott Bowling agreed.
“The system only works when then punishments are followed-through,” he said.
Bowling said the Most Wanted series sends a message to offenders that if they violate their probation, the ramifications will catch up to them. And those who are caught spread that message to others in jail.
“All that is being shared,” Bowling said. “It is a constant reminder that if you run, we will find you eventually.”
Bowen said it seems that message does resonate with the offenders, made evident by the number of people who turned themselves in after being featured on the Most Wanted list.
“I think that speaks volumes for what our program stands for,” Bowen said. “They don’t want us to come and find them. They are wiser and turn themselves in.”
Bowen said although not all offenders turn themselves in, those who are captured out in the field have not been aggressive during their arrests.
And despite those featured in the Most Wanted series, the majority of people who are placed on probation through the court are complying with their orders.
“The main thing is they obtain employment and become tax paying citizens,” Bowen said.
But Cooper said it is up to the individuals to decide for themselves if they want to be a probation success or not.
“We give them the tools. They just have to pull them out and use them.”
The following is a list of the Most Wanted offender who have not been arrested: Nathan Derkson, Mitchell Robinson, Lori Willis, Joshua Mullens, Mark Dowdy, James Ratcliff, Michelle Bleigh, Roger Minor, Rebecca Anderson, Donald Ball, Brittany Wilson, Joshua McKenzie, Nathan Penix, Larry Pennington, Benjamin Martin, Randy Camp, Richard Cremeans, Dennis Walters, Jay Hutchinson, Todd Ritchea, Franklin Hall, Justin Hildreth, Christopher Collins, Dan Bean, Samuel Allen, Gina Anderson, Heather Pyles, Cody Hinkle, Jerry Frye, Willie Stiltner, Nicholas Marcum, Kricia Devaney, Keith Vaughn, Kathleen Marshall and Johnny Carter.
Anyone with information about these people may call the Adult Probation Agency at 740-533-4380. Tips may be left anonymously.