The Manchester Enterprise: Community News

Constable Found Guilty of Distributing Pills, Possessing Firearm

A Clay County Constable was found guilty by a jury in United States District Court in London on all counts Thursday.


Jackie "Tire Man" Roberts was found guilty of possessing a fire arm and unlawful drug usage by a jury.

Jackie “Tire Man” Roberts, 50, of Horse Creek was indicted earlier this year. He was charged that on July 19, 2011, Jackie Roberts distributed hydrocodone pills. 
Further, the indictment alleged that on July 20, 2011, Jackie Roberts possessed a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, and after having been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.  The indictment also alleged that Jackie Roberts possessed a firearm and was an unlawful drug user.
A two month long investigation that began May 25 of this year revealed Roberts was selling pills from his tire shop on Garrard, according to UNITE’s drug task force.
Undercover police tapes revealed Roberts and his wife, Jennifer, 41, crushing and snorting pills with an undercover informant.
Jennifer pleaded guilty to charges last month, admitting that she illegally sold pain pills.
The jury heard testimony for two days, and returned the verdict on November 11 after approximately 2 hours of deliberations.

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 November 2011 14:07

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Toddler Dies After Being Struck By Truck

 Clarissa Burkhart


Bobby Sester, 23, has been charged with manslaughter after the death of an infant Thursday.


Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson confirms that an 18-month-old child was killed after being struck by a truck Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred around 4 PM. Bobby Sester, 23, of Oneida, was visiting a home on Burning Springs, according to Sheriff Johnson.

Johnson says Sester, who was driving a standard shift truck, was in idle, and rolled forward fiftenn to twenty feet, when an uncle to the child yelled at him to stop. Johnson says Sester stopped the truck, but not before running over the child, killing it.

The child was the daughter of Curtis and Jessica Burkhart.

Sester has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence (first offense, aggravating circumstances), and is being held in the Clay County Detention Center.

Chief Deputy Brian Jackson is investigating the accident.

"Obviously, as far as the Sheriff's Office is concerned, we will do what we have to do in prosecuting this case to the fullest extent of the law. Impaired driving, especially as a contributing factor in an accidental death, cannot be condoned," said Jackson.

Jackson says blood tests in the investigation are pending.

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 November 2011 14:07

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Williams-Farmer Carries Clay; Falls to Beshear

Clay Sees 20 Percent Turnout in Governor Election


Precinct workers Betty Smith Meredith and Beverly Robinson saw only 108 voters turnout from East Manchester Tuesday.

Republican Governor Candidate David Williams and Lt. Candidate Richie Farmer carried Clay County with 1,602 votes to Democratic Governor Candidates Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson’s 1,010 votes.

Despite the heavy pull for Williams-Farmer in Clay and Eastern Kentucky, it was not enough to pull out a win statewide.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 14:17

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Judge Announces Additional Exit on Elk Hill

Clay County Judge-Executive Joe Lewis Asher says, one year after construction began on an access ramp from the Hal Rogers Parkway to Elk Hill, that another exit might be in the works for Elk Hill.

After meeting with the Elk Hill Regional Development Board, Greer Brothers, and the state, Judge Asher says plans for an exit ramp off of Elk Hill.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 14:11

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KSP Trooper Landry Collett and Medusa, a Kanine Drug Unit dog, searched for drugs in a vehicle on the four-lane Monday evening. No drugs were found as a result of the search.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 14:10


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