In December of 2012 Dominique Shanks, 33, pled guilty to Welfare Fraud and was sentenced to two years, probated for five years, and ordered to make restitution of approximately $9,000. In July of 2013 she pled guilty to receiving stolen property for pawning stolen jewelry, was sentenced to 12 months, and placed on probation for two years.
Shanks is no stranger to the criminal justice system, having been placed on probation at the age of 19 for the crime of theft by deception in July of 1999. Over the next 14 years Shanks was booked in the Fayette County Jail no less than 19 times and spent several years in state custody. She has four felony convictions for Welfare Fraud, Assault, Third Degree, Escape, and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in addition to 27 misdemeanor convictions including DUI, public intoxication, bad checks, and various forms of narcotics and theft offenses. She has failed to complete probation, including Drug Court, on two prior occasions, and was returned to the penitentiary three times for violating the terms of her parole. In spite of her record, Shanks was placed on probation again and remains out of custody.
On May 24, 2013, Lexington patrol officers conducted a traffic stop in the Cambridge Drive area. The front seat passenger was identified as Ryan Slone, 18. Officers located what turned out to be a toy pistol in the car. Slone told the officers they would like what was in his pockets and they should “take a hit.” Officers located a crack pipe in the car, which Slone claimed, and two small baggies of heroin in his pocket. Slone was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Criminal records show Slone was on probation at the time of his arrest and had a warrant for absconding supervision. His record shows convictions for Receiving Stolen Property and Menacing. He pled guilty to the narcotics charges and appeared for sentencing in November of 2013.
Slone lost his temper when the judge sentenced him to serve his time and became verbally abusive to the Court. He was sentenced to serve six months for contempt, in addition to the one year for his possession charge and the remainder of his sentence for violation probation. He remains in custody at the Fayette County Detention Center.
At approximately 5:00 a.m. on December 3, 2012 a third shift Lexington patrol officer was driving on the inner loop of Man-O-War Boulevard, near Clearwater Way, when he observed a vehicle driving the same direction on the outer loop. The officer observed the vehicle driving the wrong way on the outer loop cause a head-on collision with a pickup truck, which rolled over and crashed off of the roadway.
The two passengers in the pickup truck had to be cut out of the vehicle by the Lexington Fire Department. They were transported to UK Medical Center and treated for significant injuries, including broken bones and internal issues.
The driver at fault was identified as Briana Boyd, 39. In a recorded statement Boyd told the patrol officer she knew she did not require medical attention because she was an emergency room doctor. She failed the field sobriety tests given at the scene and was transported to the Fayette County Detention Center. Testing showed her blood alcohol content was .164, over twice the legal limit in Kentucky.
Boyd’s criminal history is not significant other than numerous traffic violations. She pled guilty to DUI, Assault, and Wanton Endangerment and in October of 2013 was sentenced to serve six years in the penitentiary. She will be eligible for parole after serving 20% of that sentence–just over a year.
At approximately 3:30 on July 2, 2012 Lexington patrol officers responded to an alarm at a bank on Paris Pike. Responding officers got a description of the suspect and his vehicle and located both at a gas station across the street from the bank. The suspect was identified as Michael Roe, 47. Officers located the suspect’s ID, a pocket knife, and just over $1,000 in “bait money” in the suspect’s possession. Roe, who appeared to be intoxicated, told the officers he got the money at Keeneland, and later told detectives that he did not recall going into a bank at all.
Employees of the bank identified Roe as the suspect who had come into the bank and demanded money from one of the tellers. The money in Roe’s possession was identified as having been taken from the bank. Security video from the bank and the gas station showed Roe committing the crime, walking out of the bank, and through the gas station lot on the way to his vehicle, which was blocked in by citizens before Roe could leave the area.
Roe was arrested and charged with Robbery and DUI. Criminal records show Roe has prior felony convictions for Robbery and Flagrant Nonsupport and over 20 misdemeanor convictions including DUI, attempted possession of a forged instrument, assault, and trespass. He has violated the terms of probation on four previous occasions and parole once. Corrections records indicate Roe was sentenced in April of 2008 to serve 20 years for robbing a bank by threatening the use of an explosive device. He was paroled on this conviction in June of 2012, approximately 30 days before his arrest on the new robbery charge.
In September of 2013 Roe pled guilty to Robbery, DUI, and Persistent Felony Offender and was returned to the penitentiary to serve a 13 year sentence. He will not be eligible for parole again until August of 2022.