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Anderson County Cockfighting Investigation Results in Seven Charges

(Frankfort, Kentucky) - On Saturday, July 12, 2003 Kentucky State Police Post 12, Frankfort, West Drug Enforcement Branch and Special Operations Branch- Canine Unit initiated an investigation regarding complaints of cockfighting and illegal gambling at 3401 Bardstown Road, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky located in southwest Anderson County. The investigation resulted in seven individuals being charged with violations of Kentucky law.

The owner of the property, Clarence Smith, a white male, age 62, of 3401 Bardstown Road, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, was charged with Promoting Gambling 2nd and Permitting Gambling.

Also charged in conjunction with the investigation:

Phillip Jones, white male, age 37
Versailles, Kentucky 40383
Cruelty to Animals 2nd

Joseph Burks, white male, age 36
Elizabethtown, Kentucky 42701
Cruelty to Animals 2nd

Jeffery Downs, white male, age 38
Cox's Creek, Kentucky 40013
Carrying Concealed Weapon

Anthany Becknell, white male, age 34
Salvisa, Kentucky 40372
Cruelty to Animals 2nd

Donald French Jr., white male, age 30
Harrodsburg, Kentucky 40330
Cruelty to Animals 2nd

Robert Walls, white male, age 41
Elizabethtown, Kentucky 42701
Cruelty to Animals 2nd.

The seven individuals charged are scheduled to appear in Anderson County District Court on Monday, August 25, 2003. The investigation is continuing by Sergeant Tracey L. Thomas.

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