Joshua Lane faces new charges

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He is charged with receiving stolen property, mail theft

By Lisa King

A Bagdad man who last summer saw the teenaged sister for whom he had custody drown mysteriously continues to face legal problems.

Joshua Lane, 27, of 101 Hotel St. in Bagdad was indicted in October by a Shelby County Grand Jury for receiving stolen property and theft of mail matter.

The indictment document states that Lane committed the offense of receiving stolen property on Dec. 31, 2012, and on Feb. 23, 2013. The indictment does not say what the property was.

He also  was indicted for stealing mail belonging to Christopher S. Reynolds, which court documents say he took from Reynolds’ mailbox. The indictment does not say what those documents were or when he took them.

Assistant Shelby County Attorney Austin Hays, to whom the case is assigned, was not available for comment.

On June 17, Lane’s sister, Jackleen Lane, 15, for whom a court had awarded him custody, was spotted by a railroad employee, wedged near a dam in a dark corner where Clear Creek bends around downtown Shelbyville.

She had been floating there for several days, apparently unseen and not missed since she walked away from the Shelby County Fair and found her way into the cool water about two miles away. Her body showed no signs of foul play, and an autopsy would determine there were no drugs in her system.

She had been living with Joshua Lane for the past year and a half before her death, since he was awarded permanent custody by the courts after her mother, Lottie Likes, was convicted of breaking truancy laws.

Lane has had a troubled history. He was found guilty of numerous criminal charges dating back to 2005, a mixed bag of seven misdemeanors and one felony, three of them substance abuse-related charges, including DUIs in 2005 and 2008 and a public intoxication in 2006, all in Oldham County.

The felony charge was for trafficking in marijuana, for which he was sentenced to 12 months in jail and 100 hours of community service and ordered to undergo substance-abuse counseling. But his substance-abuse problems continued, and he has two substance-abuse-related cases pending in Shelby County, for public intoxication and disorderly conduct on June 30 and Sept. 5.