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Traffic Stop for No Seatbelt Nets Multiple Arrests

Date of News Release: 11/28/2010

(Paducah, Ky.) -- Three Paducah residents are in jail stemming from a traffic stop by Kentucky State Police for failure to wear a seatbelt. Just before midnight on Friday, November 26th, Trooper Brad Ramsey observed a Chevy Astro Van traveling on Irvin Cobb Drive in Paducah. The driver of the van was not wearing a seatbelt. A traffic stop ensued and the driver, Larry Byassee, was subsequently arrested for DUI. Marijuana and suspected methamphetamine were located on Mr. Byassee's person during a search. A search of the vehicle for other drugs yielded the discovery of various stolen tools. The 59-year-old Byassee was lodged in McCracken County Detention Center. Mr. Byassee was charged with DUI, trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property, and a lengthy list of traffic offenses.

Larry Byassee Janet Byassee
Larry Byassee Janet Byassee
Samuel Oatsvall
Samuel Oatsvall

Due to the recovery of the stolen items in Mr. Byassee's vehicle, Kentucky State Police obtained and executed a search warrant at Mr. Byassee's residence on Farley Place in Paducah early Saturday morning. More stolen property was discovered at the residence. Also located during the search was a substantial amount of items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. Troopers also located approximately seven ounces of marijuana and additional amounts of methamphetamine. Present at the residence at the time was 48-year-old Janet Byassee and 26-year-old Samuel Oatsvall. Both were taken into custody and lodged at McCracken County Detention Center. Janet Byassee was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, complicity to manufacture methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor. Mr. Oatsvall was charged with possession of marijuana, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and trafficking in a controlled substance (meth). Based on evidence at the residence and further investigation, Larry Byassee was additionally charged with complicity to manufacture methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor.

The Kentucky State Police were assisted by the Paducah Police Department and the McCracken County Sheriff's Office. The McCracken County Sheriff's Office is continuing an investigation into the stolen property recovered at the residence. The investigation is continuing by Trooper Brad Ramsey with the Kentucky State Police.

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