UPDATE: Lipsey Logistics, Lipsey Trucking announce leadership changes following arrest of former owner
UPDATE: Joseph Lipsey III, who is facing multiple charges in Colorado, has "relinquished his management roles and ownership shares" at Lipsey Logistics and Lipsey Trucking, according to a release by the companies on Monday.
Johnny Jones has been named the CEO of both Lipsey Logistics and Lipsey Trucking.
The company said Jones will still serve in his current roles as President and Chief Operations Officer of Lipsey Logistics.
The release also announced that the former president of U.S. Xpress, John White, will replace Mr. Jones as President of Lipsey Logistics in October of 2019.
Here is the full statement by Lipsey Logistics and Lipsey Trucking:
Effective immediately, Johnny Jones has been named Chief Executive Officer of Lipsey Logistics and as Chief Executive Officer of Lipsey Trucking. The position is a permanent one. Mr. Jones will also continue in his current roles as President and Chief Operations Officer of Lipsey Logistics.
Joseph Lipsey III, the company’s former Chief Executive Officer, has relinquished his management roles and ownership shares in the company in light of personal allegations against him and members of his family. While the allegations relate to personal matters and have nothing to do with our business, the company takes them seriously and does not wish for them to distract from our operations. Mr. Lipsey has transferred all of his voting shares in the company to Mr. Jones.
In the past, Mr. Lipsey was principally an investor in the company and has never been involved in its day-to-day operations. Regardless, we would like to assure the public that his exit from the business is immediate and permanent, and that he will have no ownership of or control over the companies going forward.
Additionally, we are pleased to announce that in October 2019, John White, current President of Lipsey Transport and former President of U.S. Xpress, will step in to backfill the role of President of Lipsey Logistics. Mr. White brings extensive knowledge and experience in the trucking and transportation space, having served in a variety of senior operational and marketing roles at U.S. Xpress over the course of a number of years.
Despite recent news media reports about this management change, this message contains the most accurate current information about Lipsey Logistics. We will also be sharing any future important information about the company directly on our website.
We value our customers and sincerely appreciate the trust they place in our company. We are committed as ever to delivering the high-quality services they expect and deserve.
The changes to the companies come after Joseph Lipsey III, his wife Shira Lipsey, and son, 19-year-old Joseph Lipsey IV, were all arrested last week in Aspen, Colorado, for multiple drug-related charges.
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Joseph Lipsey III, CEO of Lipsey Logistics, his wife, Shira Lipsey, and son, 19-year-old Joseph Lipsey IV, were all arrested earlier this week in Aspen, Colorado.
An arrest affidavit explained that witnesses told police the family hosted a number of parties where underage teens would consume alcohol.
One of the main parties in question happened on January 2, 2019.
Several witnesses said there were kids drinking alcohol and that Joseph Lipsey III and Shira Lipsey knew about it.
"There was just some open champagne and open vodka so kids were pouring some and the parents were like it's not that big of a deal," one witness told police.
A second witness told police this wasn't their first time drinking at the Lipsey's home. They added that the parents also knew about it them.
The second witness could not remember if the Lipseys' provided the alcohol on January 2, but said "that's what's happened in most cases" and " I know they've done that before, like I've been at the Lipsey's house multiple times before and they've gotten out alcohol for everybody."
The witness added that at one time, kids asked Lipsey III to purchase some Zyn Nicotine Pouches, and he got them for them.
Several witnesses told police about going upstairs during the January 2 party and seeing "a pile of white powder" on a plate with straws, a credit card and dollar bills.
A witness said they thought the powder was cocaine, and they "secretly" filmed what they saw on Snapchat.
Police took out a search warrant on a witness' phone and saw several Snapchat videos showing Shira Lipsey with two other people and the powder separated into two "lines" on a plate. Police said it was "arranged in a fashion typical of cocaine consumption with snorted."
Several other Snapchat videos showed the same thing, police added. One even showed Lipsey IV with Shira Lipsey and the other people at the table where the substance was.
Other witnesses told police they heard rumors about kids using cocaine at the Lipsey home and smoking weed.
On February 19, 2019, police searched the Lipsey's home and found drugs including cocaine, pills that looked like Xanax, bottles with labels that indicated they contained Codeine and marijuana. They also found pills that resembled Carisoprodol (Soma) and Alprazolam.
They also found small alcohol bottles in a backpack they believed belonged to Lipsey IV.
All three Lipsey family members were arrested and face multiple charges.
Joseph Lipsey III
- Unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing or sale (Felony)
- Three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (Felonies)
- Possession of a controlled substance (Felony)
- Three counts of unlawful act to serve alcohol to person under the age of 21 (Misdemeanors)
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Furnishing cigarettes, tobacco products or nicotine products to minors
- Unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, or sale, a class 1 drug felony
- Three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class 4 felony
- Three counts of the unlawful act of serving alcohol to persons under the age of twenty-one years, a class 1 misdemeanor
Joseph Lipsey IV
- Two counts of unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, or sale of a controlled substance, a level 3 drug felony
- Contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class 4 felony
- Two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a level 4 drug felony
- Two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a level 1 drug misdemeanor
- Possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense
- Furnishing cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products to minors, a class 2 petty offense
- Three counts of illegal possession or consumption of ethyl alcohol or marijuana by an underage person
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Joseph Lipsey III, who is CEO of Chattanooga-based Lipsey Logistics Worldwide, a trucking and shipping company located at 5600 Brainerd Road, faces charges related to the alleged incidents, records show. He was arrested Tuesday and released after posting $100,000 bond, according to the Aspen Daily News. He's charged with distribution of cocaine to a minor, the highest level drug felony available under Colorado law that comes with a mandatory prison sentence of between eight and 32 years upon conviction. He also faces three counts of felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor, three counts of serving alcohol to minors, possession of drug paraphernalia and providing nicotine to minors.
His wife, 44-year-old Shira Lipsey, and son, 19-year-old Joseph Lipsey IV, were arrested Monday by the Pitkin County (Colorado) Sheriff's Office and the Aspen Police Department.
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