2010-01-20 / Front Page

Indictments charge 17

Seventeen people are named in 19 indictments issued by the Letcher County Grand Jury, including an Isom man named in two indictments with promoting sexual performances by minor.

Christopher “Chris” Triplett, 47, of 125 Slide Drive, Isom, is charged with promoting a sexual performance by a minor, wanton endangerment by placing a knife to the throat or body of an 11-year-old, terroristic threatening, and indecent exposure on Nov. 11, 2009.

In a separate indictment, Triplett is also charged with promoting a sexual performance by a minor, wanton endangerment by placing a knife to the throat or body of a 10-year-old, terroristic threatening, and indecent exposure, also on Nov. 11, 2009.

Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs testified in both cases.

• Kyle Eugene Baker — criminal trespass and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. drug paraphernalia.

The grand jury says Baker, 23, also known as Kyle Dave Baker, of 174 Forest Hill, Jenkins, entered a home located at 124 Forest Hills Circle, Jenkins. He is also charged with possessing drug paraphernalia including a storage container for marijuana on Oct. 21, 2009.

In a separate indictment, he is accused of cultivating five or more marijuana plants with intent to sell on Sept. 2, 2009.

Jenkins Police Chief Adam Swindell testified in both cases.

• Michael J. Nicholas — unlawful transaction with a minor, sexual abuse, rape, sodomy, and indecent exposure.

Nicholas, 21, of 609 Hwy. S., Jeremiah, is charged with providing a 14-year-old girl with marijuana and subjecting her to sexual contact on Oct. 24, 2009. He is also charged with having sexual intercourse with the girl through use of forcible compulsion.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Bert Slone testified in the case.

• Conley Randall Hayes — complicity to burglary, complicity to theft, complicity to criminal mischief, and being a persistent felony off ender.

The grand jury says Hayes, 34, of 7 Still River Road, Jackhorn, acting alone or in complicity with Jesse Benton Dennis II, entered the home of Denzil Bentley at 984 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, and took a lockbox and its contents valued at $500 or more on Sept. 5, 2009. The two men are also charged with damaging the home’s door and the lockbox.

Kentucky State Trooper Adam Hall testified in the case.

• Jesse Benton Dennis II — complicity to burglary, complicity to theft, complicity to criminal mischief, and being a persistent felony off ender.

The grand jury says Dennis, 34, of 815 Hwy. 343, Neon, acting alone or in complicity with Conley Randall Hayes, entered the home of Denzil Bentley at 984 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, and took a lockbox and its contents valued at $500 or more on Sept. 5, 2009. The two men are also charged with damaging the home’s door and the lockbox.

Kentucky State Trooper Adam Hall testified in the case.

• Shelbert M. Arnett — criminal trespass, complicity to theft, complicity to criminal mischief, and being a persistent felony off ender.

Arnett, 30, of 383 Loves Branch, Whitesburg, is charged with entering the fenced premises of the Buck Creek Mine site of Sapphire Coal Company on Sept. 21, 2009. He is accused of taking a 30-foot piece of drill steel and a 15-foot section of drill steel belonging to Virginia Drilling in complicity with Odis H. Jacobs. The two men are also charged with destroying the two pieces of drill steel by cutting them into four-foot sections with a cutting torch.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Jason Bates testified in the case.

• Odis Harlan Jacobs — crimi- nal trespass, complicity to theft, and complicity to criminal mischief.

Jacobs, 38, of 1417 Loves Branch, Whitesburg, is charged with entering the fenced premises of the Buck Creek Mine site of Sapphire Coal Company on Sept. 21, 2009. He is accused of taking a 30-foot piece of drill steel and a 15- foot section of drill steel belonging to Virginia Drilling in complicity with Shelbert M. Arnett. The two men are also charged with destroying the two pieces of drill steel by cutting them into four-foot sections with a cutting torch.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Jason Bates testified in the case.

• Darrell Wade Wyatt Sr. — assault, promoting contraband, terroristic threatening, and being a persistent felony off ender.

The grand jury says Wyatt, 39, of 56 Lance Drive, P.O. Box 1164, Jenkins, stabbed Letcher County Deputy Jailer Mike Enfusse with a pair of broken eyeglasses on Dec. 8, 2009. He is also charged with threatening to kill Enfusse.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Mike Enfusse testified in the case.

• Eric E. Shuffler — complicity to theft and complicity to criminal mischief.

Shuffler, 28, of 113 Leo Drive, Isom and 195 Love’s Branch, Deane, is accused of taking a 1986 Honda motorcycle belonging to Mark Hensley in complicity with Arnold Ray Collins and/or Jasper L. Mullins on Sept. 27, 2009. He is also charged with damaging the motorcycle in complicity with Collins and/or Mullins.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron testified in the case.

• Jasper L. Mullins — complicity to theft and complicity to criminal mischief.

Mullins, 25, of 119 Love’s Branch, Deane, is accused of taking a 1986 Honda motorcycle belonging to Mark Hensley in complicity with Arnold Ray Collins and/or Eric E. Shuffler on Sept. 27, 2009. He is also charged with damaging the motorcycle in complicity with Collins and/or Shuffler.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron testified in the case.

• Arnold Ray Collins — complicity to theft and complicity to criminal mischief.

Collins, 23, of 91 Airborne Road, Whitesburg, is accused of taking a 1986 Honda motorcycle belonging to Mark Hensley in complicity with Jasper L. Mullins and/or Eric E. Shuffler on Sept. 27, 2009. He is also charged with damaging the motorcycle in complicity with Mullins and/or Shuffler.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron testified in the case.

• Ferriel Johnson Jr. — receiving stolen property.

The grand jury says Johnson, 52, of 510 KY-May Road, Whitesburg, had in his possession on Oct. 6, 2009 a Honda gasoline pump motor and two rolls of rock shield stolen from Kinzer Drilling and/or Equitable Gas Co.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron testified in the case.

• Brasley Lee Lewis — promoting contraband.

Lewis, 28, of 81 Clover Field Lane, Slemp, is charged with possessing Acetaminophen-Hydrocodone, a Schedule II narcotic drug, in the Letcher County Jail on July 28, 2009.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Ben Fields testified in the case.

• Natasha Lee Collins — theft of a controlled substance.

Collins, 28, of 8066 Hwy. 931 N., Whitesburg, is charged with taking Phentermine, a Schedule IV controlled substance, from Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital from January to August 2009.

Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs testified in the case.

• James Michael Rudd — traffi cking in a controlled substance and trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.

The grand jury says Rudd, 31, of 296 Gazelle Drive, Thornton, trafficked in cocaine near a school on Oct. 2, 2009.

Jenkins Police Chief Adam Swindell testified in the case.

• Jacob Conder — sexual abuse.

Conder, of 2708 Daviess Street, Owensboro, is accused of subjecting a girl less than 16 years old to sexual contact in June 2009.

Kentucky State Police Detective Vickie Eversole testified in the case.

• Dusty Allen Shell — escape.

The grand jury says Shell, 20, of 53 Cemetery Road, Deane, escaped from the custody of the Letcher County Jail by failing to report to the jail to serve his sentence on August 29, 2008.

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