2017-11-08 / Front Page

Man charged with arson is 1 of 6 indicted by jury here

A Haymond man charged with setting fire to a building owned by a neighbor is among six people named in the most recent indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury.

The incident allegedly occurred July 13 at Highland Branch. James A. Webb, 52, of Highland Branch, “started a fire or caused an explosion with intent to destroy or damage a building belonging to Johnny Fitzpatrick,” the indictment says.

Webb is also charged with being a persistent felony offender.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Watts testified in the case.

• Louis Sandlin, 34, Whitco, is charged with third-degree assault for allegedly striking Deputy Jailer Wallace Kincer as he was opening a cell door.

Deputy Jailer Kincer testified in that case.

• Jesse S. Cook, 30, of McRoberts is charged with promoting contraband, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, and controlled substance not in the proper container. Cook allegedly obtained or possessed the controlled substance alazapram, an anti-anxiety drug sold under the brand name Xanax, while in the Letcher County Jail. The incident allegedly occurred March 13.

Trooper Watts testified in the case.

• Richard Blair, 32, of Virgie in Pike County, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense), possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree criminal mischief, public intoxication (controlled substance), illegal possession of a legend drug, possession of marijuana, and being a persistent felony offender in the first-degree.

Trooper Brandon Watts testified in the case.

• Karen Hall, 48, of Sandlick, is charged with complicity to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. She is accused with Bennett Banks of trafficking in more than 10 dosage units of an unspecified drug on August 25.

Kentucky State Police Det. Chad Easterling testified before the grand jury.

• Bennett Banks, 39, of Sandlick is charged with complicity to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. He is accused of trafficking in more than 10 dosage units of an unspecified drug on August 5.

Det. Easterling testified in that case as well.

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