2018-01-10 / Front Page

Grand jury indicts 18

A Letcher County Grand Jury has charged a Kingdom Come man with 20 counts related to thefts and a high-speed pursuit on November 16.

A woman passenger is facing a three-count indictment.

Joshua James Ison, 36, is charged with several counts of wanton endangerment, assault and other charges related to the incident, which began on KY 15 near the intersection with KY 160 at Van.

Ison is charged with five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for endangering the lives of Sgt. Alicia Congleton and Capt. Barry Engle of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office, Trooper Donnie Bruce Kelley of the Kentucky State Police, and two other people, Jesse Dennis III and Angel Johnson; one count of firstdegree assault for allegedly striking Kelley’s car with his car; third-degree assault for backing into Congleton’s cruiser while she was standing in the door during a traffic stop; two counts of fleeing and evading police; one count of receiving stolen property over $1,000 and less than $10,000 in value; one count of operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs; two counts of driving on a license suspended for driving under the influence, first and second offense; two counts of reckless driving; one count of resisting arrest; one count of disorderly conduct; one count of improper passing; one count of speeding, and one count of first-degree criminal mischief for damaging Kelley’s car.

Rose Mae Newsome, 37, who was in the car with Ison, is charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000, resisting arrest, and first-degree disorderly conduct.

The two are among four charged in connection with police pursuits. Shannon B. Fultz, 40, of Whitesburg, was indicted on 22 counts as a result of a pursuit by Jenkins Police on August 13.

The grand jury charged Fultz with third-degree assault on Jenkins Police Officer Michael Garner, 13 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of first-degree fleeing and evading police, failure to maintain insurance, reckless driving, improper registration plates, and with being a persistent felony offender.

James Hubert Freeman II, 44, of Whitesburg, is also charged in connection with a chase on Feb. 10 of last year.

Freeman is charged by the grand jury of first-degree fleeing and evading in a motor vehicle, first-degree fleeing and evading on foot, first degree wanton endangerment, third-degree assault on a police officer for running over Trooper Scott Caudill’s foot, first-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and being a persistent felony offender.

Freeman, also known as “Jimmy John,” is accused of leading state troopers on a chase from Isom IGA to Elk Creek and then jumping out of his Jeep and running away into the woods.

Other indictments by the grand jury are as follows.

• Travis D. Wampler, 32, of Clintwood, Va., is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree promoting contraband, theft by unlawful taking under $500, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance not in the original container, and third-degree criminal mischief. Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Harold R. Vanover, 24, of McRoberts, is charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 but less than $1,000 for allegedly entering the home of Tim Wright and stealing a television, air conditioner, computer, smart phone and other personal items. Wright testified in the case.

• Clinton D. Fleming, 37, of Jackhorn, was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 but less than $10,000, and being a persistent felony offender. Fleming is charged with stealing a television, air conditioner, computer, smart phone and other personal items from Tim Wright, who testified in the case.

• Amy Lynn Sexton, 35, of Blackey, is charged with first-degree promoting contraband, and being a persistent felony offender. Sexton is charged with introducing dangerous contraband into the Letcher County Jail by hiding tobacco and 16 pills in her vagina. Deputy Jailer Elena Johnson testified in the case.

• Joshua Potter, 28, of Jenkins, is charged with first-degree possession of methamphetamine, first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and firstdegree possession of a controlled substance not in its original container. Potter is accused of being in possession of methamphetamines, a glass pipe, a rolled-up dollar bill used to snort drugs, and pills believed to be Loratabs. Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens testified in the case.

• Randee Phillips, 22, of Jenkins, is charged in two indictments with firstdegree promoting contraband and being a persistent felony offender. She is charged with introducing dangerous contraband into the Letcher County Jail by hiding six pills in her vagina. Deputy Jailer Elena Johnson testified in the case.

• Gary D. Hampton, 40, of Whitesburg, is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse for allegedly subjecting a 12-year-old girl to sexual contact by “touching her private areas and exposing himself to her.” The mother of the girl testified in the case.

• Tammy E. Hall, 52, of Little Colley, is charged with first-degree possession of cocaine, first offense, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to maintain insurance, failure to produce insurance card and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kentucky State Police Trooper Scott Caudill testified in the case.

• Jason Dwayne Griffie, 36, of Whitesburg, is charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, first-degree possession of a prescription controlled substance not in the original container, and first and second offenses of alcohol intoxication in a public place. Kentucky State Police Trooper Wade Adams testified in the case.

• Andrea Dawn Fraley, 29, of Jenkins, is charged with theft by unlawful taking of an automobile valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 and second degree criminal mischief. The property allegedly belongs to Travis Stamper, who testified in the case.

• Amanda Archer, 29, of Jenkins, is charged in the same case as Fraley with the same charges. Stamper also testified against her.

• Reginald Carter, 44, of Neon, is charged with third-degree assault on a police officer for shoving the officer several times, and with second-degree resisting arrest. Neon Police Chief Michael Dingus testified in the case.

• Jennifer Patricia Brown, 30, of Whitco, is charged with first-offense possession of cocaine, second-degree disorderly conduct, public intoxication controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown is accused of engaging in sex with Jason Brown, 37, of Whitco, in a car in the parking lot of Whitesburg Hospital while she was under the influence of cocaine, and in possession of cocaine and a syringe and pill bottle.

• Brown was also charged in the incident. The grand jury charged him with first-offense possession of cocaine, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of a legend drug, first-offense possession of a prescription controlled substance not in the original container, second-degree disorderly conduct, public intoxication controlled substance, and second-degree possession of a controlled substance. Whitesburg Police Officer Jordan Clemons testified in both cases.

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