2018-01-31 / Front Page

Grand jury names 17 on list of indictments

A former Letcher County man found passed out in a car has been indicted on drug and gun charges.

A Letcher County grand jury charged Eric Edward Shuffler, 36, of Jasper, Ala., with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, while being in possession of two loaded guns. He is also charged with two misdemeanor offenses, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication, controlled substance.

Shuffler is accused of being passed out in a Mercedes Benz parked on the side of KY 7 on January 12. The indictment charges that in addition to two guns, Shuffler had more than two grams of meth- amphetamine, nine syringes, a spoon, a straw, a pipe and a scale box in his possession at the time of his arrest.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Watts testified in the case.

Also indicted by the grand jury this month were:

• Billy Sturgill, 25, of Combs Branch, is charged with firstdegree possession of a controlled substance first offense (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, failure to produce insurance card, failure to signal or improper signal, failure to wear seatbelt, license not in his possession, no or expired registration receipt. The incidents allegedly happened December 17. Trooper Watts testified in the case.

• Michella Sandlin, 46, of Pert Creek, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The crimes allegedly occurred Oct. 8, 2017. KSP Trooper Adam Baker testified in the case.

• Virginia S. Potter, 33, of Sergent, is charged with first-degree promoting contraband for allegedly hiding eight pills in her pants and taking them into the Letcher County Jail on December 16, tampering with physical evidence, second degree possession of a controlled substance (buprenorphine), second degree possession of a controlled substance (gabapentin), third-degree possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam), third-degree possession of a controlled substance (clonozepam), and third degree possession of a controlled substance (lyrica).

• Jason Michael Lucas, 39, of Pistol City, is charged with torture of a dog, for allegedly shooting and killing a dog belonging to Michelle Slone on January 1, 2018. Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Alicia Congleton testified before the grand jury.

• Randal Johnson, 53, of Quillen Fork, is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, resisting arrest, giving an officer false identifying information, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. The incident allegedly occurred Oct. 9, 2017. Sgt. Congleton testified in the case.

• Zackary Caudill, 37, of Holly Bush in Knott County, is charged with first-degree fleeing and evading police (motor vehicle), firstdegree fleeing and evading police (on foot), first-degree criminal mischief for damaging property belonging to Brenda Caudill, receiving stolen property over $500 but less than $10,000, reckless driving and speeding 26 miles per hour over the limit. Caudill allegedly ignored orders from KSP Trooper Adams Baker to stop on November 6, 2017. Baker testified in the case.

• Rachel M. Brock, 41, of Harlan, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (suspected oxycodone), first offense, first-degree promoting contraband for knowingly taking drugs into the Letcher County Jail, second-degree possession of a controlled substance (buprenorphine), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (clonazepam), and illegal possession of a legend drug (gabapentin). The incidents allegedly occurred on Nov. 4, 2017. Trooper Baker testified before the grand jury.

• Beverly Ann Hall, 56, of Shelby Fork, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first offense, tampering with physical evidence, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. The incident allegedly occurred Dec. 16, 2017. Trooper Watts testified before the grand jury.

• David A. Sturgill, 22, of Isom, is charged with custodial interference and third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. Sturgill is accused of keeping a minor away from the custody of her mother, and inducing or causing her to engage in criminal activity. Trooper Baker testified in the case.

Several people are indicted on charges of flagrant nonsupport for allegedly failing to provide financial support for their children. Those charged with flagrant nonsupport and any additional charges they face are as follows:

• Zachary Slone, 33, of Salyersville.

• Flint Day, 39, of Whitesburg. Day is also charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Tina Taylor, 39, of Cowan. She is also charged with being a firstdegree persistent felony offender.

• Amanda Mullins Johnson, 41, of Carbon Glow. She is also charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Westley Mathis, 36, of Shelbyville. He is also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Jeffery McClain, 32, of Mayking. He is also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Jennifer Popp, 36, of Hazard. She is also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

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