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12 indictments returned



Five men are named in 12 indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury, including a man charged with endangering the lives of first responders and firefighters when he set fire to his home.

Jason Scott Cook, 28, of 34 May Road, Whitesburg, is accused of setting fire to his home on March 8 and creating a substantial danger of death or serious injury to first responders, including members of several volunteer fire departments, who arrived and found the home fully engulfed in flames.

Cook is also charged with theft of a new Ford F-250 double cab pickup truck owned by volunteer firefighter Jeremy Bates, two counts of criminal mischief for damaging the gate and fence of the Isom Go-Kart Racing Track belong to Jarrod Breeding and for wrecking Bates’s truck, operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, failure to stop and render aid, and refusal to submit to chemical testing.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

The grand jury also indicted a 34-year-old Knott County man with “doctor shopping” for controlled substances between June 17, 2008 and Sept. 29, 2009.

Mark Sexton, of 1265 Dry Creek Road, Topmost, is charged with nine counts of obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or deceit in eight separate indictments.

The grand jury says Sexton obtained or tried to obtain a prescription for a controlled substance fives times from nurse practitioner Alicia Cook when he had already obtained a prescription for a similar substance from Dr. Warren Stumbo, once from Dr. Vahid Mehrpouyan when he had a prescription from Dr. Jonathan Shaver, once from Cook when he had a prescription from Dr. Shaver, once from Cook when he had a prescription from Dr. Mehrpouyan, and once from Cook when he had a prescription from Dr. Asmat Ullah.

Kentucky State Police Detective Jon Marshall testified in the cases.

Others indicted are:

• Jeff rey Heath Hampton — two counts of burglary, assault, criminal mischief, three counts of terrorist threatening, menacing, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

The grand jury says Hampton, 31, of 270 Lick Fork Millstone, burglarized the home of Michael Adams and family at 403 Hwy. 1148, Little Colley Road, Isom, on February 15, and broke Adams’s shoulder blade and collarbone with an object held in his fist. He is charged with causing damage to the Adams home, and with threatening Michael Adams and his family. He is also accused of threatening to burn down the home and with menacing Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Randy Douglas Halto comb — theft and being a persistent felony off ender.

The grand jury charges Halcomb, 43, of 19400 Hwy. 160, Linefork, with taking a gasoline engine belonging to Equitable Resources (EQT) on December 13.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Jesse J. Thacker — burglary, complicity to criminal mischief, and complicity to theft.

Thacker, 23, of 71 Quiet Row, Jenkins, is accused of burglarizing the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Sturgill at 98 Highland Branch, Jenkins, on January 24. He is also charged with acting alone or in complicity with Joshua Lewis in damaging the Sturgills’s home and taking its copper 12-2 wiring, metal cabinets, and water heater.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.


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