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The owner of a Jenkins home where an alleged Georgia drug dealer was shot to death in March 2011 has been indicted by the Letcher County Grand Jury on an unrelated charge of receiving stolen property.

The grand jury charges that David Michael Wyatt, 56, of 936 Premier Subdivision, Jenkins, had in his possession on August 28 a bronze U.S. military veteran grave marker stolen from the grave of York W. Porter.

Wyatt was arrested in August after officers with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office found the marker in Wyatt’s sport utility vehicle. Sheriff Danny Webb said at the time that Wyatt had been trying to sell the marker, which was in two pieces, to area scrap dealers.

Lt. Brian Damron testified in the case before the grand jury returned the indictment. According to a written citation filed at the time of Wyatt’s arrest, Wyatt admitted trying to sell the marker for scrap but told police he didn’t know it was illegal to possess it.

Authorities are still trying to determine where the marker came from. The plaque says Porter was born in 1913 and died in 1985. Anyone with information about the marker’s origin is asked to call the sheriff ’s office at 633-2293.

Wyatt’s home was the scene of a shooting on March 24. 2011 that claimed the life alleged drug dealer Walter Johnson Jr. of Atlanta. Two of Wyatt’s friends, Angela Mays and Tom Edward Blair, pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and criminal facilitation to murder in connection with the shooting. A third defendant, 46- year- old Alfred “New York” White, was found not guilty of murdering Johnson after a trial last month in Letcher Circuit Court.

Wyatt is among 17 people charged in 24 indictments reported by the grand jury on November 7, including two people charged with using forged checks drawn on the closed account of the late Delma Blair at Community Trust Bank to purchase tires.

Tara Renae Combs Cook, 36, of 497 Cane Hollow, Whitesburg, is charged in three separate indictments. In one indictment she is accused of writing a forged check for $737.35 to the Western Auto Store of Whitesburg on June 11 and theft, in another indictment of writing a forged check for $788.63 to the Western Auto Store of Whitesburg on June 12 and attempt of theft, and in a third indictment of writing a forged check for more than $500 to Brenda Blair d/b/a Blair Tire Center and theft in June.

Shawn Neal Cook, 34, also of 497 Cane Hollow, Whitesburg, is charged in three indictments. In one indictment he is accused of complicity to forgery with Tara Cook for a check written for $737.35 to the Western Auto Store of Whitesburg on June 11 and complicity to theft, in another indictment complicity to forgery with Tara Cook for a check written for $788.63 to the Western Auto Store of Whitesburg on June 12 and attempt of theft, and in a third indictment complicity to forgery with Tara Cook for a check written for more than $500 to Brenda Blair d/b/a Blair Tire Center and theft in June.

Also indicted was Eddie Dean Profitt, 63, of P.O. Box 70, 270 Cane Hollow, Isom, who is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property. He is accused of possessing tires purchased from Brenda Blair d/b/a Blair Tire Center and the Western Auto Store of Whitesburg in June with forged checks by Tara Cook and/or Shawn Cook.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Eugene Slone testified in the cases.

Also named in indictments by the grand jury are:

• Ray Anthony Johnson — receiving stolen property.

Johnson, 51, also known as ‘Razor’, of 199 Wyatt’s Hollow, Jenkins, is accused of having in his possession on August 28 a bronze U.S. military veteran grave marker stolen from the grave of York W. Porter.

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

• Brita N. Johnson — two counts of possession of a forged instrument .

Johnson, 27, of 714 Seco Road, Seco, and 3259 Hwy. 317, Neon, is charged with passing off two counterfeit $20 bills to IGA Grocery Store as genuine U.S. currency.

In a second indictment, Johnson is accused of passing off a counterfeit $20 bill to Donald Tompkins as genuine U.S. currency.

Jenkins Police Department Sgt. James Stephens testified in the cases.

• Charles Christopher Archer — burglary and theft.

The grand jury says Archer, 28, of 3226 Hwy. 317, Jackhorn, burglarized the Hemphill Community Center on Oct. 4 and stole a flat screen television and a Wii game belonging to Letcher County Fiscal Court.

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

In a second indictment, Archer is charged with the theft of a 20- foot culvert belonging to Revelation Mining of Goose Creek, Neon, on Oct. 4.

Kentucky State Trooper Adam Hall testified in the case.

Archer is charged in a third indictment with the theft of a 17- inch tire and rim from a Dodge Avenger owned by Tara Ritchie on Oct. 4.

Tara Ritchie testified in the case.

• Joseph W. Sizemore — receiving stolen property and being a persistent felony offender.

Sizemore, 30, of 1708 Yellow Creek Road, Sassafras, is accused of possession of property on Oct. 8 that had been stolen from American Electric Power.

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

• Randall Keith Johnson — theft, trespass and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Johnson, 49, of 35 Gulf Hill, Neon, took two transits and a surveying tripod belonging to Aaron Holbrook. He is also accused of trespassing in a building at 1238 Goose Creek, Neon.

Aaron Holbrook testified in the case.

• Wendy Dixon Kimbley — operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants (first offense), wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and failure to maintain insurance.

Kimbley, 46, of 13179 Hwy. 588, Blackey, is charged with driving a car while under the influence of intoxicants on August 29. She is also accused of endangering James Gose when she collided with the curb and drove over the barriers in reverse and crashed into the Sears store at Mayking, causing a loss of $1,000 or more to store owner Kelvin Eldridge.

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

• Jason L. Combs — flagrant non support and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury charges Combs, 50, of 377 Slone’s Branch, Shelbiana, with failing to provide $49,329.24 in support for his child.

Tara Ritchie of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.

• Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Cornett — flagrant non support and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury charges Cornett, 49, of 199 Akemon Dr., Hallie, with failing to provide $34,740.18 in support for his children.

Tara Ritchie of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.

• Robert Allen Blackwell — flagrant non support.

The grand jury charges Blackwell, 28, of 32 Mulberry Lane, Jenkins; 30 #6 Hollow, Jenkins, and 1045 Ky. Hwy. 343, Neon, with failing to provide $7,658.13 in support for his child.

Tara Ritchie of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.

• Matthew Scott Breeding — flagrant non support.

The grand jury charges Breeding, 40, of 5630 Thornton Road, Thornton, and 75 Stampers Branch, Isom, with failing to provide $93,221.58 in support for his three children.

Tara Ritchie of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.

• Timothy Owen Shepherd — bail jumping and being a persistent felony offender.

Shepherd, 34, of 18094 Hwy. 522, Cumberland, is accused of failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court on Oct. 23 for arraignment in connection with a felony.

In a second indictment, Shepherd is charged with failing to appear in Letcher Circuit Court on Oct. 23 for arraignment in connection with a felony.

Letcher County Deputy Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the cases.

• Everett Hunsaker III — bail jumping.

Hunsaker, 44, of 126 Wright’s Hollow, Jenkins, is charged with failing to appear in Letcher Circuit Court on Oct. 23 for a pre-trial conference in connection with a felony.

Letcher County Deputy Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.

• Kimberly Hughes — bail jumping.

Hughes, 33, of 113 Holbrook Town, Mayking, is charged with failing to appear in Letcher Circuit Court on Oct. 23 for arraignment in connection with a felony.

Letcher County Deputy Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.



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