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23 accused in newest round of indictments




Hooking your home back up to a city utility after you’ve been disconnected for nonpayment is a crime. That and more than two dozen similar messages concerning crime and punishment are being delivered by the Letcher County Grand Jury, which has named 23 people in 27 indictments, including a man charged with theft of services from the City of Whitesburg.

The grand jury says Johnny Mack Caudill, 32, of 96 Marlow Road, Whitesburg, reconnected his home to water lines of the City of Whitesburg on August 16 after the service was disconnected because of non-payment. He is also charged with damaging pipes, fittings and locks belong to the city, and with being a persistent felony offender.

Whitesburg Police Captain Phillip Slone testified in the case.

Others indicted by grand jury and the charges against them are:

• George Allen Thomas — trafficking in a controlled substance and trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school. Whitesburg, is charged with selling hydrocodone to a cooperating witness of the Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Department on October 22 and 23, 2008. He is accused of selling the pills from his produce stand at Brown Street in Whitesburg within 1,000 yards of West Whitesburg Elementary School and the Letcher County Alternative Education Center.

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb testified in both cases.

• Marsha Day — burglary, theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief, and falsely reporting an incident.

Day, 27, of 122 Alaska Ave., Whitesburg, is accused of entering the home of Geraldine Hatton on August 21-22, 2008, and taking jewelry including a gold rope necklace, a gold chain with a gold diamond-encrusted wreath, two gold diamondencrusted wreath earrings, and a silver chain and locket. She is also accused of breaking out windows of the Hatton home, and falsely reporting that a burglar dressed in black had broken into her home and that of her neighbor, Geraldine Hatton.

Whitesburg Police Officer Justin Gayheart testified in the case.

• Matthew C. Collins and Randy Allen Church— complicity to receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.

Collins, 28, of 6498 Burchfield Drive, Wise, Va., and Church, of 1029 Joe’s Branch Road, Jenkins, are charged in twin indictments with possessing a stolen aluminum wheel valued at $300 or more while acting alone or in complicity on October 23, 2007. Collins and Church also are accused of entering the fenced premises with notice of no trespass at Bill’s Marathon in Whitesburg.

Collins and Church are also charged with complicity to theft by unlawful taking. The grand jury says the two removed three American Racing rims from a 1956 Ford pickup truck and a 2006 18-foot Hughes trailer owned by Garrard Holbrook at Holbrook’s Salvage on October 13, 2007. The two also are accused of entering fenced premises with notice of no trespass at Holbrook’s Salvage, Kona.

Letcher County Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus K. Terry testified in both cases.

• Patrick Higgins and Kirby Caudill — criminal complicity to criminal mischief and criminal complicity to theft by unlawful taking.

The grand jury says Higgins, 45, of 88 Old 15 Loop, Redfox, and Caudill, 40, of 773 Woodrock, Blackey, damaged railroad tracks belonging to Kentucky River Properties by cutting the tracks into smaller sections with a cutting torch on June 7. They are also charged with the theft of the railroad tracks valued at $300 or more.

Kentucky State Trooper Randy Surber testified in the case.

• Michael David Barker and Ruth Barker — criminal complicity to criminal mischief.

Michael Barker, 33, and Ruth Barker, 55, both of 134 Bedrock Drive, McRoberts, are accused of damaging the home of Jack Barker by throwing beer bottles to break various windows, and to damage the entry door and vinyl siding on August 22, 2008. Trooper Surber testified in the case.

• Leonard C. Lester III — five counts of assault, three counts of terrorist threatening, and being a persistent felony offender.

The indictment charges Lester, 21, an inmate in the Letcher County Jail, with assaulting Letcher County Deputy Jailers Jeff Mullins, Carroll Pease, Luther Tackett, and Ben Fields on May 10, 2008. He is also accused of threatening to kill the deputy jailers and/or their families, and to burn down their residences.

A separate indictment, charges Lester with four counts of assault, five counts of terrorist threatening, and being a persistent felony offender for similar threats made on May 18, 2008.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Jeff Mullins testified in the cases involving Lester.

• Todd Daniels and Harry Taylor — complicity to theft by unlawful taking.

The grand jury charges Daniels, 43, of 38 South Evergreen, Prestonsburg, and Taylor, 52, of 5738 Hwy. 931 North, Whitesburg, with taking coal and slate valued at $300 or more belonging to Jimmy Duncil and leased to T.J. Lewis, d/b/a T.J. Lewis Nelungon Enterprises, on November 26, 2008. Daniels was also indicted on a charge of being a persistent felony offender.

Kentucky State Trooper Ben McCray testified in the cases.

• Raymond Smith Sr. — trafficking in a controlled substance (second degree), trafficking in a controlled substance (third degree), possession of marijuana, receiving stolen property, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The grand jury says Smith, 57, of 3390 Hwy. 160, Premium, sold hydrocodone and Alprazolam to Bethlene Ratliff and/or Janet Gibson and/or Raymond Smith Jr. on November 24, 2008, while in possession of a firearm. He is also charged with possession of marijuana, receiving a stolen 25-caliber pistol, and possessing drug paraphernalia.

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

• Bethlene Ratliff — burglary and theft of a firearm.

The grand jury charges Ratliff, 47, of 118 Marlins Lane, Isom, with committing burglary at the home of Robert Lark on October 17, 2008, and taking a 25-caliber pistol.

Trooper McCray testified in the case.

• Junior Charles “Fruit” Collins — burglary, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury charges Collins a/k/a Charles Collins Jr., 36, of P.O. Box 191, Ermine, with committing burglary at the home of Marvin Boggs on October 15, 2008, and taking items with a combined value of $300 or more. He is also charged with damaging the Boggs home.

Kentucky State Trooper David Combs testified in the case.

• Betty Fugate — possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a persistent felony offender.

Fugate, 44, of 158 Box Rocks Rd., Mayking, is charged with possession of Oxycodone on September 24, 2007, and with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Letcher County Sheriff’s Officer Scott Taylor testified in the case.

• Ray Campbell — operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, no liability insurance, failure to produce proof of insurance, failure to wear a seat belt, and two counts of criminal mischief.

The grand jury accuses Campbell, 56, of 56 Landon Drive, Jeremiah, with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol on August 13, 2008, and with having no liability insurance. He is also charged with damaging the fence and personal property of Arthur and Glenda Short, and damaging the residence and personal property of Billie Short.

• Charles D. Osborne — four counts of assault and being a persistent felony offender.

Osborne, 49, of 7922 Hwy. 119 South, Eolia, is charged with causing serious physical injury to Stewart Osborne on December 12, 2008 by repeatedly stabbing him, and causing injury to Nola Osborne by cutting her with a knife and/or striking her in the head with a telephone.

Kentucky State Police Detective Charles Bledsoe testified in the case.

• Timothy Allen Holmes — trafficking in a legend drug and two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

The grand jury says Holmes, 25, of 876 Mountain Breeze Apartments, Apt. 336, Jenkins, sold Ultram, Darvocet, and Suboxone to a cooperating witness working with the Kentucky State Police on September 12, 2008.

Kentucky State Police Detective Crandall Hurt testified in the case.

• Shawn Matthew Kiser — promoting contraband and being a persistent felony offender.

Kiser, 25, of 64 Pistol City, Whitesburg, is charged with introducing dangerous contraband, 9-1/2 pills of Gabapentin or Neurotin, into the Letcher County Jail on October 21, 2008, while confined in the jail

Letcher County Jailer Don McCall testified in the case.

• Kathy Collins — complicity to criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking.

The indictment charges Collins, 31, of 795 Buck Creek, Whitesburg, damaged a mobile home owned by Gary Miles in an effort to strip it of its electrical wiring in 2007. She is also charged with taking copper wire belonging to Miles.

Trooper Surber testified in the case.

• Wesley Gentry — theft by unlawful taking and criminal littering.

The grand jury says Gentry, 53, of 5935 Hwy. 119 N, Whitesburg, stole a 1981 single-wide mobile home owned by the estate of Edward Quillen in July 2008. Gentry is also charged with placing several large truckloads of debris from the destruction of the mobile home on the property owned by the estate of Edward Quillen.

Catherine Wilson testified in the case.

• Jesse Grover Burke Jr. — trafficking in a controlled substance.

Burke, 26, of P.O. Box 477, 2316 Hwy. 343, McRoberts, is accused of selling OxyContin to a cooperating witness working with the Kentucky State Police.

Sheriff ‘s Lt. Terry testified in the case.


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