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2nd rest home official among eight indicted



A second former administrator of Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins has been indicted here on felony charges.

The Letcher County Grand Jury returned an indictment against 25-year-old Jonah Tackett on two counts of bribing a witness, two counts of tampering with a witness and three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property, all Class D felonies.

Tackett is one of eight persons named in nine indictments returned by the grand jury on July 21. He is the grandson of James F. “Chum” Tackett, the former Golden Years administrator indicted last year on more than 150 counts of theft and exploitation of a vulnerable adult in connection with his operation of Golden Years.

The elder Tackett’s indictment followed a seven month investigation by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI). The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Special Prosecutions and is set to go to trial on October 3 in Letcher Circuit Court.

The theft charges against Jonah Tackett relate to his former role as administrator of the Golden Years Rest Home. All of the charges are Class D felonies and carry penalties of between one and five years in prison each, as well as an additional penalty upon conviction of a fine up to $10,000.

The seven other people people indicted include four people charged in connection with the theft of copper from AT&T telecommunication cables.

In four separate indictments, Sonya Renee Mullins, 37, 1119 Hwy. 588, Blackey; David Jason Bowling, 35, 131 Vernis Back Road, Cornettsville; James David Warren, 54, Jones Ave., Warran Trailer Park, Pineville; and Preston Halcomb Jr., 32, 291 H. Heaton Rd., Elizabethtown, Tenn., and 1995, Preston Rd., Letcher, are each charged with possessing copper stolen from AT&T with a value of $10,000 more on April 1 through May 20. Warren is also charged with being a persistent felony offender.

Others indicted are:

• Nathan Blake Bentley — Rape (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Bentley, 23, 74 Black Smith Rd., Letcher, engaged in sexual intercourse with a girl less than five years old from January 1 through November 30, 2010. He is also accused of being a persistent felony offender.

In a second indictment, Bentley is charged with rape (first degree), sodomy (first degree), sexual abuse, and being a persistent felony offender.

He is charged with engaging in deviate sexual intercourse with a girl less than five years old, and with subjecting the girl to sexual contact on July 10.

Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs testified in the cases.

• Jeffrey Phillip Polly — Possession of a controlled substance (first degree), possession of a controlled substance (third degree), driving with a suspended license, wanton endangerment, tampering with evidence, unlawful transaction with a minor, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Polly, also known as Jeffrey Phillip Polley, 48, 6832 Dewey Rd., Pound, Va., is accused possessing oxycodone and Xanax on May 15. He is also charged with driving with a suspended license, endangering his 15-year-old son who was in the car with him, attempting to conceal evidence by throwing a bottle containing generic OxyContin pills containing oxycodone and Xanax, and causing a minor to engage in illegal controlled substance activity.

• Anthony Hicks —two counts of theft, and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Hicks, 28, 55 Eva Lane, Leburn, took metal gas tank covers belonging to Johnny Collins, doing business as Collins Marathon, and metal drain grates belonging to Tim Breeding, doing business as Breeding’s Plumbing and Electric, on March 23.



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