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Arson suspect among 21 indicted on felonies




LAWRENCE HALCOMB

LAWRENCE HALCOMB

Twenty-one people are named in 23 indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury, including a Jeremiah man charged with kidnapping his wife and burning their house.

The grand jury says Lawrence Eugene Halcomb, 28, of 3056 Hwy. 7 South, Jeremiah, fired a shotgun at Mickey Halcomb on April 30 before pouring gasoline throughout a house they were sharing and setting it on fire while Mickey Halcomb was inside.

Lawrence Halcomb is also charged with two counts of endangering Mickey Halcomb and their nine-month-old infant, and with holding Mickey Halcomb and the baby against their will.

Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs testified in the case.

Also indicted are:

• Willard Gene Watts — terroristic threatening, endangering the welfare of a minor, sexual abuse.

Watts, 38, of 1261 Hoot Owl Hollow Road, Hallie, is charged with threatening to injure a minor on May 28 by ramming a fist down her throat unless she consumed alcohol which he provided to her. He is also accused of subjecting the minor, who is less than 16 years old, to sexual contact.

BILLY MONROE BAKER

BILLY MONROE BAKER

Letcher Sheriff ’s Deputy Matt Gayheart testified in the case.

• Byron Ellis Bentley — kidnapping, assault, criminal mischief, being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Bentley, 33, of 124 Brickyard Hill, Jenkins, restrained Dreama K. Maggard, injured her and damaged her automobile on March 30.

Dreama K. Maggard testified in the case.

• Geoffrey R. Rife — manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth precursor.

Rife, 29, of 26 Rose Drive, Whitesburg, is accused of manufacturing methamphetamine on February 3.

Letcher Sheriff ’s Deputy Jarrod Hipps testified in the case.

• Amy Renea Bowling — theft, possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance not in original container, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bowling, 32, of 2670 Hwy. 317, Jenkins, is charged with taking a pair of diamond earrings belonging to Amanda Thomas on April 6. She is also accused of possessing a Schedule IV controlled substance.

MARCUS L. GOODGAME

MARCUS L. GOODGAME

Letcher Sheriff ’s Deputy Jarrod Hipps testified in the case.

• Billy Monroe Baker Jr. — complicity to theft, complicity to burglary, complicity to criminal mischief, being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Baker, 28, of 335 Pert Creek Road, P.O. Box 546, Whitesburg, acting with Brooke Webb, took jewelry, a lap top computer, a digital camera and other items belonging to Terry Fugate and/or Elizabeth Baker (also known as Elizabeth Fugate) on March 13. He is also charged with entering the couple’s residence and damaging the locks on a side window and the bedroom door locks with Webb.

Terry Fugate testified in the case.

• Brooke Webb — complicity to theft, complicity to burglary, complicity to criminal mischief.

The grand jury says Webb, 30, of 335 Pert Creek Road, P.O. Box 546, Whitesburg, acting with Billy Monroe Baker Jr., took jewelry, a lap top computer, a digital camera and other items belonging to Terry Fugate and/or Elizabeth Baker (also known as Elizabeth Fugate) on March 13. She is also charged with entering the couple’s residence and damaging the locks on a side window and the bedroom door locks with Baker.

TYLER NEWSOME

TYLER NEWSOME

Terry Fugate testified in the case.

• Samantha Jane Reed — complicity to assault, terroristic threatening.

Reed, 28, of 163 Pistol City, Whitesburg, is charged with acting with Louis Sandlin in injuring Dorothy Gibson on April 14. She is also accused of threatening Gibson.

Dorothy Gibson testified in the case.

• Louis Sandlin — complicity to assault.

Sandlin, 29, of382 CSX Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with acting with Samantha Reed in injuring Dorothy Gibson on April 14.

Dorothy Gibson testified in the case.

LYTTLE COMBS JR.

LYTTLE COMBS JR.

• Alvin Joseph Slone — complicity to theft.

The grand jury says Slone, 29, of Mill Branch, Neon, acted with Brian Adams and/or a female juvenile in taking a 2008 Honda Foreman 500 cc on February 10 belonging to Mike and Darneshia Akemon.

Darneshia Akemon and Letcher Sheriff ’s Deputy Crystal Davis testified in the case.

• Marcus Leshawn Goodgame — burglary, theft of firearm.

Goodgame, 30, of 215 Tom Biggs Hollow, McRoberts, is accused of taking a Smith and Wesson 40-caliber semi automatic pistol belonging to Gregory Anderson from Anderson’s vehicle on April 7.

In a separate indictment, Goodgame is charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon on April 7.

Gregory Anderson and Letcher Sheriff ’s Deputy Jarrod Hipps testifi ed in the cases.

• Tyler Newsome — trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance not in original container, possession of drug paraphernalia.

The grand jury says Newsome, 18, of 160 Happy Hollow, Jenkins, trafficked in 20 or more dosage units of a Schedule IV and V controlled substance on May 2.

Jenkins Police Chief T. Allen Bormes testified in the case.

• Cecil Arlie Boggs — abuse or neglect of an adult, exploiting an adult.

Boggs, 58, of 155 Bellaire Ave., Jenkins; 804 Lakeside Road, Jenkins, and 19 Cypress Dr., Cromona, is charged with abusing or neglecting an adult from January 1 through May 31, and with causing a loss of more than $300 to the adult.

Kentucky State Police Detective Joel Abner, Benny Fleming, and Letcher Sheriff ’s Deputy Eugene Slone testified in the case.

• Anthony Shawn Hall — burglary, possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief, public intoxication.

Hall, 24, also known as Timothy Shawn Hall, of P.O. Box 138 and 58 Improvement Hill, Jenkins, is accused of entering the home of Sherry Sexton and Ada Shepherd at 58 Improvement Branch, Jenkins, with intent to commit a crime on April 30. He is also charged with damaging property belonging to Sexton and Shepherd, damaging the doors and locks to an outbuilding and the residence, and possession of less than 10 dosage units of a controlled substance.

Jenkins Police Chief T. Allen Bormes testified in the case.

In a separate indictment, Hall is accused of bail jumping when he failed to appear at Letcher District Court for arraignment on May 9 in connection with a felony charge.

Deputy Letcher Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.

• Jason Scott Cook — possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence.

The grand jury says Cook, 31, of 18 1st St., Whitesburg, possessed less than 10 dosage units of a Schedule I or II controlled substance on March 3. He is also charged with throwing suspected contraband and swallowing or attempting to consume several suspected controlled substances.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Jeffrey Lynn Craft — operating a vehicle under the influence, wanton endangerment, no insurance, criminal mischief, assault, leaving the scene of an accident.

Craft, 53, of 332 Crossover Road, Mayking, is charged with pursuing Scott Lewis in his Mercedes automobile as Lewis was riding on a 2001 Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle at Cram Creek on March 18. The grand jury says Craft attempted to force Lewis off the road, passing him and then suddenly braking the automobile in attempt to cause Lewis to collide with the automobile. He is also accused of damaging the motorcycle by forcing Lewis to collide with the car’s rear bumper and with injuring Lewis, then leaving the scene without rendering aid.

Scott Lewis testified in the case.

• Clarence Edward Yeary Jr. — promoting contraband, being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Yeary, 33, of 228 Store Hill, Burdine, possessed dangerous contraband on May 21 while he was an inmate in the Letcher County Jail.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Ernie Ison testified in the case.

• Lyttle Combs Jr. — promoting contraband, being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Combs, 49, of 12711 Hwy. 1103, Linefork, possessed dangerous contraband on May 21 while he was an inmate in the Letcher County Jail.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Ernie Ison testified in the case.

• Torell Maurice Carter — flagrant non-support.

Carter, 33, also known as Tori Maurice Carter, 2426 Dartmouth Ave., Bessemer, Ala., and 177 South Sandusky St., Tiffin, Ohio, is charged with failing to make child support payments for three minor children for at least six consecutive months, owing $31,468.49 for May 29, 2002 through May 17, 2012.

Allison Holbrook of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.

• Thomas D. Cook — flagrant non-support.

Cook, 46, of P.O. Box 655, 100 Cove Road, Jenkins, is charged with failing to make child support payments for two minor children for at least six consecutive months, owing $4,817.69 for Nov. 17, 2007 through May 17, 2012.

Allison Holbrook of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.

• Billy Eugene Bates — flagrant non-support.

Bates, 55, of P.O. Box 1151, Thornton, and 36 Carmel Dr., Whitesburg, is charged with failing to make child support payments for his minor child for at least six consecutive months, owing $59,234.82 for July 8, 1980 through May 17, 2012.

Allison Holbrook of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.


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