Whitesburg KY

Couple charged with passing out on pills while baby left alone

Pair named in indictments returned here

Couple charged with
passing out on pills while baby left alone

A couple face charges of wanton
endangerment after they allegedly snorted stolen pain pills until they passed out while their infant child was left unattended in the back seat of their car.

The endangerment charges against Edna Michelle Middleton, 37, and Larry Eugene Napier, 28, are two of several allegations contained in indictments returned last week by the Letcher County Grand Jury after an investigation by the Kentucky State Police.

The indictments charge that the couple, from Bledsoe in Harlan County, began committing a series of crimes when Middleton stole “a quantity” of pills containing the narcotic hydrocodone from her invalid mother. The indictments say the couple crushed up and inhaled the stolen pills until they lost consciousness while their infant child “was left unattended strapped in a car seat in the rear of the vehicle in which the controlled substances were con sumed.”

In addition to wanton endangerment and theft, Middleton is charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication. Napier is charged with wanton endangerment, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession and use of drug paraphernalia, being in the operation or physical control of an automobile while under the influence of drugs, operating or being in control of an automobile while his operator’s license were suspended, failure to maintain automobile liability insurance, failure to produce proof of automobile insurance, failure to register transfer of his automobile title, and having no or an expired registration receipt.

The indictments against Middleton and Napier were handed up last week to Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright, and were returned after grand jurors heard testimony from Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs.

Testimony from Combs also resulted in the return of separate indictments against a woman and two men charged with robbing and beating a Whitesburg man in his home on April 5.

Christy Ann Stamper, 28, and Pete Mason, 29, both of P.O. Box 150, Redfox in Knott County, and Nathan Collins (date of birth not listed) of Garrett in Floyd County, each face charges of first-degree robbery, complicity to first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, and complicity to theft of more than $300. The three are accused of causing serious physical injury to Lawrence Taylor by beating him with a deadly weapon while robbing him in his home.

Others indicted and the charges against them are:

+ Eulis Adams II – first-degree wanton endangerment (two counts), theft by unlawful taking, being a persistent felony offender (second-degree), first-degree fleeing or evading police, and resisting arrest.

Adams, 36, of P.O. Box 653, Neon, is accused of endangering the lives of Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb and Chief Deputy Marcus K. Terry while he was trying to evade capture after stealing less than $300 of merchandise (CD’s and DVD’s) from the Dollar General Store in Mayking. Adams was convicted of a previous felony charge filed against him in 1998.

+ Ricky Allen Bates Jr. – third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking less than $300, and resisting arrest.

The charges against Bates, 22, of 403 A Hill in Jenkins, stem from an April 23 incident in which he allegedly broke into the Jenkins Middle School and stole an amount of cash less than $300. Bates is also accused of “using physical force” to try to prevent his arrest by Jenkins Police Chief Mike Dingus, Sergeant James Stevens and Officer Adam Swindall.

+ Bobby Gibson and Paul J. Hall – complicity to third-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief.

Gibson, 18, of 21 Snowflake Drive in Isom, and Hall, 22, of Ermine and Jenkins, are accused of causing more than $1,000 in property damages while burglarizing D&K Tanning and Video. The indictments were returned after the grand jury heard testimony from Kentucky State Police Trooper David Combs and D&K proprietor Kenny Anderson.

+ Ronald Ison – theft of identity (amended charge), possession of a controlled substance, first-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, improper registration plate, failure to have driver’s license in possession, failure to transfer automobile title, failure to maintain liability insurance, and failure to provide proof of liability insurance.

The charges against Ison, 50, of 4664 Highway 7 North at
Deane, are very similar to those contained in a separate indictment returned
against him in April – when Ison was found to be using the identity of a brother
who lives in Michigan. The charges leading to the first indictment, which was
amended last week to reflect Ison’s real name, were filed by Letcher County
Deputy Sheriff Mike Rose after a traffic stop on March 29. The charges resulting
in the latest indictment were filed by Kentucky Motor Vehicle Enforcement
Officer J.E. Pickrell, who had issued a number of citations to Ison after a
traffic stop on February 22.

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