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Driver in fatal wreck is one of 18 indicted



The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 18 people in 20 indictments, including an Isom man charged in a car wreck that caused the death of a Roxana woman in November.

The grand jury charges Jonathan Allen Anderson, 25, of P.O. Box 321, Isom, with murder, assault, two counts of criminal mischief, failure to stop and render aid, no liability insurance, failure to wear a seat belt, improper registration, no/expired license plate, and driving under the influence (second off ense).

Anderson is accused of driving a 1991 Ford F-150 while under the infl uence of alcohol and/or drugs and causing the death of Gwen Whitaker on Nov. 21 by hitting her car. He is also charged with causing injury to her husband, Mitchum Whitaker, when the car Mrs. Whitaker was driving rear-ended the vehicle operated by her husband.

The grand jury says Anderson damaged the Toyota Avalon driven by Mrs. Whitaker and owned by Anne Leslie Collins Hissom as well as the Buick belonging to Mitch Whitaker.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

Other indicted are:

•Alan Sturgill — complicity to robbery and complicity to assault.

Sturgill, 24, of 2827 Hwy. 931 S, Whitesburg, also known as Allen Sturgill, is charged with acting alone or with Charles Sturgill in threatening and injuring Charles Hammonds while committing theft on August 14.

Charles Hammonds testified in the case.

• Charles Sturgill — complicity to robbery and complicity to assault.

Sturgill, 55, of 109 Scuttle Hole Gap Road, Whitesburg, is charged with acting alone or with Alan Sturgill in threatening and injuring Charles Hammonds while committing theft on August 14.

Charles Hammonds testifi ed in the case.

• Tom Edward Blair — theft by deception and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Blair, 37, of 159 #3 Hill, Jenkins, and P.O. Box 813 Goodwater Falls, Jenkins, wrote 20 checks to Double Kwik in April on his account with Chase Bank, knowing the checks would not be honored.

Darrell Hall testified in the case.

• Benjamin P. Fisher — operating a vehicle under the influence (fourth offense), suspended operator’s license, criminal mischief, three counts of wanton endangerment, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (second off ense), and tampering with evidence.

Fisher, 20, of 818 Jenkins Road, Whitesburg, is charged with rear-ending and damaging Kevin and Venita Brown’s car and endangering Kevin Brown, Venita Brown, and their one-month-old infant on Oct. 1 while operating a vehicle while under the infl uence of intoxicants.

Fisher is also accused of having Suboxone and drug paraphernalia including an empty pill bottle, a syringe with needle, and a spoon with residue, which he threw beneath his automobile in an effort to conceal them.

Whitesburg Police Captain Josh Patrick testified in the case.

• David K. Eldridge— three counts of wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, and failure to stop and render aid.

Eldridge, 20, of 390 Evergreen Ridge, Whitesburg, is accused of intentionally rear-ending a car driven by Susan Ison in November in which his infant child and his wife were passengers. He is also charged with damaging Ison’s car.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Steven M. Holbrook — no seat belt, no insurance, possession of a controlled substance (second degree), possession of a controlled substance (first degree), tampering with evidence, controlled substance in improper container, and possession/use of drug paraphernalia.

The grand jury accuses Holbrook, 48, of 1555 Hwy. 317, Jackhorn, of having Lortab and Oxycontin in his possession on Sept. 4. He is also charged with taking a plastic baggie containing a controlled substance from his co-defendant Tammie Dee Holbrook in an attempt to conceal it.

Fleming-Neon Police Officer Tim Miller testified in the case.

• Tammie Dee Holbrook — possession of a controlled substance, (second degree), possession of a controlled substance (first degree), tampering with evidence, controlled substance in improper container, and possession/use of drug paraphernalia.

Holbrook, 45, of 1555 Hwy. 317, Jackhorn, is accused of having Lortab and Oxycontin in her possession on Sept. 4. She is also charged with passing a plastic baggie containing a controlled substance to her co-defendant Steven Holbrook in an attempt to conceal it.

Fleming-Neon Police Officer Tim Miller testified in the case.

• Johnny Austin Jenkins — criminal trespass, burglary, theft by unlawful taking, and criminal mischief.

Jenkins, 20, of 13071 Hwy. 119 S, Partridge, also known as Johnnie Jenkins and Austin Jenkins, is charged with burglarizing Clas Coal at 1230 Hwy. 3404 Partridge on August 8 and taking copper wiring and other property. He is also charged with damaging mining equipment belonging to the company.

Letcher County Deputy Michael Burton testified in the case.

• Joshua Lee Pike — two counts of promoting contraband, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a persistent felony off ender.

The grand jury says Pike, 29, of 774 Pine Creek, Apt. B, Mayking, introduced hydrocodone, Tramadol, 800 mg. Ibuprofen and Benadryl into the Letcher County Jail on Sept. 16.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Jeff Mullins testified in the case.

• Steven Daniel Wynn — assault, criminal mischief, suspended license, no insurance, tampering with evidence, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, and being a persistent felony off ender.

Wynn, 32, of 3535 Thornton Rd., Thornton, is accused of injuring Travis Jones by striking him with his automobile on Sept. 4. Wynn is also charged with damaging Jones’s motorcycle and with attempting to paint, hide, and repair the car with which he had hit Jones.

Letcher County Deputy Michael Burton testified in the case.

• Amos Helton Jr. — three counts of obscuring the identity of a machine.

The grand jury says Helton, 30, of 97 Brandon Lee Road, Whitesburg, had three motorbikes in his possession during March to September on which the manufacturer’s serial number or other indentifying mark had been obscured.

Letcher County Deputy Michael Burton testified in the case.

• Jasper Lee Mullins — three counts of obscuring the identity of a machine and being a persistent felony off ender.

The grand jury says Mullins, 26, of 119 Love’s Branch, Deane, had three motorbikes in his possession during March to September on which the manufacturer’s serial number or other indentifying mark had been obscured. He is also accused of trading one of the motorbikes with Bobby Bates for an ATV.

Letcher County Deputy Michael Burton testified in the case

• Jimmy Darrell Sandlin — three counts of obscuring the identity of a machine and being a persistent felony off ender.

Sandlin, 3, of 160 Midland Dr., Isom, is charged with having three motorbikes in his possession during March to September on which the manufacturer’s serial number or other indentifying mark had been obscured.

Letcher County Deputy Michael Burton testified in the case

• Louis Christopher Hampton — burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and being a persistent felony off ender.

Hampton, 36, of 77 Pistol City, Whitesburg, is accused of burglarizing the home of Randy Shepherd at 64 Pistol City, Whitesburg, on Nov. 3. He is also charged with damaging Shepherd’s home and with carrying a .22-calilber rifle and/or a 6-inch kitchen knife.

In a second indictment, Hampton is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and being a persistent felony off ender.

Letcher County Deputy Jason Bates testified in the cases.

In a third indictment, the grand jury charges Hampton with escape from electronically monitored home incarceration on Nov. 2 and with being a persistent felony off ender.

Letcher County Deputy Sean Mickey Stines testified in the case.

• Davey W. Woods — alcohol intoxication, public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance (second off ense), and controlled substance in improper container.

The grand jury charges Woods, 25, of P.O. Box 469, Jenkins, with appearing in a public place under the influence of alcohol on Sept. 8. He is also accused of possession of Lortab.

Jenkins Police Chief Adam Swindall testified in the case.

• Christopher D. Back — bail jumping and being a persistent felony off ender.

Back, 24, P.O. Box 248, Pine Top, is accused of failing to appear at a pretrial conference in Letcher Circuit Court on Nov. 3 in connection with a felony charge.

Deputy Circuit Court Clerk Sandra Wright testifi ed in the case.

• Carolyn Lynn Bates — flagrant non-support.

The grand jury says Bates, 44, of 67 Midland Drive, Isom, has persistently failed to provide support for her two minor children.

Worlie Bates testified in the case.


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