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Drug cases again occupy grand jury

Three Letcher County residents are name in felony indictments charging them with drug-related crimes. The three are among eight persons named in true bills the Letcher County Grand Jury handed up last week to Circuit Judge James W. Craft II.

Billy J. Sturgill, 26, of 373 Combs Br., Ermine, is charged with complicity to cultivation of marijuana (five or more plants), first degree possession of controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), resisting arrest, menacing, attempted murder — police officer amended to first degree wanton endangerment, first-degree wanton endangerment, and buy/ possess drug paraphernalia.

The grand jury says Sturgill acted alone or with Michael Honeycutt and Misty Breeding in growing five or more marijuana plants with the intent to sell or transfer. Sturgill is also accused of attempting to prevent Letcher County Sheriff ’s Sgt. Alisha Congleton from arresting him by using or threatening to use physical force and putting her in danger of death or physical injury. Sturgill also created danger of death or physical injury to Justin Phipps.

Sgt. Congleton testified in the case.

Misty C. Breeding, 44, of 5630 Thornton Rd., Thornton, is charged with complicity to cultivation of marijuana (five or more plants). The grand jury says she acted alone or with Michael Honeycutt and Billy Sturgill in growing five or more marijuana plants with the intent to sell or transfer.

Sgt. Congleton testified in the case.

Michael W. Honeycutt, 42, of Thornton, is charged with complicity to cultivation of marijuana (five or more plants) and being a persistent felony offender. The grand jury says he acted alone or with Misty Breeding and Billy Sturgill in growing five or more marijuana plants with the intent to sell or transfer.

Sgt. Congleton testified in the case.

Others indicted are:

• Aaron Caudill, 24, of 2626 Barry Knoll Dr., Kettering, Ohio, who is charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, second-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), failure to wear seat belts, and reckless driving.

Caudill is accused of attempting to elude or flee a direction to stop given by Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Alisha Congleton. He is also charged with possessing a handgun and failing to operate a vehicle in a careful manner.

Sgt. Congleton testified in the case.

• James Owen Collins III, 42, of 293 Brass Dr., Apt. 3, Whitesburg, is accused of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Collins unlawfully possessed a quantity of methamphetamine and a glass pipe.

Letcher County Sheriff’s Sgt. Alisha Congleton testified in the case.

• Drucillia Maggard, 69, of 995 Little Cowan Rd., Whitesburg, is charged with criminal complicity to theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more, but less than $10,000, and first-degree criminal mischief. Maggard is accused of stealing and damaging property belonging to Joyce Frazier on or about April 8.

Letcher County Sheriff’s Sgt. Alisha Congleton testified in the case.

• Joseph Maggard, 57, of 995 Little Cowan Rd., Whitesburg, is charged with complicity to theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more, but less than $10,000, and first-degree criminal mischief. Maggard is accused of stealing and damaging property belonging to Joyce Frazier on or about April 8.

Sgt. Congleton testified in the case.

• Brian Norman, 41, of Fish Trap, Elkhorn City, is charged with theft by unlawful taking $500 or more but under $10,000. Norman is accused of stealing property belonging to James Addington on or about March 3, 2017.

Addington testified in the case.

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