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Ex-inspector indicted in connection with assault

Among 10 charged; accused of beating woman

The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned 14 indictments charging 10 people with felonies, including a man charged with assaulting a woman on Dec. 8.

The grand jury says Derek Wayne Cook, 43, of 270 Mayking Loop, Whitesburg, entered a mobile home at 270 Mayking Loop, Whitesburg, armed with a loaded pistol and assaulted and injured Stacy Kirby. He is also accused of firing the pistol near Kirby’s head. He is charged with burglary, assault and wanton endangerment.

State police say Cook, a former state mine inspector, used a key to enter Kirby’s home around 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 8 and then struck Kirby about 20 times on her head and face with his fist and a handgun. The allegations are contained in an arrest citation written by Kentucky State Police Det. Randy Combs.

Kirby, who had swelling and cuts on her forehead, told police that Cook put the handgun to her head and threatened to blow her brains out, the arrest citation said. Kirby also told police that Cook shot a hole in the bathtub beside her two young sons.

Cook is charged with second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Det. Combs testified before the indictment.

Also named in indictments by the grand jury are:

• Ricky Collins — criminal complicity to assault and being a persistent felony offender.

Collins, 42, of 392 Hwy. 931 S, Whitesburg, and 401 Plum St., Hazard, is charged with acting with James O. “Popeye” Fields in injuring Dewayne Caudill on July 7.

Letcher County Jailer Don McCall testified in the case.

• James O. ”Popeye” Fields — criminal complicity to assault.

Fields, 39, of 1013 Main St., Richmond, is charged with acting with Ricky Collins in injuring Dewayne Caudill.

Letcher County Jailer Don McCall testified in the case.

• Anthony Carl Day — possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception.

Day, 38, also known as Tony Day, of 2950 Hwy. 931 S, Whitesburg, and 44 High Hill, Whitesburg, is accused of cashing a forged check for $1,200 on the Community Trust Bank account of Roy Crawford on Feb. 11.

In a separate indictment, Day is charged with possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception on May 3. The grand jury says he cashed a forged check for $1,200 on the Community Trust Bank account of Roy Crawford.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Eugene Slone testified in the cases.

• Alvin Joseph Slone — receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.

Slone, 20, also known as A.J. Slone, of 2708 Mill Branch, Jeremiah, is charged with possessing property stolen from American Electric Power (AEP) on Nov. 26, and with damaging property belonging to AEP.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron testified in the case.

• Anthony John Lane — escape and theft by unlawful taking.

The grand jury says Lane, 37, of 286 Pine Creek, Mayking, escaped from the custody of the electronically monitored home incarceration program of the Letcher County Detention Center on July 8. He is also charged with taking the electric ankle bracelet belonging to Eastern Kentucky Corrections.

In a second indictment, Lane is charged with escape from the home incarceration program on July 8.

Lane is also charged with escape from the home incarceration program on July 8 in a third indictment.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Mickey Stines testified in the cases.

• Daveron A. Vinson — possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Vinson, 31, of 17225 Hamilton Road, Columbus Ohio, who is a convicted felon, is charged with having a handgun on Nov. 14.

Whitesburg Police Officer Alicia Congleton testified in the case.

• Patricia “Pat” A. Ratliff — escape, theft and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Ratliff, 51, also known as Patricia “Pat” A. Godsey, escaped from the custody of the electronically monitored home incarceration program of the Letcher County Detention Center on Dec. 4. She is also charged with taking the electric ankle bracelet belonging to Eastern Kentucky Corrections.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Mickey Stines testified in the case.

• Robert Edward Rose — escape and theft.

Rose, 31, of 22 Basket Drive, Jenkins, is charged with escape from the custody of the electronically monitored home incarceration program of the Letcher County Detention Center on Aug. 9. He is also charged with taking the electric ankle bracelet belonging to Eastern Kentucky Corrections.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Mickey Stines testified in the case.

• Natasha A. Griffie — bail jumping.

The grand jury accuses Griffie, 25, of 733 Upper Second Creek Road, Hazard, and 781 Lick Branch Road, Combs, with failing to appear in Letcher District Court for a hearing on Nov. 21 on a felony charge.

In a second indictment, she is charged with flagrant non support for failure to provide child support.



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