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Five accused metal thieves among 15 indicted by jury



Five Letcher County residents have been indicted on four charges each after they allegedly damaged an $80,000 piece of mining equipment beyond repair while stealing copper and other metals.

All five — Michael D. Morton, John C. Maggard, Rebecca Lewis, William J. McFall and Gregory A. Caudill — are charged with complicity to theft (first degree), complicity to criminal mischief (first degree), criminal trespassing (second degree), and being a persistent felony offender. Each is accused of helping the other break into a building owned by Cumberland River Coal Company on March 21 and using cutting torches and other tools to remove items made of copper or other metals from the piece of equipment.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Burton testified before the grand jury and said the equipment is beyond repair. Cumberland River Coal is a subsidiary of St. Louisbased Arch Inc.

Morton, 25, lives at 105 Bass Drive, Mayking. McFall, 52, lives at 9362 Hwy. 119 South, Eolia. Maggard, 27, lives at 9392 Hwy. 119 South, Eolia, and Lewis, 27, lives at 770 Bowman Creek, Eolia. The residence of Caudill, 33, is listed at 113 Hwy. 806, Eolia.

The five are among 15 persons named in the latest round of felony indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury and handed up to Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright on June 5.

Others indicted and the charges against them are:

• Braden Uriah Stamper — criminal possession of a forged prescription and second-degree persistent felony offender.

Stamper, 33, of 27 Welch Hollow, Neon, is accused of having a forged prescription for the controlled substance Alprazolam on Jan.27.

Whitesburg Police Captain Henry Day testified before the grand jury.

• Melvin Shane Gross — theft by unlawful taking.

The grand jury says Gross, 28, of 1383 Old Highway West 80, Hazard, stole more than $500 worth of health and beauty items from Food City in Whitesburg on several different occasions between Dec. 7, 2013 and Feb. 8, 2014.

The grand jury heard testimony from Cory Harris, Food City loss prevention employee.

• Ernie Lee Yonts — first-degree bail jumping.

Yonts, 49, of 399 Hogg Hollow Road, Neon, is accused of failing to appear for a scheduled arraignment hearing in Letcher Circuit Court on May 14.

• David Michael Wyatt — firstdegree bail jumping.

The grand jury says Wyatt, 557, of 936 Premier Subdivision, Jenkins, failed to appear in Letcher Circuit Court on May 14 for a scheduled hearing to reassign a jury trial.

The grand jury heard testimony from Deputy Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright in the bail jumping cases against Wyatt and Yonts.

• Donnie Wayne Roark — theft by deception (cold checks) and firstdegree persistent felony offender.

Roark, 36, of 184 Lincoln Drive, Whitesburg, is accused of endorsing and cashing a fictitious paycheck drawn on a non-existent Bancorp Bank account made payable to Roark in order for him to obtain $1,143.98 in cash and merchandise from Food City in Whitesburg on June 13.

Misty Quillen, a loss prevention specialist with Food City, testified in the case.

• Misty S. Griffith — false statement/ misrepresenting to receive benefits, failure to report change of eligibility factors to receive benefi ts, fraudulent use/obtaining food stamp card to receive benefit and failure scheme receive food stamp benefits.

The grand jury says Griffith, 34, of 153 Barlow Lake Road, Neon, committed the offense of making false statements and/or failing to disclose a material fact used in determining qualifications to receive benefits under the assistance program with intent to defraud the Commonwealth of Kentucky when she knowingly made a false statement used in determining her qualification to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). From June 1, 2011 through Jan. 31, she allegedly received $10,574 in public assistance.

Trinity Combs, Office of Inspector General special investigator, testified in the case.

• Lowell Anthony Sanders — theft by unlawful taking and firstdegree criminal mischief

Sanders, 38, of 746 Stinking Branch, is accused of destroying numerous items belonging to James Addington, which were located at 198 No. 2 Bottom, Jenkins on Feb. 23. Addington testified before the grand jury that property damage exceeded $1,000.

• Samantha Danielle Collins — two counts of flagrant nonsupport and two counts of second-degree persistent felony offender.

Collins, 32, of 1034 Ky. Hwy. 3406, Mayking, is accused of owing $8,000 in support in one indictment and $14,508.15 in another.

Shirley Fields, Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement, testified before the grand jury.

• Coy McClain — second-degree escape, tampering with prisoner monitoring device and first-degree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says McClain, 40, of 1210 Thornton Road, Thornton, escaped from the electronically monitored home incarceration program of the Letcher County Jail on May 5 when he intentionally tampered with the device used to facilitate his electronic monitoring.

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

• David Williams Breaden — first-degree bail jumping.

Breaden, 33, of 126 Grapevine Court, Nicholasville, is accused of failing to appear for arraignment on a pending felony charge in Letcher Circuit Court on Jan. 9, 2013.

Letcher Deputy Circuit Court Clerk Sandra Wright testified before the grand jury.



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