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Grand jury indicts 12



A Jenkins man has been charged by the Letcher Grand Jury with rape (second degree), sodomy (second degree) and use of a minor in a sexual performance.

Wesley Deran Hatton, 33, also known as Deran Hatton, Westley D. Hatton and Wosley Hatton, of 932 Hwy. 3400, is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a female minor less than 14 years old. He is also charged with engaging in deviate sexual intercourse with a female minor less than 14 years old, and use of a minor in a sexual performance.

In a second indictment, Hatton is charged with sexual abuse (first degree) by subjecting a 13-year-old female to sexual contact.

Hatton is also named in a third indictment, in which he is accused of possessing material which visually portrays an actual sexual performance by a minor female.

Whitesburg Police Department Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the cases.

Also indicted by the grand jury are:

• Robert Wayne Heiston Jr. — Assault (second degree), wanton endangerment (first degree) and terroristic threatening (third degree).

Heiston, 59, of P.O. Box 656, Neon, is charged with pointing a handgun at Christy Whitt and striking her in the head with the gun on August 21. He is also accused of threatening to kill Whitt.

In a second indictment, Heiston is charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Scott Caudill testified in the case.

• Christopher Wayne Hill — Unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor, fleeing/evading police (first degree), use of drug paraphernalia and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Hill, 44, also known as Chris Wayne Hill, of 608 Gilbert Drive, Lynch, possessed a drug product or combination of drug products used to manufacture methamphetamine on Sept. 4. He also is charged with disobeying an order to stop given by Kentucky State Police, and with possessing drug paraphernalia including tubing, containers, syringes, spoons and Zip Lock bags.

Det. Jim T. Whitaker III, DESI East, testified in the case.

• Paula Denise Gregory — Complicity to unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor and hindering prosecution.

Gregory, 35, of 7481 West Highway 72, Harlan, is charged with acting with Christopher Wayne Hill in possessing a drug product or combination of drug products used to manufacture methamphetamine on Sept. 4. She also is charged with rendering assistance to Hill, who she knew was being sought in connection with the commission of a capital offense (murder) or of a Class A felony (arson in the first degree).

Det. Jim T. Whitaker III, DESI East, testified in the case.

• Steven R. Ritchie — theft by unlawful taking (firearm), disorderly conduct (second degree), carrying concealed deadly weapon, alcohol intoxication, resisting arrest and two counts of wanton endangerment (first degree).

The grand jury says Ritchie, 24, of 100678 Ky Hwy. 451, Busy, took a black and silver 9mm pistol belonging to Kayla Gentry on Oct. 10. He is charged with engaging in fighting or threatening behavior, carrying a concealed 9 mm pistol, and being intoxicated with alcohol in a public place. Ritchie is also accused of resisting arrest by threatening Whitesburg Police Officer Sara Damron and Kentucky State Trooper Scott Caudill, and with pointing the stolen 9mm pistol toward and in the midst of several patrons of StreetSide Bar & Grill in Whitesburg.

Kayla Gentry and Kentucky State Trooper Scott Caudill testified in the case.

• Misty Doylena Ison — public intoxication, criminal possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a persistent felony offender.

Ison, 44, of 43 Della Riley Lane, Isom, is charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance excluding alcohol on August 12. She is also accused of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Whitesburg Police Officer Michael Shawn Blair testified in the case.

• Wendy Renee Mullins — promoting contraband (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

Mullins, 39, of 102 Hopkins Fork Road, Pikeville, is charged with introducing Alprazolam, a controlled substance, to the Letcher County Detention Center on September 3.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Bea Fields testified in the case.

• Robert Tyler Calhoun — public intoxication, use/ possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, fleeing/evading police on foot and tampering with physical evidence.

The grand jury accuses Calhoun, 22, of 156 Railroad Hill, Jenkins, of being under the influence of a controlled substance excluding alcohol on August 27 and with possessing drug paraphernalia. He is charged with threatening to use physical force against Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens to resist arrest, with fleeing from police on foot, and with tampering with evidence by consuming a controlled substance which had been concealed in his crotch area.

Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens testified in the case.

• Evan D. Osborne — failure to maintain liability insurance, failure to produce proof of insurance, failure to give signal or improper signal, improper lane usage, not in possession of operator’s license, no operator’s license, failure to wear seat belts, criminal mischief (first degree), operating a motor vehicle on suspended license due to DUI conviction (second offense with aggravating circumstances), fleeing/evading police (first degree), fleeing/evading police (first degree, by foot), speeding 26 mph or greater above speed limit, reckless driving, four counts of wanton endangerment and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/ drugs (second offense within five-year period with aggravators).

Osborne, 29, of 553 Oak Avenue NW, Norton, Va., is charged with failing to maintain liability insurance and with merging his stopped vehicle into the traffic lane and passing automobiles on US 119 without providing a turn signal on August 21. He is also accused of operating his vehicle at speeds up to 110 miles per hour and crossing the center lane numerous times while being pursued by a marked Whitesburg police cruiser, and with failure to have an operator’s license. The grand jury says Osborne damaged a Whitesburg police cruiser by striking the cruiser with his automobile, and fled from police in his vehicle and on foot. He is also charged with endangering his passenger, Jessica Shrader; Whitesburg Police Officers Michael Shawn Blair and Sara Damron, and Fleming-Neon Police Officer Adam Swindall.

Whitesburg Police Officer Sara Damron testified in the case.

• Bruce D. Jacobs — Driving motor vehicle while operator’s license is suspended due to DUI conviction (third of greater offense).

Jacobs, 27, of 208 Highland Branch, Cromona, is charged with operating a motor vehicle on September 3 for the third time in a fiveyear period while his license was revoked or suspended due to a driving under the influence conviction.

Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer B. Bond testified in the case.

• Brian Darrell Polly — First degree bail jumping and being a persistent felony offender.

Polly, 44, of 740 Lakeside Drive, Jenkins, is charged with failure to appear on September 25 for a discovery and settlement conference in connection with a felony charge.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Secretary Kristi Skeens testified in the case.

• Eva Jenelle Brown — First degree bail jumping.

Brown, 36, of 3559 Craft’s Colly, Ermine, is charged with failure to appear on September 18 for a discovery and settlement conference in connection with a felony charge.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Secretary Kristi Skeens testified in the case.

• Lacrisha Muse — First degree bail jumping.

Muse, 23, of 721 Grapevine Creek Road, Hazard, is charged with failure to appear on September 25 for final sentencing in connection with a felony charge.

Deputy Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright testified.



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