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Grand jury indicts 13



Thirteen people are named in 14 indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury on July 28, including a man charged with impersonating a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officer and a Hazard Police Department detective.

The grand jury accuses Kelvin Eric Sexton, 27, 346 Hwy. 1410, Whitesburg, of burglarizing the home of Jimmy and Jessica Branson at 217 Buck Creek on Dec. 25, while armed with a shotgun. He is charged with pretending to be a DEA officer and later a detective with the Hazard Police Department.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Justin Cornett testified in the case.

Others indicted are:

• David Wayne Morris — assault, wanton endangerment, and receiving stolen property (firearm).

Morris, 53, 309 Midland Dr., Isom, is charged with shooting Barney L. Stanger twice in the abdomen with a .32-caliber pistol on May 3. He is also charged with pointing or firing the pistol at Coy Stanger, and having in his possession a firearm stolen from Michael Sexton.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Justin Cornett testifi ed in the case.

• Randall Napier — complicity to criminal mischief, complicity to burglary, complicity to theft of a firearm, and being a persistent felony off ender.

The grand jury says Napier, 26, also known as Randy Napier, 245 Cabin Creek Rd., Redfox, acting alone or with Monica Cook, kicked in the rear door of the home of Linda Sturgill on June 29 and took one or more firearms belonging to Sturgill or members of her household.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Randy Surber testifi ed in the case.

• Monica L. Sturgill — complicity to criminal mischief, complicity to burglary, and complicity to theft of a firearm.

The grand jury says Sturgill, 36, also known as Monica L. Cook, 245 Cabin Creek Rd., Redfox, acted alone or with Randy Napier to kick in the rear door of the home of Linda Sturgill on June 29 and take one or more firearms belonging to Sturgill or members of her household.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Randy Surber testifi ed in the case.

• Malinda Suellan Mason — criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception.

Mason, 30, also known as Malinda Suellan Adams, 2635 Hwy. 2035, Little Cowan Road, Whitesburg, is charged with possessing a forged check for $175 on the account of Paul D. Johnson on New People’s Bank of Pound, Va., on Feb. 25. The grand jury says she obtained cash and/or merchandise from Food World of Whitesburg with the forged check.

Food World employee Tametha Banks Whitaker and Paul D. Johnson testifi ed in the case.

• Anthony Hicks — theft, theft by deception, and being a persistent felony offender.

Hicks, 27, 55 Eva Lane, Leburn, is accused of taking steel belong to CSX Railroad during the period of March 5 through April 10. He is also charged with selling the steel to Southern Steel.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Justin Cornett testifi ed in the case.

• Thomas Wiley Slone — fleeing/evading police, resisting arrest, public intoxication, tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief, and menacing.

The grand jury says Slone, 24, 731 Hemp Patch Road, Pippa Passes, a pedestrian, disobeyed an order to stop given by Deputy Sheriff Mike Burton on June 23 and resisted arrest. He is also accused of being intoxicated and of throwing controlled substances into the Kentucky River to destroy evidence against him. He is charged with damaging Burton’s uniform and equipment by fleeing through the Kentucky River, and with placing Burton in apprehension of physical injury.

Letcher County Deputy Mike Burton testified in the case.

• Andrew Eldridge — criminal trespass, public intoxication, operating an ATV on the highway, operating an ATV without headgear, operating an ATV on private land without consent, failure to provide proof of insurance, no insurance, suspended/revoked operator’s license, complicity to theft, tampering with evidence, and possession of a controlled substance.

Eldridge, 23, of 606 Adams Branch, Jeremiah, is charged with entering the property of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Cornett Jr. at Blackey while intoxicated on June 6. He is also accused of operating his all-terrain vehicle on Highway 7 without wearing a safety helmet, and operating the ATV on the Cornetts’ land without their consent. The grand jury says he failed to provide proof of insurance to Kentucky State Trooper Adam Hall, and that he had no liability insurance or operator’s license. He is also charged with acting in complicity with Michael Jeff rey Blair in taking property belonging to merchants along Highway 7, and with possessing Alprazolam and/or Ultram and with tampering with evidence.

Letcher County Deputy Crystal Davis testified in the case.

• Michael Jeffrey Blair — criminal trespass, public intoxication, operating an ATV on the highway, operating an ATV without headgear, operating an ATV on private land without consent, failure to provide proof of insurance, no insurance, suspended/revoked operator’s license, and complicity to theft.

Blair, 18, 35 Napier Farm Road, Hazard, is charged with entering the property of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Cornett Jr. at Blackey while intoxicated on June 6. He is also accused of operating his all-terrain vehicle on Highway 7 without wearing a safety helmet, and operating the ATV on the Cornetts’ land without their consent. The grand jury says he failed to provide proof of insurance to Kentucky State Trooper Adam Hall, and that he had no liability insurance or operator’s license. He is also charged with acting in complicity with Andrew Eldridge in taking property belonging to merchants along Highway 7.

Letcher County Deputy Crystal Davis testified in the case.

• Michael W. Whitaker Jr. — operating a motor vehicle under the influence, refusal to submit to testing, suspended driver’s license, failure to provide proof of insurance, and open alcohol container in vehicle.

The grand jury says Whitaker, 31, 6432 Cormorant Road, Wise, Va., operated a motor vehicle on May 21 while under the influence of intoxicants, and refused to submit to testing. He is also accused of operating a vehicle with a license revoked or suspended for driving under the influence (first offense), with refusal to produce proof of insurance, and with having an open alcohol beverage container in his vehicle.

Kentucky State Trooper Justin Cornett testified in the case.

• Derrick Logan Polly — assault, criminal mischief, suspended/revoked operator’s license, reckless driving, improper registration plate, no insurance, no/expired registration receipt, no/expired registration plate, and obstructed windshield.

Polly, 20, 437 Cornetts Branch, Linefork, is charged with ramming Kentucky State Trooper Randy Surber’s cruiser with his auto in an effort to avoid arrest by Surber on July 11. He is also accused of damaging the cruiser, operating a vehicle with a revoked or suspended license, reckless driving, improper registration plate, no insurance, no or expired registration receipt, expired license plate, and having an obstructed windshield

In a separate indictment, Polly is charged with fleeing/ evading police, wanton endangerment, reckless driving, suspended/ revoked operator’s license, two counts of no/expired registration plate, no/expired registration receipt, no insurance, and obstructed windshield.

He is accused of fleeing or evading police on July 11 by driving his vehicle on a narrow two-lane road at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour, nearly striking two oncoming automobiles.

Kentucky State Trooper Randy Surber testified in the cases.

• Jeff rey ‘Jeff ’ Sumner — trafficking in a controlled substance.

The grand jury accuses Sumner, 41, Stamper’s Branch, Isom, of trafficking in Oxycodone on Nov. 25.

HIDTA Task Force Lt. Marcus K. Terry testified in the case.

• Bobby Wayne Stamper — tampering with evidence.

Stamper, 33, 65 #1 Bottom, Jenkins, is charged with concealing a small container of urine on his person on June 8 to fabricate a test result on a court-ordered drug screen by passing the urine as his own.

Letcher County Deputy James Profitt testified in the case.


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