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Grand jury indicts 13



The Letcher County Grand Jury has charged a Dorton man with a fourth offense of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Ronnie J. Mullins, 48, of 691 Dorton Jenkins Hwy., is accused of driving with an alcohol concentration in his breath of 0.08 or more on December 24, and with having committed the offense three times within the previous five years.

Mullins is also charged with eight counts of wanton endangerment (first degree), two counts of criminal mischief (first degree), driving with a suspended license (first offense, aggravator), driving with a suspended license (first offense), leaving the scene of an accident, failure to surrender revoked operator’s license, failure to maintain insurance and failure to produce insurance card.

Kentucky State Police say Mullins was involved in a accident at Cromona that involved his 2005 Chrysler leaving KY 805 and hitting a parked Dodge in the driveway of a home. Mullins allegedly fled on foot to Poppy Road, where Constable Luther Tackett found him.A passenger in the car identified Mullins after saying the two had met at the Neon American Legion and Mullins offered him a ride home. Mullins was found lying on the ground, claiming that he was injured in the wreck but wasn’t driving.

Kentucky State Trooper Jason Bates testified in the case.

Others indicted by the grand jury are:

• Steve Allen Sandlin — Unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor (first offense), possession of drug paraphernalia, theft (under $500) and public intoxication controlled substance (excludes alcohol).

Sandlin, 39, of 1203 Raymonds Branch, Whitesburg, is accused of possessing a drug product or combination of drug products on December 15 with the intent to use it as a precursor in manufacturing methamphetamine. He is also charged with being in a public place while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Whitesburg Police Officer Josh Little testified in the case.

• Thomas E. Riley — Unlawful possession of meth precursor (second or greater offense), possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense, methamphetamine), deliver/ manufacture drug paraphernalia, controlled substance prescription not in original container (second degree) and illegal possession of legend drug.

The grand jury says Riley, 34, of 6 Ministry Lane, Isom, possessed a drug product or combination of drug products on November 4 with the intent to use it as a precursor in manufacturing methamphetamine. He is also accused of possessing methamphetamine and delivering, intended to deliver or manufacturing to deliver drug paraphernalia.

Kentucky State Trooper Branden Watts testified in the case.

• Richard H. Adams Jr. — Receiving stolen property (under $10,000).

Adams, 31, of 98 Canary Drive, Millstone, is charged with trading a 2008 GSXR motorcycle valued at more than $500 to Trent Gayheart on September 1, 2015, knowing the motorcycle had been stolen.

Trent Gayheart, who obtained a warrant for the arrest of Adams in December, testified in the case.

• Shane Curtis Martin — Possession of controlled substance (first offense, drug unspecified), theft (under $500), operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol (third offense), possession of controlled substance (third degree), leaving the scene of an accident, driving on DUI suspended license (first offense) and two counts of controlled substance not in original container.

Martin, 38, of 139 Seco Drive, Seco, is accused of a third offense of operating a vehicle while under influence of an unspecified drug on December 26, and leaving the scene after being involved in an accident while leaving the Neon Dollar Store. The charges were filed against him after he was found by Kentucky State Police hiding in the attic of his home at Seco “manifestly under the influence of drugs.”

Kentucky State Trooper Josh Richardson testified in the case.

• Shawn Matthew Kiser — Theft ($10,000 or more), criminal mischief (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

Kiser, 33, of 163 Pistol City, Whitesburg, is charged with stealing a Black Polaris RZR on February 2, from the home of Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Sydney Fields, who is on furlough while serving overseas for the armed forces. Kiser is also accused of doing damage to the RZR costing $1,000 or more.

Whitesburg Police Officer Sara Damron testified in the case.

• Joshua Hensley — Unlawful transaction with a minor (first degree), sexual abuse (first degree) and distributing obscene material to minors (first degree).

The grand jury says Hensley, 21, of 150 Alaska Ave., Apt. 206, Whitesburg, caused a minor, who is less than 16 years old, to engage in illegal sexual activity on January 3. He is also charged with sending obscene material to a minor.

Kentucky State Police Detective Vicki Day testified in the case.

• Chuckey Halcomb — Flagrant non support and being a persistent felony offender.

Halcomb, 34, of 93 Pine St., Cumberland, is charged with failing to provide support for his minor child(ren).

In a separate indictment, Halcomb is accused of failing to provide support of his minor child(ren) and with being a persistent felony offender.

Monica Adams of the Letcher County Division of Child Support testified in the cases.

• Jonathan Baker — Flagrant non support.

Baker, 43, of 62 Joseph Lane, Jackson, is charged with failing to provide support for his minor child(ren).

Monica Adams of the Letcher County Division of Child Support testified in the case.

• Dustin Caudill — Flagrant non support.

Caudill, 30, of 103 BBlaze Br., Dorton, is charged with failing to provide support for his minor child(ren).

Monica Adams of the Letcher County Division of Child Support testified in the case.

• Andrew Eldridge — Flagrant non support.

Eldridge, 30, of 600 Adams, Br., Jeremiah, is charged with failing to provide support for his minor child(ren).

Monica Adams of the Letcher County Division of Child Support testified in the case.

• Joseph Mullins — Flagrant non support.

Mullins, 38, of 8341 Fishman Rd., Lot #6, Pound, Va., is charged with failing to provide support for his minor child(ren).

Monica Adams of the Letcher County Division of Child Support testified in the case.

• John B. Banks — Bail jumping (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Banks, 44, of 2340 Hicklawn Rd., Lexington, failed to appear for a probation revocation hearing on February 2 in connection with a felony.

Letcher County Deputy Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.



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