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Grand jury indicts 14




Fourteen people are named in felony indictments returned last week by a Letcher County grand jury. The true bills handed up to Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright on July 12 charge four county residents with obtaining or attempting to obtain controlled substances by fraud. Operation UNITE Detective James Glen Caudill testified in all four cases.

Alvena Kay Sexton, 40, of 203 Main St., Whitesburg, was charged in four counts, including one for forging an MRI report diagnosing her with various medical conditions. The grand jury says she forwarded the faked report to Dr. Robert Reppy of Tampa, Fla., an Internet doctor, to obtain a prescription for hydrocodone. She was also charged with three counts of obtaining hydrocodone by fraud.

Christopher Shane Toth, 37, of 59 Improvement Branch, Jenkins, was also charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud through the Internet. The grand jury charged him with four counts of obtaining Lortab and two counts of obtaining hydrocodone by fraud.

Jimmy Dean Branson, 36, of 3632 Hwy. 931, Whitesburg, was charged in seven counts with obtaining

Louis Christopher Hampton, 32, of 927 Belair Drive in Jenkins, was charged in two counts with altering a prescription for Lortab in an attempt to get the prescription refilled.

Others named in indictments by the grand jury and the charges against them are:

• Randall Allen Gross, one count of unlawful transaction with a minor, one count of burglary, one count of receiving stolen property, and one count of complicity.

Gross, 23, of 49 Brooke Lane in Jenkins, was arrested June 19 by Jenkins City Police Sgt. James Stephens. The grand jury says Gross, acting in complicity with John Frank McCool, engaged in the burglary of copper wire from Gary Royalty Construction, and caused a minor to participate in the burglary

• John Frank McCool, 41, one count of unlawful transaction with a minor, one count of burglary, one count of receiving stolen property, one count of complicity, and one count of intimidating a witness.

McCool, 41, of 50 Ginseng Drive in Jenkins, was arrested June 19 by Jenkins City Police Sgt. James Stephens. The grand jury says McCool, acting in complicity with Randall Allen Gross, engaged in the burglary of copper wire from Gary Royalty Construction, and caused a minor to participate in the burglary. The jury says McCool also threatened “to hurt” the juvenile if he told police of McCool’s involvement in the burglary.

• John William Pigg Jr., 33, Box 2, 3234 Thornton Rd., Thornton, one count of being a persistent felony offender.

Letcher County Jailer Don McCall testified against Pigg, who has been convicted of a felony after another previously conviction for a felony.

• Robert Lloyd “Buck” Hibbits, one count of trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of being a persistent felony offender.

Hibbits, 72, of 319 Chip Drive, Thornton, was arrested by the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office on December 8, 2006.

The grand jury charges Hibbits, who was previously convicted of a felony, was trafficking in morphine and sold the drug to a cooperating witness of the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office.

• Bradley Wayne Kanes, one count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, one count of operating a vehicle while his license was suspended, one count of failure to wear seat belts, one count of refusal to submit to chemical analysis to determine the alcohol/drug concentration of his blood, and one count of being a persistent felony offender.

Kanes, 28, of Rt. 2, Box 124 Jenkins, was arrested June 12 by Jenkins Police Sgt. James Stephens.

• Jack Hill, one count of assault, one count of criminal mischief, and one count of terroristic threatening.

The grand jury charges that on April 12, Hill, 28, of 427 Shelby Fork, Deane, injured Luke Yates by striking him in the head with a dangerous instrument, and broke the side window and windshield of Yates’s automobile. He was also charged with threatening to kill or cause serious physical injury to Yates.

• Ralph Hill, two counts of wanton endangerment, one count of criminal mischief, and one count of terroristic threatening.

Hill, 56, of 11458 Hwy. 7 N, Deane, is charged with pointing and/or firing a gun at Luke Yates and Robin Hughes on April 12, and breaking the side window and windshield of Yates’s automobile. He was also charged with threatening to kill or cause serious physical injury to Yates.

• Brandon Ray McElroy, one count of burglary, one count of theft by unlawful taking, one count of criminal mischief, and one count of complicity.

McElroy, 31, of 29 Brick Street, Jenkins, is charged with taking a Mig Welder from Millstone Construction Co. on May 13 in complicity with Emmitt M. McElroy. He is also charged with destroying the lock of the door to the company’s building and doing other damage. Letcher County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Bates testified in the case.

• Emmitt Erryn McElroy, one count of burglary, one count of theft by unlawful taking, one count of criminal mischief, and one count of complicity.

McElroy, 25, of 270 Vates Branch, Whitesburg, is charged with taking a Mig Welder from Millstone Construction Co. on May 13 in complicity with Brandon R. McElroy. He is also charged with destroying the lock of the door to the company’s building and doing other damage. Letcher County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Bates testified in the case.

• Billy Monroe Baker Jr., one count of rape.

The indictment charges Baker, 23, of P.O. Box 546/355 Pert Creek, Whitesburg, engaged in sexual intercourse on May 20 with a female juvenile 13 years of age. The jury heard testimony in the case from Letcher County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Bates.


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