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Grand jury indicts 3

Three men, including one charged with stealing part of a bulldozer to sell for scrap metal, are named in felony indictments returned last week by the Letcher County Grand Jury.

Christopher R. Halcomb, 22, of Linefork, is charged with theft of property valued more than $300, first-degree criminal mischief, and intimidating a participant in a legal process in connection with the theft of the front end of a bulldozer on April 16.

The grand jury charges that Halcomb committed felony theft when he took the 1,100-pound front end of a bulldozer belonging to Jimmy Wilder and tried to sell it as scrap metal to Baxter Metal Company of Harlan.

The jury says Halcomb committed two other felonies when he damaged the bulldozer part while dragging it away to be loaded, and when he threatened to burn down the home of Charles Center, who was identified in the indictments as being an eyewitness to the theft.

Each of the three charges against Halcomb is a Class D felony. The case was investigated by Kentucky State Police Detective Chuck Bledsoe.

The grand jury returned two indictments last week charging a Jenkins man with four counts of bail jumping and two counts of being a persistent felony offender (second degree).

The jury charges that Paul J. Hall, 27, of P.O. Box 52, Highway 805, Jenkins, failed to appear for pre-trial conferences and jury trials on charges contained in three previous felony indict- ments in which he is named.

Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Mickey Stines, a court bailiff, testified to the jury concerning the charges against Hall.

The grand jury also indicted a 49-year-old Hallie man on a felony charge of trafficking in more than five pounds of marijuana and on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The indictment against Claude E. Eldridge, of 2702 Turkey Creek Road in Hallie, charges that on March 11, Eldridge was in possession of more than five pounds of marijuana and paraphernalia related to marijuana.

The case against Eldridge was investigated by Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Marcus K. Terry.

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