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Grand jury indicts 8



Grand jury indicts 8

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named eight people in 11 indictments, including four men charged in connection with the vandalism of a new home on property owned by Fleming-Neon Police Chief Henry Day’s 19-year-old neighbor and two other men were indicted for allegedly breaking into and vandalizing a new mobile home Day was in the process of buying.

Joshua Fields, of 26 Terrier Lane, Roxana; Eric J. Barrios, 23, of 159 Branson, Beattyville; and Keaton Couch, 19, 5754 Thornton Road, Thornton, were all charged with complicity to second-degree burglary and complicity to first-degree criminal mischief.

Day, who lives at 9 Terrier Lane, Roxana, said two pieces of a doublewide mobile home were delivered to his property on March 27. Day said when workers came on March 30 to assemble the mobile home, some of the plastic covering had been removed and more than $1,500 worth of damage was done to the structure. Day said cabinets and doors were broken and carpet was torn. Day said cabinet shelves were thrown at Sheetrock, causing holes in several walls.

At the time of the vandalism Day had not yet received a title to the manufactured home and the home was still owned by Clayton Mobile Homes of Middlesboro.

Two indictments were issued for a fourth man in connection with the case, 41-year-old Gregory Lee Fields of 26 Terrier Lane. He was charged with second-degree hindering prosecution, a class A misdemeanor. The grand jury says Fields rendered assistance to Barrios and Couch "who he knew was being sought in connection of the above criminal offenses with the intent to hinder the apprehension, prosecution, conviction or punishment" of Barrios and Couch.

Day said Fields, who is Joshua Fields’s father, withheld information about the vandalism to police.

Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Deputy Jason Bates testified in the case.

The jury also indicted 26-yearold Justin Bart Profitt of Seco with several charges of theft.

In one indictment, the jury says Profitt took a Stihl Model MS361 chain saw belonging to Ben Gish on February 24 and pawned the chain saw for $50 at a Neon pawn shop.

In another indictment, Profitt is charged with possessing a forged check in the amount of $100 stolen from Ben Gish, which he cashed at Food World of Whitesburg on March 21.

In the third indictment, Profitt is charged with third degree burglary of the offices of The Mountain Eagle, taking over $300 in cash and two or more blank checks belonging to Ben Gish, and possessing a forged check in the amount of $280 stolen from Ben Gish, which he cashed at Food World of Neon on March 18.

Profitt had been hired to paint upstairs offices in The Eagle building in Whitesburg.

Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Deputy Jason Bates testified in the cases.

Also indicted are:

• Dustin K. Caudill — assault, violation of a protective order, and criminal mischief.

The grand jury says Caudill, 25, of 673 Carbon Glow, Blackey, assaulted Robert Arredondo with a knife on April 25, 2009. He is also accused of violating a protective order petitioned by Eve Jent, and damaging the window of a pickup truck belonging to Michael Barker.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Ben McCray testified in the case.

• Lonnie Tyree — burglary, theft, and criminal trespass.

The indictment charges Tyree, 53, of 364 Loggy Hollow, Whitesburg, with entering a building at 364 Loggy Hollow, Whitesburg, with intent to commit a crime on February 28, 2009. He is also accused of taking property valued at $300 or more belonging to Johnny Coomer.

Johnny Coomer testified in the case.

• Callie S. Bates — alcohol intoxication in a public place and promoting contraband.

The indictment charges Bates, 26, of P.O. Box 214, Blackey, with appearing in a public place on May 8, 2009 while under the influence of alcohol. She is also accused of introducing a pint bottle of vodka into the Letcher County Jail.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Ben McCray testified in the case.
 



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