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Grand jury indicts eight



Eight persons are named in the latest indictments returned by the Letcher Grand Jury. Those indicted and the charges against them are:

• Terry Joe Hatton — operating a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended for driving under the influence and first-degree being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Hatton, 31, of 205 Whitco Loop, Whitesburg, operated a motor vehicle on June 20, 2010 for at least the third time within a five-year period while his operator’s license was revoked or suspended for a violation of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testifi ed in the case.

• Clifton Charles Machniak — theft by unlawful taking and seconddegree persistent felony offender.

Machniak, 28, of 65 South Abdoo Street, Neon, is accused of taking or exercising control of $1,650 in cash from Clifford Mullins’s residence on June 1. Lt. Damron also testified in this case.

• Jody Ray Rose — four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, four counts of fourth- degree assault, first-degree fleeing or evading police, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license, speeding 26 miles over the speed limit or greater, operating a motor vehicle upon the highway with only a single head light, and first-degree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Rose, 29, of 55 Steel Home Drive, Neon, committed wanton endangerment on June 26 when he fled from marked police cruisers at a high rate of speed with three passengers in his vehicle. Rose is accused of fourth-degree assault when he lost control and wrecked the vehicle he was operating, causing injuries to Chris Duff, Laken Bates, Harold Vanover and Dennis Walling, all passengers in Rose’s vehicle.

Officer Josh Richardson of the Jenkins Police Department testified in the case.

• Celesta Powers — theft by unlawful taking.

Powers, 31, of 10357 Cumbo Road, Pound, Va., is accused of taking personal property belonging to the estate of the late Brett Bentley, including $900 in cash that had been donated to the family of Bentley for burial costs. The crime allegedly occurred in June 2008.

The grand jury heard testimony from Steve Bentley.

• Deavin Nichole Bentley — criminal complicity to unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor, criminal complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine, criminal complicity to illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia and seconddegree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury charges that Bentley, 32, of 3995 Highway 805, Cromona, possessed a drug product or combination of products, while alone or in complicity with Larry Wayne Bentley on June 9, with the intent to use the drug products as a precursor to manufacture meth. Bentley is also charged with making meth and being in possession of drug paraphernalia• Larry Wayne Bentley — criminal complicity to unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor, criminal complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine, criminal complicity to illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree persistent felony offender.

Larry Bentley, 33, of 3999 Highway 805, Cromona, is charged with being in possession of drug products with the intent to make meth, manufacturing meth and possession of drug paraphernalia while alone or in complicity with Deavin Nichole Bentley on June 9.

• Tina Carol Halcomb — first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, illegal possession of a controlled substance, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled substances not in original container.

Halcomb, 37, of 4127 Crafts Colley Road, Ermine is accused of selling oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, and Alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance. Halcomb is also charged with unlawfully possessing marijuana. She is accused of committing the crimes on May 23.

Sheriff ’s Lt. Damron testifi ed in the cases involving Halcomb and Larry and Deavin Bentley.

• Creeda Mae Stallard — three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), resisting arrest, first-degree disorderly conduct, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, first-degree fleeing or evading police, improper turning, operating a motor vehicle with no or expired license plate, operating a motor vehicle with no or expired registration receipt, failure to present proof of liability insurance and failure to wear seat belt.

The grand jury says Stallard, 48, of 30 Refuse Drive, Whitesburg, created a substantial danger of death or physical injury to Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Crystal Davis, Whitesburg City Police Officer Paul Brandon Fields and Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas when she operated her vehicle on Kentucky Highway 931 North at speeds well in excess of 90 miles per hour on February 27. The grand jury says Stallard nearly struck the highly visible, marked police cruisers. She is also charged with making an improper U-turn and failing to yield right of way to oncoming traffic.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas appeared before the grand jury as a witness in the case.



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