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Grand jury names 16 in indictments



The Letcher Grand Jury has named 16 people in the latest indictments returned, including a high school student accused of trafficking in a control substance.

Dylan C. Cates, 18, of 3353 Craft’s Colly Rd., Ermine, is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school, public intoxication controlled substance, two counts of wanton endangerment (first degree) and tampering with evidence.

Cates is accused of trafficking in synthetic drugs at Letcher County Central High School on May 11. He is also charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, endangering Lt. Bert Slone and Deputy Scott Billiter and tampering with evidence.

Cates was found sharing a vaporizer with two LCCHS students in a classroom around 11 a.m. on May 11 while a teacher had stepped out of the room to obtain teaching materials, according to Slone, who is school resource officer and Letcher County Sheriff ’s deputy.

“Not for human consumption” was printed on the label of the container of oil ingested through the electronic pipe, Slone testified during a preliminary hearing for Cates.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department Lt. Bert Slone testified in the case.

Others indicted are:

William D. Phillips — Assault (second degree).

Phillips, 18, of 207 Tooter Branch, Jeremiah, is accused of causing serious injury on June 4 to his sister, a minor, by biting off the tip of her nose and also biting her on the wrist.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Powers testified in the case.

• Robert Michael Arredondo — Leaving the scene of accident/failure to render aid, license not in possession, driving on suspended/ revoked operator’s license, no operator’s license/driving without license/negligence in accident, open alcohol beverage container in vehicle, careless driving, failure to maintain insurance, failure to produce insurance card, first degree assault and operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs .08 aggravator (third offense).

Arredondo, 39, of 120 Atlantic Drive, Whitesburg, is accused of leaving the scene after the vehicle he was operating was involved in an accident in which Jake Taulbee was injured on May 1. He is also charged with having an open alcohol container in the passenger area of his vehicle.

Kentucky State Trooper Donnie White testified in the case.

• Homer Jackson Smallwood III — Leaving the scene of accident/failure to render aid, criminal mischief (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender (first degree).

The grand jury says Smallwood, 38, of 845 Joe’s Branch Rd., Jenkins, struck fence poles and a parked pickup truck belonging to Harold Kelly with his vehicle on April 24, then left the scene without notifying the owner of the property and the truck.

Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens testified in the case.

• Stacy D. Yates — operating vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs with .08 aggravator (first offense), possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense) and two counts of wanton endangerment (first degree).

The grand jury charges Yates, 40, of 8760 Mountain Breeze Rd., Apt. 395, Jenkins, with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs on June 12. He is also accused of possessing methamphetamine.

Neon Police Officer Allen Bormes testified in the case.

• Robert W. Heiston III — fleeing/evading police (first degree), two counts of wanton endangerment (first degree), endangering the welfare of a minor, reckless driving, criminal mischief (first degree), failure to maintain insurance (first degree), no/expired Kentucky registration receipt and failure to wear seat belts.

The grand jury says Heiston, 18, also known as Bobby W. Heiston, of 3586 Hwy 1148, Whitesburg, disobeyed a direction to stop his vehicle given by Kentucky State Trooper Samuel Pease on April 10, endangering two policemen and a minor. He is also charged with damaging the cruiser driven by Pease.

Kentucky State Trooper Samuel Pease testified in the case.

• Shane Gillis Halcomb — Possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense), possession of meth precursor (first offense) and wanton endangerment (first degree).

Halcomb, 39, of 4206 Craft’s Colly Rd., Ermine, is charged with possessing methamphetamine and a precursor to manufacturing methamphetamine on April 5.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Natasha May Genier — Public intoxication controlled substance, possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense), possession of meth precursor (first offense) and wanton endangerment (first degree).

Genier, 31, of 4206 Craft’s Colly Rd., Ermine, is charged with being found in Rite Aid on April 5 while under the influence of a controlled substance. She is also accused of possessing methamphetamine and a precursor to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Kevin Houston — Receiving stolen property under $10,000 and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says on April 14, Houston, 30, of 525 Adams Branch, Jeremiah, had a 50-foot air hose, Porter cable framer nail gun, Porter cable air compressor, Dewalt circle saw, Black and Decker sawzall, Bostitch hammer attacker and yellow tape measure that he knew had been recently stolen from Crystal Watson.

Crystal Watson testified in the case.

• Nadine Renee Sturgill — Receiving stolen property under $10,000.

The grand jury says Sturgill, 39, of 750 Bartesta Branch, Whitesburg, on April 6 had property belonging to Jenny Lea Academy, which had been stolen.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Charlie Monroe Sturgill — Receiving stolen property under $10,000.

The grand jury says Sturgill, 35, of 750 Bartesta Branch, Whitesburg, on April 6 had property belonging to Jenny Lea Academy, which had been stolen.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Megan A. Amburgey — Wanton endangerment (first degree) and possession of controlled substance (second degree).

Amburgey, 22, of 170 Bill Cornett Rd., Whitesburg, is accused of endangering another person on May 4 and with possession of needles with an unknown liquid inside.

Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens testified in the case.

• Bubby J. Lucas — Wanton endangerment (first degree) and possession of controlled substance (second degree).

Lucas, 26, of 124 Oak St., Apt. 136, Jenkins, is accused of endangering another person on May 4 and with possession of needles with an unknown liquid inside.

Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens testified in the case.

• Michael N. Spangler — Public intoxication (excludes alcohol), possession of controlled substance (first degree) and controlled substance not in original container (first degree).

The grand jury says Spangler, 28, of 1057 Limestone Dr., Whitesburg, was in a public place on May 11 while under the influence of a controlled substance and possessed Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department Officer Alisha Congleton testified in the case.

• Wendy Lee Branham— promoting contraband (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

Branham, 37, of 229 Cottage Row, Jenkins, is charged with possessing two Suboxone strips wrapped in a washcloth while confined in the Letcher County Jail on May 27.

Letcher County Jail Deputy Jailer Angela Fields testified in the case.

• Laken Bates — promoting contraband (first degree).

Bates, 23, of P.O. Box 492, Neon, is charged with possessing Adipex and Suboxone while confined in the Letcher County Jail on May 27.

Letcher County Jail Deputy Jailer Angela Fields testified in the case.

• Tabitha L. Logan — Operating ATV on roadway, operating ATV without headgear, no operator’s/ moped license, license not in possession, driving without license/negligence in accident, failure to produce insurance card, failure to maintain insurance (first degree), endangering welfare of minor, operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs with .08 aggravator (first offense), assault (second degree) and wanton endangerment (first degree).

The grand jury says Logan, 33, of 18 Oscars Lane, Mallie, drove an all-terrain vehicle on a public highway on May 9 with her four-yearson as a passenger without headgear. She is also charged with being under the influence of alcohol/ drugs and with seriously injuring another person.



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