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Grand jury names 19 in 21 indictments here



The Letcher County Grand Jury has charged 19 people in 21 indictments, including a Jenkins man charged in two indictments.

The grand jury says on December 15, Douglas Matthew Hayes, 40, of Rt. Box 145, Jenkins, resisted arrest by Jenkins Patrolman Thomas A. Bormes, unlawfully restrained Elizabeth Ross, burglarized Apt. 376, Mountain Breeze Apartment Complex, Burdine, and is a persistent felony offender.

Jenkins Patrolman Thomas A. Bormes testified in the case.

In a separate indictment, Hayes is charged with public intoxication excluding alcohol on January 30. He is also accused of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and with being a persistent felony offender.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

Others indicted are:

• Joseph Scott Ingram — criminal complicity to receiving stolen prop- erty (under $10,000), two counts of criminal complicity to receiving stolen property (under $500), three counts of criminal complicity to theft by deception (under $500), and criminal complicity to criminal mischief.

Ingram, 25, of 744 Apple Tree Branch, Deane, is charged with acting with Clinton Fleming and Bradley Johnson on December 27-30 in possessing 82 rechargeable batteries stolen from EQT Corporation natural gas well sites. He is charged with acting with Fleming and Johnson in selling the batteries to Mitchell Wright Recycling for $100.20; Southern Steel, Iron and Metal Recycling for $35.20; and Neal Yonts, doing business as ¼ Mile Recycling for $18. He is also accused of acting with Fleming and Johnson in damaging approximately 85 natural gas well sites owned by EQT Corporation in the course of stealing the rechargeable batteries.

Sgt. Raymond Barry Engle of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office testified in the case.

• Clinton Dale Fleming — criminal complicity to receiving stolen property (under $10,000), two counts of criminal complicity to receiving stolen property (under $500), three counts of criminal complicity to theft by deception (under $500), and criminal complicity to criminal mischief.

Fleming, 34, of 648 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, is charged with acting with Joseph Ingram and Bradley Johnson on December 27-30 in possessing 82 rechargeable batteries stolen from EQT Corporation natural gas well sites. He is charged with acting with Ingram and Johnson in selling the batteries to Mitchell Wright Recycling for $100.20; Southern Steel, Iron and Metal Recycling for $35.20; and Neal Yonts, doing business as ¼ Mile Recycling for $18. He is also accused of acting with Ingram and Johnson in damaging approximately 85 natural gas well sites owned by EQT Corporation in the course of stealing the rechargeable batteries.

Sgt. Raymond Barry Engle of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office testified in the case.

• Clinton Dale Fleming — criminal complicity to receiving stolen property (under $10,000), two counts of criminal complicity to receiving stolen property (under $500), three counts of criminal complicity to theft by deception (under $500), and criminal complicity to criminal mischief.

Fleming, 34, of 648 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, is charged with acting with Joseph Ingram and Bradley Johnson on December 27-30 in possessing 82 rechargeable batteries, seven rechargeable batteries and two rechargeable batteries stolen from EQT Corporation natural gas well sites. He is charged with acting with Ingram and Johnson in selling the batteries to Mitchell Wright Recycling for $100.20; Southern Steel, Iron and Metal Recycling for $35.20; and Neal Yonts, doing business as ¼ Mile Recycling for $18. He is also accused of acting with Ingram and Johnson in damaging 85 natural gas well sites owned by EQT Corporation in the course of stealing the rechargeable batteries.

Sgt. Raymond Barry Engle of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office testified in the case.

• Bradley Keith Johnson — criminal complicity to receiving stolen property (under $10,000), two counts of criminal complicity to receiving stolen property (under $500), three counts of criminal complicity to theft by deception (under $500), and criminal complicity to criminal mischief.

Johnson, 29, of 548 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, is charged with acting with Joseph Ingram and Clinton Fleming on December 27-30 in possessing 73 rechargeable batteries stolen from EQT Corporation natural gas well sites. He is charged with acting with Ingram and Fleming in selling the batteries to Mitchell Wright Recycling for $100.20; Southern Steel, Iron and Metal Recycling for $35.20; and Neal Yonts, doing business as ¼ Mile Recycling for $18. He is also accused of acting with Ingram and Fleming in damaging approximately 85 natural gas well sites owned by EQT Corporation in the course of stealing the rechargeable batteries.

Sgt. Raymond Barry Engle of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office testified in the case.

• Christopher Ivan Whitaker — arson, criminal mischief and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Whitaker, 36, of 119 Caudill Town Road, Whitesburg, started a fire in the Letcher County Jail on February 18 and then set items of clothing and inmate uniforms afire while the jail was occupied by not less than 50 inmates and staff members. He is charged with damaging the jail’s electrical system, clothing and other property owned by the jail, causing a loss of $500 or more.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Ben Fields testified in the case.

• Courtney Renee Case — criminal possession of a forged instrument (second degree), fraudulent use of debit card and theft by deception (under $500).

Case, 32, also known as Courtney Renee Smallwood, of 401 Right Fork 3 Mile Road, Jenkins, is accused of using a forged check to obtain $300 from the account of Jimmy R. Hogg at Community Trust Bank on December 16. She also is charged with using a debit card issued to Jimmy R. Hogg to pay her electric bill for $300 to American Electric Power.

Sgt. Raymond Barry Engle of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office testified in the case.

• Jeffrey Alan Ison — criminal complicity to theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more but under $10,000), criminal complicity to criminal mischief and being a persistent felony offender.

Ison, 38, of 1265 Little Dry Fork Road, Whitesburg, is charged with acting with Charles M. Osborne in taking several items of jewelry belonging to Walmart of Whitesburg on December 30. He and Osborne are also charged with damaging the display case containing the jewelry.

Janet Hacker testified in the case.

• Charles M. Osborne — criminal complicity to theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more but under $10,000) and criminal complicity to criminal mischief.

Osborne, 20, of 7924 Ky. Hwy. 1195, Eolia, is charged with acting with Jeffrey Ison in taking several items of jewelry belonging to Walmart of Whitesburg on December 30. He and Ison are also charged with damaging the display case containing the jewelry.

Janet Hacker testified in the case.

• Dennis Ray Hatton — trafficking in a controlled substance.

The grand jury says Hatton, 59, also known as Denny Hatton, of 82 Whitco Loop, Whitesburg, trafficked in less than 20 dosage units of Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance used to treat drug addiction, on April 10, 2014 by selling the units to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police, DESI East.

Detective Marcus K. Terry of Kentucky State Police DESI East testified in the case.

• Samantha Brooke Hatton — trafficking in a controlled substance.

The grand jury says Hatton, 20, of 83 Whitco Loop, Whitesburg, trafficked in less than 20 dosage units of Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance, on June 26, 2014 by selling the units to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police, DESI East.

Detective Marcus K. Terry of Kentucky State Police DESI East testified in the case.

• Margie A. Ison — trafficking in a controlled substance.

Ison, 58, also known as Margie A. Orcutt, of 84 Bach Court, Apt. 124, Whitesburg, is charged with selling less than 20 dosage units of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, on March 19, 2014 to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police, DESI East.

Detective Marcus K. Terry of Kentucky State Police DESI East testified in the case.

• Joseph L. Sturgill — trafficking in a controlled substance.

Sturgill, 61, of 868 Pert Creek Road, Whitesburg, is charged with selling less than 20 dosage units of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, on June 10, 2014 to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police, DESI East.

Detective Marcus K. Terry of Kentucky State Police DESI East testified in the case.

• Donna Fay Hampton — trafficking in a controlled substance.

Hampton, 51, of 50 Riverside Trailer Court, Whitesburg, is charged with selling 20 or more dosage units of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, on March 27, 2014 to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police, DESI East.

Detective Marcus K. Terry of Kentucky State Police DESI East testified in the case.

• Danielle Lee Sturgill — trafficking in a controlled substance.

Sturgill, 33, also known as Danielle Lee Coate, of 26 Skipper Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with selling less than 20 dosage units of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, on March 19, 2014 to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police, DESI East.

Detective Marcus K. Terry of Kentucky State Police DESI East testified in the case.

• Belinda Hammonds Hall — trafficking in a controlled substance.

Hall, 51, also known as Belinda Hammonds Cook and Belinda Hammonds, of 42 CSX Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with selling less than 20 dosage units of Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance, on May 23, 2014 to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police, DESI East.

Detective Marcus K. Terry of Kentucky State Police DESI East testified in the case.

• Agon Aldo Short — flagrant non support.

Short, 46, of 1418 Elgin Ave., High Point, N.C., and 10340 Hwy. 550 E, Mousie, is charged with failing to provide support for his minor children.

Regina Hurst of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.

• Amanda Cherie Yonts — bail jumping (first degree).

The grand jury says Yonts, 26, also known as Amanda Cherie Younce, of 16531 Elkhorn Creek, Shelby Gap, failed to appear for a scheduled assessment for acceptance into the Letcher Circuit Drug Court Treatment Program on April 15, 2014 in a pending felony in Letcher Circuit Court.

Deputy Letcher Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.

• Joshua D. Revels — bail jumping (first degree).

The grand jury says Revels, 30, of 36 Caramel Drive, Whitesburg, failed to appear on February 4 for a scheduled motion hour hearing in a pending felony in Letcher Circuit Court.

Deputy Letcher Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.

• Jake Tyler Smith — bail jumping (first degree).

The grand jury says Smith, 18, of 52 #6 Hollow, Jenkins, failed to appear on February 11 for a scheduled pre trial conference in a pending felony in Letcher Circuit Court.

In a separate indictment, Smith is charged with failing to appear on February 11 for a scheduled pre trial conference in a pending felony in Letcher Circuit Court.

Deputy Letcher Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the cases.



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