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Grand jury names 9 in latest indictments



The Letcher Grand Jury has named nine people in 11 indictments including a Blackey woman charged with 19 counts of theft in three indictments.

Tatum Beth Bailey, 34, 10040 Hwy.7 S, is charged in one indictment with seven counts of possession of a forged instrument and seven counts of theft by deception. The grand jury says she cashed seven checks totaling $700 on the Whitaker Bank account of Vernon Slone at Whitaker Bank in September.

In another indictment, she is accused of 11 counts of possession of a forged instrument and 11 counts of theft by deception. She is charged with cashing checks drawn on Slone’s Whitaker Bank account funding to expand the Whitesburg City Water Plant to accommodate increased water withdrawals by the Letcher County Water and Sewer District. The city seeks to expand the water plant’s capacity to 1.7 million gallons per day.

The council also gave Mayor Craft permission to sign off on an amendment after it is approved by the Kentucky Division of Water to slightly raise a concrete access area near the city’s dam to meet safety regulations. Paul Nesbitt of Nesbitt Engineering, who is working with the city on enhancements to the city’s water intake, told the council his company had asked the state to allow them to do the work without amending the plan but said the request had been turned down. Nesbitt has filed an amendment to allow for a work access area for a control valve to be raised to ground level by installing a concrete pad for workers to stand on instead of standing on the dam. The amendment had to be filed because it creates a very slight increase in the height of the dam and falls under the Flood Plan Study. Nesbitt said it only raises the level by less than one foot but makes it much safer for city workers. The council also approved an extra $4,600 to pay for the changes to the dam.

The council voted unanimously to continue the practice of providing $20 gift cards for each city employee to allow them to purchase their choice for Thanksgiving dinner instead of providing a turkey or ham.

Mayor Craft told the council the city’s “Christmas in Downtown Whitesburg” parade and celebration will be held on December 9, with the parade beginning at 5 p.m. at Everidge Funeral Home and going to the Letcher County Health Department, where children can see and meet with Santa. totaling $1,000 at Whitaker Bank and $100 at Wayne Caudill’s Store at Blackey in October.

In a third indictment, Bailey is charged with one count of possession of a forged instrument and one count of theft by deception. She is accused of chasing a check for $75 drawn on Slone’s Whitaker Bank account at Whitaker Bank on August 21.

Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs testified in the cases.

Other indicted are:

• Roy Eugene Bentley II — 12 counts of sexual abuse of a victim less than 12 years of age.

The grand jury says Bentley, 49, 192 Lakeside Dr., Jenkins; P.O. Box 161, 191 Lakeside Dr., Jenkins; and 10437 Hwy. 805 Jenkins, subjected a child attending kindergarten and first grade to sexual abuse from 1990 through 1992.

Morgan Bentley testified in the case.

• Brian McGee Combs — two counts of assault third degree of a Kentucky State Police trooper, assault fourth degree domestic violence no visible injury, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, menacing, and being a persistent felony offender.

Combs, 35, 8678 Hwy. 160, Whitesburg, is charged with striking and kicking KSP Trooper Brandon Thomas in his legs and chest and striking and kicking Kentucky Motor Vehicle Enforcement Office Neil Johnson on Sept. 4. He is also accused of injuring McGee Combs.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Jeremy Q. Cornett — tampering with physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance in the second degree, trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree, trafficking in a controlled substance in the second degree, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in an improper container, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The grand jury says Cornett, 171 Powder Rd., Jeremiah, attempted to throw away a silver container holding a controlled substance on Sept. 13 as law enforcement officers attempted to execute a search warrant. He is also charged with possessing Hydrocodone and marijuana and trafficking in 10 or more dosage units of Oxycodone and 20 or more dosage units of Hydrocodone.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office Lt. Brian Damron testified in the case.

• Vickie Ann Cooper — complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance.

Cooper, 45, 1882 Adams Rd., Owingsville, is accused of acting with Kenny Wayne Noble in selling 10 or more dosage units of Oxycodone to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police on June 15.

Kentucky State Police Detective Ben Campbell testified in the case.

• Kenny Wayne Noble — complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance.

Noble, 49, 351 Gossett Rd., Sharpsburg, is accused of acting with Vickie Ann Cooper in selling 10 or more dosage units of Oxycodone to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police on June 15.

Kentucky State Police Detective Ben Campbell testified in the case.

• Michael Wayne Hayes — trafficking in a controlled substance.

The grand jury charges Hayes, 96 Number 3 Hill, Jenkins, with selling 10 or more dosage units of Oxycodone to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police on June 17.

Kentucky State Police Detective Ben Campbell testified in the case.

• Willard Marion Hall Jr. — flagrant non support and being a persistent felony offender.

Hall, 29, 184 Highland Branch, Cromona, and P. O. Box 215, Cromona, is charged with failing to provide child support for at least six consecutive months.

Shirley Combs Fields, Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement, testified in the case.

• Eric Duwayne Howard — flagrant non-support.

Howard, 29, 1119 Hwy. 2036, Letcher, and P.O. Box 5, Isom, is charged with failing to provide child support for at least six straightmonths.

Shirley Combs Fields, Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement, testified in the case.



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