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Grand jury names five in indictments; man faces 19 counts



The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned indictments charging five men with felony crimes, including a Pikeville man who faces 19 counts.

The grand jury says Christopher Leslie Cunningham, 29, 205 Chloe Road, Pikeville, shoplifted property valued at more than $500 from the Whitesburg Walmart on July 2. He is charged with giving an officer a false name or address and theft of the identify of Arnold J. Howell, operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, driving with a revoked or suspended license, forgery, no/expired registration plate, no/expired registration receipt, no driver’s license, and no driver’s license in possession.

Cunningham is also accused of no automobile insurance, failure to maintain automobile insurance, speeding, failure to transfer automobile registration, no seat belt, disregarding stop sign, disregarding a red light, reckless driving, and being a persistent felony offender.

Whitesburg Police Captain Chuck Bledsoe and Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

Four others are named in six indictments:

• Tyler B. Collins — receiving stolen property.

Collins, 21, 70 Copper Creek Road, Whitesburg, is charged with having 269 pounds of No. 2 copper wire on June 12, which had been recently stolen from Sapphire Mining Co.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Derrick Kuracka — cultivation of marijuana.

The grand jury says Kuracka, 48, 80 Kuracka Lane, Isom, cultivated five marijuana plants while in possession of a handgun on or about May 21.

In a second indictment, Kuracka is charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon on May 21.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Patrick Eugene Childers — possession of a controlled substance, first degree; possession of a controlled substance, third degree; possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a persistent felony offender.

Childers, 38, 38 Smokey Row, Jenkins, is accused of possessing the narcotic painkiller oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and the anti-anxiety drug Alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance, on July 15.

Jenkins Police Officer James Stephens testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Childers is charged with tampering with evidence, promoting contraband, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Childers tampered with oxycodone which he believed was to be used in evidence against him on July 15, and introduced dangerous contraband into the Letcher County Jail. He is also charged with having a rolledup citation, similar to a straw, in an attempt to snort a crushed pill up his nostrils.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Matt Gayheart testified in the case.

• Dusty Allen Shell — bail jumping and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Shell, 22, 759 Buckwheat Road, Hwy. 931 N, Whitesburg, failed to appear at a hearing in Letcher Circuit Court on July 10 in connection with a felony charge.

Letcher County Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Sandra Wright testifi ed in the case.



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