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Grand jury returns 17 indictments



An Isom man arrested in February on charges of kidnapping and beating a neighbor has been indicted.

Joshua Reynolds, 29, of 16 Ministry Lane, Whitesburg, is charged with kidnapping an adult and second degree assault.

Police arrested Reynolds for allegedly holding a neighbor prisoner for more than five hours and beating him, while accusing the neighbor of spying on him.

A large contingent of state troopers and sheriff ’s deputies arrested Reynolds during a traffic stop near his home on February 26 on a warrant obtained by Gregory Gibson. Gibson told the county attorney that Reynolds held a gun to his head and beat him repeatedly with his fists and pieces of furniture. Gibson swore in the warrant that Reynolds threatened to kill him and everyone in his family. The attack and imprisonment allegedly occurred from 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 until 2 a.m. Feb. 23. It was not clear why Gibson was let go, or whether he escaped.

Gibson told authorities that Reynolds accused him of electronically spying on him “and other paranoid behavior,” and at one point hit him on the head with an oak end table.

In addition to the arrest warrant, police had obtained a warrant to search Reynolds’s home in case he was hiding inside, after an unidentified member of his family told police they were afraid he would hurt them.

Gregory Gibson testified to the grand jury in the case.

The Letcher Grand Jury also indicted:

• Clark V. Brock, 33, 117 Gap Br., Lynch, is charged with second-degree assault. He is accused of striking Megan Brock in the face and head and breaking her nose and orbital socket. He is also charged with being a persistent felony offender. The alleged incident occurred at Craft’s Colly.

• The grand jury charges Timothy Ison, 56, also known as Tim Ison, of 2946 Hwy. 588, Whitesburg, with criminal complicity to theft. Ison is accused of taking lumber belonging to Kentucky River Properties LLC with a value of $500 or more. He is also charged with damaging the surface of real estate along with standing timber and gas lines belonging to Kentucky River Properties LLC.

• Ethan Daniel Lewis, 18, of 54 Frazier Ave., Whitesburg, is accused theft by unlawful taking of a 2003 gold Toyota pickup truck belonging to Marley Miles Green valued at $500 or more but under $10,000. Lewis is also charged with having no operator’s license.

Jenkins City Police Officer Jim Stephens testified in the case.

• Caleb Martin, 18, of 256 Hogg Hollow, Neon, is charged by the grand jury with second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking of a small safe containing a .22 caliber Jennings stainless steel handgun and ammunition, personal documents, a five-gallon water container half full of change equaling $500 to $600, a hawk bill knife with Jacob engraved on the handle, and 90 10-milligram Ritalin pills from Heidi Martin. He is also accused of third degree criminal mischief for damaging the rear door of Martin’s home.

Heidi Martin obtained a warrant accusing Caleb Martin of breaking in the back door of her house, committing the thefts, and tearing the rear bumper cover off her car and tampering with the gas tank.

Heidi Martin and Kentucky State Trooper Jason Bates testified in the case.

• Dakota Miller, 28, of 18 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, is charged with second-degree complicity with Charissa Fleming in a burglary at the residence of Ronald C. Brock.

Kentucky State Trooper Adam Baker testified in the case.

• Stephen W. Shepherd, 49, of 11 Warm Springs, Neon, is charged with firstdegree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), first-degree possession of controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), first-degree possession of controlled substance (first offense, opiates), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, and open alcohol beverage container in motor vehicle.

Jenkins City Police Offi- cer Michael Garner testified in the case.

• The grand jury charges Chelsea Renee Orr, 26, of 2581 Jenkins Highway, Jenkins, with first-degree possession of controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), buy/ possess drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance (Neurontin).

Orr was arrested at a Jenkins gas station after Jenkins Police Officer Michael Garner recognized her as having active warrants. Garner said in his citation that during a search, he found 30 Horizant (Neurontin) pills not prescribed for Orr, a pipe in the car ash tray believed to contain marijuana, and a small black case containing three pipes with a residue believed to be methamphetamine, 30 small plastic baggies, and five needles loaded with a substance believed to be meth.

Garner testified in the case.

• Charity Dawn Sparks, 41, of 19 Quillen Fork, Jackhorn, is charged with firstdegree promoting contraband. She is accused of introducing 15 and one-half and one-quarter Serquel 200 mg, 37 and two halves Gabapentin 800 mg, four and two halves and onequarter Buprenorphine and Naloxone 8 mg/2 mg, two white pills identified as Ketoralac 10 mg, 3 pills identified as tramadol 50 mg, and a small baggy with a clear crystal like substance into the Letcher County Jail.

Deputy Jailer Ben Fields testified in the case.

• Michael Anderson, 60, also known as Mike Anderson, of 512 Ky. Hwy. 3410, Mayking, is charged with speeding (73 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone), first-degree fleeing/ evading police, operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants (first offense), failure to wear a seat belt, no insurance, failure to produce insurance card, first-degree wanton endangerment, no/expired registration plates, operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license, resisting arrest, and being a persistent felony offender.

Kentucky State Trooper Jason Bates arrested Anderson after attempting a traffic stop on KY 1862 at Mayking on March 27. Bates wrote in a citation that Anderson’s car had an expired license plate and no insurance, and when he attempted to stop the car, Anderson drove away and turned on HWY 3410, reaching speeds of 73 miles per hour. Bates said Anderson finally stopped in a driveway, but refused to get out of the car. Bates removed him from the vehicle and handcuffed him.

Bates wrote in the citation that Anderson had slurred speech and could not pass the portion of the sobriety test he gave him. Bates said he did not give the complete test because Anderson was uncooperative.

Trooper Bates testified before the grand jury in the case.

• Amanda Rashell Duty, 35, also known as Amanda Rashell Sandlin, 230 Buster Road, Millstone, is accused of public intoxication (excludes alcohol), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, and criminal possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine/first offense).

Kentucky State Trooper Jason Bates testified in the case.

• The grand jury charges Billy Ray Brown, Jr., 40, 68 Henry Hutton Road, Neon, with failure to comply with sex offender registration (first offense) and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

In a separate indictment, Brown is accused of public intoxication (excludes alcohol), giving officer false identifying information, second- degree escape, resisting arrest, and firstdegree being a persistent felony offender.

Kentucky State Trooper Jason Bates testified in the cases.

Five people are charged with flagrant nonsupport of their children. They are:

• Nancy Castle, 30, of 846 St. Rt. 54 E., Fordsville, Ky. Castle is also charge with being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Sharla Quillen, 41, of 51 Hatfield Drive, Whitesburg.

• Bryan Wayne Branham, 40, of 165 Mosquito Dr., McRoberts.

• Michael Shane Belcher, 38, of 29 Dream Road, Mayking.

• Jake Lucas, 31, of 170 Bill Cornett Rd., Whitesburg.

Monica Adams of the Division of Child Support testified in the cases.



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