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Grand jury says couple caused fight on school bus

Hallie couple among nine indicted


The Letcher County Grand Jury has named nine people in 11 indictments, including a Hallie couple charged with inciting their child and another child to attack the children of potential witnesses against the husband in a court case.

The grand jury says in separate indictments that Robert Dean Smith, 42, and Bessie Smith, 37, of 676 Bates Fork, Hallie, tried to prevent Farron and Rebecca Sidebottom from testifying against Robert Smith in a criminal case in Letcher District Court by having their child and another child attack the Sidebottoms’ children on a school bus on August 28. Robert Smith was cited to appear in district court by Fish and Wildlife Officers Slone, Pigman and Combs. He is also charged with being a persistent felony offender.

Bessie Smith is charged with tampering with evidence by removing several shotguns and a .22 rifle from the home she shares with her husband.

In a third indictment, Robert Smith is accused of two counts of possession of a firearm by a con victed felon on August 27, 2009, and being a persistent felony offender.

Letcher County Deputy Bert Slone testified in all three cases.

Also indicted by the grand jury are:

• Brandon Jay Adams — terroristic threatening, assault, and criminal mischief.

Adams, 27, of 218 Square Dance Road, Blackey, is charged with threatening Shanna C. Adams and causing injury to Deborah Yvette Fugate on Sept. 5, 2009. The grand jury says he also struck a Jeep Cherokee belonging to Deborah Yvette Fugate with a wooden club, cracking the windshield and causing other damage to the vehicle.

Kentucky State Trooper Randy Surber testified in the case.

• Christine K. Moore — burglary and theft.

The indictment charges Moore, 24, also known as Christina Nicole Moore (no address given), with burglarizing the home of Richard Watts on August 1, 2009, and taking coins, videos and DVD’s belonging to Watts.

Richard Watts testified in the case.

• Nora Pearl Hall — trafficking in a controlled substance.

The grand jury says Hall, 26, of 35 Pheasant Drive, Neon, sold a quantity of prescription pain pills containing hydrocodone to a cooperating witness of Operate UNITE on July 12, 2009.

Operation UNITE Detective Keith Napier testified in the case.

• Byron Cullen Sexton — cultivation of marijuana (five or more plants).

Sexton, 43, of 90 Harlan Road, Isom, is charged with planting, cultivating or harvesting marijuana on August 13, 2009, with the intent to sell it.

Kentucky State Trooper Brad Stotts testified in the case.

• Matthew James Thomas — bail jumping.

Thomas, 27, of 10498 U.S. Hwy. 23, Pikeville, is accused of failing to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in connection with a felony charge on April 16, 2009

In a separate indictment, he is charged with failing to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in connection with a felony charge, also on April 16, 2009.

Letcher Deputy Clerk Sandra Wright testified in both cases.

• Earl Craft — flagrant non-support.

Craft, 40, 491 Gap Branch, P.O. Box 2213, Millstone, is charged with owing $1,757.37 in child support for the period ending October 1, 2009.

Amy Gosnell of the Letcher County Division of Child Support testified in the case

• Terry G. Back Jr., 27, of 3095 Hwy. 343, Band Mill Bottom, McRoberts, is charged with being a persistent felony offender.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks II testified in the case.


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