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Grand jury says couple used stolen debit card to buy pop



Three people have been indicted by the Letcher Grand Jury in a case in which two are accused of using a stolen debit card to buy cartons of soft drinks which the grand jury says they then sold at a pawn shop.

Amy Rena Bowling, 36, also known as Amy Rena Thomas, of 2670 Ky. Hwy. 317 North, Jackhorn, is charged with theft of a debit card, three counts of criminal complicity to fraudulent use of debit card (under $500), three counts of criminal complicity to unauthorized signature of debit card receipt, three counts of criminal complicity theft by deception (under $500), and three counts criminal complicity to forgery (second degree).

Ricky Allen Gibson, 42, of 30 Pheasant Drive, Jackhorn, is charged with three counts of criminal complicity to fraudulent use of debit card (under $500), three counts of criminal complicity to unauthorized signature of debit card receipt, three counts of criminal complicity theft by deception (under $500), and three counts criminal complicity to forgery (second degree).

The grand jury says Bowling stole a debit card assigned to Amanda Thomas on Dec. 15 and Bowling and Gibson used the stolen debit card to purchase cases of soft drinks valued at $144.98, $6.69 and $38.12 from the Neon IGA Grocery Store.

Also charged in the case is Cynthia Slone, 61, of Neon Pawn Shop, 3113 Ky. Hwy. 805, Neon. The grand jury charges Slone with receiving goods obtain by fraudulent use of debt card (under $500) and criminal complicity to theft by deception (under $500). Slone is accused of purchasing 25 cases of soft drinks from Bowling and Gibson knowing that the soft drinks were obtained by fraudulent means.

As Slone’s charges are misdemeanors, her case has been remanded to District Court.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Eugene Slone testified in the cases.

Also indicted by the grand jury are:

• Eulis Alfred Adams II — failure to comply with sex offender registration (second offense) and being a persistent felony offender (first degree).

Adams, 44, also known as Eulis Adams, Alfred Adams and Eulis A. Adams, who is required to register as a sex offender, is charged with changing the address of his residence in Letcher County on July 29 and failing to register the change of address with the local office of probation and parole.

Kentucky State Police Det. Randy Combs testified in the case.

• Thomas Ray Absher Jr. — Assault (fourth degree, domestic violence, minor injury), theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more, vehicle), fleeing/evading police (first degree), speeding (26 miles per hour or greater above speed limit), wanton endangerment (first degree, police officer), three counts of assault (second degree), wanton endangerment (first degree), operating motor vehicle under influence of drugs (with aggravating circumstance), operating motor vehicle on suspended or revoked operator’s license, criminal possession of controlled substance, cruelty to animals (second degree), criminal mischief (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

Absher, 29, also known as Thomas Ray Abshire, of 8050 Hwy. 931 North, Whitesburg, is charged with injuring Tracie McFall on March 21 and taking a 2005 Dodge Neon owned by Ollie Wells. The grand jury says Absher disobeyed a direction to stop given by Letcher County Constable John Amburgey, who was in a marked police cruiser with emergency lights and siren turned on. Absher is accused of injuring Alice Caudill, Jasmine Combs and Casey Caudill when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and crossed over the center line and hit the 2005 Lincoln in which they were passengers, as well as killing a dog which was in the car. He is also charged with endangering Amburgey and Robert Caudill, the driver of the car with which Absher collided. The grand jury says Absher was in possession of Neurontin or its generic equivalent, a controlled substance.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Donnie White testified in the case.

• Robert D. Fleming — Assault (second degree, domestic violence), operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license, failure of owner to maintain insurance and leaving scene of an accident.

Robert Fleming, 28, of 346 Henry Hutton Road, Neon, is charged with injuring Patrick Fleming August 6 by hitting him with a GMS pickup truck as Patrick Fleming walked down a public road. Robert Fleming is also accused of having a suspended or revoked driver’s license, not having liability insurance on his truck, and leaving the scene of the accident without giving or offering to give assistance.

Fleming-Neon Police Officer Adam Swindall testified in the case.

• David Hendrix — operating a motor vehicle without liability insurance, assault (first degree), criminal mischief (first degree), wanton endangerment (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Hendrix, 55, of 127 Red Bud Lane, Isom, failed to yield the right of way to a vehicle driven by Richard Hampton on July 16. Hendrix is accused of pulling directly into the path of Hampton’s 1993 pickup truck and stopping, causing Hampton to hit Hendrix’s vehicle, which result in serious injuries to Hampton. Hendrix is also charged with wanton endangerment to Natasha

Cribb, a passenger in Hampton’s truck.

Kentucky State Trooper Bruce Kelly testified in the case.

• Davey Ray Woods — promoting contraband (first degree) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Woods, 30, of P.O. Box 416, #4 Hill, Jenkins, is charged with introducing dangerous contraband, including but not limited to cigarettes and marijuana, to the Letcher County Jail on August 7.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Brian Perry testified in the case.

• Deborah Lynn Bryant — promoting contraband (first degree).

Bryant, 51, of 19 North Abdoo St., Neon, is charged with introducing marijuana to the Letcher County Detention Center on August 2.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Elene Johnson testified in the case.

• Dustin K. Caudill — cultivation of marijuana (more than five plants) and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury accuses Caudill, 31, of 673 Carbon Glow Road, Blackey, of planting, cultivating or harvesting more than five marijuana plants.

Kentucky State Police Det. Randy Combs testified in the case.

• Casey R. Stewart — cultivation of marijuana (more than five plants).

Stewart, 31, of 84 Harris Drive, Burdine, is charged with planting, cultivating or harvesting more than five marijuana plants.

Kentucky State Police Det. Randy Combs testified in the case.

• Tommy Lee Wright — cultivation of marijuana (more than five plants, second offense).

Wright, 66, of 1637 Hwy. 317, Neon, is charged with planting, cultivating or harvesting more than five marijuana plants.

Fleming-Neon Police Officer Adam Swindall testified in the case.

• Gregory Allen Baker — flagrant non support and being a persistent felony offender.

Baker, 31, of 8405 Hwy. 7 North, Whitesburg, is charged with failing to provide support for his minor child(ren).

• Pamela J. Maggard — flagrant non support.

Maggard, 31, of 80 Rogers St., Blackey, is charged with failing to provide support for her minor child(ren).



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