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Grand jury says man was going to burn two women

Premium man among 22 charged in latest indictments


A 42-year-old Letcher County man has been indicted on two charges of attempted murder after he allegedly poured diesel fuel on two women and said he “would burn them alive.”

The indictment naming Thomas Wade Sizemore, of Premium, was returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury on Aug. 23, just four days after he allegedly made the threats.

The grand jury also indicted Sizemore on two counts of wanton endangerment for allegedly firing a gun at the two women and two counts of fourth-degree assault for hitting them with his fists.

Sizemore was arrested Aug. 20 by

Kentucky State Police Special Response Team after police obtained a warrant to search his home and property on Sizemore Drive.

In an affidavit requesting the search warrant, Trooper James R. Sandlin said the case began when he answered a 911 complaint that was received about 9 p.m. on Aug. 19. The affidavit says Sizemore fired several shots from a “long gun” at the two women, Elizabeth Branham and Lettie Boggs, then “began assaulting them by hitting them with his fists.”

“Sizemore then soaked both women with diesel fuel,” the affidavit continues, “and stated he was going to ‘burn the bitches alive.’ (The) two women managed to escape after Lettie Boggs knocked him down, threw the gun over the hill to a culvert, and fled” to the residence of Branham’s daughter.

Police say the daughter “hid he two women in her basement” and called 911.

Sizemore is one of 22 people charged in indictments by the grand jury last week, including two men charged with 17 counts each.

• Joe Delicka Holbrook, 41, of 789 Breedings Creek Rd., Redfox, four counts of possessing a controlled substance, one count of possessing marijuana, one count of possession or use of drug paraphernalia, three counts of criminal mischief, and one count of operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on a highway. He is also charged with one count of operating an ATV without headgear, one count of fleeing or evading police, one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, one count of refusing to submit to testing, one count of tampering with physical evidence, one count of failure to provide a registration receipt for the ATV, one count of operating an ATV on a highway without a registration plate, and one count of wanton endangerment.

The grand jury says Holbrook was operating an ATV on the highway while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and destroyed three mailboxes, thus ejecting Robert Sexton, a passenger on the ATV.

KSP Trooper Ben McCray testified in the case.

• David Dwight Taylor, Colson, is charged with 17 counts including one count of theft, four counts of criminal mischief, one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, one count of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, one count of no operator’s license, one count of driving while having his license revoked, one count driving a vehicle involved in an accident while having no license, one count of failing to register the transfer of a motor vehicle, and one count of operating a vehicle with no registration plate. Taylor is also charged with one count of failing to produce a registration receipt for the vehicle, one count of failing to maintain liability insurance, one count of failing to produce proof of liability insurance, one count of spilling diesel fuel being hauled in five 55-gallon drums in the back of his pickup truck, and two counts of wanton endangerment.

According to the indictment, on June 28, 2007 Taylor stole diesel fuel belonging to RAM Trucking Co. and spilled the fuel over several miles of state highway, causing a vehicle operated by Mike Taylor to wreck and KSP Trooper Ben McCray to lose control of his police cruiser.

KSP Trooper Ben McCray testified in the case.

• Tina Marie Sturgill, 30, of 1292 Hwy. 3405, Eolia, is charged in two different indictments. In one indictment, the grand jury charged her with one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument, one count of false statement to obtain a prescription, and nine counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in April through August, 2006. In another indictment, she is charged with four counts obtaining a prescription for a controlled substance by withholding or misrepresenting information during July 1 through December 31.

UNITE Detective Paul Miles testified before the grand jury.

• James William Ferrell Smith Jr., 34, of 7889 Hwy. 119 South, Eolia, has been indicted on one count of sexual abuse against a six-year-old child on July 5, 2007.

Kentucky State Police Detective Vicki Eversole testified in the case.

• Joseph Oliver, 36, of Topmost, is charged with one count of burglary and one count of complicity to theft by unlawful taking on July 13, 2007.

The grand jury charges Oliver, acting alone or in complicity with Randy Short, with entering the storage shed of Yonts Coal Company for the purpose of committing theft. He is also charged with taking three mining lights owned by Yonts Coal Company.

KSP Trooper Ben McCray appeared in the case.

• Randy Short, 29, of Arnold’s Fork, is charged with one count of burglary and one count of complicity to theft by unlawful taking on July 13, 2007.

The grand jury charges Short acting alone or in complicity with Joseph Oliver, with entering the storage shed of Yonts Coal Company for the purpose of committing theft. He is also charged with taking three mining lights owned by Yonts Coal Company.

KSP Trooper Ben McCray appeared in the case.

• Betty Laverne Bentley is charged by the grand jury with one count of assault.

Bentley, 30, 70 Timber Loop (Kona), Whitesburg, is charged with striking Rhonda Lucas in the head with a tire iron on July 12, 2007.

KSP Trooper Ben McCray testified in the case.

• Randy G. Amburgey III, 1393 Bill Moore Branch (Kona), Whitesburg, is charged with one count of assault.

The grand jury charges that on July 12, Amburgey, 20, injured Craig Bentley by striking him in the head with a police-like collapsible baton.

KSP Trooper Ben McCray testified in the case.

• Jimmy Cornett, 57, 413 Hwy. 7, Apt. 2, Isom, is charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, one count of driving with a suspended license, one count of refusing to submit to breath analysis, one count of having no operator’s license, one count of failing to maintain liability insurance, and one count of failing to provide proof of liability insurance on April 26, 2007.

KSP Trooper Derek Hall testified in the case.

• Kevin Lee Stamper, 34, 62 Bill Lewis Hollow (Kona), Whitesburg, is charged with one count of flagrant non support for failing to provide support for his minor child from August 15, 1993 through August 2, 2007. The grand jury says Stamper owes $7,795.89 in child support.

Barbara Belcher of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.

• Rodney Dwayne Williams, 30, Bill Moore Branch, Whitesburg, is charged with one count of burglary, one count of assault, and one count of public intoxication.

Williams is charged with entering or remaining in the dwelling of Judy Sturgill and causing physical injury to Devin Bentley on July 5, 2007. He is also charged with being under the influence of drugs.

KSP Trooper David Combs testified in the case.

• Stephen Lee Fox, 2027 Hwy. 317, Jackhorn, is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of tampering with evidence, and one count of public intoxication.

The grand jury says Fox was in possession of medication containing OxyContin, hydrocodone, and Alpraziam and Klonipine on June 2, 2007, and when being arrested threw a handful of the drugs under a City of Jenkins police cruiser in an attempt to avoid their detection on his person.

The jury heard testimony in the case from Jenkins Police Officer Brian Damron.

• Ricky Earl Anderson, 51, 90 State Dr., Cromona, is charged with one count of trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of tampering with evidence. The grand jury says Anderson possessed a quantity of OxyContin with the intent to sell it while possessing a firearm on June 28, 2007. He is also charged with flushing the OxyContin down the toilet as the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at his residence.

Letcher County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Marcus K. Terry testified in the case.

• Jason Allen Riley, 21, 34 White Oak Square Trailer #9, Mayking, is charged with one count of burglary and one count of unlawful taking. The grand jury says Riley entered a building belonging to James McDannel to commit theft on December 3, 2006, and took property valued at $300 or more.

Officer Kenny Raleigh testified in the case.

• Kenneth Wayne Meade, 44, Mountain Pride Apartments, Apt. 301, Neon (Goosecreek), is charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of possessing a controlled substance, one count of possessing marijuana, and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.

The grand jury says Meade shot Ernie Yonts with the intent to kill him on July 6, 2007.

KSP Trooper Ben McCray testified in the case.

• Christopher Kyle Sexton, 25, 163 Earl C. Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with one count of assault. The grand jury says he caused physical injury to Jason Griffie by striking him in the head with a fiberglass handle on May 12, 2007.

Jason Griffie and Shelia Griffie testified in the case.

• Danny Robert Collins, 52, 1034 KY 3406, Mayking, is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance on June 27, 2007. The grand jury says he possessed cocaine and methamphetamine with the intent of trafficking it.

Letcher County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Marcus K. Terry testified in the case.

• Kyle Eugene Baker, 24, P.O. Box 803, Jenkins, is charged with one count of cultivation of eight marijuana plants with the intent to sell it, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia on June 26, 2007.

Jenkins Police Officer Brian Damron testified in the case.

• Paul J. Hall, 22, of P.O. Box 52, Ermine, and 1056 Hwy. 805, Jenkins, is charged with one count of being a persistent felony offender.


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