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Grand jury: Two stole road beams



A Letcher County Grand Jury has accused two men of taking steel retaining beams from a road near Elk Creek.

Joshua Wayne Maggard, 28, of 263 Deep Hollow Road, Blackey, and Joshua Mullins, 19, of 1989 Highway 7 South, Jeremiah, are both charged with complicity to theft by unlawful taking and complicity to first-degree criminal mischief.

The grand jury says the men took steel retaining beams used to support a county road and prevent the road from eroding or slipping into the adjoining stream.

Letcher County Ranger Phillip Slone said the two steel beams were located about two miles from the intersection of KY 7 South and 3408 near Elk Creek Mountain.

Slone said a section of the beams was exposed near the embankment and the men used a torch to cut the steel on Sept. 23.

“In the wintertime the road freezes and thaws out and without some type of support the road will sink in,” said Slone. “It’s possible it could have caused a wreck if it wasn’t caught and corrected in time.”

Full-size school buses travel the road. Slone said the steel beams were taken to Southern Steel at Isom in exchange for $126. It will cost the county $1,700 to replace the two beams.

Slone testified in the case.

The grand jury also indicted two men on drugtraffi cking charges.

Burt D. Holbrook, 58, of 61 Cornfield Drive Neon, is charged with seconddegree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree being a persistent felony offender.

Holbrook is accused of selling approximately 100 pink 10-milligram hydrocodone tablets marked “UCB-910” for $1,000 to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police on Sept. 7.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Scott Taylor testified in the case.

Rodney Lee Webb, 43, of 76 Body Shop Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.

Webb is accused of unlawfully possessing approximately 93 15- milligram oxycodone tablets labeled “A- 214” and four green 10-milligram hydrocodone tablets labeled “ Watson 503.” Both are Schedule II controlled substances.

Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testified in the case.



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