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Indictments charge man with selling fake drugs; women accused of cruelty

Ten persons are named in criminal indictments returned recently by the Letcher County grand jury, including a Mayking man charged with selling fake drugs and two Colson-area women accused of allowing their malnourished horse to wander freely along Kentucky Highway 7.

Scottie Joe Short, 35, of 1631 Pine Creek Road, Mayking, is named in two indictments charging him with “illegal trafficking in a simulated controlled substance.”

Short is accused of selling what a “cooperating witness” working with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office believed to be the stimulant methamphetamine and the painkiller Percocet. Selling the fake drugs is a Class D felony. Short, who has been convicted of another felony drug charge within the last five years, is also charged by the grand jury with being a persistent felony off ender, which would enhance the prison sentence he would be given if convicted.

Testifying against Short in the case involving the fake methamphetamine was Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lieutenant Brian Damron. Operation UNITE Detective Keith Napier testified in the case involving the fake Percocet.

The grand jury also charged Angel L. Coomer and Mary E. Coomer with first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree cruelty to animals and obstructing a highway after a sheriff ’s deputy testified the two women own a poorlyfed horse which they have “repeatedly allowed” to wander onto KY 7.

Indictments charging Angel Coomer, 48, of Harrison Branch, and Mary Coomer, 25, of Buck Creek, say the women of “causing oncoming operators of motor vehicles to be in great danger of colliding with the horse and causing serious physical injury and death to said operators of these motor vehicles and their passengers.”

Others charged in indictments handed up to Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright include:

• Sheena Gail Adams, 23, of Letcher — theft by unlawfully taking $800 from Robert Myers.

• Michael Lee Amburgey, 28, of Pert Creek, Whitesburg — theft by deception of more than $500 and second degree possession of a forged instrument. Amburgey is accused of forging a $1,988 check drawn on the North Fork Bank account of Deluxe Workforce Management and cashing it at Food World of Whitesburg.

A second indictment charges Amburgey with committing the same crimes when he cashed a $3,250 forged check at HLT Check Exchange at Ermine drawn on the Citizens Bank account of Safeway Group Inc.

• Monroe Brock, 44, of Pert Creek, Whitesburg — second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, thirddegree terroristic threatening, and second-degree trespassing. According to two indictments against Brock, the charges stem from a July 2 incident during which he allegedly caused serious injury to Kermit Brock Jr. by hitting him in the head with “a baseball bat, rocks, and his fists.”

Monroe Brock is also accused of threatening to kill Kermit Brock and burning his house down. He is also accused of threatening to kill a woman and a child, and to burn their house down as well.

• Thomas James Compton Jr., 27, of 205 River Road, Cumberland — receiving stolen property being a persistent felony off ender. Compton is charged by the grand jury with possessing a 2007 Suzuki four-wheeler he knew was stolen.

• Kristie Howard, 22, Goose Creek Apartments, Neon — theft of more than $500 by unlawfully taking an AKC-registered dachshund that belonged to Sean Lewis.

Howard was also indicted on a charge of bail jumping after she failed to appear in court to answer the charge related to the stolen dachshund.

• Tony D. Johnson Jr., 28, 16 Quillen’s Fork, Jackhorn — first-degree burglary, complicity to theft of more than $500, complicity to first-degree criminal mischief, and being a persistent felony (second-degree). The grand jury says Johnson, “while acting alone or in complicity with Damien Lee Brown,” broke into the home of Jacob Johnson at Jackhorn while armed with rifles, a pistol, and knives.

Damien Brown, 42, of 272 Grassy Fork, Jackhorn, faces the same charges as Johnson with the exception of being a persistent felony off ender. The two men are accused of stealing jewelry and knives from the Johnson home.

• David D. Mullins, 41, 16901 Kentucky Highway 160, Linefork — third-degree burglary and theft of less than $500. Mullins is accused by the grand jury of breaking into a building at Linefork and stealing a welder belonging to David Ingram Sr.

• Robert Forest Quillen, 18, 114 Railroad Hill, Jenkins — third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking (two counts). The grand jury charges that Quillen stole merchandise from the Family Dollar Store, Dollar General Store, and Sunset Tanning and Gifts, all of Jenkins.

• Christopher S. Begley, 18, 490 Forest Hill Lane, Jenkins — receiving more than $500 worth or stolen property. The grand jury charges that Begley had in his possession property Robert Forest Quillen stole from the Family Dollar Store, Dollar General Store, and Sunset Tanning and Gifts.

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