The Letcher County Grand Jury recently named 13 people in 14 indictments, including two men who are each charged with having sex with a minor.
Maximo Hernandez Jr., 55, also known as Maximo Hernandez, Junior Hernandez, Mixmo Hernandez, Maximo Hernedez, and James Michael Hernandez, an inmate in the Letcher County Jail, is accused of sodomy of a child less than 12 years old, two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, and being a persistent felony off ender.
The grand jury says that from June 1, 2001 to August 15, 2001, Hernandez engaged in sexual intercourse with a girl less than 12 years old, and subjected another girl less than 12 years old to sexual contact twice.
Chris ‘Duke’ Collier of the Cabinet for Families and Children, one of the girls, and Angelena Hernandez testified in the case.
In a separate case, Kevin L. Slone, 23, of 501 Woodrock Road, Blackey, is charged with unlawful transaction with a minor, two counts of sodomy, rape, and being a persistent felony off ender.
Slone is accused of procuring alcohol for a 12-year-old girl on July 15 and engaging in sexual intercourse with her while she was helpless because of the consumption of the alcohol.
Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs testified in the case.
Other indicted are:
•Kerns Allen Collins — criminal trespass, cruelty to animals, and criminal mischief.
Collins, 51, of 79 Heartbreak Ridge, Isom, is charged with entering a pasture belonging to Glenn Sizemore and family at Heartbreak Ridge in July, where he injured a horse by chasing and roping it, causing it to asphyxiate.
Glenn Sizemore and Letcher County Lt. Laushana Frazier testified in the case.
• Timothy Lee Belcher — receiving stolen property, two counts of theft by deception, and theft by unlawful taking.
The grand jury says Belcher, 42, of 180 Wrights Hollow, Jenkins, had in his possession in July a metal bender machine stolen from Fred K. Wyatt. He is also accused of taking a Dewalt saw and cordless drill belonging to Donald Cummings, and with selling Wyatt’s metal bender machine to Donald Cummings for $250 and Cummings’s saw to Emory Mullins for $50.
Carolyn Cummings testified in the case.
•Shane E. Childers — trafficking in a controlled substance (first degree), trafficking in a controlled substance (third degree), trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a public school, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication.
Childers, 31, of 475 Walters Branch, Isom, is charged with trafficking in Oxycodone and Alprazolam within 1,000 yards of a school on July 27. He is also charged with having a box cutter razor, knife, pill crusher, marijuana pipe, baggies, and other controlled substance containers, and with being intoxicated.
Whitesburg Police Officer Paul Brandon Fields testified in the case.
•Ali Jeanette Day — operating a vehicle while under the influence (fourth offense), possession of a controlled substance, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
Day, 27, of 100 Coleman Lane, Whitesburg, is accused of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol on January 23, 2009. She is also accused of having marijuana in a metal container, a metal shredder, and a section of a plastic straw.
Kentucky State Trooper Derek Hall testified in the case.
• Brittany R. Rudd — operating a vehicle while under the influence (first offense), use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence.
The grand jury accused Rudd, 23, of 93 Cottage Road, Jenkins, with driving while under the influence of intoxicants on July 11. She is also charged with possession of syringes, containers for controlled substances, and a spoon with visible white residue, and with tossing a bottle containing a controlled substance into the toilet when asked to provide a urine sample.
Jenkins Police Officer Wendy Bates testified in the case.
• Crystal Marie Virgin — burglary, theft by unlawful taking, theft of two or more credit/debit cards, fraudulent use of a credit/debit card, and being a persistent felony off ender.
Virgin, 27, of 462 Hwy. 2524, Thornton, is charged with burglarizing the car of Phyllis Barker, which was located at the Letcher County Domestic Violence Shelter in Whitesburg on July 10, and with taking a purse and its contents, a money bag, and more than $500 belonging to Barker and the Letcher County Central High School Dance Team. She also is accused of using credit/debit cards belonging to Barker.
Letcher County Lt. Bert Slone testified in the case.
• Thomas Edward Fox — theft or receipt of stolen credit or debit cards, tampering with evidence, and being a persistent felony off ender.
Fox, 50, of 462 Hwy. 2524, Thornton, is accused of possessing two or more stolen credit or debit cards belonging to Phyllis Barker on July 10. He is also charged with destroying Barker’s credit or debit cards in an attempt to remove evidence against himself and/or Crystal Marie Virgin.
Letcher County Lt. Bert Slone testified in the case.
• James O. Miller — theft by deception.
The grand jury says Miller, 43, of 10039 Coeburn Rd., Wise, Va., gave a check for $5,837.41 on a closed account with Powell Valley National Bank to Taylor Metal and Roofing on Sept. 26, 2008.
In a separate indictment, Miller is charged with bail jumping when he failed to appear in Letcher District Court on August 11 in connection with a felony off ense of theft by deception.
Todd Taylor testified in both cases.
• Heather Maggard — theft by deception.
Maggard, 27, of 2281 Hwy. 932, Eolia, is charged with giving Wanda Hubbard a check for $3,995.25 on July 20 on the account of Government Employees Insurance Co. (GEICO) with PNC Bank, NA of New Jersey, knowing the check would not be honored by the bank.
Wanda Hubbard testified in the case.
• William K. Bentley — theft by unlawful taking.
Bentley, 24, of 673 Bentley Loop, Jenkins, is accused of taking a gasoline powered Weed Eater belong to Clarence Yeary Sr. on June 20.
Clarence Yeary Sr. testified in the case.
• Antonio Russo — theft by unlawful taking.
The grand jury charges Russo, 34, of 163 Williams Circle, Jenkins, with taking a water tank, a water heater, kitchen cabinets, bunk beds, and other fixtures or furnishings from a trailer belonging to Curtis Miller in spring or summer 2009.
Curt Miller testified in the case.
• Jackie Littrell Jr. — criminal mischief.
Littrell, 21, of 948 Hwy. 1148l, Whitesburg, is accused damaging a 1998 Chevrolet Camaro belonging to Dorothy Fleming by pouring sugar in the gas tank in March.
Dorothy Fleming, Darren Baker, Adam Hall, and Adrian Collins testified in the case.