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Indictments name 13




A college bookstore manager charged with eight counts of identity theft and eight counts of theft by deception is among 13 people named in the latest round of indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury.

Angela Kaye Price, 23, of Neon, is named in a 16-count indictment charging her with using the names and Social Security numbers of students at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Whitesburg campus in a scheme to steal about $6,000 from the company that operates the school’s bookstore, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers Inc.

The jury voted to return the indictment after hearing testimony from Whitesburg Police Chief Scott Adams, who began investigating Price after receiving a complaint about her activities from two private detectives who work with Barnes & Noble.

The indictment charges that on eight occasions between January 12 and August 17, Price, of 677 Goose Creek Road, Apartment 677, Neon, “knowingly used Social Security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth of current or former students of SKCTC” to obtain cash for “book buy backs” that never really took place. Four of the alleged thefts were for more than $300, a Class D felony, while four were for less than $300, a Class A misdemeanor.

The eight counts of identity theft are also Class D felonies.

“Some of the books she bought back were still in the carton and hadn’t even gotten to the students,” Adams told The Mountain Eagle after the indictments were announced on November 15.

Others named in indictments handed up to Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright and the charges against them were:

• Joshua Cain Adams – one count obtaining a prescription for a controlled substance by fraud, one count obtaining a controlled substance with a fraudulent prescription, two counts fraudulent use of a state medical identification card, one count obtaining Medicaid benefits by fraud.

The grand jury says Adams, 28, of 243 Tipple Road, Jeremiah, obtained a prescription for hydrocodone from Alicia Cook on July 5, 2007 by withholding the information that he had received a prescription for 120 hydrocodone pills 15 days before. He is also charged with using a Medicaid card to pay Superior Pharmacy to fill the prescription.

The case was presented to the grand jury by Operation UNITE Detective Paul Miles.

• Douglas M. Hayes – one count theft by unlawful taking, one count leaving the scene of an accident, two counts wanton endangerment, two counts fleeing or evading police, one count reckless driving, one count disorderly conduct, one count criminal mischief, one count assault, one count menacing, one count resisting arrest, one count being a persistent felony offender.

Hayes, 32, of 146 West Main St., Whitesburg, is charged with taking a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup truck belonging to Standard Lab on Sept. 8, 2007 and leaving the scene of an accident after backing the truck into a parked car. He is charged with nearly striking Jenkins Police Officers Adam Swindell and Todd Mattingly with the truck and fleeing or evading police. He is also charged with menacing by lunging toward Swindell, Mattingly, and Jenkins Police Officer Anthony Maggard and resisting arrest.

The jury heard testimony in the case from Officer Maggard.

• Randolph Hardin – one count complicity to burglary, six counts complicity to theft of a firearm, seven counts being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, one count fleeing or evading police, one count resisting arrest.

The grand jury returned an indictment charging Hardin, 46, of 353 Shaesfork Rd., McRoberts, with aiding, assisting or conspiring with Regina Hardin on Sept. 8 in the entry into the home of Betty Burke to commit theft. He and Regina Hardin are accused of taking six firearms from the home, and with fleeing or evading police and resisting arrest.

Kentucky State Trooper Randy Surber testified in the case.

• Regina Kay Hardin – one count complicity to burglary, six counts complicity to theft of a firearm.

The grand jury returned an indictment charging Hardin, 30, of 353 Shaesfork Rd., McRoberts, with aiding, assisting or conspiring with Randolph Hardin on Sept. 8 in the entry into the home of Betty Burke to commit theft. She and Randolph Hardin are accused of taking six firearms from the home.

Kentucky State Trooper Randy Surber testified in the case.

• Jaquielyn Marie Caudill – three counts identity theft.

Caudill, 26, of 5638 KY 931 or 1119 KY 1148, Isom, is charged by the grand jury with using the identity of her sisterin law, Holly Caudill, in April, 2007 to obtain cellular phone service with Cingular (now AT&T) and residential phone service, and to receive a Dell computer, color printer, and digital camera.

The case was presented to the grand jury by Letcher County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Marcus K. Terry.

• John David Sergent – one count complicity to trafficking in more than eight ounces of marijuana, one count complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance.

Sergent, 19, of 44 Grass St., Cumberland, is accused of conspiring with Danny Robert Collins, Jason M. Crase, and/or Amber N. Stepp to traffic in more than eight ounces but less than five pounds of marijuana on Sept. 7, 2007. He is also charged with complicity to trafficking in cocaine.

Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Lieutenant Marcus K. Terry testified in the case.

• Amber N. Stepp – one count complicity to trafficking in more than eight ounces of marijuana, one count complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance.

Stepp, 18, of 44 Grass St., Cumberland, is accused of conspiring with Danny Robert Collins, Jason M. Crase, and/or John D. Sergent to traffic in more than eight ounces but less than five pounds of marijuana on Sept. 7, 2007. She is also charged with complicity to trafficking in cocaine.

Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Lieutenant Marcus K. Terry testified in the case.

• Jason Michael Crase – one count complicity to trafficking in more than eight ounces of marijuana, one count complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance.

Crase, 31, of 1441 Ingrams Creek, Linefork, is accused of conspiring with Danny Robert Collins to traffic in more than eight ounces but less than five pounds of marijuana on Sept. 7, 2007. He is also charged with complicity to trafficking in cocaine.

Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Lieutenant Marcus K. Terry testified in the case.

• Hick Baker – one count complicity to operating a vehicle without liability insurance, one count complicity to criminal mischief.

The grand jury says Baker, no age given, of 281 Goose Creek, Apt. 206, Neon, aided and conspired with Joey Perry to operate a vehicle without the required liability insurance. He is also charged with criminal mischief after the uninsured vehicle, operated by Joey Perry, struck three parked cars causing damage of more than $1,000 on August 1, 2007.

The case was presented to the grand jury by Eugene Williams.

• Joseph Brice Perry – one count complicity to operating a vehicle without liability insurance, one count complicity to criminal mischief, one count being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Perry, 23, of 281 Goose Creek, Apt. 206, Neon, aided and conspired with Hick Baker to operate a vehicle owned by Baker without the required liability insurance. He is also charged with criminal mischief after losing control of the uninsured vehicle and striking three parked cars causing damage of more than $1,000 on August 1, 2007.

The case was presented to the grand jury by Eugene Williams.

• Robert Michael Wright – one count promoting contraband.

Wright, 48, of 74 Cottage Rd., Jenkins, is charged by the grand jury with introducing dangerous contraband, Alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance, into the Letcher County Jail in the waistband of a set of short pants for inmate Brittany Rudd on April 30, 2007.

The case was presented to the grand jury by Letcher County Deputy Jailer Mike Enfusse.

• Rayden D. Walters – one count burglary, one count theft under $300.

Walters, 29, of 1235 Carcassonne Rd., Blackey, is charged with entering or remaining in the residence of Virgil and Freda Combs to commit theft. He is also charged with taking $175 that had been tithed to the Little Bull Creek Church.

Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Lieutenant Marcus K. Terry testified in the case.


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