Eight persons, including a Neon man charged with threatening to kill two city police chiefs and the county sheriff, are named in 12 indictments returned last week by the Letcher County Grand Jury.
Danny Ray Smith is charged with 12 counts of third-degree terroristic threatening, resisting arrest, thirddegree mischief, alcohol intoxication and second-degree disorderly conduct.
The grand jury charges that Smith, of P. O. Box 623, Neon, committed the 12 counts of terroristic threatening, all misdemeanors, when he threatened to kill Fleming-Neon Police Chief Henry Day, Day’s four minor children, Whitesburg Police Chief Scott Adams, Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb, Letcher County Deputy Jailer Mike Enfusse, Letcher County Deputy Jailer Pat Wright, Whitesburg Police Officer Phil Slone, Whitesburg Police Officer Mike Burton, and Randy Billiter.
The grand jury also charged Smith with swinging his fist in an attempt to punch Day on June 10 while Day was arresting Smith. Smith is also charged with repeatedly spitting on the seat and rear compartment of Day’s police cruiser as he was being transported to the Letcher County Jail.
The grand jury says Smith appeared in a public place under the influence of alcohol and made loud and offensive comments which "alarmed the community and served no legitimate purpose."
The grand jury heard testimony from Day.
Others charged in the indictments handed up the Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright are:
• William Daniel Bentley – theft by unlawful taking of property valued under $300.
Bentley, 33, of 6111 Thornton Road, Thornton, is charged with taking various hand tools and other personal property belonging to Robert Hamilton on January 28, 2007.
Hamilton testified in the case.
• Jason M. Bates – first-degree fleeing/evading, operating or being in physical control of a motor vehicle while his operator’s license was suspended due to a prior conviction of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, operating a motor vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (fourth offense), refusal to submit to chemical testing to determine the alcohol and/or drug content, failing to maintain liability insurance on his vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.
The grand jury returned an indictment charging Bates, 31, of 3629 Highway 343, McRoberts, with wantonly disobeying a direction to stop by Kentucky State Police Trooper Derek Hall on June 5 while Bates was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Hall, who testified before the grand jury, said at the time of the incident he was traveling in a marked police cruiser with blue lights and siren activated.
• Eddie "Rocky" Sandlin – two counts of first-degree assault, no liability insurance, operating an automobile while having his operator’s license suspended due to a prior conviction for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, operating an automobile while being under the influence of drugs (second offense), refusal to submit to testing to determine alcohol/drug content, and first-degree criminal mischief.
Sandlin, 30, of 25 Combs Branch, Ermine, is charged with wantonly operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, crossing two lanes of traffic on US 119 and striking head on with an automobile operated by Tammy Sparks Cornett on May 16.
The grand jury says Sandlin wantonly operated a vehicle in which Michelle Sandlin, a passenger, suffered serious physical injury from the wreck.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Derek Hall testified in the case.
• Bryce W. "Beau" Baker, Jr. – second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking (more than $300), and being a persistent felony offender.
Baker, 26, of 352 Pine Creek Road, is charged with unlawfully entering the home of Joe Baker on July 3 and stealing a Sony Camcorder.
In a separate indictment Bryce Baker is charged with theft by deception (less than $300) for selling the Camcorder on July 4 to Roger Yeary for $125.
The grand jury heard testimony from Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb.
• Timothy N. Jent – receiving stolen property (more than $300), first-degree criminal mischief and persistent felony offender.
The grand jury returned two indictments naming Jent, 35, of 81 Little Colley Road, Isom.
He is charged with unlawfully possessing a D-8 dozer radiator stolen from Gary Boyd of Boyd Contracting, which he sold as scrap iron to Mitchell Wright on May 15.
The grand jury accuses Jent of wantonly destroying the D-8 dozer radiator by cutting it in two with a torch and selling it for scrap metal to Wright.
In a separate indictment the grand jury charged Jent with theft by unlawful taking (more than $300) of several heavy equipment batteries owned by Gary Boyd on May 27 with the intent of permanently depriving Boyd of the property.
Jent is charged with criminal trespassing when he entered upon the premises of Boyd Contracting, which is enclosed with a fence and has a locked gate.
Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb testified in the case.
• Kenneth Gray – flagrant non-support and persistent felony offender.
Gray, 33, of 5 Frazier Street, Barbourville, is charged with persistently failing to provide support for the benefit of his minor child. The grand jury says he owed $6,437.80 through June 26.
Amy Gosnell of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.
• Carol D. Johnson – bail jumping.
The grand jury returned three indictments charging Johnson, 45, of Route 1, Box 1158, Jenkins, with intentionally failing to appear for a schedule of status conference on October 7, 2002, September 08, 2004 and June 11, 2008 involving pending felony charges in Commonwealth of Kentucky vs. Carol D. Johnson, Letcher Circuit Court, Indictment No. 01-CR-178.
Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Deputy Jason Boggs, who is a bailiff of Letcher District Court, testified before the grand jury.