Whitesburg KY

Indictments name alleged dog killer

The Letcher Grand Jury has indicted a Jenkins man for cruelty to animals and other charges for allegedly shooting a dog in a parking lot of Mountain Breeze Apartments.

Kevin A. Stiles, 32, of 8760 Mountain Breeze Road, Apartment 397, is charged with second-degree cruelty to animals, first-degree wanton endangerment, fourth-degree assault, and third-degree terroristic threatening.

The dog, a German Shepherd named Gunner, lived at McPeaks Branch, just across the hill from the apartment complex, and was known to wander over to the apartments with another dog owned by the same family.

“They’ve been out before, they just live over the hill, and nobody has ever complained before,” said Jenkins Police Officer Jim Stephens, who arrested Stiles.

Stephens said the initial complaint on January 6 was that Stiles shot a dog and drove away. Stephens said witnesses said Stiles was sitting in a vehicle and the dog was walking past.

“He got out and shot the dog, and then got back in the vehicle and took off,” Stephens said. “The curious thing is, shooting a dog like that is a misdemeanor, but fighting it is a felony.”

Wanton endangerment, however, is a felony. That charge stems from the gun being fired in the middle of an apartment complex.

Stiles is also charged with pushing and striking Justin Phipps, whose mother owned the dog, and threatening to kill him. Phipps had spotted Stiles in Burdine and called police.

Stephens testified before the grand jury in the case.

The indictment was one of many returned by the grand jury last week. Among the others is Rachel Ann Perry, 33, of 56 Green Comet Road, Leburn, who is charged with receiving stolen property valued at $10,000 or more and other charges after she was allegedly caught speeding in a stolen vehicle on Nov. 23, 2020.

According to the indictment, Perry was caught driving 17 miles an hour or more above the speed limit. When Whitesburg Police Patrolman Michael Garner pulled her over, he discovered the Ford car she was driving was listed as stolen from Pike County. In addition to the stolen property charge and the speeding charge, she is charged with being a persistent felony offender in the first degree and numerous traffic violations.

Also indicted is Jared Nicholas Ratliff, 51 Squirrel Drive #1, Jenkins, who is charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police ( motor vehicle), three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, f i rst- degree cr iminal mischief, and reckless driving.

The charges stem from a two-county high-speed chase on January 21 that ended near Bottom Fork after Ratliff had been shot.

According to police reports at the time and the indictment, the pursuit began before 1:30 a.m. at Baxter just outside Harlan when KSP Trooper Matthew Barger answered a harassment complaint and attempted to stop the vehicle driven by Ratliff. Ratliff did not stop and Barger and Harlan County Deputy Sheriff Hunter Marcum chased the vehicle into Letcher County where KSP Trooper Michael Burton of Post 13 in Hazard picked up the pursuit and chased the black Chevy Tahoe across Pine Mountain on US 119 South.

After Whitesburg Police Officers Jordan Clemons and Lt. Josh Little set up a roadblock at the two-lane bridge near Pert Creek Road, the vehicle struck Little’s cruiser and nearly hit Little and Clemons, the indictment says. Both Whitesburg officers fired their weapons.

The shots struck the driver and blew out one of the vehicle’s tires. Burton continued the pursuit north on US 119 through Mayking at speeds of up to 88 miles per hour. The vehicle finally came to a stop when it hit an embankment near the intersection of US 119 and KY 3406 (Bottom Fork) after the tire shredded.

Detective Sgt. Joel Abner, of Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard, testified in the case.

Harold Jeffrey Gevedon, 163 Cabin Creek Road, Redfox, is charged with second-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, being a persistent felony offender in the second degree, driving on a DUI suspended license (first offense), and traffic violations after being involved in a collision with an all-terrain vehicle on Oct. 2, 2020, in Jenkins.

According to the indictment, Gevedon caused serious injury and endangered the life of Johnny Mullins Jr. when his vehicle rear-ended the ATV on which Mullins was riding. The grand jury also charged Gevedon with having no valid license plate, no insurance card and no insurance when the collision occurred.

Jenkins Police Officer Devin Slone testified in the case.

Gevedon is also charged in a separate indictment with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance ( methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol (second offense), operating a motor vehicle on a suspended driver’s license, no registration plate and no registration receipt.

The charges stem from a traffic stop on May 13. KSP Trooper Tyler Smith testified in the case.

Marlena A. Branson, 30, of Whitesburg, is charged with second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree assault, disorderly conduct, second-degree criminal trespass and public intoxication (excludes alcohol) for events that alleged occurred on Feb. 8.

According to the indictment, Branson entered an apartment at Mountain Breeze that was rented by Chris Midaugh and assaulted both him and an unnamed person, all while intoxicated.

Jenkins Police Officer Slone testified in the case.

Jeffery Lynn Craft, 43, of 332 Crossover Rd., Mayking, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (second offense, me thamphe tamine ) , first-degree possession of a controlled substance (second offense, heroin), possession of drug parapherna l ia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol ( aggravating c i rcumstances), and several traffic violations.

The charges stem from a traffic stop on Oct. 5, 2020.

Trooper Tyler Smith testified before the grand jury.

Latisha Craft, 40, of 215 Weslee Way, Apt. 31, Hazard, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance ( methamphetamine), being a first- degree persistent felony offender, tampering with physical evidence, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication (excludes alcohol).

The charges stem from an incident on Dec. 22, 2020. Deputy Sheriff Seth Whitaker testified before the grand jury.

Crystal Gale Morris, 43, of 3182 HWY 317, Jackhorn, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (2 grams or more) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Morris was arrested July 27. Deputy Seth Whitaker testified in the case.

Robert Wayne Heiston III, 41, of 148 Cove Avenue, Jenkins, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance ( 2 grams or more of me thamphe tamine ) , use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and alcohol intoxication for an incident on Dec. 31, 2020.

Chief Hunter Holbrook of the Jenkins Police Department testified before the grand jury.

Nicole Lynn Ratliff, 36, of 9412 Donald Dr., Pound, Va., is charged with first-degree possession of methamphetamine, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and rear license not illuminated.

She was arrested Nov. 8, 2020, during a traffic stop. KSP Trooper Tyler Smith testified before the grand jury.

Roger Thomas Jent, 50, of 1727 Carcassonne Rd., Blackey, is charged in five separate indictments with making a false statement to prevent reduction of benefits ($100 or more).

The charges include one count for each month for the months of April through August of 2012. Emma Wiseman, Kentucky Department of Insurance Fraud Invest igation, unemployment division, testified in all five indictments.

The grand jury returned one No True Bill and Order of Dismissal, meaning the grand jury did not indict and threw out the charges. James Cecil Slone had been charged with a felony in 2020, however according to the grand jury’s report, numerous attempts to contact the alleged victim all failed.

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