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Jason Ray Ison surrenders, then is indicted on 15 counts




Jason Ray Ison was indicted on 15 new charges Tuesday, a day after he walked into the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department and turned himself in to face charges filed after two traffic accidents, including a hit-and-run wreck, near Premium on Memorial Day.

Ison, 25, of 212 Hancock Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with five counts of wanton endangerment, five counts of assault, operating a vehicle without an operator’s license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief, and being a persistent felony offender.

Ison is charged with endangering and causing injury to Glenda Sue Halcomb, Scotty Hall, Christopher Whitaker, Christopher Daniel Whitaker, and Sonotia Whitaker when the small pickup he was driving struck their vehicle on Highway 160.

Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Michael Burton said he and Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs have “a substantial amount of evidence” placing Ison as the driver of the pickup truck that was involved in two wrecks in less than 15 minutes on May 26.

Burton said Ison hit the back of a 2000 Ford Focus driven by Glenda Halcomb of Whitesburg on Highway 160 near Premium. Burton said Halcomb told police the truck was traveling between 70 and 80 miles per hour when it collided with her car.

Burton said Ison fled the scene of the accident and crashed into Smoot Creek about 10 to 15 minutes later.

Witnesses at Smoot Creek said Ison was also traveling along at a high rate on KY 1811 when he lost control of the truck and ran into the creek before fleeing on foot.

Detective Combs opened an investigation into the Smoot Creek wreck on May 27 after a wallet containing Ison’s driver’s license was found at the scene of the accident by a property owner. The Chevrolet truck was licensed and registered to Ison’s girlfriend, Nola Caldwell.

Bond was set at $6,000 cash.

In May, a Letcher County Grand Jury indicted Ison on three criminal charges, including one charge of selling a prescription narcotic less than a month after his January 22 release from the Little Sandy Correctional Complex in Sandy Hook. Ison had been serving a 19-year prison sentence after being convicted in Letcher Circuit Court in the vehicular deaths of his wife, a cousin, and his best friend.

The grand jury also indicted Ison last month on charges of criminal abuse and fourth-degree assault. The indictment charges that on March 20 Ison assaulted Nola Caldwell and criminally abused Caldwell’s child, who is less than 12 years old.

A $20,000 bond had been set for Ison in those cases before he was released on a lesser property bond on May 20.


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