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A Tennessee couple has been charged by the Letcher County Grand Jury in the rape of a minor.

Archie Wesley Brown, 36, is accused of rape of a minor and use of a minor in a sexual performance, and Amanda Mae Brown, 30, of complicity to rape of a minor and complicity to use of a minor in a sexual performance on March 12-14 in Letcher County. The couple, of 1370 Mills Spring Road, Jonesborough, Tenn., are both charged with complicity to sodomy, three counts complicity to unlawful transaction with a minor (first degree), and complicity to unlawful transaction with a minor (third degree).

Kentucky State Police Detective Chris Collins testified in the case.

Ten others were indicted by the grand jury including:

• Purlina Sue Gibson — theft, four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, and three counts of criminal abuse.

Gibson, 32, 19 Garfield Dr., Whitesburg, is accused of taking items belonging to Food City of Whitesburg and with endangering her four children on July 16. She is also charged with criminal abuse of three of the children by placing them in a situation where they might have been injured.

Whitesburg Police Officer Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Connie Nichole Fugate — fraudulent use of a credit/debit card, four counts of theft by deception, four counts of forgery, and being a persistent felony off ender.

The grand jury says Fugate, 27, 200 Lyttle Blvd., Apt. 3, Hazard used a debit card belonging to Sam Turner during a six-month period to buy items from Walmart of Whitesburg for $1,195.21, Cato’s of Whitesburg for $151.42, Pine Mountain Junction Double Kwik for $314.81, and Sugar Shack Marathon Double Kwik for $279.43 She is also charged with signing Sam Turner’s name to the purchase receipts.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Randy Combs testified in the case.

• Jennifer Ann Fugate Popp — complicity to fraudulent use of a credit/debit card, four counts of complicity to theft by deception, and being a persistent felony offender.

Popp, 29, also known as Erin Marie Warden, 29, 200 Lyttle Blvd., Apt. 3, Hazard, is charged with complicity with Connie N. Fugate and/or Christopher A. Hampton in using a debit card belonging to Sam Turner during a six-month period to buy items from Walmart of Whitesburg for $1,195.21, Cato’s of Whitesburg for $151.42, Pine Mountain Junction Double Kwik for $314.81, and Sugar Shack Marathon Double Kwik for $279.43.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Randy Combs testified in the case.

• Christopher Allen Hampton — complicity to fraudulent use of a credit/debit card, four counts of complicity to theft by deception, and being a persistent felony offender.

Hampton, 39, 225 Moore St., Hazard, is accused of complicity with Connie N. Fugate and/or Jennifer Fugate Popp in using a debit card belonging to Sam Turner during a six-month period to buy items from Walmart of Whitesburg for $1,195.21, Cato’s of Whitesburg for $151.42, Pine Mountain Junction Double Kwik for $314.81, and Sugar Shack Marathon Double Kwik for $279.43.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Randy Combs testified in the case.

• Tom Moore — theft by deception.

The grand jury says Moore, 51, doing business as North American Taxidermy Studio & Big Game Outfitters, 67 Canal St., Box 101, Carroll, Ohio, obtained $2,385 from Steve Brewer on March 27 for an advertised 2010 Wyoming guided antelope and mule deer hunt without telling Brewer that his license to conduct such hunts had been suspended or revoked by the State of Wyoming. Moore is also charged with failing to return Brewer’s money.

Steve Brewer testified in the case.

• Sherri Mae Stringer — public intoxication, complicity to a controlled substance not in proper container, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, complicity to traffi cking in a controlled substance, complicity to tampering with evidence, and complicity to possession of a controlled substance.

Stringer, 33, 458 Meadow Fork, Millstone, is charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, and acting alone or with Ernie Yonts in having a controlled substance not in its original container on May 27. The grand jury says she had empty pill bottles, a straw with visible drug residue, and a plastic bag containing a small metal flashlight which held 14 oxycodone tablets. She is also charged with acting alone or in complicity with Yonts to traffic in oxycodone, and with concealing clonazepam (Klonopin) in the rear seat of a police cruiser in which she was being transported to the Letcher County Jail by Fleming- Neon Police Officer Tim Miller.

Fleming-Neon Police Officer Tim Miller testified in the case.

• Ernie Lee Yonts — public intoxication, complicity to a controlled substance not in proper container, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, complicity to traffi cking in a controlled substance, complicity to tampering with evidence, and complicity to possession of a controlled substance.

Yonts, 46, of 399 Hogg Hollow Rd., Neon, is charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, and acting alone or with Sherri Stringer in having a controlled substance not in its original container on May 27. The grand jury says he had empty pill bottles, a straw with visible drug residue, and a plastic bag containing a small metal flashlight which held 14 Oxycodone tablets. He is also charged with acting alone or in complicity with Stringer to traffic in Oxycodone, and with concealing Clonazepam (Klonopin) in the rear seat of a police cruiser in which he was being transported to the Letcher County Jail by Fleming-Neon Police Offi cer Tim Miller.

Fleming-Neon Police Officer Tim Miller testified in the case.

• Benjamin P. Fisher — operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (third off ense), criminal mischief, two counts of wanton endangerment, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and no liability insurance.

The grand jury says Fisher, 20, 818 Jenkins Rd., Whitesburg, was operating a vehicle under the infl uence of intoxicants for the third time within five years on July 7, 2009. He is charged with causing more than $1,000 in damage to CC&R Properties by running his vehicle into the structure, endangering three people. He is also accused of possessing a plastic baggie of marijuana.

Whitesburg Police Officer Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Jarrod Ryan Adams —tampering with evidence, public intoxication, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a persistent felony off ender.

Adams, 30, 249 Black Bottom Rd., Jeremiah, is charged with consuming a concealed controlled substance which he believed would be used in evidence against him on June 13. He is also accused of being under the influence of a controlled substance and with possessing a plastic bag containing a controlled substance.

Whitesburg Police Officer Josh Patrick testified in the case.

• Amy Lynn Ratliff — operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (second off ense), refusal to submit to chemical testing, escape, assault of a police offi cer, wanton endangerment, and disorderly conduct.

The grand jury says Ratliff , 28, 278 Store Hill Rd., Jenkins, was operating a vehicle June 26 while under the influence of intoxicants for the second time within five years. She is accused of refusing to submit to chemical testing when asked to have the test by Jenkins Patrolman Scott Ratliff , and with escaping from Ratliff . She is also charged with wrecking her vehicle, then jumping out of a moving police cruiser in the midst of oncoming traffic while in handcuff s, endangering both herself and Ratliff , who stopped the cruiser and pursued her on foot.

Scott Ratliff testified in the case.


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