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Jury indicts 13




The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 13 people in 16 indictments including a man and a woman who are charged with arson.

In separate indictments, the grand jury says Mart Tipton Hall and Martha Elswick (also known as Martha Hall) caused a fire and/or explosion in the mobile home owned by their former landlords, Gary and Francine Hall, on June 1, 2008.

Mart Tipton Hall, 31, of 809 Goose Creek Rd., Neon, and Martha Elswick, 35, of 276 Flower Rd., Whitesburg, are also charged with damaging or destroying the mobile home and its furnishings.

Kentucky State Police Detective James Burnett testified in the cases.

Also indicted are:

• Keith Edward Rogers – complicity to theft, complicity to criminal mischief, and fleeing or evading police.

Rogers, 28, of 119 Main Street Loop, Blackey, is charged with taking copper wire from a CSX Railroad utility pole with Kevin Slone on May 26, 2008. The grand jury says he also disobeyed the command of Kentucky State Trooper Randy Surber to halt after being seen cutting and loading the copper wire, and fled on foot from Surber and Letcher County Deputy Brian Damron.

Kentucky State Trooper Randy Surber testified in the case.

• Kevin L. Slone – complicity to theft, complicity to criminal mischief, and fleeing or evading police.

Slone, 21, of 501 Woodrock Road, Blackey, is charged with taking copper wire from a CSX Railroad utility pole with Keith Edward Rogers on May 26, 2008. The grand jury says he also disobeyed the command of Kentucky State Trooper Randy Surber to halt after being seen cutting and loading the copper wire, and fled on foot from Surber and Letcher County Deputy Brian Damron.

In a separate indictment, Slone is charged with two counts of wanton endangerment and fleeing or evading police. The grand jury says Slone created substantial danger of death or serious injury to Anthony Back, a minor who was a passenger in the automobile he was operating at a high rate of speed while under the influence of alcohol and/ or drugs on February 1, 2008. He is also charged with creating substantial danger of death or serious injury to KSP Trooper Randy Surber as he fled from Surber, who was pursuing him in a KSP cruiser after a complaint that Slone had violated a domestic violence order.

Kentucky State Trooper Randy Surber testified in the cases.

• Jarrod Ryan Adams – burglary, taking property valued over $300, and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Adams, 28, of 249 Black Bottom Road, Jeremiah, entered the residence of Hal and Debbie Adams in January 2008, and took $6,000 belonging to Hal Adams. He is also charged with being a persistent felony offender

In a separate indictment, Adams is charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs on January 12, 2008, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance (Alprazolam, Oxycodone, and OxyContin), use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a persistent felony offender.

Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Deputy Mike Dingus testified in the case.

• Lenville Johnathan Parsons – criminal mischief.

Parsons, 23, of 120 McFarland Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with repeatedly striking the hood, side and rear windows of a 2006 Dodge Ram Quad Cab pickup truck owned by Josh Edward Anderson on October 22, 2007, with a blunt instrument believed to be a baseball bat or sledge hammer. Whitesburg Police Officer Jeff Hamilton testified in the case.

• Deborah D. Shepherd – criminal mischief.

The grand jury says Shepherd, 25, of 16 Hampton Branch Hwy. 931, Whitesburg, made large holes in the walls and ceilings of Irene Franklin’s residence at 16 Hampton Branch, Whitesburg on May 9, 2008. She is charged with scratching the hardwood and tile floors; breaking out the French door; removing light fixtures, ceiling fans, electrical wall outlets, and hardware from the kitchen cabinet doors; punching or tearing numerous holes in the swimming pool; and breaking down a lattice archway.

Irene Franklin testified in the case.

• Alvin Blake Spangler – promoting contraband and being a persistent felony offender.

The indictment charges Spangler, no age given, of 122 Emerson Drive, Millstone, with possessing 10 Tramadol, four Trazodone and three Flexaril on May 27, 2008, upon his return from work release while an inmate in the Letcher County Jail. He is also charged with being a persistent felony offender.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Mike Enfusse testified in the case.

• Daniel P. Cole – complicity to obscure identity of a vehicle.

Cole, 30, of 1145 Carbon Glow Road, Letcher, is charged with acting alone or in complicity with JoAnne Cecilia Fugate Johnson in possessing a 2002 Honda Foreman ATV on June 10, 2008 from which the serial number had been removed.

KSP Trooper Randy Surber testified in the case.

• JoAnne C. Fugate Johnson – complicity to obscure identity of a vehicle.

Johnson, 42, of 1145 Carbon Glow Road, Letcher, is charged with acting alone or in complicity with Daniel P. Cole in possessing a 2002 Honda Foreman ATV on June 10, 2008 from which the serial number had been removed.

KSP Trooper Randy Surber testified in the case.

• Rebecca Wyatt – criminal trespass and theft.

The grand jury says Wyatt, 45, of P.O. Box 29, Jenkins, entered the residence of Darrell Wyatt at 276 Profitt Road, Jenkins, on October 6, 2007 and took various items including a bathroom soap dish and other bathing goods, a painting, and a prepaid cell phone.

Jenkins Police Officer Anthony Maggard testified in the case.

• Brandon M. Stanley – escape.

Stanley, 22, of 791 McPeeks Branch, is charged in two indictments with leaving his residence and the electronic monitoring that was a condition of his bond in May 2008.

Letcher County Deputy Mike Stines testified in the cases.

• Lyttle Combs Jr. – flagrant non-support.

Combs, 46, of P.O. Box 1736, Linefork, is charged with failing to provide support for his minor child(ren). The grand jury says he owed $13,089.82 through June 26, 2008.

Amy Gosnell of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.


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