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Jury indicts 14, two on attempted murder counts

A man and a woman have been named by the Letcher Grand Jury in indictments charging them with criminal complicity to attempted murder.

Dennis Roger Niles, 38, address unknown, and Patrenia Tackett, 45, of 271 Bee Tree Fork, Whitesburg, are accused in separate indictments with repeatedly beating Shannon Bentley and leaving her seriously injured, semi-conscious and in need of medical treatment lying in a creek in frigid winter weather.

Niles is charged in another indictment with flagrant nonsupport of his minor child(ren).

Tackett is charged with bail jumping for failing to remain at an ordered inpatient treatment center, leaving within five hours, in another indictment.

Others indicted are:

• Benjamin Franklin Caudill, 36, of 183 Chissom Road, Jeremiah, who is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs (fourth offense) with aggravator of refusing to submit to testing, refusal to submit to chemical testing (enhancement of mandatory minimum imprisonment), no/ expired Kentucky registration receipt, improper display of registration plates, failure to produce insurance card, failure of non-owner to maintain required insurance (first offense), failure to wear seatbelt, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Michelle D. Bentley, 45, of 51 Cactus Drive, Jackhorn, who is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/ drugs (first offense) with aggravator of causing an accident resulting in injury and transporting a passenger under the age of 12. She is accused of firstdegree wanton endangerment for creating danger of death or injury to her minor son, who was a passenger in her vehicle. She operated the vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants and was in a single vehicle accident, causing injuries to her son. She is also charged with second-degree assault for causing the injuries to her son.

• Bobby Ray Combs, 21, of 179 Daniels Branch, Whitesburg, who is charged with two counts of third-degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified), possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence.

• Harold Back, Jr., 32, of 17 Gordon Dr., Whitesburg, and 246 Prince Albert Dr. Lot 1, Mayking, who is charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), use/possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

• David Anthony Day, 29, of 280 Ky. Hwy. 2035, Little Cowan Road, Whitesburg, who is charged with theft of identity when, without the consent of Lannie Day, he possessed identifying information of Lannie Day. David Day is accused of two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument — a forged check No. 2004 from the account of Bessie M. Day and/or Lannie Day drawn on Community Trust Bank and made payable to William Tyler Watkins in the amount of $7,000 and another check from the same account made payable to Walmart. David Day is also charged with theft by deception of $500 or more by obtaining cash from Community Trust Bank by passing check No. 2004 for $7,000 on the account of Bessie M. Day and/or Lannie Day, his grandmother and father.

In a second indictment, David Day is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failure to complete inpatient substance abuse treatment and failure to keep all required court appearances.

• William Tyler Watkins, 28, of 793 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, who is charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and theft by deception $500 or more but under $1,000. Watkins is accused of having forged check No. 2004 for $7,000 on the account of Lannie Day and/or Bessie Day, drawn on Community Trust Bank and made payable to William Tyler Watkins. Watkins is also charged with obtaining cash proceeds from Community Trust Bank drawn on the account of Lannie Day and/or Bessie M. Day (his grandmother and father).

• Roger Dale Noble Jr., 44, of 1303 Little Dry Fork, Whitesburg, who is charged with fraudulent insurance acts over $10,000. Noble is accused of making biweekly withdrawals from the direct deposit of workman compensation benefits totaling $21,402 into the Community Trust account of his late father, Roger Dale Noble, Sr., for approximately two years. He is accused of making cash withdrawals from his father’s account from ATM machines and failed to report the death of his father.

• Joshua Lee Pike, 38, of 49 Escape Drive, Whitesburg, who is charged with first-degree promoting contraband, Trazadone, a Schedule IV drug, in the Letcher County Jail, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Benett Lee Polly, 33, of 128 Smokey Row, Jenkins, who is charged with first-degree promoting contraband in the Letcher County Jail. The contraband was two hoarded prescription medications concealed in a yellow piece of paper hidden in his mouth.

• Ethan Tanner Taylor, 24, 260 Meadow Fork, Millstone, who is charged with theft by unlawful taking of cash sales proceeds of $500 or more belonging to Hardee’s of Jenkins.

In a second indictment, Taylor is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher District Court for a scheduled preliminary hearing.

• Randy Walling, 36, of 17 Gordon Dr., Whitesburg, and 246 High St., Irvine, who is charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Cindi Shaylyn Fryman, 35, address unknown, who is charged with public intoxication (excludes alcohol), first-degree criminal possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), and use and/or possession of drug paraphernalia.

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