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Jury indicts man who jumped city worker at Ermine



A 22-year-old man charged in the severe beating of a Whitesburg city employee earlier this summer is one of 14 people named in new indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury.

William Ryan Adams, of 43 Michigan Avenue, is charged with one count of first-degree assault in the indictment charging him with beating Whitesburg Waterworks employee Larry Hall so badly that Hall had to undergo surgery at the Pikeville Medical Center.

In addition to undergoing “orbital eye surgery” to repair broken bones around his left eye, Hall, 54, also apparently suffered a heart attack as a result of the beating that occurred near a front entrance to the Whitesburg Walmart at Ermine. On July 27.

“At around 5:30 p.m., I was dispatched to Whitesburg Walmart for fight in progress,” Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields wrote in Adams’s original arrest citation. “When I arrived I found Larry Hall on the sidewalk covered in blood. Larry’s left eye was swollen shut. Larry also had a large gash underneath his left eye socket. Larry stated that Adams had jumped him when he got out of his car at Walmart. A witness stated that Hall was trying to avoid Adams when he was attacked.”

Fields met with the grand jury before the indictment was returned.

Just after the fight occurred, Fields said the two men began exchanging words ealier in the year when Adams mistakenly believed that Hall was talking about him while Hall was visiting with a relative at the McDonald’s restaurant in Whitesburg.

Hall has since returned to work with the city.

Others named in the indictments handed up to Letcher Circuit Judge James W. Craft II are:

• Misty D. Ison, who is charged in four separate indictments with bailjumping (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

Ison, 45, of 43 Della Riley Lane, Isom, is charged in two indictments with failure to appear for a discovery conference in the Letcher County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office on July 22.

Kristi Skeens of the Letcher County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office testified in the cases.

Ison is charged in two other indictments with failure to appear for a pre-trial conference in Letcher Circuit Court on July 27.

Sandra Wright of the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s office testified in the cases.

Others indicted are:

• Richard Neil Rains — Theft of mail matter and theft by unlawful taking or disposition (under $500).

Rains, 28, of 42 Gran Dr., Cromona, is accused of stealing a piece of mail on September 23, 2015, which had been left for collection by the United States Postal Service.

Captain Marcus Kenny Terry of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testified in the case.

• Paul J. Hall — Theft by unlawful taking from vehicle ($500 or more, under $10,000), criminal mischief (third degree) and criminal trespassing (third degree).

The grand jury says Hall, 31, of 1679 Thornton Road, took tires and rims on July 10 from a Mustang automobile owned by Michael Baker. Hall is also accused of damaging Baker’s vehicle and entering premises belonging to Baker.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Samuel Pease testified in the case.

• Mark Can Bentley — Burglary (second degree), theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more, less than $10,000) and being a persistent felony offender (second degree).

Bentley, 34, of 60 Mosquito Dr., McRoberts, is charged with entering a residence owned by Christopher Taylor on April 7, and taking an Emerson 50-inch flat screen television, a Play Station IV, two video games and two controllers belonging to Taylor.

Christopher Taylor testified in the case.

• Tiffany Hall — Burglary (second degree) and theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more, less than $10,000).

The grand jury says Hall, 25, of 415 Kentucky May Rd., Whitesburg, enter a residence owned by Christopher Taylor on April 7, and took an Emerson 50-inch flat screen television, a Play Station IV, two video games and two controllers belonging to Taylor.

Christopher Taylor testified in the case.

• Diana Nicholas — Driving DUI suspended license (third offense, aggravator), operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs .08 (third offense), possession of controlled substance (second degree, drug unspecified), possession of controlled substance (third degree, drug unspecified) and disregarding stop sign.

The grand jury says Nicholas, 48, of 262 Sackett Loop, Whitesburg, operated a motor vehicle on June 2 while her license was suspended or revoked for a third or subsequent offense within a five-year period. She is also charged with being under the influence of alcohol or drugs and possessing Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance, and Klonopin, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Randee Phillips — Promoting contraband (first degree).

Phillips, 21, of 160 High St., Jenkins, is charged with possessing Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance, on June 4 while being confined in the Letcher County Jail.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Elena Johnson testified in the case.

• Matthew Caudill — Theft by unlawful taking auto ($10,000 or more, under

$1,000,000).

Caudill, 20, of 9 Saluted Creek, Whitesburg, is accused of taking a 2014 Yamaha Raptor belonging to Wayne Thomas on July 17.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Samuel Pease testified in the case.

• Joshua D. Perkins — Complicity to theft by unlawful taking auto ($10,000 or more, under $1,000,000).

Perkins, 31, of 17 Pinetop Lane, Pinetop, is accused of taking a 2014 Yamaha Raptor with Matthew Caudill belonging to Wayne Thomas on July 17.

KSP Trooper Samuel Pease testified in the case.

• Christopher Brown — Tampering with evidence, giving officer false name or address, possession of a controlled substance, buy/ possess drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, menacing and being a persistent felony offender (second degree).

Brown, 29, of 228 Scrapshin Br., Isom, is charged with altering evidence on June 2 and giving a false name, address or date of birth to Letcher County Sheriff ’s Officer Sydney Fields. Brown is also accused of possessing a half of a Suboxone and a Xanax, and resisting arrest by KSP Trooper Donnie White.

Officer Sydney Fields testified in the case.

• Brett Wright — Bailjumping (first degree).

Wright , 31, of 114 Hwy. 1410, Whitesburg, is charged with failure to appear for motion hour in Letcher Circuit Court on July 20 in connection with a felony charge.

• John David Sturgill — Bailjumping (first degree).

Wright , 31, of 114 Hwy. 1410, Whitesburg, is charged with failure to appear for a pre-trial conference in Letcher Circuit Court on June 29 in connection with a felony charge.

• Caleb Davis — Bailjumping (first degree).

Davis, 24, of 7981 KY 931 N, Whitesburg, is charged with failure to appear for a pre-trial conference in Letcher Circuit Court on June 29 in connection with a felony charge.



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