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Jury indicts robbery defendants, 3 others



The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned felony indictments against three persons charged with robbing the Mayking Post Office and one person charged with lying to receive food stamps and Medicaid benefits.

Those charged in connection with the robbery which occurred earlier this month are:

• Dustin Yeary — Complicity to robbery (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

Yeary, 26, of 1521 Pine Creek Road, Mayking, is charged with acting alone or with Katie LaRue and/ or Jeffrey McClain in threatening Twana Hernandez while robbing her on April 1.

In a second indictment, the grand jury accuses Yeary of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon on April 1 and being a persistent felony offender.

• Jeffrey McClain — Complicity to robbery (first degree).

McClain, 26, 1210 Thornt o n Road, Thornton, is charged with acting alone or with Katie LaRue and/or Dustin Yeary in threatening Twana Hernandez while robbing her on April 1.

• Katie LaRue — Complicity to robbery (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says LaRue, 26, of 1588 Hill Rise Dr., Lexington and 16 Wren Rd., Ermine, acted alone or with Dustin Yeary and/or Jeffrey McClain in threatening Twana Hernandez while robbing her on April 1.

In a second indictment, the grand jury accuses LaRue of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon on April 1.

Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs testifi ed in the cases against all three robbery defendants.

Indictments related to food stamp and Medicaid fraud were returned against Stephanie Yvonne Jones, 29, also known as Stephanie Yvonne Fleming, of 980 Hwy. 2546, Millstone. She is accused of two counts of making false statements to receive public assistance, two counts of failing to disclose facts used to determine eligibility for public assistance, failing to report change in factors to receive food stamps, failing to report change in factors to receive Medicaid, illegal use/possession of a food stamp EBT card, illegal use/ possession of a Medicaid card, a fraudulent scheme to obtain food stamps, and a fraudulent scheme to obtain Medicaid benefits.

The grand jury says between May 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009, Jones received food stamps and Medicaid benefits by making false statements about her qualifications for the programs.

In a second indictment, Jones is charged with making false statements to receive public assistance, failing to disclose facts used to determine eligibility of public assistance, failing to report change in factors to receive food stamps, illegal use/possession of a food stamp EBT card, and fraudulent scheme to obtain food stamps.

She is charged with illegally receiving food stamps between January 1, 2010 and October 31, 2010.

Erin K. Hill from the Offi ce of the Inspector General testified in the cases.

The grand jury also returned indictments against two other persons last week. They are:

• Tasha Nichole Fleming — No/expired registration plate, no/expired registration receipt, no operator’s license in her possession, no insurance, failure to produce proof of insurance, failure to wear seat belt, giving a false name, and theft of identity.

Fleming, also known as Savannah Harris and Tasha Nicole Harris, 26, of 213 Chopping Branch, McRoberts, is charged with giving a false name or address to Whitesburg Assistant Police Chief Tyrone Fields on March 3.

Whitesburg Assistant Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Richard H. Adams Jr. — Public intoxication, traffi cking in a controlled substance, unlawful transaction with a minor, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

The grand jury says Adams, 25, of 98 Canary Dr., Millstone, trafficked in Alprazolam and caused a minor to engage illegal activity with a controlled substance on January 20. He is also charged with being in possession of marijuana and oxycodone, having Alprazolam within 1,000 yards of a school with the intention to sell it or transfer it, and carrying brass knuckles.

Whitesburg’s Chief Fields also testified in the latter case.



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