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Jury: Man and woman robbed store in Neon



The Letcher County Grand Jury returned several indictments May 13, including those of a man and woman charged with robbing the Neon Marathon Store.

The grand jury says Jeremy Shane Ritchie, 32, of 3228 Ky. Hwy. 317, Jackhorn, assaulted Elizabeth “Beth” Middaugh, the clerk on duty at the station, choking her neck and restraining her while robbing the station of $445.42 on January 22.

The charges against Ritchie are robbery (second degree), assault (fourth degree), theft and being a persistent felony offender.

Charity Dawn Sparks, 38, of 19 Quillen Fork, Jackhorn, is also charged in the Neon Marathon robbery with acting with Ritchie in criminal complicity to robbery (second degree), criminal complicity to assault (fourth degree), theft and being a persistent felony offender.

Fleming-Neon Police Officer Adam Swindall testified in the cases.

Others indicted are:

Jonathan Ray Mullins — Criminal complicity to theft, criminal complicity to burglary (second degree), criminal complicity to criminal mischief (second degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

Mullins, 30, of 318 Boggs Hollow, Whitesburg, is charged with taking tools and personal property valued at $500 or more belonging to Johnny and Janet Napier on January 29. He is also accused of acting with Joseph Freeman in entering the home of the Napiers at the John Doug Vermillion section of Little Cowan Road, Whitesburg and in damaging the dwelling, a dump truck, a backhoe and other property belonging to the Napiers.

Letcher County Captain Marcus K. Terry testified in the case.

• Joseph M. Freeman — Criminal complicity to theft, criminal complicity to burglary (second degree) and criminal complicity to criminal mischief (second degree).

The grand jury says Freeman, 23, of 133 Spider Hill, Whitesburg, acted with Jonathan Ray Mullins in taking tools and personal property valued at $500 or more belonging to Johnny and Janet Napier on January 29. He is also accused of acting with Mullins in entering the home of the Napiers at the John Doug Vermillion section of Little Cowan Road, Whitesburg and in damaging the dwelling, a dump truck, a backhoe and other property belonging to the Napiers.

Letcher County Captain Marcus K. Terry testified in the case.

• Jake Tyler Smith — Fleeing or evading police (first degree), theft and criminal mischief (second degree).

Smith, 19, of 52 #6 Hollow, Jenkins, is accused of disobeying an order to stop given by Jenkins Police Chief Crystal Davis on December 29, and with taking a motorcycle owned by Jessica Anderson. He is also charged with damaging Anderson’s motorcycle.

Jenkins Police Chief Crystal Davis testified in the case.

•Sheena Carol Cornett — theft of mail matter.

The grand jury says Cornett, 25, also known as Sheena Combs, of 171 White Tail Road, Roxana, stole mail matter belong to Jimmy C. McIntosh of 1594 Craft’s Colly Road, Ermine, on March 4.

Letcher County Deputy Eugene Slone testified in the case.

• Blake A. Johnson — Cultivation of marijuana (five or more plants), trafficking in marijuana (under eight ounces) and having drug paraphernalia.

Johnson, 26, of 844 Goose Creek Road, Neon, is charged with growing five or more marijuana plants and with selling marijuana, a Schedule I hallucinogen, on March 6.

Fleming-Neon Police Offi ce Adam Swindall testified in the case.

• JoAnne Calihan — Complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (second degree).

Calihan, 43, of Speedy Road Drive, Eolia, and 448 Hwy. 3404, Partridge, is charged with trafficking in less than 20 dosage units of Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance, to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police in complicity with Andrea Denise Calihan on August 10.

Kentucky State Trooper Donnie White testified in the case.

• Andrea Denise Calihan — Trafficking in a controlled substance (second degree, second offense) and being a persistent felony offender.

Calihan, 34, of 411 Main Street, Cumberland, is charged with trafficking in less than 20 dosage units of Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance, to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police on August 10.

Kentucky State Trooper Donnie White testified in the case.

• April Pridemore — Trafficking in a controlled substance (first degree, first offense) and controlled substance not in its original container.

Pridemore, of 714 Black Bottom Rd., Jeremiah, is accused of trafficking in 10 or more dosage units of prescription drugs including Oxycodone that are classified in Schedule II on January 27.

• Eric Duwayne Howard — Trafficking in a controlled substance (first degree, first offense), controlled substance not in its original container and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Howard, 32, of 1119 Hwy. 2036, Letcher, trafficked in 10 or more dosage units of prescription drugs including Oxycodone that are classified in Schedule II on January 26

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

In a separate indictment, Howard is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (first degree, first offense), controlled substance not in its original container and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury charges Howard with trafficking in 10 or more dosage units of prescription drugs including Oxycodone that are classified in Schedule II on January 27.

• Gregory “Greg” Allen Harris — Promoting contraband (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

Harris, 33, of 174 Libby Drive, Jeremiah, is charged with introducing dangerous contraband into the Letcher County Jail on February 28.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Roger Eldridge testified in the case.

• Jeffrey Alan Ison — Escape (second degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

Ison, 38, of 1265 Little Dry Fork Road, Whitesburg, is accused of escaping from a electronically monitored home incarceration program of Letcher Circuit Court in connection with a felony on December 30.

Letcher County Deputy Mickey Stines testified in the case.

• Lenville Shane Hall — Bail jumping (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Hall, 34, also known as Linville Shane Hall, Lynville Shane Hall, Linvil Shane Hall, Shane Hall and Shane S. Hall, of 411 Broadway, Salyersville, failed to appear in Letcher Circuit Court on April 22 in connection with a felony charge.

In a separate indictment, Hall is charged with bail jumping (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

Hall is accused of failing to appear in Letcher Circuit Court on April 22 in connection with a felony charge.

Deputy Circuit Court Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the cases.

• George Hurt — Bail jumping (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

Hurt, 31, of P.O. Box 284, Blackey, is charged with failing to appear in Letcher Circuit Court on April 8 for a scheduled imposition of final judgment and sentencing in connection with a pending felony charge.

Deputy Circuit Court Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.

• Christopher Wayne Johnson — Flagrant non support and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Johnson, 28, also known as Chris Johnson, of 150 Pane Street, Jenkins, failed to provide support for his minor children.

Monica Adams of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.

• Phillip Andrew Griffin — Flagrant non support and being a persistent felony offender.

Griffin, 35, of 138 Railroad Hill, Jenkins, is charged with failing to provide support for his minor children.

• Amy M. Cokonougher — Flagrant non support.

The grand jury says Cokonougher, 27, of 65 Explorer Drive, Whitesburg, failed to provide support for her minor children.

Monica Adams of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.

• Victor Wayne Amburgey — Flagrant non support.

The grand jury says Amburgey, 37, also known as Wayne Amburgey, of 5246 Thornton Road, Thornton, failed to provide support for his minor children.

Regina Hurst of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.



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