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Jury names man in 17 indictments after church funds are found missing



A Deane man has been named in 17 indictments by the Letcher Grand Jury, and is charged with possession of a forged instrument (second degree) in 15 of the indictments and theft by deception (more than $500) in the other two indictments.

Joey N. Stidham, 29, of 275 Shelby Fork, is accused of possessing forged checks for $200 on December 8, $100 on December 10, $150 on December 11, $250 on December 12, $300 on December 14, $400 on December 15, $623.78 on December 16, and $994.27 on December 17 on the account of Thornton Regular Baptist Church.

Stidham is also charged with possessing forged checks for $40 on November 13, $100 on November 14, $100 on November 15, $45 on November 18, $80 on November 21, $100 on December 3, and $200 on December 4 on the account of Lorene and Ronnie Stidham.

He is charged with theft by deception ($500 or more) for seven checks — $40, $100, $100, $45, $80, $100, $200 —on November 13 through December 4 totaling $1,065, written on the account of Lorene and Ronnie Stidham.

The grand jury also says Stidham committed theft by deception (more than $500) for eight checks —$200, $100, $150, $250, $300, $400, $623.78, and $994.27 — on December 8 through December 17 totaling $3,018.05, written from the account of Thornton Regular Baptist Church.

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

Others indicted are:

• Wesley Deran Hatton — Sexual abuse (first degree).

Hatton, 33, of 932 Hwy. 3400, Jenkins, is charged with subjecting another person, less than 16 years old, to sexual contact through forcible compulsion in 2004.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Maria Watts — Criminal complicity to possession of a forged instrument (second degree), criminal complicity to theft by deception (more than $500 but less than $10,000) and forgery (second degree).

The grand jury says Watts, 24, of 948 Hwy. 1148, Isom, possessed a forged refund check for $4,714 from Letcher Manor Nursing Home payable to Dorothy Corwin in September 2015. She is charged with acting with Caleb Davis and Jackie Littrell in passing the check for payment. Watts is also accused of completing and signing the forged check for $4,714 from Letcher Manor Nursing Home.

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

• Jackie Littrell — Criminal complicity to possession of a forged instrument (second degree) and criminal complicity to theft by deception (more than $500 but less than $10,000).

Littrell, 26, of 948 Hwy. 1148, Isom, is accused of possessing a forged refund check for $4,714 from Letcher Manor Nursing Home payable to Dorothy Corwin in September 2015. He is also charged with acting with Caleb Davis and Maria Watts in passing the check for payment.

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

• Caleb Davis — Criminal complicity to possession of a forged instrument (second degree) and criminal complicity to theft by deception (more than $500 but less than $10,000).

Davis, 44, of 7981 Ky. 931 N, Whitesburg, is accused of possessing a forged refund check for $4,714 from Letcher Manor Nursing Home payable to Dorothy Corwin in September 2015. He is also charged with acting with Jackie Littrell and Maria Watts in passing the check for payment.

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

• Terry Kiser — Burglary (second degree), criminal mischief (first degree), theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more) and desecration of venerated object (first degree).

Kiser, 44, of 163 Pistol City, Whitesburg, is charged with entering the residence of Martha Taulbee and doing $1,000 worth of damage to the home on December 25. He is also accused of taking property valued at $500 or more and with excavating human remains for commercial sale or exploitation of the remains.

Martha Taulbee testified in the case.

• Michael J. Blair — no operator’s/moped license, no license in possession, operating vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs etc. (first offense), carrying concealed deadly weapon, criminal trespass (second degree), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of synthetic drugs and theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more but less than $10,000).

The grand jury says Blair, 24, of 437 Puncheon Camp Rd., Cornettsville, failed to secure an operator’s license of a motor vehicle and did not have a license to show Kentucky State Trooper Donnie White, who was completing an accident report on November 30. Blair is charged with having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, with carrying a pair of grey metal knuckles, and with possessing synthetic marijuana. He is also accused of criminal trespass of the premises of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Fields, 10855 KentuckyHighway7Sin Blackey, which were fenced, and taking a 1992 white Ford F-150 pickup truck belonging to Brian Fields.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Donnie White testified in the case.

• Timothy O. Shepherd — theft by unlawful taking or disposition and being a persistent felony offender (second degree).

Shepherd, 36, of 387 Win Br., Partridge, is charged with taking copper wiring on December 5 belonging to Bluegrass Materials valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000.

Officer Sidney Fields of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testified in the case.

• James L. Pigman — public intoxication (controlled substance), possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense), possession of controlled substance, tampering with evidence, possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense, methamphetamine), possession of controlled substance (second degree), possession of controlled substance (third degree), possession of meth precursor (first offense) and controlled substance (prescription) in improper container.

Pigman, 57, of 749 Apple Tree Dr., Deane, is accused of possessing a Schedule I or II narcotic drug on January 2, trying to kick evidence under the passenger seat of a vehicle, possessing a Schedule I or II drug that is not a narcotic, possessing a Schedule IV or V drug, possessing meth precursors and having a controlled substance not in original container.

Officer Sidney Fields of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testified in the case.

• Christopher D. Hughes — public intoxication (controlled substance), possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense), possession of controlled substance, tampering with evidence, possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense, methamphetamine), possession of controlled substance (second degree), possession of controlled substance (third degree), possession of meth precursor (first offense) and controlled substance (prescription) in improper container.

Hughes, 33, of 749 Apple Tree Dr., Deane, is accused of possessing a Schedule I or II narcotic drug on January 2, trying to kick evidence under the passenger seat of a vehicle, possessing a Schedule I or II drug that is not a narcotic, possessing a Schedule IV or V drug, possessing meth precursors and having a controlled substance not in original container.

Officer Sidney Fields of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testified in the case.

• Randy Church — public intoxication (controlled substance), possession of controlled substance and possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense, opiates).

Church, 33, of 1029 Joes Branch, Jenkins, is charged with appearing in a public place while under the influence of a controlled substance on December 4, trafficking in a controlled substance and possessing a Schedule I or II narcotic drug.

Whitesburg Police Officer Sara Damron testified in the case.

• Christopher McLemore — criminal mischief (first degree).

McLemore, 34, of Shaes Fork, McRoberts, is charged with damaging a bunk bed belonging to the Letcher County Jail on December 26.

Deputy Roger Eldridge of the Letcher County Jail testified in the case.



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