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Jury rules shooting not in self-defense

19 named in 22 other indictments

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 20 people in 23 indictments including a man charged with murder.

Samuel Todd Collier, 56, of 70 White Wolf Drive, Jenkins, is accused of shooting Mark Sturgill in the head with a handgun on Oct. 7, apparently after an argument about a dog owned by Sturgill.

Sturgill was a Jenkins Volunteer firefighter and technician with Kentucky Education Television. Kentucky State Police Detective Gary Sandlin testified in the case.

Others indicted are:

• Claude Hall Jr. — two counts of possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception.

Hall, 23, of P.O. Box 7, 3511 Hwy. 160, Premium, is charged with having two counterfeit $50 bills and with passing one of the bills at the Victory Temple Church food booth at Neon Days on Sept. 10.

Fleming-Neon Police Patrolman Tim Miller testified in the case.

In a separate indictment, the grand jury accuses him of burglary, theft, and tampering with evidence. He is charged with burglarizing a home owned by HOMES Inc. at Neon on Sept. 20, taking an electric range and a refrigerator. The grand jury says he also attempted to conceal the cash proceeds from the sale of the stolen property.

Fleming-Neon Police Chief Mike Dingus testified in the case.

• Claude H. Hall Sr. — complicity to theft and being a persistent felony off ender.

Hall, 53, of 3182 Hwy. 317, Jackhorn, is accused of acting alone or in complicity with Claude Hall Jr. in taking an electric range and a refrigerator belonging to HOMES Inc. on Sept. 20.

Fleming-Neon Police Chief Mike Dingus testified in the case.

• Timothy L. Belcher — theft.

The grand jury says Belcher, 42, of 180 Wright’s Hollow, Jenkins, took a metal bender machine belonging to Fred K. White on July 18.

Fred K. White testified in the case.

• Jerry Travis Slone — forgery, fraudulent use of a debit card, unauthorized signature, and receiving goods or services by fraud.

Slone, 21, of 32 Spy Rock Road, Isom, is accused of using a debit card belonging to Paul Chaney on August 24.

In each of two separate indictments, he is charged with the same four counts and with using Chaney’s debit card on August 30 and on Sept. 2.

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb testified in the cases.

• Johnny Mack Caudill — theft and being a persistent felony off ender.

The grand jury accuses Caudill, 34, of 1202 Hwy. 931 N, Whitesburg, with taking a mining light and charger belonging to Chris Whitaker on August 3.

Whitesburg Police Captain Josh Patrick testified in the case.

• Shannon Ray Combs —burglary and theft.

Combs, 28, of 1791 Thornton Road, Thornton, is charged with burglarizing the home of Chris Sexton at Thornton on July 19 and taking approximately $600.

Chris Sexton testified in the case.

• Keith Webb — complicity to theft by unlawful taking and complicity to theft by deception.

Webb, 55, 6836 Hwy. 805, Jenkins, is charged with taking a milk truck belonging to Earnest Potter on Oct. 5, acting alone or in complicity with Billy Hall. He is also charged with acting alone or in complicity with Hall in selling the milk truck to Southern Steele for $326.

Fleming-Neon Police Patrolman Tim Miller testifi ed in the case.

• Billy Hall — complicity to theft by unlawful taking, complicity to theft by deception, and being a persistent felony off ender.

Hall, 57, of 182 Haymond Hill, Fleming-Neon, is charged with taking a milk truck belonging to Earnest Potter on Oct. 5, acting alone or in complicity with Keith Webb. He is also charged with acting alone or in complicity with Webb in selling the milk truck to Southern Steele for $326.

Fleming-Neon Police Patrolman Tim Miller testifi ed in the case.

• Jonathon Edward Johnson —possession of a controlled substance (first degree), possession of a controlled substance (second degree), use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance not in its original container.

The grand jury says Johnson, 25, of 279 White Oak Road, Oakdale, Tenn., had Oxycodone and Hydrocodone in his possession on June 30. He is also charged with having 11 syringes with needles, a plastic container containing a white liquid, and three spoons with visible white powdery residue.

Fleming-Neon Police Patrolman Tim Miller testifi ed in the case.

• April K. Tackett — complicity to promoting contraband and trafficking in a controlled substance.

Tackett, 28, of Box 221, Ermine, or 382 CSX Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with acting alone or in complicity with Rocky Lane Sandlin in introducing 10 Suboxone tablets into the Letcher County Jail on August 16. She is also charged with possessing Suboxone.

• Rocky Lane Sandlin — complicity to promoting contraband and being a persistent felony off ender.

Sandlin, 28, of 382 CSX Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with acting alone or in complicity with April Tackett in introducing 10 Suboxone tablets into the Letcher County Jail on August 16.

• Randy Dean Cook — reckless driving, fleeing/ evading police, resisting arrest, three counts of wanton endangerment, no insurance, failure to produce proof of insurance, license not in possession, no/expired registration receipt, no/expired registration plates, operating a vehicle under the influence, and refusal to submit to chemical testing.

The grand jury charges Cook, 23, of Sugar Run, Whitesburg, with reckless driving and disobeying an order by an officer to stop on Sept. 21. He is also accused of attempting to prevent Kentucky State Trooper Joey King from arresting him, with nearly striking police cruisers occupied by King and Deputy Sheriff Mike Burton, and with nearly striking KSP Trooper Chuck Bledsoe with his automobile and then dragging him as Bledsoe hung from the side window of the car.

Kentucky State Trooper Joey King testified in the case.

• Crystal Lynn Barlow — no liability insurance, operating a vehicle on a suspended license due to DUI conviction, reckless driving, assault, criminal mischief, and operating a vehicle under the influence (third off ense).

Barlow, 30, of 11422 Old Mill Village, Pound, Va., is accused of reckless driving on Oct. 1 and with causing serious injury to Teddy A. Thompson by crossing three lanes of traffic and striking his vehicle. She is also charged with damaging Thompson’s Chevrolet Blazer.

The wreck occurred on U.S. 119, near the entrance to Fishpond Lake at Payne Gap. Thompson’s grandson, Paul Whitaker of Cromona, said his grandfather has improved somewhat since the collision but still faces a rough road to recovery.

“My grandfather was moved today from Holston Valley to a long term treatment facility in Bristol, Tenn.,” Whitaker said by e-mail last Tuesday. “He will be there for a couple of months before he can start rehab. … It has been a scary time for all of us but we are very optimistic for a recovery. It will just be a very long road ahead of him.”

Letcher County Lieutenant Brian Damron testifi ed in the case.

• Terry Cantrell Jr. — flagrant non-support and being a persistent felony off ender.

Cantrell, 54, of 158 Burdine Road, Burdine, is charged with owing $19,155.07 in child support for the period ending Oct. 28.

Barbara Belcher of Letcher County Child Support testified in the case.

• James M. Cornett. — flagrant non-support and being a persistent felony off ender.

Cornett, 37, of P.O. Box 351, Whitesburg, is charged with owing $15,020.41 in child support for the period ending Oct. 28.

Barbara Belcher of Letcher County Child Support testified in the case.

• Johnnie M. Mullins — flagrant non-support and being a persistent felony off ender.

Mullins, 34, of 74 Blacksmith Dr., Letcher, is charged with owing $15,022.43 in child support for the period ending Oct. 27.

Barbara Belcher of Letcher County Child Support testified in the case.

• Jason Howard — flagrant non-support.

Howard, 28, of 609 Hwy. S, Jeremiah, is charged with owing $21,179.77 in child support for the period ending Oct. 28.

Barbara Belcher of Letcher County Child Support testified in the case.

• Jean Taylor — flagrant non-support.

Taylor, 43, of 256 Church St., Whitesburg, is charged with owing $3,330.77 in child support for the period ending Oct. 27.

Barbara Belcher of Letcher County Child Support testified in the case.


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