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Jury says two from Va. stole from church here



Two Wise, Virginia residents have been indicted by the Letcher Grand Jury for stealing from a Letcher County church.

Donovan Mullins, 19, and Desirae Maggard, 18, both of 7337 Day Town Road, Wise, are each charged with criminal mischief (first degree), theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more, less than $10,000) and criminal trespass (third degree).

The grand jury says the two destroyed property belonging to the Church of God of Prophecy on August 29, and took a trailer belonging to the church.

Deputy Alisha Congleton of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testified in the cases.

Others indicted are:

• Dakota Bates — Burglary (third degree), criminal mischief (first degree), theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more, less than $10,000) and being a persistent felony offender.

Bates, 21, of 7846 Hwy. 7 N, Whitesburg, is charged with entering and damaging property belonging to the Indian Creek Gas and Go on August 31. He is also accused of taking merchandise from the gas station.

Alisha Congleton of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testified in the case.

• Christopher Scott Smith — Burglary (third degree), shoplifting (under $500) and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Smith, 41, of 354 Noah Sizemore Hill Rd., Hazard, entered the Whitesburg Walmart on August 31 after having been previously banned from the property, and took merchandise valued at under $500.

Whitesburg Police Officer Josh Little testified in the case.

•John A. Watkins — Burglary (second degree).

Watkins, 41, of 781 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, is charged with burglary at the home of Norene Fleming during the period of March 25 to April 9.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason Bates testified in the case.

• Michael D. Rayburn Jr. — manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), unlawful possession of a meth precursor (first offense) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rayburn, 40, of 130 Church St., Whitesburg, is accused of manufacturing methamphetamine on August 23.

Whitesburg Police Officer Sara Damron testified in the case.

• Melvin Costello — Four counts of wanton endangerment (first degree), fleeing or evading police (first degree, by motor vehicle), operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol/ drugs with .08 aggravator (first offense), suspended/ revoked operator’s license and speeding 15 miles per hour over limit.

The grand jury says Costello, 24, of 876 Mountain Road, Apt. 390, Jenkins, endangered the lives of four people on July 10. He is also charged with disobeying a direction to stop his vehicle given by Jenkins Police Officer Josh Richardson, and fleeing.

Jenkins Police Officer Josh Richardson testified in the case.

• William Randall Phillips — Criminal mischief (first degree).

Phillips, 50, of 160 High St., Jenkins, is accused of damaging property owned by Eric Addington on September 1, 2015, causing a loss of $1,000 or more.

Addington testified.



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