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Letcher grand jury indicts shooter, six others



The Letcher County Grand Jury has named seven people in eight indictments, including an Ermine man charged with shooting a man in the head with a .22 rifle.

James Edward Nichols, 22, of 73 Walk Road, Ermine, is charged in one indictment with burglary, assault, three counts of wanton endangerment, and being a persistent felony offender. The grand jury says Nichols shot Paul Richard Fields in the head with a .22 rifle in the home of Fredric Eversole on Nov. 18, 2009. He is also charged with endangering Tabitha Nichols, Eversole, and Stephanie Fuller by pointing the rifle at them.

In a separate indictment, he is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs testified in both cases.

Also indicted by the grand jury are:

• Lawrence Douglas Kilgore— four counts of wanton endangerment, two counts of criminal mischief, menacing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and alcohol intoxication.

The grand jury says Kilgore, 42, 2115 Hwy. 317, Neon, grabbed the steering wheel of a car driven by Rita Watkins during an argument on May 2, 2009, causing the car to swerve from the road and run through the occupied residence of Watkins and the Davidson family. He is charged with endangering Watkins, Melissa Davidson, Rosemary Davidson, and Robert John Sexton.

He is accused of causing damage to the 1997 Chevrolet owned by Watkins as well as the residence, and with menacing Jenkins Police Officer Anthony Maggard and resisting arrest.

Jenkins Police Officer Anthony Maggard testified in the case.

• Donald Ray Pigg — two counts of wanton endangerment, two counts of assault, criminal mischief, operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants (second offense), operating a vehicle with a revoked or suspended license (second offense), possession of an open alcoholic beverage in an automobile while being the driver, refusal to submit to testing, and being a persistent felony offender.

Pigg, 37, P.O. Box 2, 3479 Thornton Road, Thornton, is charged with injuring Jeremy York and Natasha York on October 9, 2009, when his car crossed the center line and struck the vehicle driven by Jeremy York. The grand jury says he damaged the 1986 Toyota pickup truck owned by Jeremy York, and that he was intoxicated and was driving with an open can of Busch Light Beer.

Kentucky State Police Trooper J. Cornett testified in the case.

• Jimmy Joe Rose — two counts of terroristic threatening and harassing communication.

Rose, 51, of 53 George Road, Betsy Layne, is charged with threatening to slit the throat of “Z.A.”, a 14-year-old member of the Whitesburg Middle School varsity football team, who was on the chain crew at a game between WMS and Betsy Layne Middle School on Oct. 10, 2009. The grand jury says Rose had been complaining that the referees at the game had been “bought off” because he believed they had been doing a poor job of officiating. The grand jury also says when confronted by WMS coach Terry Howard, Rose said he was not afraid of Howard or any member of the WMS coaching staff. He is also accused of harassing “J.B.”, a second 14-year-old member of the WMS football team, who was also a on the chain crew during the game.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Bert Slone testified in the case.

• Kyle Eugene Baker — possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia (second offense), tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest.

Baker, 23, also known as Kyle Dave Baker, 174 Forest Hill, Jenkins, is accused of having marijuana and a “water bong” on July 29, 2009. He is also charged with attempting the swallow the marijuana found by police, and with resisting arrest.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Timothy Miller testified in the case.

• Eddie Craft — flagrant nonsupport and being a persistent felony offender.

Craft, 41, 406 Gap Branch, Millstone, is charged with owing $2,245.81 in child support for the period ending Dec. 1, 2008.

Stephanie Church testified in the case.

• Johnny G. Breeding II — flagrant non-support.

Breeding, 27, 400 Coon Hollow, Deane, is charged with owing $7,793/27 in child support for the period ending Oct. 31, 2009.

Amy Gosnell of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.


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