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Man charged with 258 indictments in less than 1 year

A former Neon man has racked up his 258th indictment in less than one year in Letcher Circuit Court.

In its latest round of indictments, the Letcher Grand Jury names Joseph Kyle McLemore, 35, who currently lives in Morehead, in 129 true bills, each charging him with bail jumping and being a persistent felony offender in the second-degree.

The new indictments, handed up to Letcher Circuit Judge James W. Craft II on March 14, come less than one year after McLemore was indicted on 129 separate charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and third-degree arson after he and another Letcher County Jail inmate were accused of intentionally setting a fire in a jail holding cell and endangering the lives of the 129 inmates and employees who were in the building at the time.

The first 129 charges were filed on July 23, 2018, the day the fire was allegedly set. The first 129 indictments were returned in September.

In December 2018, McLemore was released from the Letcher County Jail after serving nine months of the 12 months he was sentenced to after pleading guilty to public intoxication (controlled substance) and violating parole in connection with an earlier charge.

Court records show that although McLemore was facing the original 129 indictments on the arson and wanton endangerment charges, court officials agreed to cut the sentence short because McLemore has been sick and was scheduled for kidney surgery.

McLemore’s failure to return to Letcher Circuit Court to face the original 129 charges resulted in the additional 129 indictments being returned last week after the grand jury heard testimony from Deputy Letcher Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright.

McLemore is one of 11 persons named in the indictments returned last week. Others indicted are:

• Eddie Rocky Sandlin, 41, of 44 Marlowe Road, Whitesburg, is accused of first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), resisting arrest, first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), first-degree criminal mischief, failure to wear seat belt, receiving stolen property ($10,000 or more), use/possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Sandlin is charged with disobeying a direction to stop his vehicle given by Whitesburg Police Officer Jordan Clemons and with creating a substantial risk of injury to Clemons by ramming a Chevrolet pickup truck into the City of Whitesburg police cruiser occupied by Clemons. Sandlin is accused of possessing stolen property, including the Chevrolet pickup truck, various watches, and jewelry, and also having two or more syringes.

Whitesburg Police Offi- cer Jordan Clemons testified in the case.

In a separate indictment, Sandlin is charged with firstdegree bail jumping and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. The grand jury says Sandlin failed to appear in Letcher Circuit Court on February 22 in a pending felony proceeding.

Deputy Letcher Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.

• Billy Wayne Spangler, 46, of 104 Fire Fly Road, Whitesburg, is accused of operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants ( second offense), firstdegree illegal possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), operating a vehicle with a revoked or suspended license for driving under the influence (second offense), receiving stolen property — a 1996 Chevrolet four-door pickup truck stolen from Jeffery Polly, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Deputy Josh Pease of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office testified in the case.

In a separate indictment, Spangler is charged with first-degree bail jumping and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. The grand jury says Spangler failed to appear in Letcher District Court on November 21, 2018 in a pending felony proceeding.

Deputy Letcher Circuit Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.

• Gary Wayne Boggs, Sr., 66, of 2165 Bo Fork, Whitesburg, is charged with firstdegree criminal complicity to criminal mischief and criminal complicity to theft by unlawful taking (over $10,000).

Boggs is accused of acting with Willie Halcomb and/or Mark Collins in damaging real property and timber located at Kingdom Come Creek and belonging to Carroll A. Smith, causing a loss of $1,000 or more. Boggs is also charged with acting with Willie Halcomb and/or Mark Collins in taking timber with a value of $10,000 or more belonging to Carroll A. Smith.

Carroll A. Smith testified in the case.

• Willie Halcomb, 66, of 14221 Hwy. 1103, Linefork, is charged with first-degree criminal complicity to criminal mischief and criminal complicity to theft by unlawful taking (over $10,000).

Halcomb is accused of acting with Gary Wayne Boggs, Sr., and/or Mark Collins in damaging real property and timber located at Kingdom Come Creek and belonging to Carroll A. Smith, causing a loss of $1,000 or more. Halcomb is also charged with acting with Gary Wayne Boggs, Sr., and/or Mark Collins in taking timber with a value of $10,000 or more belonging to Carroll A. Smith.

Carroll A. Smith testified in the case.

• Mark Allen Collins, of Bo Fork, Whitesburg, is charged with first-degree criminal complicity to criminal mischief and criminal complicity to theft by unlawful taking (over $10,000).

Collins is accused of acting with Willie Halcomb and/or Gary Wayne Boggs, Sr., in damaging real property and timber located at Kingdom Come Creek and belonging to Carroll A. Smith, causing a loss of $1,000 or more. Collins is also charged with acting with Willie Halcomb and/ or Gary Wayne Boggs, Sr., in taking timber with a value of $10,000 or more belonging to Carroll A. Smith.

Carroll A. Smith testified in the case.

• The grand jury charges Jeremy Shane Ritchie, 36, also known as Jeremy Shane Richie, of 492 Oil Springs, Neon, with first-degree complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), second- degree complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (second offense, Suboxone), third-degree complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (second offense, Neurotin), use/possession of drug paraphernalia and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Ritchie is accused of acting with Ruth Evelyn Rose Johnson Adkins and/ or Samuel “Sammy” Eugene Adkins and/or Clark Victor Brock in possessing with intent to sell two or more grams of methamphetamine, less than 20 dosage units of Suboxone, and less than 20 dosage units of Neurotin.

Deputy Joshua Pease of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office testified in the case.

• The grand jury charges Clark Victor Brock, 34, of 202 Low Gap Branch Road, Isom, with first-degree complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), second-degree complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (second offense, Suboxone), third-degree complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (second offense, Neurotin), use/possession of drug paraphernalia and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Brock is accused of acting with Ruth Evelyn Rose Johnson Adkins and/ or Samuel “Sammy” Eugene Adkins and/or Jeremy Shane Ritchie in possessing with intent to sell two or more grams of methamphetamine, less than 20 dosage units of Suboxone, and less than 20 dosage units of Neurotin.

Deputy Joshua Pease of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office testified in the case.

• The grand jury charges Samuel Eugene Adkins, 42, of 4312 Ky. Hwy. 805, Cromona, with first-degree complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), second- degree complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (second offense, Suboxone), third-degree complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (second offense, Neurotin), use/possession of drug paraphernalia and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Adkins is accused of acting with Ruth Evelyn Rose Johnson Adkins and/ or Clark Victor Brock and/ or Jeremy Shane Ritchie in possessing with intent to sell two or more grams of methamphetamine, less than 20 dosage units of Suboxone, and less than 20 dosage units of Neurotin.

Deputy Joshua Pease of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office testified in the case

• Eric A. Holbrook, 32, of 789 Breeding’s Creek, Redfox, is charged with first- degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), public intoxication (excludes alcohol) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Whitesburg Police Office Jordan Clemons testified.

• Brian Keith Taulbee, 33, of 256 Hogg Hollow, Neon, is accused of second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more), thirddegree criminal mischief and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Taulbee entered a dwelling owned by Leanna Thompson and took a color TV, a microwave oven, a pit bull dog, and a porch swing. Taulbee is also charged with damaging the entry door and lock of Thompson’s dwelling.

Leanna Thompson testified in the case.

For its final report, the grand jury conducted a mandatory inspection of the Letcher County Courthouse and pointed out several items including the heating and cooling of the grand jury room, which the jury said rarely functioned. The jury also said the courthouse needs to be repainted.

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