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Nurse is charged with stealing pills from the elderly

Grand jury charges seven

A Letcher County Grand Jury has charged a former nurse with multiple felony counts of stealing medication that belonged to elderly patients at Letcher Manor Nursing Home.

Emily Brooke Robbins, 46, of Clintwood, Va., is charged with five counts of theft by unlawful taking of a controlled substance and five counts of first-degree criminal abuse. Letcher Commonwealth’s Detective Kenny Terry investigated the woman after Whitesburg police stopped her vehicle last year and charged her with having prescription drugs not in the proper container.

The indictment includes cases on one day, November 5, 2018. The charges identify the victims only by their initials. The jury charges that Robbins stole medicine from a 77-year-old man identified only as O.C., a 79-year-old female identified as L.H., a 67-year-old female identified as D.C., a 94-year-old woman identified as G.C., and an 83-year-old female identified as B.M.

Robbins, who was a licensed practical nurse (LPN), is charged with first-degree criminal abuse of each of the five patients. According to the indictment, she intentionally abused each patient by placing him or her “in a situation that might have caused (him or her) serious physical injury,’ or caused them “torture, cruel confinement, or cruel punishment. Each patient “was physically helpless or mentally helpless,” the indictment says.

Also named in indictments are:

• Blake Taylor, 18, of 64 Spy Rock, Isom, who is charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of theft of firearm and theft by unlawful taking over $500.

Taylor is accused of entering the dwelling of Donna Halcomb and family at 61 Spy Rock, Isom, with the intent to commit theft. The grand jury says Taylor or another participant in the crime was armed with a 12-gauge Winchester Model 37-A single shot shotgun and/or a 12-gauge Browning Model pump shotgun. He is also charged with taking a 12 gauge Winchester Model 37-A single shot shotgun and a 12-gauge Browning Model pump shotgun belonging to Donna Halcomb and family.

In a separate indictment, Taylor is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense).

Kentucky State Trooper Wade Adams testified in the cases.

• Kelly Renee Fleming, 49, also known as Kelly Renee Sturgill, of 61 Quiet Row, Jenkins, who is charged with theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting) of items valued at less than $500, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense).

Fleming is accused of taking merchandise belonging to Dollar General Store of Jenkins, and with possession of a plastic container with a plastic bag of what appears to be crystal methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Jenkins Patrolman James Stephens testified in the case.

• Brandon Carson Hart, 35, also known as Brandon Carson Collier, of 621 Sturgill Branch, Whitesburg, who is charged with public intoxication (excludes alcohol), use/possession of drug paraphernalia, controlled substance (prescription drug) in improper container, first-degree possession of controlled substance (hydrocodone, first offense), third-degree terroristic threatening, retaliating against a participant in the legal process and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Hart threatened to kill his mother in the presence of a Letcher County deputy sheriff and multiple other law enforcement officers and/or Letcher County deputy jailers. Hart also is accused of threatening to cause injury to his mother, who he believed may be called as a participant in official proceedings or who has participated in the legal proceeding.

Letcher County Deputy Sheriff James Norris testified in the case.

• Jarred Lee Shoemaker, 41, of 721 Long Fork Road, Virgie, who is charged with public intoxication (excludes alcohol), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, second or greater offense), use/possession of drug paraphernalia and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Jenkins Patrolman James Stephens testified in the case.

• Steve Collins Jr., 40, of 540 Midland Drive, Isom, who is accused of second-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

The grand jury says Collins disobeyed a direction to stop given by Letcher County Deputy Sheriff James Norris and other law enforcement officers on the scene, and had in his possession a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Letcher County Deputy Sheriff James Norris testified in the case.

• Bobby Lee Gray, 44, of 325 Francis Drive, Richmond, who is charged with public intoxication (excludes alcohol), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kentucky State Trooper Jason Bates testified.

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