Whitesburg KY

Nursing home case brings indictment

Nursing home supervisor among 6 indicted recently

A Letcher Grand Jury has indicted a nursing home supervisor on charges he assaulted an employee by injecting her with an unknown type and amount of insulin while at work.

William Lacy Stanley, 65, of 442 Racking Rock Rd., Clintwood, Va., a nurse/supervisor at Letcher Manor Nursing Home, was arrested in the early morning hours of October 4 and charged with assault for allegedly sticking another employee with an insulin needle intentionally.

Police said at the time that they did not know if the needle was clean or dirty, or if it contained any drug. The victim was kept in Whitesburg Hospital for observation because of the lack of trustworthy information.

According to the indictment, Stanley threatened to inject Bethany Collins with insulin from a contaminated needle on an automatic insulin injection pin, then stuck her in the shoulder with the needle. The indictment says Stanley “destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed or altered” the automatic injection pen and the attached needle when he believed that they would be used as evidence against him.

Stanley is charged with second-degree assault, a felony, third-degree terroristic threatening and tampering with physical evidence. Stanley was a nurse and shift supervisor at the nursing home.

According to a citation issued at the time of the arrest, Stanley was “presenting himself in a rude manner,” when Constable Austin Johnson arrived, but admitted to “playing around” and sticking Bethany Collins with an insulin needle.

Johnson wrote in the citation that Stanley said the needle was not used, and that Stanley had disposed of it after the incident. Johnson, who is the District 2 constable, was filling in to help the Whitesburg Police Department, which was shorthanded.

Johnson testified before the grand jury.

In other indictments, the grand jury charged Justin Lee Cook, 36, of 7515 HWY 317, Deane, with multiple counts related to drug possession and trafficking.

Cook, who was arrested last week after police found him parked in the middle of Low Gap Road, is charged with first-degree trafficking in more than 2 grams of methamphetamine, first offense; first-degree trafficking in more than two grams of cocaine, first offense (amended up from possession by the grand jury); trafficking in more than 8 ounces but less than 5 pounds of marijuana, first offense; third-degree possession of a controlled substance, unspecified drug; two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, opiates; and use/ possession of drug paraphernalia.

Among other items, police say Cook had an estimated 1 pound of methamphetamine, nearly two pounds of marijuana, and a large number of different pills, including one that police said was similar to counterfeit pills now being pressed as fentanil.

Cook told police at the time of his arrest that the drugs belonged to a friend who had recently died of an overdose, and he was taking them to dispose of them.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Watts testified before the grand jury.

Also indicted were:

• Roger Lee Miles, 50, of 1781 Thornton, Rd., Thornton, charged with first-degree trafficking in more than 2 grams of methamphetamine; third-degree possession of a controlled substance; use/possession of drug paraphernalia; criminal possession of a legend drug; and being a persistent felony offender in the second degree.

Miles is accused of possessing more than 2 grams of meth, a Schedule IV or V controlled substance and various containers for storing or consuming narcotics on October 24.

Trooper Watts testified in the case

• Gary Michael Taylor, 48, of 101 Shumake Dr., Whitesburg, charged with first-degree possession of methamphetamine and buy/possess drug paraphernalia.

Taylor is accused of having less than 2 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his possession when he was arrested on October 10.

Trooper Watts testified in the case.

• Harley Jack Daniels Slone, 37, of 1305 HWY 7 South, Isom, charged with no/expired registration plate; operating a motor vehicle with an improper registration, plate, speeding 26 miles per hour or more above the posted limit; two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment ; firstdegree fleeing or evading police, being a persistent felony offender in the second degree.

The charges stem from a high speed chase November 21, during which police say he put Kentucky State Police Trooper Tyler Smith and drivers of oncoming cars in danger by driving “well in excess of 80 miles per hour” while fleeing from police.

Trooper Smith testified in the case.

• Justin Kent Bryant, 38, of 485 Beef Hide Creek, Jenkins, charged with fourth offense or greater of operating a motor vehicle under the include of alcohol or drugs (a felony), and failure to be in possession of operator’s license.

Trooper Watts testified before the grand jury.

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