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Scrap dealer among 10 indicted by jury



The Letcher Grand Jury has named 10 people in 14 indictments including two Isom men who have been charged in a case involving military markers stolen from Letcher County graveyards.

Harley Jack Daniels Slone, 30, of 1305 Hwy. 7 South, Isom, is accused of 12 counts of violating graves and 12 counts of receiving stolen property. The grand jury says he removed the U.S. military footstones from the graves of Letcher Gibson, John R. Pigman, Mildred Adams Stamper, James R. Smith, Watson Adams, Burnett Breeding, Denver Adams, Hobart Ison, James Clell Cornett, Estill Hogg, Emil Cornett and Cleo Cornett during the period of Aug. 1, 2012 through Sept. 5, 2012. Slone is also charge with having the stolen military footstones in his possession.

Delbert Mitchell Wright, 81, of 632 Isom Dr., Isom, is charged with failing to maintain a register of metals, improper purchase of restricted metals for cash, failure to provide required reports to law enforcement officials and purchase of restricted metals without proof of ownership.

The grand jury says Wright, a scrap metal dealer, failed to obtain information from the seller of U.S. armed forces veterans’ bronze and/ or copper footstone markers and did not keep a photocopy of the operator’s license of each seller. Wright is also charged with paying cash for the purchase of the markers instead of paying by check.

Kentucky State Police Detective Joel Abner testified in the cases.

Others indicted are:

• Robert Shelby Caudill — first degree sexual abuse, criminal solicitation and indecent exposure.

Caudill, 53, of 6 Cassel Dr., Whitesburg, is accused of subjecting a girl under 14 years of age to sexual contact through the use of forcible compulsion in the period of November 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003. Caudill is also accused of offering to pay the girl to perform oral sex on him and with exposing his genitals to the girl.

Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs testified in the case.

• Nora L. Hatton — burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

Hatton, 27, of 86 Moonshine Dr., Whitesburg, is charged with burglarizing the home of Rachel Carver at 97 Brandon Lee Road, Little Colley, on July 26, 2012. She is accused of taking a laptop computer valued at $500 or more belong to Carver, and with damaging a window in Carver’s home.

In a separate indictment, Hatton is charged with burglary and criminal mischief at the home of Michella Nease at Little Colley on July 26, 2012.

Letcher County Deputy Jarrod Hipps testified in the cases.

• Robert Forrest Quillen — burglary, theft, criminal trespassing and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury charges Quillen, 20, 114 Railroad Hill, Jenkins, with burglarizing the apartment of Chris Mullins at Mountain Breeze Apartment Complex in Jenkins on July 7, 2012, and with taking a $100 bill belonging to Mullins.

In a separate indictment, Quillen is charged with bail jumping and being a persistent felony offender. The grand jury says Quillen failed to appear at Letcher District Court on July 26, 2012, in connection with a felony charge.

Letcher Circuit Deputy Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the cases.

• Mark Can Bentley — theft, burglary and criminal mischief.

Bentley, 30, 7576 Hwy. North, Whitesburg, is accused of taking a pickup truck and items from a concession stand belonging to Kenny Anderson, doing business as Lucky 7 Speedway, on July 29, 2012. He is also charged with damaging the concession stand.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Johnny Lee Gibson — criminal complicity to receiving stolen property.

Gibson, 21, 270 Stallard Dr., Whitesburg, is charged with acting in complicity with Dwight Gibson in having a large quantity of No. 2 copper wire in June 2012 that had recently been stolen from Sapphire Mining Co. The wire is valued at more than $500.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Dwight Gibson — criminal complicity to receiving stolen property.

Gibson, no address given, is charged with acting in complicity with Johnny Gibson in having a large quantity of No. 2 copper wire in June 2012 that had recently been stolen from Sapphire Mining Co. The wire is valued at more than $500.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Ricky Allen Bates Jr. — alcohol intoxication, wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Bates, 49, who is currently an inmate in the Letcher County Jail, pointed a loaded 9mm semi automatic pistol at Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office on Sept. 25, 2012. He is also charged with concealing the pistol.

In a second indictment, Bates is accused of receiving stolen property and being a persistent felony offender. The grand jury says Bates had a 9mm semi automatic pistol on Sept. 25, 2012, which had been stolen from Ray Campbell of Jenkins.

In a third indictment, Bates is charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon on Sept. 25, 2012 and with being a persistent felony offender.

Damron testified in the cases.

• James Robert Barnett — flagrant non-support.

The grand jury says Barnett, 33, 103 Wintergreen Dr., McRoberts, and P.O. Box 406, McRoberts, owes $9,175.72 in support for his three minor children for the period of Jan. 19, 2005 to Sept. 20, 2012.

Shirley Fields of Letcher County Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.



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