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Scrap dealer, theft suspects among 14 indicted by jury



Fourteen people have been indicted on theft charges by the Letcher County Grand Jury, including an Isom scrap dealer and four others charged in connection with the theft of steel grates from culverts that belong to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The grand jury charges scrap dealer Delbert Mitchell Wright, 81, of 632 Ison Drive, Isom, and 132 Harrell Park, Bean Station, Tenn., with failure to maintain a register of restricted metals, improper purchase of restricted metals by cash, failure to provide reports of activities to law enforcement officers, purchase of restricted metals without proof of ownership, and receiving stolen property.

Wright is accused of buying two storm drain covers stolen from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on April 18 without proof of ownership and paying for them with cash instead of a check.

The grand jury says the grates were stolen by Coy McClain of Thornton and Keith Aaron Maschino of Neon. The two were allegedly assisted by Jeanette Hollifield of Floyd County and Stacey Renea Gibson of Mayking.

McClain, 39, of 1210 Thornton Road, and Maschino, 37, of 2 South Abdoo St., are charged with criminal complicity to unlawful taking of the grates on April 18. Maschino is also charged with being a persistent felony offender.

Hollifield, 32, of 327 Chaffing Branch Road, Garrett, and Gibson, 37, of 1049 Great Oak Road, are charged with criminal facilitation to unlawful taking. The jury says they aided McClain and Maschino in committing the theft.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the cases.

Four other people are charged in three indictments each and another person in one indictment for the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company at Franks Creek at Eolia.

The grand jury accuses James Orville “Popeye” Fields, 38, of 211 Elk Mountain, Whitesburg, of criminal complicity to theft with David Kris Hall, Belinda Hall and Tonda M. Adams in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on April 20. He is also charged with criminal trespass, criminal complicity to criminal mischief, and being a persistent felony offender.

Fields is charged in another indictment with criminal complicity to theft with David Kris Hall, Belinda Hall and Tonda M. Adams in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on April 27. He is also charged with criminal trespass, criminal complicity to criminal mischief, and being a persistent felony offender.

In a third indictment, Fields is accused of criminal complicity to theft with Gary Wayne Smith, David Kris Hall, Belinda Hall and Tonda M. Adams in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on May 2. He is also charged with criminal trespass, and being a persistent felony offender.

Belinda Hammonds Hall, 49, also known as Belinda Hammonds Cook, of 42 CSX Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with criminal complicity to theft with David Kris Hall, James Orville “Popeye” Fields and Tonda M. Adams in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on April 20. She is also charged with criminal trespass and criminal complicity to criminal mischief.

Hall is charged in another indictment with criminal complicity to theft with David Kris Hall, James Orville “Popeye” Fields and Tonda M. Adams in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on April 27. She is also charged with criminal trespass and criminal complicity to criminal mischief.

In a third indictment, Hall is accused of criminal complicity to theft with Gary Wayne Smith, David Kris Hall, James Orville “Popeye” Fields and Tonda M. Adams in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on May 2. She is also charged with criminal trespass.

Tonda Michelle Adams, 44, of 37 Dean Lane, Whitesburg, is charged with criminal complicity to theft with David Kris Hall, James Orville “Popeye” Fields and Belinda Hammonds Cook Hall in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on April 20. She is also charged with criminal trespass and criminal complicity to criminal mischief.

Adams is charged in another indictment with criminal complicity to theft with David Kris Hall, James Orville “Popeye” Fields and Belinda Hammonds Cook Hall in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on April 27. She is also charged with criminal trespass and criminal complicity to criminal mischief.

In a third indictment, Hall is accused of criminal complicity to theft with Gary Wayne Smith, David Kris Hall, James Orville “Popeye” Fields and Belinda Hammonds Cook Hall in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on May 2. She is also charged with criminal trespass.

The grand jury accuses David Kris Hall, 30, of Day Rural Station, Whitesburg, of criminal complicity to theft with James Orville “Popeye” Fields, Belinda Hall and Tonda M. Adams in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on April 20. He is also charged with criminal trespass, criminal complicity to criminal mischief, and being a persistent felony offender.

Hall is charged in another indictment with criminal complicity to theft with James Orville “Popeye” Fields, Belinda Hall and Tonda M. Adams in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on April 27. He is also charged with criminal trespass, criminal complicity to criminal mischief, and being a persistent felony offender.

In a third indictment, Hall is accused of criminal complicity to theft with Gary Wayne Smith, James Orville “Popeye” Fields, Belinda Hall and Tonda M. Adams in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on May 2. He is also charged with criminal trespass, and being a persistent felony offender.

Gary Wayne Smith is charged with criminal complicity to theft with David Kris Hall, James Orville “Popeye” Fields, Belinda Hall and Tonda M. Adams in the theft of copper wire and other metal from Cumberland River Coal Company on May 2. He is also charged with criminal trespass, and being a persistent felony offender.

Kentucky State Police Detective Chris Collins testified in the cases.

Others indicted by the grand jury are:

• Linville Victor Hendrix II — theft by unlawful taking.

Hendrix, 22, of 21 B Ball Drive, McRoberts, is charged with taking a number of electronics and other merchandise from Walmart of Whitesburg from March 29 to May 3.

Whitesburg Police Officer Alicia Congleton testified in the case.

• Shannon Lynn Wynn — two counts of unlawful taking and being a persistent felony offender.

Wynn, 30, also known as Shannon Lynn Gullet and Shannon Lynn Yeary, of 50 Midway Drive, Mayking, is accused of taking a 1987 Cadillac automobile, cash and personal property belong to Arthur Hall on August 19, 2012. She is also charged with taking personal property belonging to John Brown and Nichole Brown.

Kentucky State Trooper Donald White testified in the case.

• Caleb Ronald Sexton — criminal mischief, burglary, and theft by unlawful taking.

The grand jury says Sexton, 19, of 7849 Hwy. 119 S, Eolia, damaged equipment and structures belonging to Oliver Mullins on April 19 and 20. He is also charged with entering Mullins’s residence and place of business at Franks Creek, and taking copper from machinery belonging to Mullins.

Kentucky State Trooper Donald White testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Sexton is charged with criminal mischief, burglary, and theft by unlawful taking. He is accused of damaging equipment and structures belonging to Oliver Mullins on April 22. He is also charged with entering Mullins’s residence and place of business at Franks Creek, and taking copper from machinery belonging to Mullins.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Michael Paul Barker — theft by unlawful taking.

Barker, 38, of 1163 Hwy. 3408, Blackey, is accused of taking diesel fuel belonging to CSX Railroad on February 8.

In a second indictment, Barker is charged with two counts of taking diesel fuel belonging to CSX Railroad on February 9.

CSX Railroad Special Agent Chris Bowens testified in the cases.

• Shaun Wayne Hammonds — theft by unlawful taking.

The grand jury says Hammonds, 33, of 4181 Hwy. 931 N, Whitesburg, and 511 Jenkins Road, Whitesburg, took a Taurus. 357 Magnum revolver belonging to Harold Godsey on April 9.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.



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