Allegations of crimes involving cars represent two of the first felony cases recorded in Letcher County in 2017.
David Sturgill, 21, of Blackey was charged with first-degree criminal mischief on December 30 after an arrest warrant was served by Sgt. Barry Engle of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department.
The warrant, obtained by Tammy Mitchell of Roxana, charges that Sturgill and three others “intentionally destroyed a wheelchairaccessible 1996 Chevy Astro van by busting the windshield and back glass, cutting all four tires, pulling the air cleaner off the engine and putting sand and gravel in the intake, removing oil cap and filling engine with sand and gravel, break- ing the master cylinder reservoir, breaking off a door handle, ripping out weather seal, and beating and banging up the interior of the van, leaving a handicapped person without a means of transportation.”
The warrant says the alleged crime resulted in property damages “well in excess of $1,000.”
Sgt. Engle arrested Sturgill at a residence on Hannah Drive, Isom, at 11 a.m. last Friday. Sturgill was released at 1:15 p.m. on the same day after a $10,000 surety bond was posted on his behalf. As a condition of his release, Sturgill was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim’s property and to keep out of the Kingscreek and Roxana area.
On December 28, Ryan Damron, 23, of 699 Turkey Pen Road, Virgie, was charged with the felony crime of first-degree criminal mischief and the misdemeanor crime of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
A warrant obtained by Christopher Meade and served by the Pike County Sheriff ’s Department charges that in Letcher County on October 15, 2016, Damron “took a 2016 Hyundai Elantra that Meade’s ex-girlfriend was driving without the consent of Meade or Meade’s ex-girlfriend.” The warrant says Damron committed criminal mischief “when he wrecked and totaled the vehicle owned by Meade that Meade purchased only two months prior to the Damron’s unauthorized use.”
Damron, who is unemployed, was released after posting a $140 cash bond. He has been ordered to appear before Letcher District Judge Kevin Mullins on January 11.
The case files involving both Sturgill and Damron were filed in the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s office on January 3.
The county’s first felony arrest file for 2017 names 37-year-old Amy Bowling of Jackhorn, who was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (opiates) and possession of drug paraphernalia after Fleming-Neon City Police found her slumped over the steering wheel of a black SUV at KY 343 and Seals Drive about 2:50 p.m. on December 30.
An arrest citation said police had “received multiple calls about a female subject sitting in a black SUV slumped over the steering wheel.” Police say Bowling was in possession of five packets containing the powerful narcotic fentanyl along with several syringes and a spoon.