Grand jury indicts man on wanton endangerment charges

August 6, 2013

by Cris Ritchie — Editor

HAZARD – A Hazard man who allegedly discharged a shotgun inside a home with five children nearby was indicted this month on multiple counts of wanton endangerment.

Jimmy Sizemore, 35, of Allais, was arrested on June 5, the day after police say entered a residence on Walker Branch Road and assaulted his wife before threatening to kill himself. He later fired a shot from a 20-gauge shotgun through the roof of the residence, according to Patrolman Billy Caudill with the Hazard Police Department who testified during Sizemore’s preliminary hearing in June. Police said Sizemore had been drinking prior to the incident.

Sizemore said during his preliminary hearing that he had no recollection of the incident.

Sizemore was indicted on Aug. 2 and faces six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment with each count carrying a potential maximum of five years in prison. He is additionally facing one count of misdemeanor assault. His bail was set at $30,000 cash.

Also indicted on Friday in a separate case was George Fugate, 29, of Hazard, who is charged with multiple offenses including two counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police, seven counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, and one count each of second-degree fleeing, resisting arrest, first-degree criminal mischief, DUI, and reckless driving.

According to the indictment, Fugate refused to stop for a police officer on June 30 and operated his vehicle in a reckless manner, nearly striking three police officers and four other people. He also allegedly damaged a gate owned by Frazier Creek Mining and was driving while under the influence. His bail was set at $30,000.

Regina Hall and Carlos Hall, both of 359 Hazard Duke Drive in Perry County, were indicted on one count of theft over $500 for allegedly stealing electricity from Kentucky Power Company between March 2012 and February 2013. Bail was set at $20,000.

Jerry W. Butler, 34, of Viper, is charged with first-degree promoting contraband, tampering with physical evidence, public intoxication, and first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Butler was alleged to have illegally possessed methadone and Xanax on Feb. 3, and later attempted to bring a controlled substance into the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard. Bail was set at $20,000.

The grand jury also indicted 49-year-old Eric Partin and 18-year-old Josh Partin, both of Slemp, on charges of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault. The two are alleged to have illegally entered a residence on April 22 and struck a female in the “head, face, and arms thereby causing physical injury.” Bail for both men was set at $30,000.