Former county clerk indicted on felony charge


By Amelia Holliday - aholliday@civitasmedia.com



HAZARD—A former Perry County Clerk leads the indictments this month with charges related to writing checks he knew would “bounce.”

Chester Jones, 71, of Hazard, was indicted this month on two counts of theft by deception, under $10,000, Class D felonies. According to the indictment, Jones issued two checks in November 2013, for the payment of food—one for $981.57 and one for $1,312.41—knowing that the checks would not be honored by the bank. A $2,500 surety bond was set in the case.

Also indicted this month were 36-year-old Jerry Fletcher, 57-year-old Curtis Combs, and Brian Combs, 35, all of Dwarf. The three were each indicted on one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment; Brian Combs was also indicted on one count of first-degree possession of a controlled substance. A $20,000 cash bond plus monitored conditional release (MCR) was set in each case.

In an unrelated case, 39-year-old Mark Thacker, of Dwarf, 35-year-old Jack Singleton, of Carrie, Ky., and 39-year-old Michelle Collins, of Dwarf, were indicted in relation to a meth bust earlier this year. According to the indictments, in May 2015, the three were found at an active meth lab in the Dwarf community of Perry County. Thacker, Singleton, and Collins were each indicted on one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, and one count of second-degree fleeing or evading police; Singleton also faces one count of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and one count of buying or possessing drug paraphernalia. Bail was set in each case at $20,000 cash, plus MCR.

Wendell R. Combs, 29, of Bonnyman, was indicted on one count of second-degree burglary, after allegedly burglarizing the home of Carlos Brock on April 13, 2015. Bail was set at $10,000 plus MCR.

Brandon S. Akemon, 26, of Ary, was also indicted this month on one count of theft by unlawful taking under $500, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, and one count of first-degree promoting contraband. Bail was set at $5,000 cash plus MCR.

Forty-year-old Charles Godsey, of Emmalena, was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property under $10,000. Bail was set at $5,000 cash plus MCR.

Ella M. Moore, 54, of Jackson, was indicted on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500 and one count of public intoxication. A $5,000 bond plus MCR was set in the case.

Josh Ritchie, 32, of Dwarf, was indicted on one count of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, one count of prescription drug not in the proper container, and one count for third-degree possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $5,000 cash plus MCR.

Ronnie Sebastian, 22, of Bonnyman, was indicted on one count of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment, one count of reckless driving, one count each of first- and second-degree fleeing or evading police, one count of driving on a DUI suspended license, one count of leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid/assist with death or serious physical injury, one count first-degree criminal mischief, and one count first-degree unlawful imprisonment. A $5,000 cash bond plus MCR was set in the case.

Twenty-year-old Christine Gullett, of Busy, was indicted on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500. Bail was set at $5,000 cash in the case.

Jeffrey Feltner, 28, of Hazard, was indicted on one count of first-degree promoting contraband. Bail was set at $5,000 cash plus MCR.

Linda Baker, 66, of Ary, was indicted on one count of first-degree promoting contraband. A $5,000 cash bond plus MCR was set in the case.

Pearl White, 36, of Combs, was indicted on one count of first-degree promoting contraband and first-degree possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $5,000 cash plus MCR.

James Combs, 28, and Jaclyn Turner, 33, both of Hazard, were each indicted on five counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, one count of fraudulent use of a credit card $500 < $10,000, one count of attempted fraudulent use of a credit card $500 < $10,000. Bail was set at $10,000 cash plus MCR in each case.

Jonathan S. Spencer, 33, of Happy, was indicted on one count of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. A $5,000 cash bond was set in the case.

Crystal D. Sherrod, 34, of Viper, was indicted on one count of theft by unlawful taking under $500 and one count of first-degree promoting contraband. Bail was set at $5,000 cash plus MCR.

James W. Hatton III, 37, of Hazard, was indicted on one count of second-degree burglary, after allegedly entering the residence of Thad Steven Duff with the intent to commit a crime. Bail was set at $10,000 cash in the case.

Fifty-year-old Jeffrey Sellers, of Lexington, was indicted on one count of public intoxication, one count of presciption drugs not in the original container, one count of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, one count of illegal possession of a legend drug, and one count of third-degree possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $5,000 cash plus MCR.

Jesse Godsey, 21, of Scuddy, was indicted on one count of first-degree promoting contraband, one count of possession of marijuana, and one count of buying or possessing drug paraphernalia. A $5,000 cash bond plus MCR was set in the case.

Dennis Feltner, 48, of Hazard, was indicted on one count each of first- and second-degree fleeing or evading police, one count of operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, one count of operating an ATV on the roadway, one count of operating an ATV without headgear (16 or older), one count of operating an ATV on property without consent, one count of reckless driving, one count of disregarding a traffic control device, one count of failure to maintain required insurance, one count of failure to produce an insurance card, one count disregarding or failure to yield right of way, one count of failure to or improper signal, one count of third-degree criminal mischief, one count of improper passing, and two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment. Bail was set at $5,000 plus MCR in the case.

Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

By Amelia Holliday

aholliday@civitasmedia.com

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