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Last Friday, the Perry County Grand Jury put in a long day of hearing cases, resulting in the handing down of 41 indictments in one day.
Among those indictments are at least eight cases involving fraudulent use of checks or other means of forgery.
Rebecca Chapman, 30, of Hazard, was indicted on 36 charges, including 18 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. The indictment states that during April of this month, Chapman possessed 18 checks on the account of Danny and Cheryl Stacy for various amounts.
Chapman also faces 15 counts of theft by deception under $300 and three counts of theft by deception over $300 for allegedly cashing those 18 checks. According to the indictment, Chapman cashed those checks during the same time frame she is alleged to have possessed them while knowing that the Stacys would not honor them.
Chapman’s bail is set at $50,000 cash and she is scheduled for arraignment in Perry Circuit Court on September 6.
Carissa Johnson was indicted for second-degree complicity to criminal possession of a forged instrument. Johnson, 30, of Hyden, is alleged to have helped Jonathan Smallwood to obtain two forged checks on the account of Lehman W. Farmer.
According to the indictment, Johnson assisted Smallwood in obtaining a check worth $40.00 and another worth $63.58 on or about May 24 of this year. Judge William Engle III set bail at $2,500 cash.
In a related case, Jonathan Smallwood, 27, of Bear Branch in Leslie County, is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Smallwood allegedly possessed a $40.00 check and a $63.58 check, both forged, on the account of Lehman Farmer in May. Judge Engle also set bail at $2,500 cash in his case. Both Johnson and Smallwood are scheduled for arraignment on September 6.
James Thomas Schick, of Busy, was indicted on three counts of theft by deception over $300 last week. The grand jury alleged that Schick, 29, took a check worth $500 from P & C Cleaning and cashed that check without the business’s permission on or about May 15.
Additionally, Schick is charged with cashing checks from P & C Cleaning on or about the dates of May 24 and June 11. One of those checks was worth $1,000. Bail was set at $2,500 cash.
Eugenia Stamper, 23, faces six charges, including four counts of theft of identity of another without consent.
The grand jury indicted Stamper, of Hazard, on charges she made use of Raleigh Fields’ social security number and birth date to get a credit card in Fields’ name without Fields’ consent twice during November of 2006.
In addition, the grand jury indicted Stamper for allegedly using Shirley Pennington’s social security number and birth date to obtain a credit card on or about November 2006. Stamper is also alleged to have used the social security number of Ruth Wilson for the purposes of getting a credit card during 2006.
In addition to identity theft charges, Stamper also faces charges of fraudulent use of a credit card over $100 within a six month period when she allegedly used credit cards in the names of Fields and Pennington for purchases over $100. Additionally, she is charged with providing a false statement, ID or financial condition to get a credit card. According to the indictment, Stamper gave a false written statement pertaining to Fields in order to obtain a Victoria’s Secret credit card. Bail was set at $30,000 cash.
Brenda J. Chapman also faces a charge of theft of identity. Chapman, 55, of Hazard, allegedly used Carolyn Watts’ name to try to get a loan at CITI financial without Watts’ consent.
Chapman is also charged with misdemeanor charges of third-degree forgery and giving a police officer a false name or address. According to the indictment, Watts forged Watts’ signature on a request for verification of employment in January, and she is also alleged to have told HPD Sergeant Jason Duff that her name was Carolyn Watts while Duff was investigating an identity theft incident. Bail was set at $25,000 cash.
The grand jury also returned an indictment against Felicia Gail Miller, also known as Felicia Adams, on 10 charges. Miller, 31, of Bonnyman, faces five charges of theft of identity without consent.
According to the indictment, Miller used Robert Miller’s social security number and birth date to open an account with Windstream in Robert Miller’s name without his permission in August of last year.
She is also alleged to have used Robert Miller’s information to obtain a credit card through Capital One, a credit card through Dell Financial, credit with Target and items through GEMB/Wal-Mart.
Felicia Miller is also charged with three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, fraudulent use of credit cards over $100 within a six-month period and a misdemeanor charge of theft by deception under $300.
The grand jury alleges that Miller possessed a forged check worth $275 on a Capital One bank account, another check worth $22,653 for a student loan and a forged application for a student loan all forged against Robert Miller.
The theft charge stems from Felicia Miller allegedly cashing the $275 check from Capital One on Robert Miller’s account in May. Bail was set at $30,000 cash.
Glen Franklin Miller faces related charges that stem from tehe alleged fraudulent use of Robert Miller’s information.
Miller, 34, of Bonnyman, is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, five counts of theft of identity of another and a charge of fraudulent use of credit cards over $100 within a period of six months.
According to the indictment, in April of last year, Glen Miller possessed a forged check for $28,930 for a student loan as well as a forged application for a student loan against Robert Miller.
Glen Miller is also charged with theft of identity after allegedly using Robert Miller’s information to open a Windstream account. He also faces that charge for allegedly using that information to obtain a credit card with Capital One, to make purchases at GEMB/Wal-Mart, and to get credit with Dell Financial. He also allegedly used that Robert Miller’s information to get credit through Target. Bail was also set at $30,000 cash in this case.
The Perry County Grand Jury indicted Regina Taylor, of Cornettsville, on a charge of theft by deception over $300. Taylor, 34, allegedly cashed a check in the amount of $2,950 at Speedy Tobacco while knowing it would not be honored. Judge Engle set bail at $4,000 cash.
In addition to charges related to forgery and fraud, the grand jury indicted 15 people on theft and burglary charges. One of those cases includes an animal cruelty charge.
Steven C. Begley, of Viper, has been indicted on several charges including first-degree burglary, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and two misdemeanor charges of second-degree cruelty to animals and resisting arrest.
In January, Begley is alleged to have burglarized the residence of Benjamin Mobelini while armed with a shotgun. In addition, he is charged with possessing methadone.
Begley, 32, faces animal cruelty charges for allegedly intentionally killing Cynthia Hatton’s dog. He also allegedly attempted to resist being arrested on the same date of the alleged incident. Judge Engle set bail at $75,000 cash.
Christopher Couch, also of Viper, is charged with burglarizing Benjamin Mobelini’s residence as well. According to the indictment, Couch, 20, allegedly burglarized the residence while armed with a shotgun on or about January 7. Bail was set at $75,00 cash.
Charles J. Nix has been indicted on a charge of theft by unlawful taking over $300. Nix, 27, of Bonnyman, allegedly stole items from Walker’s Body Shop. The items include tires, rims and an air conditioner condenser valued over $300. Bail was set at $20,000 cash.
Jeremy Wayne Wooton, of Hazard, is also charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300. According to the indictment, Wooton,31, took some steel plates belonging to CSX railroad in April of this year. Bail has been set at $20,000 cash.
Timothy Maggard, 20, faces a charge of theft by unlawful taking over $300 as well. Maggard, of Hazard, also is alleged to have taken steel plates belonging to CSX in April. His bail has also been set at $20,000 cash.
Ryan Cress, 23, of Yerkes, is also charged with stealing from CSX railroad. Cress allegedly stole copper wire belonging to CSX worth in excess of $300 on or about April 30, 2007.
Additionally, Cress faces a charge of first-degree criminal mischief. On the date of the April theft, Cress also allegedly tore down lines belonging to the railroad and thus caused damage worth more than $1,000. Bail was set at $20,000 cash.
Marshall Scott Moore has been indicted on similar charges. Moore, 31, of Hazard, is charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300 for allegedly stealing copper wire owned by CSX Railroad. He is also charged with criminal mischief for destruction to the railroad’s lines. Bail is set at $25,000 cash.
Christopher Cornett, 31, and Linda K. Cornett, 31, both face charges of second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking over $300.
The Cornetts, of Hazard, allegedly burglarized the home of Cathlene Napier on or about March 13. On that date, they are charged with stealing a number of items from that home worth more than $300. Bail was set at $30,000 cash in both cases.
Charles S. Fugate, Jr., of Hazard, has been indicted after an alleged incident on or about June 22 of this year. Fugate, 26, is charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300 after he allegedly stole property from the residence and outbuilding of Charles Fugate, Sr. and Connie Fugate. Bail has been set at $20,000 cash.
Christine Thacker, 35, also faces a charge of theft by unlawful taking over $300. Thacker, of Leburn in Knott County, allegedly stole approximately $18,500 and other property from the vehicle of Brian Cornett. Bail has been set at $25,000 cash.
Kendall L. Noble, of Hindman, is also charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300 for allegedly stealing from Cornett’s vehicle. Noble, 31, is also alleged to have stolen $18,500 and other property from the vehicle. His bail was also set at $25,000 cash.
Josue Velasquez, also known as Joshua Spencer, is charged with third-degree burglary and misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking under $300.
According to the indictment, Velasquez, 23, of Sassafras, burglarized an abandoned building owned by Mike Slone in April of this year. In addition, he allegedly took copper worth less than $300 owned by Slone. Bail was set at $25,000 cash.
James Combs, 19, is faces similar charges. Combs, of Hazard, is indicted on the charges of third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking under $300.
Combs allegedly burglarized an abandoned building owned by Mike Slone and took copper wire owned by Slone as well. Bail was also set at $25,000 cash.
James Everage, of Mallie in Knott County, is charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300. Everage, 27, is alleged to have stole a racing car and a two-axle trailer from Draughn Racing Supply. Everage’s bail was set at $25,000 cash.
The grand jury also handed down several indictments on drug related charges.
Johnny E. “Frisco” Green has been indicted on three charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Green, 41, of Hazard, allegedly sold one gram of cocaine on or about November 1, 2005.
Additionally, Green is also charged with selling two grams of cocaine on that date as well as a gram of cocaine on or about December 5 of that same year. Bail has been set at $50,000 cash.
Darnell Johnson has also been indicted for three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Johnson, 28, of Illinois, allegedly sold one gram on three occasions on the dates of December 14 and December 19, 2005. Bail was set at $50,000 cash.
The grand jury indicted Ronald Earl Fountain, of Hazard, on a charge of complicity to traffic in a controlled substance in the first-degree.
Fountain, 53, allegedly aided Darnell Johnson in trafficking in cocaine on or about December 14, 2007. Bail was set at $30,00 cash.
Terry L. Allen, 55, of Hazard, has also been indicted for allegedly aiding Darnell Johnson to traffic in cocaine on or about December 14, 2005. For the charge of complicity to traffic in a controlled substance in the first-degree, Allen’s bail has been set at $30,000 cash.
Marquelle R. Gist, of Hazard, faces an indictment for alleged first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Gist, 30, sold a gram of cocaine on or about December 5, 2005. Judge Engle set bail at $30,000 cash.
Samuel C. Campbell, 26, of Busy, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance as well as misdemeanor charges of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Campbell is alleged to have unlawfully possessed methadone, a schedule II substance on a date in September of last year. Bail has been set at $25,000 cash.
Carla Napier, of Hazard, has also been charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Carla, 45, allegedly possessed oxycodone on or about March 20. She is also charged with first-degree promoting contraband for allegedly introducing the same drug into the Kentucky River Regional Jail. Bail has been set at $25,000 cash.
Kenneth R. Wooton, 44, of Delphia, is charged with possession of a controlled substance in the first-degree and tampering with physical evidence.
Wooton is alleged to have unlawfully possessed methadone on or about May 28. In addition, he allegedly tampered with evidence by throwing methadone pills from his vehicle. Judge Engle set bail at $25,000 cash.
The grand jury also indicted Tina Neace, of Lost Creek, on a charge of possession. Neace, age 27, also faces a misdemeanor charge of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the indictment, Neace allegedly possessed OxyContin on or about May 9. Bail is set at $25,000 cash.
Derrick Shepherd, of Fisty, has been indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication, prescription drugs not in their proper container, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree promoting contraband, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Shepherd, 37, allegedly unlawfully possessed methadose on or about May 25. In addition, he allegedly appeared at the Kentucky River Regional Jail on that date under the influence of an intoxicating substance.
Additionally, Shepherd is charged to have unlawfully possessed valium on that date as well as xanax and loratab. The charge of first-degree promoting contraband was lodged after Shepherd allegedly introduced methadose, Xanax and valium to the jail. Bail has been set at $30,000 cash.
John A. Kilburn, of Monticello, is charged with second-degree assault. Kilburn, 46, allegedly seriously injured Anthony Davidson by striking him with a beer bottle and causing a large cut to Davidson’s face on or about July 13. Bail has been set at $30,000 cash.
Stuart Reynolds, 53, of Whitesburg, has been indicted on two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Reynolds allegedly caused a substantial risk of physical injury or death by attempting to use his own vehicle to strike a vehicle driven by Dr. James Chaney on or about June 9.
Additionally, Reynolds allegedly created serious risk by pointing a pistol at Dr. Chaney. Bail has been set at $30,000 cash.
James Austin Wagers was indicted on charges of fleeing or evading police as well as misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault and public intoxication.
Wager, age 18, of Hazard, allegedly fled after committing an act of domestic violence in order to elude the police.
Wagers is alleged to have been involved in a domestic violence situation after allegedly assaulting Nancy Wagers by pushing her down. In addition, according to the indictment, Wagers appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance on or about May 26 when the other offenses are alleged to have occurred. Bail has been set at $25,000 cash.
Several people were indicted for the offense of flagrant non-support by the Perry County Grand Jury last Friday.
James Combs, of Happy, allegedly persistently failed to provide support for two minor children. Combs, 24, is alleged to owe $7,296 in support. Bail is set at $12,500 cash.
Melissa Hibbard, 40, of Delphia, is also charged with flagrant non-support. According to the indictment, Hibbard has failed to pay more than $3,000 in support for two minor children. Bail has been set at $5,000 cash.
Also indicted for a charge of flagrant non-support is Linville Phillips. Phillips, 49, of Hazard, is alleged to owe $6,808.86 for three children. Bail is set at $10,000 cash.
Randy Ritchie has also been indicted for flagrant non-support. Ritchie, age 25, of Stanton, is alleged to owe more than $5,000 in past child support payments for his minor child. Bail has been set at $7,500 cash.
Those indicted by the Perry County Grand Jury last week are set for arraignment in Perry Circuit Court on September 6.
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