4 indicted for fake robbery
by Cris Ritchie
HAZARD – Four people accused of staging an assault and robbery as part of a $17,000 theft from a local business were indicted last week.
Christianne Clemons, 27, and 40-year-old Hiram Noble, both of Breathitt County, along with Perry County residents Jerry “Yad” Hurt, 50, and Sharon Hensley, 33, are each charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, according to the indictment. Clemons was additionally charged with falsely reporting an incident, a Class A misdemeanor.
It was in April when Clemons, then an employee of UBet in Hazard, was alleged to have reported to police that she had been assaulted and robbed of her car and thousands of dollars as she was transporting a deposit from the business to a local bank. It was also reported that two men were involved in the theft as well.
Only days later, police in Hazard determined that the robbery was actually staged, and that Clemons had taken part in it, along with suspects they identified as Hiram Noble, Jerry Hurt and Sharon Hensley. Hurt and Hensley later turned themselves into the authorities, while Noble was eventually picked up by officers with the Jackson Police Department.
Bail was set for each defendant at $30,000, and they are scheduled for arraignment in Perry Circuit Court on July 5.
The grand jury also returned 22 additional indictments this month, including one against 42-year-old Artie D. Callahan, who is charged with one count each of first-degree promoting contraband, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Callahan is accused of attempting to bring marijuana into the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard on September 13, 2011. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Robert Caress, 23, of Hazard, was indicted on charges of first-degree perjury and theft by unlawful taking over $500. He is accused of stealing a two-way radio belonging to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office on May 14, and then testifying under oath that someone else took the device. His bail was set at $25,000.
Betty Ritchie, 38, of Pippa Passes in Knott County, was indicted on one count of first-degree prompting contraband for allegedly introducing four hydrocodone tablets into the jail in Hazard on April 16. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Doris Barker, 44, of Hazard, is facing 26 counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument. It was in November 2011 when Barker was alleged to have illegally possessed 26 forged checks. Her bail was set at $20,000.
David Ambrose, 35, of Hazard, was indicted on charges of first and third-degree possession of a controlled substance. He was alleged to have illegally possessed methadone and alprazolam on December 15, 2011. His bail was set at $20,000.
Stephen Wooton, 36, of Avawam, was indicted on one count of failure to comply with sex offender registration. He is charged with failure to update his residence information and failing to reply to a letter from the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry between November 28, 2011 and February 17, 2012. His bail was set at $20,000.
Albert D. Couch, 35, of Busy, is charged with one count of receiving stolen property, including firearms. According to the indictment, Couch was in possession of firearms he knew to be stolen on May 12. His bail was set at $20,000.
Woodrow Turner, 27, of Yeaddiss in Leslie County, was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property over $500 for allegedly possessing in April of this year a gearbox for an oil well pump jack that he knew was stolen. Bail was set at $20,000.
Kenneth Francis, 51, of Hazard, is charged with fraudulently obtaining benefits for allegedly obtaining public assistance benefits by failing to correctly report his household income. The indictment alleges that he was overpaid approximately $4,209. His bail was set at $20,000.
Also charged with using fraud to obtain public benefits was 48-year-old Sheila A. Marlowe of Jeff. The grand jury alleges that Marlowe did not report her correct household income from September 2008 to April 2010, and was overpaid approximately $6,726 in public benefits. Bail was set at $20,000.
Brian K. Lyons, 28, of Whitley City, is facing charges of DUI fourth offense, driving on a DUI suspended license second offense, and failure to or improper signal. The charges stem from an incident on April 3. His bail was set at $30,000.
Sherry G. Fields, 42, of Combs, was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender. She is accused of illegally possessing several oxycodone tablets on March 7. Her bail was set at $30,000.
Leonard W. Fields, 33, of Whitesburg, was indicted on charges of first and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, third-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication. According to the indictment, Fields illegally possessed oxycodone and hydrocodone tablets on March 14, while also possessing a pair of vice grips. He was also alleged to have taken parts off a pedal cart belonging to Tractor Supply. His bail was set at $25,000.
William D. Wooton, 44, of Hazard, is charged with one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance for allegedly selling seven oxycodone tablets on February 29. Bail was set at $20,000.
Brittany Slone, 23, of Hindman, was indicted on charges of first-degree promoting contraband, first and third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Slone, also known as Pork Chop, was alleged to have introduced Xanax and oxycodone into the jail in Hazard on April 17. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Christopher Colwell, 31, of Hazard, was indicted on a several charges, including disregarding signals from officer directing traffic, reckless driving, first-degree fleeing police, driving on a DUI suspended license second offense, no operator’s license, failure to wear seat belts and resisting arrest. The charges all stem from an incident on May 4, according to the indictment. Bail was set at $30,000.
Ricky Collins, 40, of Halo, Ky., was indicted on charges of one headlight, giving an offer a false name or address, DUI fourth offense, driving on a DUI suspended license second offense and several other traffic offenses. Collins was charged based on an alleged incident on May 8 . His bail was set at $25,000.
Kimberly Couch, 45, of Viper, is charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500 for allegedly stealing cash from the former K-Mart in Hazard on November 13, 2011. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Joseph Sizemore, 28, of Hazard, was indicted on charges of tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest, theft by unlawful taking less than $500, public intoxication and second-degree persistent felony offender. Sizemore was accused of swallowing several pills as police in Hazard were attempting to arrest him on May 14, after he was alleged to have shoplifted from the Hazard Walmart. His bail was set at $30,000.
Rocky Niece, 41, of Isom, is charged with driving on a DUI suspended license third offense, DUI and several traffic violations. Niece is alleged to have been driving under the influence while his operator’s license was suspended for previous DUI convictions. His bail was set at $30,000.
Edna D. Parks, 29, of Hazard, and Kevin E. Combs, 36, of Viper, are each charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and illegal possession of a legend drug. The two were alleged to have possessed cocaine on January 1, as well as the legend drugs gabapentin and tizanidene. Combs is additionally charged with one count of tampering with physical evidence and second-degree persistent felony offender, while Parks is also facing an additional charge of DUI second offense. Bail for Parks was set at $20,000, while Combs’s was set at $30,000.
Also indicted in June were Linda C. Sizemore, 35, and Anthony M. Myers, 39, both of Combs. They are both facing charges of second-degree possession of a forged instrument for allegedly possessing forged checks in May 2012. Bail for both was set at $20,000.
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