Grand jury releases 17 indictments

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SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin County grand jury released the following indictments on Thursday, March 1, 2018:

Timothy J. Francis, 36, of Pikeville, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, methamphetamine (a Class D felony). According to the indictment, on or about October 17, 2017, Francis allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine.

Andrew Hall, 23, of Prestonsburg, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, methamphetamine (a Class D felony). According to the indictment, on or about May 25, 2017, Hall allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine.

Justin Combs, 32, of Wittensville, is charged with first-degree criminal mischief (Class D felony); first-degree fleeing or evading police, motor vehicle (Class D felony); first-degree persistent felony offender (penalty enhancement); unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (Class A misdemeanor); failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, first offense (Class B misdemeanor); reckless driving (violation); and speeding 13 MPH over the limit (violation). According to the indictment, on or about June 29, 2017, Combs allegedly defaced, destroyed or damaged property owned by the Magoffin County Sheriff’s Department, disobeyed a direction to stop, given by Deputy Reggie Gosser, operated a vehicle without consent of the owner, failed to maintain insurance, recklessly operated a motor vehicle, and speeding 13 miles per hour over the speed limit. At the time of the arrest, he had previously been convicted of two felonies in Johnson County Circuit Court. 

William D. Howard, 45, of Short Fork Road, Salyersville, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, methamphetamine (Class D felony); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, less than 2 grams of methamphetamine (Class D felony); possession of a controlled substance (Class A misdemeanor); and public intoxication of a controlled substance, excluding alcohol (Class B misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about December 27, 2017, Howard allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine; manufactured, distributed, dispensed, sold, transferred, or possessed with the intent to distribute or sell a quantity of methamphetamine; possessed a controlled substance; and appeared in public place manifestly under the influence of methamphetamine.

William G. Palmerton, 34, of Lexington, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, heroin (Class D felony); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, less than two grams of heroin (Class D felony); possession of a controlled substance (Class A misdemeanor); possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor); controlled substance prescription not in original container, first offense (Class B misdemeanor); operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, first offense (Class B misdemeanor); carrying a concealed deadly weapon (Class A misdemeanor); and careless driving (violation). According to the indictment, on or about December 20, 2017, Palmerton allegedly possessed a quantity of heroin; manufactured, distributed, dispensed, sold transferred or possessed with the intent to distribute or sell a quantity of heroin; possessed a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia; possessed a controlled substance of which he was prescribed but possessed the prescription in a container in which it was not delivered to him; operated a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance; carrying a concealed deadly weapon; and carelessly operated a motor vehicle. 

Brian K. Back, 40, of Jackson, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, methamphetamine (Class D felony); first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, opiates (Class D felony); possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor); controlled substance prescription not in original container, first offense (Class B misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about November 30, 2017, Back allegedly possessed quantities of methamphetamine and opiates and drug paraphernalia, as well as a controlled substance of which he was prescribed but possessed in a container in which it was not delivered to him.

Chris Spencer, 42, of Beattyville, is charged with first-degree burglary (Class B felony); first-degree criminal mischief (Class D felony); and second-degree persistent felony offender (penalty enhancement). According to the indictment, on or about October 13, 2017, Spencer allegedly entered or remained unlawfully in a building belonging to someone else, and when gaining entry, in the building or the immediate flight therefrom, he reportedly participated in a crime. He also allegedly destroyed or damaged property owned by another, causing pecuniary loss. At the time of his arrest, he had been previously convicted of a felony in Lee County within the last 10 years.

Mitchell Shepherd, 30, of Salyersville, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, complicity (Class C felonies); two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, complicity (Class D felonies); third-degree burglary, complicity (Class D felony); third-degree criminal mischief, complicity (Class B misdemeanor). According to the indictment, or about September 8, 2017, Shepherd allegedly entered or remained unlawfully in three different dwellings; defaced, destroyed or damaged property owned by different people, causing pecuniary losses, acting in complicity with Teresa Salyer and John R. Montgomery in doing so. 

John R. Montgomery, 37, of Salyersville, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, complicity (Class C felonies); two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, complicity (Class D felonies); third-degree burglary, complicity (Class D felony); third-degree criminal mischief, complicity (Class B misdemeanor). According to the indictment, or about September 8, 2017, Montgomery allegedly entered or remained unlawfully in three different dwellings; defaced, destroyed or damaged property owned by different people, causing pecuniary losses, acting in complicity with Teresa Salyer and John R. Montgomery in doing so. 

Teresa Salyer, 41, of Salyersville, is charged with is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, complicity (Class C felonies); two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, complicity (Class D felonies); third-degree burglary, complicity (Class D felony); third-degree criminal mischief, complicity (Class B misdemeanor). According to the indictment, or about September 8, 2017, Salyer allegedly entered or remained unlawfully in three different dwellings; defaced, destroyed or damaged property owned by different people, causing pecuniary losses, acting in complicity with Teresa Salyer and John R. Montgomery in doing so. 

Jessica R. Minix, 28 of Grape Creek, Salyersville, is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment (Class D felony); two counts of tampering with physical evidence (Class D felonies); passing loading/unloading school bus, first offense (Class B misdemeanor); operating a motor vehicle on a suspended/revoked operator’s license (Class B misdemeanor); and reckless driving (violation). According to the indictment, on or about January 26, 2018, Minix allegedly wantonly engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person; passed a school bus that was stopped on the highway for the purpose of unloading a passenger (with the stop arm and signal lights activated), without regard for the safety of the child; destroyed, concealed removed, mutilated or altered physical evidence; recklessly operated a motor vehicle without regard for the safety or pedestrians or other vehicles; and operated a motor vehicle while her license was suspended.

Jarred Fillinger-Hendricks, 25, of Van Lear, is charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, complicity (Class D felonies); and six counts of first-degree criminal mischief, complicity (Class D felonies) According to the indictment, on or about January 6, 2018, Fillinger-Hendricks allegedly entered or remained unlawfully in China Express, Betty’s Pizza, and the Hornet’s Nest, as well as intentionally and wantonly defaced, destroyed or damaged property owned by China Express, Napa, Hornet’s Nest, Hill Top Games, Betty’s Pizza, and Pony Express, acting in complicity with Leonard R. Blair, Shawn M. Easley and James D. Craft in doing so. 

Leonard R. Blair, 27, Hager Hill, is charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, complicity (Class D felonies); and six counts of first-degree criminal mischief, complicity (Class D felonies) According to the indictment, on or about January 6, 2018, Fillinger-Hendricks allegedly entered or remained unlawfully in China Express, Betty’s Pizza, and the Hornet’s Nest, as well as intentionally and wantonly defaced, destroyed or damaged property owned by China Express, Napa, Hornet’s Nest, Hill Top Games, Betty’s Pizza, and Pony Express, acting in complicity with Jarred Fillinger-Hendricks, Shawn M. Easley and James D. Craft in doing so. 

Shawn M. Easley, 27, of Salyersville, is charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, complicity (Class D felonies); and six counts of first-degree criminal mischief, complicity (Class D felonies) According to the indictment, on or about January 6, 2018, Fillinger-Hendricks allegedly entered or remained unlawfully in China Express, Betty’s Pizza, and the Hornet’s Nest, as well as intentionally and wantonly defaced, destroyed or damaged property owned by China Express, Napa, Hornet’s Nest, Hill Top Games, Betty’s Pizza, and Pony Express, acting in complicity with Leonard R. Blair, Jarred Fillinger-Hendricks, and James D. Craft in doing so. 

James D. Craft, aka Fred Craft, 28, of Auxier, is charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, complicity (Class D felonies); and six counts of first-degree criminal mischief, complicity (Class D felonies) According to the indictment, on or about January 6, 2018, Fillinger-Hendricks allegedly entered or remained unlawfully in China Express, Betty’s Pizza, and the Hornet’s Nest, as well as intentionally and wantonly defaced, destroyed or damaged property owned by China Express, Napa, Hornet’s Nest, Hill Top Games, Betty’s Pizza, and Pony Express, acting in complicity with Leonard R. Blair, Jarred Fillinger-Hendricks, and Shawn M. Easley in doing so.

Kanawha R. Slone, 55, of Topmost, is charged with second-degree burglary, complicity (Class C felony); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, less than two grams of methamphetamine, first offense, complicity (Class D felony); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, heroin, complicity (Class D felony); and illegal possession of a legend drug (Class B misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about February 20, 2018, Slone allegedly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling owned by another, and possessed quantities of methamphetamine and heroin with the intent to manufacture, distribute or sell, acting in complicity with Jamie M. Gamble in doing so. He also allegedly possessed a quantity of gadapentin, a legend drug.

Jamie M. Gamble, 41, of Rockhouse Road, Salyersville, is charged with second-degree burglary, complicity (Class C felony); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, less than two grams of methamphetamine, first offense, complicity (Class D felony); and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, heroin, complicity (Class D felony). According to the indictment, on or about February 20, 2018, Gamble allegedly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling owned by another, and possessed quantities of methamphetamine and heroin with the intent to manufacture, distribute or sell, acting in complicity with Kanawha R. Slone in doing so.

Warrants were issued for the 17 people indicted on Thursday.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.