Pike County jury returns indictments

By Kyle Lovern

August 9, 2013

Rachel Dove

Staff Writer

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The first meeting of the Pike County, Ky. August Grand Jury has yielded several criminal indictments, according to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office.

Pamela Bowling and Michael Justice, both of Stopover, Ky., were indicted on Class D Felony charges of theft of services. The court order states that between May of 2011 and April of 2013, the two defendants intentionally obtained the services of American Electric Power by deception, false token, or other means to avoid payment for same, knowing such services to be available only for compensation and which services totaled in value of $500 or more.

Carl Randall Mullins, of Hellier, Ky., was indicted on a Class D Felony of assault, 3rd degree and a Class A Misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. The charges stemmed from an August 4, 2013 incident in which the defendant is accused of causing or attempting to cause physical injury to Heath Ayers, a law enforcement officer.

Robert Sykes and Michelle Reed, both of Pikeville, Ky., along with Melissa Dotson, of Stopover, Ky., were each indicted on a Class D Felony charge of theft by unlawful taking after they unlawfully took or exercised control of a utility truck valued at more than $500 belonging to G.C. Little.

Ronnie Hill of Regina, Ky. and Homer Hill, of Elkhorn City, Ky. face indictments on a Class A Misdemeanor, assault in the fourth degree. The men are accuses of intentionally and wantonly causing a physical injury to Brad Justice, or being in complicity with each other in so doing.

Anthony Puett of Louisville, Ky. and Anthony Roberts, of Pikeville, Ky., were each indicted on a Class C Felony charge of robbery, 2nd degree and 2 counts of the Class B Felony charge of being a persistent felony offender, 1st degree.

Lacey Wolford and Justin Casey, both of Jamboree, Ky., were both indicted for a Class B Felony of 1st degree burglary and a Class D Felony charge of theft by unlawful taking. The defendants are accused of unlawfully entering into the dwelling of Hassell Prater with intent to commit a crime therein, while armed with a deadly weapon. They allegedly stole a vehicle, tools and guns with a value greater than $500 from the residence.

Sterling Justice, of Majestic, Ky., was indicted on a single charge of theft by unlawful taking, which is a Class D Felony. Justice is accused of taking or exercising control of an ATV belonging to Jared Wolford valued at more than $500.

Perry M. Justice, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted on the Class D Felony charge of tampering with physical evidence when, believing that an official proceeding is pending or may be instituted, damaged, destroyed, concealed, removed or otherwise dealt with physical evidence he may have believed would be produced or used in an official proceeding.

Jason Deboard, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted on a Class A Misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest and a Class D Felony charge of assault in the third degree. On June 26, 2013, the accused is said to have intentionally prevented or attempted to prevent an officer of the law from arresting him by using or threatening to use physical force or violence against Joseph Slone, the arresting officer.

(Editor’s Note: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.)