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Pike County Grand Jury returns indictments

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

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Rachel Baldwin


rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com


PIKEVILLE, Ky. -Two local residents were among those recently indicted by the Pike County Grand Jury during their first meeting of the new year.


Dustin E. Ward, 36, of Williamson, and Stephanie Chapman, 32, of Aflex, Ky., were indicted on one count each of third-degree burglary (Class D felony); theft by unlawful taking (Class A misdemeanor), third-degree; criminal mischief (Class B misdemeanor); third-degree possession of a controlled substance (Class A misdemeanor); illegal possession of a legend drug (Class B misdemeanor), and being a persistent felony offender, second-degree (Class C felony).


According to the information presented to the grand jury that resulted in true bills being returned against the two defendants, on or about last Dec. 20, the burglary offense was committed when Ward and Chapman unlawfully entered a building owned by Walmart with the intention of committing a theft. The couple unlawfully exercised control of merchandise valued at less than $500. Chapman stands accused of damaging or destroying a security device and is also said to have been in possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance. The pair also was found to be in possession of a legend drug. Both defendants had been charged and convicted of felony offenses in the past, which is the reason for the charge of repeat offender.


Juanita Mace, 49, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted on charges of trafficking in controlled substance, first-degree (Class C felony), and trafficking in controlled substance, third-degree (Class A misdemeanor).


Angela Keene, 33, of Elkhorn City, Ky., stands indicted on charges of second-degree assault (Class C felony) for an alleged assault on Karen Ratliff.


Kermit B. Williams, 50, of Rockhouse, Ky., was indicted by the grand jury for receiving stolen property (Class D felony), and forgery, second-degree (Class D felony).


Dewey K. Ratliff, 37, of Regina, Ky., has been indicted on one count each of third-degree burglary (Class D felony); theft by unlawful taking (Class D felony), and being a persistent felony offender, first-degree (Class B felony).


Travis Johnson, 43, of Mouthcard, Ky., was indicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree (Class D felony); possession of a controlled substance, second-degree (Class A misdemeanor), and possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor).


Steven Newsome, 49, of Dorton, Ky., stands indicted on charges of operating a motor vehicle while license was suspended or revoked for DUI, second or more offense (Class D felony), and operating a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration of above .08, or while under the influence of alcohol (fourth offense, Class D felony).


Tiffany Caudill, 37, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted by the grand jury on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree (Class C felony); tampering with physical evidence (Class D felony), and promoting contraband, first-degree (Class D felony).


Joshua P. Anderson, 33, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted on charges of tampering with physical evidence (Class D felony); possession of a controlled substance (Class A misdemeanor), and public intoxication (Class B misdemeanor).


Robert Sowards, 31, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted on three counts of first-degree burglary (Class B felony), and four counts of theft by unlawful taking (Class D felony).


Tara Reed, 29, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree (Class D felony); operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants (misdemeanor); possession of drug paraphernalia, second offense (Class A misdemeanor), and operating a motor vehicle without an operator’s license (Class B misdemeanor).


Roger Greenlee, 45, of Pikeville, Ky., has been indicted on charges of receiving stolen property (Class D felony); receiving stolen property (Class A misdemeanor), and being a persistent felony offender, first-degree (Class B felony).


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

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