Last updated: March 14. 2014 5:20PM - 4076 Views
By Debbie Rolen



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PIKEVILLE - A Pike County grand jury recently returned 16 indictments. An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

  • Charles Dewayne Smith, 38, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted for third-degree burglary, a Class D felony; theft by unlawful taking, a Class D felony and first-degree persistent offender, a Class B felony. Smith is accused of entering a recreational vehicle owned by Pikeville RV Sales and took a television valued at more than $500. He has also been convicted of felonies on four separate occasions in the past.
  • Brad Kanes, 35, of Jenkins, Ky., was indicted for first-degree bail jumping, a Class D felony, after he failed to appear per orders of the court.
  • Sterlin Justice, 31, of Majestic, Ky., was indicted for receiving stolen property, a Class D felony, after he knowingly received, retained or disposed of an ATV valued at more than $500.
  • Jamie Keene, 39, of Shelbiana, Ky., was indicted for second-degree assault, a Class C felony; and first-degree persistent offender, a Class B felony. Keene is accused of intentionally or wantonly striking the victim with his hands or feet and/or a dangerous instrument causing a serious physical injury or a physical injury. He was also convicted of felonies on two separate occasions in the past.
  • Jessica L. Varney, 30, of Williamson, W.Va., and Deborah Marcum, 33, of Hardy, Ky., were each charged with theft by unlawful taking, a Class D felony, after they unlawfully took railroad memorabilia valued at more than $500.
  • James Gillman, 55, of Hatfield, Ky., was indicted for theft of a motor vehicle registration plate or decal, a Class D felony, when he had in his possession and displayed on a vehicle a registration plate or decal which had been previously stolen.
  • Joseph Clark, 43, of Shelbiana, Ky., was indicted for theft of a motor vehicle registration plate or decal, a Class D felony, when he had in his possession and displayed on a vehicle a registration plate or decal which had been previously stolen.
  • William M. Daniels, 20, of Freeburn, Ky., was indicted for first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class C felony, when, with knowledge that such instrument had been forged and with intent to defraud or deceive, he uttered or possessed a counterfeit $50 bill.
  • Robert Sykes, 44, of Pikeville, Ky.; Michelle Reed, 34, of Pikeville; Melissa Dotson, 45, of Stopover, Ky.; and Arnold Wolford, 48, of Stopover, were each indicted for theft by unlawful taking, a Class D felony, after taking or exercising control of a hitch and utility trailer valued at more than $500, or in complicity with each other in so doing.
  • Miles Jones, 25, of Pikeville, Ky.; and Dustin Case, 25, of Stanville, Ky., were each indicted for four counts of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, and four counts of theft by unlawful taking, a Class D felony. The two are accused of entering a building with the intent to commit a crime therein, or in complicity with each other in so doing and taking tools and construction equipment valued at more than $500. Jones was also indicted for another count of theft by unlawful taking, a Class D felony, when he took tools and construction materials valued at more than $500.
  • William “Billy” Hamilton and Daniel Gillman, both of Pikeville, Ky., were each indicted on first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, and first-degree burglary, a Class B felony. The first-degree robbery indicated when, in the course of committing a theft, they used or threatened the immediate use of physical force with the intent of accomplishing the theft, and either caused physical injury to a person not a participant in the crime, or , while armed with a deadly weapon, or while using or threatening the immediate use of a dangerous instrument upon a person not a participant in the crime.The first-degree burglary count indicates they knowingly and unlawfully entered or remained in a dwelling with intent to commit a crime therein, and when effecting entry or while in the dwelling or in immediate flight therefrom, the defendant was armed with a deadly weapon or caused physical injury to a person not a participant in the unlawful entry, or used or threatened to use a dangerous instrument against the victim , or in complicity with each other in so doing.
  • Lily Belcher, Eric Childress, Sarah Brown and Curtis Michael Hall, all of Pikeville, Ky., were each indicted for receiving stolen property, a Class D felony, when they knowingly received, retained or disposed of cash and/or jewelry valued at more than $500, which had been stolen, or in complicity with each other in so doing.
  • Kathy Hatton, 43, of Phyllis, Ky., was indicted for prescription drug not in proper container, a Class B misdemeanor, and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony, when she knowingly possessed a quantity of controlled substances which were not in the container in which they were properly prescribed, and knowingly possessed a quantity of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.
  • Martin Combs, 46, of Salyersville, Ky., was indicted for receiving stolen property, a Class D felony, when he knowingly received, retained or disposed of a ring valued at more than $500, which had been stolen.
  • Carl Curt Gross, 43, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted on two counts of first-degree assault, a Class B felony, and second-offense operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, a misdemeanor. Each count for first degree assault accuses Gross of operating a motor vehicle in such a wanton manner as to create a grave risk of death and caused a serious injury to two individuals. Gross is accused of operating a motor vehicle while having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which impaired the ability of the defendant to operate a motor vehicle, and having previously been convicted of such offense within five years of last September.
  • Joshua Meade, 31, of Raccoon, Ky., was indicted for manfacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony, when he manufactured or possessed with the intent to manufacture, chemicals or equipment used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, or in complicity with another in so doing.

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