By JULIA ROBERTS GOAD
PIKEVILLE, Ky. - A man charged with pulling out the feeding tube of his brother heads the indictments handed down by the March Pike County Grand Jury.
According to Commonwealth Attorney Rick Bartley, Jonah R. Taylor, 44, of Stopover, is charged with second-degree assault of David Ferrell. The brothers were at Ferrell’s residence, Bartley said, when a disagreement apparently got physical, and Taylor allegedly pulled the tube from Ferrell’s stomach. He said there was no serious damage to the alleged victim.
Others who were indicted are as follows:
• Eric Newsome, 24, of Jenkins, was indicted for second-degree fleeing or evading police, two counts of third-degree assault against Brian Melvin and Donald Wright who are parole officers, possession of a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.
Bartley said Newsome is accused of leaving a half-way house without permission, and going to his home, where authorities found him. He allegedly ran from the officers, and attempted to strike them when they caught up with him.
• Robin Caines, AKA Robin Arnett, Robin Sincell, Robin Maynard and Robin Harris, 34, of Pikeville, indicted for the theft of a purse from Terra Newsome, six counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, checks written to Magic Mart, Goody’s, Maurice’s, Advanced Auto Parts, Murphy’s Gas and Anita’s Tanning Salon, fraudulent use of a credit card and persistent felony offender.
The Commonwealth Attorney said it is believed Caines went from car to car in a parking lot, looking for unlocked vehicles, and stole purses with drivers’ licenses, and was able to obtain credit with the victims credit cards and identification.
In another set of charges, Caines was indicted for the burglary of the residence of John and Patty Deleon, theft by unlawful taking of a wallet, fraudulent use of a credit card, and two additional counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, checks to which the name Patty Deleon had been forged. Bartley said Caines allegedly stole a checkbook from Deleon, and attempted to cash it at a local bank. Bank employees recognized that Caines was not the person on the account, and alerted the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.
• Wayne Rose, 26, of Lookout, indicted for first-degree arson. According to Bartley, Rose stands accused of throwing a flammable liquid on his neighbor. The neighbor, however, saw Rose as he allegedly tossed the liquid, and was able to call the fire department before serious damage was done to his home.
• Jeremy Gibson, 38, indicted for impersonating a peace officer. Gibson is accused of wearing a t-shirt that had the word “police” on it, and a ball cap with “sheriff” when he went into a local sandwich shop and asked for a police discount. A Kentucky State Trooper was at the business, and allegedly heard Gibson ask for the discount.
• Gene Kelly Ferrell, 40, and Fred Ferrell, 47, both of Black Gem, were indicted for theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief in connection with the theft of railroad rails from Norfolk Southern Railway.
• Paul Roberts, 22, of Pikeville, indicted for three counts of receiving stolen property, a rifle and a shotgun that had been stolen from James Adams and a handgun that had been stolen from Zebulon Potter.
• Joseph Varney, 29, of Huddy, indicted for two counts of receiving stolen property, vehicles which had been stolen from Charles Maynard and James Varney.
• Juanita Mace, 47, of Pikeville, and Trodney Chapman, 47, of Kimper, indicted for fraudulent use of a credit card. Chapman is also charged with persistent felony offender.
• Jason Benton, 33, of Varney, indicted for theft by unlawful taking of copper wire from Sidney Coal and persistent felony offender.
• Randle Keene, 30, of Shelbiana, indicted for second-degree assault of Ralph Caldwell and third-degree criminal mischief for damaging a vehicle that belonged to Caldwell.
• Jonathan Hetherington, 30, of McRoberts, indicted for four counts of identity theft, using the information of Penny Gregory and/or Marsha Gregory to obtain credit from Discovery Financial Services, Walmart, J.C. Penney and AT&T.
• Amber Fleming, 36, of Belcher, indicted for second-degree criminal mischief for damaging a house belonging to Gary Clevinger.
EDITOR’S NOTE: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.