Grand jury indicts 30
by TOM DOTY
PRESTONSBURG - A Floyd County grand jury handed down 30 indictments Tuesday after spending the day hearing evidence presented by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
Several cases that have been in the news were included in the indictments, which covered a whole host of charges.
Carter Castle led the indictments for his erratic behavior two months ago which saw him bring a shotgun into the Justice Center. He was later captured by the Prestonsburg Police Department at the Red Light Diner in a scuffle that saw two policemen injured as they wrestled with Castle who entered the restaurant with a .357 Magnum.
Castle has been charged with six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree assault, second-degree assault and attempted murder.
Five people were charged with theft. Mark Boatwright, 46, of Prestonsburg, received the most charges, with seven counts of theft by unlawful taking, 10 counts of theft by deception, four counts of forgery and one count of theft by failure to make required disposition.
The other four indictments for theft went to Maranda Holthouse, 20, of Hueysville; Shella Akers, 29, of Teaberry; Christopher Pratt, 42, of Hindman; and Floyd Spears, 19, of Allen.
Five drug cases also received indictments, with the most charges being leveled against Jarrid Kevin Hall, 31, of Melvin. Hall was charged with three counts of possession, first-degree wanton endangerment, controlled substance not in its original container, fleeing police, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Four others were indicted on various drug charges and include Patricia Doan, 26, of Irvine; Bradford C. Hunt, 30, of Richmond; Jennifer Scott, 32, of Warsaw, Ind.; and Stevie Bailey, 24, of Prestonsburg.
Criminal mischief accounted for five indictments that were handed down Tuesday. Two were against former employees of Reno's Roadhouse, who are both also involved in a lawsuit and counterclaim with the restaurant. Kenni Gambill, 28, of Prestonsburg, and Jamie Evans Salyers, 28, of Prestonsburg, were both charged with destroying property of the restaurant.
Three others were charged with criminal mischief and include Buffie Cornett, 28, of Prestonsburg; Jimmy Nelson, 32, of Prestonsburg; and Brian Burke, 32, of Prestonsburg.
Nine people were indicted for driving under the influence with several of them being charged for multiple offenses. Robert L. Stumbo, 22, of Lexington, saw several charges which included operating a motor vehicle under the influence, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police and reckless driving.
Steven A. Ousley, 33, of Printer, also received several charges on top of driving under the influence, including reckless driving, fleeing police, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and driving side to side on a highway.
Also indicted for driving under the influence were Christopher Castle, 25, of Martin; James Lafferty, 27, of Dwale; Larry D. Collins, 24, of Prestonsburg; Derek Ray Stanley, 24, of Honaker; Kenneth Gayheart, 54, of McDowell; Ralph Jacobs, 36, of Hueysville; and Donald Leckrone, 45, of Prestonsburg.
Three people were charged with flagrant nonsupport and include Clyde Douglas Blackburn, 45, of Owensville; Eugenia Booth, 34, of Catlettsburg; and Rondal Bentley, 50, of Willard, Ohio.
Timothy B. Patton, 25, of Langley, and Irvin Paul Sartin, 36, of Wheelwright, were also indicted - Patton on one count of public intoxication and Sartin on several vehicular charges.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt and each person who was handed an indictment will be arraigned in the next few weeks and given an option to examine the case against them before deciding to plead guilty to the charges or elect to have the evidence submitted at trial.
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