2018-05-16 / Front Page

Letcher County grand jury returns more indictments

Two more people charged in connection with a traffic stop at Jenkins and believed to be connected with a large methamphetamine bust at Bottom Fork have been indicted by a Letcher Grand Jury.

The two are among 12 people that a Letcher Grand Jury indicted Thursday.

Emily Caudill, 21, of 1819 Beaver Creek Rd., Elkhorn, and Barry Richard

Kinney II, 38, of 6851 Elkhorn Creek Rd., Ashcamp, are the latest two indicted on drug trafficking charges in a case that has already included charges against Brian Broome and Heather Moore.

According to police, the four were in a car that Jenkins Police Officer Michael Garner stopped in downtown Jenkins on KY 805 about 7 p.m. March 1. He arrested Broome on an outstanding warrant, and charged him with several drug offenses related to methamphetamines, including firstdegree trafficking. Garner arrested Moore with several meth-related charges as well, including first-degree trafficking. Garner said when he searched Moore, he found a bag containing several smaller baggies containing a total of about 10 grams of crystal meth.

The grand jury last week charged Caudill with complicity to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense), complicity to first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense), possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree promoting contraband, and failure to or improper signal (traffic violation).

The trafficking charge is for less than two grams of methamphetamine.

Kinny is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense), also involving less than two grams of methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (Xanax), and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia.

Police say they believe the case is related to a large meth bust at Bottom Fork the following day, where police say they confiscated about 4 pounds of crystal meth.

Others indicted by the grand jury are:

• Randee Phillips, 23, of 160 High Street, Jenkins, is charged with first-degree complicity to sexual abuse and being a persistent felony offender. She is accused of acting with Charity Sparks in subjecting a fellow female inmate in the Letcher County Jail to sexual contact with forcible compulsion on December 5.

Kentucky State Trooper Adam Baker testified in the case.

• Charity Sparks, 41, of 19 Quillen Fork, Jackhorn, is charged with first-degree complicity to sexual abuse. She is accused of acting with Randee Phillips in subjecting a fellow female inmate in the Letcher County Jail to sexual contact with forcible compulsion on December 5.

• Dylan Michael Wright, 26, of 4649 Ky. Hwy. 805, Cromona, is accused of firstdegree burglary, theft by unlawful taking, two counts of theft by unlawful taking of firearm and third-degree criminal mischief. Wright is charged with entering the residence of Danny M. Ellison, located at Ellison Lane, Jenkins, while armed with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit a crime. He is also charged with the theft of hand and power tools valued at $500 or more, a Ruger .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, and a Montgomery Ward .22 caliber rifle.

Kentucky State Detective Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Charissa Fleming, 31, of 18 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, is charged with second-degree complicity to burglary. The grand jury says Fleming acted with Dakota Miller in entering a residence belonging to Ronald C. Brock with the intent to commit a crime.

Kentucky State Trooper Adam Baker testified in the case.

• Clayton D. Collins, 20, of 228 Midland Drive, Isom, , is charged with second-degree complicity to burglary. The grand jury says Collins acted with Bobby Heiston in entering the residence of Orville Caudill with the intent to commit a crime.

Kentucky State Trooper Adam Baker testified in the case.

• The grand jury charges Bobby W. Heiston, 20, of 3568 Hwy. 1148, Whitesburg, with second-degree complicity to burglary. The grand jury says Heiston acted with Clayton Collins in entering the residence of Orville Caudill with the intent to commit a crime.

• Raymond Earl Smith, Jr., 47, of 2808 Hwy. 160, Whitesburg, is charged with first degree promoting contraband. Smith is accused of introducing a Subutex pill into the Letcher County Jail, which was removed and placed behind the front booking desk after being found concealed on Smith as he was being booked as an inmate. The grand jury says Smith then took the Subutex pill from the desk and again concealed it as he was being taken to his cell.

• Stella Diets, 38, of 487 Thicket Branch Rd., Ermine, is charged with first-degree bail jumping.

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