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Grand jury releases indictments: June 25

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SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin County grand jury released the following indictments on June 25, 2019:

Shelia Howes, 34, of Little Bear Road, Salyersville, is charged with one count of welfare fraud, failure to report changes effecting benefits (a Class D felony). According to the indictment, on or about August 1, 2012, through March 2017, Howes allegedly failed to report changes that effected the receipt of her benefits. A court summons was issued for Howes.

April Allen, 29, of Bloomington Road, Salyersville, is charged with one count of welfare fraud, failure to report changes effecting benefits (a Class D felony). According to the indictment, on or about August 1, 2012, through July 2016, Allen allegedly failed to report changes that effected the receipt of her benefits. A court summons was issued for Allen.

Rose Arnett, 60, of Jim Arnett Branch, Salyersville, is charged with one count of first-degree criminal abuse, child 12 years of age or under (Class C felony). According to the indictment, on or about April 1, 2019, Arnett allegedly intentionally abused a child, or permitted another person of whom she had actual custody of to be abused, thereby causing serious physical injury to that child and/or placed the child in a situation that may have caused the child serious physical injury, with said child being under the age of 12 years old. 

Roy H. Hopson, 50, of Salyersville, is charged with second-degree assault (Class C felony) and violation of Kentucky EPO/DVO (Class A misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about April 11, 2019, Gipson allegedly wantonly caused serious physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument, as well as intentionally violated the provisions of a protective order.

Brady Helton, 29, of Helton Branch Road, Salyersville, is charged with first-degree fleeing and evading police, motor vehicle (Class D felony); first-degree fleeing and evading police on foot (Class D felony); two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, police officer (Class D felony); three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (Class D felony); first-degree criminal mischief (Class D felony); second-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug unspecified (Class A misdemeanor); third-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug unspecified (Class A misdemeanor); operating a motor vehicle on a suspended/revoked operator's license (Class B misdemeanor); third-degree criminal trespassing (violation); and reckless driving (violation). According to the indictment, on or about March 14, 2019, Helton allegedly fled from police on foot and in a motor vehicle, disobeying direction to stop by law enforcement, and putting multiple officers and several civilians in danger. He is also accused of damaging property owned by the Magoffin County Sheriff's Department, causing a pecuniary loss of $4,000, as well as possessing quantities of unspecified controlled substances, driving on a suspended operator's license, trespassing on private property and recklessly operating a motor vehicle, without regard for pedestrians and other vehicles.

Margaret A. Wright, 45, of Coon Creek Road, Salyersville, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, drug unspecified (Class D felony); first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, methamphetamine (Class D felony); third-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug unspecified (Class A misdemeanor); possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor); and controlled substance prescription not in original container (Class B misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about January 7, 2019, Wright allegedly possessed quantities of clonazepam, methamphetamine, alprazolam, and an unspecified controlled substance, as well as drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance not in the container it was prescribed to her. 

Bridgett M. Miller, 55, of Georgetown, is charged with second-degree assault (Class C felony). According to the indictment, on or about September 15, 2018, Miller allegedly intentionally or wantonly caused serious physical injury to another person.

Steven A. Sparks, 26, of Jim Arnett Branch, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, methamphetamine (Class D felony); and possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about October 11, 2018, Sparks allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Amanda Howard, 40, of Fitzpatrick Road, Royalton, is charged with theft by deception, including cold checks, $10,000 or more (Class C felony) and four counts of second-degree forgery (Class D felony). According to the indictment, on or about February 14 through 20, 2018, Howard allegedly obtained one check in the amount of $12,000, with the intent to deprive another person, intentionally creating or reinforcing a false impression as to her intention. She also allegedly falsely made, completed or altered written instruments officially issued to the District Court. 

Jesse Thacker, 39, of Pikeville, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine (Class C felony); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, heroin (Class D felony); and possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about December 10, 2018, Thacker allegedly manufactured, distributed, dispensed, sold, transferred, or possessed with the intent to manufacture, distribute or sell quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, as well as possessed drug paraphernalia.

Whitney Lowe, 31, of Harold, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine (Class C felony); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, heroin (Class D felony); and possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about December 10, 2018, Lowe allegedly manufactured, distributed, dispensed, sold, transferred, or possessed with the intent to manufacture, distribute or sell quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, as well as possessed drug paraphernalia.

William A. Cantrell, 47, of Elkhorn City, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine (Class C felony); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, heroin (Class D felony);  possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor); operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, first offense (Class B misdemeanor); no registration receipt (violation); failure to produce insurance card; and disregarding a stop sign (violation). According to the indictment, on or about December 10, 2018, Cantrell allegedly manufactured, distributed, dispensed, sold, transferred, or possessed with the intent to manufacture, distribute or sell quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, as well as possessed drug paraphernalia. He also allegedly operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance, failed to produce a registration receipt or insurance card and failed to stop at a stop sign.

Linda Ratliff, 37, of Elkhorn City, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine (Class C felony); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, heroin (Class D felony); and possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor). According to the indictment, on or about December 10, 2018, Ratliff allegedly manufactured, distributed, dispensed, sold, transferred, or possessed with the intent to manufacture, distribute or sell quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, as well as possessed drug paraphernalia.

Randall Roy Howard, 59, of Route 30, Salyersville, is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, fourth offense (Class D felony); possession of an open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle (violation); no registration plates (violation); no registration receipt (violation); failure to produce insurance card (violation); and failure to wear seatbelts (violation). According to the indictment, on or about February 17, 2018, Howard allegedly operated or was in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, with this being his fourth offense within the last 10 years. He also allegedly possessed an open alcohol beverage container while in a motor vehicle, drove with no registration plates or receipt, insurance card, or without seatbelts. 

With exception of the first two people listed in these indictments, arrest warrants were issued for the rest of the defendants indicted on June 25.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
 

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