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Grand jury returns indictments against 25

Amelia HollidayStaff Reporter

March 19, 2013

HAZARD — A Perry County woman was indicted this month on allegations that she took money from the Hazard nursing home.


Deborah Joseph, 39 of Sassafras, was indicted on one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of property. Joseph allegedly retained refund money for purchases made for the Hazard Nursing Home for her own personal use on January 17 of last year. Her bail was set for $20,000.


Jessica Noble, 24, of Booneville, and Kayla Miller, 21 of Clayhole, were both indicted this month on one count of fraudulent use of a credit card, between $500 and $10,000.


James Barger, 25, of Ricetown, was also indicted on charges of theft by unlawful taking over $500 (purse snatching), complicity of fraudulent use of credit card, and second-degree persistent felony offender.


Allegedly, on December 12, 2012, Noble and Miller had Barger transport them to Walmart in order to use stolen credit cards; Barger had allegedly stolen the purse that contained the credit cards. Bail was set for $20,000 for Noble and Miller and $40,000 for Barger.


Joshua Strunk, 25, of Bulan, was also indicted this month. Strunk allegedly took merchandise from the Hazard Walmart, later unlawfully re-entering the store after being charged with the original crime, on Nov. 1 of last year. Upon his arrest, police allegedly found hydrocodone, tramadol, and methadone tablets in Strunk’s possession, along with an ink pen that had been cut in half to be used to ingest controlled substances.


Strunk is charged with one count theft by unlawful taking under $500, one count burglary, three separate counts of first-, second-, and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, one count of first-degree promoting contraband, and one count possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $20,000 cash.


Destini Reynolds, 25, of Thornton, was indicted on one charge of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or false statement, a Class D felony. Reynolds allegedly tried, on two separate occasions, to use a fake or forged prescription at some local pharmacies to obtain controlled substances on September 27. Bail was set for $20,000 cash.


Timothy Day, 32, of Combs, was also indicted with one count of promoting contraband, his first offense, careless driving, and third-degree possession of a controlled substance. Day was alleged to have introduced a controlled substance into the Kentucky River Regional Jail on Sept. 9, while also knowingly being in possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Bail was set for $20,000 cash.


Jerry Joseph, 57, of Hazard, was indicted this month on a superseding indictment on one count prohibited use of electronic system to procure minor; he was previously indicted in October 2011 on 20 counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Joseph is on house arrest with a $50,000 surety bond.


Rex Strunk, 24, of Combs, Brandon E. Marlowe, 25, of Hazard, and Ashley Stidham, 23, of Bonnyman, were also indicted this month for one count each receiving stolen property other $500 and one count each first-degree criminal mischief after allegedly receiving a knowingly stolen 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse on Jan. 18, after breaking the passenger-side window and damaging the steering column. Bail was set for $20,000 cash each.


Joshua Adams, 33, of Jermiah, was indicted this month on one count second-degree escape, one count theft by unlawful taking over $500, and one count tampering with an electronic prisoner monitoring device. On Nov. 1, 2012, Adams allegedly removed his transmitter and escaped from home incarceration. Bail was set for $20,000 cash.


Also indicted this month, Charles Hendrix, 37, of Viper, was charged with one count second-degree escape and one count tampering with an electronic prisoner monitoring device. Bail was set at $20,000 cash.


Larry Daniels, 35, of Bonnyman, was indicted on one charge of fraudulent use of a credit card over $500 after allegedly using a stolen credit card between Dec. 19 and 31 last year to make purchases totaling $500 or more. Bail was set for $20,000 cash.


Lige Baker, 38, of Hazard, was also indicted this month on one charge fraudulently obtaining public benefits after allegedly using another person’s public assistance benefits to obtain medical care and prescriptions in the amount of $932.25, between July 23, 2009, and Aug. 20, 2009. Bail was set for $20,000 cash.


Carolyn Spencer, 58, of Hazard, was indicted this month on one count tampering with physical evidence and one count failure to report dependency, neglect, or abuse. Allegedly, between Jan. 8, 2011 and Feb. 9, 2011, Spencer failed to report abuse to the proper authorities and destroyed her adoptive daughter’s cell phone which contained text messages. A $20,000 surety bond was set for the case.


Justin Hudson, 23, of Hazard, was indicted on one count alcohol intoxication, one count second-degree disorderly conduct, and one count bribery of a public servant after allegedly bribing an officer in order to not be arrested for public intoxication on Oct. 28, 2012. Bail was set for $20,000 cash.


Albert J. Hime, 24, of Busy, was indicted this month on one count first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after allegedly being found to be in possession of a counterfeit $50 bill on Oct. 25, 2012. Bail was set for $20,000 cash.


Betty G. Feltner, 23, of Hazard, was indicted on two counts first-degree sexual abuse, one count prohibited use of an electronic system to procure a minor, and one count first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. Bail was set for $75,000 cash.


Stephen A. Miller, 37, of Bulan, was indicted on one count operating a motor vehicle under the influence and one count first-degree wanton endangerment. Bail was set for $50,000 cash.


Also indicted this month was Brian Gayheart, 43, of Hazard, on one count first-degree assault after allegedly striking another person with a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or another intoxication substance on June 30, 2012. Bail was set for $75,000 cash.


Joshua Johnson, 33, of Combs, was indicted this month on one count driving on a Driving on a DUI suspended license suspended license, first offense, once count first-degree fleeing or evading police, one count second-degree fleeing or evading police, one count menacing, one count first-degree disorderly conduct, one count resisting arrest, one count speeding, one count second-offense Driving on a DUI suspended license, and one count wanton endangerment. On Feb. 10 this year, Johnson allegedly refused to stop for a routine traffic stop and threatened the arresting officer. Bail was set for $25,000 cash.


Wayne Neace, 40, of Hazard, was also indicted this month on one count flagrant non-support. Bail was set for $20,000 cash.


Carlos Russell, 42, of Bulan, was indicted on one count flagrant non-support also. Bail was set for $20,000 cash.


Also indicted this moth was Pamela Shepherd, 47, of Hueysville, on one count tampering with physical evidence, after allegedly throwing pills behind a vehicle on Nov. 13, in order to conceal or destroy them in an attempt to prevent being charged. Bail was set for $20,000 cash.