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Woman charged with theft of nursing home funds

Amelia Holliday
Staff Reporter

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HAZARD — A Perry County woman was indicted this month on charges related to taking 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 Jan. 17 of last year. Her bail was set for $20,000.


Christopher Napier, 27, of Hazard, was also indicted this month on one count of tampering with physical evidence and one count of theft by unlawful taking (purse-snatching), both Class D felonies, after allegedly stealing a purse on Dec. 2 of last year, and burning items that were in the purse in order to conceal or destroy them. Bail was set at $20,000 cash.


Also indicted this month was 34-year-old Homer I. Vires of Hazard, who is facing second-degree assault charges. Vires was alleged to have intentionally inflicted injuries on Justin Coots on Sept. 12 of last year. Bail was set at $75,000 cash.


Timothy Day, 32, of Combs, was also indicted with one count of promoting contraband, 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.


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.


Mary A. Howard, 46 of Hazard, was indicted for one count of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, one count tampering with physical evidence, and one count of public intoxication.


On Oct. 27, Howard was alleged to have appeared on East Main Street in Hazard under the influence of an intoxicating substance. When she was arrested, police found six oxycodone tablets in her possession, which Howard had tried to conceal or dispose of before police found them. Bail was set at $20,000 cash.


Victor Gibson, 42, of Bulan, was indicted on one count of third-degree burglary after allegedly burglarizing an abandoned church building on April 16, 2012. Bail was set at $20,000.


Also indicted this month, Stacy E. Sizemore, 28, of Manchester, who allegedly took her infant child into Mountain After Hours Clinic while under the influence of alcohol and other intoxicating substances on Sept. 6, 2012. Police found Sizemore to be in possession of hydrocodone, a schedule III controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia.


Sizemore is facing one count of first-degree wanton endangerment, one count of second-degree possession of a controlled substance, one count of public intoxication, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $20,000.


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 of 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.


Rusty Blanton, 24, of Hazard, was indicted on one count possession of marijuana, one count carrying a concealed weapon, one count possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and one count second-degree persistent felony offender. Bail was set for $40,000 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 Sept. 27. Bail was set for $20,000 cash.


Benjamin T. Mobelini, 39, of Viper, was indicted this month on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500 and one count first-degree criminal mischief after allegedly taking the cash register from the Kwik Six Liquor store on Dec. 13. Steven F. Bates, 44, also of Viper, was indicted on one count of complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $500 for allegedly driving the car Mobelini used to take the cash register. Bail was set $25,000 cash for each.


Clinton Walker, 33, of Hazard, was also indicted this month on one count of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony, one count of possession of marijuana, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count second-degree persistent felony offender.


On Aug. 28, Walker is alleged to have been found with a container holding several oxycodone tablets in his possession along with an unspecified amount of marijuana. Bail was set for $40,000 cash.


Rickie J. Thomas, 61, of Mount Sterling, was indicted on one count first-degree fleeing or evading police, one count first-degree wanton endangerment, one count third-degree assault, one count resisting arrest, one count driving with no license, and one count first-degree operating a motor vehicle under the influence.


Allegedly, on Nov. 16, 2012, Thomas disobeyed a direction from police to stop his vehicle, and hit a police car and officer with his car before being apprehended. Bail was set at $30,000 cash.


Also indicted this month, 42-year-old David Watts, of Hazard, is faced with one count first-degree fleeing or evading police and one count speeding. Bail was set at $20,000 cash.


Gregory Combs, 42, of Hazard, was indicted this month on one count tampering with physical evidence, one count of public intoxication, and one count third-degree possession of a controlled substance. On Aug. 9, 2012, Combs allegedly entered the Primary Care Center while under the influence of alcohol or some other substance, and ingested a controlled substance in order to try to conceal it during an official court proceeding. Bail was set at $20,000 cash.


Darlene Neace, 36, of Combs, was indicted on one count receiving stolen property over $500 and one count second-degree persistent felony offender. Allegedly, on Oct. 2, 2012, Neace received a Jeep Cherokee knowing it to have been stolen. Bail was set for $40,000.


Douglas Toler, 29, and Robert Campbell, 36, both of Busy, were indicted on one count each of receiving stolen property over $500 after allegedly receiving a stolen generator on Nov. 19 of last year. Bail was set at $20,000 cash each.

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