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March 20, 2013

Three people indicted for active meth lab discovered at Davis Road

CORBIN — By John L. Ross, Staff Writer

Three people arrested Dec. 22 in connection with an active meth lab discovered at a residence on Davis Road south of Corbin have now been indicted.

Jack O. Liford, 37, who resided in the home, Amanda B. Turnbill, 22, of Middlesboro, and Aaron D. Ellison, 35, of Pineville, each received their indictments in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Liford received a one-count indictment charging him with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Turnbill and Ellison were each handed two-count indictments. The first count on both of their indictments charges them with manufacturing methamphetamine.

The second count on Turnbill’s indictment charges her with second-degree persistent felony offender after her conviction July 30 for theft by unlawful taking and first-degree promoting contraband in Bell County Circuit Court.

The second count on Ellison’s indictment charges him with second-degree persistent felony offender after his conviction on Dec. 14, 2006 for second-degree assault.

According to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell, a tip was received about meth being manufactured in Liford’s home.

When deputies arrived at the scene, Harrell said the smell was unmistakable.

Sgt. Ken Sheppard and Deputy John Hill, assisted by Kentucky State Police Trooper Les Moses, responded to the home.

Inside the home, deputies found the two meth labs. “One was very active,” Harrell said. “It was a very dangerous situation.”

Two of the three arrested came out of the home, while Harrell said the third was removed by deputies.

“They were cooking it up when we got there,” he said. “They had just fired that one up.”

All three were jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center. Harrell said it took crews more than five hours to clean the residence.

Others indicted Monday and their charges are as follows:

— Karen Dople, 35, and Mark White, AKA Mark Wyatt, 28, both of Williamsburg, were indicted on several charges related to two separate burglaries of the First Deliverance Church.

White was handed a five-count indictment. The first two counts are in connection with the Nov. 8 burglary. Count I charges third-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into the church. Count II indicts White for theft by unlawful taking property valued at under $500 after allegedly stealing an amplifier from the church.

The other three counts on White’s indictment are for a Nov. 24 break-in at the church. Count III indicts White for third-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into the church again. Count IV indicts him for theft by unlawful taking of property worth between $500 and $10,000 for allegedly stealing two monitor speakers from the church. The last count charges second-degree criminal mischief for allegedly damaging a window at the church.

Dople was handed a six-count indictment. The first two counts are in connection with the Nov. 8 burglary. Count I charges third-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into the church. Count II indicts Dople for theft by unlawful taking property valued at under $500 after allegedly stealing an amplifier from the church.

The other three counts on Dople’s indictment are for a Nov. 24 break-in at the church. Count III indicts Dople for third-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into the church again. Count IV indicts her for theft by unlawful taking of property worth between $500 and $10,000 for allegedly stealing two monitor speakers from the church. The fifth count charges second-degree criminal mischief for allegedly damaging a window at the church. Count VI indicts Dople for second-degree persistent felony offender after her conviction on Sept. 8, 2004 for second-degree robbery.

— Ricky D. Mills, 44, of Williamsburg, was indicted for unemployment insurance fraud. According to the indictment, from Jan. 9, 2010 through May 8, 2010, Mills allegedly knowingly made a false statement by failing to disclose a material fact used in determining qualifications for the program. Mills reportedly received $6,894 in benefits.

— Corbin residents Barry W. Welborn and Lori N. Welborn, both 32, were each separately indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine on Oct. 14. According to Corbin Police Major Rob Jones, officers were called to a fast-food restaurant in south Corbin to respond to a couple who were fighting. A second caller reported the fight had become physical. Police stopped the car under the I-75 overpass. They reported finding an active meth lab and about three grams of meth. Both were arrested at the scene.

— Nicholas Campbell, 27, of Corbin, was indicted for first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after allegedly being caught with a counterfeit $20 bill.

Corbin Police Major Rob Jones said Campbell was identified through video surveillance footage and from eyewitness accounts from both the Speedway convenience store and the fast-food restaurant, both on Cumberland Falls Highway.

Jones said many local banks and businesses saw “a rash of counterfeit bills being used throughout the city.” Campbell was arrested Jan. 31.

— Barry Hart, 57, of Whitley County, was indicted for first-degree criminal mischief after allegedly burning several items belonging to Pauline Davis, of Williamsburg, causing more than $1,000 in damages. This reportedly happened June 15.

— Brandon Riley, 25, housed in the Whitley County Detention Center, received a two-count indictment Monday. The first count charges first-degree promoting contraband after Riley, while being confined in the WCDC Dec. 7, allegedly knowingly possessed “dangerous contraband” — it was 62 Meloxicam. The second count on Riley’s indictment charges first-degree persistent felony offender after his conviction on several charges on Dec. 18, 2008. Those charges are theft by unlawful taking, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading law enforcement, receiving stolen property valued at more than $300, theft of a motor vehicle registration plate and fraudulent use of a credit card more than $100. Also, on Feb. 5, 2010 in Perry Circuit Court, Riley was convicted of theft by unlawful taking and first-degree criminal mischief.

An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury and is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.

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