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January 27, 2014

Knox Indictments

Alleged escapee appears in Knox Court

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A man captured by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department Thursday after an alleged escape in January received a pair of indictments Friday.

James Eads, 28, of Gray, stood handcuffed before Judge Gregory Lay in Knox County Circuit Court to receive his newest indictments.

He was indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, giving an officer a false name or address and second-degree persistent felony offender.

The newest indictment was also five counts for charges incurred Jan. 2. The first count indicts Eads for first-degree escape. The second and third counts indict him on separate charges of first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly engaging in conduct at two different times which placed Deputy Jailer Thomas Levering to be in danger of injury or death. The fourth count indicts Eads for first-degree fleeing or evading police after allegedly failing to obey Levering’s orders to stop running. The fifth count charges Eads with now being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

In October 2007, he was convicted in Knox Circuit Court for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, for which he was sentenced to two and a half years. In August 2011, he was convicted in Knox Circuit Court for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, for which he was sentenced to one year.

Eads remains jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under a $25,000 cash bond.

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

Other indictments handed down Friday include:

— Nathan Garrett Daniels, 23, of Girdler, and Melissa Witt, AKA Melissa Collins, 33, of Hinkle, were both named on a four-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Oct. 23. The first count charges them with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, after they were allegedly found possessing equipment or chemicals used in making the drug. The second count indicts the pair for unlawful possession of meth precursors, first offense, after they allegedly possessed pseudoephedrine with the intent to use the items as precursors for meth. The third count indicts them for possession of marijuana, while the fourth indicts the pair for possession of drug paraphernalia. Daniels remains jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under a $25,000 cash bond. Witt also remains jailed at the detention center — her bond is $50,000 surety. JailTracker records indicate she was also served with three separate warrants for her arrest. Witt was also named on a second indictment Friday — this one charging her with first-degree criminal mischief after allegedly knowingly and unlawfully damaging a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt owned by a female victim causing more than $1,000 in damage on Oct. 7.

— Michael H. Brewer, 35, of Barbourville, was named on a five-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Oct. 31. The first count indicts him for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, after he was allegedly found in possession of chemicals and/or equipment used to make the drug. The second count indicts him for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he was allegedly found in possession of a firearm after his February 2001 conviction in Knox Circuit Court for first-degree facilitation to commit burglary, for which he was sentenced to one year. The third count on his indictment charges him with possession of marijuana, and the fourth count indicts him for possession of drug paraphernalia. The fifth count indicts him for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his December 2007 conviction in Knox Circuit Court for receiving stolen property valued at $300 or more, for which he was sentenced to one year. Brewer was remanded from court Friday to the Knox County Detention Center, where he remains under an unknown bond. JailTracker records indicate he also faces a charge of contempt of court, libel/slander and/or resistance to order.

— Ashley Sizemore, 27, of Flat Lick, was indicted for flagrant non-support after she allegedly failed to make court-ordered child support payments for her three children from Jan. 1, 2007 through the date of the indictment, accumulating an arrearage of $1,000 or more. She remains jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under a $20,000 surety bond.

— Randy Whittymore, 34, of London, was named on a two-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts him for flagrant non-support after he allegedly failed to make court-ordered child support payments for his three children from Dec. 1, 2009 through the date of the indictment, accumulating an arrearage of $1,000 or more. The second count indicts him for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his May 2008 conviction in Knox Circuit Court. In that case he was convicted of theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $300 and first-degree criminal mischief, for which he was sentenced to two years. He remains jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under an unknown bond. JailTracker records indicate he also faces two counts of contempt of court, libel/slander and/or resistance to order.

¬¬— James Shelton, 33, of Flat Lick, received a seven-count indictment Friday in Knox Circuit Court for charges incurred Nov. 26. The first count indicts him for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, after he was allegedly found in possession of chemicals and/or equipment used to make the drug. The second, third and fourth counts indict him on three separate charges of fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child after he allegedly allowed three juveniles to be present while reportedly illegally manufacturing meth. The fifth count indicts him for cultivating marijuana less than five plants, first offense. The sixth count indicts Shelton for possession of drug paraphernalia. The seventh count indicts him for receiving stolen property valued at less than $500 after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessed an electric meter reported stolen from Cumberland Valley Electric.

— Christopher Hibbard, 26, of Bimble, and Jennifer Sawyers, 34, of Merritt Island, Fla., were each named on a two-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Nov. 29. The first count indicts the pair for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, after they were allegedly found in possession of chemicals and/or equipment used to make the drug. The second count indicts Hibbard for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his June 2009 conviction in Bell Circuit Court for second-degree robbery, for which he was sentenced to five years.

— Ronald Gray, 22, of Barbourville, was named on a two-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Dec. 20. The first count indicts him for receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessed a hunting bow reported stolen from a male victim. The second count indicts him for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he was allegedly found in possession of a firearm after his Knox Circuit Court conviction in August 2011 for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $300, for which he was sentenced to two years.

— Dewayne Swafford, 38, Chad Cole, 30, Danny Lewis, Jr., 36, all of Barbourville, and Jewel Eidson, 31, and Curtis Eidson, 32, each of the same Flat Lick address, were all named on a 10-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Nov. 3. The first count charges all five with theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after they allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado truck owned by a male victim. The remaining nine counts of this indictment solely named Swafford as the alleged offender. The second count indicts him for first-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly damaged the Silverado truck causing more than $1,000 in damage. The third count indicts him for first-degree fleeing or evading police after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully disobeyed the signals of Kentucky State Trooper Chad Gregory to stop in an attempt to flee police and doing so while allegedly under the influence of intoxicants. The fourth and fifth counts indict him with two separate charges of first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly wantonly, and with manifest indifference to human life, engaged in conduct which posed a danger of injury or death to both Gregory and a male victim. The sixth count indicts Swafford for second-degree fleeing or evading police after knowingly and unlawfully disobeying Gregory’s commands to stop running. The seventh count indicts him for third-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly damaged a uniform owned by KSP Trooper Russell Maynard causing less than $500 in damage. The eighth count indicts him for resisting arrest. The ninth count indicts him for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. The tenth count indicts him for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after previous convictions in Knox Circuit Court. In January 2010 he was convicted of driving a motor vehicle while license is suspended for driving under the influence of intoxicants, third offense, and theft of identity, for which he received a three-year sentence. In April 2012, he was convicted of receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000, for which he was sentenced to three years. All defendants were jailed in the Knox County Detention Center.

— Curtis Lewis, 31, of Corbin, was named on a two-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Sept. 9. The first count indicts him for receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he was allegedly found receiving and possessing heavy equipment batteries reported stolen. The second count indicts Lewis for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after three previous convictions in Laurel County Circuit Court. In April 2003, he was sentenced to two years, probated for two years, for first-degree fleeing or evading police. In April 2011, he was convicted of two separate crimes — one was theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000, and the other was receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000. He received a two and a half year sentence for those convictions.

— Cynthia Smith, AKA Cynthia Ballard, 29, of Maynardville, Tenn., was named on a five-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Nov. 30. The first count indicts her for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, after she was allegedly found in possession of a quantity of Oxycodone. The second count indicts her for possession of a controlled substance in an improper container, first offense. The third count indicts her for possession of marijuana. The fourth count indicts her for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, first offense. The fifth count indicts her for careless driving. JailTracker records indicate she was arrested for a series of alleged traffic violations Jan. 14, for which she remains jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under a $1,000 cash bond.

— Quentin Mills, Jr., 26, and Teena Mills, AKA Teena Grubb, 23, both of the same Hinkle address, were each named on a seven-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Dec. 9. The first count indicts the pair for first-degree possession of a controlled substance after they were allegedly found in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine. The second count indicts Mills for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessed less than two grams of meth to sell. The third count indicts both defendants for possession of marijuana. The fourth count indicts Mills for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, first offense. The fifth count indicts Mills for careless driving. The sixth count indicts Mills for second-degree possession of a controlled substance after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of hydrocodone. The seventh count indicts Mills for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his February 2010 conviction in Knox Circuit Court for unlawful possession of meth precursors, for which he was sentenced to three years.

— Jamie L. Luster, 32, and Debra S. Smith, 39, of the same Corbin address, were each named on a three-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Dec. 14. The first count indicts the pair for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, after they were allegedly found in possession of chemicals and/or equipment used to make the drug. The second count indicts them for their first offense of unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors after they were allegedly found in possession of a quantity of pseudoephedrine, a meth ingredient. The third count indicts Smith for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after three previous convictions. In February 2007, she was convicted in Knox Circuit Court for theft of identity, for which she received a one-year sentence. In March 2005, she was convicted in Knox Circuit Court for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, for which she was sentenced to one year probated for one year. In March 2012, she was convicted in Madison County Circuit Court theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000, for which she was sentenced to two years. There are no JailTracker records for Smith, however, Luster remains jailed at the Knox County Detention Center under a $25,000 cash bond.

— Della Peters, AKA Della Hopson, 37, of Hinkle, was named on a two-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Dec. 12. The first count indicts her for theft by deception property valued at $10,000 or more after she allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took a 2005 Dodge Ram truck owned by Premier Auto in return for a worthless check drawn on the account of James and Della Peters at Hometown Bank. The second count indicts her for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after two previous convictions in Knox Circuit Court. In October 2000, she was convicted of theft by deception property valued at $300 or more, for which she was sentenced to three years probated for four. In May 2004, she was convicted of program assistance fraud, for which she was sentenced to five years probated for five years.

— Anthony Skaggs, 27, of Gray, was indicted for first-degree bailjumping after allegedly failing to appear in Knox County Circuit Court Jan. 3 on felony charges pursuant to the terms of a bail bond.

— Joshua Hampton, 20, of London, was indicted for possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor after allegedly having material in his possession which depicted a sexual performance by a minor on Nov. 15.

— Eric Smith, 29, of Corbin, was named on a three-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Jan. 3. All three counts indict him on separate charges of first-degree bailjumping for allegedly failing to appear in court on three separate cases involving Smith.

 

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