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August 19, 2013

Grand jury indicts Corbin woman

Five counts of first-degree assault given for July 4th crash on KY 770

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A Corbin woman charged after an Independence Day crash that sent five family members to the hospital has now been indicted.

Ruth Ann Marcum, AKA Ruth Ann France, 39, was named on a five-count indictment Friday before Judge Tom Jensen in Laurel County Circuit Court.

All five counts indict her on separate charges of first-degree assault.

Marcum was driving a GMC Sierra west on KY 770 when she reportedly lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line and struck a Chrysler 300, driven by Corbin resident Danny Barnett.

All four passengers in Barnett’s vehicle, as well as Barnett, were seriously injured and admitted to Baptist Health Corbin. A 12-year-old child in the crash had to be airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

Marcum was treated for her injuries and released.

She was released July 11 from the Laurel County Correctional Center under 10 percent of a $50,000 bond.

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

Others indicted Friday and their charges include:

— Skye Stewart, 21, of McKee, was indicted for first-degree bail jumping after allegedly failing to appear in Laurel Circuit Court on May 31 on felony charges pursuant to the terms of the bail bond. According to Laurel County Correctional Center’s JailTracker, Stewart was released in January on a $50,000 surety bond — she faces charges in that report of her first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine.

— Brian Leon Roberts, 33, of Williamsburg, received a three-count indictment for charges incurred Nov. 29, 2012. The first count indicts him for fraudulent use of a debit or credit card, more than $500 but less than $10,000, within six months after he allegedly used a Chase Bank credit card belonging to another individual. The second count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after allegedly stealing a computer, DVD player and a Garmin GPS system from the same victim. The third count indicts Roberts for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his Aug. 3, 2012 conviction in Oklahoma County Circuit Court for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and concealing stolen property, for which he received a five-year sentence, probated for five years. Roberts has been jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under two separate bonds since January. One is a $5,000 surety bond — the other is a $700 cash bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 30.

— Merinda K. Robinson, 33, received a three-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts her for flagrant non-support after allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments to her child since June 1, 2004 through the date of the indictment — accumulating an arrearage of more than $1,000. The second count indicts her for flagrant non-support after allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments to two additional children since Feb. 16, 2011 through the date of the indictment  — accumulating an arrearage of more than $1,000. The third count indicts her for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after her February 2010 conviction of possession of a controlled substance in Laurel Circuit Court, for which she was sentenced to three years. She was also convicted in October 2000 of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, for which she was sentenced to one year probated for three. She remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

— Phillip L. Stanfill, 43, of Williamsburg, was indicted for flagrant non-support after allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments for his child since June 1, 2007 — accumulating an arrearage of more than $1,000. He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center in March, and was released five days later on a $10,000 surety bond.

— James Rice, Jr., 39, of London, was indicted for flagrant non-support after allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments for his child since Sept. 1, 2006 — accumulating an arrearage of more than $1,000. He was released from the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $20,000 surety bond.

— Ashley E. Morrow, 29, of London, was indicted for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after allegedly possessing and uttering a $400 check at First National Bank that was written on a closed account from Cumberland Valley National Bank on June 18. Morrow was released July 16 from the Laurel County Correctional Center on a $20,000 surety bond.

— Stephen McWilliams, 29, of London, was indicted for second-degree arson after allegedly starting a fire with the intent to destroy a home owned by Lori Baker on July 31. He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center the same day, and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond on Aug. 6. His next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

— Christopher K. Joseph, 26, of London, received a five-count indictment on Friday. The first four counts indict him for separate charges of first-degree criminal possession of forged instruments. The first count alleges that on April 9 Joseph possessed and uttered a $900 check written on the victims’ account at PNC Bank. The second count alleges that on May 6, Joseph possessed and uttered an $800 check on the victim’s BB&T Bank account. The third count alleges that on May 7, he possessed an uttered another check at BB&T, this time for $700. The fourth count alleges that on May 19, possessed and uttered a $896.12 check from the victims’ PNC bank account. The fifth count on this indictment charges Joseph with being a first-degree persistent felony offender, after two separate convictions in Laurel County Circuit Court. The first conviction came in December 2009, when he was sentenced to one year for his first offense of criminal possession of a forged prescription. The second conviction came in September 2012, when he was sentenced to five years, probated for five years for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

— Derek Lee McHargue, 22, of Corbin, was indicted for fraudulent use of a credit card, more than $500 but less than $10,000, after allegedly knowingly and unlawfully using an SSI Direct Express debit card legally issued to another person on July 1.

— Christopher A. Asher, 31, of East Bernstadt, and Daniel P. Leonard, 24, of London, were each named on an indictment charging the pair with theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $10,000 after the two allegedly took coin-operated machines owned by William White sometime between May 15 and June 28.

— Wayne H. St. John, 50, of Corbin, was indicted for flagrant non-support after allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments for his two children from July 3, 2002 through the date of the indictment — accumulating an arrearage of more than $1,000. He was jailed on July 4 and remains in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $4,000 cash bond. His next court appearance is slated for Aug. 26.

— Terry D. Hicks, 38, of Tyner, was indicted for flagrant non-support after allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments for his child from May 1, 2003 through the date of the indictment — accumulating an arrearage of more than $1,000. He was jailed on July 26 and remains in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a 10 percent of $30,000 cash bond. His next court appearance is slated for Sept. 20.

— James G. Moody, Jr., 48, of London, was indicted for flagrant non-support after allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments for his child from Oct. 3, 2011 through the date of the indictment — accumulating an arrearage of more than $1,000. Moody was also named on a second indictment Friday. In this indictment he faces charges of theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after allegedly knowingly taking a 1993 Jeep owned by the estate of Jeffrey Moody on March 8. He was jailed on May 30 and remains in the Laurel County Correctional Center under two separate cash bonds — one for $2,500 and the other for $750. His next court appearance is slated for Aug. 26.

— William F. Sizemore, Jr., 43, of East Bernstadt, was indicted for flagrant non-support after allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments for his child from Feb. 24, 1997 through the date of the indictment — accumulating an arrearage of more than $1,000. He was jailed on June 6 and released from the Laurel County Correctional Center on July 2. He was scheduled to appear in court Friday, but it was unknown at press time the results of Friday’s appearance.

— Andrea E. Wilkerson, 26, of Lily, was indicted for program assistance fraud after allegedly unlawfully failing to report a change in factors affecting eligibility for SNAP benefits, thereby receiving $8,151 in those benefits. This offense allegedly occurred between March 2011 and March 2013.

— Melva D. Moore, AKA Melva Smith, 56, of London, received a two-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts her for program assistance fraud after allegedly knowingly failing to report a change in factors affecting eligibility for SNAP benefits, thereby receiving $3,043 in those benefits. This offense allegedly occurred between August 2009 through July 2012. The second count on her indictment also charges her with program assistance fraud, after allegedly unlawfully failing to report a change in factors affecting eligibility for Medicaid benefits, thereby receiving $56,990.84 in those benefits. This offense allegedly occurred between August 2007 and May 2011.

— Robert LeMarbe, 45, of Covington, received a two-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts him for flagrant non-support after allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments for his child from Nov. 7, 2011 through the date of the indictment — accumulating an arrearage of more than $1,000. The second count indicts him for second-degree persistent felony offender after his July 2003 conviction for his first offense of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance in Whitley Circuit Court, for which he was sentenced to 10 years, probated for five years. According to JailTracker records, he remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under two bonds — a $5,000 cash bond and a $5,000 fully-secured bond.

— Stephen G. McWhorter, 52, of London, William R. McWhorter, 50, of East Bernstadt, and Carla A. McWhorter, AKA Carla Harris, Carla Howard, 36, also of East Bernstadt, were all named on a two-count indictment Friday for charges incurred June 22. The first count indicts the trio for their first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine after allegedly unlawfully and knowingly having in their possession chemicals and/or equipment used in the making of meth. The second count solely indicts Stephen McWhorter for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after his April 2005 conviction in Laurel Circuit Court for his first offense of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, for which he received a five-year sentence. Stephen McWhorter and William McWhorter both remain in the Laurel County Correctional Center under $25,000 cash bonds each. There are no JailTracker records for Carla McWhorter.

— Tearle Sowders, 28, of Corbin, was indicted for flagrant non-support after allegedly failing to make court-ordered child support payments for his child from Oct. 24, 2008 through the date of the indictment — accumulating an arrearage of more than $1,000. He remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $10,500 cash bond, according to JailTracker records. He also faces several other charges, including theft by unlawful taking (vehicle), first-degree criminal mischief, receiving stolen property under $10,000, second-degree persistent felony offender, and theft by unlawful taking a vehicle valued at more than $10,000. He is under separate bonds for those charges, according to JailTracker. His next court appearance is slated for Aug. 30.

— Curtis B. Brewer, 35, of London, was handed a three-count indictment Friday for charges incurred June 20. The first count indicts him for first-degree burglary after allegedly unlawfully and knowingly entering a victims’ residence and possessing a firearm in the process. The second count indicts him for attempted theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $10,000 after allegedly attempting to steal a 2013 Chevrolet 4x4 owned by the same victims. The third count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after allegedly taking a 6x10 Gator Utility Trailer, a .357 Smith & Wesson model 586 and six .38-caliber Remington bullets, owned by the same victims. Brewer remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $10,000 cash bond. His next court appearance is slated for Aug. 26.

— Shannon Rae Billings, 34, of Lexington, was indicted for fraudulent use of a debit or credit card, more than $500 but less than $10,000, within six months after he allegedly used a victim’s credit card without permission. This charge allegedly occurred March 7-8, 2013.

— Josie E. Vaughn, 28, of London, was indicted for first-degree possession of a controlled substance after allegedly knowingly and unlawfully having in her possession a quantity of meth on April 19.

— Bradley Bowman McClure, 28, of London, was indicted for theft by failing to make a required disposition valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after allegedly converting $1,423.34 in monies belonging to Schwann’s Food Company to his own use. This allegedly occurred May 14-16, 2012. He was jailed in and released from the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $10,000 surety bond on June 24.

— Lori Mink, 44, of London, received a two-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts her for program assistance fraud after allegedly unlawfully failing to report a change in factors affecting eligibility for SNAP benefits, thereby receiving $12,060 in those benefits. This offense allegedly occurred July-December 2008, and January 2010-February 2012. The second count also indicts her for program assistance fraud after allegedly unlawfully failing to report a change in factors affecting eligibility for Medicaid benefits, thereby receiving $28,251.69 in those benefits. This offense allegedly occurred between Feb. 1, 2010 through March 31, 2012.

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