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April 28, 2014

Charges in Woodbine shooting

87-year-old indicted for December shooting that injured man

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A Woodbine man was indicted in Knox County Circuit Court Friday after a December shooting that sent one man to the hospital.

Fred Meyer, 87, now faces one charge of first-degree assault after allegedly shooting Chris Dinkins, 50, once in the head.

According to Kentucky State Police Trooper Shane Jacobs, law enforcement received the call just before 5 p.m. Dec. 11 about the shooting, which was at a residence at the corner of Prewitt and Dowis Chapel roads in Woodbine.

Dinkins was flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment.

Jacobs explained that Dinkins was shot while sitting in his Chrysler Town and Country minivan in the driveway of Meyer’s Woodbine residence.

Jacobs added a 16-year-old juvenile was in the van with Dinkins when he was shot.

Jacobs explained the preliminary investigation indicates the two men got into a verbal dispute.

“At that time, Mr. Meyer fired one shot at Mr. Dinkins, striking him in the face,” Jacobs said.

It remains unclear right now as to why Dinkins was in Meyer’s driveway.

Meyer’s niece, Shirley Barton, said Dinkins’ wife had been a caretaker for Meyer’s late wife, who passed away earlier this year.

Barton and her daughter, Renee Barton, both arrived at the scene after the shooting.

“I’m not surprised,” said Renee Barton. “I’m not surprised at all.”

Renee Barton and her mother talked about an alleged ongoing issue between the two men.

“Just a few weeks ago Uncle Fred told him (Dinkins) if he pulled in his driveway one more time he’d blow his brains out,” Shirley Barton said.

“We’re still trying to figure out what led to the shooting,” Jacobs explained. “And why he was at this residence.”

KSP Post 10 Detective Bryan Johnson leads this investigation.

Units from Woodbine Fire and Rescue were on the scene, as well as Knox County EMS crews and law enforcement with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Others indicted in Knox County Circuit Court Friday and their charges include:

— Brandon Dewayne Mills, 27, of Dewitt, was named on a three-count indictment Friday for charges incurred March 30. The first count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took a 1987 Ford log truck belonging to a male victim. The second count indicts him for third-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully damaged that same truck causing less than $500 in damage. The third count indicts him for attempted theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $10,000 after he allegedly attempted to take a John Deere bulldozer belonging to a couple. He was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

— James Eads, 28, of Gray, was named on a five-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Jan. 23. The first count indicts him for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, after he allegedly had in his possession chemicals and/or equipment used to make the drug. The second count indicts him for having an improper registration plate. The third count indicts him for failure of the non-owner operator to maintain required automobile insurance. The fourth count indicts him for driving a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended, first offense. The fifth count indicts him for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after two previous convictions in Knox County Circuit Court. In October 2007 he received a two and a half year sentence for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. In August 2011 he was convicted of his first offense of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Larry Simpson, 41, of Barbourville, was named on a three-count indictment Friday for charges incurred April 5. The first count indicts him for first-degree promoting contraband after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully introduced Suboxone into the Knox County Detention Center. The second count indicts him for public intoxication. The third count indicts him for being a second-degree persistent felony offender after he was sentenced to three years probated for three years after he was convicted of theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 in Laurel County Circuit Court. He was arrested by the Barbourville Police Department.

— Sandy Rice, 32, of Barbourville, was named on an eight-count indictment Friday for charges incurred March 4. The first two counts indict her on separate charges of tampering with physical evidence after she allegedly destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed or altered two pieces of physical evidence which would have been used in an official proceeding. The third count indicts her for first-degree promoting contraband after she allegedly introduced marijuana into the Knox County Detention Center. The fourth count indicts her for third-degree possession of a controlled substance after she allegedly was found in possession of a quantity of Alprazolam. The fifth count indicts her for possession of marijuana. The sixth count indicts her for public intoxication. The seventh count indicts her for having a prescription controlled substance in an improper container, first offense. The eighth count indicts her for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after several previous convictions in Knox County Circuit Court. In February 2002 she was convicted of third-degree burglary and received a two and a half year sentence. In February 2006 she was sentenced to eight and a half years for second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property valued at more than $300, first-degree criminal mischief, two counts of third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, theft of a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender. She was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

— M.D. Brown, Jr., 39, and Rebecca Helton, 32, of the same Scalf address, were named on a six-count indictment in Knox Circuit Court Friday. The first two counts indict Brown for two separate charges of first-degree rape after he allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse on two separate occasions with a minor through forcible compulsion from June-August 2013. The third count indicts Brown for first-degree sexual abuse after he allegedly subjected a second minor to sexual contact through the use of forcible compulsion from June-August 2013. The fourth and fifth counts indict Helton for first-degree complicity to commit rape after allegedly abetting and failing to prevent Brown from allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with the victim related to counts 1 and 2 from June - August 2013. The sixth count indicts Brown for another charge of first-degree rape after allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with a third minor from November 2012-January 2013. He was arrested by the Kentucky State Police.

— Casey Garland, 23, of Artemus, was named on a three-count indictment Friday for charges incurred June 10, 2013. The first count indicts Garland for first-degree possession of a controlled substance after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine. The second count indicts Garland for tampering with physical evidence after he allegedly destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed or altered two pieces of physical evidence which would have been used in an official proceeding. The third count indicts Garland for first-degree promoting contraband after allegedly introducing meth into the Knox County Detention Center. He was arrested by the Kentucky State Police.

— Shelva L. Ray, AKA Shelva Rucker, 56, of Corbin, was named on a five-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Dec. 16. The first two counts indict her for two separate charges of first-degree wanton endangerment after she allegedly wantonly, and with manifest indifference to human life, struck a man and a woman from Lily with her vehicle, creating a danger of death or injury to the couple. The third count indicts her for leaving the scene of an accident. The fourth count indicts her for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, first offense. The fifth count indicts her for reckless driving. She was arrested by the Corbin Police Department.

— Dawn Turner, AKA Dawn Brearton, 37, of Covington, was named on a four-count indictment Friday for charges incurred April 19. The first count indicts her for receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after she allegedly received and possessed merchandise stolen from Victoria’s Secret and Toys R Us. The second count indicts her for theft by unlawful taking property valued at less than $500 after she allegedly took purses from Belk’s. The third count indicts her for possession of burglary tools after she was allegedly found in possession of a security tag remover adapted for use as a burglar’s tool. The fourth count indicts her for second-degree hindering prosecution after she allegedly knowingly gave Corbin Police Officer Arron Peace a false name for Jeffrey Walters in an attempt to aid Walters in avoiding an arrest warrant. Peace arrested her.

— James Nick Jordan, 29, of Barbourville, was indicted for second-degree sodomy after he allegedly engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with a minor child Aug. 17-24, 2013. He was arrested by the Kentucky State Police Department.

— Terry Jones, 37, of Heidrick, was indicted for third-degree rape after allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with a minor child under age 18 on March 1. He was arrested by the Kentucky State Police Department.

— Luke Smith, 44, of Corbin, was named on a four-count indictment for charges incurred Feb. 11. The first two counts indict him on separate charges of first-degree wanton endangerment after he allegedly wantonly, and with manifest indifference to human life, fired a gun at two different people, thereby creating a danger of death or injury. The third count indicts him for tampering with physical evidence after he allegedly destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed or altered physical evidence which would have been used in an official proceeding. The fourth count indicts him for fourth-degree assault after allegedly striking one of the two people with his fist, causing physical injury. He was arrested by the Kentucky State Police Department.

— Jason Bates, 37, of Corbin, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully sold 10 doses of Oxycodone to a cooperating witness with the Kentucky State Police March 7, 2013. He was also arrested by KSP.

— Amanda Hughes, 32, of Corbin, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, after she allegedly knowingly and unlawfully sold 10 doses of Oxycodone to a cooperating witness with the Kentucky State Police Nov. 20-21, 2013. She was also arrested by KSP.

— James Privett, 48, of Siler, was named on a 10-count indictment Friday for charges incurred in the fall of 2013. The first three counts indict him for three separate charges of first-degree sodomy after allegedly engaging in deviate sexual intercourse with a minor under age 12. The next three counts indict him for three separate charges of first-degree sexual abuse to that same minor child. The next three counts involve other sexual charges against the same minor victim. The 10th count indicts him for distribution of obscene matter to a minor. He was arrested by the Kentucky State Police Department.

 

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