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March 31, 2014

W’burg man indicted for tampering, theft, drugs

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writers

A Williamsburg man jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center was indicted in Knox County Circuit Court Friday.

Jerry Wayne Owens, 61, was named on a five-count indictment in Judge Gregory A. Lay’s courtroom for charges incurred two days before Christmas.

The first count indicts him for tampering with evidence after he allegedly destroyed, mutilated, altered, concealed or removed evidence which could have been used in an official proceeding.

The second count indicts him for theft by unlawful taking property valued at less than $10,000 after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took a quantity of a controlled substance from the Corbin Police Department without the authority to do so.

The third count indicts Owens for first-degree possession of a controlled substance after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine.

The fourth count indicts him for possession of drug paraphernalia. The fifth count indicts him for public intoxication.

He remains in the Whitley Detention Center. JailTracker records indicate he faces a charge of contempt of court, libel/slander, resistance to order. Those records show he faces two cases -- one of which he is jailed without bond, the other shows a $50,000 cash bond with ankle bracelet requirement.

An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury -- it is not a conviction nor an admission of guilt.

Others indicted Friday and their charges include:

-- Jason Orvile Hubbard, 39, of Barbourville, was named on a four-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Feb. 18. 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 2009 Yamaha motorcycle from a female victim. The second count indicts him on another charge of theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took a 2008 Yamaha All-Terrain vehicle from the same female victim. The third count indicts him for violation of a domestic violence order. The fourth count indicts him for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after several previous convictions. In May 2007 in Bell Circuit Court, he was convicted of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, and received a three-year sentence. In June 2007 in Knox Circuit Court, he was sentenced to one year for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense. Five years later in June 2012, he received another three-year sentence in Knox Circuit Court for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense. Hubbard has been jailed in the Knox County Detention Center since Feb. 19 on a $5,000 cash bond.

-- Timothy Petrey, 43, of Barbourville, was named on a four-count indictment Friday. The first count indicts him for first-degree burglary after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully entered the residence of a male victim while in possession of a firearm with the intent to commit a crime on Feb. 19. The second count on the indictment charges him with possession of marijuana on Feb. 25. The third count indicts him for possession of drug paraphernalia on Feb. 25. The fourth count indicts him for being a second-degree persistent felony offender Feb. 19 after two previous convictions in Knox Circuit Court. In August 2012 he was sentenced to three years for receiving a stolen firearm. That same day he was sentenced to two years for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, according to court records.

-- Jessie Ray Garland, 33, of Gray, was named on a three-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Feb. 26. The first count indicts Garland for theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier from a male victim in Corbin. The second count indicts Garland for another count of theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully took batteries, catalytic converters and other items owned by that same victim. The third count indicts him for first-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully damaged the Chevrolet causing more than $1,000 in damages. He was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, according to court records.

-- Danny Lee Bunch, 27, of Woolum, was named on an eight-count indictment for charges incurred Dec. 2. The first count indicts him for first-degree possession of a controlled substance after allegedly having in his possession a quantity of methamphetamine. The second count indicts him for unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors after he was allegedly found in possession of a quantity of pseudoephedrine with the intent to make meth. The third count indicts him for reckless driving. The fourth count indicts him for failure to wear a seat belt. The fifth count indicts him for resisting arrest after allegedly attempted or prevented Kentucky State Trooper Jason Partin from arresting him. The sixth count indicts him for second-degree disorderly conduct after he allegedly wantonly caused a public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm. The seventh count indicts him for possession of a radio that sends and/or receives police messages by allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessing a police scanner without authorization to do so. The eighth count indicts him for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. Bunch is currently jailed in the Knox County Detention Center and has been since Feb. 15 on unrelated charges. No bond is listed.

-- James Privett, 45, of Siler, was named on a four-count indictment Friday for charges incurred in the fall of 2013. The first three counts indict him on separate charges of first-degree sodomy after he allegedly engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with a minor under age 12 through the use of forcible compulsion. The fourth count indicts him for distribution of obscene matter to a minor, after allegedly showing that type of material to that same minor victim. There are no JailTracker records indicating he has been booked on these charges, although court records show two law enforcement officials with Kentucky State Police as witnesses.

-- Lawrence Collinsworth, 31, of Corbin, was named on a six-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Dec. 23. The first count indicts him for unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor, first offense, by allegedly knowingly and unlawfully selling, transferring, distributing, dispensing or possessing pseudoephedrine to a purchaser knowing the purchaser intends to use the drug to make meth. The second count indicts him for his second offense of unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors after he allegedly was found in possession of a quantity of pseudoephedrine in order to make meth. His first conviction for that crime came in February 2006 in Knox Circuit Court, where he was sentenced to five years. The third count indicts him for first-degree possession of a controlled substance after allegedly having meth in his possession. The fourth count indicts him for his second offense of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after he allegedly sold less than two grams of meth to a confidential witness with the Corbin Police Department. In August he was convicted of his first offense of trafficking in a controlled substance, third degree, and received 180-day sentence. The fifth count indicts him for possession of drug paraphernalia. The sixth count indicts him for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after three previous convictions in Laurel Circuit Court. In October 2002, he received a three-year sentence probated for three years in two different convictions -- one for first-degree criminal mischief, the other for third-degree burglary. In February 2012, he was convicted of theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 and received a three-year sentence. There are no JailTracker records indicating he has been booked on these charges, but four members with the Corbin Police Department are listed as witnesses on court documents.

-- Jamie Luster, 32, of Corbin, was indicted for first-degree bailjumping after she allegedly failed to appear in Knox County Circuit Court on felony charges pursuant to the terms of a bail bond March 7. No JailTracker records indicate she has been arrested for this charge yet.

-- Tasha Haney, 31, of Corbin, was indicted for first-degree bailjumping after she allegedly failed to appear in Knox County Circuit Court on felony charges pursuant to the terms of a bail bond Feb. 28. No JailTracker records indicate she has been arrested for this charge yet.

-- Amanda F. Reeves, 39, of Barbourville, was named on a nine-count indictment Friday for charges incurred Oct. 14. The first count indicts her for her fourth offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. She was convicted in July 2013 of this offense, in May 2011 and in May 2010. The second count on her indictment charges her with failure to or improper signal. The third count indicts her for improper equipment for an alleged broken turn signal. The fourth count indicts her for driving a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended for DUI, first offense. The fifth count indicts her for failure to surrender a revoked operator’s license. The sixth count indicts her for third-degree possession of a controlled substance after she allegedly had in her possession a quantity of Alprazolam. The seventh count indicts her for possession of a controlled substance in an improper container, first offense. The eighth count indicts her for possession of marijuana. The ninth count indicts her for possession of drug paraphernalia. There are no JailTracker records indicating she has been booked on these charges, but court records indicate she was arrested by the Barbourville Police Department.

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