Pike Indictments


By Courtney Pigman - [email protected]



PIKEVILLE – The Pike Circuit Court Commonwealth of Kentucky issued a number of recent indictments.

Melanie Horton, 41 from Pikeville, was indicted on felony charges for three counts of theft by deception.

On the Sept. 25, Horton committed theft by deception by obtaining funds in excess of $10,000 belonging to Stephanie Mullins upon an agreement or subject to a known legal obligation to make a specified payment or disposition and then did intentionally deal with said property as her own and thus failed to make the required disposition.

On Sept. 24, Horton committed theft by deception by obtaining funds in excess of $10,000 belonging to Rhonda Potter upon an agreement or subject to a known legal obligation to make a specified payment or disposition and then did intentionally deal with said property as her own and thus failed to make the required disposition.

From April 2014 to Feb. 2015, Horton committed theft by deception when she obtained funds from The Legal Funding Group on behalf of Russell Cure, Bethel Cure and Jowanda Ratliff, Austin Phillips and Rhonda Potter in the amount of $10,000 or more, upon an agreement or subject to a known legal obligation to make a specified payment or disposition and then did intentionally deal with said property as her own and thus failed to make the required disposition.

Austin Blanton, 21 from Prestonsburg, and Timothy Wallen,27 from Prestonsburg were indicted on three felony charges related to theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief in the first degree and burglary in the third degree.

On Sept. 21, Blanton and Wallen committed the offense of theft by unlawfully taking or exercising control of cash in an amount of more than five hundred dollars which belonged to the Hatfield and McCoy Car Wash, or in complicity with each other in so doing.

Blanton and Wallen committed criminal mischief when they damaged a building and equipment belonging to the Hatfield and McCoy Car Wash causing a loss in excess of $1000 or in complicity with each other in so doing.

Blanton and Wallen committed the offense of burglary when they entered a building owned by Hatfield and McCoy Car Wash with the intent to commit a crime.

Sid Gibson, 43 from Elkhorn City, was indicted on felony charges related to second degree assault on Oct. 31 after striking a woman.

Charles Scott, 25 from Pikeville, was indicted on a felony charge for criminal mischief and two counts of misdemeanor charges related to theft by unlawful taking.

On Nov. 7, Scott committed criminal mischief when he destroyed a display case and a tablet belonging to Wal-Mart causing a loss in excess of $1000. Scott committed theft by unlawful taking after taking merchandise valued at less than $500 from Wal-Mart. Scott committed a second count of theft by unlawful taking after taking merchandise of less than $500 from the Dollar General.

Jackie Estill Hopkins, 36 from Elkhorn City, was indicted on a felony charge for flagrant nonsupport after failing to provide child support for six or more consecutive months.

Kimberly Reed, 50 from Jasper, was indicted on a felony charge for promoting contraband for introducing contraband into a detention facility. Reed was also indicted on a misdemeanor charge for possession of a controlled substance (Xanax) , and a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana.

Christopher Cline, 43 from Latonia, was indicted on Oct. 30 on a felony charge for theft by unlawful taking by taking merchandise or more than $500 dollars from Wal-Mart.

Mark Fields, 35 from Pikeville, was indicted on a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor charge for second degree possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge for third degree possession of a controlled substance.

An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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By Courtney Pigman

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(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)

(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)

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