Pike Co. indictments


- Several charged with various crimes

By Courtney Pigman - [email protected]



PIKEVILLE – The Pike County Circuit Court, Commonwealth of Kentucky, released a number of recent indictments to the media.

Adam Pierce from Freeburn was issued a felony indictment for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle injury. Pierce committed the offense of leaving the scene of an injury when he was involved in a wreck wherein an individual sustained a serious physical injury or death and the defendant knew or should have known of such condition.

Darrell Adkins from McCarr was issued a felony indictment for theft by unlawful taking by unlawfully taking or exercising control of a trailer and equipment in an amount of more than ten thousand dollars which belonged to the Pike Fiscal Court and/or the Blackberry Fire Department.

Debbie May from Aflex, was issued an indictment for trafficking in a controlled substance which is a felony offense. May committed the offense when she dispensed, sold, transferred or possessed with the intent to do the aforementioned, a quantity of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Eric Estridge from Canada and Clyde Smith from Canada were issued an indictment for burglary in the third degree which is a felony offence and a class a misdemeanor charge of theft by unlawful taking. Estridge and Smith committed the offense of burglary in the third degree when they unlawfully entered a building owned by Walmart with the intent to commit a crime therein, having previously been notified and agreeing to stay off said premises, or in complicity with each other in so doing. Theft by unlawful taking was committed by taking or exercising control of merchandise in an amount of less than $300 which belonged to Walmart.

David Farley, from Hardy was issued an indictment on felony charges for theft by unlawful taking, and fleeing or evading a police. The indictment also included a misdemeanor charge for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants and a misdemeanor charge for fleeing or evading police in the second degree. Farley committed the offense of theft by unlawful taking or exercising control of a vehicle in the amount of more than $10,000 which belonged to Pike County Schools.

Sammy Copley from Aflex was issued an indictment for two Class C felony counts of trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree, two Class D felony counts of trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree and two Class A misdemeanor counts of trafficking in controlled substance in the third degree. Copley committed the offense of trafficking in a controlled substance when he dispensed, sold transferred or possessed with the intent to do the aforementioned, a quantity of oxycodone, heroin, hydrocodone, and clonazepam.

Sterl Sullivan, from Ransom was issued an indictment for trafficking in a controlled substance, which is a felony and possession of marijuana which is a class a misdemeanor. Sullivan committed the offense of trafficking in a controlled substance when he dispensed, sold, transferred or possessed with the intent to do the aforementioned, a quantity of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. Sullivan committed the offense of possession of marijuana when he possessed a quantity of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance of less than eight ounces.

Terry Fields and Sharon Hardesty from McCarr were issued an indictment. The indictment stated that Fields committed the offense of trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree when he dispensed, sold, transferred or possessed with the intent to do the aforementioned, a quantity of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance. Fields and Hardesty committed the offense of trafficking in a controlled substance on a separate count as well. Fields has also been accused of possession of a controlled substance for possession of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Buckie Vanmeter from Pikeville was issued an indictment for theft by unlawful taking which is a felony offense. Vanmeter committed the offense of theft by unlawful taking or exercising control of merchandise in an amount of, or a value of more than $500 which belonged to Staples.

Larry Robinson from Raccoon was issued an indictment on a felony charge of burglary in the third degree and a class a misdemeanor charge of theft by unlawful taking. Robinson committed burglary in the third degree when he entered a building owned by Walmart with the intent to commit a crime therein previously having been notified and agreeing to stay off said premises. Theft by unlawful taking was committed when he unlawfully exercised control of beer in an amount of less than $500 which belonged to Walmart.

Damron Maggard, from Robinson creek was issued an indictment for trafficking in a controlled substance, which is a felony offense. Maggard committed the offense when he dispensed, sold, transferred or possessed with the intent to do the aforementioned, a quantity of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Gary Hamilton and William Leeper from Pikeville were issued an indictment on felony charges for burglary in the third degree and theft by unlawful taking. Hamilton and Leeper committed burglary in the third degree when they unlawfully entered a building owned by the University of Pikeville for the purpose of committing a crime or in complicity with each other in so doing. They committed theft by unlawfully taking or exercising control of a Dell laptop computer, an IPhone 5s, an Ipad, keys and a wallet in an amount of more than $500 dollars which belonged to Upike, Linda Neazil and Chazzlynn Slone or in complicity with each other in so doing. Hamilton is also being charged with the offense of persistent felony offender in the second degree.

Melissa Berduo from Pikeville was issued an indictment on felony charges for theft of a motor vehicle registration plate or decal and with the offense of being a persistent felony offender. Berduo committed the offense of theft of a motor vehicle registration plate or decal when he had in his possession and displayed on a vehicle, a registration plate or decal which had been previously stolen.

Thomas J. Wells was issued an indictment for possession of a controlled substance which is listed as a Class D. felony charge. He was also issued misdemeanor charges for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants and operating a motor vehicle without an operator’s license. Wells committed the offense of possession of a controlled substance in the first degree when he knowingly possessed a quantity of meth which is a Schedule II control substance.

Tommy Elswich from Robinson Creek was issued an indictment three felony charges for burglary in the second degree, theft by unlawful taking, and wanton endangerment. Elswich committed burglary in the second degree when he unlawfully entered or remained in the residence of Tim Borowski for the purpose of committing a crime therein. Elswich committed theft by unlawful taking by unlawfully taking or exercising control of an air compressor, a power washer or any them in an amount or a value of more than $500 which belonged to Tim Borowski. Elswich committed wanton endangerment when he wantonly engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to Tim Borowski.

Joshua Akers from Virgie was issued an indictment on a felony offense of theft by unlawful taking by unlawfully taking or exercising control of tools in an amount of more than $500 which belonged to Carson Wright.

Rebecca Bryant from Pikeville and Michelle Justice from Elkhorn City were issued an indictment for attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, which is a felony offense. Bryant and Justice committed the offense of obtaining controlled substances by fraud when they obtained or attempted to obtain a controlled substance of Xanax by knowingly withholding or misrepresenting information, or presenting a false, forged or altered prescription in order to obtain such substance, or in complicity with each other in so doing.

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

– Several charged with various crimes

By Courtney Pigman

[email protected]

(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-2354242 ext. 2279.)

(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-2354242 ext. 2279.)

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