By Hayley M. Cook
PIKEVILLE, Ky. - The following 13 individuals were indicted during the last meeting of the Pike County Grand Jury, according to information released by the Commonwealth Attorney’s office of Pike County.
The following defendants were indicted on charges of assistant program fraud (Class D felonies): Robin Hopkins, 37, of Pikeville; Melissa Taylor, 36, of Compton; Brittany N. Layne, 24, of Majestic; Shawna K. Drumheller, 21, of Pikeville; Angela Belcher, 39, of Pikeville; Randall Bartley, 48, of Pikeville; and Crystal Sneed Weddington, 31, of Pikeville.
Manfred Ray Seth Williams, 21, of Pikeville, was indicted on a charge of theft by unlawful taking (Class D felony). The defendant allegedly committed the offense by unlawfully taking or exercising control of a school bus in an amount of, or of a value of, more than $500, which belonged to the Pike County School Board.
Janel E. Ratliff, 46, of Raccoon, was indicted on a charge of theft of legend drug (Class D felony), when the defendant allegedly unlawfully took drugs belonging to Lloyd Scottie Bullock with the intent to deprive Bullock of his drugs..
Lorenzo Huffman Jr., 61, of Pikeville, was indicted on a charge of promoting contraband, first-degree (Class D felony). The defendant allegedly committed the offense when he knowingly introduced dangerous contraband into a detention facility, or, being confined in a detention facility, knowingly obtained such contraband.
Bridget M. Prater, 25, of McCarr, was indicted on charges of burglary, third-degree (Class D felony) and theft by unlawful taking (Class A misdemeanor). The defendant allegedly entered a building owned by Walmart with the intent to commit a crime, having been previously notified to stay off the premises. The defendant then went on to take merchandise in an amount of, or of a value of, less than $500.
Whitley Robinette, 25, of Harold, was indicted on a charge of theft of property; lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake (Class D felony). The defendant allegedly came into control of the property, including a purse with contents of a value of $500, including an IPhone. The defendant intended to deprive the owner of these items, and failed to take reasonable measures to restore this property to a person entitled to have it.
William Chad Smith was indicted on charges of receiving stolen property (Class D felony) and persistent felony offender, second-degree (Class C felony). The defendant allegedly committed the offense of receiving stolen property by knowingly receiving, retaining or disposing of jewelry all of a value or more than $500.
Editor’s note: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.