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PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The individuals were indicted during the last meeting of the Pike County, Ky. Grand Jury, according to information provided by Pike County Commonwealth Attorney, Rick L. Bartley.


• Jonathan M. Cleary, 25, of Matewan, WV, was indicted for reasons of flagrant non-support (Class D Felony). Court records state that Cleary has failed to pay support for his minor son as ordered by the court since July of 2007. Rearranges total several thousands of dollars.


• Sherwin Reynolds, 54, of Elkhorn City, Ky., was indicted on a Class A misdemeanor offense of attempted theft of a controlled substance. The order reads that on or about Oct. 21 of 2012, Reynolds did unlawfully take or exercise control over a controlled substance (Lortab) that belonged to Ruby Hatfield, therefore depriving her of her prescribed medication.


• Brett Atnip, 20 and Lydia Lester, 25, both of Hanover, WV, were each indicted by the grand jury on a single charge of theft by unlawful taking (Class D Felony). The duo allegedly was caught shoplifting items from the S. Williamson, Ky. Walmart that were valued at more than $500.


• Neil Thomas Ratliff, 43, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted for theft by unlawful taking (Class D Felony) after being accused of taking merchandise without paying for it from the Cardinal Country Store that totals more than $500. Ratliff was also charged with being a persistent felony offender, first degree (Class B Felony), for the reason that the defendant was previously convicted of theft by unlawful taking and being in possession of burglar’s tools in Pike County in 1989; receiving stolen property in 1994 in Pike County; 1st degree wanton endangerment in Floyd County in 2005; and 1st degree trafficking in controlled substances in Pike County in 2011.


• Frank Kurkowski, 34, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted on a single charge of receiving stolen property (Class D Felony). The defendant allegedly knowingly received and disposed of a car motor that belonged to William Robinson, valued at more than $500.


• Kevin Ray, 27, of Stanville, Ky., was indicted on three counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, 2nd degree. He is accused of possessing 3 stolen checks made payable to Danny Ray in the amounts of $160, $180 and $340, and forged the signature of the victim in an attempt to cash them.


• Melissa Dotson, 45, of Stopover, Ky., was indicted on one count of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (Cocaine), which is a Class D Felony.


• Edward Ratliff, 36, of Pikeville, Ky., has been indicted on counts of 1st degree promoting contraband (Class D Felony) and 2nd degree possession of a Schedule III controlled substance (Hydrocodone). The defendant, on Oct. 9, 2012, allegedly knowingly introduced dangerous contraband identified as hydrocodone into a detention facility or while being detained in a correctional facility, did obtain or possess such contraband.


• Larry Hamilton, 28, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted on charges of first degree robbery (Class B Felony); theft by unlawful taking (Class A misdemeanor); carrying a concealed weapon (Class A misdemeanor); and being a persistent felony offender, 2nd degree (Class A Felony). Hamilton is said to have, in the course of committing a theft from Magic Mart, threatened the immediate use of physical force with a handgun against victim, Melissa Brunson. He committed the theft by unlawful taking when he removed a pair of boots valued at over $100 from the department store. Hamilton is charged as a repeat felony offender due to the fact that he has a previous 2008 conviction for charges of 2nd degree theft by unlawful taking and 3rd degree criminal mischief.


• Daniel R. Sword, 22, of Pikeville, Ky., has been indicted on a single charge of theft of identity (Class D Felony). The indictment states that on Nov. 4, 2012, the defendant knowingly possessed or used identifying information of Aaron Watson without his consent, with intentions to represent that he was Watson for the purpose of avoiding detection.


• Amanda Michelle Adkins, 29, of Pikeville, Ky., was indicted on a charge of theft by unlawful taking (Class D Felony) that stemmed for the theft of more than $500 from a Pikeville McDonalds Restaurant on Nov. 13, 2012.


• Gina Cantrell, 63, of Prestonsburg, Ky., was indicted for six charges that include 5 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, 2nd degree (Class D Felony) and 1 count of theft by unlawful taking. Court records state that on or about Oct. 31s and Nov 20, 2012, the defendant unlawfully exercised control of 4 checks that each totaled $500 and 1 check that totaled $275 belonging to Steve Owens, and forged his name with intention to fraud and deceive.


• Matthew Bevins, 31, of Raccoon Creek, Ky., and Seth Scott, 30, of Pikeville, Ky., were both charged with burglary, 3rd degree (Class D Felony); theft by unlawful taking (Class C Felony); persistent felony offender, 2nd degree (Class B Felony); and persistent felony offender, 1st degree (Class A Felony). The indictment states that on Nov. 11, 2012, the defendant unlawfully entered a building identified as Castle Jewelry with the intentions of committing a crime. He allegedly stole money and jewelry that was in access of $10,000. Bevins was charged as a repeat offender because of a previous conviction of theft by unlawful taking in 2009 and Scott was charged with the same offense because of an extensive criminal record that includes 3rd degree burglary and 2nd degree robbery in 2005; receiving stolen property in 2004; and 3rd degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking in 2008.


• Jason Charles, 34, of Raccoon Creek, Ky., was indicted on charges of theft by unlawful taking (Class A misdemeanor), and possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree (Class D Felony). Charles allegedly unlawfully took toys from the Pikeville, Ky. Walmart that were valued in access of $500, and also committed the offense of possessing a Schedule II controlled substance, 1st degree, identified as Oxycodone.


• Danny J. Stanley, 38, of Sidney, Ky. and Joshua L. Smith, 30, of Canada, Ky., were each indicted on charges of theft by unlawful taking (Class D Felony), and possession of a controlled substance, 2nd degree (Class A Misdemeanor). Stanley was also indicted for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants (Misdemeanor). The duo are accused of shoplifting merchandise valued at more than $500 from the S. Williamson, Ky. Walmart, and were also in possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, 2nd degree (Hydrocodone) when arrested.


• Timothy J. Francis, 31, and Robert L. Prater, 31, both of Stopover, Ky., were both indicted on a theft by unlawful taking charge (Class D Felony) stemming from a theft of steel valued at more than $5,000. Prater committed the offense of assault, 2nd degree, when he intentionally struck victim Tony McCoart, with his hands and feet, causing serious injury. He was also indicted on the offense of fleeing or evading police, 1st degree, when he attempted to flee from an officer after being ordered to stop, creating substantial risk of serious physical injury or death to another person.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is assumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty in a court of law.)

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