Only two of the charges contained in the indictments were drug-related. All of the other offenses included receiving stolen property, burglary, theft by unlawful taking, criminal possession, criminal mischief, wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The indictments were released by Commonwealth Attorney Rick L. Bartley of the 35th Judicial Circuit.
• Joel B. Rouce, 50, of South Williamson, was indicted on a charge of committing the offense of bribery of a public servant on March 18, 2009, when he offered Kentucky State Police officer Chris Phillips $2,000 with the intention of influencing his exercise of discretion or other action in his official capacity as a police officer.
• Thirty-year-old Mark Marcum of Canada, Ky., was indicted on four charges, including unlawful taking of merchandise valued at $300 or less and belonging to Rock & Roll Heaven; criminal mischief, third degree, when he damaged or destroyed a vehicle belonging to the city of Pikeville; criminal mischief, third degree, when he wantonly damaged or destroyed a vehicle owned by Respiratory Plus, causing a loss in excess of $1,000, and escape from custody, third degree.
The third charge is a Class D felony; all of the other charges are types of misdemeanors.
Other indictments, names, ages and addresses of the accused and specific charges are as follows:
• Jeffrey Thacker, 22, and George K. Maxwell, 19, both of Pikeville: charged with receiving stolen property on March 2, 2009 by knowingly receiving, retaining or disposing of various alcoholic beverages valued at $300 or more, and which had been stolen from El Poncho Restaurant, or in complicity with each other in so doing.
• Ella M. Ball, 28, of Cedar Bluff, Va.: charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, second degree, on June 7, 2006, when she distributed, dispensed, sold, transferred or possessed a quantity of hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, with intent to do the aforementioned.
• Rhonda J. Taylor, 33, Elkhorn City, Ky.: accused of fleeing or evading police first degree, when she operated a motor vehicle with the intent to elude or flee and knowingly or wantonly disobeyed a direction from a police officer to stop her motor vehicle, while she was driving under the influence of alcohol or other substance. A second count charges her with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.
• Melissa A. Rowe, 22, of Shelbiana, Ky.: indicted on three offenses allegedly committed on March 24, 2008 to about March 26, 2008. One, burglary first degree, when she unlawfully entered or remained in the dwelling of Cassie Mullins with intent to commit a crime therein, and while the defendant was armed with a deadly weapon; Two, theft by unlawful taking of checks, chainsaw, a rifle, medication and cash in an amount of $300 or more, all of which belonged to Cassie Mullins and/or Panzie or Chuck Gillispie; Three, criminal possession of a forged instrument, second degree, when she uttered or possessed checks to which the name of Cassie Mullins and/or Chuck or Panzie Gillispie had been forged.
• Roy N. Hamilton, 42, Phelps, Ky.: charged with burglary, third degree, when he unlawfully entered a building owned by Paul R. Charles on Jan. 19, 2009 with intent to commit a crime therein, and with receiving stolen property and retaining or disposing of power tools valued at $300 or more, and which had been stolen from Paul R. Charles.
• Johnny H. Worrix, 48, Pikeville: indicted on two charges, including wanton endangerment, first degree, when he engaged in conduct on March 13, 2009, creating a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to Amanda Hall. The second offense is possession of a firearm (a handgun) by a convicted felon.
• John Houston McAnallen, 18, Pikeville: charged with a Class D felony, receiving stolen property, retaining or disposing of a computer valued at $300 or more and which had been stolen from Jarrod Johnson, a juvenile; and with a Class A misdemeanor, possession of less than 8 ounces of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.
• Jennifer R. Laney Wells, and Crystal Lilly, 30, both of Paintsville, Ky.: jointly indicted for the offense of theft by unlawful taking or exercising control of CDs, DVDs and a web camera valued at $300 or more, which belonged to Walmart, or in complicity with each other in so doing on March 25, 2009.
• David Ira Belcher Jr., 36, and Billy Jack Belcher, 34, both of Virgie, Ky.: jointly indicted on two counts of theft by unlawful taking of a handgun and houshold furnishings valued at $300 or more and belonging to Connie Johnson, and four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, second degree. The four charges involve uttering or possessing checks or credit instruments to which the name of Connie Johnson had been forged, all allegedly in complicity with each other in so doing. The acts occurred Feb. 1, 2009, according to the indictment.
• Steven N. Blackburn, 33, and Casey Collins, 35, both of Pikeville, were jointly indicted on various charges in two separate indictments.
In one indictment, Blackburn and Collins are charged with receiving stolen property, retaining or disposing of jewelry valued at $300 or more and which had been stolen from Joyce Blackburn on Jan. 29, 2009.
In that same indictment, Blackburn is separately charged with three counts possession of a forged instrument, second degree, with intent to defraud or deceive. He uttered or possessed checks in the respective amounts of $175, $150 and $150, to which the name of Joyce Blackburn had been forged.
A third indictment accuses Steven M. Blackburn with four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, second degree (a Class D felony) on Feb. 10, 2009.
In two of the offenses, Blackburn is charged with uttering checks in the amount of $200, to which the name of Brenda Blackburn had been forged. In two other counts, Blackburn allegedly uttered checks in the amount of $150 each, to which the name of Brenda Blackburn had been forged.
Witnesses before the grand jury that produced the indictments were officers of the Kentucky State Police, the Pikeville Police Department and UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations Treatment and Education), and several individuals.
Editor’s Note: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.