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Grand Jury indicts 18

A total of 18
individuals were
indicted by the
McCreary County Grand Jury last
month, representing 13 different cases.

By Greg Bird
birdman@tmcvoice.com

A 51-count indictment was issued to three individuals for allegedly stealing more than $7,000 worth of cigarettes from a local convenience store.
Randy C. Garner, Carlos West and Allen West, all of Pine Knot, were charged with multiple counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking for their reported involvement with knowingly and unlawfully taking cigarettes from Shell Express in Pine Knot. Garner was named in 26 of the counts for reportedly taking more than $7,800 of cigarettes between January and March. Carlos West was named in 22 counts, with more than $7,300 worth of cigarettes stolen. He was also named a Persistent Felony Offender after previous convictions in 1997 and 2008. Allen West was charged twice for allegedly taking more than $500 of cigarettes on two days in February.
As the dates and amounts match for several of the individual counts among the three men, it appears one of the subjects may have been a clerk and possibly passing cigarettes to their counterpart.
Christopher Collinsworth, of Oneida, was indicted on one count of Flagrant non-Support for reportedly not paying court-ordered child support payments for not less than six consecutive months and in arrearage of $1,000 or more.
Gerald Burt, of Stearns, was charged with Flagrant non-Support for reportedly not paying court-ordered child support payments for not less than six consecutive months and in arrearage of $1,000 or more.
Michael Barnett, of Stearns and Scotty Patton were charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking of the Value of $10,000 or more after allegedly taking a 2008 Kawasaki Side by Side Mule on April 7. Both men were also charged with being a Persistent Felony Offender, with convictions for Barnett in 2006, 2011 and 2015, and Patton with convictions in Madison County in 2007, Fayette County in 2008 and McCreary County in 2011.
Patton was also named in a separate indictment for Theft by Unlawful Taking of the Value of $10,000 or more, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon and Wanton Endangerment First Degree for reportedly taking a ATV owned by Steven Cox on the same day, and firing a handgun at the owner, creating a danger of death or serious injury. He was also indicted with a second Persistent Felony Offender charge.
Joshua Smith, of Clinton, Tennessee, was charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence for allegedly destroying, mutilating, concealing, removing or altering physical evidence which would have been used in an official proceeding on April 23.

Tony Ridner, of Parkers Lake, was indicted on counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance First Degree and Second Degree for reportedly being found with a quantity of Methamphetamine and Suboxone in his possession on May 2.
Charles Jones, of Parkers Lake was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance First Degree and Third Degree for reportedly being found with a quantity of Methamphetamine and Klonopin in his possession on May 2.

Leona Lyons, of Stearns, was indicted on counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance First Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence of Intoxicants- 4th offense, and Driving a Motor Vehicle while License is Revoked or Suspended for Driving Under the Influence- 2nd Offense for allegedly being found driving while under the influence on December 3, and having in her possession a quantity of cocaine and items commonly used in the ingestion/distribution of illegal controlled substances.
Donnie Hamilton, of Parkers Lake was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance First Degree for allegedly being found with a quantity of Methamphetamine in his possession on April 21.
Larry Risner, of Stearns, and Darrell Hollin, were charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance First Degree for allegedly being found with a quantity of Methamphetamine in his possession on March 3.
Angela Worley, of Stearns, and Ryan Wilson were both named in an indictment issued. Wilson was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance First Degree and Third Degree for allegedly being found with quantities of Methamphetamine and Alprazolam in his possession on April 25. Worley was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Third Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence for allegedly being found with a quantity of buprenorphine and destroying, mutilating, concealing, removing or altering physical evidence which would have been used in an official proceeding.
Kassondra Smith, of Monticello was indicted on two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument for reportedly possessing two forged checks with a total value of $400 on February 24.
Elizabeth Chapman, of Oneida, was charged with four counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument for reportedly possessing forged checks with a total value of $1,032 between April 12 and 16.

The Voice would like to remind our readers that an indictment is not an indication of one’s guilt or innocence, but represents that enough evidence exists in a case to pursue the matter in a court of law.

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