By Greg Bird
The McCreary County Grand Jury released seven indictments against eight individuals this month.
Dustin Conaster, of Stearns, was charged with counts of Escape Second Degree and Resisting Arrest for allegedly escaping from the custody of the Department of Corrections after being charged with a felony and failing to obey commands and fighting probation officers who were in the process of arresting him on July 23.
Brian Duncan, of Harrison, Tennessee, was indicted on a count of Possession of a Controlled Substance First Degree after reportedly being found with a quantity of methamphetamine on May 5.
Michael Bryant and Heather Ferrier, both of Strunk, were charged with Possession of Controlled Substance First Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance Second Degree and Tampering With Physical Evidence for allegedly being found with a quantity of methamphetamine and suboxone on June 12, and reportedly destroying, mutilating, concealing, removing or altering physical evidence.
April Richmond, of Pine Knot, was indicted on a count of Possession of a Controlled Substance First Degree for reportedly being found with a quantity of methamphetamine on July 14.
Marshal Staten was charged with a count of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Fourth or Subsequent Offense, for allegedly being found operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and while having three previous convictions of OUI in 2011 and 2012.
Staten was also charged with Being a Persistent Felony Offender after previous convictions in 2005 and 2018.
Kristen Paige Caudill, of Marshes Siding, was charged with Burglary First Degree for reportedly unlawfully entering a residence on November 26 and taking assorted items and a Smith & Wesson handgun while in immediate flight therefrom.
Janet Saunders, of Pine Knot, was indicted on a count of Forgery Second Degree for allegedly forging a name on a check on November 22.
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.