Grand jury returns several indictments on drug and theft charges

The Powell County Grand Jury met last week and returned several indictments. Some of those were sealed, but the ones that were not have charges ranging from burglary to various drug offenses. However, under the new law the bonds may have caught a few people by surprise.

Under the new law that was passed in hopes of helping the overcrowding of jails and help to save money, some charges can now be cited to appear in court. Many drug charges now fall under this law, as do some “minor” offenses. As long as the person is not a serious threat, many lesser charges now fall under the new law.

Those whose indictments have been released so far are:

• Stephen Jones, 29, indicted for third degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $500 and criminal mischief third. Jones allegedly admitted to officers after being caught in a barn Feb. 11 on Rail Road Street in Clay City, that he intended to steal some wiring he found there. He also allegedly did some damage that cost less than $500. The barn is owned by Stanton Police Officer Donovan Crabtree. Jones bond has been set at $35,000 cash;

•  Angelia Leigh Little, 27, and Jeffrey Flynn, 44, were both indicted for receiving stolen property, after officers from the Lexington, Clay City, Stanton, Powell County Sheriff’s and Kentucky State Police departments found a computer in their home in Clay City back on Feb. 2 that had allegedly been stolen from BestBuy in Lexington. The computer was priced at $549.99.

Little was also indicted for having possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both Little and Flynn will be summoned to appear in Powell Circuit Court on July 20. Their bond is set as a $500 surety bond;

• Sarah C. Hall, 24, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance first, possession of a controlled substance third and tampering with physical evidence. Police stated that back on Feb. 27 Hall was followed by a Lee County deputy on the Mountain Parkway. After she got off at the Stanton exit she was pulled over by Stanton Police Officer Donovan Crabtree as a possible intoxicated driver. Hall was found to have 22 xanax and eight oxycodones on her when she was placed under arrest.

She allegedly tried to hide the pills. She will also be summoned to appear in court on July 20. Her bond is set as a $2,500 surety bond;

• Scott E. Ginter, 48, was found by police walking through people’s yards in the Clay City Bottoms area back on Jan. 19 after receiving several calls about a suspicious subject. When police checked Ginter he allegedly had a couple of oxycodone on him, clenched in his fist as police searched him with his consent. He was indicted for possession of a controlled substance first. He will also be summoned to court on July 20. He will be released on his own recognizance;

• Nickie Miller, 49, was indicted for trafficking in a controlled substance first and trafficking ina controlled substance third. Police say that on Dec. 4, 2009 Miller tried to sell 10 or more oxycodone and 10 or more xanax. His bond has been set at $95,000 full cash; and

• Josh S. Mayberry, 19, and Erik R. Boyd, 18, were both indicted for burglary third degree, theft by unlawful taking over $500 and criminal mischief second. Police say that both men allegedly broke into a building on April 11 owned by Morgan Tipton took some property and then created some damage to the building that cost between $500 and $1,000. Both men’s bonds are set at $50,000 cash.

More indictments are expected to be returned. Grand jury indictments usually give only one side of the story and all parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.