By John L. Ross, Staff Writer
A man alleged to be a “mid-level marijuana dealer” was indicted in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Speed Marcum Tye, 45, of Corbin, received a two-count indictment during his court appearance. The first count charges Tye, either alone or with assistance, “committed the offense of trafficking in marijuana.”
He allegedly possessed more than six pounds of marijuana.
The second count of his indictment charges second-degree persistent felony offender, as he was previously convicted April 13, 2003 of first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot.
A woman listed at the same address, Loretta Tye, 41, was also indicted on the marijuana charges Monday.
All charges for both suspects were incurred in September 2010.
On Sept. 10, 2010, Speed Tye allegedly sold a half-pound of marijuana to a confidential informant. After his arrest, an additional four ounces were reportedly discovered in his vehicle. Previously that month, Speed Tye was charged with other marijuana sales — charges which led to a search of his Joe Young Road home, where the six-plus pounds of marijuana were discovered, according to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.
Operation UNITE assisted with this investigation.
Others indicted in Whitley County Circuit Court and their charges are:
— Three people arrested in the theft of heating and air conditioning units from Corner Stone Baptist Church Nov. 7, 2012 received their indictments Monday.
Anthony “Stutter Bob” Anderson, 23, of Williamsburg, and Andy Rhodes, 29, of Siler, each face one charge of theft by unlawful taking more than $500 but less than $10,000.
Anderson was indicted on a second count of second-degree persistent felony offender after his conviction for receiving stolen property under $10,000 in November 2011.
The third suspect in this case, Edna J. “Lucy” Holt, 32, of Williamsburg, faces one count of criminal complicity to theft by unlawful taking more than $500 but less than $10,000 by allegedly assisting Anderson and Rhodes in the crime.
— A woman accused of illegally receiving more than $18,000 through government assistance programs has now received a three-count indictment.
Tara Sams, 30, of Corbin, appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
In the first count of her indictment, from June 1, 2009 through March 31, 2012, Sams allegedly committed program assistance fraud when she failed to disclose facts pertaining to her qualification for the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). From that program Sams received more than $6,600.
The second count of her indictment charges program assistance fraud concerning her alleged failure to disclose facts concerning qualification for the Medicaid program, receiving more than $5,100 in benefits. These offenses were reportedly incurred during the month of June 2009, and from Oct. 1, 2010 to Aug. 31, 2012.
The third and final count on her indictment also charges program assistance fraud, this alleged crime beginning in November 2008 through May 31, 2011. In this count, Sams allegedly failed to disclose certain facts concerning her qualifications for Child Care benefits, said benefits totaling more than $6,400.
Floetta Brown, with the Inspector General’s office in London, is the witness in this case.
— James Daniel Lebanion, 21, of Williamsburg, received a three-count indictment Monday. The first count charges second-degree burglary after breaking and entering into the residence of Teresa Black. Count two charges Lebanion with theft by unlawful taking more than $10,000 after reportedly stealing jewelry, a knife and cash from the Black residence. The third count charges second-degree persistent felony offender, as Lebanion was previously convicted of second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking on July 9, 2012.
— Justin Gerald Steely Jaynes, 20, of Williamsburg, charged with theft by unlawful taking of more than $500 but less than $10,000.
Jaynes allegedly stole a 2000 Suzuki Quad 500 four-wheeler belonging to Eddie Manning.
— Kenneth M. Ramsey, 27, of Williamsburg, received a three-count indictment Monday.
All charges on this indictment were allegedly committed Oct. 5, 2011.
The first two counts charge Ramsey with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. One charge stems from the reported sale of one-fourth of a gram of cocaine for $30 to a confidential informant. The second count comes from an alleged sale of two Oxycontin pills for $50, also to a confidential informant.
The third count of Ramsey’s indictment charges second-degree persistent felony offender after his conviction of theft by unlawful taking more than $300 in March 2008.
— B.J. Starlite, also known as James Downey, 55, an inmate in the Whitley County Detention Center, received a one-count indictment Monday. The charge was first-degree persistent felony offender. This indictment is in addition to several charges Starlite will appear for in court March 4.
Those charges include six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, receiving stolen property more than $10,000, and theft of motor vehicle registration plate/renewal decal.
Starlite has been convicted on several felonies, including second-degree terroristic threatening and receiving stolen property more than $300 in October 2007 in Madison Circuit Court, receiving stolen property under $10,000 in February 2010 in Estill County, and theft by unlawful taking in Spetember 1998 in Harlan County.
— Daryle Weaver, 48, of Williamsburg, received a three-count indictment Monday.
The first count charges second-degree burglary after allegedly entering the home of Robert Caddell. Count two charges third-degree criminal mischief by allegedly intentionally damaging the sheriff’s uniform of Deputy Todd Shelley, causing less than $500 damage.
The third count charges second-degree fleeing or evading on foot after allegedly wantonly disobeying Shelley’s orders to stop during the arrest.
— Robert Waggoner, 35, of Corbin, also received a three-count indictment Monday. The first count charges theft by unlawful taking after allegedly stealing an Ithaca 16-gauge pump shotgun and two rings owned by Gary Waggoner in July 2012.
The second count charges Robert Waggoner with theft by deception of more than $500 but less than $10,000 by selling the gun to the Bacon Creek Pawn Shop for $240.
The third count on the indictment also charges theft by deception of more than $500 but less than $10,000 — this charge for selling the rings to Corbin Pawn Shop for $700.
— Two men arrested in a rental home in Woodbine in 2010 were indicted on drug-related charges Monday.
Marvin Partin, 45, and Franklin Roberts, 69, both of Ohio, were each indicted on one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after allegedly possessing for sale or trade 10 Hydrocodone pills and 11 grams of cocaine in April 2010.
Partin’s indictment had two other counts listed. The second count charges second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, stating that on March 10, 2010, Partin allegedly sold five Hydrocodone pills to a confidential informant for $35. The third count charges first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance for allegedly selling two grams of cocaine to a confidential informant for $100.
The Corbin Police Department led the investigation with cooperation from Operation UNITE.
— Donnie E. Grubb, 31, of Williamsburg, was handed two separate two-count indictments Monday.
The first indictment alleges that on Sept. 5, 2012, Grubb committed the offense of receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 when he was found in possession of property stolen from Jimmy Bates. The second count on the first indictment charges first-degree persistent felony offender after his convictions of identity theft and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument on Nov. 9, 2005, and second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property on May 5, 2005.
The second indictment alleges fraudulent use of a credit card, more than $500 but less than $10,000, occurring Oct. 10-11, 2012. Grubb is accused of spending more than $1,300 during those two days without the consent of the cardholder. The second count on this indictment is another first-degree persistent felony offender charge.
— Two Corbin residents were each handed a 20-count indictment Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Jeffery Hamblin, 21, and Tina Spencer, 29, each face 10 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and 10 counts of third-degree criminal mischief.
These charges are in connection to several vehicles being shot at with a BB gun on Sept. 10.
All suspects indicted Monday remain innocent until proven guilty in court.