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Former Sheriff's Candidate Indicted On Charges Of Burglary, Assault


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Among the indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury recently was that of a former Democrat candidate for Sheriff, Derek Wayne Cook. Cook was indicted on severl charges including burglary, assault and wanton endangerment that could see prison sentences of up to 20 years.

Letcher County Commonwealth's Attorney Edison G. Banks announced the following indictments:

Derek Wayne Cook, 43, of Mayking Loop, Whitesburg was indicted on Class B Felony charges of 1st Degree Burglary and 2nd Degree Assault as well as 1st Degree Wanton Endangerment, a Class D Felony for allegedly entering a mobile home located at Mayking while armed and causing serious physical injury to Stacy Kirby, and wantonly engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger to Ms. Kirby when he placed a loaded pistol to her head and then fired the pistol in close proximity to her. The incident occurred on December 8, 2013.

Natasha A. Griffie, 26, of Hazard, was indicted on charges of 1st Degree Bail Jumping for not appearing in Letcher District Court at a scheduled hearing on a previous felony charge. Bail Jumping is a Class D felony. Griffie was also charged with Flagrant Non-Support, also a Class D Felony, for persistently failing to provide support for her minor child.

Robert Edward Rose, 31, of Basket Drive, Jenkins was indicted on charges of 2nd Degree Escape and Theft, Class D Felonies as the result of an August 2013 incident in which Rose apparently escaped from the custody of the electronically monitored home incarceration program of the Letcher County Detention Center.

Patricia "Pat" A Ratliff, 42, was indicted on charges of 2nd Degree Escape and Theft, Class D Felonies, and Persistent Felony Offender, which enhances the Class D Felonies to Class C Felonies. The charges stem from a December 4, 2013 incident in which Ratliff escaped from the custody of the electronically monitored home incarceration program of the Letcher County Detention Center.

Anthony Carl Day, 38, of Hwy. 931-South, Whitesburg, was indicted on two charges of Possession of a Forged Instrument and Theft, Class D Felonies. According to the indictments issued by the Grand Jury, Day in February 2013 possessed a forged check on the account of Roy Crawford in the amount of $1,200 and then cashed the check and did the same in May 2013.

Anthony John Lane, 37, of Pine Creek, Mayking, was indicted on charges of 2nd Degree Escape and Theft for escaping from the custody of the electronically monitored home incarceration program of the Letcher County Jail in July 2013.

Daveron A. Vinson, 31, of Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio was indicted on charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a Class C Felony.

Ricky Collins, 42, of Plum Street, Hazard was indicted on charges of Criminal Complicity to 1st Degree Assault and Persistent Felony Offender. The charges stem from a July 2013 in which Collins acted with James O. "Popeye" Fields to create a grave risk of death to Dewayne Caud-ill and caused Caudill physical injury.

James O. "Popeye" Fields, 40, of Main Street, Richmond, Kentucky was indicted on the charge of Criminal Complicity to 1st Degree Assault. The charge stems from a July 2013 in which Collins acted with Ricky Collins to create a grave risk of death to Dewayne Caudill and caused Caudill physical injury.

Alvin Joseph Slone, 20, of Mill Branch, Jeremiah, was indicted on charges of Receiving Stolen Property and Criminal Mischief, both are Class D Felonies for having in his possession property belonging to American Electric Power valued at $500 or more.



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Original Publication Date: January 1, 2014



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