A Floyd County grand jury issued approximately 40 indictments last week, and several of those indictments were filed in connection with theft cases. 

Three separate indictments were issued against Jonathan Howell, 37, of Beaver, who faces two counts of receiving stolen property over $10,000, two counts of theft by deception over $500, third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and three counts of allegedly being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.

According to documents filed in Floyd District Court, Howell allegedly stole items from Debra Hall in January and pawned them at the Pink Elephant and Wholesale Jewelry and Pawn. The citation filed against Howell in February also alleges that he broke into Hall’s car and allegedly stole blank personal checks that he forged. The value of some of the items pawned totaled more than $10,000, court documents allege. 

Howell wasn’t the only person charged with receiving stolen property. 

Steven Bryant 45, of Grethel, was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property valued at more than $10,000, a Class C felony. 

According to documents filed in that case by Kentucky State Police Trooper Shane Hurtt, Bryant was allegedly found to be in possession of a vehicle that had been reported stolen in West Virginia, court documents say.

The grand jury also indicted Donnie Robinette, 41, of Betsy Layne, for receiving stolen property under $10,000. The indictment alleges he was in possession of property owned by Penny Boyd and Steve Webb in September 2018. Robinette was allegedly found to be in possession of a stolen motorcycle last September in the Cow Creek area. 

He was also arrested in March, in another case in which he was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree fleeing/evading police, giving an officer false information and theft of identity. That case has also been sent to the grand jury.

The grand jury also indicted Kermit Williams, 56, of Pikeville on similar charges. He is charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000, giving officer false identifying information, driving on a suspended license, failure to produce insurance card, security covering a motor vehicle no insurance and for allegedly being a persistent felony offender in the first-degree.

Other indictments issued last week by the grand jury include the following charges: 

•Jared Mitchell, 26, of Harold; second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance

•Nikki Spurlock, 29, of Martin; second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance 

•Lakota Mullins, 19, of Hi Hat; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed deadly weapon

•Misty Ratliff, 26, of London; first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft by deception under $500 

•Melissa Varney, 46, of Prestonsburg; first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft by deception under $500 

•Kyle Ray Waddle, 37, of Prestonsburg; first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft by deception under $500 

•Jesse Hamilton, 32, of Prestonsburg; third-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault, first-degree persistent felony offender 

•Danielle Stevens, 26, of Dwale; third-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault

•Reece Curtis Spurlock, 28, of Allen; second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault, terroristic threatening 

•R.B. Robbins, 54, of Thelma; driving under the influence, fourth offense or greater, driving on a suspended license

•Sammy N. Rife, 52, of Royalton; driving under the influence, fourth offense or greater, driving on a suspended license

Editor’s note: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

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