Friday August 23, 2013

Barbourville Police say a man has stolen nearly $200,000 from a Knox County business.

Michael Jones of Pineville is accused of stealing from Bingham Tire in Barbourville.

Bingham Tire owners say the books just did not add up earlier this year so they turned it over to Barbourville Police.

Police say the now former employee Michael Jones stole merchandise and money.

Jones had been delivering merchandise to locations of businesses that had not purchased the items then billed the items to other clients.

Jail records show Jones posted bond and is out of jail.

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Five Letcher County men are named by the Letcher County Grand Jury in five indictments each charging them with theft of copper wire from Kentucky Power Company.

35 year old Elijah Duane Garrett, 42 year old Jesse Dean Craft Jr., 38 year old Brack Larry Joe Meade, 36 year old James Wayne Johnson and 29 year old Christopher B. Duff are charged in the case.

The grand jury says in addition to the theft of the copper wire, the men damaged or destroyed electrical power lines, circuits and other equipment belonging to American Electric Power.

The five indictments say the offenses took place from November of last to March of this year.

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Nine people are named in 12 indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury including a painter and builder accused of taking more than $6,000 from the Whitesburg United Methodist Church.

37 year old Anthony Carl Day, also known as Tony Day is charged with possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception.

The grand jury says Day cashed several checks drawn on the account of the Methodist Church at Community Trust Bank from September of 2012 through February of this year.

For a full list of indictments and more info on both cases see this week's edition of the Mountain Eagle.

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A friend of a missing Floyd County attorney says they are scaling back their search after finding proof that he is alive.

Martin city attorney Clyde Johnson went missing last month.

His friend Ned Pillersdorf was helping the investigation and says records from a Tracfone Johnson was using show he is moving around the southwest, probably staying at campgrounds.

Pillersdorf says he believes Johnson is in Texas and says he does not believe Johnson is in any trouble and that he does not want to be found.

Pillersdorf has been appointed to run Johnson's law office.