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July 3, 2013

Greenup indictments

GREENUP — A Raceland woman who allegedly robbed a convenience store by telling employees she had a bomb strapped to her body was among those indicted last week by a Greenup County grand jury.

Grand jurors charged Holley Gambill, 34, of Raceland, with first-degree robbery, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a legend drug.

Gambill’s boyfriend, Ronnie G. Hicks, 57, also of Raceland, who allegedly helped her plan the holdup, was indicted on charges of complicity to first-degree robbery, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, illegal possession of a legend drug and first-degree persistent felony offender.

The robbery occurred May 9 at the Super Quik store at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Pond Run Road. According to Raceland Police Chief Don Sammons, Gambill entered the store and handed a clerk a note stating she had a bomb strapped to her chest and would detonate it if she was not given all the money in the register. The clerk complied, but also tripped a silent alarm and was able to stall the suspect to give police time to respond.

Gambill fled the store on foot with the money from the register. Officer Mitch Fetters spotted her, and a foot chase ensued. As the suspect was attempting to get into a car driven by another woman on Brown Street, other officers were able to surround the vehicle and take Gambill into custody, Sammons said.

Gambill did not have any explosives, Sammons said, and a subsequent search of her apartment in the 500 block of Crump Street did not turn up any bomb-making materials. During the search, Gambill told officers Hicks, 57, had helped her plan the robbery and compose the holdup note.

A grand jury indictment is a formal accusation of a crime and does not establish guilt.

Others named in true bills returned last week by the grand jury were:

‰Alvin J. Branham, 42, of Portsmouth; Tasmine D. Hammons, 25, of Sciotoville; and Dennis W. Darby Jr., 46, of South Shore, all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree drug trafficking, and fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child. Branham and Hammons also were charged with second-degree persistent felony offender; Darby with first-degree promoting contraband. All three were charged in a May 11 meth lab bust at a residence on Sunshine Lane in South Shore.

‰Adam L. Clifton, 25, and Mark C. Porter, 46, both of Flatwoods, both charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and first-degree wanton endangerment. Porter was also charged with first-degree drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree persistent felony offender. Both were charged in a Feb. 28 meth lab bust in the 2400 block of Argillite Road in Flatwoods.

‰Keith D. Sammons, 26, of Greenup, charged with prohibited use of electronic communication system to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other activities and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

‰Michael W. Meenach, 19, of Greenup, and John F. Rister Jr., 25, of Garrison, both charged with theft over $10,000 and first-degree criminal mischief for allegedly stealing copper wire owned by Windstream.

‰Wendall T. Howard, 49, of Greenup, charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree persistent felony offender.

‰Curtis W. Skaggs, 33, of Greenup, charged with first-degree promoting contraband, second-degree drug trafficking and first-degree persistent felony offender.

‰Paige R. Braden, 22, of Flatwoods, charged with  first- and second-degree drug trafficking.

‰Crystal M. Polzin, 24, of Greenup, charged in two separate indictments with two counts each of first-degree drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia and one count each of first-degree promoting contraband, second-degree fleeing or evading police, tampering with physical evidence and public intoxication.

‰Joe E.Davis, 41, of Rush, charged with three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count each of theft by deception and first-degree persistent felony offender.

‰Rodney D. Baxter, 37, of Columbus, charged with first-degree drug trafficking.

‰Darrell D. Hogue, 27, of Ashland, charged with first-degree drug trafficking.

‰Christina L. Watkins, 27, of Russell, charged in two separate indictments with three counts of first-degree drug trafficking and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

‰Michael K. Alber, 46, of Greenup, charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, first-degree bail-jumping and first-degree persistent felony offender.

‰Rodney G. Dixon, 46, of Russell, charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

‰Johnny R. Fields, 35, of Greenup, charged with theft by deception and first-degree persistent felony offender.

‰Andrew N. Metcalf, 21, of Portsmouth, charged with theft and second-degree persistent felony offender.

‰Benjamin E. Carr, 19, of Portsmouth, charged with theft.

‰Nicholas R. Mullins, 32, of Flatwoods, charged with criminal conspiracy to first-degree drug trafficking and second-degree persistent felony offender.

‰Christopher K. Jenkins, 23, of Greenup, charged with criminal conspiracy to first-degree drug trafficking, criminal conspiracy to first-degree drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

‰James F. Gartin, 49, of Ashland, charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

‰Heather N. Anderson, 34, of South Shore, charged with first-degree drug trafficking.

‰Kayla D. McDowell, 22, of Ashland, charged with first-degree drug trafficking.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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