Brothers indicted on theft charges


Two brothers were recently indicted on theft charges by a Bell County grand jury after being accused of stealing an ATV. Jason D. Rice, 29, and James Ray Rice, 25, both of Arjay, were indicted for theft by unlawful taking under $10,000 and for being persistent felony offenders.

In April, Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received the call about the theft. A 1999 Honda 300 was taken from behind a residence. Trooper Aaron Fredrick began an investigation.

According to the press release, through Fredrick’s investigation he collected surveillance footage from the home and pictures taken from a neighbor who saw two individuals walking around in the area. The trooper was able to match the evidence to Jason Rice and later that evening conduct an interview with him.

Police say Jason admitted he and his brother James Rice stole the ATV from behind the residence. Jason was then arrested and charged.

According to police, Fredrick later obtained an arrest warrant for James. Troopers located James but he fled on foot. The following day he turned himself in. The two brothers were lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.

James Rice was also served several outstanding warrants.

The stolen ATV was recovered and turned back over to the owner. Also assisting with the investigation were Troopers Chris Pruitt and Josh Messer.

Others recently indicted include:

• Charlie H. Miracle, 36, of Pineville, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, second-degree fleeing or evading police, operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license, reckless driving and possession license when privileges are revoked/suspended;

• Brandon Bush, 27, of Middlesboro, first- and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, possession of marijuana, driving on DUI suspended license, no operator’s license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, failure to produce insurance card and possession of drug paraphernalia;

• Herny Shawn Gibson, 42, of Pineville, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;

• Kevin Dewayne Seigler, 42, of Tazewell, Tenn., first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia;

• Amos Wayne Blakley, 32, of Middlesboro, two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, three counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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