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Elk Horn woman indicted on charge of intimidating officer

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Salyers also faces charges for hindering murder investigation

By Calen McKinney

 

An Elk Horn woman facing charges alleging she hindered a murder investigation has been indicted on a charge of intimidating a judicial officer.

Ruth Salyers, 58, of 824 Farmers Ridge Road, was indicted last Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

According to her arrest warrant, law enforcement officials overheard Salyers make threatening statements during a phone call she had on April 16 with her husband, David, who is incarcerated.

Records state that Salyers told her husband about a juvenile court proceeding and discussed someone involved with the case.

Salyers allegedly told her husband that if she caught the woman on the street, she is going to “pop” her. She also allegedly attempted to intimidate the woman by glaring at her during court proceedings.

Records state that Salyers allegedly called the woman several times and stated that she will pay for a decision made in the case. The woman, according to court records, fears for her safety.

Salyers allegedly committed the crime between March 18 and April 19.
Bond was set at $10,000 cash. If convicted, she faces as much as five years in prison. Salyers was charged last year with hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence stemming from the murder of Adair County resident Wendall “Gleason” Pyles. She is one of several charged in Pyles’ murder case. Her husband, David, is charged with complicity in the murder.

The Salyers’ son, Derek, and Anthony L. Byrd and William “Bobby” Rigdon are also charged in the case.

Also Indicted:
• Joshua Cochran, 32, of 203B Sheridan Drive in Campbellsville, was charged with third-degree assault; first- and second-degree fleeing or evading police; driving on a license suspended for DUI while under the influence of drugs or alcohol; third-degree terroristic threatening; resisting arrest; menacing; second-degree disorderly conduct; possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle; DUI, third or subsequent offense; failure to notify address change to Department of Transportation; failure to or improper signal; and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
Bond was set at $15,000 cash. If convicted, Cochran could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

• Sara Teel, aka Seadler, 23, and Joseph Quinten Seadler, 29, both of 938 Sullivan School Road in Campbellsville; Carol Lynn Dotson, 33, of 117 Shields Court in Campbellsville; and Justin Teel, 27, of 708 Sullivan School Road in Campbellsville, were charged with third-degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence. Joseph Seadler was also charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender and Doston a second-degree persistent felony offender.
Bond for Joseph Seadler was set at $3,000 cash. Bond for Doston, Sara Teel and Justin Teel was set at $2,500 cash each.
The defendants were ordered to not have contact with their alleged victims. If convicted, they could each be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence Joseph Seadler and Doston might receive.

• James W. Corbin, 45, of 906 Pike View Road in Greensburg, was charged with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and DUI.
Bond was set at $15,000 cash and he was ordered to not consume any drugs or alcohol. If convicted, Corbin could be sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison.

• Benjamin Sallee, 20, of 520 Meader St. in Campbellsville, was charged with second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking more than $500.
Bond was set at $15,000 cash. If convicted, Sallee could be sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison.

• James E. Adcock, 41, of 726 Reids Chapel Road in Campbellsville, was charged with third-degree burglary and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Bond was set at $2,000 unsecured and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victims. If convicted, Adcock could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

• Justin Dale Denny, 33, of 1458 Smith Chapel Road in Campbellsville, was charged with five counts of identity theft.
Bond was set at 10 percent of $5,000 and he was ordered to not have contact with the alleged victims. If convicted, Denny could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.

• Amy M. Mann, 31, of 166 Garnett St. in Campbellsville, was charged with 10 counts of second-degree criminal possession of forged checks.
Bond was set at 10 percent of $5,000. If convicted, Mann could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.

• John G. Kessinger, 55, of 1356 Saloma Road in Campbellsville, was charged with theft by unlawful taking of an automobile.
Bond was set at 10 percent of $5,000. If convicted, Kessinger could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

• Cody Burton, 21, of 1564 Miller Road in Greensburg, was charged with flagrant non-support.
Bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000. If convicted, Burton could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

• An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.