Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

October 9, 2013

Rattlesnake Ridge theft among 5 indictments

By Leeann Akers - Editor

Oct. 9, 2013 — The former manager of Rattlesnake Ridge Water District was arrested Thursday after being indicted on theft charges.

A Carter County grand jury indicted Christopher Stamper, 40, of Grayson, on Sept. 27 on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony punishable by a prison term of 5-10 years.

Stamper was booked into the Carter County Detention Center and released on a $15,000 cash bond.

He allegedly took 29 checks totaling $29,239.93 from the water district, according to the indictment.

The Journal-Times learned in August that Stamper had been fired from the water district in the wake of financial irregularities.

He had been with the utility for 18 years when he was “discharged” on June 14.

Bill Gilbert, chair of the district's Board of Directors, later said Stamper was terminated for “misappropriation of funds.”

Also indicted were:

Marilyn R. Smith, 37, of Grayson, one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500, a Class D felony.

Alisha Bryant, 21, of Olive Hill, one count of receiving stolen property over $500, a Class D felony.

Timothy Howerton, 24, and Jessica Webb, 22, both of Olive Hill, one count of first degree possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony.

Howerton was also indicted on one count of tampering with physical evidence, which is also a Class D felony.

The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only. That person is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.