Pittman indicted on theft charge


Jones indicted for intimidating witness

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



Donald Pittman


A Totz man is facing indictment for allegedly taking jewelry from a residence where he was performing contract work.

Donald R. Pittman, 50, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Lewis on Thursday.

According to the indictment handed down by the grand jury on March 6, Pittman took property valued more than $500.

The indictment stems from Pittman’s arrest on a charge of theft by unlawful taking in November.

The warrant of arrest obtained by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford states Pittman took jewelry from the residence of a woman between Oct. 1 and Oct 15. Pittman was doing general contract work inside the woman’s home during the time the jewelry was removed. Pittman’s family returned a pearl necklace valued at over $500 to the woman.

Pittman was indicted for theft by unlawful taking of property valued over $500 but less than $10,000. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

Lunsford presented evidence to the grand jury resulting in the indictment.

In other police activity, Fred Jones, 61, of Loyall, was arrested on an indictment warrant on Thursday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Howard.

According to the indictment handed down by the grand jury on March 6, Jones threatened a person he believed to be a participant in the legal process.

The arrest warrant obtained by Lunsford states on Oct. 30 Jones made threats to a witness for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Jones’ son was set for a Circuit Court jury trial which was scheduled to begin in November. Jones intimidated the witness by stating he would get the witness for snitching on his son.

Lunsford presented evidence to the grand jury resulting in the indictment.

Jones was indicted for intimidating a participant in the legal process. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 surety bond.

A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Jones indicted for intimidating witness

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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