Indictments tied to ice storm thefts

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South Central Rural Telephone lost generators used to power phone service

By The Staff

Two men have been charged with taking generators that were providing emergency power to telephones during the ice storm that struck the county in late January.

Phillip Despain, 30, of White City Road, Hodgenville, and Chad Heath, 31, of Oak Hill Road, Sonora, were each indicted on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $300 and complicity; and receiving stolen property and complicity.

The grand jury charged them with taking two Briggs & Stratton Elite generators belonging to South Central Rural Telephone Company. Each is valued at more than $1,000, according to court documents.

One generator was recovered, according to officers.

Heath also was charged with falsely reporting an incident. Heath is accused of calling the LaRue County Sheriff’s office and falsely reporting his truck stolen.

The alleged offenses occurred Feb. 2.

Bail is $9,500 cash only. Arraignment was Aug. 3 in LaRue Circuit Court. Deputy Russell McCoy investigated.

Despain is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana stemming from a July 23 arrest. Bond was set at $500 cash. He will be arraigned in LaRue District Court today.

The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and the person is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.