January 21, 2014

Former Fire Chief indicted on theft charges

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Tommy F. Johnston, former chief of the Laurel County Fire Department and former Laurel County Sheriff’s detective, was indicted by a January Laurel Grand Jury on Friday.

Johnston, 39, of 735 Collett Drive, London, was charged with theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more but less than $10,000.

According to the indictment, on or about July 17, 2013 through October 2013, Johnston allegedly used a credit card belonging to the Laurel County Fire Department for his personal use in an amount of $500 or more but less than $10,000.

Johnston served as the chief of the Laurel County Fire Department beginning in 2008 and worked with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office for more than 10 years. He resigned from both employers in November 2013.

Other indictments returned Friday included:

• Christopher B. Mathis, 32, of 520 Hensley Drive, London, and Michael E. Stevens, 32, of 781 Pigeon Roose Road, Manchester, were indicted for second-degree burglary by unlawfully entering a residence with the intent to commit a crime.  Mathis was also charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Junior R. Jones, 33, of 2228 Hopper Creek Road, London, was indicted for receiving stolen property of the value of $10,000 or more for receiving and possessing a 26 foot Freightliner Model M2 Diesel Box Truck which had been stolen from Ryder Truck Rental, Inc.; receiving stolen property of the value of $10,000 or more for possessing miscellaneous tools, property and fine art which had been stolen from the Gilmore Collection; violating graves and for being a persistent felony offender.

• Myra Morgan, 22, 475 Edgewater Forest Road, Corbin, was indicted for second-degree burglary and for receiving stolen property of the value of $500 or more, but less than $10,000 by knowingly and unlawfully receiving and possessing an Acus laptop computer.

An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.

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