Kidnapping suspects indicted in Mercer

February 15, 2004

HARRODSBURG - Two men suspected in the kidnapping and beating of Travis Settles, 26, of Beaumont Avenue, have been indicted for the crime.

Joshua R. Bartley, 20, of 1495 Kennedy Bridge Road, and Phillip Woodard, 32, of 615 Camp Kennedy Road, were both indicted Thursday when the Mercer County Grand Jury met. Both are charged with kidnapping and first-degree assault.

Settles reported to Harrodsburg police that on Jan. 23 he was taken from his home at gunpoint and taken to the Burgin area where he was beaten. The indictments charge Settles was beaten with a blunt object.

Also indicted Thursday were the couple caught on surveillance tape breaking into the home of Bruce Ashford. Joseph Wilson, 34, and Rebecca Cummins Wilson, 29, both of 885 Goshen Road, Lot 86, Stanford, are both charged with second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking of more than $300 on Dec. 8.


In still photographs taken from the tape, Joseph Wilson is shown walking toward the home and back to the car and Rebecca Wilson was photographed standing outside the door on the front porch of the Ashford home. Police reported at the time of the crime that personal items and electronics valued at more than $1,400 were taken from the home.

The grand jury indicted six other people and one man twice. Following are the names of the people indicted, their charges and their ages and addresses.

* Howard James Craddock, 43, of 926 Riverside Drive, was indicted on charges that took place on Dec. 26. The charges include first-degree evading police, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, driving under the influence of intoxicants, disregarding a stop sign, disregarding a traffic control device and no seat belts.

The indictments state Craddock disobeyed a police officer's order to stop, created the danger of serious injury or death to Kevin Hockersmith and Gerald Wooldridge, ran a stop sign and stop light and was not wearing his seatbelt.

* Howard James Craddock, with the same date of birth, but with his address listed as 830 N. College St., was indicted on four charges, all allegedly committed by Craddock on Oct. 21. He is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree criminal trespass and public intoxication. The indictments claim Craddock possessed methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia in the form of a foil, unlawfully entered a home in Berkshire Apartments and was intoxicated in public, annoying or alarming people in his vicinity.

* Sara Dell Jones, 21, of 727 Shannon Ave., is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, hydrocodone, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, clonazapam, resisting arrest, DUI, tampering with physical evidence, carrying a concealed weapon and reckless driving. The indictments charge that the resisting arrest charge refers to the suspect's threatening to use physical force against the officer who was arresting her. The tampering charge refers to the suspect's trying to conceal narcotics from law enforcement. All of the incidents leading to the charges occurred on Dec. 10.

* Jesse Howard Lester, 24, of 1017 Riverside Drive, is charged with first-degree theft of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking of $300 or more, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by unlawful taking of less than $300. The indictments claim Lester took methadone and Lortab from Howard Lester on Oct. 22, broke into the home of William Taylor on Oct. 30, was in possession of jewelry and Indian artifacts belonging to Taylor on Oct. 31, broke into the home of Doug Lester on Nov. 12 and took medication, jewelry and money, had a forged check for $489 drawn on Farmers National Bank on Oct. 23 and took groceries from Gateway Supermarket on Nov. 12.

* Jeremy Shane Presley, 34, of 451 Holtzclaw No. 4, Danville, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, when he allegedly possessed a pipe and tampering with physical evidence when he allegedly tried to conceal methamphetamine from law enforcement, all on Dec. 26.

* Kevin Long, 35, of 3175 Bohon Road, is charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Long is charged with having the equipment and/or the chemicals for making methamphetamine, possessed methamphetamine and possessing a pipe all on Jan 14.

* Troy Young, 24, of 549 Sparrow Lane, is charged with fraudulent use of a credit card when he used a credit card in the name of Pat Woosley for the obtaining merchandise valued at more than $100 at Auto Zone and BP.

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