CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Woman arrested for drug dealing
A woman sought by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department during the May 2 drug roundup was arrested in Tennessee this week.
Kathy Wilson Fuentez, 55, of Canadatown, now faces charges of her first offense of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. She was indicted Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court on those charges, allegedly for selling two Oxycodone pills to a confidential informant for $80 on Oct. 12.
According to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell, Fuentez was arrested by the Knox County Tennessee Sheriff’s Department in Knoxville. After signing extradition back to Kentucky, Fuentez was transported back to the Whitley County Detention Center by the WSCD, where she was jailed under a $15,000 cash bond.
Nine people were arrested May 2 during the WCSD’s roundup.
Traffic stop leads to marijuana trafficking arrests
A vehicle safety checkpoint conducted by the Williamsburg Police Department led to the arrest of three persons after the driver allegedly avoided the checkpoint.
According to WPD Chief Wayne Bird, around 9:30 p.m. Friday, officers were involved in the checkpoint at the intersection of Rains Street and Cemetery Road when they noticed a white Volvo turn to avoid the checkpoint.
When officers stopped the Volvo, Bird said officers noticed a strong smell of burnt marijuana.
The driver, Chad D. Rose, 20, of Williamsburg, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Les Moses and charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Bird added that a search of the Volvo allegedly revealed eight bags of marijuana in a purse belonging to a passenger, 21-year-old Samantha Dirrim, also of Williamsburg.
The Williamsburg Police Department charged Rose, Dirrim and a third passenger, 28-year-old Joshua Farrow, with trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces.
All three were jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center and have since been released on bond.
Stolen guns tip leads to four arrests
Four people arrested by the Williamsburg Police Department now face burglary and drug trafficking charges.
According to WPD Chief Wayne Bird, on May 2, Detective Bobby Freeman received information that firearms stolen from a Whitley County residence had been sold to T&L Pawn Shop in Barbourville.
Bird said Freeman located two guns matching those from the tip he received. Officers then learned the guns had been sold to the pawn shop by Charles Blake Randle, 28, of the Gatliff community. That same day, Bird said he and Freeman found Randle at a Mount Morgan residence and arrested him per a warrant for receiving stolen property.
Bird said Randle was mirandized and then confessed to the burglary of a Hamblin Hollow Road residence which occurred around April 18.
Bird added that in his confession, Randle provided police with the whereabouts of two other firearms and a television stolen during the same burglary.
Bird said the TV was allegedly purchased by 23-year-old Lloyd Scalf, of Williamsburg, who was residing at the Highway 904 residence of 46-year-old John Cox.
A search warrant for Cox’s residence was executed around 11 p.m. Monday. From Cox’s residence, Bird said officers recovered a 19-inch flatscreen TV matching the description of the television Randle admitted stealing during the burglary.
The chief added that also located in the home was approximately one pound of marijuana, scales and packaging material believed to be used in trafficking marijuana, various drug paraphernalia, more than 75 different pills, syringes and $785.
Cox, Scalf, and 26-year-old Latashia Scalf were arrested at the residence and charged with trafficking in marijuana greater than 8 ounces but less than 5 pounds, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property under $500.
Lloyd Scalf was currently on parole from a past conviction for criminal facilitation to manufacture methamphetamine. Probation and Parole officers responded to the scene, Bird said.
On May 21, Bird said that Freeman and WPD officers recovered the final firearm in the Rockholds community. All firearms and the television reported stolen from the April 18 burglary on Hamblin Hollow Road were recovered.
The case will be presented to the Whitley County grand jury seeking an indictment of Randle for first-degree burglary.
All four were jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center. Lloyd Scalf remains there under a $75,000 cash bond. Randle also remains jailed, and is listed in JailTracker as having a $2,500 surety bond, however, a charge for receiving a stolen firearm lists him with no bond. Cox also remains jailed — he is under a $7,500 cash bond. Latashia Scalf has been released on a $7,500 cash bond.
Several arrested by Knox Sheriff’s Department
The Knox County Sheriff’s Department has arrested several persons as of May 22.
Those arrested and their charges include:
— Georgia Riley, 25, Barbourville, was arrested on Monday for fourth-degree assault.
— Larry Collett, 48, of Cannon, was arrested Sunday on a bench warrant.
— Richard Carter, 33, of Corbin, was arrested Sunday on a bench warrant.
— Angela Lawson, 33, of Barbourville, was arrested on May 18 for leaving the scene of an accident, failure of owner to maintain insurance, and driving on a DUI-suspended license.
— Clifford Messer, 55, of Barbourville, was arrested May 18 for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, first offense, three counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, prescription controlled substances not in their original container, and drug paraphernalia.
— Michael Shepherd, 47, of Bimble, was arrested Saturday for public intoxication, excluding alcohol.
— Ricky Hobbs, 49, of Scalf, was arrested Sunday for violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.
— Ricky Smith, 52, of Barbourville was arrested May 15 for fourth-degree assault.
— Mary Baker, 59, of Barbourville, was arrested May 15 for theft by deception (cold checks).
All those arrested were jailed in the Knox County Detention Center.