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April 10, 2013

Police Roundup - April 10, 2013


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CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

4 arrested in connection with wanted man

Four people were arrested Tuesday morning in connection with a man wanted by law enforcement.

That man is still on the run.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Detective Jason Back was searching for James M. Barlow, 28, who is wanted on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, chemical endangerment to a minor and fleeing or evading police.

Back went to a residence on Gross Road Tuesday around 11 a.m.

Root said as Back pulled into the driveway of the home, Barlow ran out the back door, “and was last seen running as hard as he could to flee.”

Back arrested four people in the residence, three of whom face charges of second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension of a suspect.

Those three include Barlow’s grandmother, 67-year-old Gloria Engle, who lived in the residence from which Barlow ran, 26-year-old Angela Gross, of Gross Road, and 33-year-old Daniel Blecher, of Gray.

The fourth person arrested at the residence was 26-year-old Amon K. Barlow, of Gross Road, who had arrest warrants on him for theft by unlawful taking.

All four were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center. Assisting at the scene was Capt. Rodney Van Zant, Lt. Chuck Johnson and Deputy Greg Turner.

“The sheriff’s office has received numerous tips with information concerning James M. Barlow from concerned citizens who live in the area,” Root said. “And (they) have stated that they are tired of the drug problems in that area.”

Root added that those people are “more than willing” to assist the sheriff’s office in locating this wanted subject.

“Deputies will continue to follow up on leads about this subject, in an attempt to capture him,” Root said.

Barlow is described as 5 foot, 8 inches tall, 150 pounds, with light brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Barlow’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 864-6600, or (606) 878-7000. They can remain anonymous.

Suspect wanted after cutting off ankle bracelet

Laurel County Sheriff John Root said the department also seeks a wanted suspect who cut off an ankle bracelet monitor and fled her house arrest.

Theresa M. Hall, formerly of Kentucky Hollow Road in East Bernstadt, was on house arrest related to drug charges.

Root said on Friday, she cut off her ankle bracelet and fled.

Detective Jason Back continues to investigate.

Anyone with information on Hall’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 864-6600, or (606) 878-7000. They can remain anonymous.

Man arrested after attack on father-in-law

A fight in progress brought the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department to a home on London Dock Road Monday.

According to Sheriff John Root, Deputy Kevin Berry, along with Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Steve Hoskins responded to the residence, they learned that an intoxicated male subject had assaulted and choked his father-in-law.

It was also determined the suspect’s two minor children were present at the time of the fight.

Deputies arrested Gary Price, 35, of London. He faces charges of fourth-degree assault by domestic violence and endangering the welfare of a minor.

He remains jailed at the Laurel County Correctional Center under two cash bonds — one pending for $1,000, and one for $250.

Indiana man arrested for DUI charges

Calls concerning a man passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle led to a DUI arrest just after midnight Wednesday.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Deputy Brett Reeves found Joseph L. Coulter, 32, of Evansville, Ind. behind the wheel of his Ford Ranger in a business parking lot off KY 770.

After an investigation, Reeves determined Coulter was under the influence. Coulter was arrested and faces charges of his second offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, failure to produce insurance card, failure to wear a seat belt, failure to have registration plates or a registration receipt. He remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under $1,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in court today.

Two London men with warrants arrested Monday

Two London men were jailed in unrelated cases Monday by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Sheriff John Root, Daniel P. Horne, 41, was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Root said the other man arrested was Brian K. Engle, 45. Engle had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Detective Jason Back and Deputy James Sizemore made the arrests. Both suspects were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center. Horne is under a cash bond of $250 and faces additional charges of driving on a suspended or revoked license and failure to wear a seat belt. Engle faces charges of driving on a suspended or revoked license and possession of marijuana.

Two enter the sheriff’s office, then arrested on drug charges

Two people walked into the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department Friday and were arrested on several charges.

Sheriff John Root said Jeffery Messer, 45, of Heidrick, and Felicia A. West, 36, of Artemus, came into the office where the sheriff’s department conducts its business at 2 p.m.

Staff members told Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Robbie Grimes, who were filing reports in the squad room prior to their shift, according to Root.

Messer remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under two separate cash bonds totaling $1,500. He faces charges of public intoxication under a controlled substance, his first offense of prescription controlled substance not in a proper container and third-degree terroristic threatening. Root said Messer was “very obviously intoxicated,” and that deputies found prescription pills wrapped in paper in his possession.

West also remains jailed at the correctional center. She faces charges of public intoxication under a controlled substance and her first offense of prescription controlled substances not in their proper container. Root said she also “was obviously intoxicated and staggering” and that deputies found prescription pills in a small plastic baggie in her possession.

London man faces charges after drug deal

Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Detective Jason Back and Deputy James Sizemore arrested an individual following a drug deal Friday morning.

Root said they arrested David C. Philpot, 34, of London after Philpot allegedly arranged to purchase oxycodone pills from another person on U.S. Hwy. 25 in London.

The arrangement included a meeting within 1,000 feet of a school, Root said.

Philpot was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $10,000 cash bond.

He faces charges of trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

More than 300 pills found during arrest

A drug investigation on Fire Station Road north of London Monday led to an arrest.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root said the department had received several complaints about possible drug trafficking at a residence on that road.

After they arrived, one suspect at the scene was found to be in possession of 13 oxycodone pills, 298 Xanax, and 10 Schedule IV pills as well as a large amount of U.S. currency.

Arrested was 33-year-old Michael Smith, of London. Smith remains jailed at the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $25,000 bond.

He faces charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense, failure to appear and a parole violation.

Deputies assisting on the arrest include Lt. Chuck Johnson, Senior Sgt Greg Poynter, and deputies Steve Hoskins and Kevin Berry.

Two men jailed in Whitley County on drug charges

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said that on April 6, Detective Tim Baker and K9 Deputy Kirk Mays stopped a vehicle on KY 1064 near Corn Creek Church Road.

Harrell said the vehicle had been seen crossing both the yellow and white road lines.

The driver, James Wade, 43, of Rockholds, could not complete field sobriety tests and admitted to taking Percocet, hydrocodone and Xanax, Harrell said. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and having excessive window tint.

The passenger, Joshua Woods, 33, also of Rockholds, was arrested and charged with public intoxication, possession of marijuana, two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, and four counts of possession of prescription medication not in its proper container.

Both men were jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Car thefts under investigation

Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Deputy Milton Storm continues to investigate thefts of property from inside parked vehicles.

According to Root, these thefts happened at area motel parking lots in southern Laurel County some time overnight Saturday.

Root said at least three vehicles were broken into and that two of the vehicles’ windows had been smashed out.

Root said some of the items stolen include laptop computers, cameras, and other valuables.

The thieves have not yet been identified, but the investigation continues.

Root warns travelers and local residents not to leave any items of value inside their vehicles. These items attract the attention of thieves and criminals. Anyone with any information about these thefts is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 864-6600, or at (606) 878-7000. Callers may remain anonymous.