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June 24, 2014

Police Roundup - June 24, 2014

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Arrest made on sodomy indictments

A man indicted for 12-counts of first-degree sodomy, victim under 12-years-old, was arrested Monday around 11:20 a.m., according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Detective James Sizemore in cooperation with Kentucky State Police detective Mark Allen arrested James Harris, 49, of Lily, about seven miles south of London.

However, two other subjects are wanted for warrants related to this arrest.

Tina Sawyers, 35, and Albert Sawyers, 41, both of Pennington Gap, Virginia, are being sought on 12-counts of human trafficking and 12-counts of complicity to commit first-degree sodomy.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of these two subjects are asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 864-6600 or (606) 878-7000. Any information given will remain confidential.

Intoxicated man with gun waits out police

London police had to negotiate with an intoxicated man carrying a gun before taking him under arrest Friday, according to London City Police Interim Chief Derek House.

Officers responded to a domestic violence complaint where they found the female victim stating her boyfriend, Kenneth Gilliam, 75, of London, was inside with a gun.

When officers went into the residence they found Gilliam sitting on top of a staircase with a shotgun in his lap and an alcoholic beverage sitting next to him.

Sgt. Daniel Robinson attempted to talk Gilliam into putting down the weapon. Robinson continued to ask Gilliam to put down the shotgun but Gilliam asked for officers to kill him.

After a few minutes the shotgun slipped out of Gilliam’s lap and down the stairs. Officers used this opportunity to approach Gilliam and he tried to go further up the stairs but fell down the steps.

Officers then took Gilliam into custody and charged him with fourth-degree assault and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Gilliam was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Neither Gilliam nor the officers sustained any physical injury.

Assisting Robinson at the scene were officers Eric Stallard, Jordan Hopkins and Ryan Jackson.

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