CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Stolen tourist commission trailer, chairs recovered
A Laurel County Tourist Commission trailer and chairs have been recovered by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Sheriff John Root, Sgt. Josh Gaylor and Deputy Greg Turner were called to a complaint from a witness who observed a trailer on Helton Road off Hare Road, 6 miles north of London.
Root said the witness knew the trailer to be stolen from the Tourist Commission in London overnight.
As deputies headed to the scene, they met the reported stolen trailer being pulled by a dark-colored Dodge pickup truck on U.S. 25, 4 miles north of London.
Deputies conducted a traffic stop on it.
The driver of the truck, James Hasty, 54, of London, told deputies that they hooked onto the trailer parked near the tourist commission building to just borrow it.
The passenger, Joshua Sizemore, 35, of London, said the trailer was borrowed from the driver’s cousin.
“Neither story was true,” Root said.
Both men were arrested and face charges of theft by unlawful taking. They remain jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility and are scheduled to appear in court Monday.
Deputies recovered more than 400 plastic chairs belonging to the tourist commission.
Some chairs were still on the trailer, and some were recovered that had been left on East Branch Road, one mile north of Hare Road.
The value of the trailer was $2,000, and the value of the stolen chairs was $2,000.
All recovered stolen property was returned to the Laurel County Tourist Commission.
Knox County Sheriff’s Department arrests 8
Several arrests were made in Knox County on Thursday.
Tammy Lewis, 28, of Gray, was arrested on a bench warrant and faces charges of third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree terroristic threatening.
Goble Travis Brown, 20, of Scalf, faces charges of first-degree fleeing or evading police by motor vehicle and first-degree wanton endangerment against a police officer.
Jonathan Blevins, 28, of Corbin, David Horsey, 37, of Rockholds, and Alicia Jordan, 32, of Barbourville, were all arrested on bench warrants.
Joshua Newman, 24, of Cannon, faces charges second-degree criminal mischief and third-degree terroristic threatening.
Frank Poff, 50, of Pineville, was arrested for alcohol intoxication.
Roger Ramey, 48, of Fourmile, faces charges of alcohol intoxication, menacing, resisting arrest and third-degree criminal mischief.
Attempted shoplifting leads to drug arrest
A shoplifting complaint led to a drug arrest at the Barbourville Walmart Friday.
Barbourville Police Detective Steve Owens said Walmart employees had detained Benjamin Epperson, 30, of Middlesboro, after allegedly attempting to steal a CD tower and power adapter.
After speaking with employees and Epperson himself, officers learned Epperson had taken two Suboxone strips while being led from the shopping area.
Owens said after he was arrested, officers questioned Epperson and subsequently uncovered a supply of more than 30 Suboxone strips and approximately $4,000 in cash.
While in Walmart, Epperson spent more than $400 before attempting to shoplift the other items, according to Owens.
Officers searched Epperson’s vehicle and found more than 70 hydrocodone pills hidden in a plastic box inside the passenger compartment.
Epperson was jailed in the Knox County Detention Center. He faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, controlled substance not in its proper container, and theft by unlawful taking by shoplifting.
Assisting in the investigation and arrest were Owens, patrolmen Pat Clouse and Jake Knuckles, and Detective Brian Senters, who was the investigating officer.