CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Knox Co. couple faces meth charges
A Knox County couple was jailed Thursday after an off-duty law enforcement official noticed suspicious behavior in the Union Plaza parking lot.
Barbourville Police Chief Mike Broughton observed two men acting suspiciously in the parking lot, and called for officers on duty to respond.
Patrolman Jake Knuckles found the vehicle in question unoccupied, however, he saw two men carrying a bag from a nearby store and enter that vehicle.
As Knuckles approached the vehicle, he reported seeing baggies, pills, cash and cold packs laying in the seat and in possession of the driver, Larry Dye, 34, of Barbourville.
A search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine, prescription medication and marijuana.
After Dye’s arrest, officers continued their investigation, which led them to Dye’s residence.
When officers arrived at the home off KY 1527, Dye’s wife, Amy Dye, 30, of Barbourville, fled the interior of the residence through a hole in the floor.
Her two children, both under age 8, she left behind.
Amy Dye was located under the house, and subsequently arrested.
A search of that residence and garage uncovered both active and dormant one-step meth labs, meth precursors, drug paraphernalia and mediation.
The state’s Social Services department assisted with providing for the children’s safety, and the Kentucky State Police was notified to clean up the labs.
Besides Broughton and Knuckles, also helping with this case were patrolmen Pat Clouse, Clay Helton and Josh Lawson, and detectives Brian Senters and Steve Owens.
Larry Dye faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine precursors, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and promoting contraband. Amy Dye faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.
Owens said the investigation continues, and more charges are likely.
East Bernstadt couple arrested on drug charges
An East Bernstadt couple landed in jail Thursday after a routine traffic stop.
Kentucky State Trooper Ryan Loudermilk stopped a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Barbara Rickelman, 55.
When Loudermilk made contact with Rickelman, he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
After checking Rickelman’s license, he learned she had an arrest warrant out for her.
She was arrested on that warrant, and during the arrest Loudermilk reports finding various prescription medications on her person.
Inside the Jeep, Loudermilk reported finding marijuana, additional prescription medicines and cash. Rickelman was then charged with trafficking in marijuana, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and a traffic violation.
After her arrest, troopers went to the Rickelman residence in East Bernstadt to continue their investigation.
There they made contact with Rickelman’s husband, 56-year-old William Rickelman. They also uncovered more drugs and cash. He was then arrested and faces charges of trafficking in marijuana and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Both suspects were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Troopers seized one and a half pounds of marijuana, numerous prescription medications, the Jeep Cherokee and a large amount of U.S. currency.
Upon arrival at Rickelmans’ residence on East Branch Road in East Bernstadt Troopers made contact with Rickelmans’ husband, William Rickelman, 56, and discovered more drugs and cash. William Rickelman was arrested for trafficking in marijuana and trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree, and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Loudermilk continues his investigation and was assisted by Trooper Brandon Creekmore.
Man robbed by two suspects
Knox County Sheriff John Pickard said Deputy Claude Hudson was dispatched to the Knox County Hospital emergency room Tuesday to respond to a report of a man being assaulted and robbed.
The victim, James Mills, of Knox County, told deputies that he had been driven to an unknown location by two men who had befriended him earlier in the day. Mills said when they arrived at the location, they began to beat him with their hands, feet and a wrench — and then they placed a pistol in his mouth.
The suspects then stole money, his cell phone and his wallet. Mills told deputies he was left to walk back out from the location and received help once he arrived on KY 6.
Mills was treated for wounds to his face and a broken nose.
On Wednesday, deputies made contact with the accused at the Knox County Detention Center, where they had been jailed on separate, non-related charges.
The suspects, Shannon Morgan and Michael Gambrel, gave statements to deputies saying they robbed Mills knowing he carried a large amount of cash and refused to give them $10 to take him home.
Man arrested for assaulting mother, growing pot
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said a call concerning a domestic complaint turned into a drug arrest Thursday.
Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Larry Parrott went to a residence on Miller Road west of London in response to a son assaulting his mother.
During their investigation, Root said they learned Zachary L. Franke, 19, had become angry with his mother and grabbed a table to throw at her.
Instead of that, deputies said Franke grabbed his mother by the arms and pushed her back against some furniture. Root said the victim struck her head during the assault, and had scrapes and red marks on her arms.
Further investigation revealed eight marijuana plants that Franke allegedly hid prior to the deputies’ arrival.
Detective Jason Back continues the investigation into the marijuana discovery.
Franke faces charges of fourth-degree assault, and cultivating five or more plants of marijuana, first offense. He remains jailed at the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $5,000 surety bond.
Woman arrested attempting to fill forged prescription
A London woman has been jailed on prescription fraud charges.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Detective Jason Back arrested April L. Hoskins, 25, after an investigation revealed that three prescriptions for narcotics had been allegedly forged.
Root said Hoskins was at a pharmacy attempting to fill a fourth forged prescription.
Hoskins was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center and faces charges of obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance without a patient/practitioner relationship and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud/false forgery. Assisting at the scene were Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Kevin Berry.
East Bernstadt man jailed for second DUI
An East Bernstadt man remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center after a DUI arrest Tuesday.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said the department received several complaints of a possible intoxicated driver on Pine Top Road west of London.
When Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Kevin Berry arrived just before 9 p.m., Root said they discovered Darrell D. House, 46, behind the wheel of a Pontiac Grand Prix with the engine running.
Further investigation revealed House “was very unsteady on his feet,” Root said, and House was subsequently arrested.
He faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, second offense, driving on a DUI-suspended license, first offense, failure to maintain required insurance, no registration plates, and numerous other traffic violations.