CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Two arrested for copper wire theft
A man known for repairing junked bicycles for children and a second man were both arrested Monday — both men are suspected of stealing copper wire from Gray Metals in Gray.
According to Knox County Sheriff John Pickard, representatives from the company called him to discuss the copper theft.
In speaking with company representatives, deputies learned the identity of the suspects. Employees said through an independent investigation, they contacted other recycling centers to make them aware of the theft, according to the sheriff.
Spools of electric wire were shown to deputies so they could see the suspects were allegedly sneaking into the company after hours and cutting it off.
Deputies were at Gray Metals when the company was contacted by Bee Creek Recycling in Whitley County.
Pickard said deputies learned the suspects were just leaving Bee Creek.
The sheriff added that officers staged near the Corbin Bypass stopped Joseph H. Messer Jr., 35, of Gray, and Eric Jewell, 39, of Corbin.
Evidence was allegedly discovered in their vehicle implicating the pair in the theft, according to Pickard, who said officers were taken to a wooded location where the suspects allegedly stored more of the stolen copper for future sale.
He added that company representatives said the whole incident “is very sad.” They said Messer lived within sight of the recycling center in Gray, and employees would give him bicycles to repair to give to children, according to Pickard.
Both men remain jailed in the Knox County Detention Center and face charges of theft by unlawful taking property valued at $500 or more and first-degree criminal mischief. They are jailed under $25,000 cash bonds each.
Corbin man jailed after foot chase
A Corbin man remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center after his arrest Wednesday.
According to Laurel County Sheriff John Root, Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter investigated a complaint that an intoxicated man was fighting with his girlfriend on Pine Grove Road.
Root said when Poynter and deputies Larry Parrott and Robbie Grimes arrived at the scene, the male suspect, Tyler Honaker, 18, allegedly attempted to flee the scene on foot.
After a chase of more than a half-mile through the woods, deputies apprehended the subject, Root said.
Deputies also learned Honaker allegedly struck a bystander who tried to intervene before deputies arrived.
Honaker now faces charges of fourth-degree assault, first-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication, and second-degree fleeing or evading police.
He was also charged on an outstanding Laurel County bench warrant for failure to appear in court.
Woman jailed for alleged child abuse
A mother faces fourth-degree assault through child abuse charges after her arrest Wednesday night, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter arrived at a Riverside Loop residence to investigate a complaint between a mother and a daughter, according to the sheriff, and found the mother had already fled the scene.
Poynter was told the two were arguing because the mother was allegedly drinking alcohol and her daughter wanted her to stop.
Brenda R. Deaton, 48, of Lily, allegedly grabbed her daughter, causing red marks and scratches on her, according to Root.
Deaton was found by Poynter several miles from the scene and subsequently arrested. She was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center, and according to JailTracker, was released from custody Thursday on a $1,000 cash bond.
Lily woman arrested on bench warrant
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Deputy Tyler Morris arrested a Lily woman on an outstanding Laurel County bench warrant Thursday.
Christina Woods, 36, was arrested just after 2 a.m. — her warrant accuses her of falsely reporting an incident.
She remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.