Times-Tribune Staff report
Knox couple arrested on drug charges
A Knox County couple was arrested Monday for trafficking marijuana, according to Kentucky State Police Post 10-Harlan Public Affairs Officer Trooper Shane Jacobs.
Troopers searched the home of Vonda and Ernie Rhodes located off KY 1809 in Knox County. During the search, troopers found about 10 ounces of the drug and $440.
Vonda Rhodes was arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana over 8 ounces and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ernie Rhodes was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, trafficking marijuana over 8 ounces, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Trooper Kenny Sergeant continues the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Jimmy Young, troopers Marcus Williams, Tyson Lawson and Chad Gregory.
London man arrested for public intox and resisting arrest
A London man was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest early Monday morning, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
The arrest came after a 911 call about 1 a.m. during which the caller said Brandon Thorpe, 25, was threatening to harm himself.
When deputies arrived, they found Thorpe sitting in the middle of the road creating a loud disturbance, Root said. Deputies determined Thorpe was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him. While being arrested, Thorpe resisted and spat on the deputies.
Thorpe was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and third-degree escape.
The escape charge was included because Thorpe was wearing an ankle bracelet for home incarceration.
Thorpe was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Purse theft leads to arrest
Two women were arrested by the London Police Department after they reportedly stole an elderly woman’s purse out of her shopping cart in the Walmart parking lot, according to London Police Chief Stewart Walker.
Before 2 p.m. Friday, officers from the London Police Department received the 911 complaint. Once at Walmart, police determined that two suspects drove up to an elderly lady’s cart and snatched her purse when she turned away to put groceries in her vehicle.
Three witnesses told police a gray Dodge vehicle drove up to the lady’s cart, opened the passenger door and grabbed her purse. As the driver left the store’s parking lot, a gray hooded sweatshirt, being used to conceal the wearer’s identity, was thrown from the window of the moving vehicle.
The Dodge was later identified and located on Old Union Church Road by Sgt. D. Thomas. It was a rental and had the license tags removed. The two women matched the description given by the witnesses and corroborating evidence found at Walmart led police to charge the two women with theft by unlawful taking/purse snatching.
Crystal D Niece, 27, of Clay County, and Jessica D Hubbard, 31, of Knox County, were arrested and transported to the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Assisting at the scene were Major Derek House, Sgt. Doug Thomas and Officer Jeremy Shell.
Times-Tribune Staff report
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