CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
B’ville man jailed for first-degree robbery
A Barbourville man remains jailed in the Knox County Detention Center suspected of an early morning robbery Wednesday.
Franklin Boris Rains, 43, faces charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree wanton endangerment, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and third-degree criminal mischief.
According to Knox County Sheriff John Pickard, at about 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to a reported armed robbery on Dora Clark Branch Road in Flat Lick.
Deputy Claude Hudson interviewed the 77-year-old victim, then began to canvass the neighborhood, Pickard said.
He spoke with one resident who lives near the victim’s home, and according to Pickard, “discovered an unusual indicator” leading to Rains being a suspect.
The sheriff added that Hudson found the pistol used in the robbery, as well as a pair of wet boots near the rear door of the residence.
According to Pickard, the deputy also could hear a dryer in action, and upon investigation discovered a ski mask and gloves inside.
A search of the residence uncovered some of the victim’s stolen property, and a search during the arrest allegedly uncovered more.
“Perpetrators such as this one target their neighbors,” Pickard said. “(This is) due to general knowledge of knowing their elderly, (who may be) living alone and may have prescription drugs in the residence.”
Besides the latest charges, Pickard said Hudson executed three arrest warrants — two for failure to appear and one for a probation violation. He remains jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under no bond.
Fugitive caught after year and a half on run
A man on the run for more than a year after allegedly escaping from jail now sits back behind bars.
Timothy James Crossley, 49, of Corbin, had been sought by law enforcement since January 2012 according to Corbin Police Major Rob Jones.
Jones explained Crossley was wanted after allegedly failing to return after being released on a furlough to attend a family member’s funeral.
Crossley allegedly eluded capture for 18 months until a visit to the Circle K convenience store on Gordon Hill in Corbin Wednesday.
Jones said that Patrolman Wade Mitchell spotted him in the store’s parking lot and arrested him without incident.
Crossley remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under no bond. He faces one charge of second-degree escape.
Woman arrested in Barbourville store
A woman caught on surveillance video lifting cash from a convenience store has been released on bond.
Sonya Frederick, of Knox County, was arrested Monday after allegedly stealing a bank bag from Wildcat Market in Flat Lick.
According to Knox County Sheriff John Pickard, deputies learned at the scene a customer came into the store, and while standing at the counter, reached over and grabbed the bank bag.
That bag contained approximately $1,500.
Employees showed deputies the store’s surveillance video, which shows the female suspect placing the bag underneath her clothing and exit the store.
Pickard said she did pay for her merchandise.
After an investigation, Frederick’s picture was circulated among community members, which provided law enforcement with a suspect — Frederick.
Pickard said he found the suspected vehicle allegedly used in the theft parked at Walmart in Barbourville. He then found her inside the store, where she was arrested. Pickard said $428 was returned to the victim in the case. She was jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under a $2,500 surety bond.