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Letcher Police Beat



Monday, July 15

• At 2:43 p.m., a caller phones the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department to ask about the status of a Colson man who is under house arrest. The caller says a high volume of traffic is visiting the man’s home for what appears to be drug-related activity. Police visit the location later in the day to talk with the man believed to be selling drugs. Deputies report the man is not “high.”

• At 3:20 p.m., Sheriff Danny Webb is en route to Solomon Creek, Whitesburg, where a woman who lives on Desire Drive has locked her keys inside her vehicle.

Tuesday, July 16

• At 9:16 a.m., the Whitesburg Police Department contacts the sheriff ’s office in reference to a man who is threatening to kill himself in the parking lot of the Whitesburg hospital.

• At 3:43 p.m., an anonymous caller phones the sheriff ’s office with a tip that marijuana plants can be found growing in fivegallon buckets hidden in the woods near a mobile home at Gordon.

• At 3:49 p.m., a Colson man calls the sheriff ’s office to complain about the mistreatment of dogs whose owner has moved from the Colson area and left the animals without food or water for more than a week. The complaint is being referred to Letcher County’s animal control officer.

• At 5:11 p.m., a security guard phones the sheriff ’s office to complain about children who he says have been vandalizing a vacant building at Isom owned by Metinvest’s Sapphire Coal Company. The guard says the children are currently in the area where the building is located, Big Blue Boulevard. The children, many of whom travel by allterrain vehicle, are also allegedly causing problems in Racetrack Hollow and Hall Equipment’s Isom operations. A deputy says he has spoken with the parents of some of the children: “They advised their kids wouldn’t do such a thing.”

• At 6:02 p.m., a deputy arrives at Ballard Collier Road, Flat Gap, to serve an eviction notice. He reports serving the notice without incident.

• At 6:32 p.m., a woman visits the sheriff ’s office to file a complaint against a woman she accuses of harassing her because she is now dating the woman’s ex-husband.

• At 8:25 p.m., a Neonarea landlord advises the sheriff ’s office of a possible meth lab being run home in the Neon area (KY 317). A second call concerning the home and a possible meth lab comes from a social services worker. A sheriff ’s deputy and social worker visit the home but find no meth lab, “just a very nasty home.” At 9:44 p.m., a deputy says he is en route from the home to the Letcher County Jail with an adult male prisoner. The deputy says children found in the home are now in the custody of social services.

• At 9:44 p.m., a Whitesburg man calls the sheriff ’s office to report a possible credit card scam. According to the caller, someone called his home from a telephone number belonging to the Whitesburg hospital (633-3613) and asked for his credit card number and other personal information. The man said the caller hung up after learning he had no credit card. A dispatcher advised the caller against giving out personal information via telephone.

• At 9:46 p.m., a caller from Kona says she knows the whereabouts of a man in a white pickup who is named in an outstanding arrest warrant.

Wednesday, July 17

• At 9:27 a.m., a Whitco woman tells the sheriff ’s office she has been assaulted by her neighbor. She says the neighbor, a female, also lives on CSX Drive.

• At 11:46 a.m., a Jeremiah woman tells the sheriff ’s office that the father of her child, to whom she is not married, took the child to a home in Leslie County and is refusing to return the child to Leslie County. The caller is advised to ask the mother of the child’s father to return the child to Letcher County. Further legal action may be taken if the child is not returned.

• At 12:13 p.m., a sheriff ’s deputy is dispatched to Fishpond Lake, Payne Gap, to unlock a red Ford Mustang with the keys locked inside.

• At 2:42 p.m., a criminal summons is served on a man on a white motorcycle who has been turning the bike in the Malibu Drive yard of a Kona woman.

• At 2:43 p.m., the sheriff ’s office is asked to provide deputies to block the road a Van while a mining company discharges and explosion.

• At 2:53 p.m., the sheriff ’s office receives a call concerning a man who is asking for money because his grandson has been killed and his wife injured in an accident. The man, who is driving a yellow hatchback automobile with a Friends of Coal license plate, told the caller he needs $8 to get to Knoxville, where his wife was flown after being run over by a tractor-trailer rig.

• At 3:13 p.m., a security guard with Sapphire Mining Company calls the sheriff ’s office seeking the presence of an officer at Big Blue Boulevard, Isom. The caller says criminal mischief has occurred on company property there.

• At 3:54 p.m., the sheriff’s office is told a man is on his way from Cowan to a scrap yard elsewhere in Letcher County with a truckload of “mining rollers” that belong to coal operator P.M. Hogg of Neon. The man is said to be driving a gray Chevrolet pickup truck.

• At 4:42 p.m., a singlevehicle traffic accident is reported near Martha Jane Potter Elementary School at Kona.

• At 6:27 p.m., a deputy sheriff is dispatched to Apple Tree Branch, Deane, to provide police escort called for as part of a court-ordered emergency protective order.

• At 9:07 p.m., an injury traffic accident is reported near Cowan School, where a vehicle has left the highway and hit a tree stump. A wrecker is needed at the scene.

Thursday, July 18

• At 7:05 p.m., a Kingscreek woman tells the sheriff ’s office that her Ky. Highway 160 neighbor caused her son’s car to be damaged when he failed to keep a lawnmower from slinging rocks onto the car.

• At 7:27 p.m., an employee of gas company EQT reports to the sheriff ’s office that men are in McRoberts digging up property that belongs to the company.

• At 7:57 p.m., a Whitco man lets the sheriff ’s office know that his wife is in his driveway on Abaco Court even though the two are under court order to stay away from each other. Both parties have just been contacted and told to keep away from each other.

• At 8:09 p.m., an Isom man contacts the sheriff ’s office after discovering another man has stolen items from his truck, including the title to the vehicle. The man is standing by at John B. Adams Store.

• At 11:59 p.m., a sheriff ’s dispatcher advises a Jeremiah man to obtain arrest against a woman he believes stole a gun from a home on Landon Drive.

Friday, July 19

• At 11:18 a.m., the sheriff ’s office is asked to conduct a welfare check on a Haymond woman. A caller from Pennsylvania says the woman, 66, suffers from an illness and lives in unsafe conditions, with no heat, air-conditioning, electricity, water or food.

• At 11:48 a.m., a Whitesburg man asks that Sheriff Danny Webb contact him concerning a person the caller believes to be missing.

• At 12:38 p.m., a man from Buck Creek, Colson, calls the sheriff’s office seeking help with a neighbor’s dog that has killed four of his chickens during the last two days. The caller says the dog broke its chain and is running loose. The Letcher County Animal Control Warden is being notified of the complaint by fax.

• At 3:27 p.m., a resident of Rogersville, Tenn., informs the sheriff ’s office that his brother, who lives at Dick Hall Branch in Topmost, Knott County, used his identification in a recent traffic stop. The caller says the incident has resulted in a warrant being issued for the caller’s arrest. An investigation has been opened.

• At 4:37 p.m., a deputy sheriff conducts a welfare check on the home of a Blackey woman. The deputy finds the home padlocked and the woman gone. The deputy asks the neighbor to allow the woman to use the neighbor’s phone when she returns so that all concerned will learn she is okay.

• At 4:48 p.m., deputies report that a road at Van is blocked while a mining company conducts a blasting operation.

• At 4:52 p.m., a sheriff ’s deputy arrests a Blackey man after learning the man is named in outstanding arrest warrants from Perry County. The deputy ran the check after the man appeared to be intoxicated while walking along the Blackey road.

• At 6:32 p.m., a Whitesburg woman tells the sheriff ’s office a man is sitting on her car at 13 Hazard Road and is refusing to get off. Deputies learn the man and woman are a husband and wife involved in a verbal domestic argument.

• At 9:17 p.m., a Blackey man tells the sheriff ’s office someone has been working after dark to steal timber from his property at Bull Creek.

• At 11:27 p.m., a Colson woman asks the sheriff ’s office for help with her exhusband, who she says has been sitting in her driveway at Coolie Baker Drive.

Saturday, July 20

• At 5:30 p.m., a caller from Kingdom Come Creek reports a tree has fallen onto the state-maintained road. The state highway department’s maintenance director for Letcher County, Billy Smallwood, has been notified and a crew is en route.

• At 6:37 p.m., a woman from Blacksmith Drive, Letcher, reports to the sheriff ’s office that a man is trespassing in her home and is passed out on her couch. The caller says she wants the man gone.

• At 11:57 p.m., the mother and sister of a McRoberts woman tell the sheriff ’s office the woman’s father has assaulted and injured her. The women say the victim has suffered a black eye and bumps on her head. An ambulance is en route.



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