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Police Beat



“Police Beat” is a summary of calls for service to the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office that are deemed to be public record under Kentucky state law.

Monday, Nov. 19

• At 12: 57 p. m., the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Offi ce learns one of its deputies was bitten by a dog the night before outside a home at Chopping Branch. The deputy chose not to seek medical treatment.

• At 2:47 p.m., a Letcher County Sheriff ’s deputy reports to a dispatcher that he is leaving the Perry County Detention Center in Hazard with two prisoners, a male and a female.

• At 3 p.m., a Payne Gap man reports to the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office that he has been in a verbal argument with his wife, who has his checkbook and access to his savings account.

• At 4:31 p.m., a deputy tells a sheriff ’s dispatcher he is transporting a female from a location in Letcher County to the psychiatric center at Hazard Appalachian Region Hospital, with the starting mileage on his cruiser at 61,012 miles. Thirty-four minutes later, the deputy reports he has arrived, with his cruiser’s mileage now at 61,047 miles.

• At 6 p.m., a deputy reports to a dispatcher that nothing is missing from a Sergent home where the back door has been pried open.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

• At 9:27 a.m., a citizen calls the sheriff ’s office to report seeing two men pulling copper cable around the horseshoe curve leading to Dunham. The subjects are in a red car.

• At 11:20 a.m., an alarm company reports to the sheriff ’s office that an alarm is sounding in a residence at Pistol City. The community is located below Sandlick Gap.

• At 11:22 a.m., a Blackey man reports to the sheriff ’s office that copper thieves appear to have hit his neighborhood once again. The man said he called AT&T five days before to report the situation.

• At 1:42 p.m., a man calls from Cornettsville to report someone has stolen the guardrail from the site of a bridge construction project of which he is in charge. The man says a neighbor witnessed the crime and reports the license plate number of a vehicle the thieves used to steal the estimated $2,500 worth of property on Saturday, Nov. 17.

• At 2:22 p.m., a Whitesburg woman arrives at the sheriff ’s office after having been sent there by Letcher County Attorney Jamie Hatton, who asks that an investigation be opened into the theft of the woman’s motor vehicle from Bentley Avenue.

• At 2:47 p.m., a woman calls the sheriff ’s office to ask that organizers for the ‘Tree of Hope’ contact her daughter and another woman who have the names of several children to add to the tree.

• At 4:38 p.m., an anonymous caller reports a domestic disturbance at a home near Neon Junction.

• At 4:53 p.m., an anonymous caller tells the sheriff’s office that a man under indictment on theft charges is with two other subjects sitting on top of Pound Mountain in a red Grand Am with tinted windows. The Wise County (Va.) Sheriff ’s Office is notified.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

• At 2:25 p.m., a woman from Low Gap Branch at Little Colley complains to the sheriff ’s office that she found a needle and a syringe in a Barbie gift box she received when the “Santa Train” from Kingsport, Tenn., made a stop in Virginia around 7:20 a.m. or 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18.

• At 5:55 p.m., a deputy is visiting the emergency room at the Whitesburg hospital to talk with a woman who claims her husband forced pills down her throat last night and possibly assaulted her. When questioned, the woman tells the deputy she did not say her husband had abused her in any way or forced her to take pills. She said she doesn’t know happened, only that she woke up on the floor with her ribs hurting her.

Friday, Nov. 23

• At 4 p.m., a woman from the Big Cowan area calls a sheriff ’s dispatcher to complain that her stepmother has threatened to break up her belongings.

• At 4:40 p.m., a deputy is dispatched to Thornton to assist on a harassment complaint.

• At 5:14 p.m., a woman calls the sheriff ’s office to advise that her ex-husband has been calling her all day, proclaiming that he loves her and would do anything to get her back. The woman says the ex-husband is crying so hard that she can’t understand him, and that she has contacted the man’s mother out of concern for his well-being.

• At 5:50 p.m., a Big Cowan woman tells the sheriff ’s office that someone has stolen her laptop computer and a friend’s laptop computer and cell phone. The woman says the thief is her stepmother.

• At 6 p.m., a deputy sheriff arrives in the Big Cowan area to answer a theft complaint at Log House Road. At 6:31 p.m., the deputy says that after talking to the parties involved, he learned that the father of the theft victim is going through a divorce with the woman accused of stealing two laptop computers and a cell phone. The woman has agreed to bring all the items she took to the sheriff ’s office.

• At 10:23 p.m., sheriff ’s deputies are among five police officers conducting a road check at Ermine.

Saturday, Nov. 24

• At 1:10 p.m., Kentucky State Police request assistance from the sheriff ’s department while visiting the scene of a shooting at 93 Thorn Drive in Gordon.

• At 2 p.m., a sheriff ’s deputy is escorting a funeral in Whitesburg.

• At 6:21 p.m., a social worker asks that a deputy assist him on a neglect case in Dry Fork, where a mother has threatened to break the arms of a three-year-old child.

• At 11:59 p.m., deputies are conducting a road check at Blair Branch, Jeremiah.



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