“Police Beat” is a summary of calls for service to the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department. The calls are deemed to be public record under Kentucky state law.
Monday, May 6
• At 1:20 p.m., a man walks into the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office to report a woman had stolen his medications and was waiting at a convenience store near Whitesburg until her uncle came to pick her up.
• At 4:49 p.m., a sheriff ’s deputy is dispatched to assist social services workers with a complaint about elder abuse at Adams Branch, Jeremiah.
• At 6:32 p.m., a Mayking man calls the sheriff ’s office to report a neighbor has put tires and other trash on his property. The caller is referred to the Office of the Letcher County Attorney.
• At 6:33 p.m., a man called the sheriff ’s office to report that members of a family to whom he sold a car had neglected to pay the full amount they owe him for the car, but sold the car to a junkyard where it was crushed. The caller was referred to the county attorney.
• At 10:53 p.m., a deputy is en route to Millstone to look for a possible meth lab.
Tuesday, May 7
• At 7:40 a.m., a Whitesburg woman reports that her vehicle was hit, but that she and the other driver, who works as a coach, exchanged insurance information. She asked that the mishap be logged.
• At 11:18 a.m., an anonymous caller from McPeak’s Branch near Jenkins called to report that a man without a driver’s license is driving very erratically and almost hit several people in the neighborhood.
• At 5:29 p.m., a pregnant Jenkins woman calls to report the name of a man she accuses of stealing her Subutex anti-addiction drug. She said she had to be transported to the hospital the night before because the same man jumped on her belly.
Wednesday, May 8
• A woman calls to report a possible scam involving a caller who tells homeowners they have won a free home alarm system and want to know the best time to come and install the system. The callers leaves no phone number or name.
Saturday, May 11
• At 7:53 p.m., the sheriff ’s office receives a complaint about an adult male urinating in public at the Isom Little League complex. Callers tell police the man is relieving himself near the stands, in view of the crowd and near children. A deputy arrives and reports having trouble with both a male and female, then transports the female to the Letcher County Jail.
Monday, May 13
• At 8:37 a.m., a woman calls to report her grandchild’s mother was supposed to bring the child to her for visitation on May 7, but said she couldn’t make it until May 14. The caller is seeking advice on what action she could take to prevent such incidents from happening again.
• At 11:43 a.m., a Whitco man calls the sheriff ’s office to complain about neighbors digging around his fence posts. The caller is referred to the office of the Letcher County Attorney.
• At 12:46 p.m., a resident of Walters Branch, Isom, calls the sheriff ’s office to report her suspicion that her housekeeper has stolen several pieces of jewelry from her home. A criminal case is being open.
Tuesday, May 14
• At 10:12 a.m., a man from Elk Creek, Blackey, calls the sheriff ’s office to report two incidents. The caller said that about one month ago someone poured sugar into the gas tank of his tractor. He said that incident was followed by one this morning when someone tried to push his gate over with a four-wheeler. The man identified who he believes to be the culprit — a man he has exchanged words with.
• At 10:42 a.m., a Thornton woman calls the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office to report that her computer “started going crazy” after a technician with a foreign accent called her at home and said her computer was sending messages to the Microsoft Windows company that indicated it was infected with a Trojan virus. The caller said her computer did not start acting up until after she refused the caller remote access to her machine. She said was forced to unplug the computer. A sheriff ’s dispatcher will notify the press so that others are made aware of the situation. The caller said a similar incident happened on May 10, when the representative said he had “cleaned” the computer of viruses and would be calling back for payment.
• At 11:51 a.m., a sheriff ’s deputy serves a search warrant at an unnamed location. At 1:40 p.m., the deputy, who is on special detail, arrives at the Letcher County Jail with a female prisoner in custody.
• At 3:11 p.m., a sheriff ’s deputy is dispatched to assist a Kentucky State Police trooper at a home where an adult female is threatening to commit suicide by cutting her wrists. Upon their arrival at the home, police found the woman, who had suffered several cuts, be extremely combative. After the woman lunged toward the officers a Taser gun was deployed, striking her in the leg. She was then transported to the hospital by ambulance.
• At 3:49 p.m., a Jenkins woman calls the sheriff ’s office to complain that a man is on her property at Wyatt Hollow and cutting timber that belongs to her without her permission. She said the man is also destroying her property with a bulldozer and asks for assistance from a deputy.
• At 16:34 p.m., an alleged juvenile offender is transported to the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center.
• At 8:51 p.m., a caller tells a sheriff ’s dispatcher that men showed up at his home a few minutes ago identifying themselves employees of ADT Security. The caller said the men were trying to sell security-related items.
Wednesday, May 15
• At 12:25 p.m., a man calls the sheriff ’s office and identifies himself as the uncle of a nephew who is threatening to commit suicide after a relationship ended in a bad breakup. The caller said the nephew claimed he was going to a nearby cemetery to kill himself at his mother’s grave. A deputy found the nephew in the cemetery and was able to persuade him to get mental health counseling.
• At 7:46 p.m., a deputy is called to Hampton Branch, Cowan, to answer a complaint about a dog.
Thursday, May 17
• At 5:13 p.m., the sheriff ’s office receives a complaint about elder abuse taking place at a home located near KY 317 at Neon.
• At 6:25 p.m., a resident of Bach Court, Whitesburg, told a sheriff ’s dispatcher he had just been approached by a man who claimed to be an undercover narcotics officer and said he had a case against the man for selling drugs about a year ago and would return with an arrest warrant. The caller said he felt he was being harassed.
• At 6:41 p.m., a sheriff ’s deputy and Kentucky State Police trooper are en route to answer a domestic violence complaint at Colson. A woman is arrested at the scene and taken to the Letcher County Jail at 7:38 p.m.
• At 8:27 p.m., the sheriff ’s department is asked to send extra patrol to Low Gap Branch, Little Colley. The caller says several youth are out riding up and down the road at high rates of speed on all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes. The caller is afraid someone is going to get badly injured.
• At 8:32 p.m., a caller from Loggy Hollow at Dry Fork reports that her father-in-law is at her home arguing with her husband. The caller says the father-in-law is intoxicated and asks for police assistance. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies determine the dispute is between the female and her brother-in-law and father-in-law and centers around the suspected poisoning of a dog at the home. Deputies left the scene after all parties involved agreed to have no further contact during the night.
• At 10:55 p.m., a caller alerts the sheriff ’s office about a driver who appears to be drunk with children in the vehicle. Deputies are trying to locate the vehicle.
• At 11:04 p.m., a sheriff ’s deputy and Kentucky State Police trooper answer a call for help at Brass Drive, Mayking, where an unknown subject is trying to enter a home. Upon arrival, police are told that occupants of a red low-rider pickup came to the home and started banging on the door.
Sunday, May 20
• At 12:10 p.m., a woman calls the sheriff ’s office to report she found a two-year-old girl standing in the middle of the road on Sandlick. The caller said the infant had blond curly hair, was carrying a blanket in one hand a pair of hemostats in the other hand, and was accompanied by a large black dog. The caller said the child’s home was nearby, but that when she took her there they were greeted only by other children with no adult visibly present.