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From The Daily Enterprise

A Bledsoe man is facing a sexual abuse charge after allegedly being caught with an underage female.

21 year old Lloyd Tate Napier Jr., was arrested on Thursday by Kentucky State Police Trooper Rodney Sturgill.

According to the citation, police received a call on Wednesday stating Napier had physical contact with a 15-year-old female in her room. Police were advised by the female’s mother Napier ran out of the door when she caught them. Napier made contact with Kentucky State Police Post 10 and stated he wished to talk to police about the incident. Napier told police he ran from the house because he was afraid of what the female juvenile’s parents would do to him. Napier advised he did not want to give a statement without a lawyer present.

Napier was charged with first-degree sexual abuse. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

In other police activity:

30 year old Jim Gilbert, of Baxter, was arrested by Harlan City Police Officer Travis Freeman on Wednesday.

According to the citation, police received a complaint stating Gilbert was passed out in a vehicle at the Marathon convenience store on Ball Park Road. Police arrived and found Gilbert sitting unconscious behind the wheel of a Silver 1993 Chevrolet S10 pickup. The keys were in the ignition. Police woke Gilbert and told him to exit the vehicle. When Gilbert exited the vehicle, Freeman observed a bag in the seat containing a green leafy substance which Gilbert identified as marijuana belonging to him.

A search of the vehicle located a bottle containing multiple pills suspected to be Xanax. Gilbert was transported to Harlan ARH Hospital where he consented to all tests.

Gilbert was charged with third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, driving on a D.U.I. suspended license, no registration plates, failure to produce insurance card, no operator’s/moped license and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (fourth offense).

Gilbert was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full cash bond.


From The Times Tribune

A Laurel County man was arrested Wednesday after threatening law enforcement officers via social media.

Elijah Cheek, 35, allegedly used Facebook to make threats towards officers following the arrest of his mother earlier in the week, according to a press release from London Police Chief Derek House. On Tuesday, while his mother was still in jail, he allegedly posted the following on Facebook:

“Prison they’ve [expletive] with the wrong mother. [expletive] with my mom, my demons have came out to play city, sheriff, state. Here I come, bunch of 12yr old cops.. see you soon [expletive]….”

After comments began to be made on the post, Cheek allegedly replied with:

“I got it. I’m a big boy. Do what I want. Cops in London are a [expletive] bullseye and I’m shooting.”

Officers with the London Police Department obtained an arrest warrant and Cheek was soon arrested at his home on Cheek Lane. While officers were at Cheek’s residence, three marijuana plants were also allegedly found.

Cheek was charged with third-degree terroristic threatening and cultivating marijuana. He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Facility. JailTracker records show that Cheek was released Thursday on a $1,500 cash bond.



A London man has been arrested and accused of raping a four-year-old.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office said that 42-year-old Ray Stephen Bennett was arrested on Wednesday evening and charged with one count of rape – first-degree and five counts of sodomy – first-degree.

Deputies say that Bennett allegedly raped the four-year-old on multiple occasions.

He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.


From The Knox County Sheriff’s Department

On Tuesday July 4, 2017 at approximately 6:45 pm Knox County Deputies Claude Hudson and Andrew Lawson responded to Shupes Court off Highway 1527 at Bailey Switch in an attempt to locate Timothy Engle who was wanted on a Kentucky Parole Board Warrant.

Information had been received that he was living in an outbuilding on Shupes Court. When the deputies arrived they observed Timothy Engle sitting at a table with a syringe. When confronted by the deputies, Timothy Engle jumped through a window and attempted to flee on foot. When the deputies apprehended Timothy Engle, he refused to comply and threatened to kill the deputies.

In addition to the Parole Violation, Timothy J Engle age 35 of Barbourville, KY was charged with Resisting Arrest, Fleeing or Evading Police-1st Degree, Terroristic Threatening and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

When Timothy Engle was handcuffed and placed inside the patrol car, he told the deputies he had an active meth lad inside the building and did not want his kids to find it while he was gone. While the deputies were looking for the meth lab, Timothy Engle slipped the handcuffs to the front, broke the Plexiglas screen and attempted to brake the rear window. After observing him doing so, the deputies opened the door and removed him from the vehicle.

Timothy Engle again attempted to flee on foot. At that point he was also charged with Escape-1st Degree, Criminal Mischief-3rd Degree and Menacing. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.


From the Sentinel Echo

A reported case of child pornography has a London man jailed under $100,000 cash bond and a preliminary hearing set for next week.

Steven Raleigh Cole, 30, of 950 Payne Trail in London, was taken into custody on Friday, June 30, following an investigation into an alleged child pornography incident.

The warrant filed by Kentucky State Police Detective Justin Oliver states that between March 1 and March 12 of this year, Cole possessed a video that shows an adult male performing sexual acts with a toddler.

The incident was reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) by Dropbox Inc. with the IP address of a location near London, Ky. The search warrant indicates that the time and date this video was downloaded was not released by Dropbox, but further investigation indicates that it was reported to NCMCE on March 22. A Cyber TipLine report was sent to the London Post 11 of the Kentucky State Police, with Det. Oliver assigned to the case on May 19.

The video that now has Cole facing criminal charges was located and lasts just over one minute. The child in the video can only be seen from the waist up and is fully clothed, according to the warrant, and is believed to be between six months to 18 months of age.

The report further states that Cole’s profile picture “had numerous tattoos on his arms and hands” and “closely matches the perpetrator in the aforementioned uploaded video.”

Cole was booked into the Laurel County Correctional Center at 1:49 p.m. He was arraigned in Laurel District Court on Monday with the bond and preliminary hearing set during that court appearance. A notation on the court documents states that if Cole does post bond, he can remain on home incarceration.


In Tennessee News

From The Claiborne Progress

A pedestrian died Wednesday night after being struck by a vehicle while standing near the center line of the westbound lane of travel on Hwy. 63, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

A report from THP says that Debbie Hunley, 44, of Speedwell, was driving a 2016 Chevrolet pickup truck westbound on Hwy. 63 near the intersection with Red Hill Circle around 11:56 p.m. when her vehicle struck David C. Estes, 58, of Speedwell. The impact caused Estes to “travel across” the eastbound lane of traffic and come to rest on the eastbound shoulder. No other vehicle was involved.

No drugs or alcohol appeared to be involved at the scene, according to the report although further testing was requested.

Hunley was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. No charges are expected, according to THP.

The investigating officer is Trooper Jason Davis.

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