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A very busy weekend for the Bell County Sheriffs office

On Friday December 4, at 4:48pm Bell County Dispatch received a call of a single vehicle accident with injuries in the Frakes community on KY 3483.
Responding to the collision was Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Brooks assisted by Sgt. Jared Smith and Nick Capps who discovered a black 1994 Ford, driven by 70 year old Donald Jones of Jack Powers Rd., over a small embankment.

The preliminary investigation determined that Jones was operating the vehicle when he apparently lost control, traveled over the embankment, with the car landing on it’s side in a field adjacent to the road. Due to the severity of the incident, Bell County Deputy Coroner Jason Steele was called to the scene to officially pronounce Mr. Jones dead at the scene.

Assisting on scene was Frakes Volunteer Fire Department, Bell County Rescue Squad and Bell County EMS. The cause of the collision is still pending investigation. The scene was cleared at 7:05pm.


On Saturday – December 5, at 4:48pm Bell County Dispatch received a call of an accident with injuries on Highway 66 in the Arjay community. Upon arrival, Deputy Robin Venable discovered that a 2001 silver Mazda 4-Door had struck a guardrail.
The driver, Lacosta Hoskins of Pineville, stated she was traveling east on highway 66 when a dog ran out in front of her. Hoskins also told Deputy Venable she did attempt to avoid hitting the dog resulting in the accident.
Ms. Hoskins was transported to Pineville Community Hospital for a minor injury by Bell County EMS. Also responding and assisting on scene was the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department.


Area Police are on the lookout for a man who they believe stole four vehicles from Harlan and Bell Counties on Sunday.

A red Chevrolet Malibu was first reported stolen in Bell County, followed by a Black Ford Mustang in Harlan, then police say the man went back to Bell County and stole a black Chevrolet Impala and also a black Jeep.

The man also broke into someone’s home and stole an item.

If you have any information on the man or the location of the vehicles stolen, you are asked to call Kentucky State Police at 606-573-3131.

From the Daily News
A Middlesboro police officer was among 142 law officers from over 100 agencies in the Commonwealth recognized for getting impaired drivers off of the roadways.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety recently honored 142 law enforcement officers from 117 agencies.

The 2015 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards ceremony was held at the Louisville Marriott East. Awards were presented to officers with the most impaired-driving arrests in each agency.

Among the officers recognized, was Middlesboro Police Officer Barry Cowan.

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Updated: December 6, 2015 — 9:44 PM

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