News Center 22 7/17/17

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WYMT News reports

A Bell County man is facing multiple charges after he led deputies in Whitley County on a chase.
According to a release from the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, on July 10, a deputy tried to pull over a red Ford that had ignored a stop sign in the Canada town community.
However, when the deputy tried to pull over the truck, he says Darrell Jones, 24, of Pineville, began driving faster.
According to the release, Jones’ driving became erratic and was dangerous to others at times.
Once Jones finally stopped, deputies say he tried to run away but was caught.
After taking Jones to jail, the deputy found drug paraphernalia in the backseat of his cruiser.
Jones is charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police in a vehicle, a second count for fleeing on foot, DUI, drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and several other charges.
He is currently lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Also from WYMT News
Bell County officials say they have caught Bell County Detention Center escapee Tommy E. Smith Saturday evening.
Bell County Jailer Gary Ferguson told WYMT officers received an anonymous tip that Smith was at a residence on Hamlett Lane in Middlesboro.
Smith and Jeffery Clark escaped from the detention center Sunday, July 2nd which led to a high speed chase with one vehicle being abandoned in the Fourmile area.
Clark turned himself in on Tuesday, July 4th, two days after escaping. Ferguson said someone contacted Kentucky State Police on Clark’s behalf because he was tired of being on the run and he wanted to turn himself in.
Smith was already facing several drug charges, he now faces additional escapee charges.
A Laurel County man who has been avoiding police for nearly two months was finally arrested Friday.
The arrest was the result of an investigation into a fatal crash that happened in November 2016. Through their investigation, deputies say they determined Eric J. Cassidy, 34, of Lily, was driving under the influence of drugs when he crossed the center line, hitting another car and killing Sherry King of Barbourville.
On May 25, an indictment warrant was issued charging Cassidy with murder, DUI and persistent felony offender. Deputies say Cassidy has been evading arrests since that day.
On Friday, the United States Marshals Service received a tip about Cassidy’s whereabouts and contacted the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrested Cassidy on Watch Road southeast of London. He was booked in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Over the past several months questions and concerns have been at the forefront of the recent issues of the Pineville Community Hospital. Tonight on Talk of the Town Dr. Ron Dubin sits down with the interim CEO Rick Tichenor in an exclusive interview on MCTV 22 at 730pm. Tune in to learn more about the hospital.
Also this evening at 9:30 MCTV 22 will replay this past weekends Veteran’s Memorial park dedication.
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Updated: July 17, 2017 — 9:24 AM
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