News Center 22 7/21/17

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Marisa Anders of the Claiborne Progress reports
A body was found Wednesday evening at Earls Hollow, according to Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray.

Ray said the body was tentatively identified as a male, but his race was not certain at the time the body was found. The body was sent to the University of Tennessee for autopsy, but the results were not in as of Thursday afternoon.

The body was found in a car on Earls Hollow Road in the Red Hill community of Speedwell, said Ray. The road leads down to a small boat ramp at the Powell River.

“It appeared that the body had been there a couple of days or more,” he said.

Ray added that the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office has tentatively identified who it “might” be, but everything is only speculation at this time. Officers have been talking with people who may know the deceased, he said.

“Everything is coming together, but we are waiting on the autopsy results and definite identification,” Ray said.

Earls Hollow, a sparsely populated area, was the scene of a shooting on July 11. A Harrogate man was shot several times during an apparent confrontation at the boat ramp.

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The Harlan Daily Enterprise reports

A Cawood man is facing charges including wanton endangerment after allegedly shooting through a windshield and then taking the vehicle.

Robert Scott Middleton, 26, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jared Boggs on Saturday.

According to the citation, police received a call stating Middleton used a firearm to shoot through the windshield of a truck occupied by Anthony Suttles and Abby Thomas. Middleton then got into the truck and drove away. Middleton wrecked the truck in a ditch behind the Fast and Friendly convenient store located in Cawood and ran from the scene. When Boggs located him standing at a bridge on KY 987, Middleton had the title to the truck in his possession as well as cell phones belonging to the Suttles and Thomas. Middleton was placed in handcuffs for safety. He then began screaming and cursing Suttles, who was walking across the road to his truck.

Middleton was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, public intoxication by controlled substance, theft by unlawful taking under $10,000 and second-degree disorderly conduct.

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The Daily News reports

Two towering water slides and a free hot dog lunch highlight this year’s annual Wilderness Road State Park Community Appreciation Day and Back to School Bash set for Aug. 5, noon to 5 p.m. Also, the park will host its first Tractor Show during the event, paying homage to the area’s history and culture.

The Community Appreciation Day and Back to School Bash offers guests activities such as: bounce houses, kids mini train rides, historical programming at Martin’s Station, a hot dog lunch, Appalachian storytellers and woodcarvers, hayrides, fun kids activities and more. Admission is two non-perishable food items (cans) per person, or a $1 per person donation that will all go to the local food bank.

If you, or someone you know, would like to show a tractor or would like more information, please call the park office at 276-445-3065.
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Updated: July 20, 2017 — 9:29 PM
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