News Center 22 8/3/17

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The Claiborne Progress reports
Sierra Danielle Messer, 23, of Newport, was sentenced July 27 by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, Chief U.S. District Judge, to serve 162 months in prison as a result of her conviction for distribution and possession of child pornography. Following her release from prison, Messer will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for a term of 25 years and required to register with the sex offender registry in any state in which she resides, works, or attends school.

Messer pleaded guilty in December 2015 to federal charges stemming from an undercover investigation into trading child pornography on the internet. A forensic examination of her cellular telephone revealed that she had collected 172 digital photos images and 12 videos of child pornography.


The Harlan Daily Enterprise reports

A man and woman entered pleas of guilty in Harlan Circuit Court on Wednesday to charges including murder and complicity to murder resulting from the death of Tommy Ingersoll in the spring of 2016.

Michael Curtis, 27, and Kayla Curtis, 31, appeared separately in front of Harlan Circuit Court Judge Kent Hendrickson to change their pleas. Michael Curtis was represented by attorney Cotha Hudson. Kayla Curtis appeared with her attorney Ron Findell. Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs handled matters for the state.

Hendrickson advised both Michael and Kayla Curtis by pleading guilty they would give up certain rights including the right to a trial and the right to appeal. Both stated they were aware they would be giving up those rights and entered pleas of guilty.


A Bledsoe man is facing charges including assault and wanton endangerment after allegedly throwing two women off a balcony.

Trenton Burkhart, 59, was arrested on Tuesday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Denny Jones.

According to the citations, Burkhart engaged in conduct creating a substantial danger of death to two females on July 25. Burkhart and the women were at a residence when one of the women attempted to get him to leave. Burkhart refused to leave. He became violent and began assaulting the females, throwing them off an 8 to 10-foot-high balcony. The women were treated at Harlan ARH Hospital.


Tonight kicks off the third season of the Levitt AMP music series in downtown Middlesboro. This evening at 6:30pm opening act, 3DC Three Dog Night celebration, will open for headliner Eddie Cotton, a blues guitarist from Mississippi. Food vendors will be available and a local farmers market will also be available. The concerts are free and is sponsored by The Levitt Foundation and Discover Downtown Middlesboro.

Also this evening Main Street LIVE will take place in Downtown Pineville featuring music from the Kudzu Killers and the Asa Mills band. Outdoor dining and beer garden opens at 6:30 pm.


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Updated: August 2, 2017 — 10:50 PM
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