News Center 22 8/30/18

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A man is charged with sexual abuse and indecent exposure after police say he masturbated in front of a woman and child behind the Middlesboro library.

According to an arrest citation, Richard Ely exposed himself and masturbated in front of a woman and a two-and-a-half-year-old child. The woman did not know Ely, but was able to pick him from a photo lineup immediately, police said.

Ely was arrested just after school dismissed for the day. There are typically children in the area around that time, police said.

Ely is charged with sexual abuse and two counts of indecent exposure.


Two Kentucky Department of Corrections inmates are back in custody after they walked away from the Bell County Forestry Camp Sunday afternoon at 6:15 p.m.

Jason Norris and Anthony Drury were apprehended at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Davisburg area approximately 3 miles from the Bell County Forestry Camp. They were apprehended by the Kentucky State Police, K-9 and Corrections Emergency Response Team officers of the Bell County Forestry Camp. They were transported to the Bell County Detention Center where they will face additional charges in connection with this incident.


The Harlan Daily Enterprise reports

An Evarts man has been indicted on charges including assault after allegedly causing an automobile wreck leaving a woman injured.

Dewayne J. Smith, 41, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Hunter Marcum on Monday.

According to the indictment handed down by the grand jury on Aug. 16, Smith engaged in conduct resulting in the serious injury of a woman on July 16, 2016.

The indictment stems from Smith’s 2016 arrest by Kentucky State Police Trooper Kenny Abner.

According to the citation, Smith was involved in a collision and transported Harlan ARH Hospital for treatment. He admitted to taking Subzal and said he fell asleep and caused the wreck.


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Updated: August 29, 2017 — 10:40 PM
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