News Center 22 8/31/17

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The Daily News reports 
Jeffery Adam Smith, 34, of Middlesboro was jailed on Aug. 29 by Middlesboro Police Officer Floyd Patterson on three counts of second-degree rape and one count of second-degree sodomy.
According to the police citation, Smith being 18 years old or more, had engaged in sexual intercourse and deviant sexual intercourse with another person less than 14 years of age. The victim was 12 years old at the time the incidents took place.
The Harlan Daily Enterprise reports 
An Evarts man is facing an arson charge after allegedly attempting to set a car on fire.
Richard W. Penny, 47, was arrested on Wednesday by Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Wilson.
According to the citation, police received a complaint from a woman stating Penny had attempted to set her car on fire in the Brittains Creek community. The caller stated Penny was in the area possibly carrying an axe and intoxicated. When police arrived and made contact with the woman, she advised she was at a friend’s house on Coal Bin Road when she heard a noise outside and observed Penny get out of her vehicle and close the door. 
She stated she saw flashes of orange inside the vehicle and realized it was on fire. When she rushed outside  and put out the fire, Penny walked up carrying an axe asking what happened. She confronted Penny, but he left the scene. The woman then went home and called police. After police recorded a statement from the woman, she pointed out Penny’s residence. Penny was located at his residence.
 He told police he was at Coal Bin when the incident occurred and he spoke with people on the scene. Penny said after being accused of setting the vehicle on fire he left the area carrying a mattock. The woman’s vehicle, a 1998 Ford Taurus, had a large burn hole in the front passenger seat.
Local business owner Adam Bowling has announced that he will run for the Kentucky State House of Representatives in November 2018.  Bowling, a Republican, is the first candidate in the race for the 87th House District.  Incumbent Representative, Democrat Rick Nelson, has not announced whether or not he will seek another term.  
Bowling is an 8th generation Bell Countian who traces his roots back to Dillion Asher, an original settler of Bell County. Adam is a 2000 graduate of Middlesboro High School and was a key member of Middlesboro’s 1998 Class A State Football Champion team, earning honors as an All-State selection.  He went on to Wofford College, where he graduated with a degree in Economics.

“My wife, Becky, and I could have begun our life together anywhere but we chose to come back to Bell County to start our family,” said Bowling.  “The Bell and Harlan County area is my home.  I’m running for State Representative because I want to be a voice for our values in Frankfort and do what I’ve done the last 7 years: put our people back to work.”

Since 2010, Bowling has created over 30 new local jobs, starting business in the healthcare, retail, real estate and agriculture industries.

Adam is very passionate about rebuilding and serving his community.  Adam is the Chairman of the Middlesboro Variance Board, Secretary of the local Roho Organization, Director of Middlesboro Sports Hall of Fame, former Director of Middlesboro Educational Foundation, former director of the Bell County Chamber of Commerce, a former assistant High School football coach, a Member of Discover Downtown Middlesboro and a Member of Covenant United Methodist Church.
Adam is the son of Michael D. & Jamie Shoffner Bowling.  Adam, his wife Becky, son Harrison and faithful dog Gryff reside in Middlesboro.
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Updated: August 31, 2017 — 1:39 PM
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