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On Saturday night shortly after midnight, KSP Harlan received a call reference to an adult female threatening a juvenile female in the Cranks Creek community of Harlan County. Sgt. Jared Boggs and Trooper Sidney Wagner responded to the scene.
During the investigation, Sgt. Boggs located an indoor marijuana grow operation and additional marijuana plants being grown outside of the residence. A total of 11 plants were seized. Sgt. Boggs also discovered a black bear killed earlier in the day. The bear was strapped to an ATV sitting outside. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer, Sgt. Homer Pigman and Bear Biologist Tristan Curry, was also dispatched to the scene. KDFWR additionally discovered a turkey which had been poached.
Jonathan D. Mitchell, age 25, of Cranks Creek was arrested by Tpr. Wagner and charged with cultivating marijuana more than five plants, trafficking in marijuana less than five pounds, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. He has been lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
On Saturday afternoon at 2:43pm Bell County Dispatch received a call of a two vehicle accident with injuries in the Frakes Community approximately a half mile from the Volunteer Fire Department.
Responding to the scene on Highway 190 was Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Brooks who found a blue 1994 Ford Ranger on it’s side partially in the ditch line heading westbound. The other vehicle was a green 1998 Oldsmobile with it’s rear end over an embankment on eastbound Highway 190.
All occupants of both vehicles were out of their vehicles sitting beside the roadway. It was discovered that an eight year old male had been injured in the accident. His injuries required a specialist so he was taken from the scene by Bell County EMS to a landing zone set up at Frakes School Center and flown to University of Tennessee Hospital.
Deputy Brooks made contact with the driver of the Ford Ranger, 30 year old Amber Partin of Frakes, who stated she looked away from the road momentarily and then realized she crossed the center line. That is when her vehicle struck the Oldsmobile driven by 30 year old Tiffany Willis of Pineville.
In observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CEASE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Inc. invites the public to Take a Stand with them against domestic violence on Oct. 25.
CEASE will Take a Stand on the steps of the Claiborne County Courthouse at noon. There will be light refreshments and door prizes at the CEASE office next door immediately following.
For more than 35 years CEASE Inc. has been taking a stand against domestic and sexual violence by providing an array of supportive services to victims and their families in six East Tennessee counties. These services started in 1981 with a 24-hour crisis hotline and has expanded over the years to include two emergency shelters, counseling, transportation, education, legal and systems advocacy and awareness.
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