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Joe Asher

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(Compiled for the Enterprise by Joe P. Asher)
The following individuals were recently lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center:
• Jimmy Ray Anderson, 32, of Middlesboro, non-payment of fines and parole violation;
• Richard J. Chapman, 58, of Lynch, alcohol intoxication in a public place;
• Timothy L. Engle, 43, of Cawood,

Arrest Records

(Compiled for the Enterprise by Joe P. Asher) The following individuals were recently lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center: • Jimmy Ray Anderson, 32, of Middlesboro, non-payment of fines and parole violation; • Richard J. Chapman, 58, of Lynch, alcohol intoxication in a public place; • Timothy L. Engle, 43, of Cawood,

A man facing multiple charges stemming from an alleged shooting incident made an appearance on Thursday in Harlan Circuit Court.
Cletus Robbins Jr., 59, of Harlan, appeared before Harlan Circuit Judge Henry Johnson with his attorney, Linda West. He faces charges including kidnapping with serious physical injury, first-degree robbery and attempted

Robbins denied bond reduction in shooting case

A man facing multiple charges stemming from an alleged shooting incident made an appearance on Thursday in Harlan Circuit Court. Cletus Robbins Jr., 59, of Harlan, appeared before Harlan Circuit Judge Henry Johnson with his attorney, Linda West. He faces charges including kidnapping with serious physical injury, first-degree robbery and attempted

IDA rescinds 'haunted' money

The Harlan County Industrial Development Authority held their last meeting of 2014 on Tuesday, discussing a variety of ongoing business ventures. Chairman Harry Gibson called the meeting to order, kicking things off with a vote to rescind financial support in the amount of $5,000 the panel had previously decided to grant the Harlan Haunt Fest, an

Benham City Police Officer Donald Ryan Shepherd has been a law officer for just over two years, but has already made a sizable contribution to the two-man police force.
The Benham police force is Shepherd's first job in law enforcement. Previously, he worked for two years at Advance Auto Parts in Cumberland before hiring on with the Benham City Po

Shepherd battles Benham crime

Benham City Police Officer Donald Ryan Shepherd has been a law officer for just over two years, but has already made a sizable contribution to the two-man police force. The Benham police force is Shepherd's first job in law enforcement. Previously, he worked for two years at Advance Auto Parts in Cumberland before hiring on with the Benham City Po

The Festival of the Mountain Masters is a Harlan tradition, with this year's installment wrapping up on Nov. 28. Unknown to many, the participants compete for awards, with this year's entries being announced on the final day of the festival.
“We give out four awards to the demonstrators who either have the best craft of the best display,R

Mountain Masters awards presented

The Festival of the Mountain Masters is a Harlan tradition, with this year's installment wrapping up on Nov. 28. Unknown to many, the participants compete for awards, with this year's entries being announced on the final day of the festival. “We give out four awards to the demonstrators who either have the best craft of the best display,R

The Cumberland City Council discovered during its regular December meeting the construction of a proposed war memorial the Main Street Program has been working on is getting closer to becoming a reality.
Mayor Carolyn Elliot introduced Cleon Cornett to the council to give an update concerning some of the activities the organization is working on.

Cumberland war memorial draws closer

The Cumberland City Council discovered during its regular December meeting the construction of a proposed war memorial the Main Street Program has been working on is getting closer to becoming a reality. Mayor Carolyn Elliot introduced Cleon Cornett to the council to give an update concerning some of the activities the organization is working on.

(Compiled for the Enterprise by Joe P. Asher)
The following cases were recently heard in Harlan District Court:
• Jimmy D. Gambrel, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment – no true bill returned by grand jury;
• Zachary Brock, third-degree burglary – no true bill returned by grand jury;
• Joshua R. Greene,

District Court cases

(Compiled for the Enterprise by Joe P. Asher) The following cases were recently heard in Harlan District Court: • Jimmy D. Gambrel, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment – no true bill returned by grand jury; • Zachary Brock, third-degree burglary – no true bill returned by grand jury; • Joshua R. Greene,

A man is facing charges including assault and burglary after allegedly chasing his girlfriend into somebody else's house and dragging her home by her hair.
Brandon Brock, 30, of Lynch, was arrested by Lynch Police Chief James Fox on Thursday.
According to the citation, Fox responded to a domestic violence call. When he arrived at 150 West Main St

Man charged with assault

A man is facing charges including assault and burglary after allegedly chasing his girlfriend into somebody else's house and dragging her home by her hair. Brandon Brock, 30, of Lynch, was arrested by Lynch Police Chief James Fox on Thursday. According to the citation, Fox responded to a domestic violence call. When he arrived at 150 West Main St

The Benham City Council heard an update on the collection of city property tax by the Harlan County Sheriff's Office during a meeting on Thursday.
City Clerk Jessica Smith brought the council up to speed on the tax collected so far.
“They collected in November … $20,021.00,” said Smith. “The discounted amount was $400.58,

Benham discusses tax collection

The Benham City Council heard an update on the collection of city property tax by the Harlan County Sheriff's Office during a meeting on Thursday. City Clerk Jessica Smith brought the council up to speed on the tax collected so far. “They collected in November … $20,021.00,” said Smith. “The discounted amount was $400.58,

Harlan City Police Officer Will Pope has been patrolling the city for almost two years.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Pope is the son of Tom and Clara Pope.
Pope, 26, graduated from Harlan Independent Schools then moved on to pursue an associate degree at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College.
After finishing up at SKCTC, he decid

Harlan native serves community

Harlan City Police Officer Will Pope has been patrolling the city for almost two years. An avid hunter and fisherman, Pope is the son of Tom and Clara Pope. Pope, 26, graduated from Harlan Independent Schools then moved on to pursue an associate degree at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. After finishing up at SKCTC, he decid

Joe P. Asher | Daily Enterprise
The American Cancer Society and Relay for Life officials have honored Nola Sizemore and the Harlan Daily Enterprise for media excellence in assisting with the annual charity fundraiser. Relay For Life Specialist Roxanne Rose said Relay and ACS officials are pleased to announce “Lighthouse Award” honors t

'Lighthouse Award' given to Sizemore, Enterprise

Joe P. Asher | Daily Enterprise The American Cancer Society and Relay for Life officials have honored Nola Sizemore and the Harlan Daily Enterprise for media excellence in assisting with the annual charity fundraiser. Relay For Life Specialist Roxanne Rose said Relay and ACS officials are pleased to announce “Lighthouse Award” honors t

Cumberland Mayor Carolyn Elliot advised the council of several ongoing city activities during a meeting on Tuesday, including a problem with the city's garbage truck and the status of new police uniforms.
“We had a little problem with the garbage packer,” said Elliot.
Elliot said the garbage truck was headed back to Cumberland from Ha

Council discusses garbage packer, police uniforms

Cumberland Mayor Carolyn Elliot advised the council of several ongoing city activities during a meeting on Tuesday, including a problem with the city's garbage truck and the status of new police uniforms. “We had a little problem with the garbage packer,” said Elliot. Elliot said the garbage truck was headed back to Cumberland from Ha

A Gordon man has been indicted by a Harlan County Grand Jury on a charge of sexual abuse stemming from alleged incidents in December 2013.
William Edward Brock, aka Butch Thornberry, aka James Edward Thornberry, 63, was served an indictment warrant by officials at the Harlan County Detention Center on Tuesday.
According to the three-count indictm

Man indicted for sexual abuse

A Gordon man has been indicted by a Harlan County Grand Jury on a charge of sexual abuse stemming from alleged incidents in December 2013. William Edward Brock, aka Butch Thornberry, aka James Edward Thornberry, 63, was served an indictment warrant by officials at the Harlan County Detention Center on Tuesday. According to the three-count indictm

Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan held their annual “Shop with a Trooper” event on Tuesday, with children meeting with the troopers at Walmart to take part in the festivities.
KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said there were 22 children participating in the program this year.
According to Jacobs, the event is made possibl

KSP 'Shop with a Trooper' held

Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan held their annual “Shop with a Trooper” event on Tuesday, with children meeting with the troopers at Walmart to take part in the festivities. KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said there were 22 children participating in the program this year. According to Jacobs, the event is made possibl

Harlan Fire Department improves rating

Residents of the city of Harlan may find homeowner's insurance rates dropping due to the Harlan City Fire Department's improved ISO rating. During a meeting of the Harlan City Council on Monday, Harlan City Fire Chief Linette Hutchison advised the council her department had garnered an improved rating following a recent inspection. The ISO (Insur

Enterprise photos by Chris Jones, Nola Sizemore and Joe Asher
Christmas parades were held throughout Harlan County over the weekend. Santa Claus, top picture, drove his sleigh through a cold Kentucky rain Saturday night as he made his appointed rounds around the city during the Harlan Christmas Parade. Grand marshal Terry Wayne Williams, left, lea

Christmas parades

Enterprise photos by Chris Jones, Nola Sizemore and Joe Asher Christmas parades were held throughout Harlan County over the weekend. Santa Claus, top picture, drove his sleigh through a cold Kentucky rain Saturday night as he made his appointed rounds around the city during the Harlan Christmas Parade. Grand marshal Terry Wayne Williams, left, lea

A Cawood man has been indicted on charges stemming from an incident that began with a DUI arrest on Jan. 29.
Bethel Stewart, 52, was served an indictment warrant by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jared Boggs on Friday.
The grand jury handed down an indictment against Stewart on Nov. 17. The eight-count indictment charges Stewart with second-degree

Man indicted on 8 charges

A Cawood man has been indicted on charges stemming from an incident that began with a DUI arrest on Jan. 29. Bethel Stewart, 52, was served an indictment warrant by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jared Boggs on Friday. The grand jury handed down an indictment against Stewart on Nov. 17. The eight-count indictment charges Stewart with second-degree

(Compiled for the Enterprise by Joe P. Asher)
The following individuals were recently lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center:
• Melissa Gail Brewer, 45, of Grays Knob, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to appear;
• Derek Tyler Cottrell, 26, of Baxter, fourth-degree assault;
• M

Arrest Records

(Compiled for the Enterprise by Joe P. Asher) The following individuals were recently lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center: • Melissa Gail Brewer, 45, of Grays Knob, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to appear; • Derek Tyler Cottrell, 26, of Baxter, fourth-degree assault; • M

A woman lost her chance to stay out of prison on Thursday when her probation was revoked following a hearing in Harlan Circuit Court.
Janice Collins, 21, of Harlan, appeared before Harlan Circuit Judge Henry Johnson to answer the state's motion to revoke her probation after failing required drug tests.
Collins' attorney, Will Seidelman of the Pub

Woman loses probation for failing drug tests

A woman lost her chance to stay out of prison on Thursday when her probation was revoked following a hearing in Harlan Circuit Court. Janice Collins, 21, of Harlan, appeared before Harlan Circuit Judge Henry Johnson to answer the state's motion to revoke her probation after failing required drug tests. Collins' attorney, Will Seidelman of the Pub

Christmas parades coming

Christmas is looming closer and the festivities are ready to kick off all over Harlan County, with Harlan, Cumberland and Evarts all planning parades for the season during the upcoming weekend. The Cumberland parade is the first on the schedule, kicking off at 5 p.m. on Friday on the streets of downtown Cumberland. The grand marshal will be World





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