Joe Asher

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Bringing an “early Christmas present” to Harlan Fiscal Court, Harlan County Jailer Curt Stallard presented a check in the amount of $100,000 to members of the court at a special called meeting on Monday.
“The inmate commissary account, which is where we sell inmates products such as candy bars and stuff like that — any time

Jail gives $100K back to county

Bringing an “early Christmas present” to Harlan Fiscal Court, Harlan County Jailer Curt Stallard presented a check in the amount of $100,000 to members of the court at a special called meeting on Monday. “The inmate commissary account, which is where we sell inmates products such as candy bars and stuff like that — any time

The Harlan Tourist and Convention Commission recently received recognition for the work they are doing, taking home a total of four awards at the Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) Awards Gala.
According to Harlan Tourism Director Brandon Pennington, all four awards won were at the bronze level. The KTIA introduced gold, silver and bronze

Harlan Tourism takes bronze

The Harlan Tourist and Convention Commission recently received recognition for the work they are doing, taking home a total of four awards at the Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) Awards Gala. According to Harlan Tourism Director Brandon Pennington, all four awards won were at the bronze level. The KTIA introduced gold, silver and bronze

A Loyall man is facing a theft charge after he was allegedly found in possession of items belonging to his neighbors after their home was damaged by fire.
Shaun Johnson, 25, was arrested by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Monday in Rio Vista.
“I received a call from Darrell and Sandra Shepherd,” sa

Loyall man arrested on theft charge

A Loyall man is facing a theft charge after he was allegedly found in possession of items belonging to his neighbors after their home was damaged by fire. Shaun Johnson, 25, was arrested by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Monday in Rio Vista. “I received a call from Darrell and Sandra Shepherd,” sa

Miner recovering from accident

An accident at Lone Mountain Processing Darby Fork No. 1 Mine resulted in a miner, James Skidmore, being hospitalized last week. A press release from the Mine Safety Health Administration states on Nov. 18 at approximately 8 p.m., a miner was seriously injured. MSHA personnel responded to investigate the accident. The injured miner was transporte

A complaint concerning stolen medication and a fight resulted in the arrest of a woman on Sunday.
Sylvia Chasteen, 40, of Loyall, was arrested on multiple charges by Kentucky State Police Trooper Rodney Sturgill.
According to the citation, police received a call that Chasteen had stolen medication from her mother's residence and was fighting with

Loyall woman arrested after fight in street

A complaint concerning stolen medication and a fight resulted in the arrest of a woman on Sunday. Sylvia Chasteen, 40, of Loyall, was arrested on multiple charges by Kentucky State Police Trooper Rodney Sturgill. According to the citation, police received a call that Chasteen had stolen medication from her mother's residence and was fighting with

A recent arrest of two people on drug charges has led to the discovery of more drugs and a possibility of more charges.
Stephen Golden, 35, and Leann Coker, 32, both of Cumberland, were arrested by Benham Police Officer Ryan Shepherd on Nov. 3 after they went through a traffic safety checkpoint in Benham. The two were arrested on multiple charges

Tip leads police to missed drugs, charges pending

A recent arrest of two people on drug charges has led to the discovery of more drugs and a possibility of more charges. Stephen Golden, 35, and Leann Coker, 32, both of Cumberland, were arrested by Benham Police Officer Ryan Shepherd on Nov. 3 after they went through a traffic safety checkpoint in Benham. The two were arrested on multiple charges

Fire Chief George Birman Jr. advised the city council at a meeting on Thursday the Benham Fire Department will once again be receiving state aid money.
“The fire commission is working with us, we are getting our state aid money back,” said Birman. “One of the requests that they have is that the state aid money be kept in a comple

Benham Fire Dept. gets state aid

Fire Chief George Birman Jr. advised the city council at a meeting on Thursday the Benham Fire Department will once again be receiving state aid money. “The fire commission is working with us, we are getting our state aid money back,” said Birman. “One of the requests that they have is that the state aid money be kept in a comple

Jingle Bell Jog on the way

Christmas is still a few weeks away, but things are going to be happening around Harlan soon to get you in the mood for the season. Amanda Middleton, assistant director of the Harlan Center, said the Harlan Tourism and Convention Commission and the Harlan Musettes are sponsoring a fun run to get folks in the holiday spirit. “It's our first-

Mike Lunsford has been policing for 25 of his 48 years, beginning his career in 1989 at the Harlan City Police Department leading up to his current position as the Loyall City Police Chief.
After spending two years at Harlan Police Department (HPD), Lunsford moved to Evarts Police Department (EPD) in 1990, where he became Chief of Police in 1991.

Patrolling the highways since '89

Mike Lunsford has been policing for 25 of his 48 years, beginning his career in 1989 at the Harlan City Police Department leading up to his current position as the Loyall City Police Chief. After spending two years at Harlan Police Department (HPD), Lunsford moved to Evarts Police Department (EPD) in 1990, where he became Chief of Police in 1991.

Courthouse news

The following cases were recently heard in Harlan District Court: • Nancy E. Broughton, failure to produce insurance card and speeding 15 mph over limit – guilty on all charges, fined $80 (court costs waived); • Michael A. Shepherd, speeding – dismissed; • Mark L. Kelley, carrying a concealed deadly weapon – d

An alleged scam involving fake raffle tickets has landed a woman in jail after police discovered she did not represent the organizations she claimed to be representing.
Heather Yount, 30, of Harlan, was arrested by Harlan City Police Cpl. Jeff Owens on Tuesday.
According to the complaint, Yount was going door to door in the Fairview community pos

Woman arrested for alleged raffle scam

An alleged scam involving fake raffle tickets has landed a woman in jail after police discovered she did not represent the organizations she claimed to be representing. Heather Yount, 30, of Harlan, was arrested by Harlan City Police Cpl. Jeff Owens on Tuesday. According to the complaint, Yount was going door to door in the Fairview community pos

The midterm elections saw a turnover in leadership in the U.S. Senate, with many Democrats losing seats to Republican challengers and longtime U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R- Ky.) poised to take the lead.
This change in the national political climate leaves folks in the coal fields of eastern Kentucky wondering what it means for the coal industry, a

Election good for coal?

The midterm elections saw a turnover in leadership in the U.S. Senate, with many Democrats losing seats to Republican challengers and longtime U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R- Ky.) poised to take the lead. This change in the national political climate leaves folks in the coal fields of eastern Kentucky wondering what it means for the coal industry, a

A small mercury spill at B&D Mine Supply at Coxton on Friday led to the building being evacuated.
Owner Burl Fee Jr. said only a small amount of mercury was spilled.
“We were moving a shelf to clean and a little tube of mercury turned over and spilled a small amount in the floor,” said Fee.
According to Fee approximately 1 pound,

Mercury spill leads to building evacuation

A small mercury spill at B&D Mine Supply at Coxton on Friday led to the building being evacuated. Owner Burl Fee Jr. said only a small amount of mercury was spilled. “We were moving a shelf to clean and a little tube of mercury turned over and spilled a small amount in the floor,” said Fee. According to Fee approximately 1 pound,

(Compiled for the Enterprise by Joe Asher)
The following individuals were recently lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center:
• Maxton Thomas Bell, 25, Harlan, non-payment of fines;
• Brad Blevins, 40, of Coldiron, failure to appear;
• Shane D. Bowling, 24, of Harlan, theft by unlawful taking under $500;
• Jeanne Eve

Arrest Records

(Compiled for the Enterprise by Joe Asher) The following individuals were recently lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center: • Maxton Thomas Bell, 25, Harlan, non-payment of fines; • Brad Blevins, 40, of Coldiron, failure to appear; • Shane D. Bowling, 24, of Harlan, theft by unlawful taking under $500; • Jeanne Eve

A Harlan County High School teacher and former coach accused of attempting to promote sexual performances by a minor made his first appearance in Harlan Circuit Court on Thursday.
Anthony Nolan, 41, was arraigned in front of Circuit Court Judge Henry Johnson on charges stemming from an indictment handed down by a Harlan County Grand Jury. Nolan is

Nolan arraigned in circuit court

A Harlan County High School teacher and former coach accused of attempting to promote sexual performances by a minor made his first appearance in Harlan Circuit Court on Thursday. Anthony Nolan, 41, was arraigned in front of Circuit Court Judge Henry Johnson on charges stemming from an indictment handed down by a Harlan County Grand Jury. Nolan is

A traffic safety checkpoint in Benham on Monday resulted in the arrest of a man and woman on multiple charges including drug trafficking.
Stephen Golden, 35, and Leann Coker, 32, both of Cumberland, were arrested by Benham Police Officer Ryan Shepherd.
According to Shepherd, he and officers from Lynch City Police Department were conducting a safe

Benham safety check leads to trafficking arrests

A traffic safety checkpoint in Benham on Monday resulted in the arrest of a man and woman on multiple charges including drug trafficking. Stephen Golden, 35, and Leann Coker, 32, both of Cumberland, were arrested by Benham Police Officer Ryan Shepherd. According to Shepherd, he and officers from Lynch City Police Department were conducting a safe

The 2014 General Election is in the history books, with Kent Hendrickson winning the 26th Circuit Judgeship and Leslie “Smitty” Smith capturing the office of Harlan County Sheriff.
In what was perhaps the biggest upset of the night, incumbent Circuit Court Judge Henry Johnson lost to challenger Hendrickson in a close but decisive race.

Hendrickson unseats Johnson

The 2014 General Election is in the history books, with Kent Hendrickson winning the 26th Circuit Judgeship and Leslie “Smitty” Smith capturing the office of Harlan County Sheriff. In what was perhaps the biggest upset of the night, incumbent Circuit Court Judge Henry Johnson lost to challenger Hendrickson in a close but decisive race.

Complaints of a man supplying marijuana to juveniles led to the arrest on Friday of a Loyall man.
Michael Howard, 22, of Loyall, was arrested by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford on charges including unlawful transaction with a minor.
According to Lunsford, the arrest stems from a Friday morning complaint.
“A 13-year-old male was miss

Man allegedly gives juveniles pot

Complaints of a man supplying marijuana to juveniles led to the arrest on Friday of a Loyall man. Michael Howard, 22, of Loyall, was arrested by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford on charges including unlawful transaction with a minor. According to Lunsford, the arrest stems from a Friday morning complaint. “A 13-year-old male was miss

An Evarts man and former teacher for Harlan Independent Schools indicted in U.S. District Court in London will have to wait at least until Nov. 13 for the results of his detention hearing.
Kevin S. Crider, 42, was indicted in U.S. District court on charges of distributing visual depictions involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Ky

Crider detention hearing continued

An Evarts man and former teacher for Harlan Independent Schools indicted in U.S. District Court in London will have to wait at least until Nov. 13 for the results of his detention hearing. Kevin S. Crider, 42, was indicted in U.S. District court on charges of distributing visual depictions involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Ky

An anonymous tip led Kentucky State Police to a residence on Noe Branch Road on Friday where an alleged meth lab was located and two people were arrested.
Samantha Smith, 27, and James Gross, 33, both of Gulston, were arrested by KSP Trooper Jared Boggs on drug charges.
According to a press release, KSP Post 10 received an anonymous tip about a m

Meth lab bust

An anonymous tip led Kentucky State Police to a residence on Noe Branch Road on Friday where an alleged meth lab was located and two people were arrested. Samantha Smith, 27, and James Gross, 33, both of Gulston, were arrested by KSP Trooper Jared Boggs on drug charges. According to a press release, KSP Post 10 received an anonymous tip about a m





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