Couple charged for jumping man, taking dog

Staff Report

November 8, 2013

A Tennessee couple was behind bars Friday following an incident in Cumberland where they are charged with attacking a man and taking a English Brittany Spaniel.

Cumberland Police Sgt. Dale Halcomb said Arthur D. Miller and Rebecca S. Miller, Lenoir City, were arrested around 10:30 a.m. at Putney following his notification to area police agencies to be on the lookout for a 2006 Black Porsche which was involved in the incident.

Halcomb said, based on his investigation, the incident followed an ongoing civil dispute between the couple and Tyler Blair, of Cumberland. That dispute apparently began in early summer over the ownership of the dog.

According to Halcomb, the couple apparently did not want to wait on the outcome of the civil case and came to Cumberland, waited on Blair to come out to walk the dog, and when he did “they pretty much jumped him, knocked him on the ground, held him and took the dog away from him.”

Halcomb said Blair had attempted to run to escape the couple, but they used the vehicle to chase him down and Rebecca Miller managed to knock him down.

The couple put the dog in the car and fled on KY 522. After he alerted the other agencies, Halcomb said Harlan Police Officer Matt Cope located the vehicle at Putney and stopped it.

Halcomb arrived on the scene, as did Cumberland Police Chief Wayne Creech, Harlan County Sheriff Chief Deputy Winston Yeary and Harlan City Police Cpl. Jeff Owens. Halcomb said the Millers admitted to him they had basically jumped Blair and took the dog. He charged the Millers with second-degree wanton endangerment and second-degree robbery. They were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

The dog was returned to Blair, pending the outcome of the civil matter, Halcomb said.

In another report, a Bledsoe man faces a trafficking charge after being served with an indictment warrant following his arrest on charges, including operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

Michael Cooper, 52, of Bledsoe, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jacob Wilson on Thursday.

According to the citation, Wilson observed Cooper traveling down KY 221. It states Cooper turned into a driveway erratically without using a turn signal.

The citation states when Wilson got to the vehicle, Cooper had exited the vehicle and was unsteady on his feet. Cooper told Wilson he was stopping to visit someone, saying he had not had anything to drink. Cooper failed field sobriety tests and was transported to Harlan ARH Hospital where he refused blood and urine tests.

Cooper was charged with failure to or improper signal, failure to wear a seat belt, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol and careless driving.

Cooper was additionally served with an indictment warrant charging him with second-degree trafficking a controlled substance.

According to the indictment, Cooper sold or transferred less than 20 hydrocodone pills on June 13, 2012. Harlan County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Snelling investigated the trafficking case.

Cooper was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.