Woman charged in copper theft from coal company

Last updated: April 10. 2014 6:01PM - 3398 Views
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A Little Shepherd Trail resident has been jailed for allegedly throwing his family’s pet cat into a wood burning stove and killing it.


Kentucky State Police Trooper Jimmy Halcomb stated in the criminal complaint that on March 28, Rex Hinton, 49, of 771 Little Shepherd Trail, Baxter, “unlawfully burned the family’s calico cat alive by throwing it into a burning wood stove.”


The criminal complaint issued on Thursday states “this conduct constitutes the intentional infliction of intense physical pain, injury and ultimate death to the cat. The matter of the torture was motivated by the intent to increase, maximize and prolong the pain of the family pet.”


Hazard City Police served the warrant on Hinton at the Hazard ARH Hospital. He was being held in the Harlan County Detention Center on Thursday in lieu of a $5,000 full cash bond.


According to court records, Hinton also has an address listed for Blackwater, Va.


In another report, police have arrested a woman for allegedly stealing copper from a local mining company.


Brandy Cantrell, 34, of Gordon, was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.


According to the arrest citation filed by Kentucky State Police, Cantrell was involved with the theft of copper from the Harlan Cumberland Coal Company at Dione on April 19, 2012.


The arrest warrant obtained by Trooper Kevin Miller said that Cantrell “removed approximately $14,000 worth of copper wiring” from the coal company and then “cut copper into small spools with the intention to sell it for scrap.”


In addition, she was charged with being a persistent felony offender II.


She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,000 cash bond.

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