Anthony Cloud Staff Writer
December 25, 2013
A Middlesboro man arrested on drug possession charges was indicted recently in Bell Circuit Court by a grand jury.
Justin A. Norris, 26, of Pineville, was indicted for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, driving on DUI suspended license, failure to or improper signal, two counts of failure to wear a seat belt, second-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, two counts of first- and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle, improper registration plate and failure of owner to maintain required insurance.
According to the arrest citation, Officer Jeremiah Johnson with the Middlesboro Police Department observed Norris driving west on Winchester Avenue. As the officer attempted to pull Norris over, Norris made an abrupt turn at Midnight Market with no signal.
Norris allegedly disregarded the stop and went into the store. After making contact with Norris, Johnson asked him to come back to his car the citation states.
According to the citation, Norris had slurred speech and was unstable on his feet. It was discovered that Norris had warrants for his arrest and was told to place his hands behind his back. At that time Norris refused and tried to run away.
The citation states after Norris was caught it was discovered that he had several different pills that were believed to contain oxycodone and hydrocodone. He also had Suboxone packs inside his wallet.
Two individuals accused of stealing from Walmart were also indicted recently. Michael Fleet, 25, of Middlesboro, and Stacy M. McIntosh, 24, of Middlesboro, were indicted for theft by unlawful taking over $500 and two counts of theft by unlawful taking under $500.
According to the indictment, the two attempted steal a 40-inch television and a computer valued at $796 from the store on Oct. 18. On Oct. 17, the two attempted to steal a home theater system valued at $218 and a second television valued at $248.
According to reports from Lt. Tom Busic of the MPD, McIntosh and Fleet were caught on surveillance committing the acts at the store. Police were at the store on another call at the time the tapes were reviewed.
Fleet was also indicted for being a persistent felony offender. Officer Keith Lowe of the MPD was the investigating officer on the case.
Others indicted and charges include:
* Lena F. Hodge, 21, of Flat Lick, fraudulent use of a credit card under $10,000;
* Douglas Wayne Asher, 41, of Flat Lick, operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, possession of marijuana, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;
* Joanie Nicole Brock (Miracle), 31, of Pineville, public intoxication with a controlled substance, second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, third-degree assault;
* Johnnie Keith Lawson, 52, of Pineville, three counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, persistent felony offender;
* Andis K. Witherspoon, 32, of Middlesboro, three counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, persistent felony offender;
* Shannon Glenn Hipp, of Middlesboro, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;
* Penny Brummett Alexander, 44, of London, two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, three counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;
* James Eric Brock, 27, of Pineville, three counts of trafficking a controlled substance;
* Jesse Allen Bates, 33, of Middlesboro, manufacturing methamphetamine;
* Helen Basnett, 42, of Harlan, second-degree criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking over $500, persistent felony offender;
* Melinda Sowders, 28, of Middlesboro, theft of a controlled substance, third-degree terroristic threatening;
* Alisha King (Alisha Nicole Martin), 19, of Pineville, theft by unlawful taking over $500;
* Jennifer Lynn Gary, 33, of Middlesboro, first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft by deception under $500.
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