Hale arrested on theft charge

By Anthony Cloud acloud@civitasmedia.com

March 21, 2014

Middlesboro Police arrested a man on Tuesday after he allegedly stole a weapon from a female.

Joshua Ryan Hale, 31, of Wallins, was arrested by Officer Josh Pratt and charged with theft by unlawful taking.

According to the arrest citation, Hale unlawfully took a 22LR Revolver belonging to Dorothy Parsons in Harlan County on Oct. 22.

Hale was held at the Bell County Detention Center on a $5,000 cash bond until his release on Wednesday.

In other police news, a 69-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on trafficking charges. Ely Wendell Hembree, of Middlesboro, was arrested by Sgt. Joe Holder of the Middlesboro Police Department and charged with three counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance.

Hembree was given two $1,000 bonds and a $2,500 bond for the three charges. He was released from custody on Thursday.

Also arrested Wednesday was Paul David Mills, 48, of Pineville. He was arrested by Deputy Joel Quillen of the Bell County Sheriff’s Department. He was charged with theft of a motor vehicle registration plate or decal, possession of marijuana and public intoxication with a controlled substance.

Mills was released approximately 10 hours after his arrest.

In other police news, a Barbourville man is facing charges after allegedly being involved in drug activity.

Gary King, 42, was arrested by Kentucky State Police on Thursday.

According to a press release, KSP Post 10 received information that drug activity was taking place at a residence on Elliot Branch. Troopers Jake Wilson, Jason Young, and Trooper 1st Class Dallas Eubanks along with his canine Rex responded to the residence.

The release states once troopers arrived at the residence, they made contact with King. While at the residence Rex and his canine handler located a small bag of marijuana. King then led troopers to a vehicle in his driveway were he had 6 pounds of marijuana.

King was charged with trafficking marijuana over 5 pounds and possession of marijuana. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

The case is still under investigation by Wilson.

Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-248-1010, ext. 1125 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.