A man from Speedwell, Tenn., was arrested on Saturday after police allegedly found 150 marijuana plants he was growing.
Robert M. Bidlingmyer, 50, was arrested by Bell County Deputy Joel Quillen and charged with cultivate in marijuana (five plants or more) and tampering with physical evidence.
According to the arrest citation, police received an anonymous tip that Bidlingmyer had a marijuana operation in a building behind his residence. Upon arrival, deputies said they could hear the man behind his residence.
Deputies reported they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the building, the citation states. Inside the building, deputies found the marijuana plants, several items used to grow marijuana and a handful of plants Bidlingmyer attempted to destroy, police said.
Bidlingmyer was arrested on Wiser Branch Road. He was lodged at the Bell County Detention Center.
In other police news, a Middlesboro woman was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
Heather Michelle Davis, 26, of Middlesboro, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Aaron Frederick and charged with third-degree assault.
According to the arrest citation, Davis was a passenger in a motor vehicle during a traffic stop on Archer Road in Middlesboro. When Frederick asked for her ID, she replied she left her purse at home and did not know her Social Security number.
The citation states she told the trooper her name was Amanda Jackson. When the trooper ran the name he found the person in the vehicle was not Jackson. When Frederick went to detain Davis for more questioning, she pushed him and took off running on foot, according to the citation.
The citation states Frederick caught Davis and got her to the ground where she grabbed his uniform and hands. The citation states, she picked his handcuffs off the ground and threw them across the lawn. After the trooper drew his Tazer, Davis became cooperative, police said.
Davis was lodged in the detention center. She was also charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police, giving officer false name or address, resisting arrest, menacing and was served five bench warrants.
Also arrested over the weekend was Jerry Marcum Jr., 36, of Middlesboro. He was arrested by MPD Officer Keith Lowe and charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance.
According to the citation, on March 21, Marcum sold one oxycodone pill to an informant working for the Bell County Sheriff’s Department for the purchase price of $40.
Marcum was arrested at Bella Gardens and lodged in the detention center.
Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.