One of the two Bell County Forestry Camp escapees has been captured. Sammy Lee Chilton, 28 of Benton, was arrested Saturday night at the home of Timothy Bowling, the second escapee, in Wallins Creek. Benton was apprehended by the Kentucky Department of Corrections.
Bowling had been at the residence, but was gone at the time of the arrest. The search for him continues.
“We hope it won’t be much longer before Bowling is locked up,” said Bell County Forestry Camp Warden Kathy Litteral.
Chilton was serving a five-year sentence for 1st degree trafficking in Marshall County. He would have been eligible for parole in February.
Bowling, 37, was serving a seven-year sentence for trafficking, theft and receiving stolen property in Harlan County. He would have been eligible for parole in January. He is a white male, 6-feet tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Bowling, please contact the Kentucky State Police at Post 10 in Harlan, 606-573-3131.
In other police news:
Three individuals from San Antonio, Texas were arrested Saturday on drug related charges during a traffic safety checkpoint by the Kentucky State Police and Middlesboro Police Department. The checkpoint was conducted at the Cumberland Gap Tunnel in Middlesboro.
Douglas E. Hensley was charged with trafficking marijuana, Anne M. Helser was charged with possession of marijuana and James R. Dove was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Trooper Brian Greene, Middlesboro Police Officer Josh Burchett and K9 partner Pecco conducted a stop on a vehicle operated by Hensley. Pecco alerted on the vehicle and a search was then conducted. Seized from the vehicle was 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana.