Three Bell County residents were arrested on methamphetamine charges on Monday. Amy R. Bates, Summer Hawk and Anna M. Bowling were arrested by officers of the Middlesboro Police Department and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
According to the arrest citations, Hawk, 21, and Bates, 35, were both arrested in the parking lot of Kroger. During a vehicle search, officers found a baggie with powder in it that tested positive for meth inside Bates’ wallet.
A piece of foil and a dollar bill containing white powder residue was also found inside the wallet. Bates was also charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance after police allegedly found hydrocodone inside of Bates purse.
After giving officers a false name and being arrested for bench warrants, police allegedly found four baggies that contained meth inside her purse, according to the citation. Both Hawk and Bates are currently being held in the Bell County Detention Center.
Bowling, 35, was arrested at Middlesboro ARH.
According to the citation, officers received a complaint from the hospital saying Bowling appeared to be under the influence.
The citation states that when Sgt. Joe Holder arrived, hospital staff indicated that Bowling was not being treated nor being seen by a physician. Holder states upon contact with Bowling, she was being loud and creating a disturbance inside the hospital.
The citation stated Bowling later said she had been smoking marijuana and meth. A search allegedly revealed three plastic bags containing cigarette filters and a plastic bag containing meth.
Bowling remains in custody at the detention center.
There were also two theft related arrests made recently. Ashley Jo Jackson, 26, and Bonnie J. Dozier, 45, were arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500.
The arrest citation states that on Nov. 2 officers were dispatched to Walmart in reference to two female shoplifters. Upon arrival, MPD Officer Jordan Hurd spoke with Walmart loss prevention personnel.
According to the loss prevention employees, the females began placing merchandise in their purses. It was later stated the females proceeded to the check out and paid for a few items, but not the items placed in their purse.
Jackson and Dozier were later identified as the females inside Walmart. The merchandise totaled at $782. Both have since been released from the detention center.
Anthony Cloud is a staff writer for the Middlesboro Daily News. He can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 606-248-1010, ext. 208.