Police Blotter: June

Police Blotter: June


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The Manchester Police Department is asking for your help identifying these individuals. On June 21, 2017 these individuals went into the Manchester Wal-Mart and stole jewelry. If you have any information about the identity of these individuals call (606) 598-8411 Ext. 4.




Christopher Shane Cohorn, age 34, of Millpond Road (Manchester) has been arrested at his home by Manchester Police Department Officer Jeff Couch on theft charges. Cohorn was charged in a Clay District Court Warrant in which Mollie Roark states that on June 11 and 12 Cohorn broke into a trailer and took tents, fishing poles, tackle box, propane burners, shoes, three cell phones, bank card, picture camera, purse, clothes, food and personal items worth in excess of $2000.00.

He was also served a Clay District Court warrant for failure to pay fines of $236.00 on a charge of fleeing or evading police (second degree) (on foot). Cohorn was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with burglary (second degree) and theft by unlawful taking ($500.00 or more but under $10,000.00).




Lukeshia Sowder Collett, age 44, of Dewey Street (London) was arrested after Manchester Assistant Chief Patrick Robinson was contacted by a individual that their credit cards were stolen and used to by items at various stores around Clay County on June 28 (2017). After an investigation Robinson discovered Collett had used the card to purchase swimming pools, expensive shoes, tobacco products, and more with the victims credit cards. She was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with fraud use of credit card (over $500.00 but under $10,000.00) (four counts) and theft of property mislaid or delivered by mistake.

Curtis Burkhart, age 41, of Windy Hill Road (Manchester) was also arrested during the investigation for outstanding warrants in Laurel and Clay County. Robinson was assisted by Officer Jason Combs.




Lonnie Tyrone Philpot, age 39, of Philpot Lane (Manchester) was stopped by Kentucky State Trooper Michael Howell who was on patrol in the Horse Creek community and observed Philpot driving a vehicle with a canceled plate.

Paul Shannon Perry, age 36, of Mountain View Heights (Hima) and Philpot started fiddling around in the front seat when Howell approached the 2005 Ford Focus. When the trooper asked what they were digging for Philpot stated he was putting on his seatbelt and Perry said he was moving his phone. Howell asked both to step out of the vehicle.

Perry informed the trooper he had a warrant and had a meth pipe on his person. He was placed in the back of the cruiser until Howell could confirm the warrant. Philpot was then placed under arrest and Howell and Clay County Sheriff Deputy Drew Jackson located marijuana and meth on the passenger side in the glove box in an Evercare G2 Blood Glucose container that Philpot state was not his but belonged to Perry. Perry informed the police he was a diabetic and had similar containers in her personal belonging. He also admitted to being addicted to meth.

Philpot was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol or drugs (second offense); failure to wear seat belts; failure to maintain required insurance (first offense); failure to produce insurance card; no registration plates; no registration receipt and improper registration plate.

Perry was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with possession controlled substance (first degree) (first offense) (methamphetamine); possession of marijuana; drug paraphernalia (buy/possess); pubic intoxication (controlled substance) (excludes alcohol) and non-payment of fines.

Perry was also charged o a Clay District Court warrant for failure to appear and failure to pay fines on an alcohol intoxication charge.

Jim Combs, age 45, of Birch Road (Manchester) was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Don Trosper at his home on a Clay County District Court warrant in which Stanley Burns states that Combs broke into an outbuilding at Robert Burns’ home (deceased) and exercised control over a Honda generator, tree stand, gas tank from a Chevy truck, six tires and wheels for a Chevy Truck, antique metal signs, two antique hillside plows, antique saws and hooks, old fireplace grate, air tank, push mower and electric cords on June 9 (2017).

Combs was booked into Clay County Detention Center and charged with theft by unlawful taking ($500.00 or more but under $10,000.00).

Larry Montgomery, age 41, of Little Sturgis (Booneville) was arrested after Kentucky State Police Trooper Jake Roberts received a complaint that Montgomery was driving a stolen vehicle. Roberts went to a house on Spivey Branch Road and Montgomery pulled into the driveway in a 2008 AL Nissan that was reportedly stolen out of Louisville.

Montgomery was not wearing a seatbelt and had a license that had been suspended for DUI. He failed several field sobriety tests and admitted to taking Neurontin that day and meth a couple of days earlier. He declined the opportunity to talk to an attorney and submitted to blood tests.

He was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with receiving stolen property (under 410,000); failure to wear a seat belt; driving DUI suspended license (second offense); operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/Drugs (third offense) and failure to comply with sex offender registration (second or more offense)

He was also served a Bullitt District Court warrant in which the Kentucky State Police (Post 4) claimed he failed to maintain his registration as a sex offender.

Candace Smith, age 30, of Old Possum Hollow Road (Booneville) was a passenger in Montgomery’s stolen vehicle. Clay County Deputy Sheriff Brad Caldwell discovered a syringe in bag in her personal belongings. She had glassy eyes told the deputy she had used methampathemine two days ago. Smith had trouble keeping her balance and slurred speech.

Smith was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with public intoxication (controlled substance) (excludes alcohol) and drug paraphernalia (buy/possess).

Robert Hall, age 55, of Mill Street (Paintsville) was arrested by Manchester Police Department Chief Chris Fultz after he pumped $31.67 worth of gasoline at Quickie Market and drove off without paying.

Hall was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with theft by unlawful taking (under $500.00).

Vontella Wilson, age 33, of Curry Branch Road (Manchester) was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jarod Smith at her home on a Clay District Court warrant that states on December 22 (2016) Clay County Attorney Clay Bishop charges Wilson persistently failed to provide support which she can reasonably provide and which defendant has a duty to provide resulting in an arrearance of $3,902.50.

She was also arrested on a Clay Circuit indictment warrant. She was indicted by a Clay County Grand Jury and charged with theft of identity. According to the indictment she used the identity of Carman Webb to pay a Jackson Energy electric bill of $100.00 on November 19 (2016).

Wilson was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with theft of identity of another without consent.

Clinton Ray Downey, age 29, of Gregory Branch Road (Manchester) was arrested by Kentucky State Police Derrick Combs on Downey Hill Lane on a Clay Circuit indictment warrant. He is charged with receiving stolen property (over $500,00). According to the indictment he possessed a stolen 250 Dirt Bike on April 24 (2017).

Downey was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with receiving stolen property (under $500.00).




Man Shot After Whipping Child

A Clay County Grand Jury is expected to hear a case that involves a woman who shot Jody Sevier of Sevier Branch (Manchester) in the face after she saw him whipping her three-year-old daughter with an electrical cord.

Clay County Deputy Sheriff Michael Cagel was called to the Manchester Memorial Hospital Emergency Room on June 13 after Sevier was brought into the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound in the face.

Cagel interviewed Angelina Grubb who told him that on a previous date Sevier had spanked her daughter with the an electrical cord and when she realized he was attempting to do it again when she took his handgun and shot him.

According to Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson the case is still under investigation by Cagel. No arrests had been made at press time.



Jonathan Turner, age 26, of East Pittsburg Road (Manchester) was jailed after giving an officer a fake name. Kentucky State Police Trooper Jarod Smith stopped a car driven by Turner’s mother at Hackers Gas Station on the three-lane for no taillights. Turner, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was asked by the trooper for his name, date of birth and social security number. Turner said he was John Sizemore and gave a date of birth but did not know his social security number.

Kentucky State Police Post in London was unable to locate anyone with that information. Smith checked him several other ways and was unable to identify him then warned him about being arrested for giving false information to the police. His mother was asked and she also gave false information.

He was placed under arrest and at that point Turner gave a correct social security number and real name. He had two active warrants including a warrant issued by a Clay County Grand Jury on the following charges: receiving stolen property (over $10,000.00) and persistent felony offender (first degree). According to the indictment he altered the serial number on a stolen Jeep Wrangler valued at over $10,000.00).

He was also charged on a Laurel District Court Warrant for failure to appear on November 4 (2016) on charges of public Intoxication; giving an officer a false name and address and resisting arrest.

Ward Turner, age 45, of Shirley Don Road (Manchester) has been charged with menacing after threatening to kill everyone on his hollow. Kentucky State Police Trooper Jarod Smith as advised by Post 11 that Ward was on Shirley Don Road.

Turner’s father told Smith that Ward was in the residence and Smith attempted to wake him. He swung at Smith, cursed and told the trooper to get away from him. He told the trooper he had better get away from him or he was going to hurt him. He was placed under arrest after it was determined he was under the influence of alcohol.



Linda Mills, age 52, of Coal Hollow Road (Manchester) has been arrested for menacing after Kentucky State Police Trooper first class Josh Wilson found her lying in a yard on Rices Fork Road. Mills was irate and refused to answer any questions during her arrest. She attempted to pull away several times and used very bad and threatening language towards Wilson.

She was lodged in the Clay County Detention Center and charged with public intoxication (controlled substance) (excludes alcohol); disorderly conduct (second degree); menacing and resisting arrest.



An escaped convict that had walked away from a Louisville halfway house was arrested after a traffic violation. Christopher Thompson, age 29, of Ephram Creek Road (Manchester) was stopped by Manchester Police Assistant Chief, Patrick Robinson who discover he was driving with a needle in his pocket after he was stopped in the Dollar General Store in the Manchester Shopping Center.

According to a Jefferson District Court warrant Thompson was assigned to St. Ann’s Dismas Charities on Algonquin Parkway when he left without consent or knowledge on May 7 (2017). When he was not present at headcount he was declared Absent Without Leave. He was serving a sentence for manufacturing Meth.

He was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with operating on suspended or revoked operators license; drug paraphernalia and escape (second degree).



Carol C. Minor, age 38, of South Main Street (Manchester) and Frankie Lovins, age 38, of Garrard were arrested after they were found in a van that was parked in an alley. Offices with the Manchester Police Department discovered seven bags of crystal substance under a seat.

Minor was charged after seven small bags of crystal substance were found under her seat after police were given permission to search the van. MPD officer Jeff Centers arrested her. During a search of Lovins by MPD office Taye Napier one bag of crystal substance was found on his person. MPD officer George Stewart assisted centers and Napier at the scene.

Minor was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with possession controlled substance (first degree) (first offense) (drug unspecified) and drug paraphernalia (buy/possession).

Lovins was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with serving warrant (for other police agency); trafficking in controlled substance (first degree) (first offense) (drug unspecified) and possession controlled substance (first degree) (first offense) (drug unspecified). Lovins was also charged on a Laurel district court warrant for failure to appear on May 5 (2017).



After attempting to escape police by jumping into Goose Creek Ricky Cox, age 42, of Bridge Street (Manchester) was apprehended by Manchester Police Officers on the Nature Trail Friday evening. After police attempted to serve two active warrants by Officer Tate Napier, Cox began to run away according to Manchester Police Chief Chris Fultz.

Those officers, along with Officer Jeff Collett were able to place Cox under arrest and served the Clay County District Court warrants. In the first warrant William Roberts states that on May 1 (2017) Cox was found in a vacant apartment with no right to be there. In the second warrant William K. England states that on March 24 (2017) Cox hit him in the head with a lead pipe and monkey wrench and tried to rob him.

Cox was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with fleeing or evading police (second degree) (on foot) and two warrants.



Emma Cottongim, age 37, of Muddy Gap Road (Manchester) has been charged with making a threat to blow up the local hospital. Manchester City Police Officer Jeff Collett responded after Clay County 911 received a complaint that Cottongim was outside Manchester Memorial Hospital registration area and was threatening to “blow up the hospital”. When Collett arrived he discovered Cottongim outside the emergency room doors “yelling and cursing”. She told the officer she was going to blow everyone up.

Cottongim was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with disorderly conduct (first degree) and terrorist threatening (first degree).



Sammy Wagers, age 38, of Bridge Street (Manchester) was arrested after Clay County 911 received a complaint of someone who was “running around naked” on Bridge Street. Manchester Assistant Police Chief Patrick Robinson and Officer Kelly Johnson responded and made contact with Wagers. He had several drugs in his front pocket that appeared to be Marijuana, Suboxone strip and pills.

Wagers was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with possession of Marijuana; posse of controlled substance (first degree) (first offense) (methamphetamine) and possession (third degree) (first offense) (drug unspecified).



Ronald Bishop, age 54, of South HWY 421, ended up under arrest for violation of an Emergency Protective Order after what he claimed was a trip to mow a yard. Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Howell was called to a complaint by Mary Davis that Bishop was at her house trespassing and would not leave. When the trooper arrived Bishop was sitting at the table rolling a cigarette. He told the trooper she had asked him to come over and mow. She presented an active EPO/PVO and Bishop was placed under arrest.

Bishop was charged with violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO and was served two failure to appear warrants.



Randy Burns, age 52, of River Street (Manchester) was served two warrants after an arrest by Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Jordan. While approaching Burns he tossed out an orange pill bottle with several white oval tablets. He was manifestly under the influence of alcohol and admitted he had drunk multiple alcohol beverages according to Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson.

In a Clay County District Court warrant Gary Runion states that on April 4 (2017) Burns took movies, food, clothes, jewelry and a leaf blower belonging to Runion. In another Clay County District Court warrant Eddie Wagers stated that on July 21 (2016) Burns exercised controlled over $230.00 and medication belonging to Wagers.

Burns was arrested on Webb Street and booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with alcohol intoxication in public (first and second offense); possession of controlled substance (third degree) (drug unspecified) and tampering with physical evidence.



Paula Gibson, age 46, of Ham Hollow Road (Manchester) has been charged with shoplifting after an investigation by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jarod Smith. Smith was contacted by Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London to make contact with Richard Combs from Clay Discount Pharmacy. During a phone call he was informed of an alleged theft had occurred May 26. Smith then went to the store for further investigation and met with Combs. Gibson gave the trooper a confession according to the arrest citation.

She told Smith she had taken a bottle containing 569 phentermine a schedule IV drug, placed it under her arm, went to her desk and placed the bottle in her jacket. She said she had regrets about leaving with the bottle and placed it in a brown trash bag located in an outside dumpster according to the arrest citation.

Smith questioned another employee, Brooke Bryant who said Gibson hinted that some missing medication may be in the dumpster. When Bryant arrived at work Saturday she discovered the bottle and gave it to Combs according to the arrest citation.

Gibson was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with theft by unlawful taking of a controlled substance (under $10,000.00); tampering with physical evidence and shoplifting.



Whitney Bowling, age 24, of Gum Gap Apartments (Manchester) was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jarod Smith on a Clay County District Court warrant in which Betty Davidson states that on March 16 (2017) Bowling took her car and had parts stripped off. The value of the parts was listed as $6000.00 according to the arrest citation.

The arrest was made on the Right Hand Fork of Billy’s Branch Road. She was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and charged with theft of parts from vehicle ($500.00 or more but under $10,000.00).



Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Detective Chris Edwards arrested Otis Kemp, age 40, of a resident of nearby apartments off American Greeting Card Road, Corbin on Friday morning June 23, 2017 at approximately 9:55 AM.

The arrest occurred off Robinson Creek Road, approximately 9 miles south of London after deputies were dispatched to a complaint that a homeowner had came home (off Hopewell Estates Lane-9 miles south of London) and caught a male subject that had apparently broken in his residence and was still in the residence. Deputies received other information that the homeowner had apparently shot the intruder with a shotgun and that the intruder had fled into the woods.

Sgt. Brett Reeves along with deputy Brandon Broughton located the suspect off Robinson Creek Road (in the same vicinity -a few hundred yards-of where the burglary had occurred)after noticing a dog that was in the area(not a police K-9) and that was alerting to someone moving around in the woods off the road. The suspect had wounds to his upper torso and head and was airlifted to UK Hospital Lexington for treatment of serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Kemp was released from UK Med at 6 P.M. 6-23-17 and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

As detectives and deputies continued to process the scene , they noted that the intruder had kicked in the back door of the residence and had attempted to flee the scene with numerous stolen items – items were found in the yard and in the suspect’s possession.

Otis Kemp was charged with Burglary – first degree; theft by unlawful taking $500 or more but under $10,000; criminal mischief – first degree; fleeing or evading police – second degree – on foot; and terroristic threatening – third-degree. This individual is being treated at UK Med center Lexington and will be lodged in the Laurel County detention Center upon release. Bailiff Robert Reed was assigned to his custody while being treated.
Also assisting at the scene and on the investigation was Detective James Sizemore and Deputy Gilbert Acciardo.