A man was found dead at a residence on Doncaster Avenue Friday morning.
According to a news release from the Bell County Coroner’s Office, that office was contacted by the Middlesboro Police Department in regard to a death that had been discovered at a residence in that neighborhood.
Deputy Coroner Jason Steele officially pronounced Christopher M. Kennedy, 24, dead at 9:05 a.m.
The death is being investigated as a homicide by Officer Chuck Bruce with the Middlesboro Police Department and Steele, states the release.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Middlesboro Police Department at 606-248-3636.
In an unrelated incident, Jonathon Martin, 20, of Middlesboro, was booked into the Bell County Detention Center at 2:08 a.m. Friday on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct, wearing a hood or mask in a public place and he was served two outstanding bench warrants for non-payment of fines and failure to appear in court. Martin was arrested by Middlesboro Police Officer Josh Pratt while he was on patrol in the area.
The citation states that Martin caused “public alarm” while being in a public place by crouching down at the wood line beside Cumberland Village apartments in a full clown costume with mask. Pratt states in the citation that “upon his stopping and seeing the clown,” Martin began running toward a vehicle at the apartment complex.
Pratt then apprehended Martin and placed him under arrest.
In many parts of the state (and the Middlesboro city ordinance refers to this) the law states as follows: “No person shall, while wearing any hood, mask or device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, enter, be or appear in any public place within the city.”
Anti-mask or anti-masking laws refer to legislative or penal initiatives that seek to stop individuals from concealing their faces, who do so often to go unidentified during a crime.
In other police news,
• Ashley Perkins, 28, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Sept. 22 by Middlesboro Police Officer Jeremiah Johnson on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence. According to the citation, Perkins had in her possession a tablet believed to be Oxymorphone. It also stated she removed some items from her pants pocket, throwing them on the ground and kicking under a vehicle.
• Robert Inman Jr., 39, of Middlesboro, was arrested by MPD Officer Michael Bradley on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served two bench warrants. According to the citation, Inman had in his possession an unused syringe containing a brown liquid substance believed to be Oxymorphone. It also stated, Inman had in his possession various items of drug paraphernalia.
Brian O’Brien of The Big One WRIL contributed to this report.