Police arrest man for drugs, assault

By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]




A Middlesboro man is behind bars facing numerous charges after Middlesboro Police say he violated his domestic violence order.

Billy Branstutter, 43, is lodged in the Bell County Detention Center on the charges of violation of Kentucky emergency protection order/domestic violence order, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), second-degree disorderly conduct, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

According to the citation, Middlesboro Police Officer Chuck Bruce arrived at an apartment located at 32nd Street and Winchester Avenue to find Branstutter there despite having a domestic violence order against him by a woman who lived in the apartment. The woman stated Branstutter had punched her two or three times in the head.

The report also states that Branstutter had in his right front watch pocket a cellophane containing 15 small blue round pills marked ‘V2531’ believed to be clonazepam and one small round green pill marked ‘A214 believed to be oxycodone. When Bruce tried to place Branstutter under arrest, he had to be taken to the ground in order to be handcuffed.

Middlesboro Police Officer Edward Dray arrested Joshua Roscoe Marcum, 31, of Middlesboro, on the charge of second-degree assault.

According to the police report, Marcum intentionally caused physical injury to another person by means of a dangerous instrument by allegedly engaging in a verbal/physical dispute with spouse/wife at a residence on Evans Drive by utilizing a small rusted pipe to repeatedly strike her in the head and face, causing swelling, knot, cut and bleeding, and striking her in the lower back causing bruising. Marcum also used his hands to strike her in the head and face causing a bruised, black eye, struck her in the shoulder causing bruising, kicked her in her lower legs causing bruising.

Middlesboro Police Officer Edward Dray also arrested Clayton Thomas Shackleford, 20, of Middlesboro, for theft by unlawful taking (firearm).

According to the citation, Shakleford unlawfully took or exercised control over a black, hi-point, C-9, 9mm, semi-automatic pistol, with red and yellow sights.

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By Reina P. Cunningham

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