Officer injured in attempted burglary

By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]

Floyd Branson

A Middlesboro police officer was injured Sunday while responding to a burglary in progress on Cumberland Avenue.

According to the press release, just before 8 a.m., the police department received a report that a man had broken into the Taylor Chiropractic Office. Middlesboro Officer Jeremiah Johnson was first to arrive and discovered an open door and a box of computer equipment outside near the door. Johnson immediately entered the building and saw a man, who then fled upstairs.

The press release states the officer caught up with the man as he was climbing through the second floor window. The man ignored Johnson’s order to stop, and in the struggle, both men fell approximately 15 feet to the ground outside the building.

According to the release, the perpetrator fled and Johnson initially gave chase, but he had to stop due to an injury to his back. He was admitted for observation at Middlesboro ARH and treated for a spinal injury.

The release says Johnson is expected to make a full recovery and return to duty soon. Officer Chuck Bruce and Sgt. Ed Myers arrested the perpetrator shortly after the incident.

Floyd Branson, 38, of Middlesboro, was charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

According to the arrest citation, Branson had on his possession six Suboxone strips. Branson stated he had a prescription for the strips but was unable to provide officers with one.

Branson is being held in the Bell County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond for his charges. He is due back in court on Aug. 28 at 9:30 a.m.

Others recently arrested include:

*Maggie Poppe, 31, of Middlesboro, receiving stolen property up to $10,000 and prostitution;

*Tonya Lynn Marlow, 35, of Middlesboro, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and served a bench warrant;

*Charles Worthington, 31, of Dayhoit, theft of identification and served an indictment warrant;

*Charles Garren, 48, of Middlesboro, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, no operators/moped license and served three bench warrants;

*Tommy Smith, 25, of Middlesboro, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and public intoxication;

*Zachary Zane Massengill, 30, Tazewell, Tennessee, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and failure to or improper signal;

*Anthony Glenn Long, 46, Mount Sterling, manufacturing methamphetamine, intimidating a participant in a legal process and third-degree terroristic threatening.

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By Reina P. Cunningham

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