Weekend arrests


By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



A Lafollette, Tennessee man was behind bars in the Bell County Detention Center over the weekend after officers say he was found with numerous pills in his possession.

James Scott Phillips, 46, was charged with first and third-degree possession of a controlled substance on Thursday night.

According to the arrest citation, Middlesboro Police Officer Barry Cowan noticed a Toyota traveling east on KY 74, just west of 15th Street. Cowan turned and conducted a stop at the Marathon after observing the driver was not wearing a seat belt.

According to Cowan, while speaking with the driver of the vehicle, he observed the front seat passenger, Phillips, go to his pockets when he asked the driver if there was anything illegal in the car. Cowan said he could see the imprint of two pill bottles in Phillips’ front shirt pocket.

According to the arrest citation, Cowan obtained two unmarked containers, three round 224 oxycodone 30, one peach round opana and 23 oblong blue tablets marked G3721 from Phillips.

Phillips posted a $500 cash bond on Tuesday and is due back in court on Sept. 18.

In other police news, a Middlesboro woman is behind bars after police say she attempted to steal items from Kroger.

According to the arrest citation, Jamey A. Hopkins, 33, entered Kroger on Friday evening, selected items off of the shelf and placed them in her purse. A Kroger loss prevention employee witnessed Hopkins.

Hopkins was also served a complaint warrant for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Hopkins is being held on a $2,500 cash bond and is due back in court on Sept. 18.

The Kentucky State Police arrested a Middlesboro man on numerous charges on Sunday night.

Jesse E. Saylor, 25, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, second-degree fleeing or evading police, reckless driving, operating ATV on roadway, operator a motor vehicle under the influence, failure to comply with helmet over 21 years of age, menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct.

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By Reina P. Cunningham

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