Middlesboro Police Officer Josh Pratt arrested a Middlesboro man late Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly tried to steal steaks from a local grocery story.
According to the arrest citation, Russell Jordan Anderson, 32, selected steaks from Kroger and concealed them in his pockets before exiting the store without paying for the items. Anderson was also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance after the police found him to be in possession of a small plastic baggie containing a powder residue which field tested positive for methamphetamine.
In other police news, Officer Harry Johnson, also of MPD, arrested a Middlesboro man earlier on Tuesday for allegedly having more than 100 marijuana plants on his property. Wayne A. Raines, 37, was charged with cultivating marijuana — five plants or more.
According to the citation, Raines knowingly and unlawfully planted the marijuana with the intent to sell or transfer.
In another arrest, Middlesboro Police Officer Edward Dray arrested a Middlesboro woman after she allegedly tried to cash a forged check.
According to the arrest citation, Amanda Renee Marcum, 33, was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after she attempted to cash a check at Cash Express.
The citation states that Marcum had knowledge that the check was forged and intended to defraud, deceive or injure another by uttering and possessing the forged instrument as specified by law. The check was addressed to Marcum and she had endorsed it by signing on the reverse side.
Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091.