Day arrested for contraband, tampering


Man arrested for weapons, drug charges

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



Melvin Day


An Evarts man is facing charges including tampering with physical evidence after allegedly causing a disturbance inside a grocery store.

Melvin Day, 36, of Evarts, was arrested by Harlan City Police Officer Justin Luttrell on Sunday.

According to the citation, police received a call from Cash Saver grocery store. The caller advised Day was inside the store causing a disturbance and seemed to be under the influence. Day was having trouble keeping his balance and his speech was slurred. He also had an empty liquor bottle in his jacket pocket. Police asked Day if he was hiding anything on his person, and he told them he was not. As he was being walked into the Harlan County Detention Center, Day told police he was hiding a knife in his right boot. A search of his person inside the detention center located a switchblade knife in his right boot. Day then stated he had swallowed Xanax pills when officers first approached him.

Day was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, public intoxication by controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and first-degree promoting contraband. He was also served with a warrant for theft by unlawful taking under $500.

He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on full cash bonds totaling $4,000.

In other police activity:

• Karl Frank Robinette, 57, was arrested by Luttrell on Saturday.

According to the citation, Luttrell was traveling north on U.S. 421 when a red GMC Canyon driven by Robinette pulled out of the McDonald’s parking lot, nearly striking the police cruiser. Upon being stopped, field sobriety tests showed Robinette could not keep his balance, did not walk heel-to-toe and raised his arms more than 6 inches to keep his balance. He attempted a one-leg stand, but could not keep his balance to complete the test. Robinette stated he had taken clonazapam, Suboxone and a sleeping aid.

A second citation states Luttrell was asked during the traffic stop if there was a firearm in his vehicle. Robinette stated there was. Located in the passenger side of the vehicle wrapped in a sheet, police found a Sig Sauer P228 9mm handgun. Kentucky State Police Post 10 verified the handgun was stolen from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office. Robinette told police he had purchased the gun from someone. A search of the vehicle also located various pills and orange strips believed to be Suboxone.

Robinette was charged with reckless driving, no registration plates, no registration receipt, failure to wear seat belts, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a handgun by convicted felon, receiving stolen property (firearm), carrying a concealed deadly weapon, prescription controlled substance not in original container, second- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of legend drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 full cash bond;

• Edward Eugene Hensley, 43, of Wallins, was arrested by Harlan City Police Officer George Young on Friday. He was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hensley was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,000 full cash bond;

• Amy Lynn Bynum, 36, of Harlan, was arrested on an indictment warrant on Friday. She was indicted for receiving stolen property (firearm), possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, unlawful transaction with a minor and persistent felony offender. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full cash bond;

• Rhonda Leann Adams, 27, of Loyall, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford. Adams was indicted for cultivating marijuana (five plants or more). She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 unsecured bond;

• Jarrod Clayton Dople, 31, of Loyall, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Lunsford. He was indicted for first-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension, third-degree assault, third-degree escape, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct and menacing. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full cash bond;

• Randall Sturgill, 27, of Bledsoe, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Philip Ely. Sturgill was indicted for first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 unsecured bond;

• John Coleman Still, 40, of Cumberland, was arrested on Friday on an indictment warrant by Loyall City Police Officer Mitch Alford. Still was indicted for cultivating marijuana and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 unsecured bond;

• Ellen Addie Still, 31, of Loyall, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Alford on Friday. She was indicted for cultivating marijuana and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde.

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Man arrested for weapons, drug charges

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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