Man arrested on burglary charge


DUI arrest leads to indictment served

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



Danny Branson


A Benham man is facing multiple charges including burglary after allegedly assaulting a person in their home.

Danny Branson, 44, was arrested on Monday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Cope.

According to the complaint, Branson assaulted an individual on Oct. 26. when he entered a residence unlawfully and refused to leave. The Cumberland City Police Department responded and interviewed the victim and a witness. Cumberland City Police Officer Alan Layne advised the victim to obtain a warrant on Branson.

Branson was charged with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

In other police activity, Charles J. Gilbert, 62, of Middlesboro, was served with an indictment warrant after being arrested on multiple charges including operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

According to the citation, Kentucky State Police Trooper Kenny Sergent observed Gilbert traveling at 70 mph in a 55 MPH speed zone, verifying speed via radar. Gilbert was not wearing a seat belt. He exhibited slurred speech, and failed several standardized field sobriety tests. He was taken to Harlan ARH Hospital after agreeing to a blood test. Police found a small round blue pill in his pocket at the time of his arrest.

Sergent additionally served Gilbert with and indictment warrant.

Gilbert was charged with speeding, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to wear seat belt and second-degree possession of a controlled substance. He was also served an indictment warrant for first- and third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to wear seat belt and persistent felony offender I.

Gilbert was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full cash bond and a $7,500 unsecured bond.

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

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DUI arrest leads to indictment served

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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