Harlan man indicted


Woman charged with identity theft

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



Jeff Helton


A Baxter man is under indictment on charges stemming from an April arrest.

Jeff Helton, 27, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford on Tuesday.

According to the citation issued at the time of Helton’s April 10 arrest, Harlan City Police Officer Tyler Hensley observed a red Dodge Neon traveling south on U.S. 421 with a headlight out. Hensley stopped the vehicle and saw a bottle thrown out of the front passenger window. A passenger then exited out of the back seat of the car and fled on foot. Helton was the driver of the vehicle. The bottle contained a white substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. A small plastic bag containing 12 white pills along with another bottle with white residue suspected of being methamphetamine was found in the back seat. Helton consented to a sobriety test. He was read implied consent and submitted to all requested tests at Harlan ARH Hospital.

The six-count indictment handed down by the grand jury on Nov. 6 charges Helton with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a methamphetamine precursor, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, one headlight, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and operating a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended.

Helton was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $20,000 full cash bond.

Hensley presented the evidence resulting in the indictment.

In other police activity:

• Tina Helene Dabney, 44, of Harlan, was arrested by Lunsford on Tuesday. Dabney was arrested on a warrant obtained by Harlan City Police Officer Branden Watts. She was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card under $500 and theft of identity of another. Dabney was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on two full cash bonds totaling $8,000;

• According to an Associated Press report, Brian Brown, 38, of Harlan, was cited for cruelty to animals after Kentucky State Police in Calloway County acted on a tip and discovered a cockfighting ring in western Kentucky. Brown is facing charges along with 21 other individuals;

• Amanda Dutton, 27, of Baxter, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Harlan City Police Sgt. Jeff Owens. Dutton was indicted for cultivating marijuana (five plants or more). She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 surety bond;

• Christopher Scott Lankford, 47, of Harlan, was indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury for theft by unlawful taking over $500 and second-degree persistent felony offender. According to the citation, a loss prevention associate for Walmart observed Lankford select a HP22 computer, take it to the chemicals section of the store, and take off the spider wrapping on the box before going to the grocery side of the store, and exiting through the doors without paying for the computer.

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Jeff Helton
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Woman charged with identity theft

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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