A woman and two men are facing charges related to a handgun that was allegedly stolen from a pickup truck in Loyall sometime Sunday night or Monday morning.
Tyler D. Middleton, 21, of Harlan, Elijah McLendon, 18, of Harlan, and Amy Bynum, 35, of Baxter, were arrested on Monday by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford.
According to the citations, McLendon, Bynum and Middleton had a 9mm handgun in their possession which had been reported stolen out of a 2012 Dodge pickup. Bynum drove the group to an area where they attempted to sell the handgun for $150. A juvenile was also with them at the time.
According to Lunsford, the gun belonged to Evarts Mayor Eddie Manning and was stolen out of a vehicle belonging to his son.
“During the investigation, we found two of the individuals had advertised a phone number in order to sell the gun,” Lunsford said. “We got them to call the number and act like they were interested in the gun.”
A meeting to purchase the gun was arranged at a feed store in Coxton.
“We had it arranged so they would show up in a certain truck,” Lunsford said. “Eddie got in the truck and went down there, and me and Officer Mitch Alford got in a plain cruiser and stayed hid down the road.”
Lunsford said Manning called police on a cell phone prior to making contact and left the phone on speakerphone while he interacted with Middleton.
“We could hear the transaction being made, and that’s when we pulled in to apprehend the people,” Lunsford said. “Middleton is the one who handed the gun to Manning.”
Lunsford said Bynum, McLendon and a minor were also at the scene.
Evarts Assistant Chief of Police Owen Noe assisted in the arrest.
Middleton was charged with receiving stolen property (firearm) and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
Bynum was charged with receiving stolen property (firearm), second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
McLendon was charged with receiving stolen property (firearm) and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
All three were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
In other police activity:
• Bobby Lewis, 42, of Harlan, was arrested by Harlan City Police Sgt. Jeff Owens on Feb. 18. According to the citation, police received a tip Lewis was making meth in a shed on Martin Street and had a 9mm handgun in his possession. Police performed a knock and talk on the shed. Verbal permission was given for a search of the residence. The search located several BB guns. After police told Lewis about the complaint, he advised that he didn’t know if there was a meth lab in his home or not. Officers located a POWERADE bottle believed to be a one-step meth lab. Officers also located a can of Coleman fuel and two soda cans with a white residue on the bottom believed to be pill residue. Hypodermic needles were also found in the home. Kentucky State Police were called in to perform a cleanup.
Lewis was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, illegal possession of a legend drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $60,000 bond secured by 10 percent;
• Daniel Cornett, 29, of Cumberland, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jared Boggs. Cornett was indicted for second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking under $10,000. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full cash bond.
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