Last updated: July 23. 2014 3:13PM - 3958 Views
By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com



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Two men are facing charges after allegedly entering a home that had recently been damaged by fire and taking appliances from the structure.


Steven Adams, 22, and William Taylor, 21, both of Loyall, were arrested by Loyall Police Department Officer Denny Jones on Monday.


According to the complaint, the two men entered the property located at 222 Cedar Street in Loyall and took multiple items including a refrigerator and stove.


The complaint states Loyall Fire Chief Vern Guffy was in the process of investigating a fire that had damaged the home. The area had been cordoned off with tape advising the public not to enter the property.


The complaint states the items taken were sold at Baxter Metal for $13.60.


Adams was charged with theft by unlawful taking under $500, second-degree criminal trespassing, tampering with physical evidence and theft by deception.


Adams was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond secured by 10 percent.


Taylor was charged with tampering with physical evidence, second-degree criminal trespassing, theft by unlawful taking under $500 and theft by deception.


Taylor was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond secured by 10 percent.


In other police activity:


• Shawn Smith, 27, of Loyall, was arrested on Monday by Loyall Police Chief Mike Lunsford on three counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor. Smith was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on three full cash bonds totaling $15,000;


• Jonathan Howard, 23, of Tazewell, Tenn., was served with an indictment warrant by Harlan County Detention Center Lt. Ronnie Bennett on Monday. Howard was charged with third-degree burglary and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full cash bond.


Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde

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