Joe P. Asher
Police said an argument in a Cumberland street led to the arrest of four individuals on Friday.
Rhonda Mullins, 60, Anthony Campfield, 25, Robert Cothern, 37, and Tiffany Cothern, 20, all of Cumberland, were arrested on multiple charges including assault and resisting arrest.
Cumberland Police Officer Jason Blanton made the arrests after responding to a complaint that somebody was allegedly making threats and chasing someone with a car on Russell Drive in Cumberland.
“Upon arrival, several individuals were out in the street on Wood Street,” said Blanton. “I was making contact with them in reference to a complaint that I had received on them.”
According to Blanton, he was leaving the scene when the situation heated up again.
“I spoke with all individuals and the individuals became irate and began screaming,” said Blanton. “I calmed the subjects down and spoke with them about the complaint. I attempted to leave the area and I heard someone screaming threats in the roadway. I exited my vehicle and advised them to leave the street and calm down and go inside the residence. Mullins then made a threat toward me and I attempted to place her under arrest. She began resisting by pulling away and screaming.”
Blanton said none of of the individuals cooperated with him.
“The other individuals in the roadway began yelling and screaming and Mullins fled into the house,” said Blanton. “As I was pursuing her into the residence I was giving verbal commands at everyone on the scene and nobody was complying.”
Blanton said Tiffany Cothern’s age was misrepresented.
“I attempted to arrest Robert Cothern for disorderly conduct and he resisted and was subdued by taser,” said Blanton. “As I was taking him to the ground, Tiffany Cothern punched me in the right jaw and Campfield began screaming and threatening me. After placing Robert Cothern in my cruiser I attempted to place Campfield under arrest and he resisted. Robert Cothern and Tiffany Cothern told me she was a juvenile and she was not.”
Blanton was the only officer on the scene at the time of the incident. Harlan County Sheriff’s deputies Matt Cope and Tyler Cornett and Kentucky State Police troopers Rodney Sturgill and Kenny Sergent arrived after tempers had cooled down.
Robert Cothern, Tiffany Cothern, Campfield and Mullins were all charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing, resisting arrest, giving an officer a false name or address and third-degree assault on a police officer.
The four were transported to the Harlan County Detention Center by Cope and Cornett.
In other police activity:
* Chad Huff, 36, of Closplint, was arrested by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday on a charge of wanton endangerment. Huff was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $20,000 full cash bond;
* Grover Carlisle, 26, of Lexington, was arrested by the Harlan City Police Department on Monday on a charge of theft by deception including cold checks. Carlisle was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full cash bond.
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