Lyon Sheriff Brent White reported a busy week between Jan. 18 and 29 for himself and his deputies.
Friday, White stopped a truck driven by William Lonnie Cortner of Princeton on U.S. 62 in Eddyville. Cortner, 52, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, first offense; and possession/use of drug paraphernalia.
During the same stop White found that Brandi Gail Hawkins, 38, of Princeton, a passenger in Cortner’s truck, had three active warrants for her arrest. She was arrested, and charged on two warrants from Lyon District Court involving a shoplifting case and one from Caldwell District Court alleging failure to pay child support. Additional charges are pending, White said in a news release. Eddyville Police assisted with the investigation.
On Thursday, White arrested Harley Keith Tucker, 23, of Nashville, Tennessee, after the vehicle Tucker was driving was stopped on Interstate 24 by a Kentucky State Police officer. White charged Tucker with being a fugitive from another state after he allegedly failed to appear in court in Robertson County, Tennessee.
On January 27, Deputy Sheriff Sam Adams responded to a trespassing complaint on Wynn Road, south of Eddyville. During the course of the investigation, Adams located Benji Trafford, 39, of Eddyville on private property without permission. He was later found to have been armed with a firearm while being on bond on a charge of trafficking methamphetamine. One condition of his bond specified he was to not possess any firearms. Adams charged Trafford with contempt of court/resistance to order. He also was charged with numerous hunting related offenses by a conservation officer from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
On January 26, White arrested Andrew Miles Murphy, 28 of Wamac, Illinois, following a 911 call for assistance from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office on Interstate 69 involving Murphy. Murphy was subsequently located driving east on Interstate 24 near the 45-mile marker. At the time, Murphy was allegedly hallucinating, and was suspected of being under the influence of methamphetamine. He was charged with driving under the influence, first offense and possession of drug paraphernalia. Eddyville Police Department and Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation.
On January 25, Deputy Keith Suits arrested Dillon Ray Phelps, 27, of Eddyville and charged him with DUI, third offense. Deputies and probation and parole authorities had been attempting to locate Phelps when he was found on Saratoga Heights Road, approximately eight miles southeast of Eddyville. Also Deputy Seth P’Pool charged Amy S. Phelps, 52, of Eddyville with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was given a court date in Lyon District Court.
On January 24, P’Pool and other deputies responded to a reported disturbance and assault on Ky. 810 North. The investigation led to the arrest of Laurie A. Hefler,53, of Kuttawa on Hopewell Road. She was charged with DUI, first offense, third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault (domestic), and failure to wear seatbelt.
The same day, January 24, White observed a suspicious vehicle pull into the driveway of an elderly woman at 1:17 a.m. on U.S. 641 North. Upon investigation White arrested Timothy D. Matthews, 49, of Marion and charged him with third-degree criminal trespassing, operating on a suspended/revoked license, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense (greater than two grams of methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also he arrested Nikonia J. Ware, 50, of Princeton on charges of third-degree criminal trespassing, public intoxication, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense (greater than two grams of methamphetamine), possession of synthetic drugs, first offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On January 22, Suits served an arrest warrant on Paul Gay, 39, of Kuttawa, alleging failure to appear in Lyon District Court for a case involving multiple counts of wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor, as well as drug offenses.
On January 18, Suits investigated a single vehicle wreck on Ky. 730 East, nine miles southeast of Eddyville. Suits and other first responders, found the driver had fled the scene. He was later identified as Dillon Ray Phelps, 27, of Eddyville. Suits later located and charged Phelps with leaving the scene of an accident.