Illinois woman faces drug, prostitution charges

Melinda Beggs, 28, of 1320 Richey Lane, Grantsburg, Ill., was arrested at 1:13 a.m. Jan. 10, charged with prostitution, second-degree possession of a controlled substance (barbiturate), and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

A Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched at approximately 7 p.m. Jan. 9 to the Days Inn Motel in Kuttawa, where a woman reportedly was stranded and needed a room for the night. Upon arrival, a motel clerk directed the deputy to the woman, who was sitting in the lobby. He requested identification and asked some basic questions to determine whether she qualified for the Ministerial Alliance’s emergency aid voucher program. He reported that he then detected criminal activity might be afoot.

She reportedly allowed him to examine her cell phone. He observed communication he believed to be indicative of prostitution. He asked her to accompany him to the sheriff’s office and she agreed.

There, he requested permission to search her purse. He reported he discovered blue pills in a metal cylinder container and contacted the Kentucky Poison Center. There he learned the pills fit the description of barbiturates, a Schedule III controlled substance. The pills reportedly were not kept in a lawfully dispensed and labeled bottle.

The deputy reported that after reading the woman her rights, she admitted to prostitution. She reportedly admitted to agreeing with an identified third party and offering to engage in sexual acts with that individual in exchange for $50 in cash. The deputy reported that evidence found on the suspect’s phone during a voluntary consensual search corroborated her statements. In addition, the deputy reported that it appeared that she had sent and received similar messages with multiple men from her Twitter and Tinder accounts, as well as text messaging.

The woman currently is unemployed and reportedly stated she only resorted to prostitution in order to make ends meet financially. The deputy said the woman was polite and cooperative during the investigation.

Kuttawa man faces meth charge

Rickie Allen McKinney, 57, of 960 McKinney Road, Kuttawa, was arrested at 9:06 p.m. Jan. 7, charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance-second offense, methamphetamine.

Couple charged in domestic violence case

Stephanie A. Miles, 42, of 1693 Elkhorn Tavern Road, Eddyville, and Timothy Wayne May, 43, whose address was listed as 721 Travis Road, Kuttawa, were arrested at 5:16 p.m. Jan. 7. Both reportedly were charged with assault, fourth-degree domestic violence-minor injury and cited to court. Both were transported to the Crittenden County Jail.

Eddyville man served summons

Tommie Brown, 54, of 374 New Bethel Road, Eddyville, reportedly was served a criminal summons at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at his residence, for failure to pay $450 to the Fulton County court, dating back to multiple charges of wanton endangerment, reckless driving, driving on a DUI-suspended license, and persistent felony offender.

Female teen charged with assault

A teen-aged female juvenile at 12:26 p.m. Jan. 4, reportedly was charged with fourth-degree assault (minor injury), second-degree disorderly conduct, and menacing. That followed an incident in the Lyon County lunchroom win which she allegedly poured milk on a fellow female student and struck her three times in the back of the head. The perpetrator reportedly had handed her cell phone to a friend to record the fight. The alleged offender was cited to court.

Princeton man, 20, faces DUI charges

James Macarthur Englebright, 20, of 1299 Crider Dulaney Road, Princeton, was arrested at 1:27 a.m. Jan. 3, charged with operating a motor vehicle under in the influence of alcohol (.08) first offense, according to the sheriff’s office.

Englebright drove his vehicle off Ky. 818, crossing U.S. 62, on to Pleasant Valley Road, when the arresting officer reportedly noticed the rear left taillight appeared to be broken. He said he attempted to keep up with the vehicle, but the driver continued to speed up.

Upon reaching that road’s intersection with Old Fredonia Road, the vehicle reportedly was not in sight. The officer then activated his cruiser’s lights and siren, as he drove through the intersection. Subsequently, he saw the vehicle slow down.

The driver allegedly told the officer that he had consumed two beers, before admitting he’d drunk six beers within approximately the past hour.