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August 14, 2018

SUSPECT ID MADE 'WITHIN AN HOUR' OF STORY HITTING NEWS, SHERIFF SAYS

A suspect that fled from the Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit and Kenova Police Department last week has been identified and arrested by the WCSD DEU.

Dusti Mullins, of Huntington, is charged with Felony Fleeing in a vehicle, Conspiracy, Driving while revoked for DUI 2nd offense, Dusti Mullins, of Huntington,  is charged with Felony Fleeing in a vehicle and other chargesDusti Mullins, of Huntington, is charged with Felony Fleeing in a vehicle and other chargesand leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

The Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit and Kenova Police Dept were working a joint drug investigation in the Westmoreland area.

While fleeing the area the suspects' vehicle struck a county vehicle and continued to flee. After pursuing the vehicle down Waverly Rd the suspects went down Sunset Dr and then Christopher Stinson bailed out of the vehicle and ran on foot into a wooded area. Officers apprehended Christopher a few minutes later near West River Rd.

During the investigation Christopher Stinson, of Huntington, and a female, now identified as Dusti Mullins, conspired to distribute Crack Cocaine in the area. Christopher is charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Consiracy to commit a Felony, Felony Fleeing-Vehicle, Fleeing on Foot, and Obstructing.

Sheriff Thompson stated that the suspect was identified within an hour after her photo was posted on the news. Sheriff Thompson stated that he appreciates the help from the public.

 

 

August 13, 2018

Woman pepper sprayed and restrained during violent arrest at Budget Inn

 

A Paintsville woman was arrested last week after Paintsville Police Department officers served a warrant at the Budget Inn in Paintsville and discovered more than seven grams of methamphetamine and scales, according to court documents.

Donna OwensDonna OwensAccording to the citation, while officers Jeremy Shepherd and Jonathan Holbrook and Zach Mitchell were serving the warrant, they came in contact with Donna Owens, 42, of Paintsville, and discovered what appeared to be methamphetamine on top of a dresser in the room, alongside a set of scales and approximately $510 in cash.

Further search revealed another bag of possible methamphetamine inside of Owens’ purse, the citation said. Shepherd also noted, in the citation, that Owens’ four-year-old daughter was present in the room and was “being exposed to methamphetamine and a dangerous situation.”

After being taken into custody, the citation said, Owens became “extremely hostile,” and began swearing. Mitchell and Shepherd tried to restrain her with handcuffs, the citation said, adding that, at that point, Owens became “more volatile” at this point and Shepherd observed she was “about to strike” Mitchell as she pulled away from the handcuffs.

Shepherd deployed his pepper spray, gaining compliance and arrested Owens, according to the citation. Owens was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine), endangering the welfare of a minor, first-degree wanton endangerment (child), possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct.

A court date is set for Aug. 17 in Owens’ case.

By Waylon Whitson
The Paintsville Herald

August 10, 2018

DRONES USED BY POLICE TO LOCATE LOST PAIR

Grandmother and 8-year-old grandson were lost on Crow's Ridge Road

A grandmother and her 8-year-old grandson were found safe and sound Tuesday afternoon after roaming for over an hour in the heat near Crow’s Ridge Road and Junction Pike in Harrison County.

FAA says there will be 10,000 law enforcement drones flying over America by 2020, despite fears over privacy violationFAA says there will be 10,000 law enforcement drones flying over America by 2020, despite fears over privacy violationA Dragonflyer X6 helicopter was among drones owned by Seattle police before its mayor ended the program over privacy concernsA Dragonflyer X6 helicopter was among drones owned by Seattle police before its mayor ended the program over privacy concerns

 

Elizabeth Miller, her grandson and dog took off from their cabin on Crow’s Ridge Tuesday to get some exercise, according to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Hutchison.

He said they walked and walked and she became disoriented by her surroundings and couldn’t get back to the cabin.

“She did the smart thing,” Hutchison said. “ She found a point of reference and sat down.”

When she called E-911 at 2:01 p.m., she told dispatchers she had been walking a long time and could no longer walk.

She said she was near a pond and there were power lines overhead.

As first responders converged on the area, they soon learned there were two sets of power lines and two ponds.

While information was flowing through the E-911 center and being relayed to the men and women involved in the search, Hutchison was also on his cellphone with Sheriff’s office assistant Kristy Barnes. He said she was looking at Google maps on her computer and told him about the power lines.

In the meantime, Cynthiana Police Sgt. Nathan Linville and Georgetown Police Department launched drones to search the clearing and wooded areas.

The grandson had a whistle that he continued blowing and deputies and Harrison County Volunteer firefighters were blowing horns or sounding sirens.

Linville said that CPD has a drone on order, but he was able to use his personal equipment to help with the search.

It was the second time in less than a week that the drone was used.

The first time was when two boaters were stuck on the A. Keller Dam.
“It’s more equipment to help make Cynthiana a safer place,” Linville said. “It’s a visual observer at a height officer’s cannot reach.” Re’Jeana Craft, Harrison County Search and Rescue director, said it was truly a team effort that brought the woman and her grandson to safety.

Miller saw the drone, heard the sirens and then was picked up by Hutchison.

He said he had water and juice to help them rehydrate.

Craft said the pair, along with Miller’s husband who had been involved in the frantic search, were checked out and cleared by Brown’s EMS.

“It had a good ending,” said Hutchison. “I’ll take these types of endings all day long.”

By Becky Barnes
Cynthiana Democrat

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