The Joker:

12/2/18 around 4:30 in the afternoon. Dispatch gets a call for a welfare check regarding some children outside playing “unattended”. Well Sgt. Barry Cowan (Big Bear) answers the call. Upon arrival on the scene Big Bear does find children outside playing “unattended”. The report does not give the ages of the children but Big Bear knocks on the door and finds out that the mother was inside “asleep”. The Bear called social services. While he waited on their arrival he asked the mother if he could “walk through the residence”. She “allowed” him to do so. The Bear found Mr. Jacob McCullogh resting comfortably on a bed. Now do I really have to tell you what else the Big Bear found?

Can you imagine taking a nice leisurely afternoon nap and opening your eyes to see The Big Blue Bear Cowan standing over you? Now if that ain’t every criminal’s nightmare. So, Big Bear arrests Mr. McCullogh on a warrant for FTA as well as having a little “Drugs unspecified” in his pocket. Mr. McCullogh is now sleeping well on a bunk down at the Bell County Jail with a 1500.00 “Cash” bond listed on the drugs and no bond on the warrant.

We don’t know what happened to the mother or the children. Let us all hope they are alright. One thing we do know is that none of us want a Big Bear Alarm Clock.

Welfare check calls are one of the worst calls officers receive. Generally they aren’t called in until the caller or callers has seen enough and fears for the safety of those he/she is calling about. It could take a long while to get a neighbor or even a friend to call the police on one’s behalf. What the first respondents often find are horrid situations that baffle the mind of those with sense. I won’t go into details but most of you know exactly what I mean.

As a first responder, Sgt. Cowan, I have no doubt, has seen his share of the worst case scenarios that the Boro has to offer. Yes, after a while you grow somewhat of an immunity, but you never become totally immune because the pictures build up in your mind like a movie you can’t forget. As we jest about a “Big Bear Alarm Clock”, know that it also wakes the Big Bear himself in the middle of the night with a cold sweat. Yeah, nobody wants a Big Bear Alarm Clock.

Thank You Big Bear.

Go Team Middlesboro !!!

“The following article is based on open and public records from the Middlesboro Police Department as well as The Bell County Detention Center Website and is written in the style of satire as an opinion piece not associated or based on the opinions of The Polygraph News, Incorporated—it’s founders, owners or staff.”